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Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
February, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 02
Inspired By Service and Proud to be a Part of the Massage Community
By Angie Patrick
I do not know about you, but it has become so difficult to watch the news lately. There are so many people who find themselves in distress this time of year and then compound it with freakish natural disasters, and you have a SCI-FI channel movie of the week.
I have read so many stories of those who have lost all and are trying to fight their way out of a hole. It is on the news nightly, on the web, on my news feed on Facebook, simply everywhere. I am constantly inspired to do something, although the answers as to what to do don't come as easily. Were I of the financial means to reach out to every case I saw, I would absolutely be the one to do it. But, while I have some to share for those in need, it does not even begin to come close to helping everyone.
Today, I have never been more proud to be a part of a community like our massage community. I have seen people mobilize and organize and make a difference in the means and ways they can. I have watched organizations born, watched as manufacturers, resellers, therapists, internal and external stake holders in our profession digging deeply and doing what they can to provide assistance for those who they can reach and assist. This is awe inspiring.
It is not new to this industry, however. I can name 15 organizations created by therapists off the top of my head that are in perpetual outreach benefiting others. Therapists, as well as those affiliated with our industry, are by nature giving souls and caretakers. It is with this rare penchant for helping others that they go further than most, act more often than most and are first to extend a helping hand in a time of crisis. In fact, I know of those helping in the far reaches of Nepal, Dubai, South America, Haiti, Japan, Korea and New Zealand. This is not "our backyard" so the press isn't as prevalent, but the needs are similar. And it is without hesitation these people organize and provide help, often at great personal costs.
I am inspired by the acts of kindness and philanthropy I see around us. I would be quite hard pressed to look within any other industry and find so many like minded people determined to make a difference and leave a positive stake where they once stood. They make a vow to better circumstances for their brothers in need, even if that brother is on the other side of the planet. And recently, so many have rallied to support hurricane victims so close to home. I am awestruck by these people, and by their tenacity to improve the human condition in the only means they know. They rally, they convene, they persuade, they invite, they enlist and they call on every person they know to help make a difference. This is a feat that is not small by any standards, and it is a giving of themselves that you do not see as readily elsewhere.
Why am I sharing all of this with you? I am glad you asked. I would like to celebrate those who give of themselves, and who are the self appointed caretakers of the planet. This is not a job they were given but rather one they claimed as their own. They were not voted in, they volunteered. They did not rise to the occasion for self promotion, but rather out of the spirit of doing something for others, without expecting in return. This kind of individual deserves celebrating, as they are the changers of the world.
I can tell you, nothing feels as good as helping others. NOTHING. No money, no gift, no riches, no perks, no celebrity ... NOTHING. Helping others provides a sort of inner fulfillment and self assurance that a job, a chorus, a fan, a friend, a fan club could never provide. It is a high you have to try to understand. And this time of year, you need not look far to find someone who could use a little help. Being a point of hope and unexpected benefit to another person is within itself its own reward, and it will fill your soul to the brim with joy. Being able to see the relief on a troubled soul's face as you help provide means for them to achieve is something you will never soon forget. It does not take much, so even if you have little, you have more than someone else. And be it monetary, inspirational, or in the form of a gift, the recipient will never forget your act of kindness and will likely continue the swell and pay it forward.
I am proud to be in this industry. I am honored to be lucky enough to provide help where I can. It makes me proud my daughter sees her Mommy and Daddy caring for others, because she will want to do the same. Maybe it's a can of corn for the canned food drive, maybe it's spending some time packaging boxes at the local food pantry, or maybe its a few dollars in the Fireman's boot at the stoplight. EVERYTHING COUNTS! No amount of gift is too small, and a gift of your time as a volunteer is PRICELESS. And in the end, your heart will fill with joy and someone's needs will be met.
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