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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?."
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
Special Considerations for the C-Section Baby
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
It was the morning of March 14, 1996. An anesthesiologist was looking down at me. "You have a beautiful baby," she said. I was flooded with relief. Nicole, delivered by Caesarian, had been whisked away for evaluation the moment she entered the world. It would be another hour or two before I'd see her face for the first time.
As it turns out, skin-to-skin bonding right after delivery is one of many things that typically don't happen with C-section babies and that makes them prime candidates for CranioSacral Therapy. Missing out on a trip through the birth canal can set up a domino effect of challenges down the road unless they're addressed early.
"The ideal is for the newborn to be placed on mom's belly immediately after birth," says Michael Shea, PhD. "But because of anesthesia issues, C-section babies are usually evaluated first, depriving both mother and child of a critical phase in attachment and bonding that often affects things like breastfeeding."
Even before delivery, going through the birth canal squeezes fluid out of the baby's lungs to kick-start pulmonary respiration, which is critical for the suck-swallow-breathe reflex. "A baby has about five minutes to go from nine months of aquatic breathing to air breathing," Shea said. "Without that squeezing process, you see a lot of issues like colic and even breathing problems and asthma later on."
Roy Desjarlais, LMT, CST-D, sees other potential complications as well. "If the baby was engaged in the birth canal before the C-section, especially if the mother received Pitocin to speed up labor, the baby's cervical spine tends to be compressed. This, too, can cause difficulties with the suck-swallow-breathe reflex later on, because of how the hard palate plays off the cranial base structurally and neurologically." (Editor's Note: In telling her story, the author quotes her former husband, Roy Desjarlais, extensively.)
And in planned C-sections, with no labor involved, babies tend to come out with beautifully round heads, but they miss the natural mobilization of their spinal segments that they would have gotten with a vaginal delivery. "Mother Nature designed the birth process to be a tight squeeze for a reason," Desjarlais said. "To engage and prime the nervous system, and all the other systems in the body, to operate independently from the umbilical cord."
Early Hands-on Help Is Key
"The sooner I see a newborn the better, because it's less time they have to deal with any birth trauma issues," Desjarlais said. "I just finished working with a 10-week old whose mom ended up having Pitocin, so the little guy had been jammed in her pelvis for hours." The result? He spent ten weeks "screaming and crying" and unable to breastfeed.
"In his first session, he turned into a whole different baby," said Desjarlais. "His spine decompressed, his cranial base decompressed, and his suck reflex was suddenly free and engaged. I saw him a week later for a follow-up. He was resting easily, and feeding and eliminating regularly."
Shea thinks it's also critical to include the mom in the first few CranioSacral sessions. "I run into a lot of mothers who feel depressed or upset that the birth didn't go the way they wanted it to, and that can thwart attachment. Children and birth processes are liberal in their ability to repair, so all is not lost. But it's a lot to overcome, so you want to address these issues quickly."
He likes to assess the relationship between mother and child in the baby's first CranioSacral session. "I place one hand on her back and another on her hand as she holds her baby. Gradually I feel a settling, where they just drop into this beautiful stillness that I call the 'bubble of love.' You can actually feel this fluid container around them, like the aquatic environment the baby came out of, with all these love hormones piercing through. It just needs to be settled, so I visualize this container and help it settle by feeling it breathing at the rate of the long tide."
Completing the Biological Process
According to Desjarlais, compounding the psychological effects on the mom are those you might see in a child who didn't have the early experience of making it through a difficult space. "Sometimes that shows up down the road as someone who has a tough time facing challenges and persevering through. It's like they're looking for the easy way out because that was their first experience."
That's why he thinks it's important to give the infant a simulated experience of working through a birth canal to complete the biological process. He does that in a CranioSacral session by tuning into the baby's birth trauma and using an unwinding process. "You create a cocoon and a way out through your hands, which mimics a cervix in the birth canal. Then you allow the baby to gently push their way out. You can feel their whole nervous system release just by having the stimulus of making it through."
And make it through they do. Nicole had the good fortune to receive plenty of CranioSacral Therapy the day she was born. Now a healthy teenager, she's moved through a load of big transitions in her life with relative ease. It's the best kind of adjustment a mother could hope for.
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