The Opioid Crisis Hits Home: An Acupuncturist's Inside Perspective of Addiction Treatment
My husband and I have four grown children, but we still sleep with a phone next to our night stand just in case they need us. But nothing could have prepared us for a 1 a.m.
Power of the Talk: A Simple Way to Attract New Patients
One of the most effective ways to bring patients in predictably, especially if you enjoy teaching, is by doing talks. Talks can also bring in another stream of income beyond just seeing more patients one on one.
Who's the "Father of Corrective Traction" in Chiropractic?
History teaches that a Presbyterian minister, Samuel Weed, coined the name for the profession of chiropractic from the Greek cheir for "hand" and praktos for "done."
How to Reduce Metabolic Endotoxemia
Approximately 50 percent of the Western population suffers from a condition known as metabolic endotoxemia (ME). The condition is characterized by increased serum endotoxin concentration during the first five hours of the post-prandial period.
The Medicine of Peace in a Land of Conflict
We often read about violence, despair, and political stalemate between Israelis and Palestinians. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and pessimistic. And yet there are Israelis and Palestinians working together to transform conflict into cooperation.
Weight Watchers Goes Wellness
Goodbye Weight Watchers, hello "WW." The company has changed its name to reflect its new WW brand not only on its website, but also on every aspect of its public expression, including every studio.
ACA, ICA at Odds Over H.R. 7157
While the American Chiropractic Association recently penned an open letter – signed by not only the ACA, but also the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Clinical Compass and a number of state associations.
Winter Joint Health: Looking at Seasonal Influences
One of the most common clinical issues I see during the winter season is joint / muscle pain. These issues often appear due to the activities of winter sports or may appear due to seasonal influences on old chronic injuries.
An East & West Perspective on Sleep
You, your patients, and people all over the world are sleeping less. In 1979 a team led by American psychiatrist Daniel Kripke did a large-scale study of over a million people, which indicated that most people slept between 7-8 hours.
Dehydration ... A Commonly Overlooked Etiology
Water covers 71 percent of the earth's surface. It's found in every living organism and is considered the "universal solvent," yet we take it for granted as the foundation for optimal health.
Historic Farm Bill Provisions Legalize Hemp ... and CBD?
Until recently, hemp was classified as a Schedule 1 drug per the federal Controlled Substances Act, putting it in the same class as marijuana (and heroin, by the way).
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and the Science of EMFs
Movement of planet Earth's molten iron core generates a weak static geomagnetic field that varies in strength over millennia but currently ranges from 0.25 to 0.65 gauss. This is the native field in which all life has evolved.
3 Tips to Get New Patients After a Talk
One of the most effective ways to bring in new patients predictably, especially when an acupuncturist enjoys teaching, is by doing talks. It can also bring in another stream of income, beyond just seeing more patients one-on-one.
Differentiating Qi Under the Needle (Part 2)
While classic sages have said a lot on this topic, I will share my own experience with the sensations under the needle with you. You, in turn, will also need to gain your own understanding of them through daily clinical observation, thinking, and practice.
Neuroscience 101: Understanding Opioid Addiction and How Chiropractic Can Help
Opioids now account for nearly two-thirds of all overdose-related deaths in the U.S. This insidious bane is no respecter of gender, age, race or ethnicity, with nearly all categories experiencing increases.
Case Study: Forefoot Pain
Patient presents with a history of forefoot pain. Discomfort has become worse in the past six months. He has difficulty completing his four-hour shifts as a part-time hairdresser.
Pain in the Butt (Pt. 1)
Many of my patients (and probably many of yours) come in with pain and/or tenderness in the buttock region. First, I assess where the painful and/or tender spots are located and what these points represent.
Flying Into the Year of the Pig: Making Way for the Impossible
The first of the new year has passed, and some of our New Year's resolutions may have already come and gone. Fortunately, we will celebrate the Chinese New Year this month, and will welcome in the Year of the Pig.
Quickie Seminar Adjustments Have No Place in Chiropractic
Recently, I observed chiropractors treating each other in the vendor area at the annual meeting of a chiropractic association. "Quickie" chiropractic adjustments and other hands-on procedures were administered without appropriate history taking, physical examination, diagnosis or informed consent.
The Role of TCM When Treating Mental Illnesses
Mental illness is common in the U.S., nearly 20 percent of adults live with a mental illness which vary in degree of severity—ranging from mild to moderate, to severe. It is not exaggerated to say that mental illness is an epidemic.
Simple Screening Tests for Stroke and Other Brain Lesions
The drift test, arm rolling and finger rolling are three useful assessments in the identification of upper motor neuron dysfunction.
