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East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
Therapist Finds the Right "Tools" to Unite CAM Providers
By Rebecca J. Razo
"What is the right tool for the job?" In conflict resolution, this quasi-rhetorical question seems perfectly natural, but former community and court mediator, Sonia Turanski, a successful massage therapist for the last 10 years, found that this question - her mantra, of sorts - could be asked in other settings, including the health care profession."It is my disposition to respect all sides of an issue," Turanski said in an e-mail interview with Massage Today. "And so, from the beginning of my massage training and career, I have seen every approach of medical care as a valid, important tool, with [that] question always [at the center]."
Indeed, Turanski asked this question again when she relocated to Maine's Blue Hill Peninsula, a quaint seaside community south of Bangor, and found a wide range of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners in need of organization. Turanski discovered that a local hospital was recruiting for a community CAM liaison; she inquired about the position, and although it did not pan out for her, the seeds for her greater vision were planted. "My interest in creating a bridge between the differing camps of providers in our community came into focus," she disclosed.
A short time later, Turanski created the Acadia Health Association (AHA), a network of local providers spanning many different realms of CAM, including massage therapists, chiropractors, herbalists, psychologists, medical doctors, and many others. For Turanski, creating AHA was an important step in developing a unified system in which health care providers of all disciplines could network for the purpose of promoting the benefits of integrative health care to the communities in and around the Blue Hill Peninsula.
"The byline of AHA is 'integrated health care begins with us,' meaning that a system is not going to come down from above that we all plug into and magically become integrated, but that we, the providers, need to embrace the idea of working together with mutual support at a grass roots level," she said. However, once AHA was up and running, Turanski realized that the providers were only half of the equation. "I realized the need still existed for the population at large to have a resource for access to information and education about the variety of options available in health care, as well as a way to find out who in the community provided those services," she said.
That's when Turanski created Whole Health Access (WHA), "a holistic resource and referral service," according to its motto. WHA seeks to empower patients so that they can make informed decisions related to their health care. Turanski was preparing to present her idea for WHA to the local hospital where she originally inquired about the community CAM liaison position, when she received a visit from a childhood friend, Dr. Allen Tien, president of Medical Decision Logic, Inc. (MDLogix), a medical-based information technology software company in Towson, Md.
Since a number of MDLogix's projects are funded through grants, Dr. Tien suggested creating a Web-based database program for WHA, and offered to partner with WHA and apply for a grant to get the project off the ground. MDLogix applied for a grant through the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and was approved in August 2003 for Phase I: a grant for $100,000 used for project research, development and testing, but not market research or marketing. According to Dr. Tien, principal investigator and overseer of the grant, Phase I, which usually lasts about six months, ensures that the project's goals are feasible; upon completion of Phase I, applications for Phase II may be submitted. Phase II usually lasts for about two years and funds are in the amount of $750,000.
Currently, WHA Phase I testing is underway. Local providers (some of whom belong to the AHA network) and a group of clients volunteered to test the software system over a three-week period. Providers enter information about their services, including contact information, specialties, etc., into the database, while clients conduct searches on the site based on health-related concerns by clicking on a series of checklists grouped under three categories: physical, mental and spiritual.
Clients also have the option of indicating preferences, including whether a provider is male or female, licensed or unlicensed, and insurance type. The system then matches a client's choices to appropriate providers in the network; however, what Turanski appreciates most is the database's interactive nature. "If someone doesn't find a descriptive term that applies to them, they can add it to the list. In this way, the lists of concerns and attributes are self-educating, with the system reflecting the actual words and categories of the people who use it," she noted.
During the testing of Phase I, the volunteer clients will evaluate the results generated by the search. At the conclusion of the study, all volunteers will fill out a survey describing their experiences with the service and provide suggestions for improvement. MDLogix plans to submit the application for Phase II on April 1. If funding is approved, Turanski hopes to test the program in other areas, including Baltimore; Portland, Maine; and Seattle.
For now, Turanski would like to see AHA continue its growth to include providers from all aspects of health care, and she notes that one of her goals for WHA is to de-emphasize the importance of categories that divide practices into conventional, traditional, alternative, and complementary. "My favorite saying [from massage school] is, 'when you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.' I love this saying, because it so accurately reflects the self-importance that seems rampant in every school of thought. We need to respect the variety of skills out there, and to understand the limits imposed by our own beliefs...across the spectrum of health care, all providers offer important and relevant services. The question should not center around whether certain professions are better or more legitimate, but around 'what is the right tool for the job?'"
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