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The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
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We Have Come a Long Way – But There's a Long Way to Go; Grounded and Connected.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Easy Way to Learn How to Document ICD-10
The 2015 Work Plan for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) includes a focus on chiropractic services. This means chiropractors can expect to see more audits and reviews in the coming year because private payers pay attention to the OIG's focus as well.
What's Triggering That Point?
An orthopedic friend recently saw a patient of mine. He felt an injection of a trigger point (TP) at the upper trapezius and surrounding areas was necessary, since that was the patient's area of chief complaint and there was a tender, radiating nodule.
A New Era of Injury Awareness Means a New Focus on Prevention
Despite a dramatic Super Bowl last month, the National Football League has taken quite a few hits lately concerning player injuries, particularly concussions.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Connections Worth Making
"If most doctors are like me, [they are] isolated physically and professionally. I do not make the time to connect with other doctors and also a lot of doctors do not want to be connected for a lot of reasons. Dynamic Chiropractic keeps me grounded and connected.
Adjusting the Occiput on the Atlas
You may never see a particular set of patients in your office – the ones who are either afraid of neck adjustments or have had a bad experience. A vast majority of those who had a bad experience did not have a life-threatening vascular event.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Online Efforts That Convert Traffic Into Patients
Most chiropractors are using "dinner with the doc," "refer a friend," customer appreciation days, grand openings, health fairs, chamber of commerce meetings, and other networking events to get new patients.
Leg Length and Pelvic Fixations
A common component of low back pain is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Signs of SIJ dysfunction can include fixation with reduced range of motion, and localized pain or joint laxity and inflammation.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
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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