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NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
December, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 12
Get Happy About Something
By Rita Woods, LMT
The end of each year brings about a feeling of excitement and change. Our fiscal year ends with the requirement of accounting for ourselves financially, and the idea of a New Year's resolution will ask that we take action on something we have been neglecting.To sum up the essence of this time is to ask ourselves "What did I do" and "What am I going to do?" If you plan to be successful, then honestly answering these questions is critical to your success. There are many ways to ask these same questions. They are in all forms of evaluations and goals. However, this year I'd like to offer some alternate questions to accelerate your personal and professional development, if you are agreeable. These questions will guide you all year long if you will follow through. It's a simple system. Your experiences have either made you feel good or they didn't. If they made you feel good, repeat them. If they didn't, change something.
I have provided some questions that will help you reflect on your year (see below). The idea is that one set of questions will make you feel empowered and good (left column), and the other will make you feel weakened and a failure (right column). Naturally, the plan is to have more that empowers you and makes you feel good. Why? Because how you feel dictates more than the mood you are in. It calls what comes to you. Do you ever notice that when your heart is broken, nothing in your life seems to have any joy? Have you also noticed that when you are exhilarated, thrilled and happy that you feel like you could take on the world and win no matter what? Call it attitude, chemistry, neuropeptides, vibration, energy or whatever. The fact is that more begets more of the same. If you want positive changes, then get happy about something. Do, think or be something different than you were yesterday. Easier said than done? Fine, lets answer some important questions and fill in specific examples to get you started. Tax season is coming up. Let's start there and I'll use myself in the example.
What worked? Writing on my receipts: the mileage, whether it was cash, debit or charge, and if it was the business account or if I used personal money that needs to be reimbursed from the company. Putting receipts in a box marked 2009 receipts. Done. Result: happy, pleased, proud.
What didn't work? Entering the monthly accounts into QuickBooks. Result: unhappy, unprepared, stressed.
I can now look back and see that I was able to keep up with receipts very well but did not sit down at the computer to enter the information that my accountant will need. Why not? I need to decide if that failure was due to time, skill, desire or money, then take action to correct it based on the reason I didn't do it.
It's important to address the problem on the same level that it was created. Time. Skill. Desire. Money. One of these is usually the culprit. So did I not have enough time or not want to take the time? Did I have the skill to use the software efficiently or do I need to take a course? Do I even have the desire to want to do this? Maybe I just don't like it. Do I have the extra money to pay someone to do this for me? I need to decide what my issues are that prevented me from doing this.
Preoccupation with failure only brings more failure. Dwelling on the aspect that makes one feel bad will only beget more of the same. Change something. If my goal is to be happy then I must change something in order to be happy with this situation. Simple formula. Practice makes perfect.
Let's fill in another one. What didn't you do? Maybe you didn't take 12 hours of continuing education this year. Why not? Was it time, skill, desire or money? Decide why, then change something. Schedule more time away from home and office, and start saving $20 a week. That might solve it. Change something. The goal is to feel good and not stressed. Change to a plan that will bring you happiness. Use these questions to create an emotional gauge for yourself. Achieving a goal is just another way of saying you feel good, is it not?
Lets' do one more. What are you proud of? Maybe you finally opened your own office this year. That's something to be proud of. Great! That makes you happy and now you can use that positive emotion to propel you into making some great choices this coming year. Good decisions come from your ability to elicit good emotions.
Organizations like the HearthMath Institute have studied the effects of emotions on the central nervous system (CNS) for decades. Clearly, there is clinical evidence to support the claim that positive emotions promote a well-balanced CNS while negative emotions create chaos and disharmony within the CNS. Many of you are familiar with Dr. Edward Bach, the creator of the Bach Flower Essences. Dr. Bach believed that illness stemmed from certain negative mental conditions such as worry, fear and apathy, to name a few. He changed the way he practiced medicine based on these findings and had great success.
Thoughts are things that manifest physically. Do not rest, stop or hesitate until you have contributed to the betterment and advancement of humankind. One person can make the difference. Help someone get happy about something.
Sum up your year by filling in an event under each heading. (What might also represent who.)
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