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The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Preaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
May 13, 2010
CA Police Chiefs Counter-Punch On Massage Bill
By Christie Bondurant
In a clear sign that the battle over a proposed California anti-prostitution law that targets massage therapists is heating up, a police chiefs group is now actively urging its members to lobby directly for its approval.
The proposed law, which has been strongly opposed by leaders in the state's massage community, is scheduled to be heard by the California Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 19.
If passed, Assembly Bill 1822 effectively neuters a two-year-old massage certification law that placed certification in the hands of a state board, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). Further, AB 1822 essentially returns California to the widely-criticized old system that placed primary authority for issuing work permits in the hands of local authorities.
Publication of the bill's details by Massage Today have sparked negotiations between leaders in the community and the bill's author, State Assemblyman Sandré Swanson.
Now however, the chief proponent and sponsor of the bill, the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) has urged police chiefs to contact every member of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee and lobby for it. (See "Capitol Update" written by CPCA lobbyist John Lovell: www.californiapolicechiefs.org/nav_files/capitol_updates/capitol_update_05.03.2010.pdf)
Central to the bill is a "random" sampling of an unknown number of CAMTC applicants produced by the CPCA, which found that the overwhelming majority of them were known prostitutes or of unknown backgrounds. The thinly sourced data, has catapulted the anti-prostitution bill, targeting massage therapists, through various governing bodies to where it currently sits at the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The proposed law originally made it mandatory for local jurisdictions to return to the old system. But apparently because of pressure from the massage community, it was softened in mid-April to make it optional for local authorities to handle issuance of work permits.
Nevertheless, it is widely expected that if passed, local jurisdictions would again take over primary issuing authority. That means, for all practical purposes, therapists would again have to go from police department to police department in order to work.
In a recent interview, Assembly Member Swanson told Massage Today that the data, originally posited by his office as the reason for urgent passage of his bill, was not what he considered in sponsoring the bill.
"I didn't consider that data in my agreement to sponsor the bill. ... So if anybody represented anything different than that - then they're wrong because that is not what I believe," he said in an interview.
He also stated that he would "question" the data, as all of his encounters with massage therapists have proven "quite the opposite." "I would question it (the data)... In terms of the legitimate massage therapists that I'm familiar with they have pride in their profession. They have years of training and they ought to be respected."
However, a letter from his office calling for urgent passage of AB 1822 states, "Justifying the need for this urgency (of passage) is a recent random sampling of CAMTC applicants, which concluded that 57 percent of the applicants were known prostitutes and 32 percent had questionable backgrounds... ." The CAMTC is charged with issuing certifications to therapists under a two-year-old law.
The data has been strongly contested by the CAMTC. "It is stunning that Assembly Member Swanson would base his entire support for this bill on a complete lie that slanders the profession and when confronted on it, not even pretend that his statement was anything other than 'wrong,'" said Mike Schroeder, a CAMTC board member.
In a letter opposing AB 1822 sent to Assembly Member Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), the CAMTC states, "Unfortunately, the kind of hyperbole associated with AB 1822 began with the suggestion by a lobbyist that a study had been done stating a high number of applications had been approved by CAMTC that should have been denied. In truth, there is no study. Even more, because of the success and efficacy of a statewide entity agreed upon by this Legislature and implemented just nine months ago, there have been 3, 265 applications that CAMTC has not approved, which had been previously approved by local government."
But in a May 3 letter to members of the police association, Lovell makes it clear that the CAMTC has failed in its duties: "The state board's own track record of vetting candidates has been spotty at best, with persons with outright prostitution convictions receiving their certificate."
"Lovell's claim is an outright lie and he knows it," said Schroeder. "Over 3,000 massage therapists rejected by the CAMTC because of prostitution arrests or convictions were licensed by his local departments. CAMTC's procedure is to request local sign off for every certificate."
Schroeder continues, "Lovell should either back up his claims with evidence or admit that he has disgraced himself by slandering an entire profession in order to try to get a temporary political advantage."
Massage Today has written a formal request to Susan Manheimer, CPCA president, asking for a copy of the data.
AB 1822 will need a two-thirds vote in order to become law. The bill passed the Business, Professionals and Consumer Protection Committee on April 20 and was sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Editor's note: To vote NO on AB 1822, go to: www.massagetoday.com/bill1822/stop_ab1822.php.
For a list of the Appropriations Committees' phone numbers and emails, go to: www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/newcomframeset.asp?committee=43.
To contact Assembly Member Sandré Swanson's capitol office call (916) 319-2016 or email him at , or contact his legislative consultant Opio Dupree at .
Massage Today will continue to follow this story and provide updates as available. For other Massage Today articles on this issue, read:
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