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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
May, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 05
Past, Present, Future (Not the Ghosts of Christmas–But of ourselves!)
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
Let's do a mental exercise. Focusing on your health and wellness I would like for you to remember yourself as a 17-year-old high school student. Then, do a brief but honest self-assessment of your condition today.As a 17-year-old, you might have been in pretty good shape and full of life....maybe a little overweight or underweight but were you able to perform physically everything you wished to do? Probably so.
How about today? Is your physicality what you need it to be to perform according to your wishes? Are you lifting, carrying and moving items without struggling? How easy is it to walk up a flight of stairs? Do you consider performing massage your idea of exercising every day? Are you making the healthiest eating choices? Is your energy level where it needs to be?
Next, imagine yourself 17 years from now...
I know many of us have looked back and said, "I should have eaten better and exercised more years ago so I wouldn't be in this shape today." Take control of your life now to prevent disease and get fit.
Peer 17 years into the future... you are now the best possible version of the best possible vision you have of yourself, to paraphrase author Neale Donald Walsch. Now, ask yourself: "What will I need to do to get from here to this picture of optimal health and wellness?" And be kind to yourself. Keep real expectations by recalling where you started this exercise, at age 17.
Smart choices are where it begins and good nutrition is key. If you are carrying around extra weight, your joints are having to strain to do so and may be painful. That may keep you from a regular exercise routine which is also a necessary part of the equation. I made a sign that I hang in my office which reads "People don't get fat and out of shape because they get old; they get old because they get fat and out of shape." Think about that. Do you feel old? Are you acting "YOUR AGE"? Is it because you have gained some weight and cannot move the way you wish to? Or are your muscles tight and stiff and you do not have the ROM that you'd like to have?
Some simple fitness traits and smart nutrition added into your daily routine can get you on the right track. Just changing some of your food choices will bring many benefits. Start by eating more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and less saturated fats. To avoid tiredness, fatigue, and a sluggish immunity, daily physical activity should be a part of your routine, even if it is only 10 minutes at a time. You can go to www.mypyramid.gov for more information.
Mickey Mantle said, "If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." Healthy aging is about so much more than staying physically fit–it's also about maintaining your sense of purpose and your love for life. It is also finding new things to enjoy, adapting to change, staying physically and socially active, and being connected to your loved ones and your community.
Start taking care of yourself now. Strength train with a resistance band, stretch daily, work on your balance with a stability ball, increase your cardiovascular exercise by getting out and walking. I offer DVD instructional videos which can help train or motivate you. Search the internet for information you think might be helpful and supportive. Find inspiration from family and friends.
It's never too late to begin working on your future health. There is time to make changes and reap the rewards that come from a balanced wellness program. Don't dwell on the past, have some fun in your present and be your best in the future!
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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