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News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
January, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 01
The Magic of Intentioned Touch and Blending
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
The power of intentioned touch and blending first came into my conscious awareness in 1954. I had just finished training as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Coast Guard and was assigned to a patrol ship in the Gulf of Mexico.My experience consisted of 16 weeks of training and a two-month internship at an outpatient clinic in New Orleans. There were no other medically trained personnel on board.
I was only there a couple days when the captain's steward sent word for me to see him. He was unable to walk due to a sudden pain in his calf. He was lying on deck grimacing, holding his leg and writhing about. I was trained in life-saving procedures I really had no idea what to do here. Six or seven crewmembers were watching and, I felt, judging my ability. The pressure was on. I could make it or break it right then.
I tried to look knowledgeable as I took his left calf between my hands. I could feel a lot of heat and muscle contraction, but I had no idea what the problem was or what I could do about it, so I made my hands as gentle as I could. Then I envisioned everything relaxing. I pictured the pain leaving and all the blood vessels and nerves normalizing.
Within two or three minutes the steward smiled, said he felt fine and thanked me. Then he stood up, tested his leg, continued to smile and walked away. The onlookers nodded their approval. From that time on they called me "Doc."
I learned right then that if you intend to help the healing process and blend with the bodily tissues you're touching, things will usually get better. By "blending," I mean consciously envisioning the boundaries between your hands and the patient's body dissolving until your hands seem like they enter the body.
To better imagine how this might work, consider what happens when you have two bars of soap, one blue and one pink. You place one atop the other, wet them and wait. The two bars of soap merge at their areas of contact. Eventually the colors blend into each other. You may even see a lavender color as the blue and pink mix.
Similarly, the energies of our bodies mix and integrate when we consciously intend it to happen. When the relatively normal energy of the therapist blends with the problem, it dilutes the problem energy and moves it toward normal. At the same time if the therapist allows the problem energy to enter his or her body, an awareness of the problem can be perceived by the therapist. Since the entry of the problem into the therapist's body is consciously allowed by the therapist, it can also be consciously removed by intention.
I'm sure my intention to help the steward was very powerful during that first experience, but I wasn't aware of blending at the time. Since then I've applied the blending concept on a conscious level. Subsequently, I've used intentioned touch with blending to alleviate a heart attack for an airline passenger, to reduce breast cancers in size, to reduce inflammations and so on.
I believe with all my heart that we are born with the innate ability to use intentioned touch and blending to help each other. At The Upledger Institute, we teach it in our CranioSacral Therapy workshops. It is my belief that humankind is poised and ready to reclaim the ability to facilitate the healing processes in each other. Many of us have been brainwashed into letting go of this innate ability. It is time to reverse the trend.
Author's Note: My mission is simply to restore the process of self-healing to its rightful place rather than depend on invasive procedures and to teach others to do it as well.
We need to connect with each individual's self-healing process and their inner wisdom about their self-healing. People say to me, "You're a healer." But I'm not a healer! I am a facilitator of one's healing process. I'm sensitive enough to know people are going to heal themselves, and I'm willing to help do it.
Ideally, we should all be able to help each other heal. I believe that everyone on the face of this planet has at least some ability to do that. If you believe you can, and you are willing to open your mind to it, you have unlimited ability to facilitate healing. You can do anything that you allow yourself to do.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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