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The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
It's All About Me!
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Being editor of Massage Today is not without perquisites. I get to do lots of fun things! I get to talk to most of the real "movers and shakers" in the world of integrated health.I socialize, banter (and even argue) with the leaders of the massage therapy profession. I regularly hear from those who support, or wish to support our profession, and enjoy experiencing all these activities through the filter of being a professional massage therapist. I recently was fortunate to participate in a golf tournament held by Scrip Massage and Spa Supply. I flew to Peoria, Ill., to join a massage team in the tournament. I was joined by Massage Today contributors/columnists Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Steve Capellini and Mike McGillicuddy. While our intentions were pure and our efforts unsurpassed, our incredible lack of skill led us to earn last place in the tournament. But, there's more to life than golf.
One of the highlights of my trip to Peoria was a tour of the Scrip facility. Scrip's President, Rob Cooper, explained the functions and operations of each of the departments as we walked. I particularly was taken by the warehouse loaded floor-to-ceiling with products waiting to be picked and shipped to consumers, as the shear volume of products was most impressive. As we were returning from the warehouse floor, it came to me that I was seeing more than just another man's business - I was seeing a business that was there for me. More than 70 people in this facility alone were toiling each workday; earning paychecks, supporting their families and communities - all for me! All those warehouse men selecting and shipping orders, customer service reps taking orders, customer care reps explaining how to use products, business infrastructure personnel like accounting, information technology, marketing - all there for me! (Of course this is a "group me" that includes all of us who perform massage.)
Shortly after my trip to Peoria, I was in Albuquerque, N.M., to attend the Annual Convention of the American Massage Therapy Association. My revelation about businesses being there for me was enhanced as I walked through the trade show that included more than 140 exhibitors. All of them were there for me! Just think about that - 140 business entities gathered in one location and dedicated to seeing to it that my business needs are met. Wandering up and down the trade show aisles made me proud to be a massage therapist. Booth after booth of educators, table and chair manufacturers, purveyors of attire, essential oils, skin lubricants, table warmers, nutritional products, books and professional publications, ancillary massage tools, business software and more were all there for me!
One thing that invariably makes me sad is hearing an otherwise talented, heart-centered, effective person in society say that they are "only a massage therapist." "Only" is a very poor choice of words to describe a massage therapist. An entire industry is thriving because you and I are massage therapists. While some percentage of those 140 businesses in Albuquerque were national in scope, many were there because it was convenient for them to get to Albuquerque. Nationwide there literally are thousands of local, regional and national businesses there just to support me! These businesses not only want me to have the best products and tools to do my job, they want to help me to whatever extent possible to do my job better! Their success is dependant on mine. They want me to succeed. They need me to succeed! As much as I am there for my clients, these businesses are there for me.
You and I are very special people. Not only do our clients recognize our skills as important parts of their lives, and not only do our families and friends count on us for financial and social support, but all these businesses also recognize us as crucial to their ability to sustain growth. We get great benefits from all of them. These are perquisites that we all share.
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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