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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
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?
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.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
August, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 08
We Get Letters & E-Mail
A Few Words About Licensing...
By Editorial Staff
I wanted to respond about your article about licensing. (Editor's note: Please see Cliff Korn's article, "Should We or Shouldn't We?" in the June 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/09.html).As a certified reflexologist through two schools (one in the U.S., the other in Canada, totaling 700 hours), I taught for the International Institute of Reflexology (IIR) in St. Petersburg, Florida for seven years. In August 1995, I chose to relocate to the Northwest. I was told that since there was no licensing in Oregon, I would not have problems establishing a business practice and teaching there. However, in October 1995, the Oregon Massage Board informed me that I was practicing without a license and faced a $1,000 fine if I did not cease. Knowing I was in the public eye, I chose to get my massage license (340 hours, at that time) so I could continue practicing and teaching reflexology.
Looking back, I am glad I bit the bullet and got the massage license. It has protected me legally, and aided in legitimizing my reflexology work. I am glad that Oregon raised its massage education standard to 500 hours. I still think too many massage therapists are being "cranked" out of massage schools. I wasn't comfortable with the training of over half the students I attended school with; I would never consider going to them as a client. There is not enough emphasis on business ethics, hygiene and professionalism. I want to be seen as a professional -- not put in a box with those who dress as if they just got out of bed. The consumer doesn't know the difference over the phone.
What truly bothers me is the number of massage therapists claiming to be reflexologists, despite only 4-6 hours of formal reflexology training! There is much more to reflexology than rubbing feet. I do not do a foot massage when people ask for reflexology. There truly is a difference. I have over 1,000 hours of reflexology training, and I am nationally certified. How would you feel about being lumped in with those who got a one-weekend course? There are also many people teaching reflexology who aren't even certified in reflexology, which waters down the true science and art of this bodywork technique.
At the massage school I attended in Portland, I questioned the reflexology instructor's training; I was told he had taken a weekend course with IIR, and had talked to other people about it. In effect, this person is teaching a technique form not taught by IIR and not sanctioned by any other reflexology school. He is still teaching today, because there are no regulations for teachers.
This is not just an issue of licensing practitioners. It is also an issue of teacher accreditation. Everyone looks for a loophole to get CEUs, or to learn a new technique they can flaunt on their business cards.
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