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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
December, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 12
From the Publisher: "Olson's Lawsuit" Update*: AMTA Faces Possible Court Sanctions
Massage Today Attorney Serves Notice
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Less than two months after the judge's decision to dismiss most of the Steve Olson's lawsuit* against Massage Today,1 the AMTA was served with notice that Massage Today (MT) intends to seek sanctions against the organization.The notice was sent to AMTA's attorney on October 29, 2001, citing Judge George W. Lindberg's recent dismissal order as its basis.
Massage Today's legal counsel Rick Cigel explains the seriousness of this action:
The notice will be followed by a motion requesting Judge Lindberg award Massage Today its legal expenses, based on the final outcome of the lawsuit. This means that should MT prevail, AMTA members would be paying for the legal expenses of both parties, a figure that will likely exceed $200,000 should the case go all the way to trial.
* Publisher's Note: It is becoming increasingly obvious that this lawsuit is not really between the AMTA and Massage Today. We continue to be contacted by AMTA members and leaders who neither agree with nor support the lawsuit initiated by former president Steve Olson.2 So much so, that they have begun referring to it as "Olson's Lawsuit," based not only on Mr. Olson's refusal to discuss the issue prior to filing the lawsuit but also on his rejection of MT's offer to buy the mailing list, and his recent effort to convince the board to continue, even in the face of having 80% of the claims dismissed by the judge before any evidence was heard.1
It has also become obvious that Mr. Olson is not interested in revealing the details of his lawsuit to AMTA members. Those members who find that MT is their only source of information are not alone.
Massage Today believes that all AMTA members have a right to know what is happening with this lawsuit, and how their dues money is being spent. But AMTA members are not alone. All massage therapists have the right to all of the information that comes forth from an action such as this. MT will continue to present the details of Olson's Lawsuit for the benefit of those interested. In addition, we will publish information arising from the litigation that is important for readers to know.
While it is still early in the discovery process, there are at least three important pieces of information that have been admitted under oath in the AMTA's written responses to questions asked by Massage Today's attorneys:
While it may be Olson's Lawsuit, it still involves the needless wasting of members' dues money. This is in addition to the many important things that could be accomplished for the profession by the AMTA and Massage Today working together.
It's not Olson's association and it's not his money. (One can only wonder how he might act if Steve Olson and his followers knew they would be forced to compensate the AMTA for all expenses if he lost his lawsuit.) If you're an AMTA member, it's your money, and you have a right to decide how Steve Olson and his followers spend it:
Call the home office at 847-864-0123 and leave Steve Olsen a message.
Fax him a letter at: 847-864-1178.
Send him an e-mail at: .
This is an important time to express yourself and let your voice be heard.
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