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Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
Hurricane Relief Efforts Reach Gulf Region
By Editorial Staff
It's been about two months since Hurricane Katrina ripped through Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, leaving nothing but devastation in its wake. Right on the heels of this Category 5 monster came Katrina's evil twin, Hurricane Rita.Just when this region could take no more, Rita put Texas in its sites and re-flooded areas in the Gulf Coast that had just become dry.
As with previous national disasters, the massage community came together to offer its resources, its time and its finances to help those most affected rebuild. The heartbreaking stories of loss came pouring from the region and the massage community answered quickly with a variety of fundraisers, Web sites and volunteers who headed into the region to help victims and rescue workers.
Massage Today created a Web page solely designed for massage practitioners who want to take in a displaced massage therapist and/or help them find temporary massage work. To post a message, visit http://displacedtherapists.massagetoday.com.
The Carolina Emergency Response Massage Team (CERMT) and Emergency Response Massage International (ERMI) went to Gulfport, Miss. and will be rotating teams in on a weekly basis until December. If any therapist is interested in helping with the Katrina massage relief effort, contact Doug E. Rasmusson, LBMT, at or (828) 215-9195.
The Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals has developed a comprehensive section of its Web site devoted to information and volunteer opportunities related to both recent hurricanes. Links are provided with information about Hurricane Katrina and the continuing efforts in the Gulf coast, Hurricane Rita and the efforts in Texas, various fundraisers around the country, the spa community's efforts, healing touch for animals affected by these disasters as well as information about how to reach the Red Cross. For more information about these opportunities, visit www.abmp.com/home/katrinaopportunities.html.
At its national convention in Albuquerque, N.M. in September 2005, the American Massage Therapy Association developed a Hurricane Katrina Massage Therapist Relief Plan. At the convention, members donated more than $3,000 as an initial contribution through the New Mexico chapter toward a national plan to help offset national dues and chapter fees for members in the affected areas. AMTA National will match the funds raised through this chapter program up to $50,000. AMTA also is coordinating a Practitioner Member Rebuilding Kit that includes basic equipment and supplies to help members whose practices were destroyed. AMTA also is offering free resume postings for members and nonmembers. If you have an opening for a massage therapist or you are a member from the affected area, you can post your information at www.amtamassage.org/AMTA-CareerCenter/.
SpaFinder.com also created a Web site to help those seeking, as well as those offering help. People from New York to California and everywhere in between posted offers of jobs, houses and relocation help to those looking to pick up the pieces. If you are interested in posting to this site, visit www.spas-helping-spas.com.
The Gulf Coast region will need help for months to come as they clean up the mess left behind by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. If you want to lend a helping hand, check these sites, as well as others such as the Red Cross, FEMA and the Salvation Army, to see if there is something you can do to help those in these devastated areas.
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