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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Pulling Up the Ladder
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Human nature never ceases to amaze me. The latest disappointment comes from the hierarchy of the chiropractic profession. Chiropractic is gaining ground rapidly in its goal to be recognized as "mainstream health care." Unfortunately, it is following in the footsteps of its oppressors, the AMA, and attempting to create its own monopoly and enforce it the same way the allopathic cartel enforces its monopoly: government regulation.Chiropractic is trying to "pull the ladder up behind themselves." It must not be allowed to do so.
James D. Edwards, DC, chairman of the Board of the American Chiropractic Association, is proudly touting a piece of model legislation he hopes will be passed in each state. This proposed bill can easily be interpreted to seriously curtail massage therapy's scope of practice. The proposed legislation would amend existing chiropractic laws to add specific, legally tight language defining manipulation and adjustment, and make it unlawful for non-chiropractors to "manipulate." Of course, MDs and DOs are exempt from this legislation. It's not that MDs have any training in joint manipulation, but nobody dares to limit the scope of the "gods of allopathy." As written, this legislation could easily be used to persecute and prosecute massage therapists and bodyworkers. It must be changed or defeated wherever it is introduced.
This bill defines "spinal manipulation" as:
This could be interpreted as the "pelvic stabilization," muscle energy stretch taught for years by NMT organizations. It could quite possibly be interpreted as Active Isolated Stretching© , PNF stretching or any of several other common techniques used by massage therapists.
The proposed law goes on to define "spinal adjustment" as:
There goes myofascial stretching, PNF, muscle energy work, zero balancing, traction, joint mobilization, body mobilization, possibly tapotement, and lots more.
The DC leadership will tell you ignore my warning. They will tell you that they do not intend to interpret the new legislation as I have, and that massage is not the target of this legislation. However, the language of the proposal allows it to be used against anyone. This proposed law, where passed, will be used against anyone who gets in the way of some DCs cash flow. Rarely does a patient file a complaint with a regulatory board. It is almost always another professional, from the same or another profession, complaining that the person in question is harming the income of the person filing the complaint by doing too much good. Of course that is not how it is written up. It will be written up that some massage therapist is endangering the public by doing chiropractic by using leverage and neuromuscular procedures to correct skeletal alignment. (That's posture.) Using the language proposed in this model legislation, the massage therapist would be found in violation.
This legislation is an escalation of the ongoing turf battle between chiropractors and physical therapists over who can do (and more importantly, who can bill insurance for) physical therapy modalities and joint manipulation. Insurance again! You see, what they are really fighting over is cash flow. The PTs and DCs are getting into each other's insurance pies. Regulation and scope of practice is all about cash flow and protecting licensed practioners from open prosecution. In this country and many others, health care is carefully regulated to prevent the wrong people from doing too much good, which is bad for the cash flow of those allowed to do more good than others.
The DC leadership seem to forget that most of what they do is not original. Manipulation of joints with both slow and rapid movements can be traced back to long before chiropractic existed - through osteopathy, through the bone setters of Europe to the Swedish gymnastics and medical movements, and probably back to ancient Greece. The true heritage of joint manipulation most likely belongs to massage therapists. (That comment should generate some e-mail!) However, the leadership of the massage profession abandoned that heritage some time ago. Considering the level of training the majority of massage therapists are now receiving, it is probably just as well.
Do not let the DCs pass this law in your state unless its language is clearly changed to exempt massage and bodywork techniques. Where are our beloved national associations on this issue? Don't wait for them. If your legislature is in session, it is your responsibility to protect yourself, your business and your patients. Yes, even one person can have a huge impact on legislation. You can be that person. Be vigilant and be vocal.
(Author's note: I am a huge fan of chiropractic. I receive it regularly. I was in practice with a DC for several years. I am not attacking the chiropractic profession. I am only calling attention to the actions of its leaders in hopes of preventing the messy scope-of-practice fight between DCs and LMTs that will eventually result if efforts to pass this legislation is successful.)
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