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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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."
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 01
A New Year, A New Beginning, A New You
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
In this season of celebration, a new year begins. To keep the celebration going and improve our overall health and increase our energy, good nutritional choices and a commitment to a more active lifestyle are key.It's all about choices, after all. Last month, we talked about self-care resolutions. Now we get to put them into action. It's easy and fun to do.
First, use up at least as many calories as you take in. For food choices, start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. For simplicity, multiply your weight by 10; that's approximately how many calories you should take in per day. If you have a lot of physical activity in your day, you can multiply your weight by 11. An easy goal would be to eat fewer calories than you know you can burn up every day. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Another attainable goal: at least 30 minutes every day. Regular physical activity will help you maintain your weight, keep off the weight that you've already lost and help you reach toward physical and cardiovascular fitness. If you can't do at least 30 minutes at one time, don't stress. You can add up 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
At the beginning of our sessions with our clients, we do an assessment. So, let's do a self-assessment: In the last 24 hours, how many servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and red meat have you eaten? A serving of fruit or vegetables is half a cup (the size of your fist). A serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. A serving of whole grain is one piece of whole-grain bread or a cup of whole-grain cereal. How many servings of each did you take in the last 24 hours? Do the last 24 hours represent approximately the way you eat every day? Taking control of food input and activity output are the healthiest choices you will make for yourself. Here are a few quick food tips.
Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the full nutrition it needs to maintain vibrant health. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other compounds but remain low in calories. Choose from a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. 'Living food' (plant-based) can help you control your weight and your blood pressure. Unrefined, whole-grain, fiber-rich foods can help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full, which may assist you in managing your weight. For protein, add fish at least twice a week. Research shows that eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (for example, salmon, trout, and herring) may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease.
You could use your daily allotment of calories for a few high-calorie foods and beverages, but you probably wouldn't get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy. An occasional splurge as a reward for reaching a goal is OK. However, limits on how much saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium in your daily choices will get you the results you seek. Read labels on packaged foods carefully. The nutrition facts panel will tell you how much of which nutrients each food or beverage may contain.
It might be helpful to choose lean meats and prepare poultry without skin and added saturated and trans fat. Cut back on prepared foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars. Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Keep an eye on your portion sizes.
Now that you know the secrets to feeding the body with proper nutrition and are physically activity for 30 minutes per day, you can make the lifestyle changes you seek. You control your choices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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