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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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
So, is everyone sufficiently sick and tired of reading about the AMTA/Massage Today lawsuit? In the last year and a half, I saw, heard and read much about it, but remained largely silent about it myself.Many know that I have loyalties to both entities, and I didn't want to appear to be taking sides in the ongoing furor. Now that the court has spoken, I no longer feel constrained and will, as many have pushed me to do over the last year, use this issue's column to express my thoughts. I have received literally hundreds of emails and phone calls expressing dismay that I was "caught in the middle," and wondering how I managed to maintain a middle road position and loyalty to both sides.
As I sit to write this editorial and reflect upon the happenings of the past year and a half, I am learning that the personal struggle in maintaining an impartial, middle-ground stance has affected me more than I had thought possible, and letting go of the disappointment and anger I felt toward both partners in this dance is more difficult than I had imagined. It was possible for me to maintain a posture of impartiality for several reasons. The first was that I had no initial knowledge surrounding any of the facts pertaining to the case. Second, I had no control over the actions of either party. Third, and most important, I found both sides of the argument equally frustrating. At this point, I believe it is the passion I feel for this profession - its practice and practitioners - that has caused me such angst. I now know it is time to recognize this state of mind for what it is and make an effort to "take charge" of my thoughts and attitudes.
So, from a personal standpoint, I've decided that it is time to move on. I think it's important for everyone else to do so also. My original editorial this month was about continuing to understand the conflict between MPAmedia and AMTA - and helping others to do so - but I realized that perhaps it is more important to learn from this experience than to rehash the mistakes made by both sides. I'd love for this whole episode to become a valuable lesson we can all use on how to respond to uncomfortable or disagreeable situations. What this conflict has demonstrated from the very beginning was that an inadvisable action followed by an inappropriate response, with both sides adding fuel to the fire at each opportunity, is not the most effective form of conflict resolution.
Neither AMTA nor Massage Today has stood still during these difficult proceedings, but unfortunately neither has been able to work to full potential either. Massage Today has not met growth expectations or expected advertising thresholds. This has minimized the dollars available for reinvesting in the industry. AMTA has had to redirect a portion of its funds and energies from enabling successful massage therapists (who normally would introduce more of the public to the benefits of massage, benefiting the entire profession).
I think I have been reminded of the following lessons from this whole legal action:
I am doing my darndest to let go of my own pent-up emotions surrounding this issue and still continue to think and behave professionally. I hope MPAmedia and AMTA are doing the same. I know that Don Petersen Jr., publisher of Massage Today, is going to be an attendee at the AMTA national convention in Portland, Oregon in early October. I also know that AMTA President Carolyn Talley had assured me that she wants to look him in the eye and shake his hand in an effort to move forward. I sincerely hope they can both find the time to do more than shake hands. I hope they can actually meet and chart out a new course for positive future interaction. I still intend to work diligently to remain "in the middle" and do whatever I am allowed to see that both of these valuable entities continue to serve the massage therapy profession to the extent they are capable. As members and active participants of this worthwhile profession, we deserve no less, and should regularly demand such from all of our organizations and publications.
Thanks for listening!
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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