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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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
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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