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An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
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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