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History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
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By Editorial Staff
"My hands are just as important as a surgeon's hands"
I am writing in response to Vivian Madison's article about fees [MT, October 2002].I have always been impressed with Vivian's knowledge of insurance billing, but I'm not sure if she has personally done 25 hours a massage, week in and week out, for any substantial period of time. If she possessed this type of experience, I'm sure her article would have defended the billing fees of LMTs.
Vivian stated that in 1984-85, she was billing at most $95 per hour, and can't believe that some therapists now charge $145 to $175 per hour. She also said, "If you think you are worth the same fee as a physician, or think you should charge outrageously high rates, please think twice." How long does a physician work with each patient? The national average is five minutes per patient, so theoretically, the physician can pump out 12 patients per hour. So, how much is the physician actually making per hour? Another problem with her theory of worth is that a physician can practice for 40 to 50 years, pumping out thousands of patients a year. Do you know how many years a therapist can work? When was the last time you saw a 60-year-old massage therapist dragging his or her table through someone's front door? Do you know the number of patients a therapist can see throughout a career? Those numbers pale in comparison to the amount of potential income a physician can make.
Vivian also was unhappy that some therapists complain about working for $25 an hour at chiropractic offices. I think one of the reasons they complain is that chiropractors bill them out at $150 per hour. Why is it wrong for a therapist to bill at such high rates, but OK for the chiropractor to do so? Most therapists do not complain about a fair split in an office situation, and if they do, it's a self-correcting situation: They usually don't last long in that office.
Vivian also stated, "What makes us think that just because we obtained a license with minimal training, we should now be making the same as others who have invested untold capital and spent years of training and residency time?" Well, does value equate only with dollars and time spent in training? If so, an individual who spends no time in formal training and hasn't put tons of capital into his or her art doesn't have any value. Darn, I knew I was paying my computer guy too much money for his expertise. You see, he never received any formal schooling, and didn't have much money to put into his business ... but he sure can keep my computer up and running. He's well-worth the $150 an hour I pay him. But, of course, I'm not worth $150, since I only work on human beings.
I truly believe my hands are just as important as a surgeon's hands, and if the insurance companies want bargain-basement prices, they need to remember one thing: You get what you pay for.
Alice Belusko, LMT
"Education for the sake of education is not the answer"
I was struck by your poll question regarding education ["Should Massage Schools Have Educational Requirements for Entry?" MT, October 2002]. I usually tell people the story of the elderly Pennsylvania woman who learned to be a midwife at her mother's knee. She delivered every baby born in the PA Amish community for more than a quarter-century ... until the state legislators decided it was time to introduce educational requirements for the midwifery "profession." The state required high school and college education. Our "pioneer" didn't qualify, and opted to retire. What a loss of a resource! This woman should have been lecturing at a medical school! New OB-GYN graduates perform Caesarian sections on 30% of their patients, not to mention the damage they inflict with blades and forceps.
The point is, some people have a healing touch. It cannot be learned from a book! (In fact, many of them choose to practice "laying on of hands," under the title of Reverend.) All allopaths are required to be "book-smart"; a trillion dollars later, the U.S. is an illness culture. Education for the sake of education is not the answer.
David Ponsonby, CMT
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