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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.
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.
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.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
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.
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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