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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04
Healthy Dissent and Alignment
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Currently, the United States spends about 1.5 trillion dollars a year for health care, and that figure is projected to double in less than 10 years.To quote Dr. James Mercola, "The sad tragedy is that we are spending all of this money on disease management focused on drugs and surgery, and our return on this investment is profoundly poor. More and more people do not have the energy they need to get through the day, while millions of others are suffering with painful crippling diseases because they have violated basic health principles."
The sad truth is that the basic principles of health are carefully not taught. Of course, this benefits the allopathic-pharmaceutical cartel, which only makes money if people are sick. Last year, health reporter Nick Regush explained it this way:
Unfortunately for the health of Americans, the medical monopoly is not going down gracefully, but kicking and screaming. It is mostly screaming, "Quackery, anything and everyone but us is quackery." Their only hope is to gain control of and co-opt the alternative health care movement, which is more than a movement, but a trend; a wave of change sweeping across the country. Why are the alternative disciplines desperately seeking the approval and acceptance of the dying, allopathic medical cartel? Why they do this instead of establishing themselves as the clear, health-care alternative is beyond me. The need to be accepted, to be "normal" is so strongly programmed into people, isn't it?
The public is running toward us with open arms and wallets, and we are dragging them back into the allopathic system so insurance will pay for it. History proves that insurance will not pay for enough of it for true alternative health care to be effective. Allowing only 10 visits a year for fibromyalgia, 20 visits for chiropractic, etc., is probably worse than nothing, as it drives people back into the allopathic system for care. The allopathic gatekeepers will put massage and other alternative treatments on the shelf once they gain control of them through insurance. Look back and you will see that "manual medicine" was deliberately phased out of the medical system once already. Once the allopaths gain control over it again, history will repeat itself. When that happens, with no alternative available to the public, the sickness system will blunder on, continuing to be the leading cause of death. Think about this as you lust after the fabled pot of gold at the end of the insurance rainbow, and the acceptance of the medical community.
Dissent is everywhere these days. Consider the following quote:
Dissent is good. From dissent comes change, progress and improvement in the human condition. May we always view honest dissent as healthy and welcome it.
I promised more on smallpox this month, but more information is rolling in as we speak, so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you are concerned about this issue, start looking into homeopathy.
Last month, I asked the question, " In relation to posture, what are the three most important bones in the human body to have properly (correctly) aligned on the horizontal planes?" According to Jerry Hesch, a physical therapist from Albuquerque, N.M., and one of the foremost experts on sacroiliac joint dysfunction (and a really great guy), the three bones are the talas, the sacrum and C-1.
For a chiropractic perspective, I asked Dr. Jason Cupp, DC, from Iowa City, Iowa (another great guy). He suggested, that from a straight chiropractic perspective, the three most important bones are L-5/sacrum, T-5 and C-2. He finds that C-1 tends to shift laterally, but remains on the horizontal plane, while C-2 is more likely to rock or tilt.
According to I.A. Kapanji, L-5 is tightly bound to the sacrum by ligaments and has minimal ability to move on its own. Therefore, one could argue that where goes the sacrum so goes L-5. C-1 and C-2 are really a working unit. Think about this for a minute.
What to do about it? Start with a careful assessment of each of these bones, its joint system and the patient's overall posture. This is done visually and by palpation.
Specific massage techniques, precise stretching, manipulation and strengthen exercises have been the methods found most effective to align these bones. Drugs have not been found to be affective or to bring about changes in alignment of these bones unless the drugged patient falls, in which case the resultant movement seldom brings about a desirable correction. Of course, any thrusting manipulation must be done by a provider with an appropriate license.
No Therapist Is an Island
Often it is best for the patient if a multidisciplinary approach is utilized. Through some combination of massage therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy and exercise, change may be accomplished faster and last longer. Of course, not every one of these disciplines needs to be involved; however, any two or more can work together, based on the needs of the patient, to accomplish the desired goal.
There needs to be more networking and interdisciplinary cooperation, with each provider respecting the value of the other's techniques, recognizing the limitations of their own, with the focus always on the good of the patient, never on the good of a practice or a profession. Think the pharmaceutical cartel and its puppet politicians will allow that to happen? If this is an unpleasant question for you to ponder, continue reflecting on the three bones, and how to best bring about skeletal (and maybe even planetary) alignment.
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