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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.
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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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 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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
A new year is here. I hope you had a joyous season and sold lots of gift certificates! In my previous column, I pointed out that professional regulation, the fancy term for licensure, is not really for the good or safety of the public, but for the good of the regulated profession.The public never has demanded regulation of a profession; it's always the profession that asks for it.
The professions want the monopoly and the other favors granted by the state, so they do what they must to get the legislators to grant them. Legislators will grant almost anything for enough campaign contributions or perceived support. This is why the medical lobbies are more successful in legislative efforts than the alternative disciplines. It's all about money in politics. Notice the DCs have become quite influential lately? They have quite a bit of money now, too. Interestingly, they now are often lobbying against good licensing laws for massage therapists or lobbying for bad ones. How quickly they forgot their own struggle to gain licensure and now want to pull the ladder up behind themselves or gain control over another profession. The AMA model and attitude is contagious, I guess.
Everyone says regulation is for the safety of the public, especially the public health bureaucrats who administer the laws. Some actually believe it. They don't think and discern enough to see through the propaganda. There always is "doublespeak" in government, like the "anti-cloning bill" in Missouri that legalized cloning, the Medical Privacy Act that made your records available to just about anyone but you and your family, and my favorite, the Paperwork Reduction Act that created more forms than ever. The public wouldn't stand for this stuff if it were accurately named and simply written. Laws are written carefully and deliberately. The authors know exactly what they are creating and why, except in our profession.
Can some good come to the public from licensing? Of course, and it does. Everything is a trade-off in this world of duality. The public receives a certain level of guaranteed mediocrity, a lowest-common-denominator standard, which feels like safety to them. The government gains revenue and more control, and the profession gets its monopoly (if the law is correctly written). It's important to understand this, as it's the game being played. For the most part, our profession is trying to play the game with a very naïve understanding of it, and as a result, we are losing instead of winning. This is obvious by the hodge-podge of laws we have passed, some of which place more restrictions on what we can do than are placed on unlicensed providers. Our current level of legislative skill is allowing the other players to use the system against us. We can do better, and we must. Next time, I will discuss one of the most important protections licensing provides - the disciplinary process, which was created to protect providers from the public.
When surveyed, 80 percent of Americans were dissatisfied with the cost of health care generally. Fifty-four percent are dissatisfied with the quality of health care in general. However, when asked about their own care, 57 percent said they are satisfied with the cost and 89 percent said they were satisfied with the quality. What an incredible disconnect. This is the "I'm OK but you're not OK" perception of life. Sadly, people will give up being okay just because they think others are not. Then, neither is OK and things get progressively worse. This shows how effective the government-media cartel has been in disparaging the best health care system on the planet, bungled as it is, as it attempts to make people believe there is such a crisis that the government must step in and provide universal health care. People have become so mind-numbed they can't tell the reality of their experience from the unreality (lies) of the media propaganda. The government wants complete control over your health care because that gives it complete control over you, in particular, and the complete control over population in general.
The state (the government) should exist to benefit its citizens. That never lasts long, as the power-hungry politicians, who fear nothing more than intelligent, free, self-reliant citizens, incrementally corrupt the system until the citizens exist to benefit the government. The people are conned into voting to tax themselves more and to give up their freedoms and rights, in return for the false sense of security they receive from an ever increasing and intrusive government.
The November 2006 election was a classic case of people's minds being manipulated into believing something quite different than the actual reality. By the way, I am not a Republican. I am an Independent. That being said, the irrational behavior brought about a good result in the "throw the bums out" effect. Now, if we can just throw the bums out every election until we get to the point that no one ever serves more than one term, we might have a chance at saving our Republic form of government. (No, it's not a democracy!)
Nothing sums up the current political situation better than two quotes from one of my heroes of the alternative health movement, Bob Livingston, who writes:
I bring up this perceptual disconnect because there soon will be a movement to resurrect the Clinton health care program. More on that to come in my next column. For now, just know that had the program passed as written, all independent massage therapists who address specific conditions (pain, injuries, headaches, etc.) would have been put out of business, or worse.
When treating tennis or golfer's elbow, remember that while the injury occurs just distal to the lateral or medial epicondyle of the elbow respectfully, the muscles course all the way to the hand and fingers. Be sure to examine the entire length of the muscle with massage and stretching and you will get faster and better results than just treating the injury site.
Enjoy this year's winter wonderland, wherever you are. Being a Midwesterner, during these three months I hope for global warming (just kidding). I'll be back again in March. Bring your kites.
Survey of the Week: Flu Shots Contain Mercury
A survey of more than 9,000 Americans found that an overwhelming majority of people had no idea their flu shots contain mercury. "More than 75 percent of Americans feel a mercury-containing flu shot should not be given to a pregnant woman or a child," said Lisa Handley, a founding parent of putchildrenfirst.org, the group that organized the survey. Handley's own son, Jamison, had an adverse reaction to a flu shot containing mercury in 2003. "I know firsthand how life-changing a flu shot with mercury can be, since our son began his regression into autism after his flu shot." In 1999, government agencies called for the removal of Thiomersal, the mercury-based preservative in most vaccines. Then, in 2001, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated, "Mercury in all of its forms is toxic to the fetus and children." Despite these actions, 90 percent of this season's flu vaccines still contain Thiomersal. Learn more at www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_3400.cfm.
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