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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
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.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Your Association Does More for You Than You Think
By Perry Isenberg
Many people are not keen on joining a professional association. They usually ask themselves, "What can the association do for me?" To those people, I ask you to think about it in reverse: What are you losing by not belonging to a professional association?
For one, you are missing out on a fabulous way to learn about the innovations of your profession and the unique benefits that membership can afford you.Yes, dues are usually involved, there are qualifying criteria for membership, and meetings can be held at inconvenient times; not to mention the time and energy of traveling to the conventions. But beyond all of that, the support and opportunities professional membership offers outweighs any minor considerations to your schedule.
Associations were created by like-minded professionals who saw that support in numbers was the best way to advance their prospective professions. Associations afford several unique advantages for their members, the most vital being the upholding of industry standards and ethics. Associations also help members with educational and certification opportunities, perform market research, and highlight industry issues. In addition, they lobby on behalf of members on political issues; provide information and industry updates via newsletters and direct mailings; and conduct meetings that create camaraderie and sharing of ideas and issues. Associations also help members build their businesses by offering the educational and networking opportunities.
Do you belong to a trade association? Are you happy, and do you participate on a regular basis -- or do you just go through the motions and complain? Do you address your complaints to the governing board? If you never participate or speak up, you will never know if your complaint could have affected a change for the betterment of all members. I look at an association and its members as a partnership. The members and the governing board need to work together to bring positive change and growth to a profession. What a thrill it is to see an association grow from a handful of people to a large organization! That once-small group now has a voice in government that will voice its opinion when it sees something done that is not its benefit or liking. That group now has lobbying power. The small entrepreneur who did not know how to get information on human resources now may have access to a lawyer or even a good accountant through their association. Members often reach out to each other and provide assistance, creating camaraderie and friendship bound by their mutual respect for their profession.
Associations do their members a far greater benefit than one might think. By being with like-minded individuals, you can only grow and become a better professional. Remember, there is power in numbers. If you're a massage therapist and you do not belong to an association, you are missing a tremendous opportunity to impact yourself, future therapists and your profession.
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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