Darren Buford

State Massage Board Alliance

News Note

In May, with Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) serving as catalyst and conveyor, a group of state board representatives, educators, and industry stakeholders convened in Denver, Colo., to address the potential formation of an alliance of state massage boards as well as the development of a new entry-level examination for prospective massage licensees.

Approving Your Physician

News Note

Does your doctor’s age affect your confidence in her? While a youthful physician may not understand exam room nuances and how to handle delicate issues, an older physician may be too set in her ways and not up to date on the latest medical advances. Though there is no perfect M.D., Bottom Line Health suggests three factors to consider when choosing a physician.

First, take into account her responsiveness. Is your physician always rushed, inattentive, and uncaring about your concerns? Do you feel like a number? If this is a problem, move on.

CAM and Conventional Medicine

News Note

More and more of you are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). According to Mayo Clinic Health Letter, Americans often choose CAM for a variety of reasons, including believing in its effectiveness in combination with conventional medicine, because it seems interesting to try, because it was suggested by their traditional medical professional, and because of its cost effectiveness in comparison with conventional medicine.

Shedding Light on Suspicious Seafood

News Note

Thanks to a recent government law known as Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), you can now trust the say-so of your local supermarket’s seafood section. Grocers are now required to label the country of origin and source of fish products. For instance, did that salmon come from Chile or Oregon? Was it farm-raised or wild?

Originally published in Body Sense magazine, August/Winter 2005. Copyright 2005. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

No Sweat!

The Many Benefits of Sauna Bathing

When you’re exercising or working diligently, you probably give little thought to the perspiration your body is emitting (except for acknowledging the need for a shower afterward). But behind that odor and sticky shirt are immeasurable benefits for body, mind, and spirit. Perhaps that’s why for thousands of years cultures around the world have tried to harness the power found in perspiring.

Living in the ’Burbs

News Note

Who would have thought that living the suburban life might be killing you? According to a study published in Public Health, suburban sprawl (specifically the air pollution caused by automobiles and a more sedentary lifestyle) may be more hazardous to your health than metropolitan living. The study compared such dichotomous areas of the United States as Riverside-San Bernadino, Calif., with Manhattan and found that living in the least-sprawled areas added as much as four years to your life.

Fewer Senior Surfers

News Note

When it comes to the abundance of health information on the Internet and the number of elderly readily accessing this information, a “digital divide” exists, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Only 30 percent of adults 65 and older have ever gone online, and, of those, only 21 percent has specifically searched for advice on health-related topics.

While You Were Sleeping

News Note

Even though you burn less calories sleeping, a recent study found that those who sleep less than seven hours a night had an increased risk of obesity. Researchers from Columbia University discovered that sleep deprivation lowers a protein that suppresses hunger and increases another that boosts the desire to eat. The study, which included 18,000 people, concluded that the group at greatest risk was those individuals receiving less than four hours of shuteye per night.

Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains, Oh My!

News Note

New dietary guidelines recently put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture suggest Americans should eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains. Published every five years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 acknowledges that most Americans are overweight, but that obesity can be curbed by the consumption of 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and at least three servings of grains (whole wheat, oats, or brown rice).

A Man's World

Males Bask in Bodywork and Skin Care Services

Men and women have enjoyed the relaxing qualities and healthful benefits of bodywork for thousands of years and in a variety of cultures around the world. Unfortunately, unhealthy stereotypes have kept many American men away from the massage table.