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News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
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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