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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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
August, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 08
Legislative Changes Return Authority to Local Agencies
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
At a recent hearing before the California Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, the latest amended version of Assembly Bill 1147 revealed some significant changes to the structure of massage certification; most notably a return of authority to local agencies to regulate and restrict the operation of massage establishments that might be engaging in illegal activity such as prostitution or human trafficking.
Assembly Bill 1147 would revise and replace Senate Bill 731 (passed in September 2008 and due to sunset this December), which established a two-tier voluntary certification system that allowed a massage therapist to practice lawfully throughout the state without being subject to city or county ordinances. It also established the CAMTC, a private nonprofit organization acting as the regulator of massage therapy certification. Prior to the passage of SB731, massage therapists in California were subjected to the ordinances enacted by individual cities and counties providing for the licensing and regulation of the business of massage. It was a patch work of various regulations many therapists were eager to see disappear as they were often paying multiple fees to practice in more than one city or county.
However, law enforcement agencies and city and county officials have come forward during this sunset review process to share their concerns and urge the legislature to sunset SB731 and the CAMTC, as they believe the current legislation lends to the proliferation of illegitimate massage establishments, prostitution and human trafficking. The League of California Cities was particularly vocal in a previous hearing in citing the reasons for a return to local control.
Bill co-author Chris Holden said that, "while the law that created the council, SB731, has helped legitimate massage businesses, it has had unintended consequences. These consequences have tied the hands of cities who want to keep illicit massage businesses out of their communities."
CAMTC CEO Ahmos Netanel shared the following statement with Massage Today in response to the hearings on AB1147.
"We believe it is important to work with state and local leaders, communities, law enforcement and businesses to achieve two goals:
"If enacted, the proposed bill that was recently amended July 1, 2014, would make significant changes to existing law and extend CAMTC's operations through the year 2016. Under the current law, cities and counties cannot impose land use rules, regulations, moratoriums, caps, etc., on businesses that use only CAMTC certified professionals to provide massage services for compensation, unless those land use regulations are also uniformly applied to all others that provide professional services. This proposed AB 1147 would remove that exemption and allow cities and counties to regulate massage businesses in any way that they see fit, as long as they do not:
"The proposed bill does not provide any transition from application of existing law to application of the new proposed provisions on January 1, 2015. This current version of AB 1147 will also add additional bases for denial of CAMTC applications and discipline of certificate holders such as engaging in sexually suggestive advertising related to massage; engaging in sexual activity on the premises of a massage establishment; engaging in sexual activity while providing massage for compensation; massaging the genitals, anal region, or female breasts unless the client consents in writing and the massage is supervised by a physician; and failing to fully disclose all requested information on CAMTC's application. The proposed bill would require passage of a CAMTC approved exam and 500 hours of education for CAMTC certification.
"We understand that local governments face real problems with illicit establishments, and CAMTC wants to help. Their goal is our goal – public protection. Over the past six months, CAMTC has been providing specialized training at not cost to local law enforcement agencies. Collaboration with these local agencies will make it easier for CAMTC to take action against applicants and certificate holders who violate state or local law and streamline the way to shut down illicit massage businesses.
"Professional standards must be extended to business establishments so that they will be held accountable. CAMTC supports legislation that will provide cities and counties the explicit authority to address establishments that use massage as a subterfuge for prostitution. AB 1147, with just a few additional amendments, will remove any ambiguity about the authority of cities and counties to close illegal massage establishments or to make their own decisions as to what constitutes a balanced business community."
In early August, AB1147 will go before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, where additional ammendments can be made. According to Netanel, "there are still a few issues that need to be corrected in the bill."
The last day for bills to pass the California Sentate and Assembly is August 31st and the Governor must sign or veto bills by September 30th.
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