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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Is a Miserly Money Mantra Shortchanging Your Practice?
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: Dr. John Upledger has asked guest author Sharon Desjarlais to write this month's column.
Are you a good therapist struggling to earn what you're worth? You might have a "money mantra" running through your mind that's hurting your income potential.
I was 7 years old when I inherited a faulty belief about money that ruled my life for the next 20 years. It was late on a humid summer night in South Florida. I should have been asleep, but I was far too excited. Under my head lay my pillow that protected precious treasure - a milky white, niblet-sized tooth that had popped out of my mouth earlier that day. The tooth fairy would soon be swooping in to surprise me with money. Maybe even a shiny new quarter! I was shivering with excitement when my bedroom door slid open. I squeezed my eyes shut, knowing the fairy might flutter away if I blew the exchange.
My heart was jumping as I sensed the mysterious being glide closer to my bed. When I couldn't stand it a moment longer, I cracked my eyelids ever so slightly and was stunned. There was my grandfather, tugging a silver coin from the pocket of his golf pants and slipping it under my pillow. Though I didn't tell anyone what I saw, that one small incident already began to make a monumental impact on my life. When I witnessed my grandfather giving his money to me, I formed a mantra that said: "When I have more money, someone else has less." I had no idea this tape was running through my mind until years later when I realized the more money I earned, the guiltier I felt. Unconsciously, I had been soothing myself by making just enough money to scrape by.
Programming the Software of Your Subconscious Mind
As a therapist, you might know a good bit about the brain, but when it comes to the beliefs governing your life, it's all about the mind. While the conscious mind is the part we use to think and choose, the subconscious mind is the storehouse of our experiences. It takes the beliefs we lodge in it and projects them into our lives so we end up replaying the same themes again and again in one form or another.
In The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, author Joseph Murphy, PhD, DD, writes: "The most important point to remember is this: Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it. It is an astonishing and subtle truth that the law of the subconscious mind works for good and bad ideas alike.
"Whatever you claim mentally and feel as true, your subconscious mind will accept and bring forth into your experience. All you have to do is get your subconscious mind to accept your idea. Once that happens, the law of your subconscious mind will bring forth the health, peace and prosperity you desire."
When I recognized the effects my old money mantra was having on my life, I chose to create a new belief. I decided: "The more money I make, the more I enrich others as well." I knew just thinking this new thought wasn't enough and set out to collect evidence it was true. As I did, my outer circumstances slowly shifted to match my new mantra. The next year, my marketing projects netted one company more than $3 million and I started making a healthy income.
Now, 24 years later, I specialize in helping CranioSacral therapists shift their outworn mantras into productive beliefs that help them fill their practices. Susan Hovey Cohen is an example of a therapist who successfully reframed her money mantra. Together we discovered she had a belief that said, "When I succeed, it makes other people unhappy."
After realizing she had been holding herself back in her practice because of this thought, she concluded her mantra had to change. So she crafted a new one she felt she could believe: "Sometimes when I am successful, other people are happy." I encouraged Susan to record her new belief over her cellular structure by saying it out loud each day while focusing on how she would feel when other people celebrated her success.
By sending her mantra into the atmosphere, she was literally impressing it into matter by creating sound waves. Then as it came full circle from her lips to her ears, she absorbed it all over again. We also set out to help her root her new belief in reality. Together, we crafted a systematic plan to grow her practice. As she followed the process, one of her tasks was to look for evidence her new mantra was true.
Before long, I began getting e-mails from Susan expressing how many positive changes were taking place in her practice. Friends she had once treated for free insisted on paying her. She began attracting more of her ideal clients and selling more gift certificates. And she started to feel like she was loveable and deserving of success. "My new mantra helped me in more ways than I ever imagined," Susan said. "For instance, one client recently commented on how healthy and slim I looked. I told her I'd been working with a gifted nutritionist. A couple weeks later she came to her session with a birthday gift for me. 'You just had to have this skirt,' she said, 'to celebrate reaching your ideal weight.' Her generosity brought tears to my eyes. And this is just one experience out of dozens that helped me see the power of choosing beliefs that serve me in positive ways."
How Well Is Your Money Mantra Working for You?
How can you tell if your subconscious mind is projecting a healthy money mantra? Look at the results in your life. If you find yourself feeling shortchanged, give your subconscious mind an assignment. Ask yourself, "What's the first memory I can recall about money?"
Do that for a week or so. For added impact, ask the question as you drift off to sleep. Then the next day, pay close attention to any inklings and memories that pop up. Once you discover your earliest money memory, ask yourself what message you took away as a result. Is it positive and empowering? You're more than welcome to keep it. But if it's uncomfortable and limiting, you get to select a more productive message. What would you rather experience around the issue of money? Choose a new belief that brings you feelings of prosperity and joy. Then create some new evidence. With a sound money mantra, you'll reap the rewards for years to come.
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