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A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
February, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 02
Inspired By Service and Proud to be a Part of the Massage Community
By Angie Patrick
I do not know about you, but it has become so difficult to watch the news lately. There are so many people who find themselves in distress this time of year and then compound it with freakish natural disasters, and you have a SCI-FI channel movie of the week.
I have read so many stories of those who have lost all and are trying to fight their way out of a hole. It is on the news nightly, on the web, on my news feed on Facebook, simply everywhere. I am constantly inspired to do something, although the answers as to what to do don't come as easily. Were I of the financial means to reach out to every case I saw, I would absolutely be the one to do it. But, while I have some to share for those in need, it does not even begin to come close to helping everyone.
Today, I have never been more proud to be a part of a community like our massage community. I have seen people mobilize and organize and make a difference in the means and ways they can. I have watched organizations born, watched as manufacturers, resellers, therapists, internal and external stake holders in our profession digging deeply and doing what they can to provide assistance for those who they can reach and assist. This is awe inspiring.
It is not new to this industry, however. I can name 15 organizations created by therapists off the top of my head that are in perpetual outreach benefiting others. Therapists, as well as those affiliated with our industry, are by nature giving souls and caretakers. It is with this rare penchant for helping others that they go further than most, act more often than most and are first to extend a helping hand in a time of crisis. In fact, I know of those helping in the far reaches of Nepal, Dubai, South America, Haiti, Japan, Korea and New Zealand. This is not "our backyard" so the press isn't as prevalent, but the needs are similar. And it is without hesitation these people organize and provide help, often at great personal costs.
I am inspired by the acts of kindness and philanthropy I see around us. I would be quite hard pressed to look within any other industry and find so many like minded people determined to make a difference and leave a positive stake where they once stood. They make a vow to better circumstances for their brothers in need, even if that brother is on the other side of the planet. And recently, so many have rallied to support hurricane victims so close to home. I am awestruck by these people, and by their tenacity to improve the human condition in the only means they know. They rally, they convene, they persuade, they invite, they enlist and they call on every person they know to help make a difference. This is a feat that is not small by any standards, and it is a giving of themselves that you do not see as readily elsewhere.
Why am I sharing all of this with you? I am glad you asked. I would like to celebrate those who give of themselves, and who are the self appointed caretakers of the planet. This is not a job they were given but rather one they claimed as their own. They were not voted in, they volunteered. They did not rise to the occasion for self promotion, but rather out of the spirit of doing something for others, without expecting in return. This kind of individual deserves celebrating, as they are the changers of the world.
I can tell you, nothing feels as good as helping others. NOTHING. No money, no gift, no riches, no perks, no celebrity ... NOTHING. Helping others provides a sort of inner fulfillment and self assurance that a job, a chorus, a fan, a friend, a fan club could never provide. It is a high you have to try to understand. And this time of year, you need not look far to find someone who could use a little help. Being a point of hope and unexpected benefit to another person is within itself its own reward, and it will fill your soul to the brim with joy. Being able to see the relief on a troubled soul's face as you help provide means for them to achieve is something you will never soon forget. It does not take much, so even if you have little, you have more than someone else. And be it monetary, inspirational, or in the form of a gift, the recipient will never forget your act of kindness and will likely continue the swell and pay it forward.
I am proud to be in this industry. I am honored to be lucky enough to provide help where I can. It makes me proud my daughter sees her Mommy and Daddy caring for others, because she will want to do the same. Maybe it's a can of corn for the canned food drive, maybe it's spending some time packaging boxes at the local food pantry, or maybe its a few dollars in the Fireman's boot at the stoplight. EVERYTHING COUNTS! No amount of gift is too small, and a gift of your time as a volunteer is PRICELESS. And in the end, your heart will fill with joy and someone's needs will be met.
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