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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 24, 2010
Calif. Police Chiefs Refuse to Make Prostitution Data Public
Data Used to Justify Bill Targeting Massage Therapists
By Christie Bondurant
The California Police Chiefs Association has refused to provide details of the key data that was used to justify a controversial anti-prostitution bill that targets massage therapists.
In a Feb. 21, 2010 letter to Assembly Member Sandre Swanson, CPCA President Susan Manheimer wrote, "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."
The CAMTC (California Massage Therapy Council) is a two-year-old state board that is currently charged with certifying therapists in the state.
Swanson introduced AB 1822 Feb. 11, which, as of now, would effectively neuter the CAMTC and essentially return the state to a much-criticized system that gave local police departments the authority to issue work permits.
Since April, Massage Today has made various attempts to see any evidence that supports the CPCA survey. The most recent attempt was in a May 18 letter sent to Manheimer, invoking the California Public Records Act.
"We appreciate your interest in the research we have been doing on massage parlor licensing but the California Police Chiefs Association is a private corporation, not a public agency, and is not supported solely by public funds, therefore, the Public Records Act does not apply in this case."
In April, when Massage Today first asked to view the data used to produce this survey, Lovell stated that it was based on a summary of sensitive information that he could not supply.
And now, according to the May 24 letter, the CPCA will not share the information because they are a private organization.
"It is patently obvious that there is no data, no research or anything resembling either," said Mike Schroeder, CAMTC board member. "The CPCA continues to hide behind a facade; they obviously never expected anyone to challenge their blatant slander of the massage therapy profession."
The thinly sourced data has catapulted the anti-prostitution bill, targeting massage therapists, through various governing bodies to where it currently sits at the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
However, massive opposition from the massage community over the proposed bill has caused its proponents to back down on the most controversial aspect of the law: local police certification for work permits.
That issue and other amendments to the bill are expected to be put before the Appropriations Committee on Friday, May 28.
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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