Research

Why should we be interested in research?

We must explore our knowledge by questioning our experiences, education and evidence. It is our duty to analyze, criticize and discard ideas incongruent with science-based facts. A scientific mind is an open one, if we want to know the truth, we must be willing to dissect everything including our beliefs.

Be wise when selecting to challenge the realities of others. It can be traumatic to hear skeptical statements or have our beliefs refuted. When we debate ideas, the goal is not to win. Instead, we are discussing to evaluate and eliminate ideas not supported with valid evidence.

Personal advocacy needs up to date scientific data. To make the best decisions we must have the best information. This area is built with the intention of helping you evaluate your needs. Every decision we make has a price. I want to make sure you know the price of pain you are willing to pay before you agree to any treatment. We only have one life to live, lets work together to make the most of our moments.

water

Water and the Myths of Massage, can we massage out toxins?

I hope you brought your water pills cause its time to take your medicine!  Oh you’re out? Well you can find more at your local grocery store in the Snake Oil isle. You know the one? The place where everyone can pretend they are treating their illnesses with placebo! Speaking ...
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Hot Stone Experience

Stone Massage Experience

The world of massage is a melting pot of philosophies. The beauty of this dynamic is it permits for a personalized approach to our profession. This lesson accounts for professional uniqueness by integrating your existing methods with the stone massage experience. The Stone Massage Experience Hot stones sliding against our ...
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MBLEX

Massage: MBLEX, Body Mechanics & Communication

When I went to massage school very little was spent on body mechanics, technique or communication. Instead the class room experience focused on the MBLEX (the licensing exam every massage therapist must take to become a licensed practitioner). I understand the weight this test is supposed to play in a ...
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bowen technique

Bowen Technique? What the heck is that?

What is the Bowen Technique? The Bowen technique also called the Neurostructural Integration Technique uses a combination of soft tissue manipulation and energy work. Supposedly through a series of gentle movements at precise points the therapist promotes the flow of energy and creates vibrations throughout the body. This modality utilizes ...
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Looyen Work

Looyen Work? That’s a strange name! What does it have to do with Adhesions?

What is Looyen Work? This modality may be described as a combination of physical therapy and psychoanalysis. Looyen Work practitioners claim to have the ability to penetrate deep into a muscle to reduce tension, remove adhesions and improve range of motion. This modality uses a variety of techniques and pressure levels, ...
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benefit

Massage is amazing, but what are its benefits?

Why do you get a massage? For most it’s to feel amazing, get pampered or alleviate some ache or pain. Some go for the human contact, others want a holistic guide. Ultimately, we go to relax and feel better. It is a luxury, a costly endeavor, but worth every penny ...
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Rolfing

What is Rolfing? Its Painful!

What is Rolfing? This modality uses unproven techniques that claim to restructure fascia, muscles and other soft tissue to make improvements to a client’s posture. The techniques used in this modality are often very painful. Massage therapists implementing this modality use a considerable amount of force, enlisting knuckles, fists and ...
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alkaline diet

How effective is the Alkaline Diet? Should I have any concerns?

Do you believe an alkaline diet or a sodium bicarbonate infusion is an effective way to treat cancer? Are you considering an alkaline diet? Are you doing it because you want to live a healthy life, perhaps to fight and prevent disease? If that is the case then adopting the alkaline ...
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Essential Oils

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Recently I was involved in a conversation with someone claiming essential oils could be used to help induce labor. I was interested in hearing more, because a scientific mind is creative and open. In my research I have never read any science-based evidence supporting this claim, but that doesn’t mean ...
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Eustachian ear ears

Ears? What could possibly be in there?

Bad things happen, and they will always happen. Sometimes we find ourselves in a bleak nightmare wrapped in despair. The key to navigating these terrible times is knowledge. With knowledge we can unlock the door and escape our hellish nightmare. We can learn from the past and prepare for the ...
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Orthomolecular Therapy, Mega Vitamin Dietary Supplements

Orthomolecular Therapy, Mega Vitamins and Dietary Supplements might be bad for me?

Food is our first medicine, but it is not our only medicine. In fact once we are sick there is little an apple, a steak or a pile of multi-vitamins can do. Aren’t dietary supplements good for me?  Some claim multivitamins, diet pills and energy boosters are beneficial. However, according to ...
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Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology

Knowledge is the greatest light of life. Put on your head lamp and crawl with me into the subterranean depths of applied kinesiology. This venom is the snake oil of life coaches and charlatans, seeking to steal control of your life and livelihood. Traveling deep into this rabbit hole we ...
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The Placebo of Ernest the Life Coach

The Placebo of Ernest the Life Coach

Sitting beside my friend Ernest we chatted the lazy morning away. We were in old town Saint Charles enjoying delicious coffee. Little birds scurried along begging for bread crumbs. Golden rays slipped through the fluffy cloud blankets creating kaleidoscope lightshows in the street. Beside me was Ernest, he had a ...
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The Life Coach

The Life Coach

Life coaches and gurus speak about systems and methods to achieve a prosperous life. Don’t feel bad when they don’t work for you, most likely they don’t work at all. These people make a living by pretending to be your friend and selling you advice. If a trained psychologist or ...
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MEMEs

Memes aren’t Facts

MEMEs are not Facts.  They can be informative, perhaps even insightful, but they are not good sources of information. Today I am going to show two MEMEs, address their message then apply critical thought to each. The other day I wrote an article about hair care treatment. Why did I ...
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Nioxin vs Monat vs Rogaine

Nioxin vs Monat vs Rogaine

Nioxon vs Monat vs Rogaine While perusing the land of Facebook I was drawn to an image (shown below) illustrating the advantages of one product over two others. With my interest piqued I spent the better part of an evening researching it’s claims. I believe we all fall victim to ...
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Palliative Care

Palliative treatment What does this mean? Part 3

Palliative Treatment Palliative treatment is a term used to represent the care or therapy of a patient. More specifically it focuses on the their symptoms by addressing them directly and building a treatment plan that focuses on their needs. The care plan aims to improve their quality of life through medical, emotional and spiritual ...
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Blood Test

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel, What does this mean? Part 2

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Sources for Comprehensive Metabolic Panel can be found here at The Free Dictionary, and Lab Tests Online. Explained Glucose Glucose,  Blood Sugar Detect high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) and low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) BUN blood urea nitrogen Kidney Function Test Creatinine Creatinine Kidney Function Test eGFR MDRD, GFR Glomerular Filtration Rate ...
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What does this mean? Part 1 (Introduction)

What does this mean? Part 1 (Introduction)

What does this mean, what does that mean, these are questions I found myself asking along the way.  Often I would see lists of abbreviations and acronyms that represented critical bits of information that did not exist within my vernacular. There is so much information in the medical world, it ...
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Direction – Why do I need a specialist?

Sometimes it is a challenge to see our environment, it is difficult to make out exactly what it is we are experiencing.  When you are facing something as difficult as cancer it can be hard to find which direction is the right way to go. This is especially true of my ...
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