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Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
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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