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Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
May, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 05
Good Nutrition: Keep It Simple
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
Is there a subject more talked about or written about than diet and nutrition? Just look at any Web site, magazine, newspaper or list of non-fiction best sellers and what do you see? Articles or books detailing the latest Hollywood weight-loss plan, dire warnings about contaminated or suspect food sources, or advice from experts on eating this and not that; could we be suffering from information overload.
First things first: No nutritional program or diet is right for everybody. Even the "new" food pyramid carries a caveat that the amounts from the food groups or activity areas need to be calculated individually for each person. This is why we might wish to consult with a registered dietician or certified nutritionist if we have specific concerns or challenges. The USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has created the MyPyramid.gov Web site, which is a terrific place to begin to make sense of all of this. Food groups are simple. In order of importance: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and proteins.
Fats should equal 20-30 percent of the total daily caloric intake; proteins 30-40 percent; and carbohydrates 40-50 percent. Your body weight, divided by 2, equals the number of ounces you need to take in; more with heightened activity level. So if, for example, you weigh 200 pounds, you need to take in 100 ounces of water.
A word about fats: your body needs them but you will wish to make most of your fat sources from fish, (omega 3 and omega 6) nuts and vegetable oils. Saturated fats (solid at room temperature) should be limited and trans fats avoided whenever possible.
Read the "Nutrition Facts" on the package. If you cannot identify (or pronounce) most of the ingredients, why would you consume them? If you are looking for a quick snack, fresh veggies and fruits can always be kept within reach. A handful of your favorite nuts or whole-grain crackers (maybe with a couple of small cheese chunks, for fun!) might be just the right thing between massage sessions.
Keep an eye on sodium and sugar levels in prepared foods and beverages. While sodium is essential in maintaining fluid balance, too much can have an adverse effect on overall electrolyte values. Sugars, especially refined or processed, contribute calories to your daily count with few, if any, nutrients. Remember, high fructose corn syrup is just sugar by a different name. Some often overlooked bits of info on the "Facts" panel are serving size and servings per container. The amounts listed are per serving. If there are four servings and you are consuming the whole thing, multiply those values on the panel by four to be accurate.
While there are no newly uncovered facts and probably no groundbreaking ideas here, the message is clear. Good nutrition is neither too complicated to understand nor too difficult to obtain. Today's supermarkets are exactly that: super markets. All year 'round, most anywhere in this country, you will be able to find a staggering array of whole grains, either raw or in baked goods; the freshest vegetables, fruits, dairy products and meats. In mixing them by content, color and/or source, you can guarantee yourself and your family the building blocks of essential, good nutrition. Combined with a commitment to increased physical activity, you have a recipe for health and wellness.
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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