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The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
AMTA Meets in Music City, USA
By Editorial Staff
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2004 National Convention was held Oct. 6-9, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville, which is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, B.B. King, and other American music icons, was an especially suitable backdrop considering the convention's theme, "Harmonize Our Body's Song," and the myriad continuing education offerings available to "fine tune" every massage therapists' skills.
This year's continuing education workshops were particularly diverse in scope, and allowed for the wide interest of our profession.Some titles, to illustrate the breadth of choice, were "Sounding the Liquid Body," "Painting with Love," "Fijian Massage," "Treating Frozen Shoulder Syndrome," and "Managed Care - Is It For Me?"
All workshops were offered to meet the interests, ethics or skill needs of practicing massage therapists. The convention provided both personal and professional opportunities for education, networking and socialization.
A large number of companies supporting the industry were in the "Exhibit Marketplace," allowing attendees to discover current products and services supportive of the success of their own businesses.
At the convention's business meeting, AMTA Executive Director Elizabeth Lucas provided an overview of the state of the association and profession, highlighting the association's desires for massage legislation and consensus building. AMTA President Laurel Freeman recognized the many volunteers and staff that made the convention, as well as the previous year, a success for AMTA.
Among the many professionals recognized for their contributions, the most notable included convention co-chair Glenath Moyle who received the National Meritorious Award; past National President Elliot Greene who received the Distinguished Service Award; and Leon Chaitow, DO, ND, who received the President's Award. Freeman also introduced visiting dignitaries and guests from around the world who were present to attend the convention.
For many, the highlight of the convention was the keynote address by Rachel Naomi Reman, MD. Among a long list of professional and personal accomplishments, Dr. Reman is founder and director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, a professional development program for graduate physicians who wish to develop a greater personal capacity for empathy, compassion, understanding and communication.
This master storyteller's address, "The Will to Live and Other Mysteries," had attendees alternately laughing and in tears as she led them to explore, via vignettes of her own life, the dimension of mystery in our work. She concluded by singing a duet with her associate, singer/songwriter Christie McCarthy, that seemed most appropriate for the meeting location, the Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
The AMTA National Convention is held annually; the 2005 convention is scheduled for Sept. 21-24, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For more information, visit www.amtamassage.org.
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