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Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
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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