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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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
First Clinical Director Named at NCCAM
By Editorial Staff
Dr. Marc R. Blackman was appointed recently as the first clinical director of the Division of Intramural Research of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).In assuming the position at NCCAM, Dr. Blackman leaves John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he served several roles: as professor of medicine and chief of the division of metabolism at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; and as program director of General Clinical Research Center.
In his new position at NCCAM, Dr. Blackman recruits and oversees the activities of clinical scientists studying the safety, effectiveness and mechanisms of action of various CAM practices. Commenting on the appointment, Dr. Blackman enthused: "The rich intellectual and scientific resources of the NIH [National Institutes of Health] provide an ideal environment for the kinds of multidisciplinary collaborations that best suit many complementary and alternative medical practices investigations."
As you may recall, we reported on the increased research funding accorded the NCCAM by the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) in the March 2001 issue of MT. Both the NCCAM and the OAM are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (Editor's note: See "Congress Increases Funding for CAM Research by $20 Million), available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/03/04.html.)
Massage Down Under: Australian Hospital First to Offer Alternative Care
Swinburne University Hospital in Melbourne, Australia has become the first medical facility in the country to offer holistic care in addition to traditional medical services. The newly refurbished 60-bed hospital now offers a variety of complementary and alternative therapies, including massage; yoga; meditation; aromatherapy; music therapy; relaxation therapies; and acupuncture.
The new hospital, officially opened following a July 3 ceremony by Federal Health Minister Dr. Michael Wooldridge, is the brainchild of Professor Avni Sali, head of Swinburne University of Technology's Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. He is also a board member and visiting consultant of the hospital.
"The exciting and unique part for patients is that Swinburne University Hospital will be able to offer people a choice in their health care," said Professor Sali. "If they don't seek complementary medicine then it won't be given, but for those people who wish to use it, they be will be able to choose from a range of evidence-based validated treatments from accredited professionals..."
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