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Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
It's About Health
I went shopping for sheets the other day. I learned a new term, "cotton-rich." It is becoming hard to find what percentage of cotton vs. plastic is in the sheet fabric. While some labels were giving percentages, and a very few were 100% cotton, most were "cotton-rich" or just cotton-blend.
As I shopped, our beloved Congress was voting on a law that would allow food manufacturers to put about anything into our foods and not have to tell us. If companies break the new national "voluntary labeling" law, there are no penalties. However, if some renegade state tries to require better for its citizens – that is illegal and could cut off federal funds. The law will take away from individual states the right to require honest labeling of food, in particular Vermont – bless you VT, you tried. Can't have states rights anymore and can't have one state require higher standards than another. That would be too much trouble for Big Food, Inc. to print honest labels or to make food to higher standards of quality. This revolves around Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO ingredients. Notice they are no longer plants but organisms. Many other countries in the world have banned GMO containing foods while the U.S.A. tries to force "Frankenfoods" down the world's throats. We are to shut-up and consume.
Our beloved Senators and Representatives are on the take for this, some receiving as much a $2,000,000 from the Agriculture and food lobbies for their campaigns. How do you suppose they voted? Yes, against the will of the majority of citizens. We have the best politicians money can buy and they go to the highest bidder. Congress has the lowest approval ratings imaginable yet people keep re-electing incumbents. "It is all the rest of them. Mine is good." Trust me, yours is on the take, too.
So, what does this have to do with massage? Well, I for one would like to know what is in the sheets I have my patients laying on. I would also like to know what is in the food I eat as I would prefer to eat non-GMO foods. GMO-foods are known by the rest of the civilized world to cause a host of health problems. I suspect they are contributing to soft-tissue conditions as well, visceral-somatic reactions, but that will never be allowed to be researched.
Isn't massage about health? It used to be. Can't have health in general or healthy soft tissue in particular without good nutrition; it's part of the package. Massage used to be a part of the alternative to the sickness industry. Now too many in our profession want to be a part of, integrated with, the third leading cause of death in the U.S.A. (Medical Errors) Do you really think they want us? They ran "manual medicine" out of the system in the 1950's. It is only health problems (sickness, disease, injuries) that make money for our sickness care system, so of course they are all in favor of GMO foods and not very accepting of alternatives to the allopathic system. Causes cancer – great – can't be enough of that, pass the sunscreen. Oh and ban those guns, they don't kill or injure that many people. It's a good distraction to keep people stirred up about regulating guns. Keeps their minds off of the 250,000 people killed each year by medical errors in the U.S. alone. We do not care about life, we care about political agendas. Some lives matter; some lives don't. Some causes of death matter; some causes don't. Massage professionals are better off providing the public - who wants us - with an alternative to the sickness system, which (with a few exceptions scattered about) doesn't want us.
It's an election year. Things could change. Don't complain about the results if you don't vote. Vote your conscience and feel good about it. But remember, as Mark Twain wrote, "If voting mattered, they wouldn't let us do it." (Not paid for by any political candidate or party...But I approved this message!) Let not your heart be troubled by this election. No matter what the outcome, the world won't end anytime soon and trust me – we'll all go to work the Wednesday after the election just like always (or whatever you do on Wednesdays).
Did You Know?
The Medical Boards were deliberately created to protect physicians from the public by granting them a monopoly and limiting their exposure to liability. The lie is that professional regulation (licensing) is only to protect the public. Had to tell the public that, for their own good, to get the Boards passed and create the public health bureaucracy. Never has the public gone to the legislatures of the various states and demanded a profession be regulated (licensed). It is always the profession that goes to the legislature and begs for a monopoly to be granted by the government and various systems of protection from competition and liability be provided by that monopoly. Together they come up with some excuse, like to protect the public, to justify the monopoly being granted. Lobbyists get their cut, politician's campaigns get contributed to, and the public loses again. The EpiPen price scandal is a result of a government granted monopoly.
Point being – those of you massage therapists in un-licensed states – save yourselves. Do not ask for licensing, go for a Right to Practice Act. You will be so glad in the long run if it is done properly. Licensing has made a lot of money for some sectors of our "industry." It has not improved the quality of massage therapy being provided to the public, quite the opposite. What's more important? Sadly, it depends. Further, licensing has not protected us from adult entertainment, raised our incomes, or given us more recognition by other professions. Because we did it so wrong and so poorly, it is just a tax on us.