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TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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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