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Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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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