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New Documentary Explores How Acupuncture Helps Cancer Victims

Acupuncture Helps Cancer Victims

acupuncture helps cancer victimsThough Americans and other Western countries increasingly accept acupuncture, we still only scratch the surface (excuse the pun). A new documentary looks at how acupuncture helps cancer victims, opening new and complementary therapies to those who need all the help possible.

“While acupuncture is certainly gaining in popularity, its potential is still being underestimated,” said Matthew Bauer, President of the ANF. “We wanted to produce a documentary that shows how this ancient health care approach can and should be incorporated into modern medicine.”

Co-produced and directed by Doug Dearth (also the producer of the documentary 9000 Needles), this first ANF episode of the documentary series Getting to the Point has Dearth meeting the families of young Cade Spinello and Max Wilford. Viewers learn the touching stories of how they and their families dealt with the devastating effects of childhood cancer.

Facing the complications from brain surgery and their upcoming chemotherapy treatments, CHOC neurosurgeon Dr. William Loudon suggests to Cade’s and Max’s parents that they try something outside the box—and introduces them to CHOC hospital acupuncturist Ruth McCarty. This unique treatment approach helps ease the fatigue, nausea and pain so common in cancer victims, while Cade is also aided in the recovery of a devastating stroke he suffered after his second brain surgery.

“Many people struggling with cancer, as well as parents of children suffering serious illnesses like cancer, would not think of acupuncture as a viable additional resource,” said Bauer. “We want to help people better understand the strengths and weakness of this natural healing system as well as how they can find qualified practitioners and facilities.

”As a longstanding national advocate of the practice of acupuncture, the NCCAOM was the perfect partner to join forces with the ANF as a major sponsor for the film. The NCCAOM’s mission is to assure the safety and well-being of the public and promote national evidence-based standards of competence.

“The wide-ranging, profound healing effects of acupuncture remain largely unknown to the general public,” said Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the NCCAOM. “This documentary is of great importance not only to the acupuncture community, but to potential viewers everywhere. We are honored to sponsor the film, and we recognize the need for additional funding so that more such films can be made.”

For more information and to see the video please visit: New Documentary Explores Acupuncture’s Potential in Helping Cancer Victims

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Holistic health care shift underway

Holistic health care shiftHolistic Health Care Shift

There is a holistic health care shift underway that is disrupting conventional medical care. In the early 1900’s the leading causes of death were infectious diseases. In this century, the leading causes of death are non-infectious chronic diseases. These illnesses, like heart disease, are often the result of our hectic lifestyles. Unfortunately, the medical community still focuses inside the clinic. Fortunately, consumers and a $3.7 trillion dollar industry focus on the whole person.

A new research report from Ogilvy’s Health & Wellness Practice points to a societal shift toward holistic healthcare “in a world where everyone is grappling with the stress of a 24/7 always-on culture.”

There’s plenty of doom and gloom to study, which notes that more than 2 billion people overweight; more than 80 percent of the world’s teens lean toward couch-potatodom; 11-hour workdays are boosting the risk of a heart attack by more than 60 percent; and stress and social media are both taking their own tolls on health.

And there are plenty of disconnects between the direction medicine is heading and what people are seeking to help themselves heal. Ever-increasing specialties in the medical field vie with patients’ quest for a more holistic approach, and the health care industry isn’t nimble enough to respond to this change in patients’ needs. People are searching in five major areas: radical compassion, mind and body becoming one, social fitness, somatic spaces and the convergence of health and technology.

Source: Holistic health care shift underway

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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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