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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.).
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
December, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 12
From Stressed Out to Self Care
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
What does climbing a rock wall have to do with self-care? It's all about reaching new heights of self-awareness by renewing, revitalizing and jump-starting your spirit. Do you have to climb a rock wall to achieve this? Certainly not.The point is to do something outside the box, something that stretches you beyond your comfort zone and challenges you to focus on yourself.
As massage therapists we spend hours taking care of other people's needs. Yet many therapists shy away from spending time and money on their own needs. If this rings true for you, join me as I share my experience of climbing out of my box and into a new awareness of myself. I hope my story will inspire you reach new heights of consciousness.
Climbing Out of the Box
Self-care begins with how we spend our time. This concept became clear to me when my best friend and I recently celebrated our birthdays at Canyon Ranch Spa Miami. In the middle of this get-away I turned to my friend and said, "Wow, how different would all of our decisions about life be if we could make them in the absence of stress?" Under stress we see time as the enemy. When we are fighting the clock, we fail to see the possibilities available to us. Instead of enjoying our time and making empowered decisions, we react to situations and put off the "good stuff."
By taking a few days to care for my body and spirit, I felt the pressure of time slip away. For three days I did exactly what I wanted. I ate when I was hungry, worked out, rested and had an absolute blast laughing at myself doing Zumba. Then, I made the stretch... although I'm terrified of heights, I decided to move way out of my comfort zone by challenging myself to climb a rock wall. Getting up the wall was tough. I can tell you it took six attempts, each time getting a little higher than before. But with the support and encouragement of my best friend and my instructor, Wally, I made it.
Then it was time to come down, which meant I had to actually let go of the wall. Much like life, letting go can be scary. It requires us to release our sense of control. Even with the harnesses securely in place, I felt my heart race with the fear of falling. At points I wasn't sure I was going to make it. The only thing I could do was to feel the fear and do it anyway. That sense of overcoming my fears and succeeding at something was so motivating. Yet it also made me realize how much time we all spend inside our comfortable box, fighting the clock, ignoring our needs. When we are slaves to our routines and we view time as the enemy, there's no space to grow, to rest and renew our spirits. There is no time to actually enjoy our lives.
How Are You Spending Your Time Currency?
There's a quote by Carl Sandburg, "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." So, if time is the currency of life, how are you spending yours? Many of us live our lives for the illusive "someday." To me, this word "someday" is the scariest word in the English language. "Someday I will... get in shape... slow down... learn how to play guitar... go back to college... have enough money to retire... begin to eat right... stop waiting and start living." That someday is your life. That someday is TODAY!
Create Your Own Self-Care Plan
When you go to the doctor's office, he or she will assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis and create a plan of care based on your needs. If you were to assess your symptoms right now, what would you discover? Are you stressed out, overwhelmed and stretched too thin? What is the diagnosis and plan of care based on your spiritual, emotional and physical needs right now? Here are some guidelines to help you come up with a self-care plan. But remember, only you can follow through and make your someday now.
Tip #1: Save for Your Own Spa-Cation
Tip #2: Let Nature Recharge Your Spirit
Tip #3: Engage Your Passion
Tip #4: Let Music Move You
Tip #5: Scare Yourself a Little
Tip #6: Invest In Yourself
Tip #7: Connect with the Divine Every Day
I could go on and on with ideas about how to honor your needs and care for yourself. But the bottom line is, you have to make the commitment to care for yourself with loving compassion.
Climbing Your Own Wall
Thomas Edison perceived that, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." And from the Scriptures, "Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up." (Gal 6:9 TLB). We often apply these principles to our work, but what would our lives look like if we also applied them to our self-care needs? How would your "someday" look then? Don't settle for a mediocre life, my friend. Spend your coins wisely.
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