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An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
November, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 11
A Tribute to an Oncology Massage Advocate
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
Once in a great while, if we are lucky enough, we cross paths with an especially bright spirit. If we are particularly fortunate, we get to spend a little time learning from that person. It was my luck to meet and work with Dr.Cynthia Delano Myers for several years before she passed away this summer after developing cancer. The massage therapy world lost a great advocate, researcher and friend of oncology massage when Dr. Myers left us, and she is dearly missed.
Cynthia, born in 1952, was an extraordinary person, with a unique ability to hold the importance of the mind, the body and the spirit in massage therapy. Her career was interesting and not at all linear. She was a bodyworker for more than 30 years, graduating from the Boulder School of Massage Therapy in 1982. Later, she attended college in her late 30s, and went on to obtain a PhD in psychology. As an academic, she researched many important questions, most of them revolving around pain and pain relief. She looked at the role of massage therapy in alleviating pain and distress in people with sickle-cell disease and cancer. She focused much of her effort on pediatric patients.
Cynthia brought her support of touch therapies to the study and practice of medicine, as a professor, researcher and massage clinician. She often presented at international conferences on pain, complementary and integrative medicine, and massage therapy. She moved easily between the worlds of academic medicine and massage, and in 2004 she became the founding director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. There, she continued her research and writing even in the months of her illness. She published in highly respected journals and completed work on many projects. She served as guest editor for a special issue on massage in the Journal of the Society of Integrative Oncology. She built strong bridges between the different disciplines involved in cancer care.
Cynthia also guided the fledgling Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), a national organization founded to ease the journey through cancer for patients, family members and caregivers. She spoke at the first summit in 2007, where she guided massage therapists in research design and in using data to broaden the reach of our work. In her honor, the Society for Oncology Massage established the Cynthia Delano Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund. These scholarships will be awarded to individuals in need of financial support to attend the Oncology Massage Healing Summit. Although medical research can pull investigators so far into the details that the therapy itself is lost, Cynthia's vision was always holistic and clear. I recall a friendly discussion of therapists over dinner at the first Oncology Massage Healing Summit. We went around the table, each answering the question, "What is healing about massage therapy?" When Cynthia spoke, she said that, while she thought it was important to study massage therapy, it might not be possible to pin down each therapeutic element through rigorous research. Instead, she said, "I think it might be who we are, rather than exactly what we do, that is healing."
Her words resonate, and are some comfort, given that Cynthia could have had several more decades of productive work left, work she was doing on behalf of our profession and our clients. Her words remind me that our work can endure long after we've moved on. Skilled, corrective touch changes things for the better. It changes people, and the ripples continue to move, even long after we've removed our hands.
Cynthia cared passionately about social justice, health care access, and people who were underserved. On all levels, she worked to leave this world so much better than she found it. She was a blessing to everyone she touched. And she touched many. All of us in massage therapy benefit from her work, in hidden ways, whether we knew her or not. Who she was and what she did with her life, serves as an inspiration to all of those who touch people with cancer.
Donations to the Cynthia Delano Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made to the Society for Oncology Massage. Those wishing to donate may designate the "Myers Memorial Scholarship Fund" on the check and send it to Linda Dwyer, S4OM Treasurer, 183 Lake Front, Rochester, N.Y. 14617. Donations are tax-deductible.
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