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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
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.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
May, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 05
Educating Others and Spreading Awareness
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
I received my massage license back in the day when you had to convince chiropractors that massage could benefit their patients. Although there is still a need to educate the public and medical communities, the massage profession has come a long way since then. However, for the most part aromatherapy is still in the dark ages of acceptance by mainstream medicine although many nurses are now trained in this method and some hospitals do have aromatherapy as part of treatment. I was recently asked by a department head of the Greenville's hospital system to visit a family member in the ICU and, along with massage, bring whatever essential oils would help. We are making headway, and awareness of the benefits of using essential oils is growing but there is still a need to educate the public and offer good, reliable information.
I received a letter from a reader that, with her permission, I am going to share. Her experience is not uncommon for those in holistic health or CAM. It touches on an issue I had written about in an earlier column and shows the pervasive nature of misinformation when it comes from what should be a reliable source.
CarolAnn Hawkins, LMT wrote: "I am an LMT who enjoys your articles on essential oils and working with women. I have a question. On a recent pediatric visit with my two girls, I mentioned the use of a shampoo with tea tree for head lice, and our doctor warned us about using products with lavender and tea tree. She said that there has been a link to prepubertal gynecomastia/breast enlargement in boys. I requested (more information about) this observation, and it seems based on three boys who all seemed to have used some sort of shampoo, lotion or soap containing the two essential oils. They have concluded that is the reason for their breast enlargement. I have been using essential oils for over 17 years, and I feel this study has maligned the most commonly used essential oil, lavender, which I have always considered so safe. I reserve tea tree for oral hygeine, tick bites and deep puncture wounds. If you have any information regarding this topic, I would appreciate any and all."
And here is my answer: "Yes, we at NAHA [National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy] know all about that misleading information and the unwillingness of the New England Journal of Medicine to print letters from very reputable aromatherapists refuting the (very) faulty science in those claims. It was two boys in the same town, not in the same home. Another boy in one of the homes used the same products with no ill affect and no other such cases were reported. Compared to side effect information on medicines, why would this even get into a medical journal?
I am sure you are only too aware that the traditionally trained physicians have a hard time accepting anything about herbs, aromatherapy, etc. It's not in their training, but pharmaceuticals are a big part and come near the end as well. I am sure that it feels very 'safe' to a new physician to think that he can just follow the prescribed route, give the prescribed amount and not have to make his own judgments. I know I was anxious about massaging people when I first left school...imagine the difference for someone in a position of power over health and how they might need reassurance?
Perhaps you can educate your doctor by giving her some materials from the following link. You can read more on the topic of lavender/tea tree and gynecomastia here: www.naha.org/safety.htm, including a PDF by Robert Tisserand and an article by Tony Burfield. I had written about this in an earlier issue of Massage Today as well."
Generally speaking, when hearing information that sounds strange, too good to be true or makes negative judgments about essential oils, it's best to get the facts before answering or forming an opinion. Resources like the link above, given to the public and medical practitioners makes information more credible. Reputable peer groups in aromatherapy provide sources of education and information needed to be a professional practitioner. Some of these groups include the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, the International Federation of Aromatherapists, the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. Membership in peer organizations provides the resource for up-to-date, current, reliable information on what is happening in the field of aromatherapy. Finally, practicing aromatherapy with knowledge and proper safety is good for the practitioner, clients and the growth and reputation of the whole profession.
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