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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.
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.
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.).
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
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"Decide the true road this publication should take"
Did anyone else find the combination of articles in the December issue of Massage Today curious? In his editorial entitled "Bias and Perception," Cliff Korn writes, as explanation of his editorial in the previous issue, that it "was about working together." He ends his editorial, after a wonderful review of the tres bien AMTA convention in Quebec City, by stating that the assumption should not be made "that we're all working against one another." Ralph Stephens writes in "Why We Do What We Do": "Just remember, our professional debates should stay on the plane of ideas, and never descend to the plane of personalities."
Both of these views are admirable.Unfortunately, Mr. Donald Petersen Jr., publisher of Massage Today, does not seem to share these ideals, as evidenced by his contribution to this issue. Rather, he writes an article that in my view not only "descends to the plane of personalities," but is nothing more than an attempt to play his views out in a court of public opinion, which is most inappropriate.
One cannot be deemed credible if arrows are being slung while words of welcome and openness are being spoken. It appears as though the individuals responsible for Massage Today need to decide the true road this publication will take and the image they wish to portray.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. You raise some important questions that deserve to be answered. As this lawsuit proceeds and we report various details in the publication, it's important to clarify what our position is and isn't.
Massage Today's desire to build a strong relationship with the AMTA was demonstrated from our very first issue, which featured a front-page story extolling the AMTA's valuable 2000 Consumer Survey.1 You will note that Massage Today continues to publish positive articles about the AMTA. As a news publication, we strive to provide just that: news for and about massage therapy. We make no qualification as to the source of the news, so long as it is deemed valid and of interest to the profession.
In addition, it's important to note our selection of Cliff Korn as editor of Massage Today; Cliff is president of the AMTA-New Hampshire chapter.
AMTA's response to our article on their consumer survey in our first issue was rather surprising. Rather than show appreciation for the positive publicity, the AMTA decided to sue Massage Today for using AMTA's name in this specific article in the first two counts of their lawsuit. As these counts had no legal support, the judge dismissed them, along with counts regarding our sending Massage Today to their members, before any evidence was even heard.2
We repeatedly called the AMTA to discuss their concerns regarding the directory issue, but AMTA refused to take or return our calls. Had we the opportunity to discuss the directory issue with the AMTA before they filed their lawsuit, we could have shown them that directories such as theirs are not protected anymore than the local phone book. Anyone can take names, addresses and phone numbers from a phone directory and use them how they wish.3 If not, we'd all be paying the phone book companies every time we used any information in their phone books.
Since the judge has thrown out all but one issue of the lawsuit without even hearing any evidence, we now find ourselves in a very frustrating position. We are compelled to ask the judge to sanction the AMTA for filing a lawsuit with little or no merit. If we prevail, this will almost double the amount of money the AMTA members will be paying for a lawsuit many have plainly stated they don't want and of which they disapprove.4
Massage Today feels an obligation to warn AMTA members about the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars of their money if the AMTA is forced to pay for both their legal expenses and ours. This would be news even if we weren't involved, because it affects over 25% of this profession.
So the answer to your feeling that the December issue of Massage Today sends a mixed message is this:
Again, thank you for your comments, and for the time you took to address this issue. We hope you continue to read and enjoy Massage Today for its commitment to publishing timely news and information regarding the massage therapy profession.
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