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Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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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