Occidental College: a college in Los Angeles, California. Occidental offers a unique combination of a rigorous academic program, small size, a diverse student body, and all the resources of Los Angeles. Their interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to the liberal arts challenges students to develop a wide range of skills.
occipital lobes: located in the back portion of the brain’s cerebral cortex, it controls vision and color recognition.
occlusion: the alignment and spacing of your upper and lower teeth when you bite down.
Ontological Kinesiology: clinical kinesiology is a diagnosis technique that uses modes or gestures to pinpoint the actual problem at hand, and the sequencing of these modes to elicit a treatment protocol. Ontology is "the sequence of events that create our state or being", and Ontological Kinesiology is the use of modes and kinesiology to understand the events that have brought us to our present dysfunction.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: a book by Brad W. Neville, Douglas D. Damm, Carl M. Allen, and Jerry E. Bouquot. It deals with the nature, identification, and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. The second edition of this text is completely revised and updated to bring you the latest information on the etiology, clinical features, histopathology, treatment, and prognosis of each disease entity. The most significant change to this edition is the new full-color format. Over 850 of 1,000 illustrations are presented in full color, bringing the subject matter to life. The full-color presentation allows for easy comparison of soft tissue lesions and facilitates classification of all lesions of the oral and maxillofacial region.
Orange Ruffles: a flower essence that helps with receptivity. Perelandra flower essences states that it stabilizes the individual during the expansion of his sensory system.
Oregon Grape: used as a treatment for skin diseases and as a treatment for prostate infection. It is also used as a blood cleanser, to stimulate the liver and gall bladder, and as a mild laxative. Externally, a decoction of the root bark is used as a liniment for arthritis.
Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU): Oregon's one health and research university, OHSU brings together education, research, patient care and community service. While each component with in it has its own individual goals and mission, all of them are bound together by a common vision - to improve the well-being of Oregonians.
Oregon Toxics Alliance: an organization that helps communities organize to confront environmental and public health threats caused by chemical trespass. Oregon Toxics Alliance adheres to two proactive commitments. Their first goal is to systematically challenge the root causes of toxic pollution in Oregon by changing policies and laws, and Their second is to provide grassroots, direct-action on local projects to preserve the environment and protect public health. They build advocacy for changes in statewide guidelines by supporting grassroots partnerships on local toxics issues. By involving affected residents, OTA creates larger public support for fundamental changes in chemical use policy.
Organic Solvent Neurotoxicity: there is a link between organic solvents and toxins found by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Organic solvents are recognized by NIOSH, as carcinogens or reproductive hazards in the workplace. Examples of carcinogens recognized by NIOSH are benzene, carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene, and 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane. Reproductive hazards recognized by NIOSH include 2- methoxyethanol, 2-ethoxyethanol, and methyl chloride. This CIB describes other research results indicating the potential for organic solvents and various mixtures of organic solvents to cause neurotoxic effects in workers exposed to these substances. Neurotoxic disorders are listed by NIOSH among the ten leading work-related diseases and injuries. Because of expected increases in the manufacture of organic solvents, many of which may be neurotoxic, the population of exposed workers is likely to increase.
OSHA: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They aim to ensure employee safety and health in the United States by working with employers and employees to create better working environments. Since its inception in 1971, OSHA has helped to cut workplace fatalities by more than 60 percent and occupational injury and illness rates by 40 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has increased from 56 million employees at 3.5 million worksites to more than 135 million employees at 8.9 million sites.
osteomyelitis: a bacterial infection of bone and bone marrow in which the resulting inflammation can lead to a reduction of blood supply to the bone.
Osteopathic medicine: a complete system of healthcare with a philosophy that combines the needs of the patient with the current practice of medicine. Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) practice a whole-person approach, which means they consider both the physical and mental needs of their patients.This "holistic" approach to healthcare was actually developed by an American MD. Dr. Andrew Taylor Still feared that 19th-century medicine was doing more harm than good. Disgusted at the ineffectiveness of fellow practitioners during the Civil War, he decided to focus on the body's ability to heal itself and began to stress preventive medicine. He also identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health, stressing that muscles, nerves, bones, and organs are all interrelated. In 1892, Dr. Still founded the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri.
Osteopathy Internet Resources: a list of web pages that link you to different Osteopathic practitioners. It is published by the Holistic Medicine Resource Center.
osteopenia: a condition where bones have become less dense than normal, but not as severely as in osteoporosis. A person with osteopenia is at risk for getting osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to be more fragile but rarely causes pain - unless you actually break a bone.
Our Stolen Future: a book by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers. It brought world-wide attention to scientific discoveries about endocrine disruption and the fact that common contaminants can interfere with the natural signals controlling development of the fetus.
ovaries: a pair of organs located in a woman's pelvis. There's usually one on each side of the uterus, each about the size and shape of a walnut. The ovaries produce the female hormones estrogen and progesterone (Read about "Endocrine System"), which help regulate a woman's menstrual cycle and produce testosterone, which helps with the sex drive. The ovaries also contain a woman's egg cells. Eggs grow, develop, and mature in the follicles of the ovaries and then are released during ovulation, part of the monthly menstrual cycle that occurs during the childbearing years.