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Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
The Five Seasons of Spa: Autumn Means Change
By Robin Zill, LMT
Author's note: This five-part series is designed to explore the language of nature as it relates to the spa experience.
In the natural cycle of growth and decay, autumn is the time to celebrate the harvest, the fruits of one's labor, and seeds that grow full. It is also a time to embrace the cycle of change, as autumn is also the season that sows the seeds of decay. This is, of course, natural and inherent to the living process. The intent of this article is to juxtapose the transformation and symbolic hope found in the seeds of autumn with the precarious and unpredictable social environment or "soil" we find ourselves in.
Throughout this series, I have used the language of nature as a metaphor for exploring and deepening the essence (or ousia) of the spa experience. Integral to this concept is the idea that "spa," like "nature," is not a thing to measure and dissect; rather, it is an energy event waiting to happen - an energy event waiting to dance. Autumn is the season of celebration, change and regeneration. Sensing and experiencing the quality of this beautiful season is an excellent way to contemplate change and growth from both a personal and spa business perspective.
Think of all you have learned as a pioneer in the wellness/spa industry. Remember where the industry was 10 years ago? Look at it now. Then consider how the contemporary massage movement has been a major inspiration in this cultural evolution. Congratulate yourself. You have been an active participant in creating a next-generation industry. We have helped create a culture that is more health- conscious through healthy food, exercise, herbal therapies, massage, spiritual awareness and other integrative health therapies.
Yet in the midst of this positive evolution, we find ourselves facing many global challenges that are, arguably, the worst since humankind has occupied the planet. Water quality and availability are horrible, global warming has increased, new and old diseases are at epidemic levels, social violence is on the upswing, insidious wars have spread, and health costs and poverty are escalating. These are just some of the problems that continue to threaten our well-being, both individually and socially. Culturally speaking, this is not good soil for seed sowing.
What will we make of autumn's seeds? As seeds symbolize food that is concentrated and rich in nutrients, the autumn seed "energy" can be used in a number of ways. It can be eaten, stored, rooted or rot. This is an interesting concept to consider from a spa business or personal-growth perspective. We need to take inventory of our emotional, spiritual, physical and financial resources. We must take care to gather, distribute, store and plant our resources in a balanced way. Ideally, we will conserve some of our energy (potential) for the future while feeding our drive to actively create for today (kinetic).
It is time for us as individuals and an industry to mature and prepare for our next professional transformation - for the next level of our work. We need to remind ourselves why we have chosen this path. What kind of seeds are we planting for the future? Whether the next level is expanding or opening a new facility, stepping up on the career ladder, volunteering for a social cause or moving in an entirely different direction, it is our time to evolve.
The potential within the seed is in all of us - it is part of nature's synergistic mystery. The seeds we sow are not for us alone. We inherit much through the seed - our genetic lineage, cultural story, the potential of our life path - hence, we have much to give back. The seeds of autumn symbolize this dynamic relationship between a healthy living environment and optimal professional and personal fulfillment. That is why, as the spa industry helps to evolve the next paradigm shift, we also must become voices for the earth. This means eliminating waste in our personal and professional lives and using precious resources more consciously. It was encouraging to find focus groups and classes at the ISPA conference in Dallas this month devoted to how the spa industry could become more active in self-monitoring our waste and move forward on these issues that affect so many. I look forward to updating you in future articles and would appreciate ideas you have on this issue.
As we immerse ourselves in the beginnings of this major paradigm shift, we know that historically change occurs as the older generation dies out. But I have greater hopes for us: I believe that we, the "older generation" need to open up, sprout some new leaves and dig deeper roots. The world is too complicated. We can't leave the next generation to fend for itself. I believe that together, by actively re-evaluating and refining our environments at home and in our businesses, we can reverse the trend of pollution, war, global warming, and poverty.
When the environment is strong, healthy and beautiful, it will create future generations that are vital and sustainable. It was only 2,000 years ago, when one of the greatest cultures of all time - the Roman Empire - poisoned and sterilized itself by contaminating food and water with lead, a mineral that was in high demand by the social elite. Let's learn from the past and reach into the seeds of the future.
Imagine the garden we can create!
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