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Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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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