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Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
It Won't Hurt for Long
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
In its efforts to do what is best for us, our government is going to try to "give" us all smallpox. Actually, it is going to try to give us "vaccinia," a relative of smallpox - starting with the military (because soldiers must follow orders); then sickness care providers (no comment); then the serfs (the general public; that's you and me).
The government now says it won't get to us serfs until 2004.I guess this is going to be a long war. Between 2 and 15 people per million will die from taking this vaccine. That's not many, unless you or one of your family members is one of those 15. Conflicting stats have been published, because the government really doesn't know what's going to happen, but it appears the cure may be worse than the disease. Thousands will get sick, and many will be scarred for life. There is no way to know what mischief this toxin will cause 5 to 10 years after it is put in our bodies. It is sad that people can so easily talked into trading lifelong immunity (wellness) for temporary, vaccine-induced immunity. The winners are the pharmaceutical companies; the losers are the people. We are on the verge of a vaccine mania. If we do not wake up soon, it may be too late. Forcing people (by intimidation or deception) to take dangerous medications is terrorism of the most malicious sort. Such action by public authority constitutes assault, and a violation of civil and human rights.
Somehow (no one seems to know how), Eli Lilly Company received an exemption from liability for harm caused by its vaccines. This exemption was included in the Homeland Security Bill. Senators McCain (R - Ariz.) and Stabenow (D-Mich.) are sponsoring legislation to repeal the Lilly exemption clause. It would really help if you would write to your senators and representatives and ask them to support the repeal of this outrageous exemption. For more information, check out www.ariannaonline.com/columns/files/120402.html.
The disease-oriented money system, otherwise known as "the health care system," is dominated by allopathic medicine. It is not a health care system at all; it is a major threat to human survival. Don't like the sound of that? Let's look at some numbers:
Let's compare these figures to the American "health care system." The www.patientsafetyfirst.org Web site notes that at least 90,000 patients die each year from diseases acquired while in hospitals. This makes hospitals the 4th leading cause of death from disease in the United States. The Institute of Medicine says 98,000 patients are killed each year by medical errors. Congressional figures (so you know these must be accurate) show that medication errors, primarily overdoses or incompatible combinations, kill or injure 700,000 people each year (not including dental injuries or patient movement injuries).
All told, the allopathic medicine industry kills about 250,000 people a year. In less than five years, it wipes out more people in the United States than over 200 years of warfare. That's outrageous. But where is the outrage? Where are the protests, the colored ribbons, and the demand for tougher laws? People's priorities need to be reorganized. Stop wasting time on the small stuff. What individuals really need is protection from the current health delivery system. The best way to do this is to provide a viable alternative, not to become a co-opted, controlled "complement."
Why would anyone want to complement the medical terrorists? Why do we want to become part of this system? Why are we trying to prove ourselves to this system, using its methods, so it will "accept" us? The only reason the medical industry will "accept" us is to control us and to restrict access to our services, so we do not become a threat to its cash flow. Right now, we are a threat, which explains the sudden interest.
A Better Way
The public is seeking an alternative. We should be providing it. Millions of people are waking up and taking responsibility for their own health. We should be encouraging them, serving them, and proving to them what we do is effective. Our profession should be promoting health and wellness care as an alternative to sickness care. We should be working with the other alternative professions to establish an entire system of health and wellness care outside of the sickness care system; a system in which people are responsible for their own well-being.
We should be lobbying for tax-exempt (pre-tax dollars) medical savings accounts, to encourage individuals to shop for the best value in health care. These accounts, funded by individuals, employers, or preferably both, should have no maximum contribution limits. They should be able to be used to pay for all health care needs: sickness care (traditional allopathic); wellness care (alternative); prevention; dental; vision; etc. The individual would have to write the check, none of this, "it's free to me because insurance pays for it" mentality. Funds should accumulate in these accounts indefinitely. Let the allopaths handle the crisis cases. There will always be a need for that, and we should all be grateful that allopaths are standing by to handle such events. Let traditional health insurance be relegated to catastrophic coverage only. All minor, normal and elective services would be paid for by the individual from his or her medical savings account. If individuals are put back in charge of their own health care, the alternative professions will blossom.
The alternative health care movement is reaching critical mass. Practitioners can and should take their rightful place in society as primary providers of wellness care. However, alternative care is currently being co-opted, and may well become the slave labor of allopathic gatekeepers. The trap being set is baited with the lure of insurance dollars. Alternative providers seem willing to give up control and responsibility for what appears to them to be "security." Ask the PTs how secure they feel in the health care system right now. Want to be next? Hold out your arm. It will only hurt for a while.
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