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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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Gives the Gift of Massage
By Editorial Staff
Students and faculty from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) provided complimentary massage to an estimated 200 competitors at this year's U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament.The tournament, held October 8-11 in San Diego, California, featured top athletes from the United States and 18 different countries.
San Diego-based PCOM also will participate in National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (October 20-26) by offering free tours of its classes in Thai and Swedish massage; acupressure; foot reflexology; Jin Shin; shiatsu; and tuina. In addition, the college will host demonstrations on massage and Chinese medicine at several area health food stores and hospitals during the week.
PCOM offers several massage certification programs, including massage technician; massage therapist; and Oriental bodyworker.
Massage on the Links
The Chiropractic & Massage Clinic proved popular at this year's "Wendy's Championship for Children" Ladies Professional Golfers' Association (LPGA) Tournament. Local massage therapists provided complimentary chair massages to golfers, patrons, caddies, tournament personnel and members of the media throughout the event, held August 4 in Dublin, Ohio.
The clinic was a feature of the Chiropractic Health & Fitness Expo, sponsored by, among others, the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. The Expo Team consisted of volunteer massage therapists and chiropractors.
"I just want to thank you for all the wonderful care and treatment we were given this week," effused LPGA professional Tracy Hanson, speaking with Karen Kelley, promotions coordinator for the expo. "This was needed very much, and all the players are talking about it [the clinic]."
Multidisciplinary Conference to Focus on Low Back, Pelvic Pain
As we go to press, the North American Multidisciplinary Approaches Conference is scheduled to take place October 18-20 in Seattle, Washington. The conference is sponsored by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, in association with the International Alliance of Healthcare Educators.
This year's conference, the third such event organized by the Journal, will feature a panel discussion and presentations on effective treatments for low back and pelvic pain. Scheduled to present are:
CAM Research Opportunities in Arizona
The University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) has received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The grant will be used to establish the Arizona Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research Training Program, with specific funds designated for research Fellows, including two predoctoral, two postdoctoral, and two short-term clinical undergraduate trainees in 2002-2003.
As part of this program, the university plans to partner with Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. Naturopathic students will be eligible for two-month summer fellowships at the university; naturopathic physicians will be eligible for two-to-three-year fellowships.
"We face a real challenge, in that we have academic researchers who know about research, but don't know about CAM, and we have CAM practitioners who know CAM in the deepest sense, but haven't been trained as researchers," commented Victoria Maizes, MD, executive director of PIM. "With a program like this, there's the potential to address that challenge and develop healthcare practitioners who are grounded in both [CAM and research]."
Thai Hospital Opts for Alternative Care
Piyavate Hospital Plc in Bangkok, Thailand is making room for massages, spa services, yoga, meditation and herbal therapy in 400 of its 500 beds. The conversion is part of a joint venture with EBH Products Co., to open the Circure Alternative Medicine Medical Centre at the hospital in December. The new facility, believed to be the first of its kind in Thailand, will combine Western medical and alternative healing approaches.
Commenting on the hospital's venture into alternative medicine, hospital Chairman Dr. Boon Vanasin stated: "About 90% of ailments are not caused by infection, but by consumption patterns and pollution. Alternative medicine helps patients to protect themselves so they do not need a cure."
Dr. Boon also noted that the hospital would hold seminars on alternative medicine, with foreign health care practitioners invited to network and share information with their Thai counterparts.
Actress Bullock Makes Massage Part of the Set
Entertainers are renowned for the free gifts, or "perks," they have written into their contracts before going on tour or starting work on a new movie. Actress Sandra Bullock, the star of movies such as "Speed" and "Miss Congeniality," has taken the concept to a new level.
According to an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), one of Ms. Bullock's requirements is that she be provided with an onsite wellness center that includes licensed massage therapists.
"It's kind of fun just to see what you can get," Bullock told the BBC.
She also admitted that while she tries to get as many benefits as possible from a studio, she makes sure the rest of the crew gets to enjoy the benefits of massage.
"[These days] actors get such ridiculous perks that you might as well make some of those perks something that benefits everybody."
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