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News in Brief
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) board members recently met with the Korean Customs Service, which is similar to the FDA, to discuss herbal safety and importation issues.
ICA Goes on the Vaccine Offensive
Have you watched the vaccination documentary, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe," by Andrew Wakefield MD, director, and Del Bigtree, producer? This is the documentary Robert DeNiro was pressured to remove from his Tribeca Film Festival.
Spiritual Initiation: Opening Your Higher Healing Abilities
People drawn to the field of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine tend to be those who march to the beat of a different drummer.
Paperwork Done Wrong, Done Right
I was visiting a doctor's office recently and a member of his staff brought a stack of forms to his private office and laid them on the doctor's desk. She informed him he needed to complete the forms for patients and a few third parties.
Gather & Grow
I recently attended a faculty seminar held by one of the acupuncture schools. There was a facilitator who led us through some very interesting experiences. The attendees were a diverse group with varying opinions.
TCM & the Caregiving Population: Treatment Considerations & Our Vital Role
Informal caregiving is increasingly a reality for many Americans who find themselves providing unpaid care for a loved one or a family member with a long-term, terminal, or chronic illness.
VF Works / DMX Works Epilogue: Almost Two Decades Later, the Lawsuits Continue
An article in the March 8, 1999 edition of Dynamic Chiropractic examined whether then-VF Works / Nu-Best Franchising was selling its franchises illegally to doctors of chiropractic.
Latest Cassidy Study on Stroke Risk Published
The latest study to investigate whether a unique association between chiropractic manipulation and risk of cervical artery dissection / stroke exists has yielded similar encouraging findings, with the authors noting "no excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care" and no significant risk difference between patients receiving care from a DC or a primary care medical provider.
Getting Unstuck: Healing From Trauma With TCM, Qigong & Movement
We all come into this world vulnerable, with seeds to grow into our strength. Some of us — through a combination of good fortune (i.e., family and culture we are born into, constitutional inheritance, or ability to learn) grow with minimal interruption from traumatic injuries and experiences.
House Calls With Dad
My father was a chiropractor and he did house calls. On Wednesday nights, while my mother attended the weekly women's meeting at the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs hall in our small town, dad loaded up the portable adjusting table, fired up the Pontiac and drove off to treat a few patients in their homes. I went with him.
The Acupuncture Channel System (Part 2)
The primary channels (main channels) are introduced in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, these channels are referenced in many chapters throughout the Su Wen and the Ling Shu. The primary channels have become the main channel system used in TCM.
Correcting Rib Dysfunction: Improve Patients' Pain, Posture and Breathing
As chiropractors, we tend to focus on the spine, and rightly so. Many problems our patients face can be corrected by manipulating the correct spinal level.
Advancing the "Whole Organ" Spine Model
Historically, the human spine has been organized by body region utilizing specific anatomical landmarks and transition zones.
Treating the Lower Pelvis (Pt. 2): Midline Structures and Fascia
My previous article [October 2016 issue] outlined evaluation and treatment of pelvic issues involving the sacrotuberous ligament and the pubic symphysis. Now let's discuss two case studies that illustrate how to address additional problematic areas of the pelvis.
Reader Beware: Consider the Source
The aftermath of last year's presidential elections brought a running conversation on the role played by "fake news" that was largely presented via social media.
Chiropractic in Texas Is Under Attack
The profession of chiropractic faces an unprecedented challenge in Texas, an attack that is more aggressive, sustained and dangerous than anything previously seen. The medical lobby has launched a coordinated, multi-front assault.
Helping Patients With Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease (PD), a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects motor function, has a slow onset over time.
The Large Intestine Official
The large intestine (AKA colon) is the great eliminator, or as J.R. Worsley called it, "The Drainer of the Dregs." Dregs are defined as the remnants of liquid with its sediment left in a container, or the basest, least valuable portion of anything.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter
New estimates suggest more than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. The medical significance of this statistic is astounding.
