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Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
Protecting Freedom of Health Care
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The national politics of health care and health freedom is fascinating these days. I promise I will get back to insurance and education issues soon, but they will become irrelevant if we are not allowed to practice, or if no one is allowed to receive our services.There is a significant chance this could be the case if efforts, currently under way, are successful. Therefore, I feel the need to share some of the current issues regarding health freedom in this space. If you promise to read this entire column, I will give you a handy clinical tip to help low back cases. Your eyes will be monitored for compliance. We have our ways.
The purpose of this editorial is to increase your awareness of health freedom issues and how they are so important to alternative providers and the public we serve. Without the freedom to choose your health care provider, and without the freedom to practice your chosen health care techniques, alternative providers will be put out of business. Short of that, we will be integrated, co-opted, and put under the strict control of the allopathic cartel, most likely via insurance. Hopefully, you will be motivated to become involved in protecting and promoting freedom of choice in health care while it is still available. Most people take their rights and freedoms for granted until it is too late to save them. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. It only requires awareness and a small effort by many to protect freedom. It becomes a huge task, often a struggle, to regain it once it is lost. Your opportunities to practice as you chose depend upon your willingness to protect your rights to do so.
As massage therapist and bodyworkers, we are alternative health care providers. In some states we are legally recognized by some form of regulation; in some states we are not. In either case, but more so in the latter (except Oklahoma and Minnesota), we are all subject to being prosecuted for practicing medicine without a license, according to the whims of the state medical board. Having our scope of practice defined by legislation and a regulatory system, usually state licensing, offers some protection. The services we and other alternative providers offer to the public are in direct competition to the allopathic medical/pharmaceutical cartel. They have vowed to eliminate or control all competing forms of health care. Having studied what the cartel has done in the past to chiropractic or anyone who dares to administer an effective cure for cancer, I am always curious as to what they are up to next, and who the next target is. The primary target at this time seems to be the freedom to choose what form of health care the public can utilize. This has the potential to negatively impact our practices, regardless of the type or technique. Freedom of choice in health care is not guaranteed and is quickly eroding. Many of you in this profession are painfully aware that the current system of regulation and licensing of providers restricts the freedom of choice to practice the form of health care service one might desire to provide. Insurance and Medicaid/Medicare are working hard to limit what services the public may receive, who they may receive it from, and how much they may receive.
A colleague in Oklahoma, Robert Groves, PhD, has come up with a solution whose time has come. This honest and sincere practitioner has drafted an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America to guarantee health freedom for both providers and receivers. It is simple, straightforward and powerful. This is a huge undertaking, but the longest journey begins with the first step. He must collect a huge number of signatures on a petition. He needs the support of the alternative health community. We and our patients (the public) are the ones who stand to benefit the most from the guarantee of this freedom. I assure you the allopathic cartel (by the way, the hidden partner in all cartels is a government) does not want individuals in charge of their own health. If you care about your freedom to practice and individuals' rights to chose alternative health care services, you might want to support this petition. You can sign it at: www.PetitionOnline.com/healall/petition.html. Do what you feel is right.
Last month I mentioned the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act. The federal department of Health and Human Services has now thrown its coercive muscle behind this proposal. However, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons has begun a campaign to stop this dangerous legislation. They have a petition and lots of information available at: www.aapsonline.org. For those of you not on the World Wide Web, they also have an information hotline: 800-419-4777.
Remember, the consequences of inaction are often more severe than those of action. Not standing up for the rights of others means there will be no one left to stand up for yours.
OK, you kept your promise, I'll keep mine. When working with a person having low back complaints, always check the quadratus lumborum muscle on both sides. Quite often you will find spasms or trigger points in one or both of these muscles. However, sometimes the tissues will refuse to respond and will not relax. Try moving inferior and treating the gluteus medius and minimus. Then return to the QL and treat it again. It will almost always relax after you have relaxed the two deep gluteals. You're welcome. Just send me a 1% commission from each successful treatment using this information. Just kidding.
Have a great month, and don't forget to allow some time to take care of yourself, so you can continue to help others.
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