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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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
February, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 02
Fragile Eggs, Fragile Legs?
By Elaine Stillerman, LMT
It's called Fragile X, and I hadn't heard of it either.
We used to put our infant son in a bouncy seat that had colorful wooden beads for him to spin and play with. Luke enjoyed hitting them and watching them turn.By the time he was 4 months old, he was still swatting them instead of trying to lean forward and reach for them. When I mentioned this to my husband or to friends, they brushed my concerns aside.
By the time he was 6 months old, Luke still was at the same level. When we went to the pediatrician for his 9-month checkup, the doctor asked typical questions about his development: "Was he sitting up unassisted?" No. "Was he turning over?" No. "Did he babble?" Hardly. "Was he trying to crawl?" No. I remember feeling the blood drain from my face when she said, "It's probably nothing, but let's have some neurological tests done to rule things out."
Thus began our odyssey to find out why Luke wasn't achieving his developmental milestones. It took us to five pediatric neurologists, two or three developmental specialists, speech, occupational and physical therapists, an MRI, an EEG and finally, DNA testing to get an accurate diagnosis: Fragile X. This heartbreaking syndrome is the most common inherited developmental disorder in the world. One in 260 women is a carrier and one in 800 men will pass the defective gene to all of his daughters. (It was my father who passed the gene on to me.) And then, the waiting game begins, because no one can ever really know which generation will carry the full mutation and all that it signifies.
Luke finally started to walk when he was 2 ½ years old, just about the age when we learned his diagnosis. Language and speech, however, still is something I look forward to. Toilet training an 8-year-old has its challenges, and the seizures he suffers positively age me. But, he is the sweetest, happiest and most beautiful boy ever. He also has a wicked sense of humor, something else he inherited from me.
Fragile X affects about one in 4,000 boys and one in 6,000 girls, and most carriers are unaware of their status. Fragile X causes cognitive impairment, pervasive developmental delays, attention deficit, hyperactivity, seizure disorder for one in four, anxiety disorders and autism. All of this occurs because of the failure of a single gene (FMR1) to produce an essential brain protein necessary for normal brain function.
Carriers also have symptoms. Some older men will be impaired by Fragile X-associated Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) and some women are at risk for premature ovarian failure or early menopause. This certainly could impact a woman's decision to delay childbearing, since she might lose that option in her mid- to late-30s. Testing for Fragile X is a simple blood test. The DNA test can predict a woman's chance of having an affected child and can be used to diagnose carriers and affected individuals.
At present, there is no cure. Therapies and appropriate education can make inroads, but don't change the core problems. But there is hope on the horizon. Research tells us that Fragile X delays the brain's development rather than damaging it. So, it's likely that the research can eventually benefit all people who suffer from Fragile X. In addition, fixing this one gene, or its symptoms, could lead to a better understanding of more complex neurological conditions such as autism, Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease.
When Luke gets back from school this afternoon, he will point to his DVD ("D!") and watch Elmo ("Ehmo") once again, exploring his world. I am looking toward the day that my son, too, will use his friends, his computer and his mother to explore his world.
For more information about Fragile X, visit www.fraxa.org.
Click here for previous articles by Elaine Stillerman, LMT.
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