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Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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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