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To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Colorado Coalition Formed to Fight Proposed Auto Insurance Bill
Current Language Excludes Massage as Personal Injury Protection Benefit
By Editorial Staff
An insurance bill introduced in the Colorado legislature1 has the state's massage therapy community up in arms, and for good reason: the bill excludes massage as a benefit of motor-vehicle-injury insurance coverage.
The bill, HB 1225, was introduced after Colorado Gov.Bill Owens decided sweeping changes were needed in the state's no-fault auto insurance system.22,3
The current insurance law, on the books in Colorado since 1974, includes a benefit for "medically reasonable" massage for auto accident-related injuries, but Gov. Owens has said he won't extend the law, which expires July 1. His decision may have been spurred by a 20-percent increase in Colorado premiums in the past year, compared with a 9-percent increase nationwide.
As currently written, HB 1225 would establish three types of policy coverage - basic, managed care and direct - but appears to make no mention of massage therapy as a covered personal injury protection (PIP) benefit. Specifically, the bill language allows an insurer to limit coverage "... to only licensed, registered, or certified health care providers." As Colorado currently lacks statewide massage or bodywork licensure, registration or certification, this stipulation means that auto-accident patients must pay out of pocket for massage and bodywork services - a requirement that would undoubtedly limit patient access to the benefits of massage therapy severely. The bill also notes that a "primary care physician may refer only to nurse practitioner, physical therapist or occupational therapist according to treatment protocols given"; again, there is no mention of referral to massage therapists or bodyworkers.
Following Gov. Owens' decision and the introduction of HB 1225, the Colorado Coalition of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers (CCMTB) was formed. The coalition's stated mission is "To be a responsible voice for the massage therapy profession, and to educated a united community to protect Colorado citizens' informed choice about therapeutic treatments." Colorado massage therapists, bodyworkers, schools and organizations have been invited to become members of the coalition, which currently lists the American Manual Medicine Association (AMMA); American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA); Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP); Colorado Massage Network (CMN); other massage therapy and bodywork professionals; patients; and other interested persons as members.4
The CCMTB is in the process of drafting an amendment to HB 1225, which will stipulate that medical massage be made available for all levels of care, and as a matter of choice for all Colorado consumers. The coalition also coordinated Massage Therapy Awareness Day at the state capitol on Jan. 20. The event, which received substantial local media coverage, was intended to raise public and legislative awareness of the benefits of massage therapy, and voice opposition to the proposed bill as written.5,6
The coalition's efforts at Massage Therapy Awareness Day, and in the weeks preceding the event, appeared to pay off, at least in the short-term: On Feb. 11, the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee held a hearing in the Supreme Court chambers of the state capitol to discuss issues relating to HB 1225.6,7 Kathryn Stewart, a member of the CCMTB, presented testimony clarifying the coalition's opposition to the bill.
Excerpts from Ms. Stewart's testimony follow:
Following the Feb. 11 committee hearing, the bill was "tabled," suggesting it would not proceed to a vote, pending consideration of potential bill text changes. However, on Feb. 13, after the bill was amended to include chiropractic treatment, the committee passed HB 1225 by an 8-5 vote. 7 As we go to press, the bill has moved to the House floor, still lacking specific reference to or inclusion of massage or bodywork as a covered benefit.
Massage Today will report on the progress of HB 1225, and the coalition's efforts to change the bill's proposed language, as more details become available. For more information, visit the CCMTB Web site: www.ccmtb.org.
* Photos courtesy of Joshua Lawton
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