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Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
August, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 08
New Executive Directors at COMTA and NCBTMB
By Editorial Staff
On June 1, 2004, Ellen Bateman, EdD, joined the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) as the organization's new executive director, replacing Carole Ostendorf, PhD, who announced her retirement earlier this year.
"My goal as executive director will be to advance the values of COMTA as a dynamic organization that promotes a holistic and transformational view of massage therapy education," remarked Dr.Bateman, in a press release issued by COMTA. "I will work to build upon the work already done to clarify the identity and role of COMTA as it looks to the future."
Bateman's professional experience includes positions at Temple University College of Liberal Arts; the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine; and the Center for Literacy, all in Philadelphia.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has also selected a new executive director to fill the position vacated by Christine D. Niero, PhD, in March.
Mark A. Smith, PhD, CAE, brings more than 20 years of nonprofit and association management and business experience to the position. Specifically, he will oversee national certification and recertification programs, as well as assume operations and staff leadership responsibilities.
Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Smith served with several distinguished organizations, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators.
Smith has also held teaching positions at Cornell, George Mason and Harvard Universities, as well as in Germany.
Dr. Smith officially assumed the executive director position on July 12, 2004.
The states of Arizona and Illinois have pushed back the start dates for issuing massage therapy licenses to Jan. 1, 2005. In Arizona, the deadline for issuing provisional licenses has also been extended until July 1, 2005, while Illinois will consider amending its current Massage Licensing Act to require applicants to be fingerprinted for criminal background checks.
CORRECTION: Regarding the dates relative to Arizona: Massage Today has learned that the Arizona Board of Massage Therapy is currently issuing massage licenses; those wishing to practice massage therapy must have obtained a massage license by Jan. 1, 2005. Likewise, those wishing to practice under a provisional license must have obtained this license by July 1, 2005. Massage Today apologizes for the error.
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