2007-04-30 00:00:00

Chiropractic Lowers Blood Pressure

In a pilot study conducted at the University of Chicago a one time specialized chiropractic adjustment, delivered to patients suffering from high blood pressure and misaligned C1 vertebra, resulted in significant reductions in diastolic and systolic blood pressure compared to controls. According to a press release from the University of Chicago medical center, office of public affairs, a decrease in blood pressure was equivalent to that seen with concurrent administration of two blood pressure drugs. None of the patients took in the hypertensive medications during the study period.

Fifty percent of the patients received a specific chiropractic adjustment, while the remaining received a sham procedure, carefully designed to mimic the actual adjustment in order to ensure blinding.?? Eight weeks from the intial adjustment, blood pressure was measured in the two groups.?? There was a significant decrease in the blood pressure of the group that received the adjustment when compaired to the group that received the sham adjustment.
The study authors emphasize that “while the mechanism as to why this improvement in blood pressure occurs is unknown and cannot be determined by the study… the data presented, however, raises a number of important questions including a) How does misalignment of C1 effect hypertension; and b) If there is a cause-and-effect relationship between C1 and hypertension, is now position of C1 an additional risk factor for the development of hypertension?” A larger clinical trial is being planned to address these questions.

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2007-04-30 00:00:00

Change management and versioning of services

We’ve been having a nice discussion on the management of services and how services should be versioned on our Microsoft Architect MVP discussion list. This morning I saw a note from Martin Fowler pointing to an article on Consumer-driven Contracts. The article is definitely worth reading, and here’s the abstract:

This article discusses some of the challenges in evolving a community of service providers and consumers. It describes some of the coupling issues that arise when service providers change parts of their contract, particularly document schemas, and identifies two well-understood strategies - adding schema extension points and performing “just enough” validation of received messages - for mitigating such issues. Both strategies help protect consumers from changes to a provider contract, but neither of them gives the provider any insight into the ways it is being used and the obligations it must maintain as it evolves. Drawing on the assertion-based language of one of these mitigation strategies - the “just enough” validation strategy - the article then describes the “Consumer-Driven Contract” pattern, which imbues providers with insight into their consumer obligations, and focuses service evolution around the delivery of the key business functionality demanded by consumers.

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2007-04-30 00:00:00

Change management and versioning of services

We’ve been having a nice discussion on the management of services and how services should be versioned on our Microsoft Architect MVP discussion list. This morning I saw a note from Martin Fowler pointing to an article on Consumer-driven Contracts. The article is definitely worth reading, and here’s the abstract:

This article discusses some of the challenges in evolving a community of service providers and consumers. It describes some of the coupling issues that arise when service providers change parts of their contract, particularly document schemas, and identifies two well-understood strategies - adding schema extension points and performing “just enough” validation of received messages - for mitigating such issues. Both strategies help protect consumers from changes to a provider contract, but neither of them gives the provider any insight into the ways it is being used and the obligations it must maintain as it evolves. Drawing on the assertion-based language of one of these mitigation strategies - the “just enough” validation strategy - the article then describes the “Consumer-Driven Contract” pattern, which imbues providers with insight into their consumer obligations, and focuses service evolution around the delivery of the key business functionality demanded by consumers.

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2007-04-27 00:00:00

Scents that Heal - The Wonderful World of Flower Essences

I recently meet with Joy Young who is a life coach and flower essence consutlant that uses scents to help her patient’s in their healing process. I asked her to write a description of her techinique so I could share it with my readers and I have attached it below.

The Wonderful World of Flower Essences

Nature???s gift for emotional wellness

By Joy Young, MSW, ACSW ??? Life Coach and Flower Essence Consultant

What do we do when someone we care about is sick?

We give them flowers!

This is a terrific lead in to talk about flower essences. Just about everyone associates flowers with love, beauty, kindness, and the sincere desire for health and happiness. The same can be said for flower essences. Flower essences have been used for decades as a gentle form of energy balancing. Flower essences are from individual flowers selected for their vibrational pattern that have a correspondence with specific personality qualities and emotional patterns found in individuals. Flower essences are not just for humans, plants and pets benefit too. Physically flower essences are purified water infused with the vibrational pattern of specific flowers. The infused vibrational pattern of the flower is preserved in water with a small portion of alcohol. Flower essences can be sold as a bottle of a single flower essence or as a flower essences blend. Flower essences are classified as a homeopathic form of treatment.

Flower essences were first developed by Dr. Edward Bach as a way to help people balance negative emotions and personality patterns which can keep you from the experience of greater wellness. Dr. Bach believed that all physical problems stem from negative emotional patterns in the personality complex. However, flower essences are not meant to treat or cure any form of disease but can be used as an adjunct to any form of treatment. Flower essences do not interfere with prescription medications or herbal supplements.

Intrigued?

