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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 01
Dichotomy of Emotions
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Massage Today is having a birthday! The premier issue of Massage Today rolled off the presses and into your mailboxes in January 2001. As we enter our fourth year of publication, I can say with all honesty that working with Massage Today is one of the most enjoyable things I do! I am delighted that it has become a real force in the massage industry, and I'm most proud when I meet readers who tell me that they "love Massage Today!"
That said, still has a long way to grow into the superior trade publication I envisioned three years ago! There is a huge backlog of wonderful articles that may never see the light of day because there is no space to print them.As you know, is provided at no cost to each and every massage therapist who wants it. Since nothing is free, advertising makes it possible for your issue to arrive each month. The quantity of advertising determines the number of pages of "content" that can be printed on a monthly basis.
There is a dichotomy of emotions here. While I think that Massage Today is the very best of all the publications currently serving the massage industry, I know we can do even better! So help me out here! E-mail me at and let me know what you want to see more of in Massage Today.
Equally as important, let me know what companies you would like to see advertise with us. I would really like to bring you the benefit of more articles, surveys, research and columnists. It is, after all, designed to meet your needs! I'm planning on doing my part to see that it continues to be a serious force for the advancement of the profession for years to come!
Speaking of dichotomy, you are reading this in January; however, as I write this, it is still several weeks before Christmas. Psychologists will confirm that this is traditionally a time of emotional turmoil for many. Those of us celebrating the spiritual aspects of the holiday suffer from the dichotomy of the joy of the Savior's birth with the sorrow of turmoil in the world. Those of us celebrating the secular aspects of the holiday suffer from the dichotomy of the delight in spending time with family and friends versus the need to delve into the commercialism and hustle of crowded stores and mall parking lots.
I typically and historically see only the good parts of the holiday season. I enjoy decorating my treatment room in traditional Christmas decorations and playing "relaxing" Christmas carols when in session. I look forward to having both children and grandchildren close at hand to help us celebrate.
This year, however, I also experienced the feeling of loss and tragedy that brings a hollow ache, and causes introspection and scrutiny of feeling. The massage world lost one of its best on the evening of November 30th, when the life of Cheryn McGillicuddy was tragically cut short. Private tragedy is an occurrence affecting thousands of families everyday in the United States, but that knowledge does not help one bit. Police in Florida are still searching for her killer.
I knew Cheryn as energy, capability and compassion all rolled into one. Her positive energy, enthusiasm, spirit and willingness to pitch in to make things happen made me, and many others, feel significant and truly cared for. She and her husband, Massage Today Sports Massage columnist Michael McGillicuddy, owned and taught at one of the country's premier massage schools, the Central Florida School of Massage. She was instrumental in the development of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association's code of ethics and a patient's bill of rights.
Cheryn's students always found her knowledgeable, helpful and patient. As a friend, I'll dearly miss her counsel, her laugh and her hugs. As a massage educator, Cheryn exhibited tireless devotion and enthusiasm, and an obligation to provide quality education. What a wonderful world it would be if all massage schools had someone like Cheryn directing their educational programs! At only 39 years of age, she had so much more to give. We, as a profession have lost much.
This blue rock does keep spinning, however. Our clients need us. Our friends and families need us. It is up to us to make 2004 another year of growth in our profession. We all need to come to grips with our losses, and use the lessons we have learned from those we have lost for progress. I urge all of us, no matter how we see our role in massage, no matter how we feel about the politics of the field, no matter how successful or unsuccessful we think we are - to be a little bit better and a little bit more client-focused in 2004 than we were in 2003.
Thanks for listening!
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be published in a future issue. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or by regular mail to:
Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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