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Not All Evidence Is Equal; An Abundance of Misinformation; A Well-Researched Decision; Far Too Dangerous.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Are Your Work Orders in Order?
There are times when a patient's occupational duties will delay or prevent them from recovering. These circumstances create the need for the doctor to recommend modified duty or remove the patient from work.
The Wisdom of the Second Office Location (SOL)
There are some things I never want to do again, like riding a motorcycle 100 mph. I call these things my "negative bucket list." Other things I have on that list include water skiing, riding a roller coaster and eating habanero peppers.
Love a Nurse – and They'll Love You Back
According to various sources, there are about 3 million registered nurses in the U.S., and according to the American Nurses Association, they are under serious pressure in today's health care reality.
A Dream Come True for Chiropractic: Funding Prevention and Public Health
Back in 2005, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said: "Let's face it, in America today we don't have a health care system, we have a sick care system.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Image Is Everything: The Power of Branding
Successful businesses use color and design to attract people to their service. They understand how important image is and hire experts to create an attractive package. Starbucks works hard to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting.
Billing for Same-Visit Extraspinal and Spinal Manipulation
Q: I have always been under the premise that when billing 98943, extraspinal chiropractic manipulation, on the same visit as spinal manipulation, 98940-98942, that the extraspinal manipulation requires modifier 51.
Women's Health: Herbal Formulas to Help Patients With Dysmenorrhea
Chiropractors have long treated women for menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea). Since roughly 60 percent of all chiropractic patients are women and 30-50 percent of women have a history of menstrual cramps, the vast majority of doctors of chiropractic will inevitably see patients with dysmenorrhea.
State by State: Comparing Chiropractic Scope of Practice
"The issue of 'scope of practice' has been a bugaboo ever since our early quests for legal recognition for chiropractic," according to Dr. Claire Johnson, editor in chief of JMPT and National's other two chiropractic journals.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Is the EHR Ship Setting Sail Without Us?
The numbers are in: As of July 2014, 10,253 doctors of chiropractic have received $123,059,868 in EHR stimulus funds – and yet that represents less than 15 percent of our profession.
Overcoming Barriers to Exercise Compliance
One of the most common questions other practitioners ask me is, "How do I get patients to do their exercises?" I am not frustrated by my patient compliance, as many doctors are; in fact, I am actually happy with my patients' involvement and commitment.
The Art of Day-to-Day Assessment and Treatment: Clinical Pearls
Let's focus on the day-to-day process of assessing and treating the patient. I am proposing a particular attitude; a way of looking at the patient. This often evolves over a few treatments and then changes as you figure out what is significant.
Defending With Vitamin D: Helps Prevent Progression to Diabetes
A 2014 clinical trial published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides additional evidence that optimal vitamin D nutritional status may be important in preventing the progression of prediabetes to diabetes in prediabetic adults.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
Hopeful Views and Empowering News
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
As you read this, the holidays have passed and we are settling into the new year, hopefully with optimism and enthusiasm. Never have the people needed massage more than in these times.One of the things I am particularly excited about is the potential for seated massage to expand from the relaxation paradigm to the therapeutic paradigm. One example would be the repetitive strain injury known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). This condition is rampant in the workplace and represents a huge untapped market for seated therapists. With proper education, seated, on-site therapists could significantly reduce the pain and suffering of thousands of people. Therapists doing so will be able to make a very good income for their efforts. They won't even need to file insurance claims! Of course, they might be able to if they enjoy that exercise. I've heard that some do.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a soft tissue injury aggravated by postural distortion. Technically, it is a neural compression condition involving the median nerve at the carpal tunnel (wrist). Almost all of the tissues involved with treating this condition can be addressed in the seated position. Specific massage and stretching techniques can be quite effective in the treatment and (more importantly) prevention of this condition. This is a very expensive injury; some years ago, a study concluded that the average carpal tunnel case cost workers' compensation over $63,000. Remember that insurance never pays for anything. In the case of workers' comp., the employer pays for it eventually through increased premiums. Wise employers would welcome a way to reduce this expense. On-site massage is often a tax deduction for a company through its wellness program. Seated therapists can easily learn therapeutic techniques for this condition, then approach businesses in a professional manner, representing themselves and their work accurately and honestly. By applying the methods effectively while educating the patients and employers about proper posture and exercise breaks, the individual therapist will rapidly create a successful practice. The word of success will spread, creating a huge market for massage therapists doing seated therapeutic massage. The result will not only benefit workers and employers; it also will increase the demand for massage therapy for other conditions as well. Let's not participate in the recession. Let's grow!
Heads Up ...
I thought some of you might want a heads-up on this one. The terrorist activities of the past year have resulted in several legislative efforts. One that is quite disturbing is the new proposal by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The proposal is called "The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act." (MSEHPA). If you would like to read this 40-page document, you can go to www.publichealthlaw.net. It is an easy read: lots of space on the pages and written in language that anyone can understand. This proposed act is to be taken to every state in 2002 and, the CDC hopes, passed by each state's legislature. It will give public health officials and the governor the power to declare "health emergencies." In a health emergency, the state will be under martial law. The discovery of any disease, contagious or not, could trigger a health emergency. The disease may be in plants, animals or humans. In a health emergency the state will be able to require anyone to undergo any medical exam, force anyone to be vaccinated, confiscate or destroy any property, ration food and fuel (among other substances), and if one does not cooperate they will be quarantined. While the state of emergency is only to last 30 to 60 days, the quarantine is indefinite and ruled by emergency judges appointed by the governor. All health care providers and facilities may be forced into service under public health officials, apparently without compensation. The governor and public health officials are given blanket exemption from liability for death or property loss or damage.
A sudden rise in HIV/AIDS cases could easily fit the qualifications to declare a health emergency. In a declared emergency, officials could lock-up, excuse me, quarantine, anyone with a disease or anyone who refuses to be examined, vaccinated or cooperate. This is a very dangerous proposal. If enacted, you can be sure that it will be used.
How it would affect us as professionals is unclear and subject to speculation. As individuals, the effects are very clear and could be devastating to both our health and our businesses, possibly even our lives.
Some might argue that controlling infectious disease or bioterrorism requires such totalitarian powers. I agree that some emergency powers may need to be given to the states, but not nearly as sweeping as this model legislation calls for. One quote from the draft bill asserts: "An infectious disease may, or may not, be transmissible from person to person, animal to person, or insect to person." So a disease is whatever the state says it is. Granting this much power to a state's public health department is unnecessary and unwise.
If the proposed MSEHPA concerns you, you might want to begin talking to your state legislators about it soon. In the current emotional state of our country, this legislation will probably be passed in some form in every state. Hopefully it can be scaled down to protect the rights and freedoms we have fought to maintain for hundreds of years. If we give up our rights and freedoms to protect ourselves from terrorists, the terrorists have won, because one of their goals is to take away our rights and freedoms.
An example to learn from is the recent anthrax outbreaks. Many people were virtually forced to take Cipro because it was the FDA's drug of choice. Look up the side effects of this expensive drug. They are devastating. Weeks later, we learned that common penicillin and doxycycline are just as effective, with less cost and fewer side effects. If they are effective, so are many natural remedies. Bayer wins. The people lose again.
The freedom of choice with regard to individual health care is one of the most basic and essential freedoms we possess. Without health, what good is freedom? Our profession depends on this freedom. If not actively defended, it will be taken away. The good news is, we do live in America, and we can still participate in this decision. Do what you think is right.
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