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5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
August, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 08
Keeping Cool Through Pregnancy
By Elaine Stillerman, LMT
There is a sign posted outside of my gym's sauna that warns pregnant women about using the heated room. This same sign should be posted outside of steam rooms and hot tubs at health clubs, gyms, spas and resorts across the U.S.But what a lot of pregnant women don't understand is why this warning is provided in the first place.
According to a 2003 study reported in the International Journal of Hyperthermia, "Hyperthermia during pregnancy can cause embryonic death, abortion, growth retardation and developmental defects."1 The study also asserts that an increase in maternal temperature of even 2 C (3.6 F) for a 24-hour period also can cause a "range of developmental delays."2
An equally revealing study reported in JAMA states that "women who used hot tubs or saunas during early pregnancy face up to triple the risk of bearing babies with spina bifida or brain defects."3 Hot tubs and heated baths pose more grave dangers than other heat sources because immersion disrupts the body's attempt to cool through perspiration. The fetus cannot escape the increased temperatures while still in utero. But there also is another serious problem that pregnant women have to be made aware of - the heat of ultrasound.
There are a lot of important reasons to maintain a normal body temperature during pregnancy. (The average temperature is 98.6 F.) Proper body temperature is essential to proper enzyme reactions. Temperature can affect the actual shape of the proteins that manufacture enzymes, and when their shape is thwarted due to increased temperature, enzyme reactions become less and less efficient until they are permanently damaged.4
We have different ways to stay cool and keep our core temperature stable. We shiver when we are cold and perspire when we are warm. But the fetus cannot do that. However, fetuses do have a defense against rising temperatures. Each fetal cell contains heat shock (HS) proteins that temporarily stop the formation of essential enzymes when temperatures become too high.5 Unfortunately, HS fails to protect the fetus in later pregnancy, and once normal protein synthesis is delayed or suspended, normal development may not occur.6
Ultrasound heats the bones of the developing fetus at a different rate than other tissues. The older the fetus and the more calcification within the skeletal system, the more heat these young bones absorb and retain. During the third trimester, the fetal cranium can heat up 50 times faster than its surrounding tissue.7 This can subject the parts of the brain near the skull to secondary heat that can continue after the test is completed.
We have to conclude that when a pregnant woman is exposed to heat, whether it's from a water source, maternal temperature or ultrasound, the fetus can suffer devastating consequences. In order to prevent this from occurring, pregnant women need to be made aware of the potential dangers and risks of all of these heat sources.
It's one thing to be a "hot momma." It's quite another thing to endanger the baby when this can easily be prevented.
Click here for previous articles by Elaine Stillerman, LMT.
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