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The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Watering the Seed and Watching it Grow
An Update to Nurturing Touch for Japanese Orphans
In July 2012, I shared an article in Massage Today called "Planting the Seed: Nurturing Touch for Japanese Orphans," about the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer outreach in Japan after the devastating 2011 earthquake. In March 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, tearing open the earth and unleashing a 23 foot high wall of water that erased the ground below, destroying everything in its path. Now almost four years later, there are many families homeless and recovering from this event.
"After the big earthquake in 2011, we determined that we must make a bond among families," said Ai Ichii, Director of the Japanese Association of Baby and Childcare. "Even if all disappeared, many people recognized that we still have our family. In such a grave situation, it became the biggest support for many people to feel they could comfort their families through touch."
Through our program, we strive to directly support compassion for others and the belief in the fundamental goodness of people. Our programs provide care for children and their caregivers so that each child has the chance to reach their full potential. Liddle Kidz Foundation certified pediatric massage therapists continue to provide parent education and nurturing touch throughout Japan to support family bonding, healing and trauma recovery.
A Five Year Journey
From my visit to Japan five years ago through today, the impact of infant and pediatric massage therapy has grown immensely. Education, training and certification have been given to therapists and healthcare providers from all over Japan, along with the thousands of children and families that have been directly impacted. "Before Tina came to Japan and taught us the nurturing touch for children with special healthcare needs, there was no chance for those children to receive touch therapy or pediatric massage therapy anywhere," said Ichii. "Now we have therapists trained in infant and pediatric massage in every prefecture all over Japan."
The work has grown from giving workshops, lectures and volunteering in orphanages, to adding pediatric massage program development and regular education and training in leading hospital and healthcare facilities. Over the courses of the past five years, I have had the opportunity train nurses, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, acupuncturists, hospital play specialists/child life specialists and child healthcare advocates from a variety of medical and professional backgrounds. Attendees have traveled from not only all over Japan, but from Dubai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei and the United States to take part in educational sessions.
Embracing Pediatric Massage
The use of pediatric massage has been introduced by the Liddle Kidz Foundation to the Kokuritsu Seiiku Medical Research Center Hospital, National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo National Metropolitan Children's Hospital, Osaka City General Hospital and Medical Center, Nishinomiya Sunago Iryou Fukushi Medical Center, Todaiji Pediatric Hospital and Medical Education Center, Kita Ryuoiku Medical Rehabilitation Center, Kanazawa University Hospital and The Hospital Play Specialists Association of Japan through formal education and training sessions. We are committed to furthering the development of touch therapy services for vulnerable and underserved populations internationally. Through education and support, the Liddle Kidz Foundation works to create replicable and sustainable change.
During my 2014 visit, I was invited to Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan, and was given a great honor, a ceremonial presentation of 2,000 hand folded origami cranes.
In Japan, the crane symbolizes hope, love, honor and peace. There is a belief that should someone receive 1,000 cranes, they shall be granted their wish or eternal good luck. Often times, this belief is practiced by those fighting cancer, as was the story of Sadako Sasaki of Hiroshima, when she battled Leukemia.
The beautiful and amazing cranes are the gift of children and families fighting cancer of Hanaume – Ishikawa Prefecture Cancer Support House and Kanazawa University Hospital. During the ceremony, we had the honor of presentations from the founders of Hanaume and volunteer ambassadors involved with the project. Following a special, traditional tea ceremony, we visited Kanazawa University Hospital to meet with children who participated in folding cranes, but were too ill to leave the hospital to join the ceremony. It is their wish to send this gift of hope back to the United States.
The Power of Touch
In my previous article, I quoted volunteer therapist, Atsushi Kawashima in regards to the Japanese culture and touch. "Traditionally in Japan, people are not used to physical communication. So, people do not always know how to communicate using massage. Giving and receiving massage is essential for everyone. No matter where you work, or who you work with, physical communication through massage is something everyone needs."
Today, this is true of many Japanese people. Our educational sessions end in hugs and happy tears. There has been a light ignited in Japan that will continue to grow through the power of touch.