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Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
June, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 06
Water, Water, Not Everywhere
By Rita Woods, LMT
A few years ago, I bought a book that dramatically changed my view of water – "You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty," by F. Batmangheldj, M.D. He has written several books related to water and human health.As a massage therapist, his work changed how I talk to clients about proper hydration and changed how I view the origin of pain and suffering within the human body.
Water is the universal solvent that regulates all the functions of the body. ALL functions in the body. Nothing happens without it and in a depleted or dehydrated state, parts of your body will actually begin to shut down as a way to conserve what little water it has. It begins with a cell, then the surrounding tissue, then organs and finally entire systems break down and can no longer function normally. Over time, and without adequate clean water, the body is unable to repair itself and the damage becomes permanent.
Dr. Batmangheldj goes so far as to propose the root of most of our health problems stems from chronic dehydration and reminds us that thirst is not an accurate indicator of hydration. Hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, autoimmune diseases, migraines, cancer, obesity and osteoarthritis, are among the many conditions he explains using clearly defined physiological processes. Pain is a condition of particular interest to us as massage therapists. The book explains pain this way: when the acid-alkaline balance is off in the body, leaning toward an acidic environment, certain nerve endings are irritated.
This irritation alerts the brain about the chemical change and the conscious mind interprets this as pain. The water in the body is responsible for maintaining much of the acid alkaline balance by circulating things in and out of the cells. Water washes the acidity out of the cell and makes the cells interior alkaline. Without the water, our cells are doomed. Your brain is 85 percent water. Think about that. But wait, if you're dehydrated, you might not be able to think.
Clear, clean, uncontaminated water. We must have it to live, to ward off disease and enjoy a life without unnecessary pain and suffering. But we are wasting and destroying it quickly. By now you all know to turn off the water while brushing your teeth, fix leaky faucets, use low flow toilets and showers, replace worn out appliances with water saving and energy saving ones, use rain barrels to catch rain water for watering outdoor plants, etc....But that is not enough.
It's estimated that only about 10 percent of the water we use is for household use. Most of that goes down the bathroom drain. The other 90 percent is hidden in the food we eat, the energy we use, the products we buy and the services we rely on. That 90 percent represents the real danger. Much of the water that returns to our lakes and streams is still contaminated with chemicals and radiation and much more. We make choices. It is our choices that will facilitate change – not government regulation (or lack thereof).
How badly do you really need that new t-shirt? Could you combine one more errand with that trip and save one more gallon of gas? Could you buy a smaller refrigerator? Could you speak up against exploration methods that are destroying your environment? Can you see how fracking could lead to disease?
Without clean water, we could die a slow, agonizing death from disease and pain. The insidious destruction of our lifestyle won't seem so important when the health of the world fails on a global scale. It's time for all of us to take a stand for the welfare of the world. That starts at home. Today, I'm going to skip the meat, leave my car dirty one more week and visit the thrift store. I want the children of tomorrow to have the option of being healthy.
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