Summer 2009, Volume 2, Issue 3
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The Rarest Breed of Pioneer:
Richard Yennie and the Rise of Acupuncture in America
Richard Yennie, DC, DiplAc (left), was one of the first non-Asians in the modern era to bring acupuncture to the U.S. and the first to combine acupuncture and chiropractic in a healing arts practice. When he began, acupuncture in North America was hidden in backrooms in the Asian communities of large American cities, principally New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Now, it is well on the way to becoming an integral part of American culture and mainstream health care. Read article »
Integrating Information Technology Into Your Practice – Interview with Steven Kraus, DC
As the power of government policy accelerates the shift to electronic health records, Iowa chiropractor and software entrepreneur Steven Kraus urges chiropractors to stay ahead of the curve. Compliance with federal and state regulations for digital record keeping will be a necessity by the middle of the next decade, Kraus convincingly asserts, and starting to implement changes within the next year opens the possibility of substantial reimbursement from federal stimulus funds. Read article »
The Yoga of Transitions

Pranayama is rightly understood as the control of one’s vital energy, or even the extension of one’s vital energy. At times of seasonal transition when the energy of the world around us is shifting from dormancy to life, we can also feel our own energy shift. The conscious breathing of pranayama can aid us in channeling our increased energy so that it serves us rather than overwhelms us. Read article »
Federal Stimulus Money: Quick Read Summary for Chiropractors
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, also known as the “stimulus bill,” includes $19 billion for converting the U.S. health care system from paper to digital in the next decade. Health care system participants ranging from hospitals to insurance companies to doctors (including chiropractors) are given a strong push into the digital age, with significant financial incentives to implement electronic health records starting next year. Doctors may receive a maximum of $44,000 in reimbursements from the federal government. Read article »
Electronic Health Records: What The New Policies
Mean for Chiropractors –

Interview with Joe Brisson
Joe Brisson is a health information technology expert who has worked in settings from physician offices to hospitals to health plans to quality improvement organizations. Recently, he completed the orchestration and delivery of the Nationwide Health Information Network Trial Demonstrations under contract with the Office of the National Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read article »
Exercise & Fitness Report
Regular exercise increases quality of life, both physically and mentally. Setting realistic expectations for the kinds of changes likely to result from specific types of exercise is important. New research suggests that resistance training eases chronic low back pain, while aerobic training (though helpful in other ways) does not. Read article »
EDITOR’S LOG

Moment of Truth Edges Closer for Electronic Records Mandate

If electronic health records live up to their promise, they will improve quality and decrease cost by enabling doctors and hospitals to organize and communicate patient-related information with levels of speed and efficiency only dreamed of in the past. But whenever I hear such visions of a coming golden age, particularly one that is dependent on the legally mandated purchase of an expensive product, I find it helpful to look beneath the shining surface and to ask whether an unexamined shadow lurks below. Read article »
Chiropractic
Research Roundup

New research indicates that thoracic spine (middle and upper back) adjustments can be beneficial for more than just back pain – they improve neck pain and range of motion as well. Read article »
CAM In Review
In news from complementary and alternative medicine, a new study shows potential benefits from yoga practice for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also, two herbal studies by Iranian researchers show benefits from ginger for women with dysmenorrhea and with nausea and vomiting from pregnancy. Read article »
NUTRITION UPDATE
Folate supplements are recommended for all pregnant women to protect against neural tube birth defects. But new research indicates that folate (from supplements, not foods) may increase the risk of prostate cancer, while soy appears to offer men protection against it. Read
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