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Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
The Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 2)
Evidence is growing that the silymarin complex of flavonolignans from milk thistle can impact serum ferritin and iron overload in various clinical circumstances.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Chiropractic Around the World: WFC Country Reports December 2015
The following country updates are reprinted with permission from the December 2015 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Quarterly World Report. Information is excepted for space and edited to DC-specific style guidelines.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Lab Rats (Roaming the Streets)
The title of this article is an accurate description of American consumers (regardless of age) in the modern era.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Is There a Neurological Basis and Correction for Macular Degeneration?
Macular degeneration, aka AMD (age-related macular degeneration), is a common eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in people age 50 years and older, according to the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute.
The MRI: What to Do With the Results
As I wrote in my previous article on this topic, it is my goal for you, the doctor, to be an expert in interpreting MRI images yourself; and to be able to independently make decisions based upon a combination of clinical presentations and findings, followed by the MRI images.
Do Doctors Lie to Patients? (Do You Lie to Yours?)
In a previous column ["When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)," Oct. 1, 2015], I discussed the issue of patients lying to doctors, and the many reasons why this can occur.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
RAND Study Recruiting DCs
Dr. Ian Coulter, RAND / Samueli chair for integrative medicine and senior health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation, has issued a call for participation, recruiting doctors of chiropractic for a practice-based research study that will examine "the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low back pain and neck pain."
Taking Another Step Toward a Secure Future
In 2008, the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP) released a literature review on chiropractic care for low back disorders.
Diet, Nutrition and the Context of Risk (Part 1)
Food and supplement safety is a topic that often comes up when I speak to chiropractors for CE relicensing, even when it is not the advertised subject.
Treating Pain: The Hypermobile Coccyx
When I write about the coccyx, I recognize that I am talking about a relatively small subset of patients. When I write for Dynamic Chiropractic, I am trying to reach 60,000 chiropractors.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Enhancing Performance in Cross-Fit Athletes
Cross-fitness centers are expanding in number and increasing in popularity. To remain relevant to this growing portion of society, practitioners need to learn about the exercises and injuries common to this group.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
July 18, 2011
Suspect schools File Lawsuit, Then "Slapped" by the Court
There have been new developments in the California battle between human traffickers and the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), the state established certification agency for massage therapists.The CAMTC is leading a pioneering effort to shut down schools that sell or provide fraudulent massage school transcripts. In a test case closely monitored by massage industry insiders, three massage schools that had their transcripts disallowed by CAMTC, turned around and sued the CAMTC for damages in Los Angeles Superior Court. The judge hearing the matter dismissed all three suits and fined the three schools $18,000.
The CAMTC has been in the forefront of the battle against human trafficking. In order to force women into the sex trade, human traffickers need a transcript showing that each woman received between 250 to 500 hours of education from an accredited massage school. The transcripts are then used to get a CAMTC certificate or police permit, which is required to work in illegitimate massage parlors.
The CAMTC has used a good deal of its limited resources in investigating schools to determine whether or not the transcripts being sold reflect the hours that were actually attended. In many cases, the CAMTC's undercover investigators posing as prostitutes were able to simply buy fraudulent transcripts from illegitimate schools.
To date, the CAMTC has taken action with respect 36 schools, refusing to accept their transcripts as proof that education actually was received. Here is a list of these schools:
This battle took a new turn when three such schools, the Oriental Medicine Institute of America, Royal Irvin College and East-West Institute of Hand Therapy, simultaneously launched broad-based litigation against CAMTC, alleging that CAMTC's refusal to accept transcripts from these schools was not proper. All three schools were represented by attorney Peter Beirne.
Usually, legal battles such as these can stretch on for years and the cost alone can force investigative agencies to back down. In this case, the legal challenge to CAMTC was crushed very quickly with the innovative use of a whistle blower protection statute.
Michael Schroeder, an attorney and CAMTC Board Member, who was overseeing the litigation would not comment on the specifics of the investigations of these three schools.
He explained that California, like many states, has a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Policy) statute. This statute allows for anyone who is sued for exercising their First Amendment rights to file a SLAPP motion. When a SLAPP motion is filed, the person who filed the lawsuit is required to show, more likely than not, that they are going to win the litigation. If the suing party is unable to do so, the lawsuit is dismissed and the person who filed the lawsuit must pay the defendant's legal fees.
"In this case," said Schroeder, "CAMTC spoke about this important public matter by posting the names of the colleges on the website. These colleges sued. What happened in these suits would set a precedent for all of our efforts to protect the public and to protect women from exploitation.
"We had a great team on this matter. CAMTC Chair, Beverly May, our attorney, David Long, the insurance company, Axis Pro, all agreed on the strategy to employ the SLAPP statute at the onset of this case," Schroeder said.
The result of this aggressive and innovative strategy was that the three colleges' lawsuits were dismissed and the colleges were required to pay $18,000 in damages to CAMTC. Schroeder said, "We have now collected those sums. I think that this will have a significant effect on protecting the public from unscrupulous schools. Anything we can do to cut down on the number of false or fraudulent transcripts being sold will be a positive benefit."
While Schroeder would not speak specifically as to the actions of these three schools, Massage Today's review of the legal pleadings filed in the matter sheds a good deal of light into what occurred. In a declaration filed by Schroeder in the litigation, he pointed out that these schools had also been suspended by the National Certification Board for the Therapeutic Massage Body Work ("NCBTMB"). "NCBTMB suspended OMIA due to apparent use of fraudulent or fictitious information in order to give the appearance of legitimacy." The declaration goes on to state that the "CAMTC has become aware of problems with transcripts from certain massage schools being sold as a part of conduct in human trafficking."
Massage Today will continue to monitor events relating to the human trafficking battle occurring in California and other states.
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