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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
Sollite: Color and Light Therapy
By Anthousa Helena, LMHC, LMT
Our bodies are composed of dynamic colors and light. Modern biophysics has confirmed that humans are made up of bone, muscle and tissue, as well as a body of energy consisting of quanta of light.Light is an actual substance moving with peculiar styles of vibrations according to the particular colors that compose it; at a rate of nearly 186,000 miles per second, it is easy to see that it must have great power.
Light and color are a frequency of energy that is based on wavelengths and cycles per second of electromagnetic vibration. This theory is in accord with the ancient mode of the Indian Vedas that declared the human being as part of a universal wavelength known as the electromagnetic field that includes all forms of life in nature. Noted spiritual author Georg Feuerstein stated that "Light is the principle underlying all manifestation; we, our bodies and our minds, are light."
Today quantum physicists have discovered that things are not solid and that all matter is "frozen light" substantiating that everything we experience is energetic in nature. On a cellular level, as electrons move and communicate from one atom to another, a spark of light is created called a photon proving that our cells speak to each other through light. The nerve ganglia all over the body may be reasonably likened to electric wires for conducting photons, collected by the skin and eyes, and distributed to all the internal organs and cells. Therefore, even our cellular health is dependent upon a state of equilibrium and an abundance of these life-giving photons. Based on scientific findings, medical science has shown that light stimulates, regulates and stabilizes our physiology.
As you can see, light is a major factor in our health and well-being. A lack of light can lead to ill health, which can cause an array of various mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. Photophilia and malillumination are two terms that medically refer to light starvation. Most of us have heard of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which creates a variety of symptoms due to lack of exposure to sunlight.
The powerful emanation of light from the sun contains life-creating and life-sustaining properties. Light therapy pioneer, Dr. John Ott, states, "Light is a nutrient much like food." The ultraviolet rays and full spectrum light from the sun are essential for the production of vitamin D which has a great affect on our nervous system, heart, liver, kidneys and the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus and hormone production.
Early researchers, such as Drs. Babbitt, Pleasanton, Ghadiali and Spitler, clinically found that colored lights applied to the skin have profound curative effects on bodily ailments; moreover, when applied through the eyes (ocular phototherapy), colored lights restore balance to the vital functioning brain centers of our body.
Whether the color is reflected in the form of a food, a light bulb, a painted wall, or the clothes we wear, they affect our moods and the way we react to others and interact with the world. Every color has its own individualized unique character traits and potencies. Each cell and tissue system is endowed with and vibrates with a predominate color. Since living things consist of light and color, they can absorb colors purposefully and specifically to bring balance, and facilitate healing on physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual levels. Let us look at the characteristics and attributes of the color green and how it affects us on all these levels.
Fact: Did you know that before the advent of antibiotics in the early 1930s, hospitals would paint the walls of the recovery rooms green for its healing properties known to quicken the reparative factors after surgery?
The color attributes for green are outlined as follows:
On a physical level:
On a psycho-emotional level, green assists in resolving issues related to:
Green on a spiritual level is associated with the Heart Center (Chakra):
Colors have opposite positions in the spectrum wheel or range of frequency within a wavelength. Each color has specific effects attributed to it and its use in healing purposes. A simple rule to follow is that colors either stimulate or sedate. An easy acronym to remember is ROYGBIV: red, orange, yellow are hot colors that stimulate; green is neutral; and blue, indigo, violet are cool colors that sedate. The color that has reverse attributes of another color is called its opposite and because of its opposition, has a unique effect when used together for balancing, attuning and awakening. Here are the basic colors and their opposites:
Green and magenta are the only two exceptions to the rule of opposition. They are dual aspects of the same frequency so they are somewhat like opposites - but not. Remember that green is in the middle of the spectrum and considered a neutral color. Magenta is like green for its quality as an equalizer; the difference being that since it is a higher frequency, it connects more with higher-self issues of clearing and connection than the density of the physical body and lower-self issues.
This marriage of higher self and lower self or union of Spirit and Matter is the function of the soul. You are the instrument, the channel, and the vehicle for your soul-light. Your soul is your Essence of the Infinite Divine within that fills you and flows through you as your life force. In the presence of your Soul, the light has free passage for all obstacles to be energetically transformed back to its original perfection of health.
Without your soul-light fully expressing, most of what runs our lives are mental constructs, accumulated blockages, fears, karmic binds, ego illusions, and seemingly inescapable traps of limiting beliefs and patterns. The soul does not experience fear, lack, loss, illness, etc.; it only knows unconditional love, joy, abundance, light and health. Our soul is our healer!
This concept is working "out of the box," out of the realm of the limitations of the mind. The infinite awareness that is within all of us and is really our true selves can assist you and your clients from the inside out. We are whom we have been waiting for. The battle between ego and soul for dominion over the human life is over. We are spiritual beings experiencing a human existence. Turn wholeheartedly to the Light within yourself and then share that with everyone that crosses your path. You will be amazed at the healing that takes place.
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