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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
Oregon Center Makes Research Fellowships Available
By Editorial Staff
A number of prominent West Coast health care institutions have partnered to carry out scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Half-time Research Fellowships will be available for massage therapists and other health care practitioners in CAM-related fields of discipline.
The program, called the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM), is the result of a partnership between Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; National College of Naturopathic Medicine; Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry; Oregon School of Massage; and Western States Chiropractic College. Research Fellowships are open to massage therapists; acupuncturists; chiropractors; nurses, physicians; naturopaths; dentists and dental hygienists; osteopaths; and physician assistants.
According to the OCCAM, the goal of the Research Fellowship program is "to develop a cadre of practitioners who can participate in and design CAM research." The Fellowship positions require a two-and-a-half-year commitment.
Participants will study research design, attend clinical and research courses at the participating institutions, review ongoing OCCAM research projects, and develop their own research proposal, among other responsibilities. The program is tailored to the time constraints of individuals currently in practice; however, all participants will be required to take part in weekly activities at the OCCAM in Portland, Oregon. Participants will receive a stipend for their efforts.
The OCCAM is one of 12 research centers currently funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The OCCAM will conduct research specific to craniofacial disorders; experience in treating such conditions is preferable but not required for Research Fellowship consideration. Proposed clinical trials include but are not limited to: CAM approaches to temporomandibular (TMD) pain management; alternative medicine approaches among women with TMD; and complementary naturopathic medicine options for periodontitis.
The deadline to submit applications for the OCCAM Fellowship is February 1, 2002. Applications should include a resume and a letter of intent detailing career goals, research interests, and research experience (if any). To apply or to request further information, contact:
This is an important and exciting opportunity for the massage therapy profession. Massage therapists are encouraged to apply for one of the Research Fellowships offered by the OCCAM. Research that further validates massage therapy and other CAM modalities will only increase public awareness and appreciation of the work you do.
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