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Gaining an Independent Occupational Code with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
One of the most important national activities currently taking place in relation to the development of the field of AOM profession is the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) revision of the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.
The Power of Words: DCs Share Drug-Free Approach
There's no doubt that words are powerful and important – especially in the chiropractic profession, where we have been struggling for years to find the right words to describe who we are and what we do.
Common Disorders of the Temporomandibular Joint
The evaluation and management of craniofacial pain is a complex endeavor, which often encompasses the presence of temporomandibular joint disorders.
The Urinary Bladder Official
The Bladder Official is known as the Official Who Controls the Storage of Water. In Western medical terms, this organ collects the urine excreted by the kidneys.
Preserving the Natural Resources and Culture of Chinese Herbal Medicine
As the world experiences unprecedented population growth and ever-increasing ecological pressures, the topic of preserving Chinese medicine's natural resources has attracted steadily increasing attention from practitioners.
Managing Hallux Hypomobility Disorders (Part 2)
In part one of this series we discussed the unique properties and significance of the first toe in the propulsive phase of gait. In particular, we discussed the importance of the first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ).
Gallop Confidently Into The New Year
Happy New Year! As you may know, this is the year of the Wooden Horse. I received a wonderful gift for Christmas. It is a beautiful glass sculpture of a horse, by Luili Gong Fong, a Chinese artist.
Embracing the Light
Four years, ago I was diagnosed with a labral tear in my hip that was excruciating and "required surgery" according to an orthopedic surgeon. I tried everything and although the symptoms had mostly abated, I had to give up Yoga practice and everything that could exacerbate the tear.
Weighing in on Weight Loss
If your practice trends anything like the U.S. population, you are probably noticing over two-thirds of your patients could benefit from weight reduction, particularly if their main complaints include chronic back or joint pain.
Ever Heard of the Lateral Raphé?
We have all had acute patients enter our offices listing laterally to the side at the level of the lumbar spine or expressing pain on lateral lumbar bending.
VA Names Sites for Pilot Chiropractic Residency Program
The Veterans Administration has announced the five VA medical facilities that will serve as initial sites for the administration's recently established pilot chiropractic residency program.
Don't Believe It
One of our staff came into my office last week, very concerned about an article she had just read on a news media website. The article suggested researchers found "no health benefits" associated with taking multivitamins.
Qigong to Empower Our Youth
Qigong is an ancient form of exercise and meditation used to promote longevity and health. This practice has traditionally been used by adults to balance the body through mindfulness, focused breathing and gentle movements.
Giving Testosterone Levels a Boost (Part 3)
Since testosterone and insulin status are inversely correlated, it's important to keep insulin low so testosterone will remain high.
Peer Points: Spreading The Word
Pedram Shojai describes his venture into Traditional Chinese Medicine as a journey led by various "mystical experiences." Shojai decided to change the course of his career when he looked deeper into the basics of TCM.
The Deficiency Myth
If you went to the same kind of medical school I did and took the same kind of licensing exam I took, you were trained to seek out and expect to find primary deficiencies here in the U.S.
Eucommia Bark Helps Maintain Strong Bones
Eucommia bark is a major tonic herb used in Asia, and now throughout the world, that supports and helps mend the skeletal structure and its related tissues. Eucommia bark is collected from Eucommia ulmoides trees that are more than 10 years old.
Diagnosing Flexion-Intolerant Lower Back Pain (Part 2): Exercise Rehab
One of the things that has puzzled us for years is the presentation of the flexion-intolerant patient. We have realized there is a large overlap with sacroiliac indicators. In acute lumbar pain, the SI often twists, subluxes, goes haywire.
News in Brief
Patriot Project: Serving Those Who Served; CTCA Chiropractor Receives Clinical Innovation Award.
An Alternate Method For Choosing The Right Formula For Your Patients
A constant question for us in the clinic is when to make adjustments and when to stay the course. A patient comes in and says, "Things are the same as last week."
Grape Seed Extract: A Multifaceted Herb for Promoting Healthy Circulation
One of my favorite herbs is grape seed. Modern research has identified some intriguing health benefits attributable to the seed of this ancient fruit. I particularly use grape seed as an extract standardized for OPCs (oligomeric procyanidins).
Acupuncture Ambassadors: A Chat with Leader Anthony M. Giovanniello, MSAc,LAc
When you first meet Anthony Giovanniello, you realize he's a humble practitioner, yet is bursting with a type of dedication that you can't help but be overwhelmingly inspired by.
Asymmetrical Pronation: Effect on Adjustments
When your patients don't respond as well as expected to their chiropractic adjustments, oftentimes there is a source of interference in the pedal foundation – asymmetrical pronation.
Using Facial and Scalp Acupuncture To Treat Neuromuscular Facial Conditions
As a practitioner and instructor of facial rejuvenation acupuncture I have gotten many calls over the past 10 years from individuals seeking help for various conditions affecting the facial muscles, nerves, and overall function of the face.
