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A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
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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