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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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
White House CAM Commission Delivers Final Report
By Editorial Staff
After two years of various meetings, hearings and site visits, and after listening to written and oral testimony from more than 1,000 members of the health care community and the general public, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy has issued its final report to the Department of Health and Human Services.The inch-thick document, which the Commission's chair calls "a ground plan ... for ways to integrate complementary and alternative medicine approaches to health care into the system,"1 lists more than 100 recommendations and courses of action, many of which emphasize information and education as the keys to making intelligent, objective decisions about health care. It also suggests that the federal government will play an increasing role in the evaluation and implementation of certain forms of complementary and alternative medicine.
The Commission's recommendations are divided into six categories, covering nearly every aspect of complementary and alternative medicine. Among the more noteworthy suggestions:
Several recommendations were aimed specifically at the quality of dietary supplements:
Education and Training
Access and Delivery
Coverage and Reimbursement
Wellness and Health Promotion
"There's a lot that needs to be digested ... before taking the next step."
Although the Commission's recommendations are non-binding, and are intended to serve merely as a framework for future government studies, they have stirred controversy among both critics and advocates of complementary and alternative medicine. Some of this controversy may be attributed to the non-specific nature of the report, which lumps both proven and unproven forms of CAM into one category. For instance, while the group recommends that insurers and managed care organizations "should offer purchasers the option of health benefit plans that incorporate coverage of safe and effective CAM interventions," the report fails to mention which forms of CAM they consider safe and effective. In fact, in the report's introduction, the Commission's members admit that "most CAM interventions have not yet been scientifically studied and found to be safe and effective."
Furthermore, not every member of the Commission agreed with the final report's conclusions. In a separate statement, two panelists criticized the report for being overly generic and vague.
"While many of the Commission's recommendations will help maximize the benefits of proven safe and effective approaches, practices and products, they do not appropriately acknowledge the limitations of unproven and unvalidated CAM interventions or adequately address the minimization of risk," they wrote.
The Commission acknowledged the other panelists' criticism in its introduction. "The report does its best to distinguish in its recommendations between those proven safe and effective ... and those that are not. But the Commission recognizes that this distinction may not always be clear," they wrote.
It is also unclear as to how much credence will be given to the Commission's work by the Bush administration, given that the organization providing the report was created by former President Clinton. In an interview with Reuters Health, Bill Hall, a spokesperson for Health and Human Services, said, "There's a lot that needs to be digested first before taking the next step of saying where we're going to go."2 Hall added that the department would consider the Commission's recommendations, but that it was "premature" to say what might happen in the future.
Others have voiced their support for the group's efforts, including Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), a long-time proponent of alternative therapies.
"I'm hopeful the commission's recommendations will help move toward the day that Americans can get the best of both traditional medicine and complementary medicine," Harkin told the Washington Post. "Public policy has not kept up with consumers or the science in this area. People are spending record sums out of their own pockets for complementary health care, and they have a right to expect good and reliable information and continued access."3
Exactly what impact the final report of the White House CAM Policy Commission will have on complementary and alternative medicine in the United States remains to be seen. Nevertheless, in many ways, the "final" report represents an important first step that has been taken in the recognition of complementary and alternative medicine. With its mantras of education, information and research as the keys to making informed, intelligent decisions about health care, the Commission's report sets the foundation upon which further actions by the federal government and private health care organizations can be built, and is sure to spark debate among practitioners across the full spectrum of the health care profession for years to come.
Editor's note: A complete copy of the White House CAM Commission's final report is available for viewing and printing via the Internet. Interested parties can access the report at http://whccamp.hhs.gov.
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