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A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
January, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 01
Do You Take Supplements? Kiss Them Goodbye
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCBTMB
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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