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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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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?!"
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)?
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 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
The big election is only two months away. What an entertaining year it has been. A lot is at stake, particularly regarding health care, which can dramatically affect our profession. Is the leadership of our profession prepared to defend our first-door providership status if nationalized health care is enacted or will they sell that down the river to appease the allopaths like they are doing with our scope of practice?
From my perspective, there is very little difference between the two presidential candidates or the two parties for that matter.When the Republicans took over Congress, they did not do what they promised us to get elected. When the Democrats recently took over Congress, they did not do what they promised us to get elected. All any of them care about is getting elected. However, it's the new blood that has the desire to change things. It's the incumbents that sit the new members down and tell them how it's going to be. Therefore, I am against all incumbents, no matter which party. One term is enough. Make them go back home and live under the laws they passed. I urge you all to vote in the election and to vote the bums out - vote against any incumbent!
Apply this to all elections and you will rapidly see the world become a better place. A ruling class never has the average citizen's or member's best interest in mind, only their own. There are no incumbents running for president, only two senators, so it doesn't matter which one wins. That is why these two have been selected. The winner will be a one-term president (a good deal) and probably the next Herbert Hoover (probably not a good deal for our profession as it's currently positioning itself). You heard it here first.
This issue will hit the streets just before the AMTA National Convention in Phoenix is taking place. Some of you might see this issue for the first time while there. Be sure and drop by the Massage Today booth in the exhibit hall and say "Hi." Also, take advantage of your opportunity to let the AMTA officers know your feelings about the issues facing our profession.
From Last Time
My previous column pressed some buttons on both sides of the aisle. Good. I am always trying to get more people thinking and acting. Thanks for the kudos from therapists all over the country. Also thanks for the concerns expressed by leaders from both associations. I will try to be more specific with my generalities in the future.
Special thanks to all of you who contacted your organization to give them your input on the licensing laws they have been passing. Our profession is way too passive, allowing our leaders to do too much to us instead of holding them accountable to do things for us. Stay on them, particularly until they start fighting to expand our scope of practice, our opportunities and our state-to-state portability.
The massage profession is a microcosm of our country as a whole. Very few citizens bother to vote, much less to challenge their elected leaders and hold them accountable. What politicians hope for is seldom what benefits the public. Demand the change you want. Don't vote and hope; vote and demand. Remember, not all change is for the better.
CDC officials now admit there have been more than 8,000 "adverse events," including death, paralysis and muscle degeneration, in females injected with Gardasil. Seeing any of this in your practice yet? Gardasil is being promoted as a vaccine against cervical cancer; it's not. It's a vaccine against the types of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) believed to be a causative factor in cervical cancer and genital warts. It's very expensive at around $350. Some government officials want to make it a mandatory vaccine for all girls ages 10-15. This is bioterrorism against women.
Of course, you should be able to have it if you want it. However, no one should be forced to have toxic materials with potentially lethal side effects injected into their body. Better to die at 50 from cancer than at 15 from a vaccine. Cancer is much easier to reverse. I guess some like to play Russian roulette. Our government is much more interested in protecting drug company profits than protecting our health.
Recently Germany's federal agricultural research institute noted, "It can unequivocally be concluded that poisoning of the bees is due to the rub-off of the pesticide ingredient clothianidin from corn seeds."
Chemical company giants Bayer and Monsanto have acquired patents to coat their proprietary corn seeds with these neonicotinoids. "Part of the equation in the U.S. is genetically engineered corn, as more and more corn seeds are being gene spliced with a completely different species - a bacteria," said Walter Haefeker, a member of the German Beekeepers Association Board of Directors. "Bayer and Monsanto recently entered into agreements to manufacture neonicotinic-coated, genetically engineered corn. It's likely this will worsen the bee die-off problem."
Do not believe the propaganda it's cell phones confusing the bees. Organic bees on organic farms are doing relatively fine; cell phones work on organic farms, so it's not the cell phones. The government and chemical companies have to cover up the truth; GMO (genetically modified organism) plants have the potential to destroy our entire food supply in order to protect their cash flow. It is serious, and the U.S. is being a huge bully in forcing countries that don't want this "Frankenfood" technology to accept it. Again, our government is protecting the drug cartel instead of us.
I am not anti-government. I am pro-health and pro-freedom. When government and large corporations collude to protect each other at the public's expense, it's fascism. We lose rights, and they gain power and profits. It happens when the people are sedated and distracted. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. What have you done to protect yours lately?
Enjoy the elections - vote. A discussion of the beloved Canadian health care system comes in November.
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