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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
Why Sell Ourselves Short?
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I received an e-mail from a reader recently, informing me that I should stick to subjects that concern massage; I do, because I view anything that relates to health as having to do with massage.Massage is simply health care in the "wellness paradigm," not the "sickness paradigm." Massage therapy is the premier wellness modality. In my opinion, health is related to massage, and vice versa. Now, since we live in the world of opposites - day vs. night; positive vs. negative; yin vs. yang - reduced wellness also concerns massage.
Massage is more than "rubbing lubricant" on another person - I was able to do that long before I entered massage school; anyone can do that. Professional massage requires training in health and wellness, in addition to technique. The public is running away from the failed pharmaceutical, sickness-inducing allopathic system. When the public finds a massage therapist who provides wellness care, it keeps that person busy; the public may or may not support a massage therapist who just pushes lubricant around.
As massage therapists, we are "first- door" providers. What an opportunity! Why we sell ourselves short is beyond my comprehension. Why limit ourselves? Why run toward gatekeeper physicians and slave labor positions in physical therapy departments? We should be building alliances with other wellness-oriented providers to become the new health-care delivery system, making allopaths secondary providers for crisis care. Instead, we beg allopaths to control us. If they do, they will eliminate us: They have no interest in manual medicine. First, there is not enough money to be made with it, at least initially. Second, manual medicine helps heal people and keep them well. It doesn't have side-effects to provide secondary streams of income beyond the initial complaint. Massage therapists do not fit the allopathic paradigm: to maximize the profits of ongoing human suffering by offering endless treatments in which patients sometimes are cured, but seldom healed. "Cured" means the symptoms have gone away; "healed" means the cause has gone away.
The current "sickness-care" system (I just can't bring myself to lie and call it a health-care system) and its blessed research, focus on the physical aspects of illness, not the individual patient. It examines, diagnoses and treats, but does not heal. Most importantly, people want to be healed, not merely have their symptoms treated. Allopathic clinicians persist in treating the symptoms of illness, rather than the causes. They don't think about healing, because healing - as a holistic principle encompassing body, mind and spirit - is against their paradigm. Mainstream medicine operates under the methodology of "mechanistic reductionism." It cannot grasp life-related phenomena through such a microscopic, physicalistic approach. What has its focus on illness accomplished? Some heroic procedures and temporary fixes have been developed, but has the overall wellness of humanity improved?
Depending on your measuring standard, the answer is "maybe yes, maybe no." True, infectious diseases have decreased markedly, and perhaps that can be credited to the allopaths or to improved hygiene and sanitation. However, chronic diseases in adults (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) and disorders of the immune system (asthma; atopic dermatitis; rheumatoid arthritis; lupus) are now widespread. What have allopaths done to prevent fibromyalgia and other chronic soft-tissue conditions? They cannot cure them, and they have no incentive to prevent them or any other "profitable" disease. The United States was once the healthiest nation in the world; now, we are not even in the top 10. Who has been in charge of health during that decline? Why aren't they being fired?
They are being fired by people searching for alternatives - which is why alternative disciplines are growing so fast. The public wants health care, healing and wellness. The public wants us! Let's step up and provide people with what they want. Let's learn our massage techniques and anatomy, but also learn and live the wellness lifestyle. Let's set high standards and extinguish the lowest common denominator.
Unfinished Business - Smallpox
The concentration on disease has produced more diseases. If there are too few diseases, "they" will initiate some new ones. Follow the money trai,l and you will quickly understand this process: A new disease equals funding for a new drug or vaccine. As a naturally occurring disease, smallpox ran its course and went away. Humans evolved beyond it, as always happens with naturally occurring diseases. It will be interesting to see if mankind can evolve beyond the new "designer diseases" under production in government and pharmaceutical company laboratories and released on an unsuspecting public.
The new "weaponized" smallpox, for example, seems potent. A Soviet field test of weaponized aerosol smallpox showed that the citizens (yes, of course, citizens) in the test region had an unusually high percentage of the fatal form of smallpox. Even those who were vaccinated developed the disease. Why bother to vaccinate? Think green: State health departments will get more money for programs, and pharmaceutical companies will get money for vaccine production. The allopathic-pharmaceutical cartel will make side-effects, such as the adverse cardiac effects reported among civilian recipients of the vaccine, and the 10 cases of myopericarditis in military personnel.
The Centers for Disease Control is now recommending people with heart or compromised immune system conditions not take the vaccine, but you may not be given that choice. For more information, visit www.mercola.com/2003/apr/19/smallpox_ vaccines.htm.
Homeopathic remedies for treatment of the disease and reactions to the (most likely) ineffective vaccine seem to be our best hope.
Question of the Month: Whom do you think is more likely to bring about health and wellness: an osteopathic physician (DO) with an "extreme diet," or an allopathic physician (MD) with a vaccine needle?
Tune in next month for more good stuff.
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