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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
What Are My Choices?
Herbs, Supplements, Oils and Aromatherapy Products
By Editorial Staff
You've invested a lot of money in your education, practice location, marketing, and everything else you need to be a successful massage therapist.Now what? Where can you find information on products, continuing education information and other goods and services to help your practice grow? "What Are My Choices?" is a periodic column that gives you the information you need, straight from the experts - the companies themselves. This installment focuses on companies that offer herbs, supplements, oils, and aromatherapy products.
A.C. Grace Company: A quality source of all natural unesterified, high anti-thrombic, high antioxidant (Gamma 42% per capsule) rancid-oil free Vitamin E for all physicians and health professionals. Consider dispensing UNIQUE E® direct to your patients. Arm yourself with the truth and experience the benefits of dispensing UNIQUE E® directly to your patients in your practice, and the benefits of using UNIQUE E® personally and in your family. Formulated in 1962 and founded by Roy Erickson. Phone: 903-636-4368; E-mail: .
Alternative Technologies: Phone: 866-885-6625.
Amazon Herb Company: First and largest exporter of wild-herbs from virgin Amazon Rainforest soil. Herbal formulas designed to balance and nourish entire body systems. Taken daily, provides a density of chemistry, nutrition and raw materials far superior to isolated nutritional supplements. Bio-energetic herbs sus-tainably harvested, hand inspected, never fumigated or irradiated. Success supported by finest research, backed by 40 years of fieldwork, combined with thousands of years of experience. Aids Rainforest preservation. Phone: 323-936-2376; E-mail: ; Web: www.rainforesthealing.com.
American Nutriceuticals: Manufactures some of the world's most effective nutritional products. Used therapeutically by physicians and in hospitals around the globe, our products include Tibetan and Chinese herbals, enzymes, immune support and detoxification formulas. Call for wholesale product package. Free info. Phone: 888-848-2548; E-mail: .
Arise & Shine: Famous for its internal cleansing program, the Cleanse Thyself(tm) program, and for the purity and potency of its nutritional supplements. Healers and health conscious individuals have relied on the high quality and efficacy of Arise & Shine products for over 15 years. Large selection of all natural internal cleansing, colon health, organ support, and specia-lized nutritional products; as well as over 100 herbal extracts. Phone: 800-688-2444; Web: www.ariseandshine.com.
Beauty with Nature: Great White Bottling Inc. / Beauty with Nature has been making products especially for massage practitioners since 1995. We focus on products that maintain the maximum purity possible and are very competitive in the marketplace. Products include massage lotions, massage oils, massage balms, essential oils, paraffin wax, oil-removing laundry detergent, visco-memory foam pillows, massage tables, private labeling. Phone: 888-295-6457; E-mail: .
Bio Essence: Phone: 800-875-0798; Web: www.bioessence.net.
CA Botana International, Inc.: The creator and manufacturer of botanical skin and body care products Doctor D. Schwab, Sea Enzyme, and Ambrosia, for face, body, massage, slimming, spa and wellness. With over 40 years of in-house research, CA Botana has studied the effects of sea extracts, plants, herbs and vitamins and has integrated it with the latest skin care technology to satisfy today's skin care professionals. Phone: 800-872-2332; E-mail: ; Web: www.ca-botana.com.
Earth Trade Winds: Established in 1985, East Earth supplies Chinese herb products to health food stores, acupuncturists, and other health profes-sionals. We distribute Chinese patent medicines, bulk herbs, Sanjiu single herb extract powders, Long Hay Flat herb products, Evergreen Herbs products, Nature's Alchemy essential oils, and more. We have been recognized for our product quality and customer service by being listed in over 30 books as a supplier of Chinese herb products. Phone: 530-223-2346; E-mail: ; Web: www.eastearthtrade.com.
Evo2lution, Inc: A Florida Corporation that manufactures and dis-tributes high quality, cutting edge Oxygen-Aromatherapy systems in the well-being Industry. Clients reach a state of deep relaxation more quickly during the session and report feeling very energized, and alert the rest of the day following use. The effects of supplemental oxygen have been well documented; benefits include increased circulation, elevated mood, strengthened immune system, boosted energy and much more. Phone: 305-375-0508; www.evo2lution.com.
Get Healthy Again: Phone: 800-832-9755; Web: www.43Lac.com.
Ioba North America: Providing more than physical relief, 100% natural ioba oils are the ultimate rejuvenating therapy for healthier, softer and more youthful looking skin. Formulated in Switzerland to regulate moisture balance and rejuvenate skin, ioba contains more than 50% hemp seed oil (richest in EFAs and vitamin E), blended with jojoba, apricot kernel and over a dozen essential oils. Beautifully aromatic and non-greasy, ioba absorbs quickly while holding a smooth glide. ioba...for the ultimate massage! Phone: 877-462-2645; E-mail: ; Web: www.ioba.us.
strong>Mia Rose Products: Phone: 800-292-6339; Web: www.miarose.com.
