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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.
The Life & Legacy of James Sigafoose, DC (1933-2014)
Surrounded by his family and closest friends, Dr. James M. Sigafoose passed away quietly on Thursday, July 3, 2014. With his wife of 60 years, Patsy, along with his children, Tina, Daun, Kieth, Selina and Carey – all chiropractors – at his side.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
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!
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.
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
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.
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.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
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?
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.
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.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07
Beyond the Dura Marks The Upledger Institute's 20th Birthday
By Editorial Staff
Beyond the Dura, a biannual international research conference sponsored by The Upledger Foundation, was held in Jupiter Beach, Fla., Apr. 27 - May 1, 2005. The ninth Beyond the Dura Conference was themed "Unlocking a World of Possibilities in Integrative Healthcare."
Massage Today columnist John E.Upledger, DO, OMM, president and founder of The Upledger Institute (UI) and Upledger Foundation said, "In the 18 years since Beyond the Dura first captured the attention of innovation-minded health care practitioners, a revolution in thought processes has occurred regarding the care and treatment of the human body. In that time, we have seen the scales of health care tip noticeably in the direction of natural, whole-body solutions." He further encouraged participants in Beyond the Dura 2005 by stating, "I hope you will be inspired to keep growing and exploring. The future of health care depends on it. The quality of life of our patients and clients depends on it."
Dr. John's son, John Matthew Upledger, president and CEO of The Upledger Institute, Inc., beams when speaking about the accomplishments over the last two decades. He mentions that from humble beginnings with just a handful of people on staff, the Institute has grown to more than 75 onsite staff members, plus more than 2,000 instructors, teaching assistants and workshop facilitators worldwide. UI also has satellite offices and affiliates on six of the seven continents. In fact, therapists in attendance at the celebration hailed from Russia, Portugal, Netherlands, England, Iceland, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Denmark, Israel, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Italy, and the Bahamas.
"At the beginning, our biggest challenge was simply creating awareness of the existence and benefits of CranioSacral Therapy," he said. "Now, 20 years later, our challenge is quite different. Creating an accepted medical modality and doing it right requires a great deal of careful growth management. CranioSacral Therapy has gained so much popularity and acceptance that many people also want to put their own spin on it. A lot of our work involves educating people about what is and what is not CST, so practitioners and the public are informed and protected."
When asked about some of the milestones in UI's 20 years, John Matthew is quick to point out the creation of the nonprofit Upledger Foundation in 1987, which was established by Dr. John to develop and provide ability-to-pay patient care and research into new therapeutic applications that enhance health and well-being. He also mentions:
At Beyond the Dura 2005, Massage Today learned how beautifully massage therapy integrates with CranioSacral Therapy. According to UI, blending the two has a powerful, synergistic effect that can open up a client's system and allow deep healing to take place. For instance, massage can open up the soft tissues while CST can release dural tube restrictions. Together they get the fluids flowing through unrestricted avenues, which often have a much stronger cumulative effect than if you used only one modality or the other.
The celebration was capped by a Roaring 20s-themed dinner/dance, which allowed attendees to share in The Upledger Institute's pride in accomplishment. For more information about The Upledger Institute, visit www.upledger.com.
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