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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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
Complementary Health-Care Leaders Attend "Beyond the Dura" 2003 Conference
By Editorial Staff
More than 20 speakers and panelists from diverse fields of complementary and alternative health care joined host John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, world-renowned developer of CranioSacral Therapy, at the eighth biennial "Beyond the Dura" research conference, April 30-May 4, at the Jupiter Beach Resort in Jupiter, Florida.The five-day event, which offered a mix of individual presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions, focused on the use of complementary techniques in conjunction with mainstream and other alternative approaches for specific conditions.
One of the hot topics discussed was the case of conjoined Egyptian twins, Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim, whose story appeared on NBC's Dateline and in previous issues of Massage Today (see www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/10/01.html and www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/05/02.html.) Dr. Upledger, Sally Fryer, PT, and several other event presenters, have provided crucial therapy to help prepare the twins for separation surgery. Kenneth Salyer, MD, one of the separation team's lead surgeons and founder of the Dallas-based World Craniofacial Foundation that brought the twins to the United States in June 2002, also spoke during the conference.
Andrew Fryer, MD, FAAP, delivered the conference's keynote address. Dr. Fryer, a pediatric cardiologist from Dallas, Texas, has increased his use of CranioSacral Therapy from tentative office trials into the armamentarium of therapies he offers his patients. He has successfully introduced the technique into the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, and at the scene of major, life-threatening traumas.
This year's event included numerous presenters covering a wide range of topics, including:
Other presenters included: Don Ash, PT, CST-D; Judith Bluestone; Cloe Couturier, LMT/CO, CST-D; Sally Fryer, PT, CST; Alison Hazelbaker, MA, IBCLC, CST; Rebecca Flowers Giles, OTR, SCP, CST-D; Susan Vaughan Kratz, OTR, BCP; Sally Morgan, PT; Sheryl McGavin, MBA, OTR/L; Dalia Nitzani; and Sanno Visser, DO, CST-D.
Beyond the Dura 2003 also included a reception to honor the Upledger Institute for including massage therapists in the network of other allied health professionals; and a Friday evening wine tasting, with silent and live auctions to benefit The Upledger Foundation's programs (including the Conjoined Egyptian Twins Surgery Fund).
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