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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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
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.
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!
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 08
Investigations Force Corinthian to Sell, Close Campuses
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
It all started to unravel quickly last fall when California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian Colleges Inc. accusing the company of using false advertising and predatory tactics to convince potential students to enroll in its for-profit schools.In her suit, Harris claimed Corinthian was targeting low-income people with promotional campaigns that actually misrepresented how many of its students obtained jobs. Corinthian is the parent company of Everest Institute and Everest College among other brands. Corinthian has approximately 75,000 students spread out across more than 100 campuses across the U.S. and according to federal officials, receives about $1.4 billion annually in federal student aid.
Corinthian is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America and their program areas include health care, business, criminal justice, transportation technology and maintenance, construction trades and information technology. Complaints against Corinthian go back as far as 2007 when the California attorney general filed a civil compaint with similar allegations of false advertising. Corinthian settled those charges by paying a $6.5 million fine but admitted no wrong doing. The current suit claims Corinthian repeatedly falsified job placement rates, publishing rates as high as 100 percent when in some cases, not a single student in the program obtained employment.
Last year, U.S. Senate investigators found that half the students enrolled at 30 of the largest for-profit schools in Corinthian's portfolio left without a degree or diploma within four months. The Senate investigation also uncovered the fact that Corinthian students have defaulted on their loans 64% more than the industry average. Harris' suit also claims that Corinthian committed securities fraud by misleading investors and telling them the overall placement rate was 68% in 2011, even though they knew it was much lower than that. Several states attorneys general, the Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau were investigating Corinthian due to its marketing and recruiting practices.
In June, the government decided to limit access to the federal funds Corinthian was receiving. Corinthian claimed its cash balances would be insufficient after federal authorities forced it to wait 21 days between submitting student enrollment data to regulators and drawing down money for federal student aid. A normal delay would be one to three days. An agreement was then struck with the U.S. Department of Education to give Corinthian access to $16 million in student aid funds as it sought buyers for the majority of its 107 campuses. This agreement allowed Corinthian's students to continue their studies during the transition.
Finally, on June 22nd, Corinthian entered into memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of Education to maintain uninterrupted daily operations at its schools until a more detailed transition plan can be finalized. Corinthian and the Department of Education will enter into an operating agreement that will allow Corinthian to proceed with its plan to put some of its campuses up for sale and teach-out of schools in a manner that protects students, factulty and staff.
Under this agreement with the Department of Education, Corinthian is responsible for determining which schools will be for sale and which will be "teach-out" schools. Also according to the agreement, "Corinthian will begin a sales process for the sales schools with the intent to execute definitive sales agreements with one or more third parties within approxiately six months. Corinthian will discontinue enrollments of new studentsin the schools identified as teach-out schools and will also provide prompt notice to all students attending teach-out schools of the intent to teach out those schools. Corinthian will also identify and appoint an independent third party compliance and business monitor acceptable to the Department of Education who will have full and complete access to Corinthian personnel and budgets, including financial forcasts, results of operations and cash receipts and disbursements and any and all documents Corinthian is providing to potential buyers, accreditors and the Department of Education."
The Massage Community
The closure of 80 massage programs around the country will have a ripple effect in the educational world as well as in the consumer market. "The closure of education giant Corinthian Colleges will affect many industries and professions. Massage therapy supply houses, textbook publishers and CE providers will have 80 fewer locations to serve. While this many have an initial negative effect for vendors, this could be the turning point in a field that has been over run with low quality massage programs staffed by poorly qualified instructors," said Pete Whitridge, President of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education.
While market forces could be corrected with this restructuring of Corinthian, there is a human toll on faculty, staff and students who commited no wrong. There are Everest campuses that turned out many massage therapists who have gone on to successsful careers.
"My experience with Everest Schools across the nation has been mostly positive. I have had the pleasure of visiting dozens of Everest campuses through my eight plus years with Massage Envy Spa. From the campus directors, to the faculty to the students, I have witnessed so much dedication to the craft and profession. Many of these schools have done an incredible job educating and graduating qualified massage therapists," said CG Funk, Vice President of Industry Relations for Massage Envy. "Today, there are thousands of working Everest graduates who are successfully making a difference through healing touch."
Massage Today will continue to monitor how Corinthian adhears to the agreement in the months ahead. For the latest information, visit www.massagetoday.com.
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