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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
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.).
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?
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.
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 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.
December, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 12
The Perfect Gift
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
It's hard to believe that the season for gift giving is upon us once again, and if your year has been anything like mine, you've weathered a ride on an economic roller coaster that would give Mr. Toad a run for his money.Fortunately, many economists predict brighter times in the near future; however, it's likely that you may be reeling from the recent ups and downs, and gift giving may be the last thing on your mind. At the same time, your loved ones may be wondering how to best choose a gift for you that fits within their budget.
This article will provide tips for gift giving on both sides: how you can best offer the perfect gift to friends, family, and clients and how to inform those close to you what you would consider the "perfect gift" from them.
The Gift of Massage
Perhaps you don't have the funds available to spend buying oodles of gifts for your friends and family this year. Why not give the gift of massage? It's both personal and practical-and it's especially useful during the stressful holiday season. Create gift certificates especially for your friends and family with a personalized note. If you are like most massage therapists, you rarely-if ever-provide massage to those closest to you. And as much as a friend or a family member might want a massage, he/she may not be comfortable asking for one from you. A personalized gift certificate opens the door for them to receive the gift of touch from a trusted source.
If you feel that "gifting" massage to your friends and family would be awkward, there is another way to show your appreciation to the loved ones in your life. Host a small holiday gathering with your closest friends and family. Have your massage table or massage chair set up in an out-of-the-way spot and then offer each guest a 10-15 minute massage. It will be a welcome-and unexpected-holiday surprise.
While it is important to give gifts to your friends and family, it is also important to show your clients how much you appreciate their business and referrals. Offer each of your regular clients 10 percent off their first session in the New Year, along with a sample or two of a topical analgesic with your contact information attached, as a way of thanking them for their continued patronage. You might even sweeten the deal by offering your regular clients 10 percent off one session for each new referral they send you in the New Year.
Making a Wish List
As the holidays approach, it is very likely that your friends and family will ask for gift recommendations from you. And giving is even more special when the recipient receives something that he/she really needed. At the same time, you want to offer ideas that are budget friendly for everyone. Below are some gift ideas you can offer to your friends and family.
In some cases, the more you purchase, the more you save. If there are combination discounts, let the gift giver know; then he/she has the option of purchasing more than one item and holding onto them to give as future gifts.
"Wrap" It Up
People want to give you gifts because they love you and care for you. By making a gift list, you'll get something you really wanted and/or needed but may not have had the money to purchase for yourself. Your loved one will have the satisfaction of knowing that you will treasure the gift they gave and that particular gift will always be uniquely connected to the person who gave it to you.
I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and rewarding holiday season. I'll see you in 2010!
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