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A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg 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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
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.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
June, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 06
The Healing Path: The Transformative Mind
By Rita Woods, LMT
Editor's note: This column contains the the views of the author, and should not be considered as advice advocating that you present yourself to the public as a "healer," a term that has legal consequences in some localities.
In my last article, I shared with you some scientific experiments that support the existence of an energy field that exists throughout all of the known universe. A web, if you will, that connects all things together. Furthermore, it has been documented that we have the ability to interact with this field of energy through our thoughts and emotions. In fact, we interact through this field of energy whether we are aware of it or not. In this article, I will share some insights from pioneers in the field of transformative thinking about how changing your mind changes your life. I'm literally talking about brain waves. Everything that we do, think or feel elicits a specific brainwave pattern. On the flip side of this, a dominant brainwave pattern will also elicit certain thoughts and feelings. The ultimate goal is to develop self-mastery over these patterns so that you may choose rather than react.
Your ability to access your subconscious mind, your ability to use your intuition, your ability to turn off mental chatter in your mind, your ability to problem solve and make better decisions, all of these are determined by your brainwave patterns. Through the modern marriage of science and spirituality we are able to see that shifts in our brain bring about changes in thought and attitude which help shift our emotional well-being. Through our thoughts, attitudes and emotions, we send and receive information through the universal web of energy. This is the true nature of how we interact with each other including our clients.
There are four categories of brainwave frequencies: beta, alpha, theta, and delta. The combination of these categories determines your state of consciousness at any point in time. Masters and other highly spiritual individuals have developed a particular combination of these frequencies that allows them to experience a fluid awareness between the conscious, subconscious, and the unconscious mind. This combination of brainwave frequencies can be learned. The first step is to become familiar with what each brainwave frequency does.
Beta is responsible for our conscious thought process. If it is over-active, beta is like the neighborhood gossip. She chatters all the time never giving you a moments peace, keeping you awake at night, making you anxious and worrisome. If she's on her best behavior, she keeps your lists and priorities in line, is attentive, clear and creative. She gets things done. Beta is associated with problem-solving and higher cognitive processing. However, spending too much time with high-frequency beta without the support of the lower frequencies can leave you distracted, anxious, and unfocused. Beta is superficial without the rest of the team. She is a thinking, processing mechanism that must be supplied content from alpha and theta. It's interesting to note that muscle activity reduces beta.
Alpha is more relaxed and detached. He lays back and takes it all in. He daydreams, forms your visualizations, he is your relaxed awareness of the world and gateway to meditation or fantasy. You may be caught with your eyes closed when alpha is present. He may take you on a creative journey or provide you with sparks of imagination. Alpha is receptive. Things don't have to make sense to alpha. He can follow one path then switch to another for no apparent reason. Alpha's primary purpose is to be your bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind. Without alpha, you would not remember your dreams or your meditations even though they may have been vivid and insightful.
Theta can be thought of as your subconscious mind. Theta holds memories, sensations and emotions. Theta functions between the conscious and the unconscious mind and holds profound potential. But without alpha it can't get to the conscious mind. And without beta the potential goes unrealized. You know theta is active when you feel there is something pushing at you from within, some kind of knowledge or information that wants to come forward but is locked away deep in your mind. Sometimes it feels so close that it's on the tip of your tongue. It may feel as if you are on the verge of a tremendous spiritual awakening or a great creative insight. Theta can also be a source of suppressed inspiration or a cavern of garbage. It holds your stuff. In the right combination, with the other frequencies, theta produces the ah-ha moment. At that moment, flashes of the color blue may be seen giving rise to the saying: It came out of the clear blue. It is through theta that you make your strongest spiritual connection and when healing is most likely to enter your being. It is the prominent pattern in meditation and dreaming.
Deep delta relates to your unconsciousness mind and has been connected to the collective unconscious. Delta can provide a more universal unconscious insight that is more expansive than the personal or individual insight that comes from theta. This expanded perception and understanding that results from delta frequencies is often used as a kind of personal radar that provides deep levels of psychic awareness by sending and receiving intuitive information. Delta frequencies are still present even when the other frequencies have turned off during sleep. Delta gives you deep restorative rest. People in a helping profession often have delta active during waking states to reach into and understand someone's mental or emotional being. Delta is also associated with empathy.
All of these brainwave categories beta, alpha, theta and delta are the building blocks of your consciousness. They operate together as a team to determine and create your state of consciousness at any point in time. None is more important than the others. Creativity, intuition, self-healing and spiritual awakening and connection to a higher state of consciousness is waiting for you. This can be learned through specific meditations and activities. We use such a very small percentage of our brain, think of the possibilities awaiting you.
Follow the path of compassion, service, clarity, tranquility and love. Only through the mastery of self will we find that path.
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