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Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
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By Editorial Staff
"Decide the true road this publication should take"
Did anyone else find the combination of articles in the December issue of Massage Today curious? In his editorial entitled "Bias and Perception," Cliff Korn writes, as explanation of his editorial in the previous issue, that it "was about working together." He ends his editorial, after a wonderful review of the tres bien AMTA convention in Quebec City, by stating that the assumption should not be made "that we're all working against one another." Ralph Stephens writes in "Why We Do What We Do": "Just remember, our professional debates should stay on the plane of ideas, and never descend to the plane of personalities."
Both of these views are admirable.Unfortunately, Mr. Donald Petersen Jr., publisher of Massage Today, does not seem to share these ideals, as evidenced by his contribution to this issue. Rather, he writes an article that in my view not only "descends to the plane of personalities," but is nothing more than an attempt to play his views out in a court of public opinion, which is most inappropriate.
One cannot be deemed credible if arrows are being slung while words of welcome and openness are being spoken. It appears as though the individuals responsible for Massage Today need to decide the true road this publication will take and the image they wish to portray.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. You raise some important questions that deserve to be answered. As this lawsuit proceeds and we report various details in the publication, it's important to clarify what our position is and isn't.
Massage Today's desire to build a strong relationship with the AMTA was demonstrated from our very first issue, which featured a front-page story extolling the AMTA's valuable 2000 Consumer Survey.1 You will note that Massage Today continues to publish positive articles about the AMTA. As a news publication, we strive to provide just that: news for and about massage therapy. We make no qualification as to the source of the news, so long as it is deemed valid and of interest to the profession.
In addition, it's important to note our selection of Cliff Korn as editor of Massage Today; Cliff is president of the AMTA-New Hampshire chapter.
AMTA's response to our article on their consumer survey in our first issue was rather surprising. Rather than show appreciation for the positive publicity, the AMTA decided to sue Massage Today for using AMTA's name in this specific article in the first two counts of their lawsuit. As these counts had no legal support, the judge dismissed them, along with counts regarding our sending Massage Today to their members, before any evidence was even heard.2
We repeatedly called the AMTA to discuss their concerns regarding the directory issue, but AMTA refused to take or return our calls. Had we the opportunity to discuss the directory issue with the AMTA before they filed their lawsuit, we could have shown them that directories such as theirs are not protected anymore than the local phone book. Anyone can take names, addresses and phone numbers from a phone directory and use them how they wish.3 If not, we'd all be paying the phone book companies every time we used any information in their phone books.
Since the judge has thrown out all but one issue of the lawsuit without even hearing any evidence, we now find ourselves in a very frustrating position. We are compelled to ask the judge to sanction the AMTA for filing a lawsuit with little or no merit. If we prevail, this will almost double the amount of money the AMTA members will be paying for a lawsuit many have plainly stated they don't want and of which they disapprove.4
Massage Today feels an obligation to warn AMTA members about the potential loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars of their money if the AMTA is forced to pay for both their legal expenses and ours. This would be news even if we weren't involved, because it affects over 25% of this profession.
So the answer to your feeling that the December issue of Massage Today sends a mixed message is this:
Again, thank you for your comments, and for the time you took to address this issue. We hope you continue to read and enjoy Massage Today for its commitment to publishing timely news and information regarding the massage therapy profession.
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