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SOAP Notes: It's Time for a Cleaning
I have been planning for some time to write an article about how traditional SOAP notes do not fit chiropractic practice, and the unfairness of holding DCs to a model clearly created for and primarily applicable to medical physicians.
Medicine Presents: A Great Opportunity
The changing nature of health care presents both opportunities and challenges. While we tend to focus on our profession, we can sometimes forget the impact other health care professions can have on us.
A Building Block of Healthy Aging
Coenzyme Q10 has gained enormous attention in recent years, and with good reason —it's the Energizer Bunny of the cellular world.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
The Potter's Wheel: Reflections on Practicing in a Technology-Driven World
In my very early years of practice, an older patient named Cora would call me at home, usually late Sunday night after she had consumed an unknown quantity of beer.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
What They Don't Say Could Hurt You
I have written previously regarding the difficulties of drawing information from patients who are poor historians, forgetful or just plain uncooperative. The thought to revisit the topic occurred recently during preparation for an upcoming seminar.
Research Abstracts From the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics
Effect of Pain Relief on Lumbar Muscle Function and Activation; Effects of Thrust Amplitude and Duration of HVLA Spinal Manipulation; Immediate Effects of Upper Thoracic Manipulation on Cardiovascular Response.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
Why You Should Get to Know the National Vaccine Information Center
Barbara Loe Fisher has been a diligent advocate for providing parents with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the usage of vaccinations for their children.
What the Science Says About Magnesium Stearate
It's often been said that scientific studies can be used to support just about anything. But discoveries are never made one study at a time.
Remembering Joe Weider (1920-2013)
With the death of Joe Weider, the world's most famous body-building visionary, crusader, fitness magazine publisher and icon, on March 23, 2013, chiropractic has lost one of its greatest friends and supporters.
Side Effects From Big Pharma: Wellbutrin – Dangerous for You and Your Baby
Are some of your pregnant patients taking Wellbutrin? If so, it could be a danger to them and their baby. This drug is extremely popular, but it has a serious history.
Correcting Kid Logic in Health Care and Research Design
A recent broadcast on public radio described a fascinating phenomenon known as kid logic.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
News in Brief
Controversial Florida PIP Law Under Review; D'Youville Chiro. Students Learning Art of Co-Managing; And the Award Goes To...; F4CP Recognizes Major Contribution by ChiroTouch.
Some Thoughts on the TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is an interesting and dynamic articulation that can cause a lot of problems.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
Have a Heart: Say No to Soda
It's not enough that soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to cavities and weight gain, among other negative health consequences.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Patient Perception and the Farce of "Fast Relief"; A Fly in the Ointment; Persecuted for Choosing to Practice Chiropractic.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
Going Shoeless: The Pros & Cons of Barefoot Running
With the subculture of barefoot runners and the products catering to them growing daily, just about every chiropractor has been asked at one point or another about their opinion regarding barefoot running.
Are They Finally Fixing Medicare Reimbursement?
Even with federal sequestration cuts taking effect in March, including a 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement to health care providers, hope may be on the horizon in the form of a much-anticipated, perpetually suggested overhaul of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which serves as the basis for determining physician reimbursement.
What is SAMe?
SAMe stands for S-adenosyl-L-methionine, a chemical compound found in the human body and produced by the liver. Although the full extent of SAMe research has yet to be conducted, it is believed to play a role in more than 40 essential biochemical reactions, and is responsible for the manufacture of brain chemicals, antioxidants, joint tissue structures, and other vital components essential for life.
SAMe plays a vital role in the management of depression, as it can raise levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating a person's mood. While it does not work as well as some prescription antidepressants, it does appear to work faster - often within one week of the first dose. SAMe also has anti-inflammatory and palliative properties, and is often used to heal and strengthen joints. It is particularly useful for people with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, stiffness in the joints and swelling
Preliminary research suggests that SAMe can help treat a variety of liver conditions, ranging from cirrhosis to Gilbert's syndrome. One study published in 1999 found that people with cirrhosis due to alcohol had a 47 percent lower death or transplant rate when they took SAMe for two years compared to people taking a placebo.
Other uses for SAMe include treating migraine headaches, increasing sperm activity in infertile men, and reducing the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
How much SAMe should I take?
Because SAMe is produced naturally by the liver, healthy people do not need to take SAMe supplements. However, some recommended levels have been established for individuals with particular conditions, including depression (1,600 mg per day); osteoarthritis (800-1,200 mg per day); fibromyalgia (800 mg per day); liver disorders (1,200 mg per day); and migraines (800 mg per day). Make sure to consult with a licensed health care provider before taking SAMe supplements.
What forms of SAMe are available?
SAMe is produced naturally by the body, and is related to methionine, an amino acid plentiful in many protein-rich foods. In the United States, SAMe supplements have been available since 1997. Some studies have used SAMe injections instead of pills or capsules.
What can happen if I take too much SAMe? Are there any interactions I should be aware of? What precautions should I take?
Large doses of SAMe may cause gastrointestinal distress in some people. In addition, there is evidence that people with bipolar disorder who are treated with SAMe may switch from depression to a manic state. In addition, SAMe may interfere with the absorption of some tricylic antidepressants, such as Elavil or Norpramin. Patients on these medications should consult with a doctor before taking SAMe supplements. Folic acid and vitamin B12 are necessary for the synthesis of SAMe; patients with low levels of these nutrients may have low SAMe levels in the nervous system as a result. As always, make sure to consult with a licensed health care provider before taking SAMe or any other dietary supplement or herbal medicine.