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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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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!
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 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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
October, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 10
Oncology Conference Will Include Massage Therapy
By Editorial Staff
Founded in 2003, the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) is an international nonprofit organization for health professionals interested in studying complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in treating cancer.According to its Web site, the SIO "...focus[es] on the role of oncology practice in massage and other touch therapies, acupuncture, music therapy, botanicals, meditation and other mind-body approaches, nutrition, fitness therapies and more."1
On Nov. 17-19, 2004, the SIO will hold its First Annual Integrative Conference in New York City, wherein renowned experts from all around the world will gather to "provide valuable information about research, clinical application, and benefits and problems associated with the wide range of CAM therapies now used by patients everywhere during and after cancer treatment."2
The conference, a collaboration of several entities, including the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City; the Dana Farber Cancer Institute; the American Cancer Society; the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM); and others, will feature poster sessions, abstract presentations, exhibits, and panel discussions on various topics, including the science of integrative oncology; complementary therapies for physical and emotional symptoms in cancer patients; implementing complementary therapies; botanicals in the treatment of cancer; and complementary modalities for breast cancer.
Additionally, four satellite symposia will be held concurrently, following the closing remarks on the last day of the conference, including Acupuncture in Oncology Practice and Research; Developing Integrative/Complementary Medicine Programs; Music Therapy in Oncology Practice and Research; and Medical Massage in Oncology Practice and Research.
Medical Massage in Oncology Practice and Research
According to the conference Web site's description, the medical massage "symposium for massage therapists will present overviews of optimal clinical work with cancer patients and summaries of the research literature. It will also provide guidance in the conduct of medical massage research."3
Gary E. Deng, MD, PhD, is an assistant attending physician at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Integrative Medicine Service Department, and one of the symposium's presenters. His presentation, "Principles of High Quality Research," will emphasize the importance of applying rigorous scientific methodology in medical massage research. Key points of the presentation will include fundamentals of clinical research; special challenges in conducting massage research; review of findings from previous massage studies in oncology; and the future direction of massage research.4
"Massage performed by well-trained, qualified practitioners, is generally safe in cancer patients," Dr. Deng told Massage Today. "It helps relieve tension, anxiety, stress and pain."4
He also believes that continued research on the efficacy of massage for cancer patients will yield more positive results. "Definitive scientific evidence showing the beneficial effects of medical massage will help promote the acceptance of this modality by the public, the medical community and third-party payers," he said.4
Other symposium presenters will include keynote speaker Janet Kahn, LMT, PhD, research assistant professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry; Wendy Miner, LMT, massage therapy program director and instructor, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Martha Brown Menard, CMT, PhD, author of Making Sense of Research: A Guide to Research Literacy for Complementary Practitioners; Tracy Walton, LMT, MS, Muscular Therapy Institute, Cambridge, Mass.; and Debra Curties, RMT, author of Massage Therapy and Cancer.
For more information on SIO membership or the Integrative Oncology Conference, visit www.integrativeonc.org.
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