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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 Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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?
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.
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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
October, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 10
Nutritional and Supplement Needs Differ with Gender and Age
By Tina Beaudoin, ND
Life is significantly more complicated than it was just a few decades ago and knowing what to eat and what to supplement can be confusing. According to the National Health and Nutrient Examination Survey (NHANES), more than half of Americans report taking one or more supplements.In terms of nutrition and supplementation, there are some universal guidelines, as well as some variations in recommendations based on gender and age. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are the three basic macronutrients of our diet that should be enjoyed in balanced proportions during meals and snacks. Balance in most endeavors is beneficial and the right balance of certain macro- and micronutrients can change with age, gender and activity level.
Most people think about protein being essential to build strong muscles, but adequate protein intake also influences the production of antibodies, hormones, enzymes, clotting factors and brain chemistry. Protein needs, in terms of grams/kilogram/day, are highest in infants and gradually decrease as age increases. Pregnant and lactating women, as well as athletes, have increased metabolic needs that require additional protein intake.
In private practice, I have many patients that either skip breakfast altogether or opt for just a bagel or muffin. If you aren't able to consume more than a quick carb at breakfast, a protein shake or protein bar is a great way to get what you need to start the day right. Eating a simple carbohydrate at breakfast will give you a brief bump in energy as glucose is quickly released into the bloodstream. The adage, "all that goes up must come down" holds true in this situation. After the initial bump in energy, you then feel a sharp drop in blood sugar, which leaves you feeling tired and lethargic. Having a balanced meal that includes some protein and fats ensures a more gradual release of glucose and nutrients that gives you more consistent energy.
I wouldn't want anyone calling me a "meat head" on the playground, but I would be just fine with receiving the title "fat head." Fats and cholesterol are the essential building blocks of neurons, the individual cells of the nervous system. The recommendations around fat intake vary with age. Children between the ages of 1 and 3 have the highest AMDR (Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range) at 30% to 40% of calories per day of total fat. The AMDR is established based on reducing the risk of developing chronic disease while providing adequate intake of essential nutrients. Infants and toddlers have especially high needs for adequate fat intake to support healthy development of their brain and nervous system.
Omega-3's are polyunsaturated fatty acids that have been found to be an especially beneficial fat to both the young and old. Adequate DHA has been shown to offer cognitive benefits during pregnancy and early childhood development. Brain and retinal maturation are optimized with adequate DHA availability during fetal development and infancy. DHA has also been found to be of benefit to elders by providing resistance to the deleterious effects of aging and stress on the brain. Unfortunately, the typical American diet does not provide adequate intake of omega-3's and therefore does not offer an optimal supply of DHA for brain health. Eating a diet rich in walnuts, ground flax, wild-caught fatty marine fish and soybeans will help you enjoy the benefits of this healthy fat. Adding a daily omega-3 supplement is a great option to maintain adequate levels and help ensure that you keep your quick wit and cognitive abilities as you age.
Folate and zinc are great examples of how micronutrient requirements can differ between the sexes. It is not surprising that pregnant women have increased intake needs across the board of most macro and micronutrients. Folate is especially important during fetal development to ensure complete development of the nervous system and decrease the risk of neural tube defects.
The recommendations around zinc increase as you age with slight variations between the sexes. Teenage boys and adult men should consume 11mg daily of zinc daily, which is slightly more than teenage girls at 9mg daily and adult women at 8mg daily. Zinc is not only essential to immune function and our sense of taste and smell, it is vital to the sexual development and fertility of males. Research studies have shown that zinc supplementation produced positive changes in sperm quality and function. Supplementing or a targeted increase of zinc-rich foods (e.g., oysters, pumpkin seeds, and lamb) should also be a consideration for anyone taking thiazide diuretics or ACE-inhibitors, as these medications increase the amount of zinc lost in the urine. If you opt to supplement with zinc for an extended amount of time, you need to add 1-2 mg/day of copper for every 15-30 mg/day of zinc to avoid zinc-induced copper deficiency.
Whether discussing macro or micronutrients, our nutrient needs vary somewhat with age and gender. Eating a whole-food, nutrient-dense diet is a great way to ensure you have what your body needs to stay healthy and vital. Working with a licensed nutritionist or your family doctor can offer additional guidance on which nutrients should not be overlooked to ensure optimal health. When diet is not optimal, there is a growing body of research that has shown how specific supplementation can offer a variety of benefits. Remember that when you look down at your plate, be sure to enjoy a balanced meal with a colorful assortment of vegetables, proteins and healthy fats.
Dr. Beaudoin is a Medical Educator for Emerson Ecologics, a distributor of professional nutritional supplements to healthcare practitioners. She also enjoys maintaining a naturopathic family practice and is the president of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She can be reached at
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