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Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
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.
August, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 08
IMA Owner Says He "Sabotaged" the Business
Blames Depression, Says Failing Company Owes $600,000
By Ramon G. McLeod, Editor-in-Chief and Christie Bondurant
Will Green, the owner and founder of the International Massage Association (IMA), a business that was once a major insurer for the massage therapy community, said Wednesday (July 21) that he "began to sabotage" the association last year, owes his insurance broker "about $600,000," and stopped making payments on insurance premiums.
The e-mail, sent to the association's members, was in apparent response to a Massage Today story ("What Became of IMA", July 19) that described the severe financial troubles that have befallen the association.
Green has refused to respond to numerous phone calls requesting an interview on the story, including three calls made Thursday, July 22. In one of those calls, the person answering the phone said he was "out of town" for the day.
In the e-mail sent to IMA members, Green makes a series of admissions about the company's apparent collapse.
"I am not faultless. I began to sabotage the business through hurt and anger last year." He blames the "sabotage" on depression and says he wished he "had gotten some help because depression is a subtle destroyer."
Confirming one of the major findings of the original Massage Today story, Green says "I owe (his former) insurance broker about $600,000." He says that he is trying to sell off real estate to "pay that debt."
The e-mail further states that on April 22, the association's insurance broker cancelled policies. In an interview with Massage Today last week, Bret VanLeeuven, owner of IMA's primary insurance broker, Utah-based Stratus Insurance, Inc., said that Stratus had indeed cancelled the policies because "he owes us close to seven figures."
In trying to explain what happened to the money and to the association, Green in the e-mail says that he discovered in July 2009 that issues had arisen over a claim made to one of his non-massage insurance businesses.
In researching the claim, which was made by someone "not in our database," he "found out (that) our insurance policy was being sold by another insurance broker with our name on the policy for an inflated wholesale price."
He said that this had allegedly been going on for four years.
"My friends at the insurance brokerage had been raping me economically since 2004. I was hurt and angry. I found out from the U.S. Justice Department Insurance Fraud Division that this was not legal."
Nevertheless, Green said, "I did not pursue a legal remedy. I went into a depression without even realizing it." He also claims that he has been cooperating with the FBI for three years in an insurance fraud case and that "one of the parties" in the case has plead guilty.
Green said it was depression resulting from the July 2009 discovery that led to his failure to keep up with payments: "I stopped paying insurance premiums and went into a tailspin."
The e-mail doesn't say which insurance broker allegedly mishandled the policy he describes as discovering in July 2009. Stratus was still doing work until April 22, when Stratus cancelled work for Green.
In interviews last week, VanLeeuven insisted that Stratus was not involved in "any scheme."
The relationship between Green and VanLeeuven began around 2004, VanLeeuven said. Stratus, like other insurance brokers of its type, acquires the policies that insure the premium payers from liability claims.
Earlier this year, sources present at meetings where Green tried to sell IMA said that Green suggested that Stratus had failed to properly handle policies in several of the years since 2004, an allegation that VanLeeuven strongly denied.
"Every premium that was collected was passed on to the appropriate parties," he said.
"Our business has been audited many times, we held up our part of the contract," he said. "And the bottomline is that as far as Stratus is concerned, every claim that was made was paid. There have been no complaints about unpaid valid claims."
VanLeeuven, who is travelling overseas, was unavailable to comment on this story.
End Game for IMA?
Left unstated in the e-mail from Green was one very large question: What happened to the $600,000?
What is clear, however, is that Green is scrambling for cash because, as he says in his e-mail: he is trying to sell off property to cover it. It is also clear that IMA is finished. In his e-mail Green says it will cease to exist at the end of 2010.
Editor's Note: If you have had issues with either of IMA's insurance operations, please contact
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