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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
April, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 04
The Path of a Healer, Part 1
By Rita Woods, LMT
Editor's note: The contents of this column are the views of the author, and should not be considered as medical advice.
I'm calling this series of articles "The Path of a Healer" because it is just that; a path to follow to get somewhere. I received a call one day from a therapist and, during our conversation, she said, "I didn't go to massage school to be a healer, per se, but it looks like that's what I'm doing." Many therapists are healers or want to be healers, but going to massage school doesn't make anyone a healer. So what is a healer?
To me, a healer goes beyond the tangible. They seem to be a part of something bigger, something cosmic in nature, connected to a mass consciousness and are universal in their interactions with others. They seem to understand there is more than meets the eye and have found their own special way to interact with and use that source of energy.
My sister attends Mass with Father Joe, known for being the "Healing Priest" and many report astounding healings from him. Shamans, monks, yogis, doctors, spiritual healers, ministers, witch doctors and regular people all over the world are healers. But what is it that's sets them apart from a regular practitioner in their field? The healers I know are compassionate, caring, loving and appreciative in nature and they often are dedicated to a practice or discipline. I think they know, either consciously or unconsciously, that there is a cosmic matrix that connects all matter and within this field of energy is where miracles happen. So, in this article, we will look at the "Divine Matrix," as Gregg Braden calls it, and look at the possibility that all things are connected in a very real way.
The new physics has provided us with ample research to turn our belief system about our world upside down and inside out. It doesn't take a lot of effort these days to find legitimate scientific proof of bi-locating photons, parallel universes, the superstring theory and such. Just watch the science channel. But what I want to focus on today are experiments that support the theory of our ability to not only interact with the world around us, but to influence it and actually change it. This is an important concept to accept because without that knowing, you are limiting your ability as a healer. You receive as you believe. So, let's look at one interesting study and just know that there are many more supporting similar findings.
The U.S. Army decided to conduct a study dealing with emotions and the immune system. They wanted to know what kind of effect the emotions have on the immune system. For the sake of space and time I'm going to paraphrase this, but you can read about it in Braden's book or by doing a Web search. The Army hired Dr. Cleve Backster to conduct this ongoing project. Prior to this Army experiment, Dr. Backster's research had been discussed in a book in the 1970s called "The Secret Life of Plants." (As an interesting side note, the chlorophyll molecule in a plant is similar to the hemoglobin molecule in a person. This gives science a method of measurement for evaluating the benefits of a "healing" on the plant.)
In his earlier work, Dr. Backster had devised some equipment to evaluate the reactions of plants to various stimuli. After "hooking up" a plant, he decided to eat lunch before continuing. He had brought a sandwich from home and was preparing to eat it at his desk in the lab when a spider walked across his desk. His first thought was to kill it, but before he even moved his hand, the equipment to which the plant was hooked up went wild. The plant sensed the oncoming action (smacking the spider) and responded to that energy shift. Everything is connected. There is nothing that is not connected to everything else. This pioneering work on how human actions affect plants was what led the Army to design this new experiment.
The Army took samples of DNA from volunteers and, using sophisticated equipment, attached sensors to the DNA that was capable of recording changes. The volunteer was then exposed to a variety of intense emotional stimuli through pictures and video. As soon as the volunteer experienced a peak or dip in emotion, their DNA (which was in a container in the room) demonstrated a powerful electrical response at the same time. They then moved the DNA sample to another floor in the building, repeated the experiment and got the exact same response. Think about this; in order for this to happen, there has to be some sort of medium through which this information is exchanged. Dr. Backster continued this work and moved the DNA to another city more than 350 miles away and still got the same results. It's also interesting to note that there was no lapse in time between the emotion and the DNA reaction. Whatever this field is, it is not regulated by time and space. To see our potential in working with this "source," it's important that we recognize we are a part of the world and not separate from it. The most important thing to me in this experiment is the suggestion that human emotions affect living DNA.
Human emotions are said to be the catalyst of creation. Your feelings are your personal GPS system as to whether you are making the right choice. It is the power and passion you feel that drives you to excel and achieve great things. It's the unquenchable desire to learn that pushes us to new discoveries. Emotions are neuropeptides stored in the tissue, according to Dr. Candace Pert, and their impact on the brain is astounding. It is believed that many healers demonstrate specific brain activity that the general population does not exhibit. Dr. Dolores Kreiger, the developer of Therapeutic Touch, recognized a specific brain pattern that must be present for a client to have a "successful" healing session.
Brain patterns and activity as they relate to healing will be our next article. Did you know that happy people have a well developed left frontal lobe? Or that London taxi drivers (because of the many curvy streets in that city) have an overdeveloped section of the brain that deals with spacial relationships? You can train your brain. You can change your thinking. And when you do, your world will change as well. The final article in the series will be a "how to" guide with exercises and disciplines that can help change your body's chemistry and your brains activity to put you on "The Path of a Healer."
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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