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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
June, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 06
AB 1822 Update: CAMTC Certification Expected to Remain Intact
Committee Hearing Friday, May 28
By Christie Bondurant
Strong backlash from the massage community over California's proposed anti-prostitution bill has caused its proponents to back down on the most controversial aspect of the law: local police certification for work permits.
According to the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) and the American Massage Therapy Association California chapter (AMTA-CA), the backers of Assembly Bill 1822 have felt the significant impact of protests from the massage community and have agreed to amend the bill in a more positive manner.These proposed amendments come after recent discussions between CAMTC, AMTA-CA and proponents of the bill.
In a May 24 press release put out by the AMTA-CA, "the CAMTC and statewide certification would remain intact." In the press release, Amanda Whitehead, AMTA-CA government relations chair, states an "expected" amendment to AB 1822: "All investigations for CAMTC certification would be done by the CAMTC."
Whitehead thanks the massage community for their overwhelming support in influencing proponents of the bill. "Please know that your letters, emails, internet postings, and publicity have both influenced lawmakers and inspired those of us whose job it is to deal directly with the legislature," said Whitehead.
Whitehead also credits Assembly Member Sandre Swanson, the author of the bill, for his willingness to work with the massage community and is hopeful that his new amendments will be satisfactory to all stakeholders.
"Assemblymember Sandre Swanson and his staff have shown a real and responsive interest in the needs of the massage community," said Whitehead. "These amendments can absolutely be drafted in a way that both protects the massage therapy profession and strengthens the ability of local law enforcement to control prostitution and human trafficking."
In a letter sent to Massage Today, Ahmos Netanel, CAMTC chief executive officer states that while CAMTC does not officially support the bill as of yet, he also believes that major improvements have been put forward. According to Netanel, the proposed amendments will include:
According to Netanel, the CAMTC is working on proposed amendments regarding massage establishments to discourage owners of potential illicit businesses.
"Even the author of the previous bill (Senate Bill 731) believed the establishment language needed to be revisited," said Netanel. "Obviously, our goal is to cooperate with local law enforcement without creating new disadvantages for the massage therapy profession... CAMTC is obtaining best practices from other states in regards to establishments. We want to craft amendments that resolve local concerns without returning to draconian zoning measures."
Netanel also thanked the massage community's efforts for the expected improved amendments: "The educational effort mounted by CAMTC, AMTA, Massage Today and the rest of the profession made a significant impact on the members of the Appropriations Committee."
Completion of the amendments to the bill is expected this week. The Appropriations Committee hearing will be on Friday, May 28.
The bill would have essentially reverted California back to the failed system that was in place before SB 731, allowing local authorities to issue work permits in each jurisdiction a massage therapist would work.
The political firestorm began after Swanson's office introduced the massage bill on an urgent basis, calling 89 percent of a sampling of CAMTC applicants either prostitutes or persons with questionable backgrounds. Those percentages of CAMTC applicants were reported in a survey compiled by the CPCA, who (after repeated requests by Massage Today) have yet to provide evidence of their findings.
Nevertheless, the thinly sourced survey catapulted the bill through various governing bodies to where it currently sits at the State's Assembly Appropriations Committee.
However, the massage community's strong opposition to the bill and the CPCA's claims were finally heard by the Appropriations Committee. We wait expectantly for the published amendments.
If the bill passes the Appropriations Committee on Friday, it will then have to pass both houses of the legislature and requires the governor's signature to become law. According to Swanson's office they have deleted the "urgency" clause in the proposed amendments, which will now require a majority vote, instead of the two-thirds vote reported in preceding Massage Today articles.
Massage Today will continue to follow this story, providing updates as available. For other Massage Today articles on this issue, read:
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