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Researchers Find New Organ Missed by Gold Standard Methods for Visualizing Anatomy & Disease

Researchers Find New Organ

Researchers Find New OrganThis might be a great learning lesson… despite our claims about science we do not know everything. Researchers find a new organ and now claim it may be the largest organ in human anatomy. Yet the “interstitium” and its functions remained undetected for decades, even centuries? There are trillions of unknown microbes in the human gut system whose functions and interactions are even more of a mystery. As we embrace scientific advances in medicine, let us also remember that we do not yet know what we do not know.

Researchers have identified a previously unknown feature of human anatomy with implications for the function of all organs, most tissues, and the mechanisms of most major diseases.

Published March 27 in Scientific Reports, a new study co-led by an NYU School of Medicine pathologist reveals that layers of the body long thought to be dense, connective tissues—below the skin’s surface, lining the digestive tract, lungs, and urinary systems, and surrounding arteries, veins, and the fascia between muscles—are instead interconnected, fluid-filled compartments.

This series of spaces, supported by a meshwork of strong (collagen) and flexible (elastin) connective tissue proteins, may act like shock absorbers that keep tissues from tearing as organs, muscles, and vessels squeeze, pump, and pulse as part of daily function.

Importantly, the finding that this layer is a highway of moving fluid may explain why cancer that invades it becomes much more likely to spread. Draining into the lymphatic system, the newfound network is the source of lymph, the fluid vital to the functioning of immune cells that generate inflammation. Furthermore, the cells that reside in the space, and collagen bundles they line, change with age, and may contribute to the wrinkling of skin, the stiffening of limbs, and the progression of fibrotic, sclerotic, and inflammatory diseases.

The field has long known that more than half the fluid in the body resides within cells, and about a seventh inside the heart, blood vessels, lymph nodes, and lymph vessels. The remaining fluid is “interstitial,” and the current study is the first to define the interstitium as an organ in its own right, and as one of the largest of the body, say the authors.

For the original article see: Researchers Find New ‘Organ’ Missed by Gold Standard Methods for Visualizing Anatomy & Disease | NYU Langone Health

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9 Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Benefits Of Cupping TherapyWhen discussing benefits we must be careful not to separate a therapy like Cupping from a medical system like Traditional Chinese Medicine. There may well be benefits of cupping therapy (like breaking up Qi stagnation) that do not fit with another system. That said, the article’s author gives a quick overview of benefits from cupping therapy that most Westerners will appreciate:

1. Pain relief

2. Relieve cold, cough and allergy symptoms

3. Promotes relaxation

4. Detoxifying

5. Inducing inflammation to heal injuries faster

6. Improve skin conditions

7. Relieving digestive disorders

8. Anti-Aging

9. Treating carpal tunnel syndrome

Cupping involves heating up small glass cups and then putting them onto the skin, and pulling them away from the body to help loosen and relax muscles by promoting blood flow.

It seems to be working. The U.S. men’s gymnastics team finished second during the qualifying round at the 2016 Olympics, and swim team members Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian, who also uses cupping, managed to secure gold medals in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Many massage therapists and other alternative health practitioners are including it as part of their practice. It makes sense as cupping is kind of the inverse of massage. Instead of apply pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull the skin, tissue and muscles upward. It’s a practice that was developed thousands of years ago, and while techniques have been modernized, the original philosophy is still the same.

Olympic athletes certainly aren’t the only ones to experience the many benefits of cupping, famous celebrities like actress Gwyneth Paltrow walked the red carpet with noticeable cupping marks on her back, and former “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston wore a strapless black dress to a movie premiere recently that showed cupping marks too.

Source: 9 Reasons Everyone Should Try Cupping Therapy

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Acupressure App May Ease Menstrual Pain, Try These Home Remedies Too!

Acupressure Eases Menstrual Pain

Acupressure Eases Menstrual PainAcupuncture points have long been used to help with menstrual pain. Acupressure eases menstrual pain as well but finding the points on the body in order to apply pressure has been a challenge. Now a new app, AKUD, helps women learn to locate the points. The clinical evidence is promising. The article also provides other remedies for menstrual pain such as several teas and massage.

A new study, conducted by researchers from Institute for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, shows that women who used an acupressure app reported significantly less menstrual pain than women who didn’t. The study that was published in the Journal American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology examines the use of a particular app called AKUD which was developed by the team itself with the help of acupressure experts from China, Germany and the U.S.

The app was designed for the target audience of women in their 20s and 30s who have seen to use their phones for various daily tasks. This made it easy for them to use an app that helps them learn about the pressure points to ease menstrual pain.

Source: Acupressure App May Ease Menstrual Pain, Try These Home Remedies Too!

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As demand in La Crosse area grows, Gundersen promotes integrative medicine options

Gundersen Integrative Medicine

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ONALASKA — Rebecca Murphy stopped by the Gundersen Health System clinic Wednesday looking for new ways to cope with shoulder pain.