A Brief History of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Doctoral Programs
A doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine has been a goal of the profession since its beginnings in the late 1970s. At that time, however, the maturity of the educational institutions and the regulatory environment made it a goal with only a distant completion date.
Near-Infrared Therapy for Diabetic Neuropathy
The pain experienced by people with diabetes is a symptom of diabetic neuropathy. The impact on quality of life is significant. Pain makes walking difficult, sleep troublesome, and eventually contributes to a decrease in social interaction.
4 Things Every DC Should Know About Levels of Care & Prevention
As health practitioners, we help people with their health problems and assist them with health promotion and disease prevention.
November, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 11
To Supplement Or Not; That Is the Question
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
In my role as a personal trainer and long-time competitive athlete, I have often been asked about dietary supplements: "which ones should I take; how much, and for how long?" Unfortunately, there is no simple answer.Like all else health and wellness related, it will be a matter of meeting specific, individualized needs in the present circumstances.
First, let's keep in mind the term "supplements". The understanding should be that the product, whether vitamin, mineral, herbal extract, essential amino compound, enzyme or any other, would be taken to supplement some vital nutritional resource which may be missing from our regular diet. The FDA considers supplements to be food and not drugs. Each must be labeled as such and have a "Supplement Facts" panel. Doctors may prescribe supplements and in such cases, they are regulated as drugs. As always, if you have a particular concern, do not hesitate to contact another health care professional such as a registered dietician or other prescriber.
So, the place to start to decide whether or not to supplement begins with assessing our food choices. My favorite resource for all things nutritional is still www.MyPyramid.gov. Click on the navigation bar on the far left side at the link titled "Dietary Guidelines" and you'll find the best description of what current science holds as a healthy diet. Keep in mind: this is NOT a therapeutic diet to address any particular challenge or goal but a good baseline to help with nutritional decisions. In the descriptions of the fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and other groups and items are observations about how good a source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients these foods may be. If there are foods you cannot or do not include in your regimen which do provide these essential nutrients, you may choose to supplement.
During my childhood, and perhaps well before, parents were advised to feed their children a daily multi-vitamin. Most of these also contained an essential mineral compound and most were delivered orally, sometimes disguised as a cartoon character or popular candy. In cases where the child's diet did not reflect the ideal choices for delivering vital nutrition, at least most of what were once called "Minimum Daily Requirements" was met. This "healthy habit" is one which may have stayed with some of us, even to this day. If so, when was the last time you read the "supplement facts" on the container? Are you getting as much as you need of what your diet may lack or taking too much of what you don't need, at all?
Consider this; in the case of water-soluble vitamins (B's and C), your body will make immediate use of what it needs and excrete the rest, resulting in an enriched toilet bowl. With fat-soluble (A, D, E and K) your body will store what it cannot use immediately and those levels could, conceivably, escalate to become toxic. With minerals, some work well alone but others are only effective in the presence of a synergist. In the case of some herbal supplements, enough research may not exist to verify or dispute certain claims of efficacy for one condition or another. With amino acids and enzymes, supplementation without the benefit of detailed blood-work analysis may be, at best, a guessing game.
Where Does All This Leave Us?
Americans are eating their way to an early grave. The key is to know what foods to eat, which foods to eat in moderation, and which foods to avoid. There are many causes for unhealthy eating habits. But, we have many resources available to us where we can learn of the healthier choices. Use the Internet (MyPyramid.gov is a great start), library, book stores, or health care provider to gather information for your personal individualized dietary needs.
Let's not forget about water. Water is the most important nutrient for our bodies. It is involved in every bodily function. Some people never drink water. People who have joint pain may think they are Advil deficient. It could possibly be their body is just crying out for H2O.
By eating a variety of nutritious foods, you will likely get the adequate amounts of essential nutrients. If not, supplements might meet the need. However, there are no magic pills; taking supplements should never take the place of foods that are important to a healthy diet. Stay healthy.
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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