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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
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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