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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.
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?
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 03
What's In Your Story?
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
It's been said a picture is worth a thousand words. But, maybe words are worth our attention, too. Consider Philip Pullman's comment, "After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." Stories connect us.They help define who we are. Stories make us care. Turns out science is helping to explain why stories have the power to change our brains.
Stories make us Empathic
When you make a point, engage an audience or even promote your business, a story captures attention in a way that simple facts can't. To help explain this, I turned to Paul Zak whose research has uncovered the link between stories, oxytocin and empathy. He says stories engage more of the brain and stimulate oxytocin production. Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter produced in the brain and blood that has been called the love and connection hormone. When oxytocin levels increase, we feel safe and more compassionate toward others. Oxytocin is stimulated in lots of ways. It's long been known that it increases during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding. Petting a loved animal, giving a gift, loving-kindness meditation, dance, praying, hugs and massage all raise oxytocin levels. A story creates a social connection which also increases oxytocin. I've seen this first hand in my own work. When I tell a story about how a very old person responded in a session, people are moved. When I simply point out the benefits, they understand on an intellectual level but that's all. Stories reach our hearts and souls and that old person "comes alive" to the listener.
There she was, this wisp of a woman in her wheelchair, alone in this big empty dining room. Her eyes had a far-away look and every few seconds she sobbed. Was she in pain? She didn't seem to notice when I spoke to her. She rambled and I could only catch a word here and there. For several minutes, I simply sat quietly with her. Saying her name, holding her hand and stroking her arm, she looked at me for the first time. A connection! Mary accepted my touch, but the crying jags continued as she gripped my hand. It was time for me to go and as I walked away, she said in a weak, but clear voice something that shook me to the core. "I'm so lonely."
The next day, I saw her again. She lay in bed, so tiny she was barely visible under the covers. She stared at the ceiling, again crying. I took in the scene as I stood the doorway to her room. Not one picture, flower, card or anything else personal was to be found. Who was this woman? All I knew was the moment. "Hi Mary, its Ann. Can I sit next to you on your bed?" She actually nodded yes! I massaged her hands and softly stroked her hair and cheek, a touch I often use to comfort people with advanced conditions. Still, she cried every few minutes. But, she reached up and touched my cheek and even looked me in the eye. I stayed present in her little world. At one point, she took my hand to her lips, kissed it and said I love you. It was wonderful to see Mary go from profound loneliness to enjoying our relationship in her own way. As I was leaving, a nurse came in and said, "Hi Mary," quite casually like she's probably done a thousand times. And Mary, in a clear voice said, "Hi!" The nurse was clearly amazed. I walked away with a smile in my heart. Mary wasn't invisible anymore.
Reflect: How did you feel about Mary as you read my story? How might you have reacted? What therapeutic benefits can you identify? Do you think Mary's quality of life improved? In what way?
Capture Your Own Story
We create a story every time we touch someone. True, some are more memorable than others, but many are worth capturing — and sharing. But, if you're like me, the details of a story fade quickly unless we find a way to resurrect them. Here's a tip. Dedicate a notebook or journal as a place to jot down your own stories. It doesn't have to be formal. Quick notes will do. I have carried a journal in my bag that goes with me into homes and facilities. Some stories are just a line or two. The first entry is dated August, 2001. A glimpse through the pages just now has brought back such sweet memories of people who have help shaped my work and blessed my life. So share your own stories. They bring to life the power and validity of your service in the world. We'll all be listening!
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