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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.
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 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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
Alternative Medicine Added to NIH Database
By Editorial Staff
As of February 2001, more than 220,000 references, abstracts and full-text articles on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have been made available on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.
PubMed, a service of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a massive online version of the library's Medline database, which covers 4,500 journals published in the U.S.and overseas. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine joined with the library to create the new CAM section.
Speaking on the new database, library director Donald Lindberg enthused: "This joint venture will offer health professionals, CAM practitioners, researchers, educators and consumers ready access to a comprehensive database of journal citations directly related to complementary and alternative medicine."
Chinese Dancers Feel the Power of Touch
In mid-February, members of the acclaimed Beijing Dance Academy were involved in a crash while on tour in Portland, Oregon. Two team members, Zhang Li and Sun Rui, were aided in their recovery by a massage therapist.
Dr. Shizeng Yang, a licensed massage therapist and a doctor of Chinese medicine, worked on the two teenage dancers using tuina, a massage technique that incorporates the same principles and energy points as acupuncture, but using fingers and hands instead of needles.
In the accident, Sun suffered a partially dislocated hip; Zhang was pinned under the troupe's van, suffering a badly bruised leg. However, both dancers have improved dramatically under Yang's care, along with the assistance of a local acupuncturist and herbalist. After the first week of treatment, Sun said his body felt "awake" and could walk without crutches; Zhang said her pain had eased to the point where she could stand.
Dr. Yang, who worked for the Chinese gymnastics team until 1992 and has taught at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, currently maintains a practice in Portland.
American Specialty Health Networks Stays Busy: More Agreements to Provide HMO Members with Massage
California-based American Specialty Health Networks (ASHN) has contracted with Tufts Health Plan, one of the country's largest HMOs, to provide discounts on massage therapy and acupuncture. Under terms of the agreement, Tufts Health Plan members have access to massage therapists and acupuncturists credentialed by ASHN.
The agreement between ASHN and Tufts Health Plan is the latest in a series of contracts between ASHN and HMOs across the country. In the February 2001 issue of Massage Today, we reported on several recent agreements making the news. (See "When Massage Meets Managed Care," in the February issue).
Commenting on the agreement, ASHN President and CEO George DeVries said: "Many Americans now use some form of complementary health care each year - chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, vitamins or herbal supplements. We are pleased to support the efforts of Tufts Health Plan to develop quality-driven, cost-effective programs for their members."
Bringing Complementary Care into the Mainstream
At some of the nation's leading hospitals, physicians and their staffs are increasingly providing patients with access to complementary and alternative care. A few recent examples of this trend:
Dr. William Jagiello, an osteopathic physician and chairman of the Mercy Center's integrative medicine committee, says that the growing popularity of alternative treatment is confirmation that "illness doesn't exist in a vacuum."
"At some point in the future, there won't be conventional and unconventional treatments," predicts Dr. Jagiello. "They'll all be melded into one system. The important thing will be identifying the best treatment for each patient, rather than whether it's mainstream or alternative care."
Merging Massage Programs
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., of Santa Ana, California, recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Grand Rapids Educational Center, Inc. (GREC) and its three campuses in Michigan and Indiana. In addition to programs in allied health, health insurance, and medical and dental specialties, GREC also offers a diploma program in massage therapy.
Corinthian Colleges, Inc., is one of the largest for-profit post-secondary education companies in the U.S., now operating 54 colleges in 19 states. For more information on the massage program offered at its newly acquired campuses, contact Corinthian Colleges, Inc., at 1-888-741-4271.
The Healing Powers of Chocolate
There's a new addition to the landscape in Hershey, Pennsylvania, home to the world-renowned Hershey Foods Corporation. The town already overflowing with chocolate now features a chocolate spa.
Earlier this year, the Hotel Hershey opened its $7 million spa, featuring chocolate baths, fondue wraps, and a variety of food-related therapies. The spa also offers more traditional spa conveniences, including massage, facials, pedicures and scalp treatment.
Believe it or not, the Hershey spa is just the latest in a continuing trend of food-related spas in the United States and abroad. For years, spas in Asia and Europe have featured soothing body baths blending milk, saffron and honey. In the United States, several hotels provide food-related spa services, including hotels in Texas and Arizona that offer barbeque and cactus wraps, respectively.
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