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A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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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