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Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
December, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 12
Word Watchers: Putting Your Vocabulary on a Diet
By Cary Bayer
In this column, I have previously talked about the conscious use of affirmations to help you, as a massage therapist, expand the ways you think. This is vital and wise if you want to truly prosper.After all, as Norman Vincent Peale, who taught the world how to think positively, said: "Change your thoughts and you change your world." It's just as wise, however, to change your speech. If you want to lose weight, watch what you eat; if you want to prosper, watch what you say. Think of this kind of conscious attention to your speech as "Word Watchers."
Speaking of eating, you've been told that you are what you eat. This explains why some people are hotdogs; others are hams; and still others, couch potatoes. If you've eaten out in Jamaican restaurants, you have, no doubt, also run across your share of "jerks."
Two thousand years ago, people asked Jesus what they should eat and what they should drink. His reply surprised them then, as it still does today: "...not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man" (Matthew 15:11). If some of the following words come out of your mouth, isn't it time to stop letting your speech bring you down? Remember: What holds you back also holds back the number of massages you do - and that holds back the amount of money that you bring in.
I have been a life coach to dozens of massage therapists over the past few years and have heard them speak regularly in ways that are highly dis-empowering. But this is not just specific to massage therapists - the general population does it all the time. It just happens that massage therapists are, by nature, a great deal more sensitive than the average person, and they can correct their behavior more quickly and easily. (Also, as a massage therapist who helps people rejuvenate and come into greater balance, you have a greater responsibility to help people maintain a more conscious lifestyle.)
Fearing a layoff at her husband's job, a part-time massage therapist in a recent class of mine said that she was "waiting for the other shoe to drop." Another massage therapist started a sentence with the phrase, "With my luck..." - implying that since his is so bad, there is no chance his desires will ever be realized. Another called herself "a credit card junkie."
Whew! Can you see how talk like that sets your progress back big time? Someone who speaks this way repels money and prosperity. Who wants to be massaged by a junkie or someone waiting for shoes to drop? Your words are heard by the subconscious part of your mind and are taken literally, even if you speak them in an exaggerated or humorous way. Let me repeat that: Your words are taken literally by the subconscious part of your mind.
Don't get me wrong. I love humor more than the next guy - and I know first hand how valuable it is. I use it regularly in teaching, and I have worked as a professional comedy writer and comedian. But make sure that when you use humor, it's not to dis-empower yourself in a self-deprecating manner. Your words are also messages broadcast throughout the universe; make sure that the messages you send out are consistent with your higher Self, not your "lower" self.
The following expressions are from the lower self. If you speak in a similar way, I encourage you to eliminate those words from your vocabulary. You'll be glad you did.
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