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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
Planting Seeds for Success
By Peter W. Crownfield
In mid-2000, MPA Media decided to provide something unique to massage therapists: a monthly, independent news publication designed to facilitate communication and information exchange within the profession. As the first managing editor, my monumental task in preparing for the January 2001 launch of MT was to immerse myself in the profession in every manner possible - a profession about which I had little or no prior knowledge. To accomplish that, I turned to Cliff Korn, former NCBTMB chair, former president of the New Hampshire chapter of the AMTA, and founding editor of Massage Today.
Cliff solicited nearly all of MT's original columnists, including current contributors Whitney Lowe, Dr. John Upledger, Erik Dalton and Dr. Leon Chaitow. In doing so, he ensured MT would be able to consistently deliver solid content from the best in the business. Cliff also provided much of the news we've reported, especially in the early years. Between visiting trade shows and other events as editor of MT, to just keeping himself "in the know," Cliff served as a rich resource of information - information that would, either by his hand or an in-house editor's, end up on the front page of the publication. Our dedication to covering the news and events of the profession is one of many reasons MT always has been so different from other massage publications.
However, Cliff did much more than lay the foundation for the success of Massage Today. Through his eyes, I learned that reporting on the politics, the issues and the debates was no more important than providing a forum to share the wonderful qualities embodied by the massage profession. In short, I learned that reporting the news had to be tempered with an appreciation for the giving, caring spirit of the massage therapist. That's why we've done our best over the years to provide a variety of perspectives in every issue.
What does it mean to be a massage therapist? Cliff explained it poignantly in his May 2002 "From the Editor's Desk" column, "As massage therapists and bodyworkers, we likely have an impact on the world that even we cannot fathom. We may introduce many who have never had positive touch to the beneficial aspects of touch and acceptance. We probably help ourselves by touching as much as we help our patients and clients by having them receive touch. I believe the positive touch my grandchildren receive will be a big factor in their development as healthy, happy, well-adjusted individuals. I only wish that everyone had more positive touch."
As Cliff ends his tenure as editor of MT and devotes more time to his practice, his grandchildren and loved ones, among other worthy endeavors, we begin our eighth year of publication as the news and information source for the massage therapy profession. And we do so in large part due to Cliff Korn. We thank him for his outstanding service to the publication and the profession. But more than that, I thank him for his friendship and for giving me a profound appreciation for the power of touch.
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