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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
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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