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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I'm hoping you'll remember my editorial concerning rule changes to the massage licensing law in North Carolina (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/04/11.html).I recently received a response from the attorney representing the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (NCBMBT). I was flattered and amazed at the response. I am always flattered when I find that someone actually reads my editorials to discover my perspectives and points of view! I was amazed though, that the North Carolina board felt my opinions were worth generating a four-page letter in response. I want to thank both the NCBMBT and its attorney for taking the time to respond. It is important that awareness and exploration of issues precedes action. The letter was an attempt to "set the record straight" from their perspective. I wish I could print the letter, but it is far too long; however, you can view it at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/12.html.
The attorney's letter stated that my editorial did a disservice to Massage Today readers by making false and misleading statements and discrediting his agency. From my perspective, the attorney suggested that my criticisms were made necessary because of the mission of his board. The actual practice act states:
While I understand his need to effectively represent his client, I think the lawyer missed the point - much as the North Carolina Board missed the boat on effective regulation. He does state that the board has many responsibilities and costs, but is limited in its funding, which makes me want to rethink some of my criticisms of how it regulates schools; it makes me hope that what appears to be unfair treatment of small proprietary schools and community colleges is due to a funding compromise, as opposed to a spiteful act.
Having met this attorney several years ago at a meeting of the (now defunct) National Alliance of State Massage Therapy Boards, I believe that he has a desire to have fair and effective legislation associated with his work. I just wish that the practicing massage therapists that he counsels passed on to him more of the realities of our profession, and after re-reading his response many times, I stand by almost all of my original opinions; however, I do need to correct one of my comments.
In my editorial, I said "There is a requirement to report others' violation of NC rules within 10 days or be subject to the same penalties as the person causing violation." Unfortunately, this was information given to me that I did not sufficiently fact-check; in fact, it is not true that failure to report would result in the same penalty as the person committing a violation. Thanks to the board's letter to me, I find that failure to report is a minor infraction, which would result in smaller fines and a lighter disciplinary sanction. I apologize for my misstatement.
On another note, I hope everyone reads Rebecca Razo's article, "Setting the Record Straight: Massage Gets a Bad Rap in National Report" (www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/06/02.html). A frequently quoted physician was interviewed for a piece that appeared in print and on T.V. in several major media markets. His perceived messages to the public indicated that 15 percent of massage patients need corrective treatment following massage and that "thin people" should avoid deep-tissue massage because of potential injury. The fact that these statements were made by a physician and carried by major regional network news outlets brought credibility to the story. Unfortunately, that "credibility" is only the appearance of truth, and borders on hypocrisy. I am not shocked that a physician chose to pull bogus statistics out of the air, but I am shocked that these claims were made by a DO, presumably trained in the efficacy of manual techniques to facilitate homeostasis.
I have no doubt that these messages about potential massage pitfalls will have adverse effects on those "on the fence" about whether massage could be a solution to their discomfort. That is most unfortunate, as more people will now likely be dealing with unnecessary effects of stress and dysfunction than would have otherwise. This indicates to me that we need to continue publishing all the research data on touch we can find; it is also proof-positive that if we want to expand our practices, our existing patients/clients are the most important people on the earth!
Thanks for listening!
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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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