November/December 2010, Volume 3, Issue 6
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The Healing Power of Plants: Interview with James Duke, PhD
Jim Duke, America’s elder statesman of herbs and spices, is a dedicated and strong-willed scientist who worked for many years at the U.S.D.A. Best known as the author of the bestseller, The Green Pharmacy, Duke is a lifelong advocate of natural methods of healing. In this interview, he talks about the healing power of plants and describes his herb garden, which is legendary in the Baltimore-Washington area.
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Chiropractic at a Corporate Integrative Clinic: Interview with
Bill Updyke, DC
Integrative care, where chiropractors work in collaborative relationships with medical doctors and other practitioners in the same practice, is a growing trend. Bill Updyke, a CCCLA graduate, chiropractic educator, and former president of the California Chiropractic Association, has a leadership role in an integrative clinic on the campus of a Fortune 500 company in Silicon Valley. He describes why the corporation created the clinic, how it functions and tells a story that illustrates how integration can be life-saving for some patients.
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Research Roundup
New chiropractic research shows that high velocity, low-amplitude manipulation (HVLA) and muscle energy technique mobilization significantly increase balance, range of motion, and function in lateral ankle sprains while decreasing short-term pain.
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Speaking Out for
with Brigadier General
Becky Halstead (Ret.)
The first female military academy graduate to reach the rank of general in the U.S. Army, and the first to command in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, Becky Halstead is a staunch advocate of chiropractic and a spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. In this interview with Dr. Carl Cleveland III, she shares her inspiring life story and explains why expanding the availability of chiropractic care throughout the Armed Services will improve troop readiness.
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Exercise & Fitness Report
In this issue, we highlight two new studies showing the benefits of exercise. In the first, functional MRI demonstrates that exercise (walking) improves brain function in a variety of ways. In the second, exercise is effective in preventing disability and fall-related fractures in elderly people.
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Nutrition Update
New research shows that common levels of pesticide in foods are associated with increased rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, while supplements of fatty acids, magnesium and zinc may help ADHD. B-vitamins may slow brain atrophy and halt cognitive decline, and low vitamin D levels may aggravate symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
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Who Provides Primary Care?
A looming shortage of primary care doctors, driven by the fact that fewer than one in ten medical physicians goes into primary care, has triggered a search for solutions. Groups representing nurse practitioners, physician assistants, chiropractors and naturopaths have all made the case for roles in solving the primary care shortfall. Are chiropractors primary care providers? Laws in states like Iowa indicate that the answer may be yes.
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The Yoga of Knots
The holiday season is a fascinating laboratory in which to test the outcomes of our spiritual and physical disciplines. It is the perfect pressure cooker, offering opportunity after opportunity to remind ourselves of the need to breathe, to be patient, to love, to slow down and experience the present moment. How can we remain the people we want to be during these hectic weeks?
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CAM in Review
In CAM research, purple passion fruit peel extract eases knee osteoarthritis symptoms, prolotherapy helps low back pain with ligament damage, and chair massage eases anxiety in people undergoing addiction treatment.
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