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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Beijing Red Cross to Host Training Program
Massage Therapists Encouraged to Participate
By Kurt Hellinger, DC
The Beijing Red Cross Traditional Medical Exchange Center, also known as the Beijing Institute, has scheduled a two-week training program May 15-29 for licensed massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and other health care providers and their families.
The Beijing Institute, under the direction of Dr.Wan Sujian, is part of the Beijing Red Cross Society and the Beijing Public Health Department, and is also a restorative hospital that utilizes traditional Chinese medicine in its treatment approach to the health care needs of the local population and villages. For years, groups of health care professionals have studied with the Beijing Institute, training and receiving certification in the various aspects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The institute performs medical work in the field, and the visiting doctors are asked to help by adjusting patients who rely on the government to provide health care.
In the past, when traveling with groups of health care professionals, we have treated entire villages. The trip this May includes a trip to an "orphanage village," where the villagers have received and raised disabled orphans for decades. The Beijing Institute, working together with the orphanage, visits periodically to treat the children and also has set up a training program in which the children who are able are educated in TCM so that one day they can become doctors in the Chinese public health system.
The trip scheduled for the American group will include approximately two days of Red Cross mission work. The rest of the time, we will be touring three cities: Beijing, Datong and Chengde, where we will visit points of interest, experience Chinese culture and marvel at the natural wonders of the country. The trip also includes an extensive training program for the doctors and interested students in which participants are given daily treatments, including medicinal foot baths, followed by full-body tuina and qigong treatments. Doctors are instructed in theory and hand techniques; led through group exercise and meditation to improve the health and skills of the doctor; and given certification at the end of the program. The author has spent many vacations visiting Dr. Wan and his staff, and the hand techniques they teach have had a great effect on improving my own soft tissue manipulations.
The trip will be a vacation for the doctors and their families, as we travel and stay in excellent accommodations; enjoy local cuisines and cultural shows; visit mountains and temples; attend banquets; meet other health care professionals; and share ideas. Over the years and every year during the milder months, groups of doctors, students and patients from the U.S., Europe and Japan visit the Beijing Institute to travel through China, receive training and treatments, and enjoy stimulating and interesting vacations.
Those who have not yet visited China may be surprised at the quality of the Chinese travel and tourism industry. While traveling with the institute we will enjoy the privileges of being with a medical group affiliated with the government, which provides us with access and ease of travel as well as security. Dr. Wan is a retired four-star general in the Chinese army. He is also an internationally known lecturer on traditional Chinese medicine, and was recently featured in a PBS documentary about qigong masters and TCM healing methods.
The trip in May 2003 is open to interested practitioners and students. As the U.S. group leader, please contact me at the address below if you would like more information, including complete travel itinerary and costs.
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