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Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
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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