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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?
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.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
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.
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
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.
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.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
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.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
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.
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.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
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!
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.
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.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
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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