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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 11
The Ugly Quilt Grows
By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Another patch has been added to the ugly patchwork quilt of massage regulation. This time the great state of New York has passed an amendment to their massage law restricting free trade and interstate commerce in continuing education.The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork did the right thing by opposing it. American Massage Therapy Association lobbied in favor of it.
I hope all you New York therapists feel you get your money's worth out of the new mandatory continuing education fee of $45 at each renewal. (SB 5431, Section 6)
Further, to become a sponsor of continuing education in New York, one will have to pay a fee of $900. It will depend on how the administrative rules are drawn up if each presenter has to pay $900 or if one sponsor can host multiple presenters. Either way, but especially if the former, the fee along with the administrative expenses of the inevitable paperwork will all be priced into the cost of seminars in New York. Why would you do this to yourselves?
I loved New York. They had the guts to have a higher entry-level standard and to administer their own licensing exam. Plus, they required no continuing education for renewal. This is the way it should be. Therapists should take continuing education because they want to learn more skills to help more people, not because they are coerced to. The public is not being harmed because therapists do not take continuing education. The public is just being underserved. While this is causing a backlash against our profession and among other things keeps us from reaching our potential, the problem is really at the entry-level which is way too low and for the most part poorly executed. Treating the symptoms by legislating continuing education at a mere 12 hours a year is an allopathic approach and will be about as effective at elevating our profession as allopathic health care is at achieving wellness in the general population.
I still love you New York and all my colleagues there. The real point is: When is our profession going to stop punishing itself with poorly written, dysfunctional, punitive laws? The only hope I see is the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards development of a model massage law. This is a huge project and will take more time than it should because of the egos of this profession and the tyranny of the minorities, but it will be worth the wait. Until then, except for administrative necessity, the massage profession should stop adding to the patchwork quilt of lousy laws. When we have a well-written, model law that actually benefits our profession, while of course protecting the public, we can then go forward with a united effort, as most other alternative professions have done, and achieve beneficial regulation with portability and consistent standards.
Stop Politics as Usual
He who robs Peter to pay Paul will always have Paul's support. However, our society cannot go on indefinitely under the faulty assumption that everyone can live at the expense of his or her neighbors. This can only lead to an eventual catastrophic financial collapse - and that is well under way now. How's your business and family budget? The ruling class creates the current economic malaise, deliberately. If we keep sending them back to Washington they will continue to do the same thing - consolidate power and wealth for themselves and their major campaign contributors at our expense.
The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville
It is believed that Professor Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor in the 1700s wrote: "The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
Where do you think we are on this scale now? Many believe we are on the next to the bottom rung, or near the "apathy to dependence" phase of the professor's theory with over 30 percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
The only hope to turn this around is to get rid of the ruling class. The only peaceful way to do that is to vote out every incumbent at every election until we have working citizens instead of party hacks of the ruling class running our country. It will be painful, but not nearly as painful as the eventual alternative - tyranny.
What does this have to do with massage? The reality is that your patient's freedom of choice in health care, their freedom to chose to come to you, can only exist in a free society. Tyrants want control of your health care because the government that controls the health of its people controls its people. The existence of massage as therapy, delivered by independent first-door providers depends on preserving freedom of choice in health care. That freedom is in great jeopardy at this moment. Do your part to preserve it. Throw out the ruling class - vote against every incumbent, forever.
As of November 2, the election season is over. I promise not to beat this drum again for two years.
On a much happier note, the Holidaze will soon be upon us. As the Beatles sang - "Every year it's Christmas at the end of every year." Every major faith has a holiday during the 7 Sacred weeks. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all celebrate this time with respect, tolerance, love, and peace? My wish is that we can all be reading this column next year in a more healthy, prosperous, peaceful world. My sincere thanks to all of you who read this column. Happy shopping and may you sell lots of gift certificates - but remember, it's about something bigger than that.
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