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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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!
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.
April, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 04
California Massage Board Organizes
Tasked to create state certification
By Ramon G. McLeod, Editor-in-Chief
The California Massage Therapy Council, which was created by the legislature to establish state certification for trained therapists, has unanimously elected Ahmos Netanel, a well-known Los Angeles-based massage therapist and entrepreneur, as its first board chairperson.
The new 11-member council, elected officers and committee chairs during its organizational meeting on February 19, and will immediately begin the task of creating a voluntary certification system for massage therapist in the state.
The purpose of the new law creating the council is two-fold. For therapists, certification will provide them with a single, statewide certificate that will supercede an inconsistent hodgepodge of local ordinances and regulations that are typically enforced by police departments. The bill specifically prohibits a city, county, or city and county from enacting ordinances regulating the practice of massage by a certificate holder. Cities and counties retain the right to adopt and enforce local ordinances governing zoning, business licensing, and reasonable health and safety requirements for massage establishments or businesses.
For consumers, the certification assures that the person they are doing business with is a trained massage therapist and, according to the law, assure that massage therapy "can no longer be used as a subterfuge" to violate state laws. The law creating the council is specific about the requirements individuals will need to meet to obtain certification. Therapists must be over 18, and: "The applicant has successfully completed, at a single approved school, curricula in massage and related subjects totaling a minimum of 250 hours that incorporates appropriate school assessment of student knowledge and skills. Included in the hours shall be instruction addressing anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business and ethics, with at least 100 hours of the required minimum 250 hours devoted to these curriculum areas."
Applicants will also have to supply fingerprints and can obtain a certificate if they have a license, or similar document, from another state with requirements that meet or exceed those in the new law, California Senate Bill 731.
Beverly May, government relations co-chair of the California chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and a primary driving force behind the new law, said during the meeting "certification (will) allow massage therapists to get one-stop shopping and be certified throughout the state." She also said that the board's goal is to be issuing certificates by September 1, the first day that the law allows their issuance.
Richard McElroy, a retired Los Angeles police officer who represents the League of California Cities on the new board, said that certification will be welcomed by local jurisdictions who have difficulty ascertaining the validity of documents given them now by individuals seeking to open massage businesses.
"The problem is that you just don't know who or where a person gets these certificates," he said in an interview. "The documents could be from legitimate schools, or from who knows where. But certification from a state-recognized and organized board is a whole other matter. That's the value to the cities."
Determining the validity of schools, and the programs they offer, is going to be a significant part of the new council's work.
In addition to Netanel, the board unanimously voted in Bob Benson, chairman of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), as vice-chairperson. Other officers included Dr. Ben Drillings, Secretary, and Mason Myers, representing the California Association of Private Post-Secondary Schools.
May was named chairperson of the new council's Public Policy and Local Government committee. Benson was named chair of the Credentialling committee and Netanel was voted in as chair of the Outreach committee.
The 11-member board includes Netanel, Benson, May, Drillings, McElroy, Myers and the following individuals:
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