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Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
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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