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Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Free Yourself From the Pocketbook Practice
Let's take a journey together; there's an important lesson to be learned. Imagine a town or city just like yours.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
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Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Creating Relationships at Southwest Symposium
The month of May brought many interesting activities. As I have said in many previous columns this year, this profession is moving in a very exciting direction. Make sure you are getting involved. If you're not, you just might get left behind.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
October, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 10
The Hungry Brain
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Many serious diseases result from chronic inflammatory processes. Reversing these inflammations can help you avoid cancers, brain diseases, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases and a whole host of chronic pains.Craniosacral therapy, which increases the healthy circulation of fluids, is a powerful method of ridding the body of these painful and silent inflammations. It's also vitally important that you pay attention to what you eat.
Obesity is closely related to inflammation. Either one of these two factors can be the cause or effect of the other. That's why reducing excess body fat can reduce and even eliminate inflammatory processes. This can greatly improve the comfort zone in which you enjoy the rest of your life.
One of the major reasons Americans are getting more obese is because our brains are hungry. The average brain weighs about 3 percent or less of total body weight. On the flip side, the average brain uses about 70 percent of the blood's glucose for energy. When the blood glucose level drops, the brain loses some of its energy. That's when your hypoglycemic (low-sugared) brain immediately wants more glucose. So you become seriously hungry. You may even feel irritated, angry and irrational. This often leads to the desire to grab some sweets. Your sugar intake then raises the blood sugar, which in turn increases the delivery of glucose to your brain. This makes you feel better, even joyful, which is wonderful. But it also raises the level of blood sugar in your body, which signals the pancreas to secrete excessive amounts of insulin to quickly reduce it.
As the insulin reduces the blood glucose, the brain's glucose delivery is also reduced. Now the brain cries out for more glucose. In response, you take in more sweets. Then, blood glucose goes up again and increased insulin rapidly reduces the blood glucose. The brain then "orders" you to take in more glucose in an ongoing cycle.
In the meantime, the insulin that lowered the blood glucose in the first place did so by putting the excess glucose into cells to be used or stored, leading to more and larger fat cells. When you exercise, you metabolize (burn up) glucose molecules. Additionally, if you eat fructose instead of glucose, the insulin response is not nearly as rapid. So the situation may not necessarily make you more obese. Insulin also drives some glucose into your liver to be stored and used later. When your brain needs more glucose, protein causes a liver hormone called glucagons to release some of this stored glucose for use in the brain. So consider this: If you satisfy the brain's request for glucose by eating protein instead of sweets, the brain can get what it wants - and you won't have that powerful release of insulin that draws you into the cycle I just described.
Indeed, fruit and dairy also can help you avoid the glucose/insulin loop. Grains and starches, on the other hand, are made up of long chains of glucose that can cause powerful insulin secretions, leading to the same result as a candy bar in terms of developing fatty cells. By getting into this cycle, you not only get fat, but you develop inflammations that can foster chronic destructive disease processes. (The type of disease fostered depends on the location of the inflammation.) A powerful defense against this is the long-chain omega-3 fatty acid. It reduces arachidonic acid, which is the building block for the development of inflammations.
Of course, you want to be sure your omega-3 fatty acid isn't derived from fish that have been exposed to mercury or dioxins. (Dioxin happens to be the active component in the Agent Orange that was used in Vietnam.) Both mercury and dioxins are toxic to humans, animals and fish. If you can get your omega-3 fatty acid without the total fish oil, it's much safer.
Here are a few other points that can be helpful when you're trying to avoid or rid yourself of inflammations:
So in your quest to stay healthy, consider satisfying your hungry brain with smart food choices. Your efforts can go a long way toward reinforcing the effects of craniosacral therapy and other bodywork that can increase fluid circulation, reduce chronic inflammation and help eliminate disease.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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