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Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?."
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.
April, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 04
Dissection: The Ultimate Educational Experience
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Have you ever wondered what the tissues look like under your patient's scars? Or how these tissues were affected by a knee or hip joint replacement? Have you ever wondered what an artery filled with plaque looks like or how easy or difficult it is to break a piece of plaque off the arterial wall during a massage? What does the inside of the chest cavity look like after the sternum has been cut in half and the chest has been spread apart for bypass surgery? Or the wrist that has experienced a carpel tunnel release procedure?
Would it be helpful for you to see and touch cancerous tissues? How valuable would it be to see, touch and compare the same muscle, such as a bicep or trapezius, on multiple specimens of different body types and genders at the same time? Are you curious about how the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle tendons merge to form the Achilles tendon? Or the relationship between the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle? Would you like to see how close a surgeon gets to the spinal cord during a laminectomy? Graduates of a full body dissection seminar have seen and touched the body, and dissected each layer, to know the answers to these and many more questions. The knowledge graduates gain and the refinements they make to their palpation skills is immediately applicable. Graduates say the experience transformed their treatment style and approach on many levels. A full body dissection is a rare educational opportunity that allows you to see and touch the structures that form (anatomy) the human body and understand how they function (physiology). The experience fundamentally changes your understanding of the human body.
If you find human anatomy dissection exhibits such as Body Worlds or BODIES fascinating, then you will feel comfortable in the dissection lab. I have been teaching dissection at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, in Tampa since 1993. One third of the students in each dissection seminar are prior graduates of the program; many have attended five to eight times. The seminars were initially designed for massage therapists, however, over the years students have included a variety of health care professions from Acupuncture Physicians that want to refine their needle placement and depth, to physical therapists, nutritionists and others that want to learn more about the human body.
Each seminar begins with a tribute to honor the exquisite souls who bequeathed (donated) their bodies to science. We hold a dedication to our "Silent Teachers" for the privilege of being their students. We commit to embrace the valuable knowledge they are about to teach us and to apply that knowledge to the benefit of our patients.
Next we palpate the boney landmarks and inspect the cadavers for scars and surgical incisions. Even when we identify a surgical site, we don't know the nature of the surgery until we look inside the body (Photo 2). Signs of coronary bypass surgery might be easy to identify, but until we start the dissection, we don't really know what the scar indicates. One thing you will realize quickly is that you don't have to be a doctor to spot pathology. As we dissect through the layers of the body we uncover: joint fusions, pleural adhesions, aneurysms, hernias, cirrhosis of the liver, heart bypass, pacemakers and much more. These insights bring a whole new awareness about the effects of disease on the body. This new level of understanding causes students to judge contraindications and treat patients with even more care and sensitivity. Another interesting part of the dissection process is identifying anomalies (Photo 3). Over the years, students have identified a cadaver missing an upper trapezius on one side, another had a levator scapula with accessory rib attachments, a third had muscles missing areas of fiber in the leg that were filled with fat, just to name a few.
Dissection allows students to better understand the effects of various surgical procedures. For example, during bypass surgery, the great saphenous vein is removed from the lower extremity. This is what causes the long scar on the medial side of a patient's thigh and leg. During a dissection seminar, you learn exactly what structure was removed and how deep it was embedded in the thigh and leg. You see how it was reattached and used for the coronary bypass surgery. You know exactly what tissues and systems of the body were affected during the operation and how the tissues healed. The dissection process allows you to see through both the doctor's eyes and the patient's body at the same time, giving you greater clarity and insight into treating your patients.
The percentage of health care providers who perform a human dissection during the course of their education is relatively low. Taking part in a dissection creates a special bond, or level of respect, among its participants in the medical community. Graduates report a new level of confidence personally and professionally after dissecting every structure of the body, layer by layer, from skin to bone (Photo 4). The ability to go into a dissection lab to see and touch the structures that form the human body is a rare experience. Initially students enter the dissection lab simply to gain a better understanding of the human body. However, they are all amazed at the positive impact their new knowledge had on every area of their life.
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