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Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
International Volunteering: What to Know Before You Go
For most massage therapists, the thought of helping another person is at the core of our work. However, when it comes to volunteering abroad, there are some very real considerations to undertake before you decide on how best to provide your professional services.
Before you set out abroad, you'll want to do your research and ensure you are applying to a responsible and quality program. Unfortunately, the Internet is flooded with many scams and volunteer programs that cause more harm than help in the communities they work with. When considering a volunteer program, the best interest of local communities should be first and foremost. The community should benefit directly, or indirectly, from your work there.
Skills and Qualifications
No volunteer program should ever allow volunteers to do something they would be unqualified for in their home environment. When it comes to volunteer massage and touch therapy programs, qualified volunteers would be considered as those who possess training, education, licensure and accreditation in the forms of health care they are to provide, which include staff education.
The potential volunteer health care professional should provide to the organization a copy of all accreditation and licensure documents, submit to an accredited background check, signed code of conduct and volunteer agreement documents.
The organization should only accept volunteer health care professionals who are qualified, have been vetted and thoroughly background checked, agree to the child protection code of conduct, have signed a volunteer agreement which states that they will adhere to proper health care standards and infection control, agree to adhere to a very clear professional code of conduct, and sign all documents as required in relation to protection of children and the community in which they live. Organizational guidelines for volunteers working on project sites where children are present, should be required to have an enhanced criminal records check/background check administered by an accredited independent background check agency.
An Orphanage or Children's Care Site
To many, it appears a good idea to visit an orphanage and play with the children there. You have even likely heard stories from others who did so on a vacation and say it was such a rewarding experience, or a reminder of what is really important in life. However, the question comes up: "What is the impact of visiting and playing with children?" "Is this sustainable, or does it cause harm?" Many children are living in orphanages and care settings due to abandonment, while others are there with the hopes of being reunited with their family and reintegrated into their communities. Playing with the children does not provide any sustainable impact or health care application to help with emotional and physical health, or family reintegration.
If on holiday you want to stop by, without advance approval, to visit an orphanage, the facility does not ask you for relevant work experience, skills related to children's health care or teaching, background clearances, proof of credentials or take measures to prevent children from being alone with you. And these are major red flags of concern. This may be a facility that is not taking a child's care into full consideration or have their best interest in mind.
Sustainability Should be the Goal
In volunteer, not-for-profit and NGO work globally, sustainability is a big deal and for very good reason. When providing services in a community, passing out hugs and handouts is not going to make a lasting difference. Goals of the organization and program should include community and staff education and training. Before you commit to any volunteer abroad opportunity, read these tips for responsible volunteer consideration from The Child Safe Movement:
How to Choose an Organization
Choosing an organization to work with is something that takes time. Look for an organization that has a good reputation among NGOs, non-profits, and within their professional community. If the organization provides care within the children's health care sector, ensure they are committed to the health and well being of all children, even more so with all of the documented abuses that exist under the guise of helping children through volunteer tourism. Safety and care of the children should be paramount to their work. They should have appropriate guidelines in place to ensure that all children involved in their projects are kept safe from all forms of harm, abuse and inappropriate treatment. International programs should be developed to support children's health care and their welfare while creating sustainable programs which directly support their communities.
As mentioned earlier, they should require experience of all volunteers in their programs and projects. They should choose professional candidates who are qualified for the position in which they will perform their volunteer service. The organization should provide additional on site training, orientation and mentoring, as well as social-emotional preparation prior to attending the international program and support throughout the entire trip.
Volunteers should be observed at all times and never left alone with a child. The organization should limit the amount of time spent in any one center, health care facility, orphanage or child care center, so neither a volunteer nor child would develop any inappropriate attachment or form any type of bond.
Global Volunteer Program or Voluntourism
At a time when volunteer tourism is receiving lots of negative press and media exposure, it is important for those who wish to volunteer to do their due diligence and research in selecting any opportunity for which they would like to apply.
Choose a professional organization, not volunteer tourism. In reviewing published articles and information in the media, there are some practices in volunteering abroad which are not the best approach. In voluntourism, it is common practice that a fee is charged for anyone, no experience required, to become a volunteer, and the company operates as an individual, or for profit scheme with very little personal involvement or oversight of their volunteers. The volunteers arrive at the project and volunteer in their own way, completely unsupervised, not educated or trained. This can create a firestorm of issues and problems.
A program that does not require health care professionals be licensed, trained/educated, background checked, sign child health clearances, code of conduct forms/agreements and advocates for keeping children in institutionalized settings is not a program that should be associated with safe, sustainable and responsible volunteering abroad. Massage therapists and health care providers should focus their volunteer efforts with programs that support communities and create a sustainable difference!
Author's Note: The author of this article and the Liddle Kidz Foundation does not support, endorse or promote global/international outreach programs that do not follow specific guidelines in selection of professional health care volunteers, or ensure the safety, health, well being and care of the children. Children's safety and health should be paramount in a professional organization's work abroad.