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God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
December, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 12
Tales From the Cranial Frontier
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
While CranioSacral Therapy is a relatively young modality when viewed through the history of medicine, it owes its roots to concepts developed by a Civil War surgeon named Andrew Taylor Still, MD.Dr. Still was a highly respected physician trained primarily by his father, who also was a well-known surgeon. When the war ended, Dr. Still returned home to his own personal devastation of epidemic proportions. Spinal meningitis had swept through his hometown earlier that year, killing three of his children.
Dr. Still returned to his private practice, which was affiliated with Washington University Medical School and hospital. By this time, between the Civil War and his own losses, he was greatly disillusioned by the state of medicine. As he began to search for new and better ways of treating people, he started to suspect that the potentially toxic medicines that had been prescribed to his family to combat the meningitis may have actually contributed to their deaths. Of course, as he began expressing these thoughts, he also became less and less popular with the Washington University medical group.
Word has it that Dr. Still then went to extreme measures to test his theory. He began to remove bodies from their graves in order to determine the actual causes of death. He discovered that in every case, one organ invariably contributed a great deal to the death of each body. While the particular organ varied from person to person, it appeared that organ failure likely was due to compromised blood and nerve support in every case. That is, the organ that failed may have been starved of blood and nerve contributions by the abnormal compression of arteries, which interfered with blood delivery.
The nerves going to the failing organs also were compressed or kinked, which meant the nerve energy that was supposed to go to the organ couldn't get there. Thus, the organ couldn't do its job and finally, it died. From these experiences, Dr. Still learned that all organs require adequate supplies of blood and nerve energy to survive. And if an organ doesn't survive, the body may not survive, either.
Dr. Still also discovered that the spinal columns in these bodies were malformed for different reasons, such as injuries, birth defects and arthritic effects. These structural abnormalities seemed to interfere with the outflow of nerve energy through the nerve roots that come out of the spinal cord through the spaces afforded by the bones of the spine.
With all this in mind, Dr. Still founded the field of osteopathy in the late 1800s. He also established the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (the college from which I graduated in 1963).
From Still's personal adventures in medicine came a huge body of work that can be highlighted by its four main principles. These also happen to be some of the primary reasons CranioSacral Therapy has emerged as such an effective natural therapy:
During my last few years at Kirksville, I became friendly with an elderly man who told me he used to drive Dr. Still's stagecoach. They would travel around to the local farmhouses, stopping at each one. Dr. Still would simply walk up to the door, knock and ask if there was a sick person inside. If there was, he would begin treatment right there. If the illness was too serious, he would have the driver take the patient back to his clinic in Kirksville. Then he would simply untie his horse at the back of the carriage and continue alone along his planned route. After the patient was dropped off at the clinic, the driver caught up with Dr. Still and they continued on together.
It was great fun listening to this old man tell me his stories until late into the night. Today, it reminds me of the noble cause we all hold in our hearts as we reach out to touch more people with gentle, healing hands.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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