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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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?
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.
January, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 01
A New Year, A New Beginning, A New You
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
In this season of celebration, a new year begins. To keep the celebration going and improve our overall health and increase our energy, good nutritional choices and a commitment to a more active lifestyle are key.It's all about choices, after all. Last month, we talked about self-care resolutions. Now we get to put them into action. It's easy and fun to do.
First, use up at least as many calories as you take in. For food choices, start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. For simplicity, multiply your weight by 10; that's approximately how many calories you should take in per day. If you have a lot of physical activity in your day, you can multiply your weight by 11. An easy goal would be to eat fewer calories than you know you can burn up every day. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Another attainable goal: at least 30 minutes every day. Regular physical activity will help you maintain your weight, keep off the weight that you've already lost and help you reach toward physical and cardiovascular fitness. If you can't do at least 30 minutes at one time, don't stress. You can add up 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
At the beginning of our sessions with our clients, we do an assessment. So, let's do a self-assessment: In the last 24 hours, how many servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and red meat have you eaten? A serving of fruit or vegetables is half a cup (the size of your fist). A serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards. A serving of whole grain is one piece of whole-grain bread or a cup of whole-grain cereal. How many servings of each did you take in the last 24 hours? Do the last 24 hours represent approximately the way you eat every day? Taking control of food input and activity output are the healthiest choices you will make for yourself. Here are a few quick food tips.
Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the full nutrition it needs to maintain vibrant health. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fiber and other compounds but remain low in calories. Choose from a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. 'Living food' (plant-based) can help you control your weight and your blood pressure. Unrefined, whole-grain, fiber-rich foods can help lower your blood cholesterol and help you feel full, which may assist you in managing your weight. For protein, add fish at least twice a week. Research shows that eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids (for example, salmon, trout, and herring) may help lower your risk of death from coronary artery disease.
You could use your daily allotment of calories for a few high-calorie foods and beverages, but you probably wouldn't get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy. An occasional splurge as a reward for reaching a goal is OK. However, limits on how much saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium in your daily choices will get you the results you seek. Read labels on packaged foods carefully. The nutrition facts panel will tell you how much of which nutrients each food or beverage may contain.
It might be helpful to choose lean meats and prepare poultry without skin and added saturated and trans fat. Cut back on prepared foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars. Choose and prepare foods with little or no salt. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Keep an eye on your portion sizes.
Now that you know the secrets to feeding the body with proper nutrition and are physically activity for 30 minutes per day, you can make the lifestyle changes you seek. You control your choices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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