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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.).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
The Second Element: Nourishment
By Robin Zill, LMT
The 10 Elements of the Spa Experience are designed to teach the consumer and professional about the integrated nature of the spa experience. This is the second article in a 12-part series and focuses on the second of the 10 elements: Nourishment.
The 10-Element Circle is available for viewing on line at http://www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/01/16.html.It is no secret that optimal nutrition enhances health and vitality. But what is good nutrition, especially in today's fast-paced and chaotic society? Is good nutrition simple and pure, high-tech and advanced, or a little of both? The process of discovering what diet or nutrition program is right for you raises numerous questions, and for good reason.
It appears that Americans choose fast foods over everything else. In his book Fast Food Nation, author Eric Schlosser makes the case that what we eat has changed more in the last 40 years than in the previous 40,000 years. Americans spent $110 billion on fast food in 2000, up from six billion in 1970. We spent more in 2000 on fast food than we did on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. If we are what we eat, we have a lot to reflect upon and change.
Perhaps this is why the spa industry has also experienced tremendous growth. The spa experience can be an invaluable tool in expanding awareness and health through food and nourishment. This second element of the spa experience, nourishment, offers the spa-goer and the spa professional a framework to integrate nutritional choices into today's lifestyle. It includes foods, herbals, supplements and medicine; everything we consciously put into our bodies.
Natural food, water treatments, and exercise have always been at the center of the spa experience. According to spa historian Dr. Jonathan De Vierville, a new interest in nutrition, water and exercise emerged in the 1920s, in part to help war veterans recover from the rigors of World War I. Escaping from Romania just before Hitler's takeover, the Szekely family became pioneers of the spa industry in this tumultuous time. They started one of the first spa health retreats in America.
"Our principal asset was a simple faith in the values of living in harmony with nature," says Deborah Szekely. Opened in 1940, the Essene School of Life, now Rancho La Puerta in Escondido, California, is one of the most famous destination spas in the world. Originally committed to a vegetarian philosophy and a grape juice diet, the Szekelys believed that healthy food came from healthy soil. Although the price tag has changed since then, from $17.50 a week and "bring your own tent" to a few thousand dollars weekly and required reservations months ahead, the Szekelys' philosophy has remained intact. They still seek to provide a healthy retreat with a focus on integrated living, including an emersion experience with natural and organic foods.
This time period also saw the beginnings of the American Medical Society (AMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This represented a big social change, affecting citizens on a personal level. Although it may have escaped the average citizen's conscious attention, the individual no longer controlled what went on the table. As the 20th century advanced, technology and regulations advanced at an exponential speed, and the general population embraced and admired these advancements in the name of progress.
Sound familiar? Gradually, natural and pure foods (and simple health remedies) were devalued. This unconscious cultural withdrawal from nature had many serious consequences, which we will discuss in future articles, but certainly people became more and more removed from the food they ate. From the beginning, the spa industry responded to these issues. Healthy and natural food, spa cuisine, was central to the spa experience. What is spa cuisine? Cathy Cluff, director of the Oaks at Ojai and daughter of spa and fitness pioneer Sheila Cluff, laughed when I asked her to define spa cuisine. She said that asking that question is like asking someone to define "the spa experience." When pressed for spa cuisine guidelines, Cathy suggested the following:
Cathy says the latest trend in spa cuisine is to create a menu and dining experience for the guest vs. letting them choose from a set menu. This way, the spa guest can receive the best of what the chef has to offer: food of the season; regional specialties; secret recipes; and a simple education of what and why you are eating this delicious entree. In fact, says Cathy, education of the client is one of the best forms of creating client retention, and should be woven throughout the whole spa programming.
For health-conscious massage therapists and bodyworkers, I definitely recommend visiting a spa that specializes in spa cuisine. Not only will you have a great time and a healthy retreat, you will also absorb knowledge that you can then share with your clients. Unfortunately, some destination spas can be pricey, so if you are on a tight budget this year, check out the recipe of the month on the International Spa Association website (www. experienceispa.com). Local day spas also have healthy, trend-setting options. Also, remember to remind your clients that after the rigors of massage, water treatments or exercise, it is advisable to eat simple, easily digestible foods.
We have a lot of work to do to when it comes to healthy eating, but we are on our way. Mary Tabacchi, a nutritionist from Cornell University and a spa spokesperson says that in the last 10 years or so, we have gone from the Pepsi Generation to the Fitness Generation. Nutrition, fitness and health are beginning to dominate our lifestyle. Mel Zuckerman, of Canyon Ranch, sums up this evolutionary yearning for better health when he says, "How we deliver our message may change, but how we truly get there does not. We tell our customers that wellness can be achieved by making emotional connection to health by finding balance of mind, body and spirit."
What do you think? Your voice is important. Join me at The Great Spa Conversation, hosted by www.spaelegance.com.
Click here for previous articles by Robin Zill, LMT.
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