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How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
Final Report Released from National Policy Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care
By Editorial Staff
The final report of the "National Policy Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Finding Common Ground'' was recently completed and distributed to members of Congress, think tanks, federal agencies and others.Massage Today Editor Cliff Korn was a participant in the original dialogue, which took place last November at Georgetown University. (Editor's note: See "Massage Today Represented at National Policy Dialogue," in the December 2001 issue.) The report is designed to help focus the health care debate in the next millenium.
Participants represented over 50 stakeholder organizations with an interest in, or commitment to, the advancement of integrated health care. As representatives of consumers and practitioners, educational institutions and industries, the panel agreed it was important to promote national policies that facilitate research; promote appropriate standards for professions and products; increase consumer access to complementary and alternative therapies; and create a truly integrated health care system. They also agreed that a coordinated national effort is needed to ensure that the American public benefits from advancements in the science and understanding of all health care systems, disciplines and modalities. The dialogue participants carefully reviewed the status of existing public and private initiatives and funding, then debated what an integrated health care system would look like, how to achieve it through a defined national policy framework, and how to evaluate it.
Participants worked in general session and in seven separate issue-oriented working groups to develop core recommendations -- many for federal policy changes -- in areas such as education; service to the underserved; access; regulation; research; quality of care; public health; and federal benefits.
Common-ground recommendations developed and reported in the final report include:
Four dominant themes emerged in the National Policy Dialogue. The consensus was that all four are critical for the development of a clinically effective, economically viable integrated health care system:
It should be obvious that there is a substantial interconnection between the large component goals that make up the core themes of the final report. As example, equality of access for patients is predicated upon ready availability of qualified providers, relatively uniform national minimum standards of education and practice, an informed public, and reasonably consistent reimbursement models. Obviously this will not be an easy task.
The complete text of the final report is available by clicking here.
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