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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
Most of AMTA Lawsuit Thrown Out of Court
By Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h)
Before the AMTA's lawsuit even got going, Judge George W. Lindberg granted Massage Today's motion to dismiss the AMTA's complaint on four of its six counts. As the remaining two counts involve a single claim, the AMTA has effectively lost 80% of its lawsuit prior to any evidence being presented.
A motion to dismiss is requested when the merits of a lawsuit are in question on face value alone. After reading the AMTA's lawsuit, MPAmedia's attorneys recognized that the AMTA's complaint was inconsistent with applicable federal and state laws, and filed the motion to dismiss. Massage Today's legal council Rick Cigel commented on Judge Lindberg's decision:
As the judge's ruling makes clear, the AMTA is mistaken. If the AMTA had copyrighted its registry, the AMTA would have had the right to prevent others from reprinting a registry that was "substantially similar" its own registry. In this case, the AMTA did not copyright its registry, and even the AMTA does not claim that Massage Today has published any type of registry, let alone a registry that is "substantially similar" to the AMTA registry.
In truth, this remaining issue still comes down to who can control the name and address of a massage therapist. The AMTA continues to claim that it should be the one to control its members' names and addresses, referring to them as "AMTA property."1 Massage Today believes that it is the right of each massage therapist to make his or her own choice, and has consistently honored every request made by any massage therapist, AMTA member or not, regarding the privacy of their name.
Additional information provided to Massage Today, including a letter from AMTA president Steven C. Olsen, suggests that many of the AMTA's chapter presidents and directors were unaware of the details of the lawsuit until long after it was filed. This is reflected by a letter from Mr. Olsen to the "AMTA Chapter Presidents," sent almost two months after the AMTA filed its lawsuit.2
Rather than try to cover up the lawsuit, Massage Today informed the entire profession in its very next issue after the lawsuit was filed last May.3 The letters and e-mails received revealed that most of the responding massage therapists, AMTA members included, were not in favor of the AMTA's action. One AMTA member referred to it as "a frivolous and baseless lawsuit."4
Oddly enough, while Mr. Olson is spearheading the lawsuit, apparently to keep AMTA members from receiving Massage Today, he himself has yet to request that he no longer receive the publication. Massage Today is continuing to be sent, free of charge, to every known massage therapist in the United States (including Mr. Olson), with the exception of the handful who have chosen not to receive it.
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