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Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Watering the Seed and Watching it Grow
An Update to Nurturing Touch for Japanese Orphans
In July 2012, I shared an article in Massage Today called "Planting the Seed: Nurturing Touch for Japanese Orphans," about the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer outreach in Japan after the devastating 2011 earthquake. In March 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan, tearing open the earth and unleashing a 23 foot high wall of water that erased the ground below, destroying everything in its path. Now almost four years later, there are many families homeless and recovering from this event.
"After the big earthquake in 2011, we determined that we must make a bond among families," said Ai Ichii, Director of the Japanese Association of Baby and Childcare. "Even if all disappeared, many people recognized that we still have our family. In such a grave situation, it became the biggest support for many people to feel they could comfort their families through touch."
Through our program, we strive to directly support compassion for others and the belief in the fundamental goodness of people. Our programs provide care for children and their caregivers so that each child has the chance to reach their full potential. Liddle Kidz Foundation certified pediatric massage therapists continue to provide parent education and nurturing touch throughout Japan to support family bonding, healing and trauma recovery.
A Five Year Journey
From my visit to Japan five years ago through today, the impact of infant and pediatric massage therapy has grown immensely. Education, training and certification have been given to therapists and healthcare providers from all over Japan, along with the thousands of children and families that have been directly impacted. "Before Tina came to Japan and taught us the nurturing touch for children with special healthcare needs, there was no chance for those children to receive touch therapy or pediatric massage therapy anywhere," said Ichii. "Now we have therapists trained in infant and pediatric massage in every prefecture all over Japan."
The work has grown from giving workshops, lectures and volunteering in orphanages, to adding pediatric massage program development and regular education and training in leading hospital and healthcare facilities. Over the courses of the past five years, I have had the opportunity train nurses, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, acupuncturists, hospital play specialists/child life specialists and child healthcare advocates from a variety of medical and professional backgrounds. Attendees have traveled from not only all over Japan, but from Dubai, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei and the United States to take part in educational sessions.
Embracing Pediatric Massage
The use of pediatric massage has been introduced by the Liddle Kidz Foundation to the Kokuritsu Seiiku Medical Research Center Hospital, National Center for Child Health and Development, Tokyo National Metropolitan Children's Hospital, Osaka City General Hospital and Medical Center, Nishinomiya Sunago Iryou Fukushi Medical Center, Todaiji Pediatric Hospital and Medical Education Center, Kita Ryuoiku Medical Rehabilitation Center, Kanazawa University Hospital and The Hospital Play Specialists Association of Japan through formal education and training sessions. We are committed to furthering the development of touch therapy services for vulnerable and underserved populations internationally. Through education and support, the Liddle Kidz Foundation works to create replicable and sustainable change.
During my 2014 visit, I was invited to Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan, and was given a great honor, a ceremonial presentation of 2,000 hand folded origami cranes.
In Japan, the crane symbolizes hope, love, honor and peace. There is a belief that should someone receive 1,000 cranes, they shall be granted their wish or eternal good luck. Often times, this belief is practiced by those fighting cancer, as was the story of Sadako Sasaki of Hiroshima, when she battled Leukemia.
The beautiful and amazing cranes are the gift of children and families fighting cancer of Hanaume – Ishikawa Prefecture Cancer Support House and Kanazawa University Hospital. During the ceremony, we had the honor of presentations from the founders of Hanaume and volunteer ambassadors involved with the project. Following a special, traditional tea ceremony, we visited Kanazawa University Hospital to meet with children who participated in folding cranes, but were too ill to leave the hospital to join the ceremony. It is their wish to send this gift of hope back to the United States.
The Power of Touch
In my previous article, I quoted volunteer therapist, Atsushi Kawashima in regards to the Japanese culture and touch. "Traditionally in Japan, people are not used to physical communication. So, people do not always know how to communicate using massage. Giving and receiving massage is essential for everyone. No matter where you work, or who you work with, physical communication through massage is something everyone needs."
Today, this is true of many Japanese people. Our educational sessions end in hugs and happy tears. There has been a light ignited in Japan that will continue to grow through the power of touch.