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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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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!
July, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 07
Combating Some Aromatic Myths
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
It appears like a good time for another "Aromatic Myth" column after some of the information about the safety of essential oils has been circulating in the media and on the Internet recently.Strange things are happening. There is misinformation circulating about the use of two very popular essential oils: lavender and tea tree.
A short while ago, the Board of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy received a copy of an article appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine citing the case of three prepubertal boys from Denver who had developed some breast tissue. The condition is called gynecomastia. The researchers concluded that this abnormality was caused by the estrogenic effect of the miniscule amount of lavender and tea tree oil in some over the counter soap, shampoo and lotions. Their article, in a prestigious medical journal that is widely accepted as an authoritative resource, warns the medical community to caution parents about using products containing lavender and tea tree. So, is it true? Should we judge the use of essential oils based on this article? What do we tell our clients who talk about this report and ask for our opinion?
A press release by Robert Tisserand, a highly respected researcher and English aromatherapist, issued shortly after the article appeared, stated:
Derek Henley, who authored the research on which these reports are based, has said there is "not enough evidence to suggest people should stop using products containing these essential oils, even young boys," and that no firm conclusions can be drawn.
The details given about the cases are sketchy, but there is good reason to believe that tea tree oil could not have had any effect at all and that, in another case, lavender oil could not have caused gynecomastia. Further, the researchers failed to check for chemical hormone disruptors, such as parabens, pesticides and phthalates that may have been in the products concerned.
Laboratory testing did show evidence that both essential oils had an estrogen-like action, and this had not been previously reported. However, it cannot be assumed that the same (affect) will happen in humans. Any correlation between the laboratory testing and the three cases in question is, at best, circumstantial.
Prepubertal gynecomastia is an extremely rare condition. Both lavender and tea tree oil are present in aromatherapy cosmetics used by millions of people, who should be assured that they can continue to use them safely."
In a four-page letter to The New England Journal of Medicine, citing previous research on tea tree oil and asking for a retraction, the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (www.attia.org/au) states:
When such science is amplified by publication in a respected journal, and the media beats up the story, it has damaging consequences all out of proportion to the facts. This article was uncritically reported around the world causing alarm and commercial impacts and fear. Is this responsible?
The journal refused to retract or to print the ATTIA letter and accompanying research article.
The lavender and tea tree information was closely followed by a report from Tony Burfield of www.cropwatch.org that the European Union cosmetic regulators were going to effectively eliminate the use of citrus oils in perfumes. "In our view, this once more confirms the Brussels 'anti-naturals' fragrance ingredients machinery is operating in overdrive, becoming a vendetta of scandalous proportions." Yes, citrus oils are known to contain a chemical that increases sensitivity to sunlight; however, citrus oils have been used for centuries in perfumes and personal products. A list of the fragrances alone that will be affected carries many famous names, old and new. And what this decision might do is put citrus oil producers out of business, so it won't just be the perfume industry that is affected.
Our concern here is practicing massage with essential oils in a safe way. In previous articles, I have said that I prefer to use essential oils in diffusion only for children under 7 years of age and in highly diluted amounts (i.e., up to three drops per oz of carrier oil) for those between 7 and 12 years of age. The ratio of essential oils to other components in over-the-counter personal products is much lower than this. As an active member of the aromatherapy community for 20 years, I have heard of a problem using lavender and tea tree on children. Nor have I been told of medical research that supports such a warning - and there is extensive medical research on essential oils. Nor have I heard evidence linking citrus oils to major health issues.
I don't plan to stop using these oils now and I encourage you to continue to use them with the proper dilution and consideration for allergy/sensitivity, age and other safety issues such as pregnancy. For more information, please read my previous articles in the archives or go to www.naha.org and search the safety section and frequently asked questions.
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