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PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
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.
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