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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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:
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
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.
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?"
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.
October, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 10
How Your Cat Can Help Grow Your Business
By Cary Bayer
My cat is a 10-pound Buddha I named Ananda (Sanskrit for "bliss") because she's got the fastest purr in the West (and East). This calico has taught me volumes about how to enrich my life and become more successful in business. Her teachings can enable you to expand your massage business and enjoy your life more. If you have any doubts, check with your own cat.
Think Highly of Yourself, and Others Will Be Attracted to You
Ananda says self-worth is the basis of net worth. To build a "multilevel cat home," the foundation must be secure. The foundation for increasing the number of massages you give is for people to be attracted to you. Why would anyone want to work with you if you don't already think highly of yourself? "Treat yourself like a dog," my cat says, "and others will, too." I'm reminded of the line: "Dogs have masters. Cats have staff."
Let Others Support You
"Always accept dinner invitations and bring home leftovers in a kitty bag." This isn't restricted to food, of course - you must be supported by others on many levels for your livelihood. (Ananda suggests replacing the expression, "earn a livelihood" with "enjoy a lovelihood.") No matter how large your massage business, it can't survive unless people purchase your services. Without support, you're out of business. Let others support you in every way, whether it's a book from a friend, a coaching session from a colleague, or a $10,000 gift from your mother.
Let Others Touch You; Cuddling Against Them Isn't Bad, Either
Don't just give massage; receive it. Far too many therapists forget this point. A talented LMT can relieve you of the thousand slings and arrows to which the flesh is heir, as Shakespeare's brochure might have said if he were the Bard of Bodywork. The less tense your body is, the more relaxed your mind and heart are, and the more deeply you connect to clients and prospects. This translates into inspiring them to work with you.
Massage breaks down your body's armor against being touched, allowing you to be more intimate with people physically, emotionally and, where appropriate, sexually. Such intimacy makes you feel better, which helps you perform better on your massage table.
It also gives you the profound experience of receiving - the fourth "R" you should have been taught in elementary school. Reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic lead to an educated life, but not a prosperous one. The fourth "R" does.
Exercise Keeps You Young in Body and Heart
My cat's idea of exercise is chasing chipmunks. It keeps her trim and gives her body a workout. She doesn't belong to a gym; the outdoors is her health club. She doesn't try to get endorphins going; they're just firing when she does her thing. Get your endorphins going by playing tennis, swimming, bike riding or whatever your body loves to do. All work and no play make Johnny a dull LMT. Plato said we need a sound mind in a sound body. Both are also essential for developing a sound massage business.
Nap When You Feel Like It; It's Good for Your Soul and Your Body
"Stop living like a dog," my cat tells LMTs who do a few massages past their comfort levels. When your cat cuddles with you, she may be saying, "Stop working and start napping." Downtime for meditation, walks on the beach or just plain catnaps do wonders for your soul. This rejuvenation travels through your hands, benefiting all your clients.
It's Innocent to Be the Center of Attention
Your cat is completely at home as the center of attention; you can be, too. Don't be shy at a party if the topic of conversation turns to massage's healing effects. Being the center of attention means you're handling large amounts of energy from people. This prepares you to handle a lot of money, too.
Curiosity Thrills the Cat
At 14, Ananda doesn't have the curiosity of a kitten anymore, but her ears perk up when she hears rustling in the woods. Doesn't your cat sniff away at times? Doesn't she want to explore every new thing you bring home?
When does your natural curiosity get aroused? Are you curious to learn Thai massage, hot stone or watsu? If so, why keep putting it off? Curiosity keeps your mind young and your spirit alive, so explore your interests - there's pleasure in fulfilling them. Curiosity can also thrill your bank account if you investigate, with an open mind, the opportunities presented to you. Curiosity can make you one rich cat.
The More Playful You Are, the More You're Loved and Prospered
Those celebrities on People magazine's covers are actors who play at being others: singers who play concerts; athletes who play games. Our culture pays buckets of money to see them play. A picture is worth a thousand words to you, but to Hollywood's elite stars, it's worth $20 million - when it's a motion picture.
The more playful you are, the more your inner child is alive and kicking. Self-love attracts love and support from others. Having fun makes the workday fly by and, if you're self-employed, brings you more money.
If You're Happy and You Know It, Purr Away - You'll be Feline Groovy
"Don't just walk your talk; strut your stuff." It sends a message that you're the cat's pajamas. It's time you reverse your parents' weird message to "wipe that smile off your face." If there's a smile on your face, let it grow.
Ananda says, "The more I purr, the more you stroke me, and the more I keep purring." The opposite of a vicious cycle, this is a delicious cycle. A delicious cycle for an LMT looks like this: When you do your lovelihood, you have a great time and others are attracted to that joy, giving you money for what you do. This brings you more joy, and that joy attracts even more money.
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