Highlights from the Aromatic World: News from the AIA Conference
I was invited to attend the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) conference, "Expanding Aromatherapy," held in St. Petersburg, Fla., by my long-time friend and author/educator Sylla Sheppard Hanger. I participated in her talk "Start Me Up – Confessions of a Vintage Aromatherapist." My part was to receive her badge of acknowledgment as one of the pioneers of aromatherapy in the United States. Having begun studies and practice in the 1980s, I qualified. Also to get special acknowledgment were those who had really led the way, beginning in the 1970's. Sylla is one of them, but so were my mentors in South Florida, Gerri Whidden and Pat Ashford, who own and operate what is thought to be the oldest shop offering true essential oils in the country.
I went a day early to hear the esteemed Robert Tisserand deliver a preconference workshop. Robert, an author, educator and international speaker in this field with more than 40 years of experience, spoke on the "hot topic" of the day: Clinical Safety for Aromatherapy: The Way Forward. Much of his information came from his latest book, Essential Oil Safety. It's a very large text in which he and his co-author cover a lot of ground, including a great deal of the research, resulting clinical indications for using essential oils and also a fair evaluation of the risks. One key point he mentioned is that research studies cannot be considered the final word in accuracy about how an essential oil will work in practice. Essential oils behave differently when applied than they do in a Petri dish. And because there are many chemical components in each essential oil, research is not studying a single agent, acting alone. He also spoke a great deal about exposure of usage regarding safety issues. An example of this is his recommendation to limit exposure by diffusing only for an hour, leave off for an hour, and if diffusing for an hour again, using a different blend. Symptoms of overexposure can include changes in breathing, heartbeat and headache.
Unfortunately, this whole talk is not recorded (some of the speakers have CDs for sale) and is not in the Proceedings of the Conference. However, his second talk on "Safety Scares and Myths" was a shorter, more lighthearted approach that covered some of his workshop points and is in this professionally produced volume that can be purchased from the AIA (www.Alliance-Aromatherapists.org). I highly recommend this as a good representation of current thinking in this field, covering a wide spectrum of focus, from the purely scientific to the subtle and spiritual, from the physiological to the cosmetic application. While it can't convey the total content of any speaker's presentation, it does deliver a lot of wonderful information from a well-chosen selection of experts in their field.
One very interesting talk well covered in the Proceedings was given by Valerie Cooksley, RN, author of Aroma-Balneotherapeutics: Aromatic Medicinal Bath Therapies. Apart from the wonderful information on bath methods and their effects and recipes for certain types of baths, I was intrigued to hear of a new development: the oil dispersion bath. Developed in Germany and following the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, it uses the new Jungebad Apparatus which is capable of creating a vortex that produces diluted essential oils in minute particles that are uniformly dispersed throughout the water for the duration of the bath. That is a huge breakthrough to address the old issue of "oils and water don't mix."
However, despite the representation of many diverse subjects, my personal observation is that the polarity between the scientific and the intuitive approaches to aromatherapy has grown. It is hard to imagine how it has gone this far since this is a profession that was practiced for thousands of years before the invention of the microscope made chemical components available. I was glad that in his talk on "The Qi, Prana and Pneuma of Essential Oils," Gabriel Mojay tried to bridge this gap by reminding the audience the first people to distill both Rose and Rosemary oils were alchemists. It seems to me that in going so far toward science and a reliance on chemical components for selection, we are losing the "essence" of the essence and getting too far into the attitude and arena of allopathic medicine.
I have been concerned about the growing need for aromatherapy professionals to be accepted by the western medical community and very distressed at the growing number of those with little education and no credentials suggesting ingestion and undiluted use of essential oils, along with the growing number of incident reports that have resulted. I feel that we both jeopardize our practice (scope of practice) and our ability to obtain and use essential oils (unwanted scrutiny from government agencies) by routinely offering essences in this way. Unfortunately, my worries were substantiated at this conference by a news report to the group, delivered by fellow Vintage Aromatherapist Marge Clark. She told us the FDA had stopped a shipment of Geranium from being delivered from Africa because, "a website had suggested it supported a certain condition." (It wasn't the website of the purchaser awaiting this delivery.) And because of this, the FDA said it now considered this to be an "untested drug" and the purchaser had the choice to either destroy it in front of an FDA agent or send it back to Africa. There are plans afoot to create a petition to the FDA about this, but I do wonder how this will be able to counter the many medical claims proliferating on the Internet through suppliers and practitioners.
Still, it was wonderful to spend time in the aromatherapy community, seeing old friends and making new ones. And I am happy to say that many of the vintage aromatherapists are taking their many years of experience and education to mentor others on several Facebook lists. One of these is "Learning About Essential Oils," moderated by Lea Harris. It's a good time to stay in touch with the latest news in aromatherapy.