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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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