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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
May 18, 2010
Leader of Police Chiefs' Group Takes Center Stage in Fight Over CA Law That Targets Massage Therapists
CPCA President Manheimer Lobbies Hard But Remains Silent on Questions Surrounding New Data
By Christie Bondurant
If there were prizes given out for making outrageous claims and inflating figures while lobbying for legislation, California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) President Susan Manheimer might be a hands-down favorite for a gold medal.
In lobbying for Assembly Bill 1822 (introduced in February 2010), the CPCA President has made some serious accusations regarding the California Massage Therapy Council's (CAMTC) ability at screening out illegal operators. And as the anti-prostitution bill that targets massage therapists gets closer to potentially becoming law, Manheimer's claims have become even more outrageous, according to the CAMTC.
In a Feb. 21, 2010 letter proposing AB 1822 sent to Assembly Member Sandré Swanson (the bill's author), Manheimer claims that her association conducted a sample survey of CAMTC applicants and found that 89 percent were prostitutes or of questionable background. She writes, "We recently did a random/regional sample of CAMTC applicants and found that 57% were known prostitutes, 32% were of unknown legitimacy and required further inquiry, and only 11% were legitimate operators."
In that same letter she claims that the CAMTC is "overwhelmed" with about 12,000 applications they are unable to process with their "minimal staff resources."
After various requests made by Massage Today to see any evidence that supports the CPCA data, President Manheimer has remained silent. In fact, even after the bill's author questioned the data, Manheimer refuses to address inquires surrounding her data.
In an interview with Massage Today, Swanson stated: "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."
Apparently after Swanson's public statement that he does not support Manheimer's data, she contacted another assembly member with new claims against the CAMTC.
New Claims From Manheimer
According to the CAMTC, Chief Manheimer recently contacted Assembly Member Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), head of the state assembly's Democratic caucus, stating that there are more than 35,000 applications that CAMTC has not processed. This is a remarkable jump from the 12,000 figure stated in her February letter to Swanson.
"We have no idea where she got that number," said Ahmos Netanel, CAMTC executive director. According to the CAMTC, as of May 10, they have processed all applications that they have received.
Massage Today has contacted Chief Manheimer regarding this new figure of 35,000 applications. She has not responded.
In a May 10 letter sent to Assembly Member Hill addressing Manheimer's new claim, CAMTC Chair Beverly May writes, "Your office was evidently told that there are more than 35,000 applications that CAMTC has not been able to process. That is absolutely not true. The number doesn't even make sense. In fact, in the short time that SB 731 (California's current law that established the CAMTC) has been allowed to work, we have processed 15,889 applications..."
In addition to Manheimer's claims, CPCA lobbyist John Lovell stated in an interview with Massage Today that from the data compiled so far, they were able to determine "several hundred certificants with past convictions." When asked to see this data, Lovell stated that the data is incomplete and that not all police departments in the state have submitted their information.
Also in the letter to Assembly Member Hill, May 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."
Massage Today has written a formal request to Manheimer asking for a copy of the data. However, since we have not received a response, Massage Today has sent a second letter requesting to see the data under the California Public Records Act.
AB 1822 passed the Business, Professionals and Consumer Protection Committee on April 20 and is now before Assembly Appropriations Committee. To become law, the bill requires a two-thirds vote by both houses of the legislature and generally, must be signed by the governor.
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 .
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