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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
September, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 09
Falls to Remember
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
It's September! Hope you had a wonderful summer. This year fall will be really interesting because of a very important election. America now has two classes, a ruling class and the rest of us.If you really want affordable health care that includes alternative providers, and a prosperous economy, you have to become active in getting rid of the ruling class. This happens by voting out every incumbent, every election for about a decade. It does not matter what party an incumbent belongs to, if they are an incumbent they are part of the ruling class and they do not work for you or represent you, they work for the best interests of the ruling class. They are all bought and paid for by the huge money interests, the ones that they bailed out with your tax dollars. If we want to restore our country to the land of the free and the home of the brave, we must throw out the ruling class. For you, "loyal to a party idealogs," this will be painful initially, but in about two election cycles there will be candidates to vote for that have our best interests in mind instead of the ruling class. We have to go through the party shills first and then good, honest candidates can rise through the ranks. It is best to do this at the primary level, but it is too late for that this year, so in November, do your part to bring back true representative government - throw the bums out! Register and vote against all incumbents for the next decade. Your practice, your patients, and your health will benefit from it. Please help restore a government of the people instead of a ruling class of professional politicians. NO more incumbents!!
The Story on the History Story
I know this column was supposed to be about massage history. However, my primary source for 1920 - 1930's massage history has died and I am having trouble recovering the research he did on that era. I want the information I share with you to be accurate, so I must wait until I can find the facts and dates. Standby, as you will be quite surprised by the story and the lessons it has to teach us. (If anyone has a copy of Richard Van Why's handout from his presentation on massage history at an AMTA convention, I believe in Fort Worth, Texas in the late 1980s or early 90s please contact me.)
Falling Down the Educational Spiral
There is a phenomenon in education. It is that no instructor ever teaches all they know to their students and no student ever learns all they are taught. The student who did not learn all they were taught becomes an instructor and does not teach all they know to another generation of students who do not learn all they are taught and the downward spiral continues. Of course self-motivated instructors go out and constantly learn more and more, hopefully becoming more accomplished than their own instructors. However, this is the exception as sadly, very few people in any profession, or life for that matter, strive to become the best they can be. Most float along in mediocrity.
In the massage profession, our growth has been so rapid that the profession has not been able to produce an adequate number of qualified, field-experienced instructors. In many cases, graduates from this year's class are hired to teach next year's class. Some states have enacted standards for entry-level massage instructors but the standards are usually based on a number of years in the profession. This is better than nothing. However, just as a good mechanic does not necessarily make a good shop foreman, a practicing therapist does not necessarily make a good teacher. Further, there is more to teaching a class than just knowing how to do a massage. Just because you can do it does not mean you can teach it. There is a skill set required for teaching that is different from the skill set required for practicing. It is time that our profession adopts comprehensive standards for entry-level instructors and begin to implement them.
The ABMP has made a significant contribution to this end. They funded the creation and publishing of a textbook to train massage instructors, Teaching Massage, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. It is a 344-page primer to help all those rookie instructors learn some of the core skills that are taught at university education schools, but shaped with a massage perspective. ABMP sent a free copy to every massage school in the country. If you are a massage instructor at an entry-level school and have not seen this book, ask for it, study it, and implement what you learn from it. It will probably make your teaching life better, it will help you train better therapists, and most importantly, it will help provide better massages to the public. Providing the best possible massage to the public should always be the goal guiding our profession.
New Kid on the Block
A new organization has emerged in our profession. It is the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, an independent association to give educators a voice in the profession and hopefully serve as a resource to improve massage education. There are membership categories for schools, school instructors, and CE providers. If you are involved in massage education, this organization deserves your support. Seriously consider joining. For more info: http://www.afmte.org. (Editor's note: Ralph Stephens is on the Alliance Board of Directors.)
The Fall of Nutrition
The Unholy Alliance of Monsanto, Dupont, and the Obama administration are working 24/7 to bring more toxic chemicals and genetically modified foods into your digestive system. They are now working on approving GMO salmon and wheat. GMO sugar beets have been approved recently, and a Bush administration ban on GMO alfalfa is about to be overturned. If you care about what you eat, and you should, you can keep up with the news through the Organic Consumers Association. This is a very left-leaning group that worked very hard to get Obama elected, hoping for change, and now is appalled that the change is allowing even more environmental and nutritional destruction by agribusiness and Food, Inc. than ever before. You can subscribe to their free newsletter and read their articles at www.organicconsumers.org.
Remember you are what you eat and think. It is time to get involved people, before it is too late, and that threshold is rapidly approaching.
See you Thanksgiving month with my 70th column - gobble gobble.
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