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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
My Dolphin Mentor
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Since my first dolphin experience in 1954, I have had a strong intuitive and instinctive desire to do more with these wonderful beings. My first encounters occurred somewhere in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.I was in the U.S. Coast Guard at the time, and our ship's captain would announce swim calls over the loud speaker. It was as though the dolphins heard the announcements and came to protect us. Oddly, I felt very safe and connected swimming 100+ miles offshore, even when we had seen sharks in the vicinity earlier.
Off and on over the next 30 years, I had so many positive dolphin encounters that my interest was well- maintained. Then, in 1996, we at The Upledger Institute had the good fortune to start a dolphin-therapist CranioSacral Therapy (CST) program in Grassy Key, Florida. The format was to float a patient in about four feet of water with three therapists working on the patient at the same time. Usually we had one therapist at the patient's head, another at the feet and a third at the pelvis. This left one side of the patient's body free for any dolphin that desired to join in the process. Never did we experience a dolphin's contribution as less than equal to our own.
We worked together with dolphins this way over a four-month period. During this time, I became very friendly with a particular dolphin named AJ. Actually, AJ initiated our relationship and I was more than happy to accommodate him. He would often lie very still in the water next to me while I was working with a patient. I could feel his presence even when we were not in physical contact with each other.
On one occasion, a trainer who had been observing from the pier suggested that I simply extend my left hand, palm down, upon the surface of the water. Within seconds, AJ was under my hand. He began moving so that my hand, which I held still, was rubbing up and down his back. Then he did something quite surprising. He put his blowhole - his breathing aperture - under my hand so that my palm covered it. Lore has it that you must never touch a dolphin's blowhole. Apparently the trainer agreed, because she nearly became hysterical. During her 18 years of experience with dolphins, this had never happened before. She later explained that you never touch the blowhole because the dolphin might go into a frenzy. With such powerful, energetic creatures, that could get very dangerous.
In any case, AJ kept his blowhole under my hand for a minute or so. Then he began moving his body fore and aft again for awhile before he left. During our contact, it felt as though his energy went through me. I felt empowered, and I had an innate sense that I would be able to tap into this vibrational energy and use it in the future as it seemed appropriate. Indeed, I did use it (and frequently still do) while working back on dry land at our clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The use of this energy had become rather automatic for me. I didn't think about it much after our work with the dolphins at Grassy Key was over for the winter.
That spring, I flew to Edinburgh, Scotland, to conduct a symposium. There were about 70 therapists there, all of whom had completed intermediate-level studies in CranioSacral Therapy. At symposiums, I work on patients with difficult case histories who have been recommended by attendees. I think aloud as I evaluate and treat the patients, often inviting their therapists to join me in a "multiple-hands" therapy process.
During the morning of my second day there, I was working with a young boy who had suffered from cerebral palsy since birth. I encountered a very strong resistance to physiological motion in his head. This resistance was in the horizontal component of the intracranial membrane system (the dura mater of the tentorium cerebelli). Since I was working in a train-of-thought mode, I said aloud, "I'm going to use some dolphin energy here." The therapeutic energy input increased significantly at this time.
Ironically, during the lunch break, the audio-recording technician told me that as I applied the "dolphin energy," the static in his recording also increased significantly. He later reported that same effect each time I applied that energy over the course of the day.
After the symposium, I was approached by a conservatively dressed woman who appeared to be in her 60s. She informed me that she was a professor of physical therapy at the university in Edinburgh. She also told me she did not believe in anything that had not passed the rigors of scientific testing. Then, in a rather distressed voice, she explained that she, too, had heard the static of the dolphin energy through her hearing aid, which she had been using for over 20 years. She had never heard anything like this before. She said the static continued as I recruited dolphin energy throughout the third and final day of the symposium.
About a month after returning home from Scotland, I received a letter from the skeptical physical therapy professor. She told me that she was still did not believe in dolphin energy, but she also felt compelled to let me know that four days after the symposium, she discovered that she no longer needed her hearing aid. She said she could now hear a watch ticking with what was once her deaf ear.
She wanted me to explain what had happened. But by then, I had learned that there are many useful things you can rely on, but still can't explain. Among these are gravity, some electrical phenomena, and perhaps dolphin energy.
Thank you, AJ. You rank among my greatest mentors.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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