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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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 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 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.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
The Massage World Comes to Your Door
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Imagine if you could have access to the leading authorities in the massage world. How far could you advance your practice by utilizing the most current information on the most effective ways to care for your clients? What level of growth could you achieve if you could access the brightest minds - all with insights on building a successful practice?
The Internet has become a powerful tool for information and education. Harnessed correctly, it can put you in front of experts that can provide you with all you need to grow and excel as a massage therapist.
This always has been the goal of Massage Today. Now, through the power of technology, we can do it live! Beginning this month, we will be bringing you a series of live online seminars. These will be on various topics, all centered around growing your client base and enhancing your clinical care. And best of all, they will be presented to you completely free.
From the comfort of your home or place of business, you can attend and participate in these live Web seminars. You will hear the speakers, see their presentations and be able to ask questions (via e-mail) and get answers during the events.
Unlike regular seminars, you will be given the opportunity to answer poll questions during the presentation that will help direct the flow of information. This is in addition to a survey at the end of the program that will allow you to give your input on all aspects of the seminar.
Also, unlike traditional seminars, you will have access to the recorded programs anytime you want to review them or share them with others. You can view the recorded presentations even if you can't attend the live program. You don't have to buy the DVD; you can just watch the program again and again, as many times as you like.
What we're creating is a place on the Internet where you can watch free live and recorded presentations. These seminars bring experts to you without causing you to give up seeing clients, get on a plane or pay a registration fee. As previously mentioned, the first online seminars will be presented this month. We will announce the initial schedule at the beginning of January.
Unfortunately, this new technology will only allow 500 therapists to attend each online seminar. This means you will want to sign up early for those programs in which you really are interested. In order to assist you with this, we have established a priority registration program that will give you advanced notice and registration. You will be among the first to know and have the opportunity to be among the first to register. It's easy to sign up for priority registration:
From there, you will receive a confirmation e-mail letting you know you signed up correctly. You then will receive an e-mail announcing each Web seminar, providing you with a summary of what will be presented and giving you the direct link to register for the seminar. As a priority registrant, you will receive invitations before the rest of the massage therapy profession.
Take a few minutes to enter this new era of online information and education. You will be surprised at how much you will appreciate this new educational medium.
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