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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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Where's the Water?
By John Fanuzzi
As we shift our focus from the specifics of building a successful spa to this next series, called "Where's the Water?" I can't help thinking back to my first experience with the word "spa." I was about 20 years old (about 1970); a friend invited me as a guest to work out on the weight machines and soak in the hot tub at a place called the "European Health Spa." I was impressed with the entire operation, especially the hot tub.I noticed I did not have any of the postworkout muscle soreness/fatigue that would normally occur if I was out of shape and started lifting weights after months of no exercise. I felt absolutely great, so I signed up with the spa as a member and attended regularly. I remember days when it was ice cold outside, but after going back and forth between the hot water (109 F) and the cold plunge (34 F), I felt no sensation of it being cold outside. I felt completely invigorated. That tingling feeling is something you can only get with alternating hot and cold water.
I live in the Paradise Valley in Montana, where natural hot water is abundant. There are at least five hot springs within an hour, including Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park. The Native American Indians considered the hot waters sacred ground. They have been around for hundreds of years except the Indians didn't use the word "spa." (The word is derived from "Spau," the name of a small village in Belgium known for its mineral hot springs.) The Romans had their own terminology for what they called "taking the waters." The word "Kur" is commonly known in Europe, derived from "kur" (or cure) towns, where the hot springs served as vacation/regeneration places. Chico Hot Springs, which about five minutes from my home, and Corwin Springs, about 20 miles south, were used as hospitals at the early 1900s, before modern medicine came on the scene.
In Germany in the mid 1800s, Bavarian priest Sebastian Kneipp suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis. He discovered a book by Johann Siegmund Hahn (1696-1773) entitled Instructions on the Wonderful Curative Powers of Fresh Water. That book saved his life. Kneipp immersed himself in the cold waters of the Danube regularly, which lead not only to his healing, but also his refinement of the science of hot/cold/warm water treatments. He became the world-renowned "Water Doctor" and authored a book titled My Water Cure. (I plan on discussing this book extensively in an upcoming article.)
Let's get back to the 21st century. We have created this fantastic "spa" industry, boasting revenues of roughly $10 billion per year; yet only a few spas offer the therapeutic hot/cold water treatments (or wet treatments of any kind). The U.S. has ignited the spa buzz worldwide, and in a big way. Don't you think we owe it to ourselves to go back to the simple curative powers of water, if we are to properly represent the traditional SPA meaning? After all, water treatments are still used by the medical industry in Europe.
So, where's the water? Tune in next month to find out.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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