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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.
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.
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.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
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.
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.
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!
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 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?
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Let Them Eat Chemicals!
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Happy Thanksgiving (a few weeks in advance)!
Our allopathic colleagues dreamed up professional regulation for health care providers. Funded by John D. Rockefeller, the oil monopolist, the American Medical Association (AMA) was founded and set out as its principal objective to attain and defend a total monopoly over the practice of medicine.State licensing was the weapon of choice. The AMA is a carefully and deliberately organized trade lobby with the purpose of eliminating or controlling competition from other health care disciplines and promoting the myth that allopathy is the only effective means of health care. This still is its purpose today, although it has taken such language out of the AMA Charter.
Most drugs and chemicals are made from or with petroleum; hence the term, "petrochemical industry," which covers the pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial and defense chemical companies. Many of these companies make all the mentioned categories of products, such as Bayer. Rockefeller realized it was in the oil cartel's interest to establish chemicals as the primary form of health care and the allopaths were willing to be the delivery agents.
Professional regulation, which amounts to a government-granted license, is effectively a government-granted monopoly. No one is able to perform the service without the government license. The power of the state can be brought to bear on anyone who dares to do something similar to the granted monopoly. The profession gets the government to be its hatchet man. Never has the public stormed the legislature demanding professional regulation for any profession. It's always the profession that wants regulation, because it wants the monopoly. Licensure is not for the good or the safety of the public. That is a complete myth or "doublespeak," but it sounds so good. The AMA created professional health care licensing to protect MDs from the public and to gain a monopoly over health care. After all, allopathic medicine is the leading cause of death in the U.S. today and always has been right up there, so the MDs needed a license to kill without responsibility. They got it through licensing.
To ensure their monopoly and their incomes, they reduced the number of medical schools in the U.S. from more than 600 to only 50 and made the remaining 50 extremely exclusive and expensive. This guarantees there never will be too many doctors and limits who can become one. I will explain the protection/disciplinary process in future articles, along with scope of practice and why massage therapists need state licensing.
I am sure this is causing considerable cognitive dissonance with many of you, and some may think I am just being cynical; however, this is not so. Having been involved with massage licensing legislation for more than 20 years and the chair of a state regulatory board for five years, I assure you I have a thorough understanding of that which I write.
I will write more next year. You need to understand this, as a mess has been made of our profession's attempt at licensing and it needs to be cleaned up. Few understand licensing and most of the people passing laws obviously don't. Until more people understand how the system really works and why we need to "fix" most massage laws, they will burden us instead of protect us.
Pass the Viruses
In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a viral cocktail as a food additive. Live viruses will be sprayed on foods such as cold cuts, sausages, hot dogs, sliced turkey and chicken to protect us from Listeria bacteria. Listeria gets into meat products when poor sanitary standards exist in meat processing facilities. Now, meat processors can be as sloppy as they want and just spray the meat with live viruses we get to eat. Yummy.
It will be on the labels, most of the time. Watch for this: "bacteriophage preparation" or "beef steak treated with an antimicrobial solution to reduce microorganisms." Of course, restaurants will post this conspicuously. Do you suppose these bacteria-killing live viruses, once ingested, might still be hungry and figure out a way to attack the friendly bacteria in our digestive system? Visit www.newswithviews.com/Richards/byron7.htm for more information.
The FDA is another double-speak arm of the government. Of course, its claimed purpose is to protect us from dangerous foods and drugs. It has a pretty sad track record of that. It's quite clear the current political agenda has been to promote American biotech companies as the new future for American prosperity. Administrative opinions have trumped science in virtually every situation wherein safety conflicts with profit. The FDA acts to foster profits for biotech companies and the growth of the biotech industry. This is a betrayal of the public trust.
Further, it seems the Bayer Corporation has created mutant rice, gene-spliced so it can survive being sprayed with the powerful herbicide glufosinate. Somehow - no one admits how, but it was no accident - this Frankenrice has made it into the U.S. long-grain rice supply. Bayer itself admits this stuff is "unfit for commerce." Will the USDA order a recall of all possibly contaminated rice supplies and rice foods (cereal, beer, baby foods, etc.)? No, they are working with Bayer to fast track "market approval" Why? It will shield Bayer from the potential liability. We have the best politicians and bureaucrats money can buy. For more on this topic, visit www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_2159.cfm.
We will need new wonder drugs to combat the new biotech-caused infections. Americans will be kept sick for profit. The sickness-driven biotech industry and its delivery agents (corporate agribusiness) will make people sick on the front end and the allopaths (MDs and hospitals) will treat them on the back end. That's the allopathic way. Until we change the focus from sickness to wellness, this will continue. That is why I advocate being the alternative, not becoming one of the co-conspirators.
Oh, this is about massage. Diseases and drugs often cause visceral somatic reactions. A classic case is Lipitor causing muscle aches you're going to have a tough time rubbing away. The deliberate degradation of the food supply with GMOs and live viruses is going to show up as neuromuscular and other complaints. It also can affect the health of massage therapists, so we all need to be aware this is going on. Massage is about health, good health, and achieving wellness. There is no good health without good nutrition.
This is my last column for 2006. I'll be back in January 2007. I want to thank all of you who read and support this column, and even those of you who don't support this column. Happy Holidays to everyone and remember, there is a bigger reason for this season than shopping.
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