Supplement Safety: Is It Time to Give Big Pharma a Chance?
Why in the world would I, a chiropractor, consider Big Pharma when I make a vitamin / supplement recommendation to a patient? There are several supplement manufacturers at every chiropractic conference, even at some of our schools.
A Little More Chiropractic, A Lot Less Pain
Why should I visit a doctor of chiropractic when I'm not experiencing pain or other symptoms? That's the question many patients still ask themselves, despite the growing body of research supporting the value of chiropractic maintenance care.
The Carcinogen Most Patients Consume
A known carcinogen is being naively consumed by many, if not most of your patients, who have little to no understanding of how dangerous it really is. Depending on the age of the patient, this carcinogen is a leading, if not the leading, risk factor for death and disability.
Renying-Cunkuo Pulse: The Essential Pulse Method of the Ling Shu
The Ling Shu is a Han Dynasty classic book on the practice of Chinese medicine. It presents five main channel systems: Muscle Channels, Chapter 13; Luo Collaterals, Chapter 10 and others; The Main Channels, Chapter 10 and many more; Separate Channels (Divergent Channels) Chapter 11; and the Eight Extraordinary Channels, referenced in chapters throughout the book (there is very little theory).
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Leon Chaitow (1937-2018)
After months of declining health, Dr. Leon Chaitow – clinician, author and teacher – passed away on Sept. 20, 2018 at the age of 80.
How to Address the Question, "Do You Accept Insurance?"
Do you ever dread getting asked the question, do you accept insurance—when you only accept cash, or when you are out-of-network? As part of my daily practice, mentoring acupuncturists to grow their practices faster and more effectively, I talk to a lot of practitioners.
Pregnancy Health: Looking at the Lower Extremities
When patients tell us they are pregnant, many times we focus on the obvious pregnancy signs and symptoms related to their current trimester of pregnancy, and the biomechanical impact on the spine and pelvis.
Procuring a Place for the Future
As the acceptance of acupuncture continues to grow in the U.S. it is important that the profession be licensed in every state, and nationally board certified.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
Exercise Therapy Following Motor Vehicle Trauma (Pt. 1)
In the absence of acute trauma, a usual strength-building session includes concentric, eccentric and isometric exercises. Popular exercise programs typically include concentric movements as the major muscle contraction and should constitute approximately 70-75 percent of the workout time.
Paradise Lost: AWB Relief in Hawaii
In November, 2014, Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) was hosting a training seminar on Oahu. A couple of us from the big island (aka "Hawaii" County) contacted AWB because the big island was in the middle of a crisis.
Manual Muscle Testing for Cervical Radiculopathy (Pt. 2)
Dr. John Bandy developed a protocol that associated specific muscles with myotomal nerve root levels. The deltoid is associated with the C6 nerve root; the triceps with the C7 nerve root; and the finger abductors with the C8 nerve root.
World Acupuncture Day: A Meeting in Paris
World Acupuncture Day is an event organized by the World Acupuncture Day Organization (WADO) in response to the eighth anniversary that UNESCO has included acupuncture and moxibustion on it's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Creatine: Muscle Fuel No Longer Just for Athletes!
Erase that image of the 20-year-old, muscle-bound bodybuilder using creatine. Replace it with the image of a lean, strong, fit 80-year-old hiking up a mountain. Creatine, a staple of athletes for more than 50 years, is now being used by athletes and non-athletes alike to help slow normal age-related muscle loss, improve exercise recovery, increase strength, and live a more active lifestyle.
Travel-to-Treat Coverage Finally Becoming a Reality?
Long-awaited legislation poised to hit the president's desk extends liability insurance coverage from one state to another for DCs and other state-licensed health care professionals who care for athletes / athletic teams that cross state lines.
NBCE Exams: Better, Shorter, More Opportunities
The NBCE's Written Exams department, led by Bruce Shotts, DC, developed a solution to computer-based testing on college campuses. Their work has resulted in 11 exam opportunities per year. CBT exams are on schedule to begin January 2019 as follows:
The Husband/Wife Imbalance
The Husband/Wife Imbalance, like Aggressive Energy, is an energetic block that will result in death, unless cleared, as its presence indicates that nature has given up the fight against the internal or external pathogenic factors that have assaulted the body/mind/spirit of the patient.