You can choose from a wide variety of flowers essences. One of the most popular is Bach Flower Remedies. Other types include Alaska Flower Essences, California, New Zealand Flower Essences, and many others. Learn more by visiting www.flowersociety.org, www.bachcentre.com, and www.esences.com. I offer complete flower essence consultations and life coaching. Contact Joy at www.mjoyyoung.com or attend my free public flower essence presentation at Wild Oats on NE 15th May 30th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Portland Oregon.

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2007-04-27 00:00:00

IT implications of Wal-Mart’s 400 new in-store clinics

Reuters reports that Wal-Mart is planning to open 400 in-store clinics in the next few years, climbing to about 2000 within the next 7 years. They said that Wal-Mart plans to contract with local hospitals to provide the personnel and service and that made me curious. What are the IT implications and opportunities here? Could Wal-Mart become a pseudo-RHIO in some areas since it will need to have some connectivity with hospitals, labs, and other ancillary service providers? What new tools could we build that we could sell to Wal-Mart to make some that easier? Are there open source tools that could be built and tailored specifically for this kind of retail clinic use? Any and all ideas are welcome, lets see if we can even get Wal-Mart interested to talk with us here.

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2007-04-27 00:00:00

IT implications of Wal-Mart’s 400 new in-store clinics

Reuters reports that Wal-Mart is planning to open 400 in-store clinics in the next few years, climbing to about 2000 within the next 7 years. They said that Wal-Mart plans to contract with local hospitals to provide the personnel and service and that made me curious. What are the IT implications and opportunities here? Could Wal-Mart become a pseudo-RHIO in some areas since it will need to have some connectivity with hospitals, labs, and other ancillary service providers? What new tools could we build that we could sell to Wal-Mart to make some that easier? Are there open source tools that could be built and tailored specifically for this kind of retail clinic use? Any and all ideas are welcome, lets see if we can even get Wal-Mart interested to talk with us here.

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2007-04-26 00:00:00

Microsoft’s Internet Service Bus

We’ve probably all heard about the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) but I’ve been playing with Microsoft’s new Internet Service Bus and like the idea. Instead of installing an ESB within your own firm (which is not a trivial job), you can use a publicly hosted service bus infrastructure managed by Microsoft. With a good identity federation architecture, the security is “good enough” for most uses and you should check it out. This is not the same kind of neat stuff we’re seeing from Amazon (like S3 and their cloud services) but it’s a good direction for Microsoft which is really behind the 8 ball on hosted services in general.

See BizTalk Services Goes Live.

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2007-04-26 00:00:00

Microsoft’s Internet Service Bus

We’ve probably all heard about the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) but I’ve been playing with Microsoft’s new Internet Service Bus and like the idea. Instead of installing an ESB within your own firm (which is not a trivial job), you can use a publicly hosted service bus infrastructure managed by Microsoft. With a good identity federation architecture, the security is “good enough” for most uses and you should check it out. This is not the same kind of neat stuff we’re seeing from Amazon (like S3 and their cloud services) but it’s a good direction for Microsoft which is really behind the8 ball on hosted services in general.

See BizTalk Services Goes Live.

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2007-04-23 00:00:00

Nutritionalist with a Passion for Heatlh

Who is Lee Petrie and what is Supper Thyme?

Lee Petrie owns and runs Supper Thyme, a business that proivdes a blended circle of Nutritional & Culinary Services to support the whole body, inside & out!

Services include nutritional and culinary coaching, nutritional assessments, menu planning, and personal chef services.

???I have loved being in the kitchen as far back as I can remember. So, a love for food is a natural for me. As a self taught chef, natural cooking abilities and intuitive nature have shone through in all my creations. Along with a lifetime of experience, my training includes countless cooking classes, including from the current owners and chefs of Pearl Bakery and Castanga, and formal nutritional, anatomical and physiological courses.

Personally, I have a deep compassion to help others and to explore the best, often unique approach in resolving various situations. I have blended my research, writing and cooking skills together with my love of knowledge and helping others to create a unique blend of whole food and nutrition services through my business, Supper Thyme.???

Lee makes one-on-one connections with each of her clients to explore how to best help them reach their personal level of optimal health through nutrition. Whether through personal chef services, cooking lessons, nutritional guidance, or a unique blend of services created for one particular client, you may be assured that Lee Ann Petrie will do its her personal best to help you reach your personal best, when it comes to whole foods and whole health.

To contact her and learn more, please go to www.supperthymepdx.com or phone her at 503.235.5967.

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2007-04-12 00:00:00

Privacy preserving data mining

I love all things Google, especially Google Talks where they have smart guys presenting tech topics to Google staff and they record it for the rest of us to view later. Recently I ran across this video on privacy preserving data mining. Seems like an esoteric topic, but it’s important to us all in healthcare for sharing data without revealing private information. The speaker it talking about data mining for internet traffic but all the algorithms are useful in our industry, too.

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