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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?
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 Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
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.
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.
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!
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.).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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