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Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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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