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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
September, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 09
Do You Consider Yourself Smart?
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
The acronym SMART is used to discuss goal setting. Goal-setting is key to changing our behavior whether mental, physical or nutritional.
We use SMART goals to help us obtain our fitness (physical) goals, and we use SMART to help us with our nutritional goals as well. For example, I set goals to keep me on track to do a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise every day. I also set a goal to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
But, being smart is also good for our mental goals. Having a SMART mental goal does not just impact your life, but you have an effect on others! The question I will ask is, "Do you consider yourself a positive person?" Positive thinking is a mental attitude that allows our mind to have thoughts, words and images. A positive mind brings happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action.
What Exactly Is SMART?
A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Because the goals are specific, you can easily measure your progress.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track and reach your target dates.
Goals must be realistic and attainable. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
To be relevant, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are willing and able to work.
A goal should be grounded within a time frame. If you want to accomplish a goal, when do you want to accomplish it by? A goal is not a plan; it's more like a wish list with a basis in reality. Then set short-term goals to reach that plan.
'With Our Thoughts We Create The World' --Buddha
Using the SMART objectives, we can become optimistic in our thinking. Being optimistic helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Being positive with others tends to be contagious. Let's think about being in a room with someone who is negative. You "feel" the negativity. Wouldn't you much rather be with the person who is smiling and thinking good things. Something as simple as giving a compliment (and meaning it) can make someone smile.
In fact, some studies show that these personality traits — optimism and pessimism — can affect many areas of your health and well-being. Positive thinking also is a key part of effective stress management.
The health benefits of positive thinking:
Having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It's also thought that positive and optimistic people live healthier lifestyles.
Here are a few actions and tips to help you develop the power of positive thinking:
Before starting with any plan or action, visualize in your mind its successful outcome. Always use only positive words while thinking and while talking: I can, I am able, it is possible, I can do it. Allow into your awareness only feelings of happiness, strength and success. Read at least one page of an inspiring book every day, such as "The Secret." Watch movies that make you feel happy. Associate yourself with people who think positively. Walk, swim or engage in some other physical activity. Think positive and expect only favorable results and situations, even if your current circumstances are not as you wish them to be. In time, your mental attitude will affect your life and circumstances. Positive thinking along with creative visualization attracts opportunities, people and the things you desire into your life!
Now you are SMART and aware of the power you have through your thoughts! Be SMART, be positive, be happy and healthy!
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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