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The Meaning Behind the Month of June

In Ethical Business Management class this week, we had a guest speaker talk to us about clinical psychology. Dr. David M. Gursky has his PhD in psychology and has over 20 years of experience in the field. The main focus of the talk was being open to any kind of pysch issues that our patients may have in the future, and knowing what issues can be dealt with in the office, and which need to be referred out for specialized care.

Patients tend to be more open with chiropractic or other alternative medicine physicians because we focus on the entire person, focus on the patient in their environment, and because of the treatment setting. The treatment setting in most chiropractic offices has patients gowned for physical examination/treatment, requires physical contact, and induces physical relaxation, all of which sets the stage for patient openness. Some issues that patients might bring up with you include marital dysfunction, anxiety, interpersonal issues, fears, stress, etc. Since well-being is a combination of physical, mental and emotional health, it is very important to help your patients with these psychological issues as well as their musculoskeletal complaints, or refer them to a counselor who can. 

Again, during my downtime this week in class and clinic, I am continuing my reading of Dr. Vasquez's textbook Migraine Headaches, Hypothyroidism, and Fibromyalgia. I finished the chapter on classification, diagnosis, and treatment of headaches. I won't bore you with the hairy details on the types of headaches and treatment, but there were some great treatments that Dr. Vasquez recommended.

Food triggers are the cause of many headaches, especially migraines, and by pinpointing these triggers via a food/headache diary you are able to remove them to remain headache-free. Some common triggers include red wine, aged cheeses, sardines, sausage, and foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG). These triggers contain tyramine, nitrites or other neuroexcitatory substances that start the cascade toward a headache.

Another big cause of headaches is nutritional deficiencies that are so common among Americans today. The standard American diet (S.A.D.) is composed of red meat, sugary desserts, high-fat foods, and refined grains. The S.A.D. is severely lacking in a lot of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs daily. Some major things to supplement with to avoid headaches are magnesium, CoQ10, fish oil, vitamin D, and riboflavin. Other treatment options include myofascial trigger point work, chiropractic manipulative therapy, acupuncture, and oxygen therapy.

My partner and I

This week marks the start of June, which is LGBT Pride Month. Here's a little history of this important month:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States, the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, which attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally. My partner and I will be heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this weekend to join in this wonderful celebration with close friends and family.