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI held an open house to promote awareness of its therapies. Local residents were able to get information and even demonstrations of Gundersen integrative medicine potential for their health.

During the open house, prospective patients were able to speak with the center’s medical staff and ask questions about the different techniques. La Crosse residents Judy and Jim Oestreich stopped by as they were curious about different ways they could help manage their arthritis pain.

Judy said she was interested in learning about what benefits there were to using health supplements, as well as what kinds of therapies are covered by insurance and their costs. She was also excited after learning about how essential oils work and thought they might make a good topical relief option for her and her husband’s arthritis symptoms.

“Some of the old ways are making a comeback,” Jim said.

These techniques are mainly used for helping to manage pain and stress. Essential oils are also good for helping with sleep or smoking cessation programs, said Dr. Jill McMullen, an integrative and holistic medicine practitioner.

People are becoming more and more aware that healing doesn’t take place on the outside but from the inside, she said. One of the things she enjoys most working patients at the center is helping people improve or maintain their good health.

“It is about trying to be more proactive than reactive,” she said. “It’s about treating the person rather than responding to a symptom.”

Source: As demand in La Crosse area grows, Gundersen promotes integrative medicine options

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9 Holistic Approaches to Relieve Joint Pain

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One particularly nice thing about a holistic approach is that many modalities are available. When thinking about holistic joint pain remedies, many Americans limit the possibilities. Our frame of reference for pain management is usually a medication (Over-The-Counter or Prescribed) or some procedure. This article by Nicole Noel, Guest Columnist at Pain News Network, suggests nine approaches. It is a great start but this is far from exhaustive.

Whatever your ailment may be, holistic medicine has an answer.

A therapeutic method that dates back to early civilizations, holistic medicine takes into account the mind, body, emotions and spirit — with the aim of helping patients achieve or restore proper balance in life and prevent or heal a range of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain. Holistic treatments offer a ray of hope for many patients suffering from arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and other conditions that cause joint pain.

  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Diet Changes
  • Aromatherapy
  • Spa Treatments
  • Capsaicin Cream

Source: 9 Holistic Approaches to Relieve Joint Pain

Holistic Must Be… Holistic

The HealthCare Too approach to Holistic Health does not exclude conventional Western medicine. That would be a mistake for holistic joint pain remedies or any health question. We also believe that relying solely on medication and medical procedures for “healthcare” is also a mistake, leaving us with current US sick care system. A holistic care plan is really up to you, the consumer. That can be scary.

For years we have been told that we are not capable of making medical decision without a medical degree. That is absolutely true. However, we make health-impacting Life decisions every day without any medical advice. How long should I sleep today? What should I eat? When should I eat? How will I deal with the negative people and events in my Life? What exercise will I pursue? How can I open myself to greater spirituality? And so much more!

Holistic Health requires an open-mindedness to look at therapies that 1) do no harm, 2) fit your Lifestyle and Beliefs, and 3) offer you a benefit. Our challenge HealthCare Too is to create Awareness for holistic options, highlight any known Benefit, and promote Coordinated Care for your optimum health.

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Federal agencies partner for military and veteran pain management research

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The U.S. military and VA often lead the way for complementary therapies. The referenced article looks at nondrug pain management research for chronic pain.

U.S. agencies partner on research that focuses on nondrug approaches for pain management in military personnel and veterans; NCCIH is the lead for this multi-agency initiative.Studies report nearly 45 percent of soldiers and 50 percent of veterans experience pain on a regular basis, and there is significant overlap among chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and persistent post-concussive symptoms. Data from the National Health Interview Survey shows that American veterans experience a higher prevalence of pain and more severe pain than nonveterans. Although opioids are often prescribed to treat chronic pain, research has not shown them to be very effective, and there are many issues with long-term use. Thus, there is a need for nondrug approaches to complement current strategies for pain management and to reduce the need for, and hazards of, excessive reliance on opioids.

“Pain is the most common medical condition requiring treatment for military personnel. Current drug treatments have limited efficacy and are often associated with severe adverse events, significant cognitive and physiological side effects, and pose a significant risk of abuse, misuse, addiction, tolerance, and diversion. The proposals funded under this interagency partnership will provide a significant step forward in pain management in our wounded service members. We are pleased to be working with our interagency partners in driving changes to clinical practice that will impact the military, our veterans, and the Nation as a whole,” said Dr. George Ludwig, principal assistant for research and technology, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC).

Source: Federal agencies partner for military and veteran pain management research

Time for Holistic Health

Starting with nondrug pain management makes so much sense. Obviously, in acute situations there is every reason to manage pain with drugs. However, so many chronic conditions go the drug route without trying more holistic approaches. The current opioid crisis in the US is an unfortunate example of this. In our model, we see all therapies working together… as necessary. Less-invasive, less-risky, lower-cost options are available. Consumers should demand them. Providers should gladly integrate them. Payers should eagerly pay for them.

