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Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
Publisher's Report: AMTA Letter Lies
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
On July 22, 2002, AMTA President Carolyn Talley wrote a letter5Massage Today.1,2,3 announcing that the AMTA had lost its lawsuit against In that letter, Ms.Talley made the following statement:
A review of the transcript from the court hearing shows that Judge Denlow never made the statement that "MPAmedia (Massage Today's publisher) should not have done what it did," nor did Judge Denlow ever accuse Massage Today's publishers of any violation of business ethics.
The closest statement Judge Denlow did make was in response to a statement made by AMTA attorney Gene Hansen. Read contextually, the transcript shows the following:
Judge Denlow made his decision against the AMTA in summary judgment. Summary judgment is only granted when a party will prevail before the judge even when their case is viewed "in a light most favorable to the non-movant,"4 in this case, the AMTA. The fact that Judge Denlow issued his decision in just eight days from the court hearing clearly demonstrates that he was not hesitant about his decision.
MT's attorney Rick Cigel, Esq. comments:
Interestingly enough, AMTA president Carolyn Talley was apparently not in the courtroom during the hearing. The only known AMTA representatives present were attorney, Mr. Gene Hansen and executive director, Elizabeth Lucas. It may be important for AMTA members to know how and why the libelous statement was included in Ms. Talley's letter.
In an effort to resolve this situation without further dispute, Massage Today has sent a letter asking the AMTA to issue a retraction and apology. Ms. Talley's letter has already been mass e-mailed and broadcast faxed to "all members of the Board of Directors, National Committee Chairs and Chapter Presidents," republished in various state chapter communications and placed on the AMTA website. In addition, the statement was apparently released to Massage Magazine and may even be published in the next (Fall) issue of the Massage Therapy Journal.
MT has asked that the AMTA's retraction and apology be faxed, e-mailed, published on the AMTA's website and issued for publication to Massage Magazine, the Massage Therapy Journal and Massage Today in a manner and to an extent that will rectify the injustice caused by the libelous statement.
Unlike the AMTA leadership who started this litigation, Massage Today is very willing to discuss this issue with the AMTA. Should the AMTA choose to handle this through its attorney, MT has instructed Mr. Cigel to accept and return all phone calls from AMTA's legal counsel.
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