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Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
By James "Doc" Clay, MMH, NCTMB
All the foofaraw over the Great Election Debacle of 2000 made me think a lot about polarizations, and especially about the great polarization in massage therapy and bodywork: the anti-certification, anti-licensure folks vs.the certification and licensure supporters; or, at the extremes that polarization seems to force upon us, the wild-eyed anarchists vs. the compulsive organizers.
The big problem with polarization is that everyone is right. In this case, the anarchists are right that the great strength of massage therapy and bodywork lies in freedom and variety, and that the marketplace will gradually separate the wheat from the chaff. The organizers are right that official credentials will (rightly or wrongly) command more respect from the public and other health professionals, and that self-policing is better for us than arbitrary external controls.
Neither of these "right" positions, however, is without danger. I'm sure all of us have cringed at having assumptions made about us based on people's experiences with other therapists. The hard-core clinical types shudder at the thought of being associated with the "woo-woo" practitioners of energy work and obscure, often Eastern, quasi-religious approaches. AMTA-style draping enthusiasts are horrified at postural therapists who treat clients in underwear. And all of us are fearful of truly unethical practices such as financial scams, quackery and sexual abuse by therapists. One of the things we learned when the totalitarian regimes of the Soviet bloc countries fell was that freedom brings risk - the crime statistics in those countries shot up when the police state no longer reigned. The marketplace may sort things out, but it takes time. There's always a niche open for the opportunist and the con artist, and they reflect on us all.
At the same time, where there is organization, there are power structures, and where there are power structures, there is potential for real abuse of power. Whatever you may think of the National Certification Board, always remember that, elections of board members notwithstanding, it is emphatically not a democracy. The board has broad powers to do what it will, and that includes tight control over who is and is not allowed to run for office. Not only do massage schools understandably teach to the certification exam, they also bend over backward to teach to the standards both of the NCBTMB and the AMTA - that's their bread and butter. As more and more states adopt the National Certification Exam as their standard for licensure, the board gains power.
Everyone will have to take some sort of position on the issue - even those whose position is passive acceptance of whatever happens. There are those who will continue the valiant (but I believe rather quixotic) fight against certification and licensure. There are those who will doggedly insist on trying (all too often with success) to impose their own views of bodywork on the profession. But I have some suggestions, or requests, for all parties:
First, I ask the anarchists to consider what the loss of their voices in the corridors of power will cost. If you truly believe in the value of freedom, and really want to curb some of the excesses of those who would seek uniformity in the profession based on their own preferences or biases, please consider fighting from the inside, and lending your strength to the battle for freedom and diversity within the institutional structures. In short, run for membership on the national board!
And now, to the organizers: please remember how often the narrowness and closed-mindedness of the traditional, established health professions have frustrated us. Take note of how many different approaches there are within our discipline that are effective. Observe that imaginative and daring practitioners who explored new ways of doing things have developed all of those approaches. Never forget that the next Ida Rolf, the next Milton Trager, the next Aston or St. John or Berry or Upledger or Phaigh, is some as-yet-unrecognized therapist out there practicing anonymously, and needing to work without handcuffs. Remember that when you place limits on therapists, you also restrict the choices and options of their clients.
Please make rules only when there is a clear and pressing need - not just for the sake of making rules. We seek to be different in many ways from the traditional health professions. Therefore, consider not mimicking their models of standards of practice and codes of ethics. Please think outside the box. Do not be tempted by the notion that0 because 67.4% of bodyworkers do a particular thing in a particular way, all bodyworkers should do it that same way. Always respect the minority view, however small - it is from the minority that the most creative innovations will come.
Please do not try to homogenize us, because that will be our death.
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