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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
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.
September, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 09
Are You a Passenger on the Train to Success?
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
Success is a learning process, and there are steps you can take to ensure you're moving toward it. Sadly, many people miss the train to success. They're too busy standing along the tracks, watching it pass them by, perhaps waiting for it to hit them.
Personal and professional success won't just happen to you.You can't just snap your fingers and create it. It's a process for nearly everyone. Like a life-long train ride, you get on-board your train of desire - stopping at each destination to gather new skills to achieve your current goal - then hopping back on board your train bound for the next goal. Hopefully, you're taking the time to look out the window and enjoy the scenery! Sadly, many people miss the train to success. They're too busy standing along the tracks, watching it pass them by, perhaps waiting for it to hit them!
Success is a learning process, and there are steps you can take to ensure you're moving toward it. Here are four simple steps used by the most successful multi-millionaires that you can apply, to create your own success:
1. What you think about and focus on becomes your reality.
Focus your thoughts on achieving success and be specific with your goals. You become what you think about all day. Are you monitoring your thoughts? You must think big, for the size of your belief is directly proportional to the size of your success. If you think pennies, you create pennies. If you think dollars, you create dollars. Likewise, if you focus on what is lacking in your life, you'll attract more of it. It's just as easy to have big plans and dreams as it is to have small ones. Donald Trump once said, "If I'm going to be thinking anyway, I may as well think BIG!"
2. The people you interact with most determine a large percentage of your success.
Who are the people you spend the most time with? What about their success goals and values? Do they even have any? Start surrounding yourself with successful, positive people. Join a mastermind group. You'll find success-minded people at business and personal development seminars. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious and you'll learn much from them.
3. The books you read can help or hinder your success.
Replace the murder mystery and romance novels with books that help you develop personal and professional success skills. The best times to read are immediately upon waking and just before bedtime. Your subconscious mind is most open to suggestion at these times. Read inspirational literature or books related to the field you are passionate about.
If you're not much of a book reader, listen to motivational CDs in your car. The average person spends between 500 to 1,000 hours per year in their car. Listening to motivational CDs while driving also will make you a happier, calmer driver. That benefits everyone!
4. Celebrate your successes.
Whether your accomplishments are small or large, make sure to celebrate them. As children, we are receptive to receiving rewards for our accomplishments. As we grow older, we tend to move from each goal achievement to the next desired goal on our list, without acknowledging and celebrating our successes. This type of pattern diminishes our motivation to succeed. Re-activate your motivation by stopping to celebrate every one of your accomplishments. The bigger the accomplishment, the bigger the celebration.
The type of person who succeeds is one who wants more money, more freedom and a greater lifestyle, but also is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams. If you're going to be successful, you must have the desire to succeed. So, get on that train! Have you purchased your train ticket yet?
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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