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Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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, 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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