A really bad video about acupuncture.
Volunteered at mile 10 of the NYC Marathon. I was quite busy treating hamstrings, ITBs, quads, ankles, and even one shoulder for which the runners were very grateful. One runner wanted to take me home to Atlanta. I’m on the left in the hat. The other fellow is another volunteer.
Acupuncture continues to be proven to be a better and cost effective treatment for many conditions. Yet insurance refuses to cover acupuncture. Patients will unfortunately choose inferior and even ineffective treatments because of lower out of pocket costs. Too bad.
See the full article below.
How likely is your “scientific” medical treatment going to be effective? Less than 40%. Just how “scientific” is it? Scary thoughts on this subject in the linked article. Nevertheless, you still need to see your doctor on a regular basis. I do.
Stilettos… A Pain In The????
By Erik Dalton, Ph.D.
The biomechanical effect of heels in everything from running shoes to stilettos has puzzled researchers and fired controversy for almost a century. In a highly functioning body, the neuro-myo-skeletal system ‘hangs’ in dynamic equilibrium, each part balancing the other. But when a woman wears high heels, a new dynamic equilibrium occurs (Fig 1) If one body part becomes ‘fixed,’ the whole system must compensate with altered movement patterns resulting in kinetic chain ‘kinks.’ Here’s an interesting experiment that’ll help you get a feel for biomechanical adjustments high-heel wearers deal with every day:
• Stand barefoot with the back against a wall. Observe how your ‘upright’ body column forms a perpendicular line (ninety degree angle) with the floor (Fig 2A).
• Slide a two inch wedge of some kind (phone book, etc.) under both heels and notice that by keeping your body column rigid, you’re forced to tilt forward from ninety to about seventy degrees (Fig 2B).
• Now replace with a three inch heel wedge and straighten up so you’re touching the wall again and feel the dramatic myo-skeletal adaptations that take place. Can you feel your ankles shift from dorsi to plantar-flexion? In this standing posture, the knees are buckled, hips flexed, low back swayed, and the shoulder girdle retracted (Fig 2C). (more…)
This article by John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc in Acupuncture Today suggests that Chinese Herbal Medicine is perhaps a superior treatment for the less severe forms of viral infections than modern anti-biotics.
Matzoh, Wine, Marror, Lettuce, Potatoes, Eggs, Meat, Mass Quantities. These rapid and large changes to our diet wreck havoc with our digestive systems. My suggestion to myself and all others is to drink lots and lots of water, especially in the morning and preferably shortly after awakening. Drink several cups of water before breakfast, at least two cups. Four cups is better. Never drink cold water. I like to mix boiling water and either tap or spring water.
Don’t let arthritis slow you down
Adopting a few lifestyle changes can slow, or stop, joint damage.
THE DOCTORS • January 9, 2011
For the first time in 40 years, the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is on the rise, researchers at the Mayo Clinic say. An estimated 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with it. RA is a form of arthritis that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks the membrane lining your joints (often in the hands, wrists and feet), causing pain, swelling and stiffness. No one really knows what causes RA or how to cure it. Most people with the disease take a combination of medications. But just as pivotal in the treatment of RA are lifestyle changes you can make to also help reduce pain and slow, or even stop, joint damage. Here are a few simple strategies (some of which may surprise you):
Do 20 minutes of cardio daily. It may be last on your priority list when your joints hurt, but it’s actually one of the best things you can do to preserve mobility. A new study published in Arthritis Care & Research shows that with a little aerobic exercise every day, you’ll reduce pain, move more and live better. Just keep the pace moderate, take breaks when you need it, and stop if you feel any new joint pain. Walking, water aerobics and even biking are good choices.
Cut calories. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that up to 30% of overweight and obese Americans have arthritis. Extra weight puts extra strain on joints, which puts you in extra pain. Though some research suggests consuming fish oils may reduce joint inflammation, it’s most important to focus your diet on a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, protein and calcium — and count calories to keep the scale in check.
Try tai chi. This ancient Chinese form of meditative therapy reduces pain, stiffness and fatigue, and it improves balance in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, according to preliminary research presented at this year’s American College of Rheumatology annual meeting. Tai chi combines slow, gentle movements and stretches with deep breathing and relaxation to build strength and flexibility. To find a class, contact your local YMCA, health club or senior center.
Reconnect with your spouse. You’ll feel less pain and enjoy a better quality of life if you’re in a happy marriage, according to new research. Previous studies have found that married people with RA show less disability than unmarried patients. But the new study showed the strength of the relationship actually makes the difference. Researchers talked to 255 adults with RA, and found that those in supportive marriages had less physical and psychological disability. For those in distressed relationships, study authors suggest improving communication and coping skills through couples therapy might boost health for the RA patient.
From USA Today Weekend Jan 9, 2011.
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