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A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
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.
Click here for previous articles by Rita Woods, LMT.
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