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Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
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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