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News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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?
January, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 01
Addressing the Skeptics, Part I
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: A few months ago, Massage Today received two letters in response to Dr. Upledger's April ("Cell Talk" www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/04/10.html) and May ("Applications of CranioSacral Therapy in Newborns and Infants" www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/05/08.html) articles, respectively.The first of these letters, along with Dr. Upledger's response, appear below. The second letter and response will appear in Dr. Upledger's next column. Letters have been edited for space and clarity.
The article "Cell Talk" crossed over all acceptable boundaries. I will illustrate my point of view using information from the article:
I strongly believe that each author has to carry a very high standard of writing or should not do it at all. Printed words have a lot of power. Unfortunately, Dr. Upledger uses a similar careless approach to the information he presents in the majority of his columns. This is professionally unacceptable.
I do not have the right to deny the ability of Dr. Upledger to directly "talk" on a cellular level; St. Francis of Assisi talked with birds. However, this discovery deserves a Nobel Prize in medicine. Dr. Upledger finally found the cure for cancer and many other pathological abnormalities. I have only one question remaining for the author: If the patient is Spanish-speaking and the practitioner is not, does the practitioner need a translator to talk with the patient's inner organs and cells, or may he or she use the English language?
I do not have anything personal against what Dr.Upledger does, or what he teaches. However, the situation reminds me of an old Japanese saying: "Do not let the blind man lead the crowd of blind people into the cave with fire."
Massage practitioners deserve a more respectable educational approach. Among all four major American [massage publications], Massage Today tries to build a scientific foundation for massage practitioners, and I have a deep respect for you in doing so. There are a handful of educators and researchers who try to ... restore respect to the medical benefits of massage among the medical community, patients and, more importantly, among massage practitioners.
Unfortunately, articles like this ruin all your and our efforts.
Ross Turchaninov, MD
Dr. Upledger's Response
I appreciate your comments related to my article, "Cell Talk." I will address your criticisms in the order in which they were presented:
Dr. Turchaninov, my conscience has never been clearer and my mind has never been more open. I urge you to try something before you reject it. It was Democritus, the ancient Greek philosopher, who said, "Many individuals full of knowledge possess no reason." He said this more than 2,373 years ago. We have a lot more knowledge now than we did then. I wonder how our reason compares.
Look around the world and think about it.
Author's note: In 1995, I wrote a summary of the research that had been done, to date, that involves the craniosacral system and related therapy. This monograph, "Research and Observations Support the Existence of a Craniosacral System," can be obtained from The Upledger Institute at (561) 622-4334, and is also available online at www.upledger.com/news/p-mon.htm.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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