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Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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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