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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
September, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 09
Are You Moving in the Right Direction?
By Rebecca J. Razo
Well, I've made it through my first four months as the new managing editor (am I still considered "new" after this amount of time?) thanks in large part to our editor, Cliff Korn; Massage Today's outstanding editorial team; and especially my predecessor, Peter Crownfield, who has patiently taught me the ropes.Peter has done a great job managing the publication, and I look forward to picking up where he left off by continuing to ensure that Massage Today stays the leading resource in the industry.
In July, I started making a few small improvements to massagetoday.com, one of which included posting an inspirational quote on the site's home page each month. I selected Thoreau's quote to start this tradition for a number of reasons: It is moving and motivating; it is an ambition to which all people should aspire; and it has become my personal mantra.
Several months ago, I was at a fairly low point in my professional life when one of my closest friends gave me a notebook with this quote written on the cover. It served as the inspiration and wake-up call I needed. I had just been laid-off from my previous job, and had serious doubts about the direction my life was heading. I am happily married; but despite my husband's support, I felt alone and confused. Worst of all, I began to question my dreams. Suddenly, the very things that had kept me afloat were starting to feel lofty and ambitious, intangible, and even selfish.
I had set my sights on a career in publishing for a long time, but never pursued this dream because I was afraid of failing. Instead, I sought out comfort and safety in lieu of the things I really wanted. Don't get me wrong. Comfort and safety are good things once you have turned your dreams into reality; but before that happens, they can be dangerous hindrances. I certainly wasn't going "confidently in the direction" of my dreams. If anything, I was running away from them as fast as I could. It took me hitting bottom for reality to set in: I had one shot at this life and up until that point, I hadn't been doing a very good job of maximizing it.
Fast-forward a few months later to my arrival at the managing editor's desk of Massage Today. I had taken a leap, and landed with both feet facing forward. I never knew I could feel such a sense of pride, accomplishment and satisfaction in coming to work every day.
One of the ironies of my situation is that my husband has been a massage therapist for over 10 years. Although I have always encouraged and supported his desire to make a difference, I never once dreamed that one day, I, too would be involved in this vibrant profession. It seems the timing of my involvement couldn't have been more perfect. These are exciting times to be a massage therapist. The opportunities for growth and development are endless! I am all too happy to be in this position where I can support your efforts to make this profession the very best it can be.
What Are Your Dreams?
Are you living the life you've imagined? Perhaps you want to own a clinic or spa; maybe you are interested in conducting massage research, or are passionate about lobbying on behalf of the massage therapy profession. Maybe you want to teach classes, or mentor others; perhaps you want to learn new modalities, or simply master the ones you already know.
Whatever your dreams may be, big or small, you have the power to make them happen. It may take six months, a year or 10 years, but does it really matter how long it takes? We are not in a race or competition (although it may feel like it at times). We have not failed if we aren't where we think we should be in our lives, nor have we failed if the road to our dreams is bumpy, if we come to a crossroads, or if we lose our way every now and then; rather, these things are all part of a much bigger journey - one I hope you will embrace.
I encourage you to take a look inward and ask yourself if you are moving "confidently in the direction of your dreams." If you are, good for you! Keep moving in that direction! If not, ask yourself why. Have you lost your way? It's time to re-examine your road map. Have you shelved your dreams? It's time to bring them out, dust them off and begin thinking about how you can turn them into your reality.
I'd love to hear from you. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions for Massage Today, or you just want someone to share your dreams with, please drop me a line at or by regular mail to the following address:
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