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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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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?
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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
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.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
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.
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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