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TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
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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