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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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
It's Time to Spring Into Action
By Sharon Puszko, PhD, LMT
I've noticed a familiar drip, drip, drip sound coming from my patio this week that is putting a smile on my face. It is the sound of snow and ice slowly, but surely, melting off the roof and dripping down the gutter.Even though the last couple of winters have been more mild than usual in the Midwest, I still find myself anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring in March. While I enjoy the snow after it first falls, it always seems to turn into a slushy, dirty mess after a couple of days. Which makes it unpleasant to walk in, hike in, or simply get from my car into a building - especially when carrying a table. The disappearance of snow and the dirty snow piles makes it much easier for me to get outside on a regular basis. Since spring is now just around the corner, it is a perfect time to come out of hibernation and re-convene with nature.
Of course, we have all heard that it is good for us to spend time outside. The fact that sunlight touching human skin creates the most absorbable form of vitamin D available is a powerful testament to the importance of spending time outdoors. But, how often do you really get outside? I believe the answer to this question varies greatly depending on where people live and what their lifestyle is like. While some may be spending an abundance of time outside, my guess is that for the majority of us, there is room for improvement.
I know we all lead busy lives, but getting quality "nature" time every week is really important. There are a plethora of reasons to get outside on a regular basis - indeed, entire books have been written on the subject. Let me share with you just a few I came across. Hopefully, one or more of them will pique your interest and motivate you to spend some more time outdoors.
"Time-Out" For Adults
If your business is near a park or a quiet street, use a break in between clients to step outside for 10 minutes, and either sit on a bench or take a brief walk. If you are located near a busy street, or in a large city, I would recommend taking a brief walk with headphones and your favorite music. I, personally, would not find it relaxing to sit on a bench in the middle of Chicago. Try to forget about the phone, TV, Internet, to-do lists and family obligations for just 10 minutes. Getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge our body and mind. This is so important to us as practitioners!
Feed Your Brain
In a 2008 study, researchers at the University of Michigan found memory performance and attention spans improved by 20 percent after people spent an hour interacting with nature. We now live in a world of instant gratification and more people seem to have attention spans that are drifting in 10 directions at once. No doubt, we could all benefit from improving our ability to concentrate and remember things.
Invite New Things Into Your Life
When you leave the confines of your office or home, you enter a whole new environment, filled with new sights, sounds, smells, textures and people. By visiting a park or walking around the neighborhood, you can make new connections with people that would have never been possible. When you visit the same place at roughly the same time, you will probably start to recognize some of the faces you come across. Who knows what that might lead to: an interesting friendship or possibly a new client.
As the weather warms and the sights, sounds and smells of Spring begin to appear, I hope you will take advantage of at least one of these reasons and get outside. You, and your clients, will be glad you did.
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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