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Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
Strength in Numbers: Holistic Health Schools Form Alliance
By Michael Devitt
For several months, administrators at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) have considered new ways of strengthening the school's ties with a local branch of Southwest Acupuncture College and the Rolf Institute, a pair of neighboring holistic health institutions.The idea gained momentum this past December, when the Rolf Institute moved to a new location in Boulder less than a mile from the BCMT and Southwest campuses, prompting administrators at BCMT and the other schools to create an informal alliance that could allow for open houses, cross-training between programs, and other benefits for students and the public. "We're all involved in restoring health in an individual, and we all do it without the use of allopathic drugs, based on a holistic view of the human body," said Valerie Hobbs, Southwest's campus director. "There are things about being a health care practitioner that are common, regardless of modality."
The alliance is already creating new opportunities for students. Last October, for instance, BCMT held a free book-signing event and invited students from the three institutions. More than 100 students attended, which spurred school leaders to consider offering other attractions, such as public forums and panel discussions. Students who attend one of the colleges also benefit by receiving discounted services at the other two schools, such as discounted massage and Rolfing treatments. Program leaders believe that allowing students to experience other healing methods broadens their knowledge of different forms of care, and could make them more inclined to refer future patients to other practitioners. According to an article in the Boulder County Business Report, some academic "blending" has already begun as a result of the alliance. Southwest recently hired a person trained at BCMT to teach its shiatsu class, and BCMT offers an Asian bodywork curriculum similar to the one taught at the acupuncture college.
Administrators at each college have also discussed the possibility of participating in shared health-fair booths, joint workshops and a film series, and the alliance may eventually include elective course credit offered when students from one institution take a class at the other two. According to Ms. Hobbs, however, Southwest's accreditation process currently prohibits the school from offering classes to people who aren't officially enrolled at the college.
One of the more controversial aspects of the alliance involves the prospect of all three schools being housed on the same campus, offering separate programs but sharing space, administrative staff and resources. The Boulder County Business Report article noted that BCMT President Barbara Bollmann was in favor of creating such a campus within the next five years. Three years remain on BCMT's lease; however, the Rolf Institute just began a seven-year lease at its new location, and officials at Southwest have their own goals in mind. "The college has a long-range plan to own its own building," Hobbs said. "So, if that opportunity were to happen at the right place and the right time, we'd be interested. We've only been in our building for two years, and we're quite happy where we are."
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