Natural Wellness Centers of America: The NWC product line started in 1998. Founded by the naturopathic husband and wife team of John R Taylor N.D. and Marguerite G Taylor N.D. NWC specializes in whole food supplements, enzymes and probiotics as well as nutritional support for good health. NO synthetics, NO chemicals. All products utilize the L.E.A.D.S.® Live Enzyme Activated Delivery System® which is exclusive to NWC to insure nutrient delivery on a cellular basis. Phone: 888-207-3480; E-mail: ; Web: www.nwcproducts.com.
Natural Wellness® and The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies: Established in 1996, provide you with tools and ideas for personal and professional growth to benefit you and your clients. We offer gels, lotions, music, DVDs, videos, books, nutritional supplements, heat packs and therapeutic equipment. The Institute also provides over 28 home study Category A continuing education programs, which are accepted by the NCBTMB, ABMP, AMTA, Florida Board of Massage as well as most other state boards. FREE resource guide available. Phone: 800-364-5722; Web: www.naturalwellnessonline.com.
NuNaturals: We specialize in a complete line of Stevia products including the new SoooLite line standardized for Rebaudioside-A. Our diabetic line includes sweeteners that will not raise blood sugar levels as well as products that help manage blood sugar levels. NuNaturals also specializes in brain, sleep, relaxation and cold-flu formulas. Our products are available either direct from the company. NuNaturals, Helping To Keep You Well. Phone: 800-753-4372; E-mail: ; Web: www.nunaturals.com.
Nutriscan: Offer added value with NutriScan™ customized nutrition program. NutriScan makes over 3700 scientific decisions to create a supplement package for your client. NutriScan has no costs or inventory, and you receive 25% of your monthly gross sales. Additionally, a licensed doctor reviews all orders, eliminating your liability. NutriScan's retention rate is over 78%! Phone: 800-818-7170; E-mail: ; Web: www.nutriscanregistration.com.
Orenda International: Founded in January of 2002 by Ray Grimm, George Hall, Robert Hall. Orenda International is a Bio Technology company that develops manufactures and distributes Bio health products. Orenda International exists to lift people by helping them to discover and develop their innate power to enhance the quality of their health, their thoughts and their lives. Phone: 800-690-2024; E-mail: ; Web: www.orendainternational.com.
Oriental Medical Arts: Specializing in granulated Chinese herbs custom mixed to meet your client's specific needs. Dedicated to helping you and your clients achieve the highest quality of life by offering the best that Oriental Medicine has to offer. Dr. Takei currently works with practitioners from various healthcare modalities throughout the country in determining an accurate diagnosis for your client through phone consultations and then sends traditional Chinese herbal medicine to the practitioner to provide to the patient. Phone: 505-306-3155; E-mail: ; Web: www.omworks.net/drtakei.
Scents And Oils: Dolores is a Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. She has a website specifically dedicated to this art form. She is an independent Young Living Oils distributor and has partnered with several other companies to provide oils, workshops, software and an NCTMB accredited program available on CD for Massage Therapists. Phone: 239-826-6960; E-mail: ; Web: www.scentsandoils.com.
Seasilver®: Distributed by Total Nature, Independent Distributor, ID# N-1000-1438. Seasilver®is a whole food (plant-based) nutritional supplement with a proprietary formula of ingre-dients and proprietary processing techniques. Seasilver®works in perfect harmony with Nature. Seasilver® is, by design, the centerpiece of a Foundational Health Program. Phone: 800-773-6993; E-mail: ; Web: www.totalnature.com.
Spinal Touch Formulas: Supplies chiropractors and other health care professionals with high quality, natural, professional strength, supplements that are reasonably priced. Our products were formulated by chiropractors with expert knowledge in herbs, homeopathy, and Chinese medicine. Our product line takes a holistic approach to nutritional supplementation by providing necessary micronutrients the body needs to maintain good health. Phone: 800-421-5443; E-mail: ; Web: www.spinaltouchformulas.com.
Soylutions To Health, Inc.: Soylutions skin and body products are a line owned by a NCBTMB Massage Therapist who is an advocate of socially and environmentally responsible products, such as soy. Soylutions, (vegan friendly) is an organic soy and olive oil based skin care naturally filled with vitamin E as well as essential oils. Soy is a healing ingredient, nourishing the skin with antioxidants that repair dry damaged skin and prevent skin from the elements. Phone: 847-854-5434; E-mail: Web: www.soylutions.com.
TH Stone: Phone: 866-680-5149; Web: www.thstone.com.
United Pacific Manufacturing: Phone: 800-790-4888; Web: www.goacupuncture.com.
Young Living Essential Oils: Founded by Gary Young in 1993, Young Living Essential Oils is world renowned for exceptionally high-quality essential oils, dietary supplements, personal care products, and other unique solutions for healthy lifestyles. Is one of the world's leaders in the cultivation, distillation, and production of organically grown, guaranteed pure essential oils. Phone: 239-826-6960.
If your company offers products or services to the massage profession and you would like to be listed in "What Are My Choices," please contact Massage Today at 800-324-7758 or .
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