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What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Poll Results for the following Question:
What made you decide to become a massage therapist?
Personal experience being massaged
Total Respondents: 53
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Belief in natural health/wellness Raised in a family of M.D.'s. my father, three uncles, two cousins, and a brother practicing as liason, for California's emergency medical systems.
These relationships have allowed me a balanced perspective, combining clinical and holistic methodology.
Belief in natural health/wellness I think you'd get more informative survey answers if this poll were "multiple answer" rather than "choose one."
Donald "Paldon" Schiff, BS, BUS
NM LMT #8, NM RMTI #I-112
*not* NCTMB, and never will be if I can help it.
Wanted to help people The reasons I chose massage therapy were actualy
twofold, and I would hazard to guess that many other
therapists might have similar reasons. First is the
inate skill to be found within my hands and often
experienced and commented upon by family and friends.
Second, and I think more important, is an inherent
need to help others, knowing that first I needed to
help myself. I really believe that many massage
therapists come from a "place" that needs healing, be
it physical, spiritual, or emotional. Whether we are
consciously aware of this need or not, there is a
sense that others also have a need to move forward
with their own healing process, and this is where we
can help as massage therapists.
As the co-moderator of the Body_Work list group, I
have come into contact with many other MT's who shared
this same sense of who we are. Sometimes these feelings
are stated on the list, but more often they are shared
in the personal meetings Caro (list owner)and I have
been fortunate enough to experience as a result of our
I guess what I'm trying to say is that becoming a
massage therapist isn't simply a matter of a, b, c,
or d. It is an opportunity for healing and growth, for
myself and those with whom I have contact.
Wanted to help people After burning out in my corporate communications job I was looking for a career that would feel more meaningful to me. After rejecting chiropractics because I didn't want to have to go back to school for so many years, I fell upon massage therapy as an option. At first I studied it because the very excellent two year program in which I took part would offer me a quicker way into the world of health and wellness without having to commit myself to many years of education (for medicine, chiropractics or naturopathy). In other words, I saw it as a quicker means to an education in the medical field. I figured that after I graduated, I could easily expand on my medical knowledge because of the good foundation created through my massage studies. However, as I began to study and then enter the profession I quickly discovered how well suited we were for each other. I love my work and I love what I am able to do for others with my hands! I also love the education that gave me such a wonderful comprehension of the body and how it works.
Wanted to help people About 7 years ago Was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
and chronic fatigue set off by a major back injury.
I searched everywhere to find someone to help me out
of pain. pretty much heard disability and you will
never work again.. My life is now devoted to finding
therapies that work and appling them to my workto make
people feel and get better. that makes me feel better.
But first of all I keep GOD 1st and #1 in my life and my work.. Thats why I do what I do..Thank you
The chiropractor I worked for MADE me go to massage therapy school. Just one more order I had to follow. It was the very best thing that ever happened to me in my entire life. Becoming a massage therapist has fulfilled all of my lifes dreams in just 16 short years. Sometimes being told what to is not so bad after all.