Case Study: Osteoporosis and the Role of Orthotic Support
The following is the second of three case studies by Dr. Wong on conservative management of lower-extremity complaints. Article #1 (September issue) explored chiropractic management of patellofemoral arthralgia.
Bait & Switch: Are You Guilty?
One of my three sons recently shared a story with me regarding an experience with a chiropractor, which stimulated me to write this ethics article. According to my son, he called a chiropractor's office and asked if his insurance was accepted at the office.
Cyberthreat Checklist: 10 Key Steps to Defend Your Practice
Living in an Internet-connected society brings many conveniences and benefits. The power of the Internet to connect us with customers, store data and find information has opened the door for many small-business owners to grow and flourish.
Vertebral Subluxation: Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
Vertebral subluxation: have any other words caused as much turmoil and controversy in the chiropractic profession? As a chiropractic term, vertebral subluxation did not make its debut until six or seven years after the profession's founding.
Chiropractic Integration a Big Success, Suggests Research
Whether chiropractors should integrate with other health care professionals in medical / multidisciplinary settings remains a contentious issue, depending on whom you ask, but there's no denying two realities.
An Effective Herb for Stress
We all know stress has become a significant factor in the increasing number of reported mental health disabilities and a contributor to various physical health conditions, such as ulcers, high blood pressure, heart disease, and so on.
On Point: Acupuncture Theory & Discussion
Welcome to my new column for Acupuncture Today, which will focus exclusively on the theoretical discussion and clinical application of acupuncture theory and acupuncture points. One of the most common questions I encounter from novice to experienced practitioners is "how do I choose the correct acupuncture point?". I hope this column can help answer some of these questions.
The NCCIH Seeks Participants for Acupuncture RCT
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is seeking participants for a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)—a Randomized Control Trial (RCT), which will evaluate the impact of, and strategies to best implement acupuncture treatment of older adults (65 years and older) with chronic low back pain (CLBP).
Checking Your Posture: A Wholistic View From Head to Toe
As you begin reading this article, what position is your body in? Are you sitting down, standing up, lying down, or walking down the street perhaps? Whatever position you are in, stop and observe your posture.
Avoid These New-Patient Turnoffs (Before It's Too Late)
I can't believe this doctor is making me watch this video in a room by myself, your new patient thinks to herself as she texts her best friend.
The Road to TCM, A Talk With Bob Doane
Bob Doane, a veteran acupuncturist, talks about his journey to TCM, the evolution of this medicine, and what he foresees in the future.
Cynicism, Burnout and the Search for the Ideal Patient (Pt. 1)
There is a video on the Internet that has gathered 6 million views as I write this article (so likely millions more by the time you read it). The video is of a doctor in an ER mocking a patient who is extremely weak and distressed.
Placebos, Presence and the Zero Point
We spend a huge amount of time learning the techniques and methods of acupuncture and Chi-nese medicine, and are given professional licenses based on our ability to remember and accu-rately apply them.
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Leon Chaitow (1937 – 2018)
After months of declining health, Dr. Leon Chaitow – clinician, prolific author and teacher – passed away on Sept. 20, 2018 at the age of 80.
News in Brief
The Next Generation of Chiropractic Researchers: Historic NIH Grant; Cleveland University – Kansas City VP Joins CCE Site Accreditation Team; NUHS Opens Second Veterans Clinic; R.I. Chiro. Society Celebrates 100 years.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Let Food be Thy Medicine: Diet Plans with a Purpose
By Tina Beaudoin, ND
Every person is unique and as such they will have varying needs based on the individual's genetics and current state of health. Some people prefer to accomplish their health goals through diet and lifestyle alone, while others may opt to rely heavily on supplementation or pharmaceutical interventions.Nutrition, exercise and mental health are important predictors of whether or not you enjoy health and vitality versus illness and lethargy. In terms of nutrition, Hippocrates said it best; "Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food." Sleep, hydration and environmental exposures also play a considerable role in wellness, but for the purposes of this discussion, we will explore nutrition and diets that target specific elevated cholesterol and diabetes.
