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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
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By Editorial Staff
How to Reach Massage Today's Goals
I was excited to see my first issue of Massage Today, and was equally excited by your goals: forming coalitions between diverse practitioners; sharing these diverse perspectives; overcoming public misinformation and mistrust due to lack of knowledge: and taking those steps to becoming accepted by the public at large as worthy somatic problem-solvers.However, I fear that your publication will fail to achieve these goals, as all other massage publications that I've seen have failed, until you are willing to do what they have not done: acquire the traits of a professional organization worthy of public trust and respect.
And what are those traits? Self-criticism. Internal debate. The demand for objective definitions of new terms. Incorporating new theories into the body of current knowledge. Challenging new theories to prove themselves with something other than anecdotes, testimonials, and idle theorizing. This is what is lacking in much of massage therapy literature, and in the alternative medicine movement in general. It is this lack that causes us to remain on the outside of the mainstream looking in. When we say things like "look at the ... emotional and spiritual relationship to the headache," or "the energies of our bodies mix and integrate when we consciously intend it to happen" (two examples I pulled from your first edition), the average person out there looks at us like we are nuts. And they do so for good reason, because the first statement appears nonsensical, and the second preposterous. Are they? How do we know? Where is the evidence? Where is the critical scrutiny? Where are the controlled studies?
The word to describe what I'm calling for from the massage industry is "science," and it isn't a dirty word. It also is not some guy with a lot of diplomas on the walls telling us what is and is not true. It is a method of testing our theories, a way of keeping us from fooling ourselves. It also appears completely absent from massage literature. (The "Power of Touch" study in your January issue is moving in the right direction, but alas, there were no controls, so the results proves nothing.) Nowhere do I see theories challenged and debated, much less refuted. Has anyone reading these words ever seen, in any massage publication, an article explaining why a popular massage theory is untrue? (Want an easy target? How about ear-candling, where it is simple to prove that the wax that appears in the tube comes from the burning of the tube, not the ear) All I see is everything touted as if it were self-evidently true and wonderful, and how mean and nasty the mainstream world is to reject it. Are we saying we never make mistakes?
The mainstream isn't mean and nasty, nor is it rejecting what many of us have to say because it is ignorant. What they see is that we as an industry are more fond of touting theories than we are of making sure they are true. If we want to be trusted and respected by the public as professionals more interested in their health than we are in turning a buck, than we need to show the possibility that we are in error, through repeatable, controlled, scientific testing. Nothing short of that will suffice.
"I personally found the content about 50-50."
I received my first issue of Massage Today and would like to congratulate you and your staff on what must have been a Herculean effort. I am certain that producing such a well-done publication took a tremendous amount of work and deserves high praise indeed.
I personally found the content about 50-50: Fifty percent pleased and excited, and about 50 percent absolutely furious. Given my reputation as somewhat of a curmudgeon (Christmas was about 75-25) this is really pretty high praise. A few things I would like to praise:
Regardless of your opinion on the product, (I like it) it has been very well marketed and I see it everywhere.
When my clients get off the table, the last thing on their mind is what is hanging on my wall. If they feel better, then they will be back; if they do not feel better, then they will go somewhere else whether I have complied with the government interference or not. One of your advertisers is an excellent example. They offer a distance learning program that looks wonderful, I can order the course, learn the material, become proficient in the technique, and probably do my clients a lot of good. But if I want the CEU's and diploma, that will be an extra 90 dollars. This is extortion by the government, not the advertiser. I am certain that government interference in the advertisers business has made this necessary. So why is it that we need more government interference?
I have a lot more to say on these subjects, but this letter probably already puts me on the lunatic fringe with you and your staff. Maybe I'll submit an article if this gets published.
Bret H. Burlock RMT, Reiki Master
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