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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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 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.
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.
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.).
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.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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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