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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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
San Francisco Passes Controversial Massage Ordinance
By Editorial Staff
The Golden Gate Bridge. Lombard Street. Cable cars. San Francisco, long known for its distinct charm and appeal, has a little something for everyone. And effective July 1, 2004, "The City by the Bay" will add a controversial massage ordinance to its long list of unique characteristics.
In December 2003, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown passed the ordinance, which, among other things, shifts massage permit authority from the San Francisco Police Department to the Department of Public Health (DPH), and creates a two-tiered massage permit system that recognizes "therapeutic massage practitioners" on the one hand, and "adult entertainment massage workers" on the other.
According to information posted on the San Francisco Massage Ordinance Web site, the ordinance was created out of the need "to regulate adult entertainment massage and, in particular, massage parlors, which were perceived as a cover for prostitution-related crimes and as a magnet for activities ...that degrade the quality of life in a neighborhood." And though it was not intended to regulate massage practitioners, "therapeutic practitioners have been directly affected by the ordinance," nonetheless.1
The San Francisco Coalition of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Practitioners -- an alliance of professional massage therapists created to protect their interests -- did not believe in the necessity of city massage regulation; however, the coalition ultimately consented to the ordinance because of ensuing politics: "Most San Francisco elected officials have no desire to wipe out the massage parlors, so the net result is that therapeutic practitioners have to coexist, for the time being, with adult entertainment practitioners. We have come to the best compromise that we believe possible at this time."1
On the San Francisco Ordinance Web site, the coalition cited the following reasons for supporting the ordinance:
Under previous local legislation, all massage therapists were referred to as "masseuse/masseur" and required to have 70 hours of massage education. Under the new two-tiered system, the first level of practitioner, the "general massage practitioner," is required to have 100 hours to practice, while the "advanced massage practitioner" is required to have 200 educational hours.2
The ordinance also adds the "solo practitioner massage establishment" - a third business-permit option - to existing "massage establishment" and "outcall massage" options. The solo massage establishment business permit is available only to advanced massage practitioners and subject to fewer regulatory conditions.
While the ordinance may ease the permit process and clearly distinguishes therapeutic massage practitioners from adult entertainers, its implications do not sit well with some Bay Area massage therapists, especially since adult entertainment massage is often - though not always - associated with prostitution.
"Giving San Francisco's 'sex slave' rings, a compromise gift is not my idea of good massage legislation," said Brian Goodwin, BA, NCTMB, a massage therapist for over a decade. "I'm not necessarily saying California's massage law has to follow paths used by other states, but I do think any massage law should help protect the public. The new San Francisco massage law may offer the public a license to look at, but a license [that] represent[s] nothing."3
However, David Palmer, founder of the TouchPro Institute and co-chair of the coalition, sees things differently. "Legislation in the massage field is a complex issue," Palmer said in a phone interview with Massage Today. "The primary reason for all massage legislation is because of prostitution. Because prostitution is illegal, [some] are using massage as containers for business. In order to control adult entertainment, [we] need to regulate massage parlors...San Francisco is unique in that the Board of Supervisors does not see massage parlors as a 'legal' issue; they prefer to see massage parlor prostitution decriminalized except when there is a victim [of a crime]."4
According to Palmer, San Francisco city officials are primarily concerned with human trafficking offenses and the proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases. In order to address these issues, "San Francisco has not chosen to take a standard route to separate or distinguish adult entertainment from therapeutic massage," he said.4
And though Palmer admits the ordinance is "not a perfect solution," he believes it is a "clear step forward," and insists it is not a setback for the massage profession or future massage regulation. Instead, Palmer believes the ordinance benefits therapeutic massage practitioners, especially in regards to establishing private practices.
Palmer also stressed that the ordinance had the support of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals -- something Goodwin finds disheartening. "Months back, I wanted to get my picture taken setting my AMTA certificate on fire, and get [the photo] published," he said.
Goodwin has since taken a less drastic approach of conveying his distaste for the AMTA's support of the ordinance by simply withdrawing his membership.3
Conversely, Palmer is unfazed by critics. "San Francisco is a trendsetter," he said. "The message going out is that we've grown up in the past 20 years in this culture. San Francisco is saying, 'We trust [that] our citizens can make the distinction [between adult entertainment and therapeutic massage].'"
Palmer believes the ordinance is just the first of many transitions relative to San Francisco massage regulation. "It's not the last word in massage," he said. "But it's a good first word."
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