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Parker University Embraces New Era
Change is in the air at Parker University, which recently announced the selection of both a new president and a new consultant for its seminar program.
Prostate Cancer Risk
A large study published in January 2016 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that men who are vegans had a 35% lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to non-vegan men. The study followed more than 26,346 men who are part of the Adventists Health Study-2.
Discovery: Finding Insights and Each Other in Different Disciplines
Recently I've been thinking about all sorts of things which are hidden from our daily direct experience. That general category is what links nearly everything that catches my attention and then demands some kind of investigation.
Finger (Pad) Pointing: Repetitive-Use Injury Waiting to Happen
"My wrist and hand hurt. I spend all day working on computers and then I come home and spend more time on a computer, usually playing video games."
Sleepless nights, anxiety, mood swings, euphoric energy bursts, obsessive thinking, and a strange feeling in his chest. That is what Matt was experiencing when he first entered my practice. Rather than being concerned, he was loving every minute of it.
A Different Way of Looking at It
The way you and your chiropractic colleagues access information has changed over the past decade. According to a recent survey conducted by Dynamic Chiropractic, almost half (48 percent) of DCs read online articles on their personal computer or laptop daily.
A Whole-Body Approach to Chronic Tension Headaches
Nearly every day in our practices, we see patients with chronic headaches that have not responded to traditional treatment. They present in our offices with a feeble hope that "maybe" a chiropractor can help.
Transforming Las Vegas
On a warm spring day in Las Vegas, Sonia Kim, clinic front desk staff, is busy preparing for a full day of intern shifts at Wongu Health Center. She greets patients, makes sure documents are properly signed, and lets the interns know that their patients have arrived.
The Need for Standards
ISO-TC-249: You may look at these letters and numbers and wonder what they are and what they might mean. They turn into: International Standards Organization- Technical Committee – 249. There is a global organization called The International Organization for Standardization.
In This Current Age of Anxiety
Anxiety, also referred to angst or hysteria, goes by many names. One, popularized by the sagacious Zhang Zhong Jing, who many practitioners of Chinese Medicine may be familiar with, is known as Restless Zang/Fu disorder.
Holistic Skin Care and Modern Technology
Anti-aging is a concept that we hear in reference to skin rejuvenation and growing older on a daily basis. Aging begins as soon as we are born; therefore "pro-aging" is embracing all stages of life gracefully, with vitality, wisdom, joy, and gratitude as the goal.
Keeping Malpractice Allegations at Bay
It has been suggested that in the litigious environment in which we live, the practice of chiropractic should be defensive and practitioners should constantly be watching their backs. An element of defensive practice is a good idea.
Constructing Our Reality, Part 2
My last article discussed perception and its relationship to the primary channels. Before we get to the channels most commonly used to treat sensory disturbances, the small intestine and triple heater, we should first talk about the bladder channel.
Living Well: Lessons From Our Oldest Old
Aging is a significant public health problem, important to chiropractors in practice and important to DCs who teach students training to become chiropractors.
Billing One-on-One, Direct Patient Contact
This is often misunderstood and leads to trepidation when documenting and subsequently billing timed services.
Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or it can be a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area, while not sacrificing the quality of patient interaction, can be a little tricky. However, with some focused effort and intention, your front desk can keep your practice running smoothly.
Hip Flexor Contractures & LBP in Above-the-Knee Amputations
Patients with above-the-knee amputations (AK or AKA) are particularly prone to developing hip flexor contractures. Not to be confused with muscle tightness, contractures are a permanent shortening of tissues which cause deformity or distortion.
With Low-Back Pain, Sometimes Little Things Matter
Typical treatments for low back pain involve large muscles like the quadratus lumborum, iliopsoas, and piriformis. However, there are situations when a very small muscle, the multifidus, can play a significant role in the diagnosis and treatment of low back muscular or spinal injury.
How to Reach Your World With the Chiropractic Message
My latest effort to share chiropractic occurred in mid-May while I was sitting at an introductory parent information night for high schoolers. The IT instructor informed us that each student would be receiving a computer for all their studies.
Distal Style Treatment of Neurogenic Pain
Treat locally or distally? This question has frequented my thoughts for the treatment of pain throughout my acupuncture career. Each style has strengths and weaknesses, thus the versatile practitioner would do well to forgo dogmatic adherence to any one style in deference to the needs of the individual patient.
One of the most common trends to see in clinical medical practice and public health is the cycles of health "buzzwords." These come and go depending upon the current cultural zeitgeist. One year, "parasites" are causing all the issues, and the next year it's "candida."
Low Fat vs. Low Carb & the Power of Protein
A science-based website recently posted a nice summary of 23 randomized, controlled trials from peer-reviewed journals pitting low-carb diets against low-fat diets.
Building Bridges with Discipline
As practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, our role is to educate patients and medical practitioners about the various safety aspects of our medicine. Medical doctors that embrace Chinese medicine want to collaborate and include Chinese herbal medicine in more aspects of clinical care to support their patients.
Understanding Levels of Evidence
The concept of levels of evidence is a cornerstone of research literacy and a great starting point for understanding basic principles of how research works.
