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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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
NCBTMB to Implement New Eligibility Requirements, Exam
By Rebecca J. Razo
Earlier this year, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced it will make three changes relative to its current national certification system, including updating content on the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB); creating a new exam, the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) that - unlike the NCETMB - focuses solely on massage therapy; and implementing new eligibility criteria to take both exams.The changes are scheduled to take effect June 1, 2005.1,2
According to an NCBTMB press release, the "new massage-only certification program [NCETM] will offer more options to states that desire to separate regulations for massage and bodywork by providing more specific entry-level credentialing."2
Content for the NCETM and updated NCETMB - both entry-level exams - was created based on the results of job analysis surveys of approximately 500 nationally certified therapeutic massage professionals throughout the country who responded to questions relative to knowledge and skill, tasks, approaches to bodywork, background, general information and test content recommendations.1,2
Although the exam eligibility requirements have increased, candidates meeting the new criteria can sit for either the NCETM or NCETMB. Exam eligibility requires candidates to graduate with a minimum of 500 hours of in-class, supervised instruction from a state-approved school, which meets or exceeds the following curriculum:
In an article posted on the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) Web site, ABMP Executive Vice-President Les Sweeney expressed concern over the new requirements. "Changing a school's curriculum, as many school owners can attest, is not a simple or quick process. In many cases, the changes must be reorganized and/or approved by the regulatory authority that oversees post-secondary education in the state in which the school resides," the article said.3
However, according to the NCBTMB, school officials have had ample time to prepare for the changes. "These updated content outlines and eligibility criteria were originally announced in January 2004 at the Council of Schools meeting. Additionally, letters notifying schools of the eligibility criteria changes were sent out to the more than 1,200 schools whose students apply for the national certification examination."1
But Dr. Gregory T. Lawton, owner of the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences with campuses in Michigan and Indiana, has other concerns. "The NCBTMB has unilaterally assumed authority for complex school curriculum decisions that are best determined at the state level and by the state legal authorities and departments that regulate post-secondary and vocational education," he said. "Serious concerns have been raised within the massage profession that question the validity of the NCETMB, its quality, and its acceptance within the profession."4
Sweeney's article raises yet another issue. "Should the new [NCBTMB] requirements be adopted in late 2004 or early 2005, it is highly likely that many massage school graduates and enrolled students would be in the midst of a program that would not qualify them for the national certification examinations - [which is] especially problematic in the regulated states where the NCE has been established as a requirement to practice."3
However, the new exam criteria will only apply to massage students who begin their programs on or after June 1, 2005, while students entering massage school prior to the date of implementation will be evaluated under NCBTMB's current eligibility criteria; moreover, practicing massage therapists ineligible to take the exam under either criteria can continue to utilize NCBTMB's portfolio review process, which assesses relevant training and work experience to establish exam eligibility.2
Massage Today will publish relevant updates as they become available. For more information about the NCBTMB, visit www.ncbtmb.com.
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