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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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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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