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How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
California Massage Bill Defeated
By Dixie Wall, Contributing Editor
Maneuvering through the legislative process can be a daunting task, and after almost three years of negotiating, advocating and waiting, it seems S.B.412 finally has been defeated. The goal of S.B.412 was to establish a voluntary, statewide certification program for California massage therapists.
If passed, the legislation would have reduced the many complications that continue to frustrate California massage therapists.These complications primarily are caused by the inconsistencies within California's many different current local and county regulatory systems. Instead of getting a permit from every city and/or county one might massage in, the proposed bill essentially would have created a voluntary, uniform process to certify a massage therapist's "portability" to work anywhere within the state.
In the early stages, there were many obstacles to overcome in trying to simultaneously please the different massage communities. But in the end, there was consensus in order to stand on common ground. A big obstacle finally was resolved by the creation of two separate tiers: a 250-hour educational requirement with the title "massage practitioner," and a second tier requiring 500 hours of education and use of the title "massage therapist." The other amendment debate was a grandfathering education-hour requirement, which was resolved with 500 hours after 2012 and/or the choice to not be licensed at all and just practice under the jurisdiction of the local city or county ordinances. While the process might seem simple by definition, the bill would have been the most complicated of its type in the nation.
The last debate on the floor came to a standstill as the California Chiropractic Association's lobbyists opposed the definition of "massage," including passive joint movement. The CCA had eight lobbyists on the floor insisting that, without a prescription from a medical doctor, this would be extremely dangerous to the public. (See "A Far Stretch" in the April 2006 issue or click here for the online version). When push came to shove, it seems the CCA had just enough clout to kill the bill, despite efforts from strong voices in the legislature advocating for the massage community.
Beverly May, AMTA government chair and pioneer of the California state licensing movement, said the reason behind the battle centered on the CCA "flexing its muscles" to display to its membership that the CCA still has some muscle power in Sacramento. Two therapists from the AMTA California chapter gave Senator Liz Figueroa a demonstration of "passive joint movement" to show how unreasonable the demands actually were. May pointed out that "the most ridiculous part of the whole objection is that with the failure of the bill, massage therapists will still be free to practice the very techniques that are keeping it from passing."
The CCA convinced the legislators this meant massage therapists would be manipulating joints. However, the real manipulation was done by this chiropractic group. The CCA lobbyists made sure it was understood that the CCA's support for the re-election of specific legislators was contingent on opposing this bill.
The ABMP and the California chapter of the AMTA both would have withdrawn their support if the medical prescription demand had been passed. Both groups and current lobbyists will have to compromise and work together to further develop and perfect the legislation if it is to be reintroduced at some point. According to AMTA lobbyist Mark Rakich's observations, the experience will help any future laws involving our profession. What is clear here is that this profession is not politically organized enough or powerful enough to pass this type of vital legislation. Our association leaders need to work together to raise the money necessary to fund this type of vital legislation. While it remains impossible to please everyone interested, the bill did come a long way, but it's still difficult to predict what will happen next.
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