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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.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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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