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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
February, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 02
Board Member Questions NCBTMB Election Process
By Editorial Staff
The process whereby certificants elect members of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Board of Directors (BOD) has been called into question by current board member Elizabeth McIntyre, RN, MAS, NCTMB.
McIntyre, who is in the third year of her first term on the board, submitted her application to the NCBTMB nomination committee to be placed on the ballot for a second term.A response from the committee stating that she did "not meet the current criteria for consideration" to run prompted McIntyre to issue an open letter to the profession questioning NCBTMB's election practices, since, according to McIntyre, the nomination committee never advised her what the selection criteria were and which criteria she failed to meet.
In her letter, McIntyre stated she was concerned that the election process was not fair or equitable, and that personal differences among various board members were affecting the election process. Among the concerns the letter cited were:
McIntyre also indicated that when she addressed her concerns with the board, each director was instructed not to get involved with the process since it might be perceived as "board fixing and negative."
NCBTMB Chair Judy Dean emphatically denies McIntyre's allegations of election misconduct. "The board is committed to constantly maintaining high standards of ethical behavior and therefore immediately responds to any allegations or actions that question the integrity of NCBTMB or its board members," she said. "No evidence was found to support the allegations brought forth by board member Elizabeth McIntyre, but based on a potential perception of wrongdoing, the board immediately took action to implement a new nomination process that would constructively address the needs of the 2005 election process."
The new election process will include evaluating potential board candidates based on specific criteria and skill sets developed by NCBTMB's Leadership Development Task Force (LDTF). According to Dean, changes to the election process were in the works well before McIntyre's complaint came to light, but the new criteria had not yet been approved and/or implemented.
However, to remedy the current situation and dispel McIntyre's allegations, the NCBTMB appointed a new nomination committee and implemented the new election process with the 2005 elections. This includes reopening the application process to professional certificants or public members desiring a place on the ballot. Candidates who were previously on the slate will also be required to go through the new process, including submitting to a new interview. All candidates will be evaluated based on the new criteria and skill sets identified by the LDTF.
As far as the letter from the former nomination committee that advised McIntyre she did "not meet the current criteria for consideration," it was a form letter, according to Dean, who does concede that the nomination committee "did not explain the rationale behind the decision" not to add McIntyre to the ballot.
Under the new election process, however, "Every candidate will have access to the criteria. It will be published so all certificants/stakeholders are knowledgeable as to the criteria/qualifications, etc., needed for candidate selection. The criteria and process will continually be evaluated by the board to determine its relevancy to the ever-changing needs of the NCBTMB, to the profession and to NCB's stakeholders. This unfortunate situation clearly demonstrates the need for the board to investigate and implement a continuous quality assurance program," Dean concluded.
Massage Today contacted other current board members for their input and was told in all instances that Judy Dean was the only member authorized to field questions; however, several previous board members who wished to remain anonymous expressed their support for the NCBTMB and its election process. "There is always room for improvement, but it is my opinion that the Leadership Development Committee did its job to the best of its ability," said one. Others expressed extreme disappointment at the way McIntyre handled the situation altogether.
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