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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?."
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.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
The Facts About Sugar: The Sweet and the Sour of It
By Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
While on a flight to Phoenix this past fall, I came across an article on sugar that I found interesting. It made me wonder exactly how much sugar was in the non-fat, no whip, grande peppermint white chocolate mocha I was sipping.After settling in at the hotel, I checked Starbuck's website for the nutritional information, and interestingly, sugar is not listed. After some more online research, I found out my drink had 49 grams of sugar. Well, what exactly does that amount to? Is it a lot? We have been hearing more and more about the excessive use of sugar in our society and its possible effect on obesity and diabetes. But exactly how much we should or should not be consuming has not been made overtly clear. Since we work in the wellness field, it would certainly behoove us to get a sense of where our eating habits fall in the sugar-consumption spectrum.
It turns out that 49 grams of sugar is indeed a lot of sugar. In fact, it is more than double the recommended daily intake of added sugar for women. For the first time ever, in 2009, the American Heart Association published recommendations on sugar consumption (Circulation, August 2009). The report explained that we need to start limiting the amount of added sugars we consume, not naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit, vegetables and dairy products. For women, that means we should consume no more than 24 grams (about six teaspoons) of added sugar a day. For men, the recommendation is no more than 36 grams (about nine teaspoons) of added sugar a day, and for children the recommendation is 12 grams per day, or three teaspoons. Many a survey has found that on average, Americans consume about 22 teaspoons of added sugar on a daily basis.
After reading this report, I was quite shocked by how much added sugar most of us are eating without even realizing it. Now that I know how to read the nutritional labels (4 grams = 1 teaspoon or 1 gram = 1/4 teaspoon), I can try to do a better job of keeping track of my sugar intake. The problem, however, is that almost all processed foods have sugar added to them. That whole wheat bread I switched to in order to eat more healthy? Five added grams of sugar in one slice. My creamy peanut butter? Three grams of added sugar. Combined with my daily two cups of coffee (with cream and sugar) and I have reached already reached my limit. The half pint of chocolate milk children get from the school cafeteria? Well, that has 18 grams of added sugar. Add that to the sugar found in popular cereals, yogurts, granola bars and fruit juices, and you will soon understand why doctors are associating sugar consumption with the rise in childhood obesity and diabetes.
Let's be realistic: time and financial constraints make it almost impossible for the average family to prepare three meals a day without using any processed foods. So what, if anything, can we do to decrease sugar consumption?
I chose this topic because our personal state of health does directly relate to our ability to treat clients. If the body is constantly directing energy towards managing insulin levels, it is pulling that energy away from other areas. If we could train our bodies to resist the immediate gratification of the sugar “high,” would we feel even more energetic in the long run? Maybe we could handle doing one more massage a day? Or have enough energy to increase how much we workout? Many in the wellness and fitness industry condone sugar elimination cleanses. After writing this article, I am curious to learn more about them. For now, though, I think I will start by passing on the Starbucks mocha next time I fly.
Sharon Puszko is the owner/director/educator for Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute. She may be contacted at
or through her Web site: www.daybreak-massage.com.
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