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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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
January, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 01
Do You Take Supplements? Kiss Them Goodbye
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
If you take or sell vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to protect you from yourself. They care so much about your health. NOT!
This is no joke. It is deadly serious. The FDA has found a loophole in the 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). While supplements that existed at the time the law was passed were protected by law, the FDA was given the authority to regulate any new ingredients that were introduced after Oct. 15, 1994. What happened? At first, nothing. For 17 years, the FDA took no action. During that time, no one has been killed by a supplement ingredient. However, recently, the agency has drafted a proposal to regulate what it calls "new dietary ingredients." If this proposal is implemented, some of the most effective nutrients you take will be pulled from the market. Nutrients like resveratrol, ubiquinol CoQ10, bacopa, strontium and more.
Under the proposed new guidelines, the FDA can define almost anything as a "new dietary ingredient." For example:
If a supplement formula is changed to alter the ratio of ingredients, something like including more vitamin C for example, vitamin C becomes a new ingredient and must be proven safe.
If a probiotic yogurt formula now contains a strain of bacteria that was not found in yogurt 17 years ago it is new.
If a new manufacturing process is implemented the product is now new.
So what? Well, now manufacturers must prove any new ingredient "safe." How safe? According to the guidelines, many companies would have to conduct animal studies using a dosage that's 1,000 times the typical dose. I'm not kidding. A fish oil manufacturer would have to conduct a one-year study in which animals are force-fed the human equivalent of 240,000 milligrams of fish oil each and every day. Do you think this outrageous overdose might injure or kill its victim? Of course it could. And that would give the FDA all the excuse it needed to outlaw any product that contained it. Not to mention thousands of innocent animals abused and killed. Where is PETA on this?
It gets worse. One manufacturer cannot use another's research on the same product. Each manufacturer must conduct its own safety research, even if they both are using the same fish oil or vitamin C. And, remember, even with a mountain of successful research submitted, the FDA is not required to approve anything. A typical study, so called research, costs between $100,000 - $200,000 to perform. If a company has six products with six ingredients each, it would cost $3.6 - $7.2 million with no guarantee of approval, no matter how safe an ingredient is proven to be. There is no way most supplement companies could afford to do these ridiculous studies.
Supplements that have changed in any way since 1984 could be banned and pulled from the shelf by the FDA because they are not proven safe. According to the FDA, acetaminophen is proven safe, yet it kills hundreds of people a year. An FDA researcher estimated there may have been more than 27,000 deaths linked to the use of Vioxx before the FDA finally took the drug, which was proven "safe," off the market. No one has died from a food supplement, but they are not "safe" according to the FDA. See how much they care about your health?
If these rules are allowed to take effect, most food supplements will disappear from the market. Those that are proven "safe" will cost many times more than they do today. Homeopaths have spent millions trying to prove some of their remedies through "research." They have been successful and now the formerly cheap remedies are prohibitively expensive. Most manufacturers, especially the best ones which are smaller operations, will be put out of business and by the time the rules are changed, will be gone and unable to return, so their products will be lost, maybe forever. More job creation by the administration.
Are you concerned about this? Do you care? Not taking a stand is taking a stand. Not speaking out is speaking out. It will take an overwhelming outpouring of citizen response to the FDA, Congress and the White House.
Please, if you care at all - contact the people you do elect: your Congressman and your two U.S. Senators. They have the power to rein in the FDA and they have done so before — when enough voters complained. Please start complaining, loudly and regularly, until these rules are withdrawn or over-ridden by Congress. It is your health and freedom at stake. Even if you do not take supplements, please help defend and protect the rights of those who do.
To locate the contact information for all of your elected officials, visit www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml. To view the proposed rules and the contact information for the FDA representative, visit www.fda.gov/RegulatoryInformation/Dockets/Comments/default.htm.
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