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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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
AOBTA National Convention "Fires Up" San Francisco
By Debra Howard, AOBTA
Nearly 200 members and friends gathered "round the fire" for a "cracklin' good time" at the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) National Convention at the Radisson Miyako Hotel in Japantown, San Francisco.AOBTA represents Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) and Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABTs) and is the largest membership organization of Asian medicine practitioners in the U.S. The convention theme, "Healing with Fire: Love, Laughter, Heart," echoed throughout the Shen*-inspiring presentation, Jan 14-17, 2005. Many reported feeling the glow long after the party ended!
Pre-convention events included board and committee meetings, as well as an Item Writing Workshop presented by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Cherie Sohnen-Moe gave AOBTA Council of Schools and Programs (COSP) members many helpful hints in her course, "Does Anyone Know You're There?", and held another great class for ABTs titled, "Marketing From Your Heart."
The Welcome Breakfast and National Member Meeting were even more lively with the attendance of NCCAOM representatives, including new CEO Kory Ward-Cook. NCCAOM surprised AOBTA members with a donation in recognition of the support that AOBTA has had for them through the years. Other special guests included several board members of the National Qigong Association (NQA), including new President Michael DeMolina.
A selection of outstanding instructors from California to the United Kingdom helped bring the global ABT community together. Swami Beyondananda offered his particular brand of humor as keynote speaker; his alter ego, Steve Bhaerman, gave a class titled "The Art of Fun Shui: Comedy as a Healing Art" that had everyone grinning from ear to ear. Instructors from the U.K. were Carola Beresford-Cooke, author of Shiatsu Theory and Practice, and Suzanne Yates, author of Shiatsu for Midwives. Cooke offered awesome courses in "Shiatsu for Joints and Structure" and "Menopause: Gateway of Change," while Yates gave amazing courses in "The Uterus and the Extraordinary Vessels in Pregnancy" and "The Demystification of Pregnancy - Practical Techniques and Common Conditions."
Drs. Harriet Beinfeld, Efrem Korngold, Michael Reed Gach, Richard Gold, Roger Jahnke, Jerry Alan Johnson and DoAnn Kaneko, and Junji Mitzutani, Tina Sohn and Iona Marsaa Teeguarden rounded out the presenter list. Each taught from their hearts and added their own incredible and special touch to the convention.
Pamela Ferguson spearheaded the wonderful CI (Certified Instructor) Sandbox, a chance for experienced instructors to share some of their helpful hints with colleagues. Pam and I, along with Barbra Esher, John f. [sic] Johnston, Gayl Hubatch, Deborah Valentine Smith and Jan Ste Germaine presented 10 minutes each to share various innovations we use in our classes and programs. This, followed by a lively question and answer session, made for a great "sandbox" experience.
Banquet attendees were treated to a special tai chi demonstration by Roger Jahnke, and the national awards presentations, which included a birthday celebration honoring Toshiko Phipps, longtime AOBTA supporter and honorary board member, who had the foresight to turn 85 at just the right time. The President's Award went to Barbra Esher for her many years of outstanding service to AOBTA and the ABT profession. She gave another rousing post-convention workshop of her famous exam review for those preparing to take the NCCAOM ABT Exam.
Attendees were wowed by the entire event. You could start with qigong in the morning, have two amazing classes throughout the day, shop a bit in the exhibit hall, eat incredible food, hang out with some awesome folks, get your books signed, and wind it all up with dinner and dancing with great friends.
The next AOBTA convention will be held late summer 2006, so start planning now!
*Shen, from Chinese Medicine, is similar to the American ideas of consciousness and self-awareness, and is often translated as "spirit." The Heart, which is related to the Shen, laughter, and love, is related to the Fire Phase, the convention's theme.
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