Pop media has shone the spotlight on many fad diets like the Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet, but there are additional options that can help you target specific health conditions that go beyond the goal of losing weight. For example, the Mediterranean Diet supports cardiovascular health using Mediterranean-style cooking that focuses on primarily plant-based foods as well as fish, poultry and olive oil. There is also the anti-candida diet that eliminates intake of foods that contain yeast and high-glycemic foods to help re-balance intestinal flora. The Elimination Diet is the gold standard when your objective is to identify and remove food sensitivities. The DASH Diet has a list of recommendations to help control elevated blood pressure that focuses on limiting sodium intake while emphasizing vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products.
Elevated cholesterol and diabetes are prevalent conditions in which a targeted diet plan can offer tremendous benefit. Nearly 71 million Americans have elevated cholesterol and less than half of them seek treatment. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 16 million people are diagnosed with diabetes in our country. In addition, it is estimated that there are 7 million undiagnosed cases and an astounding 79 million people are considered pre-diabetic. The Portfolio Diet and the Low-Glycemic Index Diet are two great examples of how a targeted diet can help individuals "let food be thy medicine."
The Portfolio Diet is a two-fold plan that is designed to help reduce elevations in cholesterol. In a review of clinical studies, the Portfolio Diet was found to reduce LDL cholesterol by 22% to 30% after one month when all food was provided. A community-based study found a 15% reduction in cholesterol after six months. The first part of the recommendations involves following the Formal Step II dietary guidelines devised from the National Cholesterol Education Project which permits total fat calories to account for less than 30% of total dietary intake with less than 7% from saturated fat and less than 200mg per day of cholesterol.
As the name suggests, the second part of the diet relies on a business strategy of utilizing a diverse array of nutritional "investments" to increase returns. Four specific types of foods encompass the second set of recommendations that include:
Sterols are the cholesterol made by plants that block the absorption of cholesterol in the digestive track. Sterols are found in small amounts in legumes, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. To achieve the target recommendation of sterols it will likely be necessary to use supplements or consume sterol fortified foods. Eating a handful of unsalted almonds (as well as cashews or walnuts) is an easy way to incorporate the nut recommendation. Reading labels and enjoying a regular intake of soy and colorful vegetables will help you reach the fiber and soy protein goals.
It does not have the catchiest name but the results are fantastic when lowering blood sugar is your goal. Glycemic index refers to the amount of glucose released into your blood within two hours of a meal. As diabetes mellitus is one of the largest and most costly chronic disease facing Americans, learning to identify and incorporate low glycemic foods into your diet is a healthy step on the road to preventing or managing diabetes.
Foods with a high glycemic index release glucose faster into the bloodstream than low glycemic index foods. A quick rush of sugar into the blood stream puts a strain on the pancreatic cells that secrete insulin. Chronic strain on these cells will lead to decreased production and insulin resistance, precursors to diabetes. Balancing your meals and snacks with a combination of low glycemic-index carbohydrates, fats and proteins will help slow the release of glucose into the blood stream and support healthy blood sugar control.
Most people can guess that maple syrup, honey and high fructose corn syrup are at the high end while lentils, beans and nuts are at the low end of the glycemic index. White rice, breads and pasta are also at the high end of the spectrum along with popcorn and corn flakes. Whole vegetables and legumes nearly all have a low glycemic load with exceptions including white potatoes, corn, carrots and parsnips that are higher glycemic index veggies. Melons, pineapples and grapes are higher glycemic index fruits and should be minimized.
At the onset, it be challenging for individuals to remain compliant on a targeted diet plan. This is especially true when foods seem completely foreign. Consider adding the support of a licensed nutritionist to lend expertise in learning new foods and recipes. There are also low glycemic index applications available for smart phones, as well as numerous sites online to help individuals make sure they are purchasing specific low glycemic and low cholesterol foods. Be sure to enjoy the process by seeking support and keeping an open mind, as there are the many delicious options available.
Dr. Beaudoin is a Medical Educator for Emerson Ecologics, a distributor of professional nutritional supplements to healthcare practitioners. She also enjoys maintaining a naturopathic family practice and is the president of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She can be reached at
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