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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?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
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.
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?
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
New Educational Opportunities for Massage Therapists
By Tina Beychok, Associate Editor
The International SPA Association, the ISPA Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute are launching a collegiate course, a scholarship, grants and textbooks, all in an effort to better educate current and future spa staff.
"The spa industry is very labor intensive, and one of the biggest challenges is finding qualified employees.In the United States alone, 72 percent of spas had open positions in 2007,"said ISPA Foundation President Edwin Neill III. "Through the curriculum being developed by the ISPA Foundation, we are turning the labor challenge into an opportunity to create generations of well-trained staff that will lead the industry into the future."
A new introductory-level course will teach those interested in a spa career all about the industry. It will include the new textbook Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction. The course, available starting this fall, will explore the history and philosophy of spas, examine the current state of the industry and introduce students to spa careers. The text also includes a typical day from a spa director's perspective, explores the qualities of an outstanding spa experience and discusses various industry trends.
"The Educational Institute is pleased to work with the ISPA Foundation to offer materials that address the education needs of this fast-growing segment of the hospitality industry," said George Glazer, MHS, senior vice president of the Educational Institute. "Post-secondary hospitality programs that want to stay competitive will be very interested in these new spa-specific textbooks and supplemental materials."
In addition to the course, there are two other texts available. Retail Management for Spas discusses retail planning, inventory management, maximizing profits, sales and service, visual merchandising and marketing. Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Spas provides a system that gives spa operators the tools to measure, compare and report on the financial health of their business. ISPA also provides a variety of other educational tools including a spa operations manual, a risk management program and a supervisory skill builders program.
Educational endowment opportunities also have expanded with the Dr. Howard Murad Research Grant and the Ruth Stricker Spa & Wellness Award. The Murad grant offers financial assistance to those conducting research that addresses stress, its effects and ways to manage it. The Ruth Stricker Spa & Wellness Award offers financial assistance to stimulate research into the various ways spas can meet current health care needs, promote wellness and enhance quality of life.
For more information about these programs and opportunities for involvement, please visit www.experienceispa.com.
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