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Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Commingling Money: 12 Questions for the ACA About the CHAMP / NCLAF Merger
The American Chiropractic Association recently announced it was merging the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the Chiropractic Health Advocacy and Mobilization Project into a single entity that will support both legal and legislative actions.
Uncle Sam Needs You (Part 2)
Where chiropractic care has been used in the military health services, it has been deemed very successful.
CMT & Stroke Risk: Myth vs. Fact
By now, most of you have probably heard that the American Heart Association recently published a statement regarding the association between cervical dissection (CD) and cervical manipulative therapy (CMT).
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 2)
As mentioned in part 1, using a flexion-distraction table is a great way to unlock this particular fixation. You have found the stuck segment. You have determined whether it is unilateral, midline or bilateral.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Sports Science: What's in That Drink?
Athletes frequently ask me what the best liquid is to drink during exercise – water or a sports drink? Water provides the necessary hydration, but unfortunately, it lacks the key nutrients to aid in performance and recovery.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Dr. George Goodman and His Legacy to Logan University
Those who knew him called him a revered leader, a visionary and one of chiropractic's biggest advocates. George A. Goodman, DC, Logan University's sixth and longest-serving president, passed away on Sept. 9. He was 70 years old.
Communication 101: Please Explain Yourself!
Twice this past week, I overheard conversations about chiropractic. As you can imagine, it is a topic my ears naturally pick up. In both cases, a patient was talking to a friend about their experience with a chiropractor.
The Case for Immunization
As long as I have been a chiropractor, I have seen many in this profession oppose vaccinations. Indeed, it has often been taken as a "given" that to be a principled chiropractor requires a curmudgeon's willingness to hold aloft that banner of opposition.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Essential Orthopedic Testing: Tests That Involve Standing on One Leg
Since these tests have a common mechanism of performance (standing on one leg), there are differential diagnostic concerns during testing. The tests cannot be completely isolated from each other for performance.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Correcting Pelvic Rotation Around the Long Axis: Adjustment Protocol
The pelvis can be considered a ring that can misalign on the sacrum rotating around the long axis. The following is a description of an adjustment that helps to correct sacroiliac rotation around the long axis.
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
USDE Approves Accreditation Program
By Editorial Staff
Although the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS) has been approving massage therapy programs for at least a decade, it recently received formal United States Department of Education (USDE)-approval to accredit massage therapy programs, as well.
In May 2003, the USDE approved NACCAS under the condition that NACCAS adjust its accreditation process to include requirements specific to the massage therapy profession.In May 2004, "the National Advisory Committee in Institutional Quality and Integrity [NACIQI] found that NACCAS had made all of the adjustments requested," said a memo to Massage Today from NACCAS Government Relations & Legal Department Director Mary E. Bird.1
"NACCAS showed that [its] bylaws had been amended so qualified massage school owners and practitioners could be nominated for positions on the board of commissioners..." the memo said. "NACCAS also showed that it is developing a cadre of qualified evaluators who are massage practitioners, and that one is on every team evaluating a school which offers massage programs."
The memo further indicated that NACCAS massage-practitioner evaluators and curriculum specialists would review massage therapy programs that are added to school curriculum between accreditation visits.1
ABMP President Bob Benson supported NACCAS' bid for USDE recognition. In a statement he made before the NACIQI, Benson indicated that, "Massage programs benefit from having accrediting choices. Accrediting entities are forced to hone their programs to be knowledgeable, well-organized, customer service focused, and affordable."2
Speaking for the ABMP, Benson also outlined his organization's position on massage-program accreditation: "Our views on accreditation...can be captured in three sentences:
However, a letter from American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) President Laurel J. Freeman to USDE Accreditation and State Liaison Carol Griffiths, expresses doubt over NACCAS' ability to effectively oversee and accredit massage therapy programs.
"In response to the requirements of [NACCAS]...acceptance," the letter said, "NACCAS began developing standards for massage education. To do so they had to request outside assistance. We remain concerned about both their level of expertise in massage therapy education and their commitment to our profession...On behalf of [AMTA's] stakeholders, we oppose approval to the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences to accredit massage therapy programs," the letter concluded.3
Despite AMTA's opposition, the USDE now enjoys "full official USDE recognition for accreditation of massage programs...."1
For more information, visit NACCAS Web site at www.naccas.org.
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