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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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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