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How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Infant Massage: A Bonding Intervention to Reduce Recidivism
"Human bonding does not occur in a single, magical moment in the delivery room – like falling in love, it is an ongoing process that matures over time." - Sharon Heller, PhD, The Vital Touch
Reducing recidivism is a major concern for all jails, prisons and correctional facilities. Recidivism refers to a person's relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person has spent time incarcerated or has gone through an an intervention for a previous crime. Statistics and data collected have shown that prisoners are likely to return to prison within three to five years from their release, or even sooner if certain barriers are not eliminated from their future outside of the bars. For those parenting from behind bars, certain barriers may include connection with their children and family. Many women give birth in the jail or prison system, while some fathers are incarcerated and never witness the birth of their child.
Prior to the 1950s, nurseries for female prisoners who gave birth while jailed were actually quite common. However, in the 1970s, every state prison and jail system except for just one had eliminated these nurseries, which were vital to support the efforts of keeping mother and child together. At that time, the only nursery which remained in continuous operation was found at New York's Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. While at the same time, in the 1970's, we saw a significant increase in the number of women incarcerated.
In one study, the University of Nebraska evaluated the nursery program at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women and found that female prisoners who participated in the nursery program received 13% fewer disciplinary cases than those in the general population. In their five-year evaluation, researchers concluded that that women who were immediately separated at birth from their newborn children returned to prison at a rate of 33.3% within just five years after their release. The women who took part in the nursery program had a much lower recidivism rate of just 9%.
At the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW), the study conducted there showed fantastic results. Over a five-year period, 118 mothers and their newborns took part in the ORW nursery program. Following these five years, researchers reviewed the data to find that the three-year recidivism rate for women in the program was only 3% compared to an overall rate of 38% for prisoners in general population.
The research supports that, "effective parenting and strong family functioning — with warm effective bonds, high monitoring and consistent discipline — protect against a variety of antisocial and problem behaviors, such as involvement with delinquent peers and subsequent likelihood of gang membership and violence." (NIJ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formed a partnership to publish a book, Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership, 2013)
When a baby first arrives, the parent-child bond may begin immediately, or for some it may take some time to "grow on each other." One thing we know for sure is that bonding is essential for a baby and their family. In studies performed by Dr. Harry Harlow, newborn rhesus monkeys show that when given a choice between two surrogate "mothers," one made of terrycloth, the other of wire and had food, overwhelmingly the baby monkeys chose the mother that could provide warmth and comfort. It was found that the young monkeys clung to the terrycloth mother whether it provided them with food or not, and that the young monkeys chose the wire surrogate only when it provided food. They would eat their food and return to the terrycloth mother for comfort.
In other research studies, when baby rhesus monkeys were placed with mannequin mothers at birth, research showed that despite the efforts of the baby monkeys to get a response through holding and touching the mannequins, the lack of a parental response caused sadness, stunted development and failure to thrive in the young monkeys. Scientists suspect that lack of bonding in human babies may cause similar issues and presentation.
In the case of humans, most infants are ready almost immediately to begin establishing a bond with their parents. Parents, on the other hand, may have mixed feelings about it. Many parents feel intense emotions, of love and nurturing, within the first minutes or days after their baby's birth. For others, especially if there are other circumstances, such as the parent and baby are separated shortly after birth, as in the case of many incarcerated parents, this all important bonding may take a bit longer.
Bonding is a process and is not something that takes place within a few moments of time, or is limited to happening within a certain time period after baby's arrival. For many families, bonding happens naturally as the result of everyday care giving. Bonding requires nurturing and time, and it's never too late to enhance or promote these elements of the parent-child relationship. It is quite possible the parent may not even know it is happening until they observe baby's first smile, make eye contact, and suddenly realize they're filled with love for their new baby.
When a parent massages their baby, they are helping to encourage and nurture this bond. Techniques are adapted on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration and medical and emotional needs of the family. Parents are asked to:
Bonding between a parent and baby happens when the parent engages in meaningful interactions with their child, while at the same time respecting the baby's healthy boundaries. The warmth of skin-to-skin contact, recognizing each others smell and responding to the baby's needs, are all key components that help infant massage become a bonding intervention. When we respond appropriately to an infant and add interventions that support the parent-child relationship, we contribute to a lifelong bond of love and trust.