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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
September, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 09
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By Editorial Staff
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online.Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or regular mail to:
Return of the Rub Club
I wish I had read your article a year ago ("Rub Club Creator Rubs Wrong Way," August 2004: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/08/04.html). I just got out of a bad situation with a chiropractor here in town doing the Rub Club. I lived on about $150-$200 a week for one year. I kept thinking it would get better. This man has no business sense, no idea how to advertise, no idea how to deal with other people. Oh, he is good to his clients, but last week I went in to get my pay and he said it would be the last check. The contract was not up yet. Anyway, long story short, I am glad to be rid of him. But he has done some rather unethical things since that day. I guess my point is: Thanks for getting the word out. Maybe others won't have to deal with what I have.
Response to the July 2005 Massage Poll
I am rather embarrassed to be one to the 63.9% who are not involved in any political process regarding massage therapy. Now that I think of it, that may not be correct, as I do advocate changes/updates to the city's ordinances where I practice and have undertaken policing the Yellow Pages in my metro area, often in vain attempts to keep nontherapeutic ads out of the massage heading of the phone book.
I actually am quite intrigued and rather interested in the article which I believe prompted your poll question for this issue. I will be following the evolution of the New Organization closely. [Editor's note: Read "New Organization Formed to Benefit Massage Therapy," July 2005 issue: www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/07/01.html.] I believe it is doable and that could/would help to unify our profession. While there are numerous issues to address undertaking something of this scope, I believe addressing reciprocity would be greatly appreciated and perhaps better accepted if done in the right manner.
Thank you for bringing this news to us. I enjoy reading your publication both online and when the hard copy arrives. I share it with the therapists who work with me.
Look forward to more on the new organization.
More Hours in Anatomy and Physiology
Let me start by saying that I am a chiropractic physician and have employed massage therapists as employees, independent contractors and as leasors of space, depending upon the therapist's desire. As a health care professional, I demand and expect a very high level of competency and proficiency in another when I entrust my patients' care to them. I expect that this professional can accomplish what is asked of them and understand the terminology and reasoning behind what is being asked of them. I would not tolerate for one second having to dumb down my instructions to a layman's level.
For example, if I wanted the quatratus lumborum, piriformis and obturator internis stripped from origin to insertion dynamically, that is all the instruction I should have to give to this professional therapist. I should not have to break it down any further, show them on a chart or their own body where these tissues are and explain origin and insertion to them. Nor should I have to be concerned about the therapist damaging the nerve and vascular tissues in the area because a complete knowledge of these tissues should be possessed by this professional. Nor would I tolerate a therapist who did what they "felt" was the right thing to do after having been instructed. The professional should discuss with the referring party their ideas or "feelings" about the treatment, but ultimately the decision is for the one in charge of the care. I personally would never refer my patients to a therapist who has not had extensive A and P training or time in a cadaver lab. Only one of the schools in my area provides this level of education and graduates from this school are the only ones I will entrust my patients to. If I cannot find this level of competency and proficiency in a therapist, then I do the work myself, because yes, I was trained in it in my college and CEUs. So, as far as my humble opinion goes - yes, more hours in anatomy and physiology, please.
Rick L. Curtis
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