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New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
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A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
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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