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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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