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How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
Who Owns Your Name? U.S. District Court to Decide
A Word from the Publisher of Massage Today
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Massage Today was created with three goals in mind:
Every issue of Massage Today reflects our efforts to fulfill the first two goals. In this issue, you will note the establishment of the MassageLocator referral directory on MassageToday.com (please see "Your Practice on the Web - Free!" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/05.html), and an article about a television program that is featuring our website (please see "MassageToday.com Featured on National Television Series" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/01.html). These are just the beginning of our efforts to fulfill our third goal.
Unfortunately, not every one in the profession wants unity. This was made apparent by a recent action by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). The AMTA seems to believe that it can control whether its members are included in our MassageLocator referral directory, and even if its members can receive Massage Today. And to prove it, the AMTA has filed a lawsuit to enforce its belief. (Please see "AMTA Sues to Prevent Members from Receiving Free Benefits" on the front page of this issue.)
Massage Today doesn't agree. We believe that you are the only one who should decide what you receive and which referral directories you are listed on. If, for some reason, you don't want to receive Massage Today or be listed on the MassageLocator, that is your choice and no one else's. You can simply tell us, and your request will be respected.
The importance of receiving Massage Today is that it is an open forum solely for the profession. (Massage Today is not sold or offered to the public on magazine racks.) This open forum allows everyone in the massage therapy profession to have a voice in discussing important issue privately, away from public scrutiny. Open discussion helps create better understanding and better relationships. These in turn foster cooperation and potentially unity.
The massage therapy profession is badly splintered. By most estimates, the AMTA includes less than one-quarter of the profession in its membership. There needs to be at least one place where everyone can come together without the barriers inherent in membership. By being inclusive, Massage Today hopes to provide the pages and environment that will foster open discussion, understanding and cooperation.
The AMTA's lawsuit is without merit and will eventually be dismissed. In the mean time, there are several things you can do:
For more information, please see "AMTA Sues to Prevent Members from Receiving Free Benefits" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/04.html.
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