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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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
April 20, 2010
CA Anti-Prostitution Law Brings Firestorm of Opposition
Would Neuter State Board, Return Certification to Police Departments
By Editorial Staff
A California anti-prostitution bill that essentially forces professional therapists to get police permission to work has been moved on to the state Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Assembly Bill 1822, authored by Assembly Member Sandré Swanson, passed the Business, Professionals and Consumer Protection Committee by an 8-3 vote on April 20. If the bill becomes law it will effectively neuter the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), a two-year-old body that now certifies massage therapy in California.
Swanson (D-Alameda), has called the bill an "urgency statute." He has also said that "Justifying the need for this urgency is a recent random sampling of CAMTC applicants, which concluded that the 57 percent of the applicants were known prostitutes and 32 percent had questionable backgrounds that required additional investigation."
However, the publicly cited sample data used by Swanson and other proponents of the bill, principally police organizations, only describes the backgrounds of applicants.
A very different picture emerges in sample data from CAMTC that shows who actually got work permits.
In reaction to the bill, the Council stated that "The CAMTC did not approve 25 massage applicants who were approved by the police in San Mateo. More than half (57 percent) of the applicants who were not approved by CAMTC were granted city permits."
Turning Back The Clock
If enacted, the legislation would result in a return to the old system used in California that required practitioners to be vetted and certified in each jurisdiction where they have clients. Both costly and complicated, the old system was replaced two years ago in favor of a voluntary statewide certification that supporters say has been far more effective in weeding out disreputable and unprofessional people from obtaining permission to work in local jurisdictions.
Swanson and the new bill's supporters claim: "The bill will have an important impact on reduction of Human Trafficking criminal schemes."Richard McElroy, CAMTC board member and a former police officer who investigated illegal massage parlors for more than 25 years, states that the CAMTC's review process is superior to all past methods of vetting massage professionals.
McElroy, who also wrote the Los Angeles Police Department's manual used to abate massage brothels, stated in documents opposed to the bill: "[CAMTC] not only examines the DOJ background report, but pays an additional charge to receive subsequent arrest notification from DOJ when the applicant is arrested at a later date. Local police departments do not."
The California Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), worked closely with the legislature and all stakeholders in the massage industry, including law enforcement, in the creation of SB 731, passed in 2008. The intention of SB 731 was to provide a system that would clearly differentiate between legitimate massage practitioners and criminal actors seeking to co-opt their title. Having such a system gives law enforcement an additional tool in combating human trafficking, because it establishes a central clearinghouse of information on applicants around the state, and offers a clear, verifiable measure of a massage therapist's credibility: certification through the CAMTC.
According to CAMTC's Chairperson Beverly May: "AMTA-CA, as sponsor, spent over six years working with legislative members and staff as well as other stakeholders, to draft SB 731. We participated in a series of Taskforce meetings with vice officers arranged by the League of CA Cities.
"Business and Professions Code Section 4600 is the result of years of research and negotiation. The law contains some very powerful enforcement provisions. Notably, in response to city concerns about schools selling certificates, and the Sunset of the BPPVE, we made sure that the law allows the CA Massage Therapy Council the right to investigate if we have reason to suspect that an applicant has not received the education claimed.
"We have not approved any applications over the objection of local police. Quite the opposite - we have denied certifications to a great many applicants who already have city permits."
According to the AMTA: "SB 731 created voluntary certification through the [CAMTC], which is already providing a rigorous alternative to the haphazard patchwork of local regulations that has let illegal businesses flourish in California cities for too long.
"SB 731 represented six years of work in the Legislature and with every stakeholder in the massage industry, including law enforcement. AB 1822 entirely undermines the excellent tools and fair regulatory system created by those years of cooperation.
"The CAMTC has had the resources and knowledge to deny certification to hundreds of applicants who had slipped past local permitting procedures statewide due to its state and nationwide recourses:
"The CAMTC has unique access to statewide and nationwide resources:
In a letter (dated April 1, 2010) addressed to Swanson from Francisco Lobaco, Legislative Director and Valerie Small Navarro, Senior Legislative Advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union state:
"The ACLU opposes AB 1822, a measure to transfer a greatly expanded background check procedure for massage therapists from a statewide organization to local law enforcement. While we support effective efforts to curb human trafficking and child prostitution, we do not believe that requiring massage therapists to complete background checks by local law enforcement - rather than a statewide organization -- will combat trafficking. Instead, bad actors seeking to avoid detection will operate further underground to avoid subjecting themselves or the girls and women they are trafficking to increased scrutiny by local law enforcement."
The letter continues: "We oppose AB 1822 for the following reasons:
The American Massage Therapy Association, California Chapter is encouraging therapists to send their letters and emails to the Appropriations Committee immediately. A formatted letter of opposition is available on the AMTA-CA Web site at: www.amta-ca.org.
For a list of the Appropriations Committees' phone numbers and emails, go to: www.assembly.ca.gov.
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