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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
December, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 12
Samples From the Research Stream
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
In monitoring water chemistry and quality, hydrologists often dip into the flow of a river or stream, collecting samples. Similarly, I've been sampling from the stream of recent research in several areas.First, I want to touch on a couple of samples specific to massage and exercise.
A news release from Ohio State University suggests compressive massage has a positive effect on post-exercise tissue recovery.2 The report notes, "The muscles in animals receiving simulated massage had improved function, less swelling and fewer signs of inflammation than did muscles in the animals that received no massage treatment after exercise." Recovery of muscle strength was also greater. The importance of the research is that it starts to reveal a cellular basis for the positive effects of massage, even though the exact mechanism of how the changes occur is not yet known.
On Tuesdays, The New York Times publishes "The Science Times," which spotlights breaking science news. Among the stories they caught from the forefront of research on exercise physiology was one advancing knowledge on how muscles fatigue: "A popular theory, that muscles become tired because they release lactic acid, was discredited not long ago. ... [The report] says the problem is calcium flow inside muscle cells. Ordinarily, ebbs and flows of calcium in cells control muscle contractions. But when muscles grow tired, the investigators report, tiny channels in them start leaking calcium, and that weakens contractions. At the same time, the leaked calcium stimulates an enzyme that eats into muscle fibers, contributing to the muscle exhaustion."1
It's long been thought that delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), the soreness that occurs 24 to 72 hours following strenuous exercise, was due to microfiber damage resulting in leakage of calcium ions from the sarcoplasmic reticulum. Normally, calcium ions are released from the reticulum to initiate muscle fiber contraction and pumped back into it to end contraction. The microdamage would result in leakage, thereby initiating a process of hypertonicity, inflammation and pain-receptor sensitization. The current research pushes this process back in the exercise-recovery cycle as a process of muscle fatigue.
In late October, I attended several days of the annual Science Writers' Conference, jointly put on by the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW). The threads of research I want to sample from the conference change the focus to learning and communication. Among the presenters were Clifford Nass, professor of communication and computer science at Stanford University, and Robert Bloomfield, professor of management at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. Along with nuances of computer-human interaction, Nass talked about brain neurology. He noted that the upcoming Internet generation are cognitive multi-taskers in a manner never seen before. While hunter-gatherers had to pay attention to multiple signals from their environment, there was a coherence to the different inputs. In contrast, modern multi-taskers pay attention to multiple windows and streams of input that are unrelated to each other. Nass noted that there is no current psychological model for how the young manage multi-tasking, but manage it they do. Moreover, multi-taskers become bored with linear input. It's likely that different neurological use of the brain has physically changed the neurons retained during development. Nass' observations are consistent with observations made by Marc Prensky, who distinguishes between "digital natives" and "digital immigrants."3 There are some profound implications that the learning style of the upcoming generations will be substantially different than for previous generations. To be effective, education and training will have to adapt.
Robert Bloomfield also gave an interesting presentation on the use of the virtual world "Second Life," both for social research and as a place for communicating remotely. As he gave his talk in the "real world," he also was in front of a podium, located on Muse Isle NorthWest in "Second Life," talking to about 15 virtual listeners. Bloomfield characterized "Second Life" as providing "people, time and tools" for research and communication. As an economist, he was interested in the banking failures that occurred in "Second Life," as a means of seeing real people responding to a simpler economic situation than exists in the real world. As a means of communicating remotely, Bloomfield noted that "Second Life" provides a sense of place. The visual view can emulate locations in the real world known to participants. Those attending a virtual conference have access to audio, visual presentations and texting. Via texting, different subgroups of participants can spin off side discussion with little impact to others. While it would be more difficult to teach a kinesthetic "vocabulary" via such means, "Second Life" could provide a rich environment for conceptual learning and for viewing and discussing videos of technique demonstration. While I don't expect virtual massage clients to exist anytime soon, the world of learning and communicating continues to evolve and change.
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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