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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
May, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 05
Celiac Disease, Part 2: What Is Going on Here?
By Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President
In the March issue (see www.massagetoday.com/archives/2006/03/16.html), I introduced the basic concepts behind celiac disease (also known as celiac sprue), a disorder involving an inflammatory reaction to gluten.When people with celiac disease eat gluten-containing products (which is hard to avoid in processed foods), the body launches an immune response that damages or even destroys the intestinal villi. This makes it impossible to absorb nutrients, not just from gluten-rich foods, but from everything else as well.
One point that came up in reader responses to part 1 of the article was a need to clarify the difference between wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity. A wheat allergy is an immune response to anything with wheat in it; this is typically rare, and is detected in infants and young children who experience inflammatory reactions when they include wheat products in their diet. Gluten sensitivity, by contrast, is a reaction to incompletely broken-down gluten in the GI tract. The symptoms are not immediate, and they are not limited to wheat products, because gluten is found in many other grains as well.
Symptoms and Complications of Celiac Disease
Celiac disease can be mild or severe, depending on the severity of the inflammation and the extent of damage to the villi. Very severe cases are diagnosed in young children as "failure to thrive," since the affected child can derive little value from food. More often, it occurs as a subtler problem that is easily misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism, lactose intolerance, candida, depression, or other chronic, multi-system conditions. Some people don't develop symptoms until adulthood, often after a stressful trigger such as an infection, surgery or childbirth.
Signs and symptoms of celiac sprue usually are arranged around malabsorption and malnutrition. Pain, gas, bloating and diarrhea are common. Stools tend to be high in volume, oily and very foul smelling. Anemia, irritability, depression, osteoporosis and muscle cramps are other frequent signs or complications of celiac disease; any one of these can be traced to poor absorption of nutrients, including iron, B12 and vitamin D. Poor absorption of folic acid can lead to neural tube defects (i.e., spina bifida) in infants of pregnant women with celiac disease.
Other dangerous complications of celiac disease are associated with chronic inflammation in the GI tract: Adenocarcinoma or lymphadenoma are cancers of the small intestine linked to celiac disease. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma is another type of cancer with a statistical connection to this disease.
Research is underway that would create a drug to limit intestinal T-cell hyperactivity in the presence of incompletely broken-down gluten. This might eventually open the door to a less limited diet for celiac disease patients. In the meantime, the best treatment option is to avoid gluten in any form, which is a considerable challenge. Flour made from corn, potatoes, beans or soy can be used as a wheat flour substitute. Fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats (that are neither marinated nor breaded) also are gluten-free. It's possible to have a varied and well-balanced, gluten-free diet, but eating processed foods or at restaurants might be problematic.
The good news is that the majority of celiac disease patients who can avoid all sources of gluten for months or years heal completely, and achieve the complete rebuilding of their intestinal villi. However, a person with celiac disease must commit to a lifelong dietary adjustment to accomplish this.
Massage has some specific cautions in the context of gastrointestinal tract problems. Because many symptoms of GI problems (gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation) can be related to stress, many people find that massage, even if not administered directly to the belly, has a positive effect. Most of the time, this is wonderful, but not always. GI symptoms are notoriously vague. The complaints of a person with irritable bowel syndrome (a functional problem that, although painful and inconvenient, is not life-threatening) can be similar to the symptoms of a potentially dangerous problem, such as ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis. Therefore, if a person finds that massage relieves symptoms, even temporarily, an accurate diagnosis might be delayed. Massage therapists should encourage clients who report new or persistent GI problems to seek medical advice, regardless of whether massage temporarily relieves symptoms.
In relation to celiac disease specifically, massage has no direct impact on the health of intestinal villi. Consequently, massage can neither improve nor exacerbate celiac disease. However, its ameliorating effects can make the transition to a gluten-free diet easier to take - if you can't have chocolate cake anymore, at least you can have a wonderful massage!
For Next Time
I've been receiving inquiries lately about MRSA: methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, the causative agent behind some difficult and stubborn skin injuries. Massage therapists exposed to this pathogen are at particular risk for spreading it to others. If you have experience with this condition, write to me and let me know: What's on your table? Until then, many thanks and many blessings.
Click here for previous articles by Ruth Werner, LMP, NCTMB, Massage Therapy Foundation President.
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