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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
November, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 11
Massage Therapy Foundation Holds First Research Conference
By Editorial Staff
Approximately 170 people attended the Massage Therapy Foundation's first research conference, "Highlighting Massage Therapy in CAM Research," in Albuquerque, N.M. from Sept. 22 through Sept.27 at the Albuquerque Convention Center and the Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town. The conference was the first of its kind and was supported by corporate donations as well as a grant (No. 1R13 AT002193-01A1) from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Keynote speakers included Trish Dryden, M.Ed., RMT, (Nurturing a Culture of Professionalism and Inquiry: Our Journey Towards Research Literacy and Capacity) the coordinator of the Centre for Applied Research at Centennial College in Toronto; Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, FRCP, (Evidence-Based Massage Therapy) the founder and editor-in-chief of two medical journals (Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies and Perfusion); Richard Nahim, PhD, MPH, (Researching Massage Therapy: The NCCAM Perspective) NCCAM's Senior Advisor for Scientific Coordination and Outreach; and James L. Oschman, PhD, (Alternative Methods for Researching Complementary and Alternative Integrative Medicine) the author of more than 30 research papers and two books. The conference also featured 35 workshops, panel discussions and research presentations, along with 23 poster presentations.
The workshops and panel discussions gave attendees an opportunity to see the practice of massage along with the research aspects of the profession. The workshops included such topics as, "The Challenges and Rewards of Conducting Research Projects in the Massage School Environment," led by Elaine Calenda, Academic Dean of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy; "Understanding Qualitative Research" by Martha Brown Menard, PhD, CMT; "Writing for Publication: Understanding the World of Academic Books and Peer Reviewed Journals" by Leon Chaitow, ND, DO; and "Massage Therapy: An Examination of the Contextual Model" led by Christopher Moyer, MA.
"The Foundation is very pleased with the favorable responses from attendees at the Highlighting conference. There were over 170 people in attendance; the presentations were exciting and the opportunities to have the research and practitioner communities talking and working together were plentiful," said Foundation president John Balletto. "Planning and executing a conference like this takes enormous financial and volunteer resources. The Foundation Board of Trustees will carefully evaluate the possibility of repeating this landmark event for the profession."
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