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Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
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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