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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 08
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
There are multiple reasons to take a class or workshop as continuing education. Sometimes the motivation is simply to accumulate points for some organizational or licensing requirement. Sometimes the motivation comes from having heard that some instructor or course is particularly "great." Both can be factors, but will serve you better if you give yourself time and space for a bit of planning. Training serves best when it is put to early use that moves it toward experience.
The first part of what makes a class a good match for you should come from self-reflection about your current practice. Think about things you may have started doing in the recent past, simply because your mix of clients or practice context has changed. If there are techniques or areas of knowledge that you are using but don't feel comfortable with, you've just identified a class you should find. Look for an instructor or teaching group that can fill in and smooth out these areas. One clue for you is that a potential instructor should be able to clearly state how what he/she offers will reinforce your skills and knowledge in your weak areas. If the instructor can't do that, look elsewhere.
Compare what you are offering in your practice now and what you would like to be offering a few years from now. Literally visualize yourself in that role, moving through your day. Confirm that your activities and place feel right for who you are or want to become. Create a transition plan that identifies the steps you need to take to acquire new skills and knowledge, and turn them incrementally into solid experience. Now you have a path and a catalog to guide your course shopping.
The second part of what should draw you toward a class has to do with learning itself. Some recent research on the process of learning has looked at what makes particular video games popular and what occurs as people learn to play them.1-2 One concept that came out of this research was that students prosper when the subject matter challenges them right at the edge of their abilities. Make the lessons too difficult and the students get frustrated. Make them too easy and people get bored. Further concepts noted that practicing new forms of visual and kinesthetic perception literally enhances the ability to perceive, whatever the starting point. A final observation was that, while initially a lot of attention and effort was required, mastery, taking as little as a month to occur, brought a quieting of the brain as measured by the rate of glucose use.
Applying the thoughts above, look for material that challenges you step by step but doesn't confound you. Make sure that the step-in ability is based on where you are currently and equally - that it is indeed a step outside of your current comfort area. Look for presenters who draw you in, include you, and challenge your participation. Look for those whose joy of teaching reaches toward your own joy of learning and doing. Enjoy the process in its challenges to your mind and body skills, and cherish where, with a bit of planning, it can take you.
Oddly enough, then, confronting what was, for me, a new form of learning and thinking was both frustrating and life enhancing. This was a state that I could remember from my days in graduate school and earlier in my career (and when I changed careers midstream). Having long routinized my ways of learning and thinking, however, I had forgotten this state. It brought back home to me, forcefully, that learning is or should be both frustrating and life enhancing so that people keep going and don't fall back on learning and thinking only what is simple and easy."1
Click here for previous articles by Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB.
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