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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
Poll Results for the following Question:
What made you decide to become a massage therapist?
Personal experience being massaged
Total Respondents: 53
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors
to this Web site.
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.