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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.
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.
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.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.).
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.
August, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 08
Don't Believe Everything You Read Online
How the Internet Changed Aromatherapy Education
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
Thirty years ago, to get information and education in the use of true essential oils, a person in the United States had few choices: go to Europe or England and take a course (costly), find a book or magazine on the topic (with not very many to choose from), find a person selling true essential oils nearby (rarer still) and take a class with them or have the good fortune to find that they were sponsoring a class given by a visiting aromatherapist from Europe or England (very infrequent).
Clearly, a lot has changed since then and there are now many more options including full professional training and a peer recognized exam that confers the RA (Registered Aromatherapist) designation. And there are many benefits of having the Internet. You can search and get information on many aspects of aromatherapy and lists of books to order. However, as companies and blogs and short articles on holistic health have proliferated online, so has information that would not be very wise to follow.
I love the Internet and all the gifts it brings. I'm glad my Massage Today columns are now archived and can be accessed online. However, it is disturbing to me and other professional aromatherapists to see many items online that convey wrong and even dangerous information to an unsuspecting public. I do not doubt that the authors themselves are as misinformed and unaware of the dangers in what they are promoting as their readers. But the fact that this kind of information, masquerading as knowledge, is so easy to access makes it important that the person seeking advice about aromatherapy remembers several things.
First, know the source. Do they have the credentials in aromatherapy training that give them the ability to offer information that could affect your health and well-being? Second, look at the sources credited by the author and apply the same scrutiny to them. And third, know the basic safety information about using essential oils so you can recognize when something seems and really is off base.
One of the first safety rules of aromatherapy is to keep essential oils out of the eyes. How important is this? It's not just to avoid an unpleasant stinging sensation. Many essential oils are solvents that can strip varnish off wood, hardly something you would put in one of the most delicate and important areas of the body. Often, we don't even place them on the delicate tissues around the eyes because of skin irritation potential and because the volatility of the aromatic molecules will cause them to enter the eye if applied at close range.
Recently, a very highly respected educator and long-time aromatherapist came across a blog post that recommended treating eye conditions by using drops of essential oils placed directly in the eye. The educator shared this blog on Facebook with the suggestion that her peers contact the blog writer and ask them to remove the post to prevent people from the very real potential of serious and possibly permanent eye damage if they followed this advice. Several were so concerned that they reported the post to the FDA. Eventually, the writer did remove the post. But who knows how many people had already read that and will think of trying the suggestion in the future?
All too often, information that comes from the herbal tradition is transferred to using the essential oil. It may be harmless to make an herbal eye wash or put an herb soaked compress over the eyes in some cases, but the herb form and the essential oil are not the same in composition and function, and certainly not in potency. When word of the dangerous blog post got to Robert Tisserand, another highly respected author and educator in aromatherapy, he considered the topic important enough for this detailed article about the dangers of using essential oils in treating the eye, including other examples of misinformation: http://roberttisserand.com/2013/02/essential-oils-and-eye-safety.
Years ago, I subscribed to the newsletter of a famous holistic integrative medicine practitioner and was stunned one day to see what might have been a wonderful piece on using essential oils as natural mosquito repellents contain the suggestion of using an undiluted skin application of the essential oil of Pennyroyal. This essential oil is considered toxic and is not used in any application of aromatherapy. I contacted them about my concern and it took a very long time to get that post removed, along with a retraction statement. During this time, it was also revealed that these blogs and articles are not written by the famous professionals themselves and they frequently don't even know what is written by their “paid for” staff. However, even if he had written it, this famous holistic practitioner was not actually trained in the essentials of aromatherapy practice and safety.
Here are four basic safety rules as recognized by most professional aromatherapists and member organizations (not necessarily multi-level companies) in the U.S. and abroad:
And if you want to get information about using essential oils to affect a physical condition, consult aromatherapists with qualifications such as the RA (Registered Aromatherapist) or approved schools and leave the Internet surfing to other, less potentially dangerous issues.
For more safety and approved schools information, consult www.naha.org or www.alliance-aromatherapists.org. For more information on skin sensitization, see the archives of “The Aromatic Message” at www.massagetoday.com/columnists/enteen.
Click here for more information about Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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