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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
An Ethics Addendum
By James "Doc" Clay, MMH, NCTMB
In its recently issued Standards of Practice document, the National Certification Board offers two standards governing our treatment of each other namely, that we should:
These two areas of mutual respect deserve a closer look:
First, we are quite a motley assortment of practitioners, certainly more varied in our beliefs and practices than any other health profession.We might be ridiculed for it from the outside, but the fact is, that is our greatest strength. Our approaches have not yet been so thoroughly researched, documented, codified and standardized that anyone can say that this, that or the other approach is uniform and universal. This state of affairs may make it a bit harder for the consumer to decide which therapy (or therapist) to choose, but it also makes a broad variety of choices available.
One of the problems that this variety presents, however, is a kind of intense denominationalism among therapists, often amounting to cultism. Each developer and teacher of a new approach tends to offer his or her system not as a way to do bodywork, but as the way. It's very reminiscent of the proliferation of psychotherapies with which we were inundated from the '50s through the '80s, and the devotion to these cults has persisted in spite of research showing that no single psychotherapy was significantly more effective than another.
On a broader level, whole categories of bodyworkers turn up their noses at each other: the energy workers see the clinical types as materialistic and reductionist, and the clinicians sneer at the unscientific "woo-woo" approaches of the energy workers.
Lost in this struggle for "truth" is the client. The client wants something, and each of us is bound and determined that our particular approach will fill the bill. We all know very well that we must refer medical conditions to physicians, and mental health problems to counselors, but how many of us think to refer a client to another bodyworker when our approach doesn't seem to fit the client's needs?
I remember putting a lot of time and energy into convincing a client that his applied kinesiology sessions were a bunch of nonsense. All I did, in fact, was to provide him with increasing amusement, because he knew very well that the approach worked for him. And if a client knows that he or she is being helped, who am I to say that the client is wrong? It's all very well to have our beliefs, and to practice within their framework - but we have an ethical obligation, both to each other and to the public, to show respect for each other.
The second aspect of our ethical treatment of each other has to do with gossip. The ninth of the ten commandments tells us that we are not to bear false witness against our neighbor, and it's my guess that, right after the one about not coveting, it's probably the most universally violated.
There is a wonderful story about a man who hated his rabbi so much that he spread false rumors about him. He later regretted this behavior, and went to the rabbi to apologize, and asked him what he might do to correct the results of his actions. Without saying a word, the rabbi picked up a pillow and led the man outside, where a stiff breeze was blowing. He handed the man the pillow and told him to rip it open and scatter the feathers into the wind. The man did so, and the wind carried the feathers far and wide. Then the rabbi said, "Now go and get all the feathers and bring them back to me."
"But that would be impossible!" the man exclaimed. "They are scattered to widely for me ever to find them all!"
"And just as impossible," responded the rabbi, "would it be for you to bring back all the rumors you have spread."
When we believe that another therapist has behaved unethically or illegally, we have various resorts available to us. The NCBTMB has an ethics committee to adjudicate complaints about unethical behavior. In states with licensure, there are boards to receive such complaints. For illegal actions, we have courts of law. There are also civil courts. When we believe a wrong has been done, we obviously have the choice of reporting or not reporting it to the appropriate authority. But one resort to which we are ethically obligated not to turn is rumor and gossip, in the attempt to destroy a therapist's reputation. Such vigilante justice is clearly unethical, because it offers the accused no opportunity to mount a defense.
There are four things to remember when we hear of some unethical behavior:
Our professional organizations can set forth codes of ethics and standards of practice, but these are never the last word. The last word is the code of ethics inside us - one of self-respect and respect for others. That code takes precedence.
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