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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...
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
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.
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!
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.
April 16, 2010
Proposed California Bill Turns Clock Back: Local City and County Regulations Reinstated
By Christie Bondurant
Editor's note: Assembly Bill 1822 was amended April 13, 2010. Updates were made to this article to reflect those changes.
Less than two years after the passage of a law establishing a single statewide certification system for California therapists, a new law is being proposed that would, in effect, turn the clock back to the days when therapists had to acquire permits to practice in every local jurisdiction where they have clients.
Assembly Bill 1822 proposes a program that requires city and county officials to administer and regulate certification to massage therapists, effective immediately. The bill, introduced by State Assembly Member Sandré Swanson on Feb. 11, 2010, would also require separate city and county fees to be administered.
If AB 1822 passes, the current system established by Senate Bill 731 would be phased out and individual city or county regulations would be reinstated, certification would no longer be voluntary and additional fees would be specified by cities and counties. This is essentially the system that was in place before the reforms of SB 731.
SB 731 (passed in September 2008) established a two-tier voluntary certification system that allowed a massage therapist to practice lawfully throughout the state without being subject to city or county ordinances. It also established the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), which acts as the current regulator of massage therapy certification.
However, this new bill would effectively reinstate the old system, and invalidate the purpose and origin of the CAMTC. According to AB 1822:
"This bill would, until January 1, 2016, require any person who administers massage for compensation to be certified by the nonprofit Massage Therapy Organization or certified, registered, or licensed by a city, county, or city and county.
"The bill would add 2 members to the board of directors of the organization who would be selected by specified peace officer associations.
"This bill, at the election of the governing body of a city, county, or city and county by resolution and by concurrence of the head of the local law enforcement agency in that jurisdiction, would also transfer specified duties from the Massage Therapy Organization to the local law enforcement agency.
"Upon that election, this bill would require local law enforcement agencies to approve or disapprove applicants for certification by the organization based upon his or her fitness to practice massage therapy, as specified, and would prohibit the organization from providing certification upon disapproval.
"...In order to ensure the public health and safety with regard to the practice of massage, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately."
A public hearing on this bill will be held on Tuesday, April 20 by the California State Assembly Committee on Business, Professionals and Consumer Protection. The American Massage Therapy Association, California Chapter is encouraging therapists to send their letters and emails to the committee immediately. A formatted letter of opposition is available on the AMTA-CA Web site at: www.amta-ca.org.
Massage Today will continue to follow this story, providing updates as available.
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