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NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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.
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?
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.
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.
July, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 07
Debunking the Myths and Telling the Truth About Mineral Oil
By Paul Rapai
Mineral oil, for several decades now, has been given an undeserved and totally erroneous reputation concerning its use in formulating many products and as a primary lubricating ingredient in massage lotions and creams.This myth, containing distorted facts and half-truths, has been told to massage therapy students by well-meaning but misinformed instructors and gets more distorted as it is perpetuated. I intend to present the reader with the truth about mineral oil and invalidate the myth.
Mineral oil is produced by the fractional distillation of crude oil, also know as petroleum. Crude oil is an oily liquid solution of hydrocarbons formed from a combination of minerals and decaying animal and plant matter. It is "the fossil remains of prehistoric forests and sea-beds" and is found in the earth in certain rock strata.
The petroleum is extracted from the earth, taken to refineries where it is boiled and vaporized. The vapors rise in a vertical cooling column called a condenser where they convert back into their liquid state at different levels. No chemicals are used in this process. These separated fractions are then collected, some being processed into gasoline, fuel oil, diesel fuel and kerosene, and others into paraffin wax, Vasoline and mineral oil. The mineral oil is then further purified using the same process that is used in purifying nut, seed and vegetable oils.
The mineral oil used in most cosmetics, moisturizers and massage lotions and creams is a highly refined grade of light mineral oil that is food grade (NF) and has the following properties:
Websters New World Dictionary (2nd College Edition) defines "natural" as "produced or existing in nature ... not artificial or manufactured; without man-made changes; wild; uncultivated." It defines crude as "in a raw or natural condition, before being prepared for use; an unrefined or unprocessed substance; specifically crude petroleum." Therefore by definition, and by geological science, crude oil/petroleum is a natural substance. However, I propose this question: Can the extracted oils from plants, nuts and seeds, when they are planted, cultivated, fertilized and sprayed with chemicals by man, be truly considered natural? The distillation of crude oil to separate its distinct constituent liquids is also a natural process. It is the same process that produces rain when the evaporating waters from oceans and lakes cool as they rise into the atmosphere and convert back into a liquid state.
Mineral oil and many other everyday useful, benign and totally safe substances are derived from combinations of chemical elements that in no way resemble the resulting substance. Water (H2O) is an excellent example: it is a liquid made up of two gases – oxygen (which we need to live) and hydrogen (a flammable gas). Common table salt (sodium chloride) is another example; without the caustic properties of chloride (a form of chlorine) or the unstable explosiveness of sodium.
Canadian WHMIS, the American FDA and OSHA classify highly refined mineral oil as a non-hazardous, non-carcinogenic and non-toxic substance. The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association has stated that "the topical use of white mineral oil does not represent a local or systemic toxicity risk to humans." The International Agency for Research on Cancer also classifies mineral oil as non-carcinogenic. FDA regulations approve its use directly and indirectly in food.
Mineral oil is considered relatively inert, stable and resistant to thermal degradation. It will not support microbial, bacterial, yeast or fungal growth. Mineral oil washes out of clothing and sheets easily "because it does not form rancidity bonds with natural fabrics." Food type ingredients such as nut, plant and seed oils are NOT stable. They decompose quickly, are subject to mold and bacterial contamination, can feed bacteria, and solidify to cause clogged pores and acne. It is due to these drawbacks in using organic oils to formulate massage lubricants and cosmetic products that higher concentrations of preservatives and fragrances must be used. Also, keep in mind that many people are allergic to certain vegetable, nut, legume and essential oils. Mineral oil, "for the most part is sensitivity free."
Mineral oil is often used as a cathartic, an agent, when taken internally, causes the bowels to evacuate. It is then excreted in the stool rather than being absorbed by the body. Did you know that 80% of cosmetics, make-up, skin care and hair care products contain mineral oil? The following are just some of the many world-wide products that are formulated using mineral oil: moisturizing cream and lotion; cold cream and make-up remover; lipstick and lip balm; eyelash ointment; products used for the removal of temporary tattoos; hair products, shampoo and conditioner; hair removal products; deodorant; sunscreen and after sun products; gel type scented candles; livestock vaccines; preservative for wooden cutting boards, salad bowls and utensils; cooking spray; coating for fruits and vegetables; laxatives; lubricants in enema preparations; soap and shaving cream; wound healing salves; baby lotion and diaper rash ointment; and massage lubricants.
Well, there you have it! No distorted information, no gossip; no hearsay, no rumours and no perpetuating of the myth. I have presented to you all of the real facts, definitions, scientific studies and data and information from books, other articles and Wikipedia that my research could uncover. You now know the truth about mineral oil. To sum it up, mineral oil has been proven to be one of the safest, non-irritating, hypo-allergenic, non-carcinogenic, non-acnegenic, non-invasive, stable, inexpensive and effective lubricants in massage creams and lotions.
Paul Rapi is the founder and President of Paradel Poducts Ltd. He is a retired massage therapist from Ontario, Canada, and takes great pride in the quality products and customer service that Paradel provides. For more information about Myo-ther Professional Massage Products please visit www.myo-ther.com.
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