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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
The Changing World of Education
By Keith Eric Grant, PhD, NCTMB
"For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Back in December 2003, I attended a lecture by William A. Wulf, then president of the National Academy of Engineering. One of his comments that struck me was on the difference between small improvements in technology that make something already being done easier and on the continuing and often unexpected social changes stemming from huge quantitative changes in technology. He noted that he had a computer in his briefcase 100 times faster than the ENIAC computer (circa 1946), which weighed 100 tons and was the size of a squash court. The computer in his briefcase? It was a greeting card with a microprocessor to generate music. Wulf also quoted a statement by computer scientist Danny Hillis, likely looking back from the late 1990s to the late 1970s:
"I went to my first computer conference at the New York Hilton about 20 years ago. When somebody there predicted the market for microprocessors would eventually be in the millions, someone else said, 'Where are they all going to go? It's not like you need a computer in every doorknob!' Years later, I went back to the same hotel. I noticed the room keys had been replaced by electronic cards you slide into slots in the doors. There was a computer in every doorknob."
In the last 15 years, we've seen great changes in the diversity of people using electronic communication. E-mail lists and "UseNet" groups became common and then morphed into social networking and communication media such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Skype, and YouTube. We can now share thoughts, pictures, and videos in ways unthinkable a few years before. With Skype, we can converse with colleagues by voice, share text and Web links, and even see their computer desktop or share ours as we work on projects together. Our friends and colleagues can now as easily be across the world as across town.
Communication has changed enormously in the amount of information that can be moved and stored and in the capabilities to display it. Communication also changed both in the move from media control of information to individual control and in information media having to adapt both in presentation of information and in finding new business models -- a transition that is still in process. Now, I believe, we are on the verge of such changes in education, including, at the least, didactic elements of massage training. There is a tremendous amount of effort and creativity being thrown into technology for education.
Technology in Education: Hybrid Textbooks, Interactive Tools, and More
This morning, before sitting down to write, I chatted with Susan Salvo, author of Mosby's Pathology for Massage Therapists, about her experience with Elsevier Publishing's hybrid textbooks. The textbooks are hybrid because they include a physical textbook, an access code to online interactive modules, and a user guide.
In using such technology for hybrid classes, Salvo stresses the need for the teacher to demonstrate access within the class and to provide regular links and contact via e-mail. For the student, the online modules provide additional ways of learning and the ability to review material until they grasp it. According to Elsevier's description, their Evolve Course Management System (CMS) is available to instructors upon adoption of a core textbook and provides both learning resources for a corresponding textbook along with access to a comprehensive suite of communication and organization tools. These tools include discussion boards, e-mail, chat rooms, calendars, address books, task organizers, and more, allowing an instructor to customize course content, build online tests, create assignments, enter grades, post announcements, manage student groups, and much more.1 (Ryann Ellis provides a more general discussion of the desirable features of such a learning management systems.2)
Jan Schwartz and her colleagues at Education and Training Solutions3 have taken a more direct path to online learning -- one that includes being a provider of classes for Massage Envy. Schwartz noted that they chose Moodle4 as a course management system (CMS) because of it being developed and maintained by "an open source concept community -- working together to create a product that just keeps getting better".
Schwartz, who holds a masters degree in Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Specialization in E-Learning spoke with me about the flexibility of such systems. Moodle, for example, provides for synchronous sessions with group chat rooms and having office hours in which students can talk with the instructor. It also provides for students doing group projects together, working asynchronously as their own time permits. An example she gave was for students to read an article, review it, and then comment on at least two of their classmate's reviews. Schwartz notes that part of the instructor's role is to nudge students to stay on topic in the work rooms and to be succinct. There's a social forum provided for more casual interactions among students.
At this point, online learning can't teach the basic kinesthetic vocabulary of massage skills. Some things still need to be learned in person. What the technology is capable of providing is both theoretical knowledge and demonstrations of ways of applying a kinesthetic vocabulary once learned. At this point, there are still state laws and board regulations that can prevent full utilization of current technology. Both the technology and its use for education in general are evolving so rapidly at this point, however, that such laws and regulations will increasingly be seen as quaint anachronisms. Students who have grown up with technologically-based education will push the profession into using technology for its full potential in providing training that is both flexible and highly interactive. From a regulatory standpoint, training concerns should not be about how content is delivered, but about how well students can demonstrate their mastery of required content after training.
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