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New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
March, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 03
Our Important Silent Teachers in the Dissection Lab
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Just like our clients, in life they were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, aunts and uncles. Their occupation was bus driver, teacher, homemaker, law enforcement officer, railroad worker, firefighter, mechanic, electrician, nurse and postal carrier.They vary in age, sex, race, size and shape. Each had a different life experience, cultural background, education and personality. Yet while living, they where similar, they had foresight and took the actions necessary to make themselves available for us to learn.
Their special gift provides an irreplaceable component to our knowledge of the human body and the skills we acquire to help others. Without their dedication to education, this hands-on learning experience would not exist. Their gift allows us to study clinical anatomy by dissecting to see the variations of the human body, the effects of aging and the results of diseases and surgeries. We are very grateful for the knowledge they chose to share. In respect to their exquisite souls, we begin and end each full body dissection workshop with a dedication to "Our Silent Teachers."
They are many questions to this type of seminar so I want to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about medical willed-body programs. Please keep in mind the laws and regulations vary from one state to another and from program to program.
How does someone donate his or her body to become a "Silent Teacher?" If interested, specific paperwork must be on file with the Willed Body Program in your state prior to the donor passing. The process is easy and begins by the donor discussing their wishes with their legal next of kin. Then, completing two original consent forms that require the signature of the donor and two witnesses. One original form is mailed to the state Willed Donor Program, the other is kept by the donor's legal next of kin.
Some states can accept donations of deceased individuals that are not previously signed up. Under some circumstances, a spouse, registered domestic partner, attorney-in-fact, or children of the donor may make a donation at the time of death.
Can the donation be made to a specific college or program? Many Willed Body Programs allow the donor to specify the college, program and/or the type of research they will be supporting and facilitating. The donor can withdraw or redirect their donation to a different program at any time prior to passing.
Are there cases in which a donor is not accepted? Donors may not be accepted if an autopsy has been performed or they have donated their organs. A contagious disease exists such as virulent herpes, hepatitis, HIV, tuberculosis or some cases of senile dementia. Other conditions include crushing injuries, decomposition, severe obesity or emaciation. Most programs require the entire body. Depending on the program, surgeries like coronary bypass, hip and knee joint replacement, bunionectomy, spinal fusion, laminectomy, etc. are not an issue. These donors are excellent examples for students to see and learn clinical anatomy while having a hands-on understanding of its application.
How long will the donor be needed? To perform studies and research, the donor is typically needed for two years. Some programs require more time and a few need the donation indefinitely for ongoing research. The donor is informed of the time commitment prior to registering for the program.
What happens to the donor after the studies are complete? The Willed Body Registration Packet will have the specific details. In many states, the donor is cremated and returned to the next of kin or location of final interment.
How can an individual get a Willed Body Registration Packet? Go online and search "Willed Body Program State of (enter the donor's state)." Books, charts, models, videos and computer programs are helpful aids to learning about the human body. However hands-on dissection provides a clear understanding of the interconnection of the structures that form the body and how they function.
Since 1993, I have been honored and fortune to study with so many Silent Teachers. Their special gift provides an irreplaceable component to our knowledge of the human body and the skills we acquire to help others. We will never forget these exquisite souls, whose final unselfish act compels each of us in the dissection lab to use the knowledge they provide in ways that will honor their spirits.
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