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By Kelley Pendleton, DC
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients. These questions allow you to deliver an accurate diagnosis, render appropriate care, and provide prompt referrals when necessary.
By James P. Meschino, DC, MS
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms: anti-proliferative action, stimulation of anticancer immunity, modulation of oncogene expression, and anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-angiogenic effects. Several experimental studies have shown MLT may inhibit cancer cell growth, and preliminary clinical studies have shown its anticancer property in human cancer patients.
By Editorial Staff
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates. The new Academy will be a chartered division of NCCAOM and "will allow the Commission to expand our services to fulfill our dual mission: to assure the safety and well-being of the public and to advance the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine," said Chair of the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners, Eugene London, DAOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), LAc.
By Shai White-Gilbertson, PhD, MSCR, Dipl Ac, CTR
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention. Our bodily qi is most often named according to either its originating location or its function: liver qi, defense qi, grain qi, kidney qi... the list is nearly endless. This background prepared me for the bewildering variety and complexity of cellular biology when that became my focus.
By Felice Dunas, PhD
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM. He couldn't give a recommendation based on anything other than hearsay from patients and was not comfortable referring to acupuncture. But he was curious.
By Elizabete Gomes, LAc, RN, ACN
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health. This is a challenging time to be an alternative health care provider, but also very important.
HJ Ross
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