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Comparing Costs of Care: DCs, MDs or PTs - Who Costs More?
In a health care era where evidence is increasingly the benchmark for insurance coverage, patient care and even cultural authority, we get plenty of it courtesy of a retrospective cost analysis spanning 10 years, more than 660,000 "covered lives" and nearly 7.5 million claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.
News in Brief
F4CP MEmbership Milestone Reached; ICA Challenging New California Vaccine Law; TCC Names New President; New Provost at UWS.
The Lung Official
The Lung is known as the "Official Who Receives the Pure Chi From the Heavens." The act of breathing in, known as inspiration, brings oxygen into the body from the atmosphere. Each exhalation or expiration removes and releases carbon dioxide, a waste product of the body, into the atmosphere.
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Our Medicare Challenges Aren't an Education Issue; Passion to Succeed: More Pivotal Than GPA?
HVLA Technique: Addressing Myths
In the annals of chiropractic history and literature, and in the imagination of the public, there is one manual adjusting technique that can produce a wide range of responses, both from patients and casual observers.
Acupuncture's Essential Role
Acupuncture should play a more prominent role in U.S. healthcare during and after this post-Affordable Care Act era when chronic care and population health management are key concerns for all healthcare providers.
Patience vs. Patients
How long have you been in practice? I began my journey more than 20 years ago and opened my first acupuncture clinic in 2008. Just like you, I've learned a lot over the years. Recently, I sat in an interview and was asked what made me successful.
Letter to the Editor
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. FDA reclassified the status of acupuncture needles from class III (investigative devices subject to investigative device exemptions...) to class II (special controls).
NBCE Fumbles Computerized Testing Process
Imagine being a student again, about to take one of the four tests required to become a doctor of chiropractic. You've studied almost nonstop for the past few weeks. You can feel your anxiety level rise as you sit down in front of the computer screen.
Six Things Every Chiropractor Should Know About Opioids
An increase in addictions and deaths due to opioids has raised significant concern and media attention. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing chiropractor.
The Drug Epidemic: Are You Guilty, Too?
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become epidemic among children in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD has grown from 7.8 percent in 2003 to 11.0 percent in 2011.
CE Regulations Are Hurting Chiropractic
During my 35 years in the chiropractic profession, I have been forced to attend available continuing-education programs that were occasionally incredibly beneficial, but frequently not worth my time.
Dealing with a Pain in the Butt
The patient came into my office with the classic antalgic stoop. She was bent over almost to ninety degrees, leaning on her husband for support and staggering to walk. She had been under supportive care for a long time, but this new pain scared her.
Why We Need to Fix the Mechanoreceptors (Part 2)
The muscle spindle, a particular type of mechanoreceptor, is located deep within the muscle belly, encapsulated in fascia made up of intrafusal fibers, all within the extrafusal muscle fibers.
Concerns Regarding CDC Guidelines for Pain Management
In response to the epidemic rates of opioid and heroin addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for physicians regarding treatment for pain.
Case Study: 2-Year-Old Suffering From Urinary Reflux
A19-month-old female child presented to my office for treatment. Her mother reported the child had been diagnosed with urinary reflux and associated urinary tract infections, recurrent bouts of otitis media and inability to sleep.
Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: Where's the Wisdom?
We should be very skeptical of the purportedly less invasive version of the already defrocked sacroiliac fusion surgery, "minimally invasive" sacroiliac joint fusion; and concerned this procedure simply represents the device manufacturer's attempt to find yet another new market.
Putting POLITE Into Practice
First came the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), which eventually became PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Then in 2015, we started hearing POLICE (Protect, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Infertility: Managing Irregular Menses
Infertility is an area where Chinese medicine is particularly helpful. In the main, in women below the age of 38 without organic disturbance, the success rate using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) should exceed 85%.
Physical Examination in an Evidence-Based World
I have always had a fascination with physical examination procedures, particularly orthopedic tests. The origin of my fascination began just after graduation when I began the chiropractic orthopedics program.
Forward Head Carriage and the Feet: What's the Connection? (Pt. 2)
Clinical evaluation of standing posture using relatively low-tech tools has been confirmed as valid and reliable by several studies. The original device used to evaluate posture was the plumb line, which served as a reference line for the effects of gravity on body alignment.
The Most Important Vitamin You've Never Heard Of: K2
Imagine if one in every three patients who walked through your door was afflicted with a debilitating, yet completely preventable and treatable disease.
Acupuncture Earns BLS Unique Code
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently announced that acupuncturists will have their own unique occupational code in the 2018 BLS Handbook. The new Standard Occupational Code (SOC) is 29-1291, will be included in the next edition of the BLS Occupational Handbook, which will be published in 2018.
University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Students Make Rounds at Sisters of Notre Dame
Nuns are not stereotypical acupuncture patients, Dr. Jennifer Brett acknowledges with a laugh. But then again, acupuncture has gone mainstream, just like cappuccinos and recycling. "It's changed a lot from the '70s and '80s," said Brett.
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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