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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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
Reiki Practitioners SPARK Healing
By Rebecca J. Razo
It's a beautiful September day in New York City. At a perfect 72 degrees, a slight breeze dusts the clear sky and gently waves an American flag raised high atop a pole directly in front of Ground Zero.The mood is somber and reverent as people gather to remember those who lost their lives exactly three years earlier. Some weep; some leave flowers and letters; some sing; others just stare in awe at the gaping hole where the Twin Towers once stood majestically over the city.
A few miles down the road at Washington Square Park, dog walkers, vendors, street performers, locals and tourists are out in full force, making the most of the beautiful day. In a grassy corner of the park, a group of Reiki practitioners known as SPirited Action, Release and Kindness (SPARK) have set up shop and are providing free Reiki sessions throughout the day.
SPARK was organized on the first anniversary of Sept. 11 as a way to help facilitate healing. Massage Today (MT) had the opportunity to speak with SPARK Executive Director Dave Gorczynski (DG), who goes by the name Kaiyo, about this unique organization.
MT: How did this project come about?
DG: Shortly following Sept. 11, my friend Richard Kanter and I could see that it would be easy for people to hold onto the tragedy of that day, but very few would remember the many positive memories, such as the volunteers who came from all parts of the United States to help, and the incredible selflessness that took place. It was a real testament to human resiliency. I was a Reiki master and he was studying CranioSacral Therapy, and we decided to offer our services to the public on the first anniversary of 9/11, since we knew it would be a stressful period.
We talked about it for months and then in June 2002, we met a friend of my family, Aitreyia. She was an energy worker from Tucson, Ariz., and Richard mentioned the idea to her. She immediately wanted to be a part of it, and within a week had eight people with tickets purchased, ready to [fly in] from Arizona.
On the first anniversary, with park permits in hand - the Parks Department has been extremely supportive of our event - our group of 17 set up tables in Battery Park for three days and Washington Square Park for one [both in New York City]. In Washington Square Park, our event coincided with a peace vigil, and when the park finally closed at 12:30 [in the morning], we still had 25 people on the waiting list for sessions. We realized it was just the beginning and that we were fulfilling a real need.
In 2003, both Richard and Aitreyia began playing much smaller roles due to geographic and time constraints, but the organization continued to expand with more participation from New Yorkers. By September, we grew to 50 practitioners and started working in multiple parks simultaneously. SPARK also began a collaborative relationship with September Space, a New York-based nonprofit with 9/11 roots. From the inception, we have called ourselves SPirited Action, Release and Kindness. We feel very strongly about the action portion and even stronger about our no-strings/free services policy when working with the general public.
MT: Is this something you will continue to do every September 11?
DG: Yes. We will continue every September 11, and our services are open to everyone, not just those [directly] affected by September 11. We try to make this as clear as possible. We would like everyone in need of our services to feel welcome.
MT: How many volunteers are currently involved?
DG: At this time, our group consists of approximately 90 practitioners, with an active core of about 50 or so. Since many come to participate from outside of New York City, it becomes difficult for them to be part of the active core for events in the city.
MT: Does your organization participate in events at any other time of the year?
DG: Yes. "SPARK in the Park" is our own annual event, but we enjoy partnering with other organizations to provide free energy work throughout the year. In October 2003, we took part in the "Walk to End Domestic Violence" to offer sessions at its wellness fair. The fair was at the end of the walk and was a place for domestic abuse survivors to receive makeovers, financial advice, and now, energy work. We were very well received.
SPARK is currently working with attorneys to become a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which we expect to occur before the end of the year.
MT: Thank you so much for your time, Kaiyo.
For more information about SPARK, visit www.sparkinthepark.org.
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