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The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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