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Many Parents Don’t Tell Doctor About ‘Complementary’ Therapy Use in Kids

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Complementary therapy has been on the rise. While good overall, it is vital to keep physicians updated so they can help avoid problems like adverse interactions with medications or activities that might be contraindicated.

Parents often try unconventional treatments — such as acupuncture and herbal products — when their kids are sick, but many don’t tell their pediatricians.

“The point we’re making in this report is that many of our young patients are already using these [complementary] therapies,” said lead author Dr. Hilary McClafferty. “And much of that use is driven by the consumer, by parents looking for additional help for their children.

“But a lot of parents are not necessarily disclosing this use to their child’s pediatrician, for fear of censure or ridicule,” McClafferty explained. “That can be a problem, because while we are really excited about some of the advances in the field of complementary medicine and research, it is also important to discuss with parents the need for safety and proper use.

“So, what we are saying here is that it’s very important to encourage pediatricians to become well-informed about complementary medicine and about what the research shows. And to discuss all of this openly with parents,” McClafferty added.

Source: Many Parents Don’t Tell Doctor About ‘Complementary’ Therapy Use in Kids

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Health on the High Seas – Mandara Spa on the NCL Breakaway – HealthPopuli.com

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A cruise ship that offers a buffet of holistic health options!

“Health is very addictive,” Michaela Deeley told me. “The way you feel once you start to feel good… you don’t want to stop.” Michaela is the manager at the Mandara Spa on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship, the Breakaway, which sails weekly from New York City to Bermuda.

More people choosing to cruise are growing more health conscious, seeking opportunities to make personal health throughout the ship: from the kitchen and dining room to the fitness center and through experiencing dozens of health education classes available throughout the seven day ride on the Atlantic Ocean.

What is prompting people to come into the Spa area of the ship, when there are so many other activity options? I asked Michaela. The simple answer is that our interest in health, vitality and wellness is growing, and particularly among people over 50 who want to age well.

Source: Health on the High Seas – Mandara Spa on the NCL Breakaway – HealthPopuli.com

Americans grow more conscious of the “sickcare” system that is broken. They seek new outlets to maintain or improve their health. Ocean cruises, a venue once known for indulgence, now use a buffet of holistic health to attract the healthy and the “want to be healthy”.

Riding the Wave of Consumer Health

While booking such cruises, some consumers are not only checking for dates and amenities. They also want to know what their (ever-growing) Health Savings Accounts cover. The IRS allows consumers to use (pre-tax) Health Savings Account dollars to pay for holistic health services like acupuncture, chiropractors, and more.

For many consumers it is still sensible to invest out-of-pocket in their health. They want to continue feeling good even if the service is not covered. Not only is health “addictive” as Michaela said in the article but consumers recognize a good “deal” when they see it as well. The monetary costs for sickness are significant so consumers look for alternative investments as a hedge. Perfectly sound economic thinking. Consumers spend seven days at sea on cruise liner with a high-concentration of spa services to help them explore, use, and adopt holistic health practices. That is a good investment!

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Holistic Health in WNY takes several forms

Holistic Health in Western NY
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Holistic health seeks to understand root causes of disease as well as address symptoms. It is open to a variety of ways to address them, including traditional Western medicine. It depends on practitioners, communities and individuals to play key roles in health and wellness management.

“When you look up the definition of holistic care, it’s taking care of all aspects of your well-being. It doesn’t mean that you do something weird. It means you take care of your body from an emotional standpoint, a spiritual standpoint, obviously a physical and mental standpoint, and socially, as well. It means that you’re connected.”

Source: Holistic Health in WNY takes several forms

Holistic Health FoodThe New York State Health Foundation has adopted a new strategy for healthcare in Western New York that meets people’s health needs where people need more healthcare… outside the clinic. According to CEO David Sandman, “Health happens not just in the doctor’s office”. The article explains that most healthcare spending is on chronic disease which may actually be preventable.

Areas for Holistic Health Investment

New York State Health Foundation’s approach calls for work in three areas:
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  • Wellness Centers that offer a full palette of health services such as: massage therapy, essential oils, natural birthing and pet care, hypnotherapy and Qigong.
  • Better Nutrition through the Double Up Food Bucks program that provides up to $20/day match for participants who buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets.
  • Physical Activity outside in the sunshine (until they have to move inside) that is fun and healthy.

We know that 80% or more of a person’s health is determined outside the clinic. This is especially so for chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. We also know that some chronic diseases can be prevented or even reversed through a more holistic approach that incorporates diet, exercise, social involvement, stress reduction, mindfulness, etc. The downside of eating well, playing hard, and socializing is a health risk work taking!

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