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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
We Get Letters & E-Mail
More Perspectives on Legislative Problems in PA
By Editorial Staff
The following three letters to the editor comment on LaRose Daniels' article, "Legislative Problems in Pennsylvania," which appeared in the November issue.(To read the original article, click here.) The first letter was submitted by LaRose herself; the second and third letters were submitted by members of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), which is also working on exemption language for the proposed bill.
Thank you for this opportunity to respond to Ms. Flagg's comments regarding the article about legislative problems in Pennsylvania. Ms. Flagg suggests that APTA waited until it was too late in the process to get an exemption into the bill. This is inaccurate.
APTA has made its needs clear all along, which resulted in polarity therapy having a title exemption in the bill, until Ms. Flagg unilaterally removed it. Once it was removed, APTA has asked repeatedly that it be reinstated, and has provided the coalition in PA with model language as developed by the energy practices of the Federation.
Unfortunately, the coalition, of which APTA is a member, is not working according to the consensus process. It is a serious problem when one practice decides it can override and dictate to another practice.
LaRose Daniels, MS, RPP
This is in reply to your November cover story. For the record, AOBTA has been involved with the PA legislative coalition since the beginning. George Fleck began working with them, and we stepped in when we took over as AOBTA state representatives.
In the last few meetings, the mood in the coalition has changed. Previously, it had been one of joint effort and concern for all involved. Now, the AMTA just wants the bill passed, and it seems that it doesn't care who it affects adversely. AMTA truly believes its exemption wording will cover any touch profession that doesn't want to be in the bill, and we disagree. Our continued objections to the wording were not recorded in the minutes of any of the meetings. If AMTA didn't insist on having such a broad scope of practice, we wouldn't have the need for specific exemptions.
The PA bill isn't great for massage therapists, either, since they would share a revolving seat on the board with dieticians. So, for two years, they'd have no control over what goes on. Who would want that?
As Asian bodywork therapists, we are not opposed to licensing, so long as it's equitable. But we demand a voice in the legislative process, and want to have a seat on a board that legislates to us. Is that so hard to understand? We primarily want exemption from this bill because it gives us absolutely no voice. The Nursing Board (with one dietician or massage person) could easily ignore our Asian bodywork therapy education and credentials, requiring that we all go to massage school. (This has happened in other states.) This could severely limit our practices. We're not saying it will happen, but it could, and we need to be wary of that.
Despite AMTA's statement about only granting exemptions to practices with "recognized legal definitions," the bill, as it now stands, does have an exemption for reflexology by name. It is our understanding that reflexology does not have legal trademark status for its modality. At the coalition meeting, it was explained that, because reflexology had been working with the coalition for a long time, it was allowed the requested exemption.
As we've noted before, the AOBTA has also been involved in the coalition process for a long time, yet we were not given the same courtesy. If the AMTA can give a specific exemption to one profession, it must give it to others. We must stand up for ourselves and fight for our rights, before they are swept away.
Pattie Middlemiss, MSN, RN, ABT
Susan Wood, ABT
I have been a Jin Shin Do® practitioner for 27 years. Our profession has had its own "legal definition" for about 30 years. Twenty years ago, even though I had studied my profession for seven years, I was required to attend massage school for a year to qualify to sit for a licensing exam to touch in New York State. I am now a Pennsylvania resident, but I see the same type of legislation being proposed here.
In response to the comments submitted by Retta Flagg and Ron Precht, I think their words point directly to the concerns of non-massage bodywork practitioners. First, the discussion over the exemption clause at coalition meetings did not begin at the July meeting. AOBTA representatives questioned the language from the beginning, and sent to the coalition president language agreed upon by six of the seven members of the Federation of Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Practice Organizations, of which AMTA is a member.
The AMTA language leaves a large opening for interpretation by massage-oriented regulating agencies (as in New York) to define all touch therapy as massage, and thus to subsume all other bodywork practices under its auspices. This of course would require anyone practicing non-massage bodywork in states with these laws in the books to spend significant time and money to study a discipline unrelated to their work, just to be "legal" under these definitions.
I do not begrudge people their attempts to strengthen their economic base, except where it infringes unfairly on the livelihood of others. Essentially, this tactic supports a monopoly on touch therapy education and definition.
Deborah Valentine Smith, LMT
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