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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
April, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 04
Legislative Changes in Several States
Bills In Tennessee, Iowa And Florida Have The Profession Taking Action.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
A series of bills across the nation have put the spotlight on massage therapy and the profession is making its voice heard.Massage therapists in Tennessee, Iowa and Florida are getting involved in the legislative process. As of press time, here are the updates to the legislative battles happening in each of these states.
The Tennessee bills currently before the state legislature that previously sought to move the classification of massage therapy from the Department of Health Related Boards and place it under the Department of Commerce and Insurance, have now been amended to remove all references to the massage therapy profession. According to AMTA-TN Chapter President, Maj-Lis Nash, after being inundated with e-mails and phone calls, the Governor's office told her, "it was never the intention of the office of the Governor to imply that massage was not health related, and that the bill would be amended to completely remove the sections pertaining to massage therapy. Our massage board will remain under the Health Related Boards."
A statement released by the national office of the AMTA stated: "AMTA and the AMTA-TN Chapter would like to thank Governor Haslam for his willingness to work with massage therapy stakeholders to ensure an outcome that benefits everyone involved. We applaud the Governor for his commitment to massage therapy as a health-related profession and to protect both the public and our profession."
Iowa House File 2342 has generated quite a bit of discussion regarding education requirements and how those requirements effect portability. In its current form, the bill states that: "In order to be licensed under current law, a massage therapist must complete a massage education curriculum at a school approved by the board of massage therapy requiring at least 600 hours of supervised academic instruction. This bill eliminates the 600-hour requirement and substitutes specific educational requirements and requires approval of massage therapy schools by the board of massage therapy."
The bill is sponsored by Representative Matt Windschitl and at this point the language doesn't make it clear why the change in educational requirements and what this change seeks to accomplish. It doesn't spell out what those new specific requirements will be and without a benchmark, how does a school obtain "approval by the board?" Without a specific hour requirement, would it be possible for anyone who can learn to take a national certification exam to obtain a license without having many hours actually performing massage therapy? These and other questions have been swirling around social media and massage therapy blog sites. Massage Today will continue to follow this legislation and provide updates as it progresses.
Keith Eric Grant, a board member of the California Massage Therapy Council said he "doubts that the original intent of the bill was to eliminate the educational requirements. On the other hand, legislators often don't realize how sensitive such issues are within the massage community. There's been too many instances of massage bills being pushed that didn't have prior consensus. There is certainly naivete, at best, in considering pushing for legislation without getting all massage stakeholders aware and onboard."
The bill was submitted to the commerce committee for a reading where it currently sits. To read the bill in its current form and to track its progress, visit http://coolice.legis.state.ia.us/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=billinfo&Service=Billbook&frame=1&GA=84&hbill=HF2342. To find our who your state representative is and contact them to share your thoughts on this bill, visit https://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislators/house.aspx.
Massage therapists and acupuncturists have been drawn into the battle over Florida's personal injury protection (PIP) insurance fraud problems. PIP fraud costs Florida drivers hundreds of millions of dollars annually and Gov. Rick Scott has made reforming this problem one of his top priorities. The Florida House passed the bill (HB119) on Friday, March 2, 2012, and it was under debate in the state Senate as this issue goes to press. Senate Bill 1860, in its current form, puts no time limit on treatment but eliminates massage therapy and acupuncture, now covered under PIP, after an accident.
Massage Today columnist and massage therapy insurance expert, Vivian Madison Mahoney believes "excluding massage therapy is not only discrimination, but will not solve the fraud, accident staging and money making schemes caused by organized criminals." Mahoney believes this bill further limits the health care options for Florida residents without really addressing the loop holes used by those engaging in fraudulent insurance practices. To view the bill as it was debated, visit www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/1860/BillText/c2/HTML.
As this issue goes to press, SB1860 is scheduled for a vote on Friday, March 9, 2012. Visit www.massagetoday.com for the latest on this legislation and how it will impact Florida massage therapists.
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