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An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Get Optimal Energy with Nutritional Self Care
By Ben Benjamin, PhD and Lois Orth-Zitoli
It is our experience that massage therapists are some of the most giving, compassionate people on the planet. While we might be exceptional at caring for others, many massage therapists put themselves last when it comes to their own self-care.
Being a massage therapist is a physically and emotionally demanding job. If you feel totally spent at the end of each work day, then applying a few small changes to your daily eating habits may give you the necessary boost of optimal energy to meet the demands of each day.
Over the next several issues, we will talk about how to eat, when to eat and what to eat to keep your energy levels steady. This information is particularly useful for those of you who always feel tired, those of you who experience a daily 3 p.m. slump, and for those of you who wonder why you can't seem to lose any weight, despite eating a diet of healthy foods.
How To Eat
People seem to be moving at a pace previously unknown to humankind. Words like multi-tasking came into existence to describe this trend. While many think that multi-tasking makes you more productive, it often backfires when applied to mealtimes. According to recent research, multi-tasking causes us to lose focus and decrease productivity. Have you ever shared a meal with someone who eats like they are in the Indy 500? As you are enjoying your second bite of a lovely meal, suddenly you notice your friend's plate is already empty! Or maybe it's your plate. So, why is this relevant?
While you can eat the healthiest meal imaginable, if you are not in a relaxed state during this time, your metabolism is literally shut off. As therapists, we are aware of the "fight-or-flight" response. When you eat in a hurried state, even if you aren't feeling stressed, you are placing the body into a "fight or flight" mode. All the physical changes of the stress response are activated: heart rate speeds up, blood pressure increases, respiration quickens, blood reroutes away from the midsection of the body and hormones (such as adrenaline and cortisol) are released into the bloodstream. Not the greatest scenario for your digestive tract. In fact, when you eat a meal while in a stressed state, you actually absorb up to 50 percent less nutrients from your food. Therefore, if you want to improve your digestion and metabolism, pay attention to how you eat. Also, schedule breaks between clients that are long enough to incorporate the following Mindful Eating Tips:
If you tend to eat while standing up, driving or watching TV, then you might find the practice of mindful eating challenging at first. The key word is "practice." Bad habits do not change overnight. If these Mindful Eating Tips seem insane or impossible to you, then just choose the easiest one of the four tips and try it for two weeks. After two weeks, try to add another tip to your Mindful Eating practice.
Click here for more information about Ben Benjamin, PhD.
Lois Orth-Zitoli, of Full Circle Health, maintains a private practice in massage therapy and health/nutrition coaching in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Lois leads workshops on nutrition, coaches both individuals and groups, and teaches healthy cooking classes. She can be reached at
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