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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
August, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 08
The Rewards of Working with Dementia Patients
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
I'm a brain/behavior geek from way back. In college as an occupational therapy student in the 1970's, I added a semester just to take more psychology classes. An internship was spent living and working at a large state mental hospital in Wisconsin.I loved it! My first jobs were in acute psychiatric units. I loved that, too. I spent ten years working in a rehabilitation center for people with traumatic brain injuries. I really loved that! Then I started working in nursing homes and began to learn about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Fast forward to the present time and my favorite work is sessions with people with advanced dementia and teaching massage therapists and other professional caregivers how they do it, too. As our population ages, we will see greater numbers of people with cognitive impairment. Did you know that of people over the age of 85, about half have some degree of dementia? This is an issue that will affect almost all of us personally or professionally.
Geek that I am, I like finding a new piece to the puzzle of dementia and the inner world of people living with it. One piece I'd like to share with you is that not all dementia is the same. What follows is a description of the most common forms of dementia and the conditions that create it. Dementia is a general term meaning loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. It's important to understand that no two people are alike when it comes to dementia, even if the diagnosis is the same.
Alzheimer's disease (AD)
This is the most common type of dementia and accounts for about 60 percent of cases. AD is a progressive, degenerative disease that results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior reducing the ability to perform routine activities; common symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion, difficulty in communicating, disorientation in time and place, mood swings, restlessness, sleeplessness, behavioral disturbances, personality changes and perceptual motor problems. Abnormal structures called plaques and tangles are prime suspects in damaging and killing nerve cells, leading to brain atrophy. Plaques and tangles are deposits of protein fragments that bind together over time. Experts believe they play a critical role in blocking communication among nerve cells and disrupting processes that cells need to survive.
It's the destruction of nerve cells that causes symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. If AD is diagnosed prior to age 65, it is considered early onset. The course of the disease is similar as described above. Researchers have identified a possible genetic or familial link in people who develop the disease in their 40's or 50's. Early onset AD is relatively uncommon.
Vascular dementia is the second most common. It's caused by decreased blood flow to parts of the brain, depriving cells of nutrients needed to live. Onset can be sudden following a cerebral vascular accident (stroke). In others, onset is more stepwise. This happens when the person has a series of small strokes, known as transient ischemic attacks. Unique symptoms may include emotional outbursts and weakness in one or more extremities.
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is progressive and caused by abnormal protein structures in the brain called Lewy bodies. Symptoms are similar to AD, except that visual hallucinations and paranoia is a unique feature. People with LBD have symptoms very much like Parkinson's Disease including muscle rigidity and tremors and stooped posture. LBD is the third most common form of dementia.
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is caused by cell degeneration and tissue shrinking in the brain's frontal or temporal lobes, which control functions of personality, behavior and language. Symptoms vary, depending upon the portion of the brain affected. Some people with FTD have dramatic personality changes and social behavior is inappropriate and impulsive while others lose language abilities. Most people diagnosed with FTD are in their 50's or 60's.
Dementia is a growing concern in healthcare, our communities and families. Sound information gives us a foundation from which to act and increases our comfort level to serve this special population. My next article will explore how focused touch and sensitive massage can improve the quality of life for both the person living with the disease and their care partners. Until then, take good care.
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