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Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
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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