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Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
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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