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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
An Open Letter to the NCBTMB
By Gregory T. Lawton, DN, DC
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has previously announced its intention to enforce the following criteria in June 2005:
I have attempted to get guidance (as have other school owners) regarding the NCBTMB's position on online (eLearning) supervised classes.Almost every accredited college and university in the United States is providing online classes. This includes medical schools and other health profession training programs; state and professional licensing boards also recognize online training.
Most colleges and universities offer anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, business, ethics and numerous other courses online, and these classes lead directly to associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in numerous fields. Generally, the recognized minimum standard for an online class to be considered online, in-class, and supervised, is that 20 percent of the time spent in the online class is with an online teacher.
In Michigan, some massage schools have been pressuring the NCBTMB not to recognize the graduates of certain massage school training programs based on the in-class supervised standard. I expect that come June 2005, there will be a number of complaints directed at the NCBTMB regarding rival schools' curriculum.
I would like to get NCBTMB's (and have been unsuccessful to date) position on exactly what constitutes in-class supervised training. For example, some schools show videos in their classes or may provide a brief lecture followed by one-on-one practice. In a number of examples the instructor does not actually stay in the classroom for the entire class. Is there a percentage of time based on total class time that equals the in-class supervised definition?
My central question is in regard to online classes, which is obviously an important movement in education and will continue to increase in the coming years. Is the NCBTMB position that massage schools, as opposed to every other educational institution in the U.S., cannot provide online education? How does the NCBTMB intend to regulate community colleges and colleges that do and will continue to allow massage students to complete their health science, business, ethics and other lecture courses online, or does the NCBTMB plan on adopting a double standard - one standard for colleges and the other for post-secondary or vocational massage schools?
I have another example that results in confusion regarding the NCBTMB standard. Because my school offers a highly specialized medical massage training program, we attract a large number of medical health professionals, such as physical and occupational therapists and nurses. We provide advanced standing to these graduates of college-based programs, who, in many cases, earned hours in online classes in anatomy, physiology, pathology and other lecture courses. If this is no longer acceptable under the NCBTMB standard it would mean that we would not be able to accept credit hours earned in accredited college-based online programs.
Also on the horizon is the new associate's in occupational studies degree, which will prove to be an exciting new direction for massage schools. Many of the vocational and technical schools that provide access to this new degree program offer online training. Is it the intention of the NCBTMB to dictate to massage schools, colleges and universities, technical and vocational schools, and related governing organizations and associations that they may not include in-class online supervised training to massage students?
If this is the case, I believe that it is time for a pointed dialog between schools, educational and trade associations, and state education and professional licensure departments that have interests in or are involved in providing, overseeing or regulating massage education.
I sincerely invite a response to the questions that I have proposed in this letter regarding online in-class supervised education.
Gregory T. Lawton, DN, DC, Mac
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