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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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 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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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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