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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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