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Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
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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