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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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 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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
By Editorial Staff
January 2001 - First issue of Massage Today (MT) features front-page article entitled "AMTA Consumer Survey Reveals Trends in Massage," recognizing AMTA's work in providing information.Material for the article was taken directly from an AMTA press release.
April 3, 2001 - MT receives letter from AMTA attorney asking it to "cease and desist" from using names and addresses of AMTA members. MT was never contacted directly by the AMTA. MT immediately refrains from renting out any names from the AMTA directory. MT Editor (and AMTA New Hampshire Chapter President) Cliff Korn, NCTMB, contacts the AMTA to discuss the matter. The AMTA refuses to discuss the matter with Cliff Korn, apparently on advice of counsel.
April 3, 2001 - As a further act of good faith, MT sets policy to not accept any membership advertising from any national massage therapy association in competition with the AMTA. This policy costs MT an estimated $20,000 in advertising revenue.
May 7, 2001 - Massage Today attorney Rick Cigel, Esq., calls AMTA's attorney in an effort to reach a peaceful solution. The AMTA attorney refuses to return his phone call.
May 10, 2001 - Without any response to its attempts to discuss the situation, Massage Today is served with a lawsuit citing six counts. The first two counts are based upon the article published about the AMTA consumer survey in the very first issue of Massage Today, in which MT gives the AMTA full credit. The remaining four counts involve approximately 17,000 names and addresses of AMTA members.
August 7, 2001 - AMTA and MT meet in an effort to settle the lawsuit. AMTA chooses not to make a settlement offer. MT offers to purchase the 17,000 names and addresses at double the standard industry rate, even though MT believes it has done nothing wrong.
August 13, 2001 - AMTA sends a settlement proposal asking for four years of free advertising.
August 20, 2001 - MT turns down the AMTA offer and reiterates its willingness to pay double the standard rate for the names in question.
August 29, 2001 - Judge Lindberg dismisses Counts I, II, IV and V of the AMTA lawsuit without any evidence or testimony. Judge Lindberg further makes it clear that the AMTA must prove that MT produced "a work substantially similar to" the AMTA Registries.
October 17, 2001 - In its written responses, AMTA admits that it is beginning to lose members over the lawsuit with Massage Today.
October 25, 2001 - MT sends a letter to the AMTA notifying them that their lawsuit is without merit and that Massage Today intends to seek monetary sanctions once the lawsuit is over, unless AMTA promptly abandons the lawsuit.
March 1, 2002 - AMTA makes a settlement offer asking for advertising in Massage Today, a one-time use of MT's mailing list, and requiring the AMTA members in question to mail "written permission" as a requirement for them to continue to receive Massage Today. The estimated cost to the AMTA members for granting and mailing "written permission" would be $7,000 - $10,000. The value of the MT advertising space requested by the AMTA is less than MT's original settlement offer.
March 7, 2002 - In its second attempt to end the lawsuit peaceably, MT responds with a counter offer that includes the free advertising space and use of MT's mailing list as requested by the AMTA. In an effort to reduce the hassle to AMTA members, MT asks that AMTA members only be required to contact MT if they do not want to receive Massage Today.
March 26, 2002 - For whatever reason, AMTA chooses not to accept MT's settlement offer. AMTA refuses to allow those members to receive MT without written permission.
April 23, 2002 - MT files a Motion for Summary Judgment.
May 31, 2002 - AMTA files its own Motion for Summary Judgment.
July 11, 2002 - Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow hears oral arguments from both sides regarding the motions for summary judgment.
July 19, 2002 - LAWSUIT ENDS - Judge Denlow grants Massage Today's motion for summary judgment on all remaining counts. MT prepares to file for monetary sanctions against the AMTA.
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