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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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.).
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 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.
News in Brief
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.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
Know Your Numbers
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
You've heard the term "wake-up call". All too often we hear our friends or relatives say they have had a "wake-up call" after they have experienced some sort of serious health condition. I heard this comment after someone I know had a heart attack.
My message to you this month is to know your numbers (understand them) and have your "wake-up call" before encountering a heart attack or stroke.
Too many Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke being the most common forms. Coronary artery disease and stroke are the most common causes of death in the United States. If we can un-derstand what our blood pressure, cholesterol, and significance of our weight all mean, we can control (avoid) heart disease.
Here are some numbers that we should be aware of in order to maintain a healthy life:
Blood Pressure Numbers
The top number is the "systolic pressure." Systolic blood pressure measures the pressure inside your blood vessels at the moment your heart beats. The bottom number is your diastolic pressure. Diastolic blood pressure measures the pressure in your blood vessels between heartbeats, when your heart is resting.
What's Too High?
Anything under 120/80 is considered normal blood pressure. If the average of your blood pressure numbers is more than 140/90, you have high blood pressure.
Body mass index (BMI) is your weight in relation to your height. A BMI that falls into the "normal" range means that your weight is in reasonable proportion to your height.
Follow the chart to see where you fall. (See Weight chart below.)
Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories that our body needs to sustain at rest. In other words, how many calories do we really need? Simply put, take your weight and multiply it times 9. That is what you need if you have no activity in your life. If you are active, multiply your weight times 10.
Remember that if you are trying to lose one pound per week, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3,500 calories. Your body fat per-centage is simply the percentage of fat your body contains. There are scales and tools to calculate your body fat percentage.
Percentage Charts for Men and Women
LDL cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries. That is why LDL cholesterol is referred to as "bad" cholesterol. The lower your LDL cholesterol number, the better it is for your health.
HDL cholesterol takes the "bad" cholesterol out of your blood and keeps it from building up in your arteries.
Triglycerides: Excess calories, alcohol, or sugar in the body are converted into triglycerides, which are stored in fat cells throughout your body.
Your total blood cholesterol is a measure of LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and other lipid components.
The importance of these numbers is so our cardiovascular system can function efficiently. Heart and blood vessel problems do not happen quickly. Over time, the arteries that bring blood to the heart and brain can become blocked due to a buildup of fat and cholesterol. Buildup of plaque reduces blood flow to the heart (due to blockages in the arteries) causes heart attacks. Lack of blood flow to the brain from a blood clot causes a stroke.Manage Your Numbers.
I went to a free health screening at a local health fair to gather my numbers. All of these numbers can be calculated and interpreted for you.
Controlling your body weight, blood pressure and cholesterol helps reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Once you know your numbers, then you can take action to live a strong, healthy life.
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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