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Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Industry News for SpaCare Group
SpaEquip, Inc. introduces THE SPACARE GROUP
February 22, 2012 Calistoga, CA - SpaEquip, Inc. is pleased to announce the early 2012 launch of the SpaCare Group, a new division dedicated to bringing world-class skin care products and caring service to the spa industry. With 5 dedicated sales and training professionals located in different areas of the country, this dream team of respected spa and skin care experts has been assembled to present premier products from around the world. A natural extension of the services offered by SpaEquip, taking advantage of the company's reputation and extensive contacts, the SpaCare Group is a new organization dedicated exclusively to representing leading skin care, body care, and nail care products in the USA.
Multi-line – Our portfolio of product lines provides an answer for every type of spa, in terms of product concept, performance and price. After a year of research on skin care trends and the needs of spas, we chose brands uniquely positioned to fill those needs.
Strong, experienced product sales and training team – Our Territory Sales and Training Managers understand the business of spa from the ground up, with experience owning, managing and working in spas. They know how to educate, motivate and inspire spa practitioners. They are dedicated to bringing their experience and success to our clients.
Culture of care – We have adopted an attitude of care, and our objective is to have our Territory Managers provide clients with our own unique style of caring support. We felt this was so important that we named the company after it. Our SpaCare team wants to make a difference in the industry we love.
Sodashi • Made in Australia, this luxury brand is results-oriented, pure, and 100% chemical free. It is featured at some of the most prestigious spa properties around the world, including the spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.
Esthederm • This classic French line provides accessible luxury with a strong performance orientation, proprietary patented products, and an award-winning sun care line.
BioOrigin • Already a massage product leader in Canada with natural, healing therapies, this is the new standard in the USA - created for massage therapists by massage therapists.
Dr.'s Remedy • This 'physician's brand' of nail care products is free from toxins and enriched with natural healing ingredients, with formulas created to provide shine and durability for an extended period.
Melanie Edwards has accumulated a dynamic and diverse career experience exclusively within the luxury spa and professional skin care markets for over 30 years, including sales & marketing, training & education, brand development & advocacy, strategic planning, public relations & advertising, development of product concepts, and treatment protocols & retail strategies.
Ms. Edwards began her career as one of the first licensed estheticians in California. She had the good fortune to meet Robert Diemer, who became her mentor in the skin care industry. With his guidance and support, Ms. Edwards found her passion in the development and execution of training programs for product companies. This experience gave her the opportunity to travel to Europe discover the world of the spa lifestyle and therapies. Inspired by her travels, Ms. Edwards opened Essentiels Beauty Clinic in 1991 in Boulder, Colorado and expanded its operations in 1997. The new concept, Essentiels Spa, became the premier day spa on the front range. After selling the company in 2001, Ms. Edwards moved to New York and was the Vice President of Spa Development and Director of Education for Decléor North America and Carita Paris. In 2003, Ms. Edwards accepted the role of Senior Vice President for the newly formed spa division for the international fashion and beauty group, Puig. A leader in the spa industry and esthetic community since 1978, Ms. Edwards is a recognized businesswoman, training and education executive, and product and concept development specialist. Her expertise is sought after by industry associations and trade magazines. Ms. Edwards believes in giving back to the industry she loves and currently serves as a volunteer for the ISPA Speaker's Task Force. She is also a past Board Member and has contributed regularly and enthusiastically to the organization since 1994.
Ms. Frazier began her career in The fashion industry as a buyer & stylist for 5 years until she was inspired to join the beauty industry. She expanded her experience as a licensed esthetician and hair stylist for 5 more years, and parlayed that first-hand knowledge into beauty industry sales. Jeannie spent the next 7 years in sales and training for Renee Furterer, the Paris-based hair care brand, and traveled to France for several education and development conferences.
Ms Frazier then moved on to New York City to help with product launch for Bumble & Bumble hair care. While in New York, she met supermodel Christy Turlington, and was invited to help launch Turlington's "Sundari" brand in the U.S. and Europe. After 7 years with Sundari, Jeannie moved into medical skin care and worked as the Director of Sales for cosmeceutical company, Luzerne Labs in New York. Jeannie is a member of ISPA and NESA.
"I am very excited to be a part of the SpaCare Group team! Relationships are a big part of success in the industry, along with listening and truly caring about our clients' needs. This will bring much success and reward!"
Jamie worked for IBM as a Systems Engineer and Account Executive for 13 years. After moving to the Napa Valley, Jamie became determined to begin a career as a Massage Therapist and Esthetician, and joined Meadowood Resort & Spa as a practitioner. She was promoted to Spa Director, and took the spa from an accessory to a feature of the property. Within 4 months, retail sales to service ratios went from 17% to 90%. Meadowood was one of the first spas to implement a GWT, offering every guest a gift after their treatment. This program allowed the practitioner to present the gift along with homecare recommendations.
After leaving Meadowood, Jamie joined BABOR Cosmetics America where she secured the largest national corporate account in their history. From BABOR Educator to Western Regional Director and finally Vice President of North America, Jamie was able to duplicate those same business-building principals to spas across the country. Key accounts include Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel, Sonoma Mission Inn, Spa at Doral, The Spa at La Quinta, La Costa, Grand Wailea, The Spa at Pebble Beach, The Regent Beverly Wilshire, Rock Resorts, Ritz Carlton's, The Spa at The Hotel, Las Vegas, to name a few. Jamie received awards from BABOR Cosmetics America for "Most Sales Growth" in 2004, and was named "2006 Employee of the Year" in Germany for outstanding achievement. Jamie was presented "The Art of Achievement" at the 2006 ISPA Annual Conference & Expo.
"I am thrilled to become part of the SpaCare Group. Now is the time to breathe new life into the industry. My mantra: 'Provide my clients with an experience they will remember forever!' I believe that retail is the true measure of our success. If the guest leaves with a bag full of products, they are very happy!"
Ms. Ochoa is a licensed esthetician with more than 10 years of experience in the beauty industry . She has knowledge in a variety of aspects of the skincare business, including education, sales, medical aesthetics, management and ownership . For 8 years, she was part owner of Elegance Day Spa in Southern California . Out of that, her passion and enthusiasm for the beauty industry grew to include more involvement in sales and skincare education. She was able to expanded her involvement as an Account Executive at NuFACE®, a Carol Cole Company specializing in micro-current technology . Most recently, she was the Regional Sales Manager & Educator at Brazilian GlossTM. She has been a skincare & beauty educator and keynote speaker at ICES, ISSE, and IHS, and has been a guest speaker at Bellus Academy and Paul Mitchell® School. In a rapidly-advancing field, Shyomi continues to learn and enhance her skills by attending advanced skin care symposiums around the world, including London, Rome and Perpignan, France.
"Even though I am at times in a position to inform others, I feel it is very important to continue to educate myself. An educator must stay on top of the latest and greatest in an industry that is constantly changing, with new technology and more advanced products at every turn. This is my passion, I love to learn, and one can never learn too much! As part of the SpaCare team, I am excited and feel privileged to be working with some of the most amazing people in the industry."