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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
October, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 10
In Memoriam: Dianne Polseno
By Tracy Walton, LMT, MS
On May 12, 2012, the massage therapy profession lost one of its biggest champions. Dianne Polseno died of cancer, eight months to the day after her diagnosis. She passed after an overwhelming illness, a rich life and an illustrious career in touch education.
Dianne had boundless energy and gave it freely. She always made time for people who needed her. A common experience people had upon meeting her was the sense that they had known her forever. She was warm, direct, strong and loving. As a teacher, practitioner, activist and administrator, she encouraged and mentored many of her students and colleagues along the way. She was known for her dedication and hard work, as well as her strong opinions. She was fiercely protective of massage therapy.
Dianne's signature is a regular column and an entire body of work on ethics in massage therapy. Her writing was always clean, clear and practical, and she churned out many glorious turns of phrase. She brought wonderful case studies to her column and made the reader feel that ethics were intertwined with the daily life of the practitioner. She welcomed questions from readers and answered them thoughtfully and thoroughly. Her contributions to this tender, growing area of massage therapy are deeply appreciated and will endure for a long time.
Massage therapy students who had the happy chance to study with her at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy raved about her courses. She taught science, drawing on her previous life in nursing and a passion for the workings of the human body. One of her greatest contributions was a continuing education course in cadaver anatomy where she brought massage therapists into the lab to view, touch and hold the human anatomy. She taught with reverence and a deep well of expertise. As a teacher, she received outstanding reviews.
Dianne received many awards and recognitions over her career, notably the 2006 AMTA Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award. That same year, she began work at Cortiva Institute-Boston as the Education Director where she rose to become its Campus President. While there, she navigated all of her administrative responsibilities while maintaining the long view of what massage therapy could become in the world of health care.
Although Dianne was prominent in the profession, many contributions were quiet and behind the scenes. Her 20-year practice in massage therapy served a wide range of clients. She worked with children with disabilities, athletes and people with serious illness. She massaged many members of her adoring family, including several when they were infants and young children. She had a strong connection to the younger world; as a faithful aunt to many lucky children, she was an attentive caregiver and gift giver.
Dianne's sense of humor was legendary. She was irreverent, self-deprecating and wacky, with brilliant comic timing. She kept her students' attention with mnemonics, stories and her characteristic arm-waving. Story after story brought massage therapy and science to life. She maintained her sense of humor throughout her illness, writing beautifully about her cancer experience on her CaringBridge journal (www.caringbridge.org/visit/diannepolseno). The site has been kept alive by her sisters and people continue to contribute. It is an impressive account of spirit and strength in the face of cancer.
Dianne's personality and gifts to the world were larger than life. The loss of her is deeply felt in the New England massage therapy community, the national American Massage Therapy Association, massage education and among her many colleagues and fans around the country. Yet, after she left us, I had the distinct feeling that the empty space she left behind was already filing with all that she brought to us while she was here.
The last time I saw Dianne, I thanked her for all that she gave to our profession. I asked her if she wouldn't mind, wherever she was going next, to continue looking after it and looking after us. As I expected, she agreed without hesitation. Her service to the large goodness of skilled touch will endure for decades. Generations of therapists, clients and teachers will be buoyed by her unseen support. And Dianne Polseno's spirit keeps on in these words she has been credited with: "We are changing the world, one massage at a time."
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