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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
January, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 01
Go Green for a Healthy Office
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Our clients come to us to achieve a state of wellbeing, part of which includes receiving massage in a safe, healthy environment. In massage school, we were taught the importance of keeping our office, table and linens clean and sanitary.We were introduced to the list of universal precautions and made aware of our responsibility to keep ourselves and our clients free of communicable disease. But what about the toxins that are found in commonly used commercial cleaning products? Are our best efforts to keep a clean environment also creating side effects that are a health hazard?
How Toxins Manifest
Researchers tell us that the air inside our tightly sealed home and office is often more polluted than the air outside due to trapped fumes from these products as well as from commonly used scented candles, chemical air fresheners or fragrances. What are these toxic substances and what effects do they have? In the article "Toxins in Household Cleaning Products," (http://green.wikia.com/wiki/Toxins_in_Household_Cleaning_Products) we are told that despite being highly diluted, these substances are "bioaccumulative, meaning the chemicals do not purge easily from the body and, over time, even mild exposures can add up to toxic levels." These toxins manifest in three ways:
Common cleaners and other products found in any home or office such as deoderizers, plastic food wrap, and moisturizers can be sources of these lurking toxins. The following are considered the main culprits:
Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly known as a preservative. Many people do not know that it is also a germicide, bactericide and fungicide, among other functions. Formaldehyde is found in household cleaners and disinfectants. It is also present in nail polish and other personal care products. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen.
Organochlorines. Organochlorines (OCs) result from the combination of hydrogen and carbon. Some types are highly deadly, such as DDT. They are bioaccumulative and also highly persistent in the environment. OCs are present in pesticides, detergents, de-greasers, bleaches and drycleaning fluids. OCs are carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
Styrene. Styrene is a naturally occurring substance derived from the styrax tree. Styrene is most commonly used in the manufacture of numerous plastics, including food wrap, insulated cups, carpet backing and PVC piping. Styrene is also found in floor waxes and polishes, and metal cleaners. Styrene is a known carcinogen and an endocrine disruptor. Exposure may affect the central nervous system, liver and reproductive system.
Phthalates. Phthalates are most commonly used in the manufacturing of plastics. Phthalates are also used as carriers for perfumes and air fresheners and as skin penetration enhancers for products such as moisturizers. These chemicals are classified as inert. As such, no product-labeling requirements exist. They are endocrine disruptors and suspected carcinogens. Phthalates are known to cause hormonal abnormalities, thyroid disorders, birth defects and reproductive problems.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are emitted as gases. VOCs present in perfumes, air fresheners, disinfectants and deodorizers. They commonly include propane, butane, ethanol, phthalates and/or formaldehyde. These compounds pose a variety of human health hazards. Symptoms include headache, backache, stiff joints, nausea, diarrhea, asthma or allergy attacks, dizziness, memory loss, stuttering, premature puberty, low sperm count, reduced motor skills, sudden mood swings, dyslexia, ADHD, antisocial behavior/autism and birth defects, among others.
Clear the Air
So how can we maintain our responsibility to our clients of keeping a clean environment without using toxic chemicals? There are some healthy ways to clean that are simple, inexpensive and effective. Far from causing health hazards, they will boost the immune system and have a positive effect on the mind and emotions. They do require putting the product together, but the experience and effects from cleaning this way is well worth the small effort to do so. All you need is white vinegar, baking soda, water and some antiseptic, antiviral essential oils.
Cleaning spray. For countertops, surfaces, mirrors, windows, face cradle and table, use the powerhouse antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial essential oils of lavender (or lavindin, which is less expensive) and tea tree. Create a pleasant aroma by adding a citrus, spice, herb or tree essence. All of these essences also have antibacterial properties. You should use 10 mls (250 drops) of a blend of the chosen essences, with tea tree and lavender predominating. Put this into 2 cups of vinegar and pour into a 32-oz. spray bottle, then top with water. Shake well before using. For a scrub cleanser that will remove oil buildup, sprinkle baking soda on the area and spray with the cleaning blend, then clean with a soft scrub sponge.
Floors. Use the same blend, or create a pine or citrus-based blend. Add 15 to 20 drops to 1 cup of white vinegar and add that to water and damp mop. To freshen carpets, put 15 to 20 drops into 2 cups of baking soda, mix well and let stand for a few minutes. Sprinkle onto carpets (can be used on cloth-covered furniture, too) and allow that to stand for 10 minutes (keeping pets and children out of the room), then vacuum.
Get rid of commercial air fresheners and exchange your petroleum-based scented candles for unscented soy candles. Add an essence or blend to melting candle wax, create an air spray with essential oils and water, or use a diffuser with true essential oils. Try using different scents for different seasons.
Make a safe antibacterial soap that won't create chlorine gas when it hits water. You can also buy unscented castile soap (Dr. Bronner's is a good source) and add lavender and tea tree. Hydrogen peroxide can be used on its own to disinfect and remove stains.
Those who clean with natural products and essential oils have noticed the difference and get many positive comments. It can even be a pleasure to clean with natural ingredients.
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