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The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
January, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 01
Managed Care Company Hit With $210,000 Judgment
Company engaged in the unauthorized use of Locator database.
By Editorial Staff
An Orange County Superior Court jury in Santa Ana, Calif. found American Whole Health, a managed care company, liable for damages of $210,000 for unauthorized taking and use of names and use of names and addresses of providers from the Web site of MPAmedia, the publishers of Massage Today.MPAmedia attorney Michael Schroeder praised the jury's decision. "This was an arrogant East Coast managed care company that thought they could take private names and addresses off a Web site and use them for junk mail. They even kept doing it after they got caught and were told to cease and desist."
One of the important services MassageToday.com provides to both massage therapists and consumers is the Massage Locator. The Massage Locator is the only online database of every known massage therapist in the United States. Over 2,000 searches are made on the Massage Locator each month. Each one of those searches represents consumers who are looking to find a massage therapist. The Massage Locator is the best referral database on the Internet.
To further protect therapists from unwanted solicitations resulting in their names being added to a bunch of junk mail lists, MPAmedia plants "seed names" that are registered with the U.S. Postal Service on all of its Locators. When a company steals one of the Locator databases off the Web site, they inadvertently mail their junk to one of those seed names and addresses. This is then reported and exposes the fact that the company stole the database.
In the first part of 2004, MPAmedia received a mailing piece from a managed care company called American Whole Health to one of its seed names. A cease-and-desist letter was immediately sent to American Whole Health. They responded by claiming that they were entitled to use MPAmedia's names, and MPAmedia received three additional mailings.
MPAmedia responded by filing a lawsuit in California Superior Court asking for an injunction, damages and legal costs. Interestingly enough, there were no more mailings to the seed names once the lawsuit was filed.
The fact that they did four mailings on different dates to different parts of the country over a five-month period, and that the names they mailed to were no longer in the database, was very revealing. It suggested the possibility that the company tried to cover up the theft of the database.
On Dec. 12, 2005, after three days of testimony, the jury decided unanimously for MPAmedia. They went on to award $210,000 against American Whole Health exclusive of attorneys' fees, which is a separate award to the prevailing party.
This decision is more than just one publisher taking on a managed care company for stealing its database. It reinforces MPAmedia's ability to protect therapists' contact information from companies that would like to take those names to send junk mail. This decision allows MPAmedia the ability to still provide an important online service that facilitates thousands of consumers locating therapists in their area.
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