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Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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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