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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
May, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 05
Resistance Is Futile
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The human mind is the only thing in the universe that resists change. Everything is in a constant state of change, yet too many people want to stay in the 1980s (to pick a decade). Our profession has found an equilibrium that has made a lot of money for a lot of people and organizations. These people and organizations resist change. However, the world around us is changing dramatically. The structure that launched us in the 1980s has never been completed and now does not have the capacity to support massage therapy and bodywork as a profession.
So, the decision must soon be made, are we going to become a profession by elevating ourselves to that position, or lower ourselves to a trade? Currently, we sit in two different camps. Many of us consider ourselves to be professionals and this to be a profession. Others just see this as a job, a trade. I have been told by some, "Hey, it's just a massage." Career colleges see us as allied health care providers, as techs or assistants. In the tech or assistant role, we would be purely employees under gatekeeper (referral) control. This is a version of slave labor for the cartel, in my opinion, but hey, if it works for you.
Will we maintain our first-door providership? We can stumble along as we are now, clinging to a system reaching its breaking point. However, currently we are abusing entry-level students and patients. This cannot and will not continue. Change is inevitable. If we do not make it ourselves, it will be forced upon us. If we do not establish uniform, effective regulation with portability and uniform competencies, the public will abandon us, both as clients and entry-level students.
We need a professional model of licensure followed by meaningful certifications, or maybe we need to repeal regulation and work for freedom-to-practice acts. We need to decide if we are going to be alternative health care providers, allopathic symptom-reducers or body-rubbers. This will be the discussion here for awhile in the attempt to stimulate this discussion throughout the profession. Join in!
Too many complaints are coming in from all over the country. Therefore, in the interest of public safety and customer satisfaction, I would like to share, especially with less-experienced therapist readers, that deep-tissue massage does not just mean you press harder. What deep-tissue massage means is you become anatomically precise in your palpation and use techniques (strokes) that affect the deeper layers by moving the superficial layers over them or out of the way. If you are doing deep-tissue massage and the patient/client says it's too hard or is painful, you are working too hard for that person in that area. Respect the person on the table who is inside that body and lighten up, at least in that area. It will be easier on your body and theirs. Pain causes the body to tense up and contract. You can't contract and relax a muscle at the same time. If you are trying to bring about relaxation in the body on your table, you can't do so by inflicting pain. Lighten up to a pressure they can tolerate without tensing up and/or holding their breath. You will do more good at such a pressure and your rebooking percentage will increase dramatically.
In France, they are investigating two drug companies (GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur MSD) for manslaughter for failure to disclose the side effects of the anti-hepatitis B vaccine. Hep-B vaccines contain as much as 12.5 micrograms of mercury, more than 100 times the EPA's upper-limit standard when administered to infants. Mercury makes up 49 percent of the preservative thimerosal (Wikipedia), which is commonly used in vaccines. Mercury poisons the nervous system and accumulates in the brain. The term mad hatter is based on the fact that hat-makers of old used a lot of mercury in their processes and went "mad" (nervous-system poisoning) from inhaling the vapors.
In our country, the president and Congress are working to grant drug companies immunity for vaccine-induced injuries. It's amazing the amount of human suffering we justify in the name of profit. A "health care" system that only makes money from sickness and suffering must have an ever-increasing supply of sickness and suffering to continue to increase its profits. Think about that. Do we really want to join this cartel? Are we really complementary to allopathic medicine?
Have you ever had a vaccination? Did they give you the complete ingredient and side-effects list before they shot up you or your child? Did you ask for it and read it? Too many people are more careful about what they put in their car, their pets and on their plants than they are about what they put or allow to be put into their own body. Interesting priorities we have.
Have you noticed that last year, when there was a shortage of flu vaccine, it was a very light year for flu? This year, with lots of vaccine available, there has been lots of flu.
I have discussed restless leg syndrome (RLS) in my previous several columns. My original question was whether anyone else noticed a correlation between trigger points in the Achilles tendon causing a twitch response in the leg and it being perceived as RLS. Several therapists reported similar findings. In addition, several therapists who have RLS have reported some interesting treatments, including one who gets complete relief using a homeopathic remedy (Luyties magnesia phosphate, 30x). Another therapist is an LMT and has a major in human physiology from the University of Oregon. She feels RLS is a magnesium balance problem. She uses 250 mg of MagCitrate to alleviate all her RLS symptoms. If you have any RLS experiences or remedies you would like to share, e-mail them to me and I will pass them along.
See you in the July issue. Bring fireworks!
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