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Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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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