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Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
September, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 09
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Summertime is coming to a close. Hope your summer was super! Mine was fabulous, but fall really is my favorite season. On with the show.
There is serious business going on that will affect everyone, especially alternative health care providers.First the good news: The U.S. House of Representatives is considering HR 646, which would allow acupuncture to be covered by Medicare. This is probably a very positive step. But why isn’t massage part of that bill? Where are our lobbyists and our associations on this?
As for the less than good news, our health care system is being overhauled as I write this. The debate may be in full swing, or may be over, by the time this article hits the public. The ruling party is being very careful not to reveal details of their plan. They are also being careful to restrict access and input into what the plan will be. There are only two groups who will be affected by this plan: patients and providers. Both are being excluded from its design and development. Yet, they are the ones who will suffer from its results. Instead of the stakeholders of health care reform (i.e., patients and providers) being involved, it is the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical drug cartel providing the input. The health of the insurance companies is the primary debate at this writing. We have people who have never provided or performed health care in their lives and who will enjoy unlimited health care for life (politicians – our ruling class) who are deciding how health care is going to be rationed to the rest of us. This is scary.
This is not about health care; it is about gaining control over you and your life. It is about managing “human resources” for the good of the State. It is about securing the cash flow for insurance companies and the pharmaceutical cartel. I have been concerned about who is representing the alternative providers in this debate. It doesn’t matter. Even the allopaths are complaining about being locked out of the debate. Our president told the AMA to basically shut up and accept what’s coming during a speech to them in Chicago. If the AMA can’t get in the room, we probably can’t get in the building. It is all about power and money for the politicians. Who gives them the most contributions? Insurance companies and the drug cartel by far. Providers and patients just don’t give enough to the politicians to be worth including. Hopefully once the framework is passed, we can influence the rule-making process. Time will tell.
This is how it will be until we have term limits and get rid of the ruling class that lives very well off of us. Sadly, they will never impose term limits on themselves. Our only hope is to vote out every incumbent, regardless of party, at every election until the ruling class is gone. Not until working citizens are elected for one term only and then have to go back and make a living under the laws they pass will we have a Democratic Republic again.
Understand that the current health care debate is not about health care at all. Nothing proposed will significantly change the immoral system we have at this time. Who has the most power and who gets the cash flow is all that will be changed. That is what is being fought over; control of money and power over your health and wealth. The government that controls the health of its people, controls its people. The laws being passed lately are all about controlling the population’s health care. For those of you who think you want and deserve free health care, wait until you see how much “free” costs in both dollars and freedom lost.
The problem is, we do not have a health care system. We have a sickness care system. The only way the current system makes any money is if people are sick or injured. To survive, the system is dependent on there being more and more sick and injured people. There is no money to be made on healthy people. Put your emotions aside and think about this: where is the financial incentive to get and keep people well in the current system? There is none! This is why they still put mercury in teeth and administer vaccines. This is why they have spent millions to discredit chiropractic. This is why they distort nutritional information and keep people confused about diet and exercise. This is why they dilute organic standards, force irradiated and other “Frankenfoods” with little or no labeling into stores, and try to suppress supplements, herbs, homeopathy and alternative providers. This is why they fight alternative providers getting licensure and decent scope of practices. None of this is by accident. The good of the patient is the least concern of the system, only what is good for the medical-pharmaceutical-government cartel matters. Mass wellness would be a disaster to the sickness care system and worse, healthy people are not nearly as dependent on politicians. It is not a huge conspiracy. It is the multiple facets of “the system” acting in its own self-interest. It conveniently comes together to create more sick and injured people. None of the above improves people’s health. They each prevent or destroy health. A sickness care system is immoral and exploits the poorest among us the most, as they cannot step out of it and turn to alternative wellness therapies.
True Health Care
If we really want to reform health care, how about we throw the entire system out and start over with a true health care system? One that puts the incentives on getting and keeping people well. Such a system would place massage therapy and other alternative/wellness providers at the top of the system, along with true education, starting in elementary school, about posture, movement, diet, exercise and stretching. An attitude of wellness awareness and responsibility for one’s health must be fostered from childhood. Health care is not a right; it is a responsibility.
Of course the allopaths would continue to handle the inevitable crisis management, especially during the transition, but under a paradigm of wellness and healing, not symptom suppression. As long as we have a system that justifies human suffering in the name of profit, our health and our wealth will continue to deteriorate, individually and as a nation. Sadly, nothing but forced term limits from the voters can bring this change about, other than a spiritual and moral awakening.
See you in November for turkey and Thanksgiving!
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