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Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
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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