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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04
Of Foxes and Henhouses
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
I rarely shy away from expressing my opinions about issues - good, bad or indifferent - related to the massage profession. I have written columns suggesting that state regulation in Mississippi and New Jersey is seriously flawed and detrimental to practicing therapists, and misses the mark of protecting the public.I recently was made aware of another state's massage board exercising its right to obtain a few minutes of fame. North Carolina's massage board recently posted proposed changes to its administrative rules, which rank up there with "world-class" bad legislation!
The individual who suggested I take a peek at the proposed rules did so because of some draconian clauses involving schools. Many who know me share my disdain of schools that use last year's students as this year's instructors, so I was prepared to be pleased to see that some of the schools' oversight was being tightened up. Unfortunately, "tightening up" in North Carolina means "bringing overbearing force."
One new rule would require schools to submit documentation and application on prospective new staff members before they begin working at the school - Stanford and MIT don't require that much oversight, nor does your local school district! If a faculty member gets hit by a bus the day before school starts, this rule would make it illegal to hire a completely qualified individual to meet the start of the school program! I understand the need to develop qualifications of instructors for any professional or trade school, but requiring the vetting of a board is several steps beyond reasonable need.
The massage board is further looking to regulate schools by doubling the fees and changing school renewals to $100 per student. From my brief analysis, this surely is adverse to all small schools in North Carolina, and is a major slap in the face to the profitability of one of the fastest-growing segments of massage education - the community college system. Community college tuition fees are mandated by law, whereas proprietary schools can pass through the new fees to students by charging higher tuition. It would be interesting to see if a proprietary school owner had a hand in the wording of these proposed rules, which seems to give that segment of massage education a competitive edge.
My guess, though, is that the average massage therapist is willing to let the schools fight their own battles and will focus instead on the impact on practitioners. I found these items of particular interest. There is a requirement to report others in violation of the state rules within 10 days, or be subject to the same penalties as the person causing violation. While I am a proponent of evaluation and policing by peers, I find this mandatory tattletale regulation offensive. I find it morally wrong when, as in North Carolina, the requirement is to report all charges of wrongdoing to the board, not just convictions. They seem to have missed the "innocent until proven guilty" clause in jurisprudence.
Arguably, the worst of the offenses that these proposed rules enable is the inclusion and misuse of much of the NCBTMB's Standards of Practice into North Carolina regulation. The new rules suggest that the proposed Standards of Practice section will provide a more comprehensive template for licensees to use as they carry out their professional duties. They say the requirements are intended to provide a greater measure of protection for the public as it receives massage and bodywork therapy in a wide range of practice environments. I think not; further, I think that the North Carolina massage board is attempting not to protect the public, but to shape the profession into a clinical perspective that the board itself holds.
It chooses to not develop its own Standards of Practice, but to cut and paste those from the NCBTMB. Its cut-and-paste method, however, is seriously flawed. In its wisdom, the NCBTMB chose to include, "if applicable" to many of its standards, realizing that circumstances and type of practice determine applicability. North Carolina chooses to say, "licensees shall" instead of "if applicable!" It has taken something good and turned it into something else to suit its own purposes. This is a common evil: using something for other than that which was originally intended.
I have long been a proponent of massage therapy as a regulated profession. One of the reasons I prefer it is because it lends itself to massage therapists providing peer review of complaints against other massage therapists. I have been a loud critic of nurses, chiropractors or others having oversight of massage therapy. That is particularly why I find the trend of poorly administrated regulation so frightful.
I see situations like this one (and those I recently reported on in New Jersey and Mississippi) as driving our professional self-determination into the hands of others. I hope that the ABMP, AMTA, IMA, and every other state and local association in North Carolina make their collective voices heard as to why the proposed changes should be reworked.
More importantly, I hope that all the practicing massage therapists in North Carolina exercise their rights to make comments to the massage board about these proposed changes. Any person has the right to comment on proposed changes to the rules.
If you wish to make such comments, the board requests that you:
It accepts written comments via United States Postal Service, private carrier or e-mail - but not fax. Your comments should include your full name, address and phone number. For more information, visit www.bmbt.org.
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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