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Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
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Never Forget Why You Became a Massage Therapist
This is in reply to a letter in your May 2008 issue written by John B. Frederick, in reply to an article by Ralph Stevens. I hardly ever write in response to letters to the editor, but Mr. Frederick's letter was such I felt obligated to all those dedicated and caring massage therapists and educators who care about their clients. I will answer him point by point.
First, Mr. Frederick claims 90 percent of all massage therapists who walk through massage therapy school have no business being there. I would like to know where Mr. Frederick gets his numbers. I have taught and hold to the highest standards every student in my multiple classes and have never seen numbers like that. It is true there are many individuals who sign up, but they are soon weeded out by either their dedicated instructors or by their unwillingness to work hard and meet the grade.
Second, Mr. Frederick states schools do not weed out those who are not "born" to be massage therapists. Can Mr. Frederick please tell me how you can "weed out" potential therapists during a one- to two-hour interview process? It is a school's curriculum and the knowledge and experience of their passionate instructors that forces a student to either make the grade or not. If the school curriculum is strong enough and the instructors are observant enough, those who are not born for this work will not "cut it" and those who are, will. I'm not saying every school holds these same values, but I know for a fact and from experience that many do. By the way, the hamstrings are three muscles: biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Did you know if I was right without looking it up? How about the origins, insertions and actions?
You talk about results. Can you explain the results you are talking about? There are many specialties involved in the practice of massage therapy. Each is result-oriented, but those expected results are different, for example:
Finally, and the main reason for this letter, Mr. Frederick states 95 percent of everything that walks into his office has a soft-tissue problem. I would be curious to hear the replies from his clients if they heard themselves, along with their physical, emotional and spiritual problems, referred to as things. As someone who has seen firsthand the power of touch when dealing with those individuals touched by illness and disease, I take great offense to that statement. These people are not things. They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandparents, siblings, children and friends reaching out for someone to "rub" their hands or feet, massage their back after laying on an operating table or MRI machine, massage their neck after lying in a hospital bed for weeks, or just receive the tender loving touch of another human being.
I took great offense to Mr. Frederick's letter and suggest he come to New Jersey and see our students at work and the response from the mothers, fathers, etc. He does make some valid points, but I think in the past 25 years, he has lost sight of why he became a massage therapist in the first place. It's not about fixing; it's about being there in the best way you can and improving yourself as you venture on this journey.
James T. Zazeski, NCTMB, AOSMT
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