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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Industry News for Northwestern Health Sciences University
School of Massage Therapy Celebrates a Decade with Record Symposium Numbers
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. The School of Massage Therapy at Northwestern hit the spot this weekend with record attendance at the 2011 Symposium. More than 230 massage professionals filled the University on March 5 and 6 to attend continuing education workshops, visit with old and new colleagues, check out vendor products and celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the School of Massage Therapy.
Dale Healey, DC, dean of the School of Massage Therapy, can't believe it has been 10 years since the beginning of the program. "To have that large of a group join us for the 10-year anniversary made the weekend especially great," said Dr. Healey. "All of our presenters did a wonderful job and they were very well received."
Attendees earned 15 hours of continuing education and had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop with keynote speaker David Kent, LMT, NCTMB. Kelli Quist, a 2002 graduate, feels Northwestern's symposium is the best continuing education around. "This is a great networking event and I always get the most out of being here," said Quist. "The variety of topics covered is awesome."
The optional cadaver labs led by Kim Swineheart, DC, associate professor at Northwestern, were a huge hit with attendees. First-time attendee Kristin Wilz decided to come when a fellow massage therapist recommended it. "I am enjoying my experience here and the cadaver lab is by far my favorite part of the weekend," said Wilz. "I will definitely be back; my journey has begun."
On Saturday evening attendees enjoyed a dinner reception in the cafeteria at Northwestern where they listened to music by vocalist/guitarist Sasha Mercedes, reflected on the past 10 years of the School of Massage Therapy and danced the night away. "It's always great to see alumni come back after they graduate and meet the new attendees, as well," said Susie Biwer, assistant director of alumni, development & career services. "Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and have a great time. I would say the weekend was a success!"
Excitement surrounding the 2011 Symposium was caught on camera by the communications department with a video campaign, "Tell Us Your Northwestern Story." Over the course of the weekend attendees could record their Northwestern story and be entered into a gift card drawing. The gift card winners were: Barbara Jean Turner, $15; Kathy Nokleby, $25; and RondaKae Vainikka, massage therapy student at Northwestern, $50. "I felt kind of nervous, but I decided to just do it," said Vainikka on recording her Northwestern story. "I never expected to win!"
"It's incredible to look back on our history of 10 years and realize what an amazing journey it has been," says Dr. Healey. "This was a great year to celebrate what we have accomplished and look forward to what the next 10 years will bring."
Photos and video footage from the 2011 Symposium can be found on Northwestern's Facebook page.
Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.