Billing Timed Services
Q: I do not always use physical medicine services but in my state I do have a scope of practice that allows me to provide many of these services. I am trying to understand what "direct one-on-one patient contact" means in relation to physical medicine services.
Death & Health: Very Strange Bedfellows
Watching the news crawl on Good Morning America as I sat down to write this column, I see that the third leading cause of death in the U.S. is now officially being proclaimed as medical errors. Let's see..."medical"... wouldn't that be healthcare? So, the third leading cause of death is healthcare? Really? Somehow I never associated the two as being so equivalent. This is the healthcare that we are mandated to have insurance coverage for by the government, isn't it? The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), Medicaid, and Medicare, the "Big Three," are government run systems we are forced to participate in for our own good and for the good of society, or so we're told. They only cover "traditional medicine" for the most part. Relatively few of the alternative healthcare professionals are covered by the "Big Three," and everywhere I go those providers are saying they are being squeezed out by visit limitations, low reimbursement rates, pre-authorization requirements and the like. The death rate from screw-ups by the medical profession is right behind heart disease and cancer (numbers one and two) and ahead of ALL other causes. Yes, even ahead of those dangerous unregulated herbs, essential oils, and supplements we regularly hear pose such a threat to people that something must be done!
I expected a feature story on this but, alas, it just crawled off the screen with no comment from the program anchors. I was amazed it made the crawl. Someone will probably get fired for that. Interestingly, it is not even listed in the CDC's top ten causes. Yet, it has been known for some years to be the case. Gun deaths and drunk drivers do not even make the top 15 causes of death, yet the outcry is huge to ban guns or pass more gun control laws and make drunk driving laws stiffer.
Doctors and drugs kill more people than guns and drunks combined, by far. Why don't we have an outcry about the third leading cause of death? Where is the war against doctors and pharmaceuticals? Or at least against their screw-ups and how they are regulated? Because we really do not care about deaths unless we can advance a political agenda with them. We, as a society, only care about cash flow, power, and political agendas. Sadly, the willing fools riot over the agendas they are spoon fed by the media while Congress passes laws exempting drug manufacturers, "Big Pharma," from liability when their products kill or harm people.
Some think the government, the "traditional" medical profession, and the pharmaceutical companies care about us and care for us, but despite that perception, their actions indicate instead that they seem to be on a mission of population control. If not in the literal sense, at least in the reality that if you can control the health of the people, you control the people. Not a conspiracy, just a consensus as to the best way to make the most money and thus accumulate the most power. The money is made in treating sickness, not in curing it. Can't have a cure; the cash cow would dry up for that specialty. Follow the money trail. It will lead you to the power trail, a much higher stakes game.
Note: I am generalizing here about the overarching paradigm of the big system. Of course, there are exceptions and many, many conscientious, caring, careful allopaths. Mistakes will happen, as medicine is not as scientific as desired. Imperfect people are working on unpredictable people. But when healthcare becomes the third leading cause of death, something is drastically wrong, systemically, and needs to be publically questioned.
Why does our profession keep groveling at the feet of the allopathic professions, begging for acceptance and inclusion that we will never get because health is the antithesis to their "profit from sickness" system. Besides, who respects needy, whining, groveling people anyway? We should be marketing, together with our alternative colleagues, a new paradigm to the public who is looking for it and wants it. We should market ourselves as an alternative to the sickness system, outside of it. The allopaths have their place and always will. Crisis medicine is essential for trauma and severe sickness. We can work with allopaths when they will, to whatever degree, but a wellness model is required to better serve suffering humanity. It will have to be outside the "system" until the "system" collapses under its own weight. Keep breathing, that's a long time coming. However, then we will have a chance to be a primary part of a new integrated paradigm focused on health and wellness. That is, if we can have the consistent deliverables to offer by then. Believe me when I write that the alternative and integrative communities are watching, waiting for us to get out act together. Not our research, which is all well and good, but our skills, knowledge, and professionalism. We must get rid of the diploma mills, recruit people with professional potential, and teach them to be successful business professionals. We have the best mousetrap. Deliver it with skill, professionalism, and integrity and we will thrive.
Vermont has passed a great mandatory labeling bill for GMO foods effective July 1st. Big Food, Inc., Big Pharma, and Monsanto in particular, are fighting it with their millions. They are trying to get Congress to pass a national voluntary labeling act before July 1st to over-rule states rights. As if that will help consumers. They do not want you to know what you are eating. Money is made on sick people. You are what you eat and think. Again, our society and its rulers (call them what ever makes you feel better about them) doesn't care about life or health, they care about profit, money and power. The rest of the world is banning GMO products as they see the destruction of environment and health they cause. Many countries are banning Round-Up (Glyphosate) as WHO has determined it is a probable cancer causing agent. Our FDA intends to renew the approval on it. If you care, contact your Representatives and Senators and ask them to vote against the DARK Act (S-2609). Contact the FDA and tell them how you feel about your food being sprayed with cancer causing herbicides. Hey, if you like it – let them know that, but get involved. Care about health – yours and others. Activism is required to make change. Get involved – you get out of life what you put into it beyond yourself.