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Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
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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