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What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
November, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 11
Why Not Health and Wellness
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I have always viewed massage as a profession; a health care profession that has the potential to be the premier wellness modality of an alternative, wellness-based health care system. The paradigm to which I subscribe is one of establishing and maintaining wellness through education, natural therapies and lifestyle.Health of the people requires health of the planet and our life-support systems it provides, such as water, soil, food, air, etc. (the environment). This requires sustainable agriculture (organic) and good stewardship of the earth.
I believe in freedom, knowledge and individual empowerment, allowing each person to achieve their ultimate state of wellness and their goals in life. This requires a wellness-based health care system. That, to me, is the big picture for massage therapy. Massage needs to develop and expand its role as first-door providers and wellness practitioners. Other than emergencies and accidents, we, along with the other alternative providers, should be the gatekeepers to the allopaths, instead of them being gatekeepers to us. It means working with other natural therapy providers (chiropractors, acupuncturists, herbalists, homeopaths, etc.) to provide true health care - a system that would be sustainable and cost-effective.
Our current health care system has nothing to do with health and everything to do with sickness. It's a sickness-care system that is dependent on sickness to survive. Therefore, it must insure that there is plenty of sickness to keep it busy. The allopaths have not reduced disease - engineers and plumbers have. The sickness-based system does not use education, it uses fear. They control us by instilling fear of the flu, cancer, heart attacks and financial ruin if we don't pay extortion to their insurance companies. It is a system of dependence, sickness, and irresponsibility for one's own well being.
Sadly, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy, since you create what you focus your mind on. By getting you (the public) to focus on what you don't want, you create the conditions you fear and the allopathic system profits from your suffering. Fear and worry are negative visualizations. You get what you focus your mind on. This is true for the individual, and it's also true for the collective consciousness of a country and of humanity. Of course, the system helps this process along with mercury-laced vaccinations and damaging, mostly toxic medications (some of which are appropriately necessary some times). This is commerce, not health care. Our health care system is by far the biggest killer of Americans, yet where is the outrage? Sadly, we have been trained to view subservience and obedience as virtues.
While this is seldom true of the individual practitioner (your MD), it's the case of the overall system that regulates what an individual practitioner can know and can do. We only know what we are allowed to know in any profession. Only a few step outside the box. Unless one of these rebels makes celebrity status quickly, they will be ridiculed, persecuted, prosecuted and otherwise marginalized so as to not disrupt the cash flow and integrity of the system. This system uses fear to keep its subjects under its iron grip - both patients and practitioners.
The massage profession is missing most of the potential in its calling. Instead of expanding our education and scope of practice as alternative practitioners, we are allowing ourselves to be co-opted by the same greed that drives the allopathic cartel. We lust for third-party payment. The majority of our schools resist expanding massage- training programs to turn out more well-rounded alternative providers, instead opting to turn out therapists who only can do a full-body, relaxation massage. The more who fail as therapists, the better for the schools because it keeps the demand for new therapists high. We are moving ever closer to gatekeeper control over our services as we seek recognition and validation from the allopaths, who deliberately eliminated "manual medicine" (massage) from their system long ago because it didn't generate enough profit or garner enough side effects.
If we lose this opportunity to establish an alternative system to the allopathic cartel, health care will fall into a very dark age. It might well take several generations for such a chance to arise again.
Without health, little else can be accomplished. Health is not a right - it is a responsibility. A sickness-based system does not provide or promote health, but it slowly destroys it. (U.N. statistics show the health of America has steadily declined since WWII.) As a profession, do we want to join with the allopaths and be controlled by them? Do we want to limit ourselves to just treating symptoms, be they general (relaxation) or specific, or do we want to become the premier wellness modality of an alternative to the failed sickness-based system we have now? A greater awareness must be created that recognizes the interdependence of man, the environment, the quality of our food, and the quality of our health. Our profession can lead the way to a better day on this planet, or we can resign ourselves to becoming merely a trade that provides temporary relaxation. Which will it be? Do you care?
The holidays are upon us. Almost every faith has a major holiday near the end of the year. That is probably not a coincidence. There is a reason for this season and it is not shopping. Take some time to go inside and find what you really believe and what you really want for the next year(s). My wish for you is your wish for you. May you rapidly manifest your greatest vision of yourself but, don't forget, you are not alone. We are all in this together, so put aside some time to work for the good of all. I'll be back with more thoughts next year. Until then, a happy, merry, joyous "holidaze" to you all.
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