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More Good News For Chocolate Lovers

By |March 31, 2010|Nutrition, Research|

Thanks to ChiroAccess for access to these materials!

The evidence supporting the antihypertensive effects of cocoa has been building over the last few years, and a January 2010 systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 randomized controlled trials, comprising 297 individuals confirms the BP-lowering capacity of flavanol-rich cocoa products. [1] The high level of flavanols found in the cocoa plant is believed to be responsible for the lowering of blood pressure.

Another study, published this month (March 2010) compared a lower (6g/day) with higher dose (25g/day) of dark chocolate, and the results suggest that, although chocolate may lower blood pressure, there was no added benefit to taking higher doses. The 25g per day group experienced slight increases in body weight with no additional improvements in BP. [2] (more…)

Health Care Bill Update ~ How It Effects Chiropractic

By |March 26, 2010|Health Care Reform, News|

Health Care Bill Update ~ How It Effects Chiropractic

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Over the past year, Palmer College of Chiropractic has closely watched the healthcare reform debate and subsequent actions taken by Congress. Palmer administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni have been working behind the scenes with government officials, other chiropractic organizations, and at the grass-roots level for more than a year to facilitate chiropractic’s inclusion in healthcare reform legislation, and with the signing of this new law, these joint efforts have resulted in several provisions that are positive for chiropractic. (more…)

Good News From Brazil

By |March 26, 2010|News|

Good News From Brazil

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SOURCE:   World Federation of Chiropractic


Beginning in early 2007, 95,000 Brazilian physiotherapists, through their national regulatory board, the Council of Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists (COFFITO), attempted to seize control of the Chiropractic Profession, by trying to pass a law stating that chiropractic was a (sub)specialty of physiotherapy.

This presented a serious problem for the 200 Brazilian chiropractors, because at that time the practice of chiropractic was not regulated by law, even though the Brazilian Chiropractors’ Association (ABQ) had been working tirelessly since 2001 to pass that legislation. (more…)

Live and Let Live?

By |March 24, 2010|Chiropractic Technique, Editorial, Expanded Practice|

Live and Let Live?

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SOURCE:   A Chiro.Org Editorial


Here’s a question I don’t have an answer for:

Do chiropractors need to adjust people while the patient is under anesthesia (a.k.a MUA)?

I have no experience to guide me. I have never met a patient whose muscle spasm (or spinal “fixation”) was so great that I was not able to adjust them. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they might not be out there somewhere. I can only assume that’s why someone came up with the idea of MUA in the first place. Until now this never seemed relevant to me, and I didn’t pay attention to the evolution of this practice.

What I do know is that organized medicine is in a huge uproar about MUA. (more…)

Holism

By |March 23, 2010|Philosophy|

Holism

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SOURCE:   Health Insights Today

An editorial by Daniel Redwood, DC


Through the 1970s and 1980s, those of us seeking to advance alternatives to conventional medicine that would be far less reliant on drugs and surgery, far more friendly to hands-on forms of healing and the use of natural substances, and cognizant that illness and pain usually have more than one cause and potential cure, identified ourselves as proponents of holism, holistic health care or holistic medicine. The words were chosen to convey the importance of seeing ourselves and our patients as whole persons—body, mind and spirit.

But phrases fall out of fashion. By the early 1990s, holistic had become alternative, then complementary and alternative (CAM), and finally (for now) integrative. We all understand that the map is not the territory, but changes in language signal changes in outlook and emphasis. Subtly and gradually, we have lost something in the process. When we raise the banner of holism, we assert the value of a whole systems paradigm. Endorsing alternative, complementary, or integrative medicine lacks this engaged focus on principles and thus affirms far less. (more…)

US Health Care Bill

By |March 22, 2010|Health Care, Health Care Reform|

Source Reuters
Here is a more in depth article from Wikipedia.

WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF ENACTMENT

* Insurance companies will be barred from dropping people from coverage when they get sick. Lifetime coverage limits will be eliminated and annual limits are to be restricted.
* Insurers will be barred from excluding children for coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
* Young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ health plans until the age of 26. Many health plans currently drop dependents from coverage when they turn 19 or finish college.
* Uninsured adults with a pre-existing conditions will be able to obtain health coverage through a new program that will expire once new insurance exchanges begin operating in 2014.
* A temporary reinsurance program is created to help companies maintain health coverage for early retirees between the ages of 55 and 64. This also expires in 2014.
* Medicare drug beneficiaries who fall into the “doughnut hole” coverage gap will get a $250 rebate. The bill eventually closes that gap which currently begins after $2,700 is spent on drugs. Coverage starts again after $6,154 is spent.
* A tax credit becomes available for some small businesses to help provide coverage for workers.
* A 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services that use ultraviolet lamps goes into effect on July 1.

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