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What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
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 .
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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