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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
News in Brief
By Editorial Staff
More Massage for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Students in the massage therapy program at Western College in Cerritos, Calif., are the latest to "lend their hands" to the cast and crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE).The students arrived at the demolition site with tables and chairs, Feb. 17, 2005, and quickly got to work giving massages, while occasionally taking some time out to joke with the show's cast and crew members, Michael Moloney (interiors/glamour) and Ed Sanders (construction), and team leader, Ty Pennington, who was treated to a table massage by student Precious Harris.
"It was a wonderful experience for the students and instructors to see transformation about to happen for two families..." said a Western College press release. "It was exciting...knowing that we [were] able to give back or help individuals in need." The show, which profiled the Leomiti and Higgins families, aired March 27.
Student volunteers included Phillishia Addison, Michele Ayala, Angela Campos, Daniel Cobarrubio, Precious Harris, Ralph Meza and Antone Murray. Massage therapy instructor Lance Followell and Program Director Cindy Castro supervised.
Massage Industry Professionals Gather to Discuss Education Standards
On March 12, 2005, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) hosted a meeting to discuss developing baseline education standards for the massage therapy profession. Invited to the event by AMTA were representatives from 15 AMTA chapters, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and several AMTA Council of School members, including Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Downeast School of Massage, Muscular Therapy Institute, Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Health Works Institute, Georgia Career Institute and Lakeside School of Massage Therapy.
According to a press release issued by the AMTA, the meeting was the result of previous discussions with the NCBTMB, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and other USDE-recognized accrediting agencies. Meeting attendees ultimately determined that there is "no thorough, comprehensive scope of practice for the field and that the body of knowledge needed to practice is not consistent or articulated.
"Based on a consensus of the group," the AMTA press release said, "AMTA's Board of Directors agreed that AMTA will serve as the catalyst for a larger industry meeting designed to develop a plan for the creation of a massage therapy body of knowledge, to include core terminology, scope of practice and baseline competencies."
According to a separate press release issued by COMTA, the discussion "represented a call to action for COMTA to make the standards and accreditation process more accessible and user friendly."
Although COMTA concedes in its press release that "It is true schools do not necessarily need accreditation to do a great job of educating future massage and bodywork practitioners," it concluded that "schools may choose to engage in the personal and professional development offered through a formalized supportive process and a method for promoting quality assurance to potential students and their future clients, which is the foundation for accreditation."
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