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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.).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alliance Features Distinguished Keynote Presenters For Annual Conference
On August 18-20, The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education will be holding its 2011 Annual Conference in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The theme for this meeting is Bringing Teaching to the Next Level, which is intended to highlight the Alliance's work on its National Teacher Education Standards Project.
The educational program includes workshops to meet the professional development needs of directors and administrators from massage therapy schools, along with massage school teachers and continuing education providers. The conference also features three keynotes with distinguished presenters:
In a presentation entitled Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence, Tracy Ortelli, PhD(c), RN, will offer massage therapy educators a unique perspective on what it takes to establish teacher standards in a professional discipline, and the tremendous difference it can make in the quality of educational outcomes. Tracy is Vice President of Academic Affairs for Galen College of Nursing and a recognized leader in the field of nursing education. She directed the development of the Nurse Educator Certification Program for the National League of Nursing, and was a test developer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
Ben Benjamin, PhD and Amy Yeager will introduce conference attendees to the System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction in a presentation on The Dynamics of Effective Communication. SAVI provides a state-of-the-art tool for analyzing and improving the effectiveness of verbal communication in all domains. The system focuses not on what we say, but on how we say it. In this presentation, you will experience how SAVI can be utilized from the classroom to the boardroom, and from the individual to the group level. Ben is one of the most highly-respected educators and authors in the massage therapy field. He is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he founded the Muscular Therapy Institute. Amy is a Harvard graduate and movement repatterning practitioner who is one of the principals in SAVI Training Partners, a company founded with Ben.
As massage therapy is considered part of the spectrum of complementary and alternative health care practices that are getting broad utilization by consumers, The Role of Massage Education in Complementary Health Care is the subject of the final keynote presentation at this year's conference. Jan Schwartz, MA, will offer an introduction to the mission and goals of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), and will highlight ways that massage schools and educators can build bridges that facilitate collaboration with other health professions, and increase utilization of massage therapy services. Jan is a founding member of ACCAHC and serves on its Executive Committee. She is a former Director of Education for the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts and former chair of COMTA.
Complete descriptions of the educational program, conference details, as well as information on the new 2011 Alliance membership options may be found in a free 16-page booklet available from the Alliance website or by clicking this link. Conference participants can earn up to 15 contact hours of CE credit.
A $100 early registration discount is available through July 1. Alliance Members receive an additional $100 discount off the registration fee.
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