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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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Illinois Massage School Loses Certification; State Budget Cuts May Affect Others
By Rebecca J. Razo
Applicants to Illinois massage therapy schools will have at least one fewer prospect to consider this fall: the Central Illinois School of Massage Therapy (CISMT). The school lost its Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) certification on June 30, and is unable to renew it, now that state budget cuts have forced the ISBE to stop regulating vocational and proprietary educational institutions.
Until Aug.15, the ISBE regulated and certified massage therapy schools. To maintain regulatory compliance and prevent certificate revocation, school license renewal applications were due to the board by April 1. When the CISMT did not submit its application on time, the ISBE issued several compliance notices to the school, all of which went unanswered. A final notice gave the school until June 16 to comply; however, the CISMT application materials weren't received at the ISBE until June 20, four days past the final deadline, and well past the initial due date.
Moreover, an article in the Peoria Journal Star reported that the documents the school eventually submitted were incorrect because they included irrelevant information related to the medical practice of the school's owner, Rebecca Knight.1
Phone calls to the CISMT by Massage Today were not returned.
According to Eric Thatcher, a principal performance consultant with the ISBE, the board gave the school several options, one of which was to withdraw its application, close the school, then reapply under a new name to completely clear itself. But that was before the budget cuts caused the new wrinkle.2
Schools that properly renewed their licenses will be in compliance for at least another year, but schools such as CISMT and new schools that plan to open will have no regulating agency, which could pose a problem for students who enroll in and graduate from those programs: The state licensing board will not grant licenses to students who do not graduate from a board-approved school.2
Without ISBE approval, new massage therapists that graduate from unregulated schools may have trouble finding legal employment in the massage profession. Fortunately, the CISMT may finish instructing students currently enrolled in its program, and their diplomas will show they graduated from a board-approved school, since the school was certified when they enrolled.
However, CISMT is prohibited from recruiting and enrolling new students. To do so would be illegal, according to Thatcher. "Since their certificate was removed, [to enroll new students] would be operating illegally." But how can the CISMT operate illegally if there is no regulating agency? "It's a gray area," Thatcher said.
For more information on Illinois massage school certification and the budget cuts, visit www.isbe.net or call the ISBE at 866-262-6663. Look for updates on this situation in future issues of Massage Today.
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