Top Social Media Do's & Don'ts for Chiropractors
For years, health care practitioners have avoided embarking on the social media highway, primarily due to patient HIPAA privacy issues and the time needed to give the process due diligence.
Outcomes for Any Occasion
Outcome assessment tools (OATs) are a necessary part of documentation and patient care. They are used to show patient progress and help practitioners show changes as a result of their treatment interventions.
Quick Sacroiliac Assessment: Treating Different Types of Pain
The lower back is a generator for a number of types of pain. The lower back involves several different articulations – the lumbar spine with vertebral bodies, discs, and facets – the sacroiliac joints – and the lumbosacral junction.
Know Your Clinical Flags: 5 Different Colors to Consider
In health care, the term red flag is used to describe signs and symptoms that can indicate the presence of serious health conditions. These conditions generally carry an increased likelihood for serious complications, disability or even death.
April, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 04
Evolution of a Health Care Organization
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Created to bring massage therapists and other CAM providers together, the ACCAHC is stepping out on its own and separating from the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium.
The Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) has spread its wings, becoming an independent, dues-based nonprofit organization, rather than a branch of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC).
"For the first time in history, organizations representing all of the leading complementary health care professions have chosen to pay dues to an organization which will allow us to collaborate with each other and with conventional educators in advancing our missions," said ACCAHC Chair Reed Phillips, DC, PhD.
The ACCAHC was founded in March 2004 as an initiative of the IHPC and in the context of the National Education Dialogue to Advance Integrated Health Care: Creating Common Ground (NED).Funding to establish the ACCAHC came courtesy of a single donor, Lucy Gonda. Initially, core participation consisted of representation by councils of colleges and accrediting agencies of the five disciplines with federally-recognized accrediting agencies (massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, naturopathic medicine, and direct-entry midwifery). The organization also has maintained a category of membership for "traditional world and emerging professions," such as yoga therapy and ayurvedic medicine.
In July 2006, ACCAHC member entities decided to formally begin a transition out from the IHPC and become a self-sustaining, dues-based organization. A dues structure was established with a suggested level of $1,000-$5,000 per year, based on the size of a member organization. The ACCAHC also clarified additional membership features. Certifying agencies of recognized professions would be invited as core members; mechanisms were clarified through which traditional world and emerging professions would be represented; and a single college membership category was created.
Membership solicitation began in 2006, with attention paid to the annual meeting dates and budget cycles of potential members. The following organizations have committed to becoming dues-paying members as of Jan. 1, 2007:
According to Dr. Phillips, the ACCAHC's move toward becoming an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization is based on a business model that is part dues-based and part grants-based. "We know that the robust agenda developed by our member educators cannot be managed based on dues payments. We will seek focused grants and the assistance of some visionary philanthropists who can see how collaboration between educators of these disciplines can advance health care."
At the end of 2006, the group's founding donor, Gonda, donated $30,000 toward a grant to support the work of the ACCAHC, noting that her donation honors the decision by the ACCAHC organizations to begin paying membership dues, as well as the hard work of the ACCAHC executive team.
Details have not been completely finalized, but the funds are expected to support four of the group's initiatives. The first initiative is a member retreat; the second is to help with the costs associated with the move to independence; the third is a booklet resource on each of the disciplines; and the fourth is a retreat in which a small, multidisciplinary group will begin, in an organized way, to explore new ways to approach some of the "hot spots" about which the ACCAHC member disciplines have sometimes been in conflict.
The group also is looking to fill the role of its executive director, as current director Pamela Snider, ND, has stepped down after three years. Dr. Snider received much praise for her work, a point Dr. Phillips emphasizes: "Pamela built a multidisciplinary team and a safe, disciplined, respectful, and exciting context for us to collaborate. That Pamela has pulled this off says a lot about what she has accomplished."
John Weeks, a close collaborator with Snider, along with being NED's founding director and the producer of the Integrator Blog News & Reports, succeeds her as interim director of the ACCAHC. "The whole ACCAHC group feels lucky to have John step in during this transition," said Dr. Phillips.
Even though the ACCAHC has now become an independent organization, Dr. Phillips credits the IHPC with "laboring and giving birth to us." He also credits IHPC Executive Director Janet Kahn, PhD, and Board Chair Sheila Quinn, and anticipates continuing to work closely with the IHPC "to move policy changes that will create better health for the people we serve through advancing integrated health care."
For additional information about either of these organizations, visit www.ihpc.info and click on the ACCAHC link.
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