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In the Unlikely Event of an FDA Recall ... No News Has Been Good News
East Asian herb product manufacturers have practiced impeccable diligence by complying with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and providing the practitioner community certificates of analyses that detail laboratory testing results for things like heavy metals and toxic elements.
Safety First, Protecting the Patient: A Herbal Certification Program by the NCCAOM
The acceptance of acupuncture and Oriental (East Asian) medicine in the U.S. has made tremendous strides over the last 30-plus years. AOM/TCM is no longer "alternative or complementary" medicine. Yet, as acupuncture has become more mainstream, acceptance of herbal medicine has lagged behind.
The Opioid Crisis: "Let's Roll!"
Sept. 11, 2018 will mark the 17th anniversary of the horrific terroristic attack on the U.S. Whenever I think about that day, I am reminded of the heroes on Flight 93 who took action to keep the airliner away from Washington, D.C., by making it crash into the ground near Shanksville, Pa.
A Functional Approach to Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is recognized as one of the top chronic illnesses plaguing our society today. Here are some quick statistics on the prevalence of both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes:
News in Brief
Chiropractic Takes Leap Forward in France; New ACA President Named; Sherman College Responds To "Choosing Wisely" Recommendations; R.I. DCs Speak at Medical CE Event.
The Veteran's Choice Program & Your Claims
Q: I have recently begun treating veterans under the Veteran's Choice program. I am getting paid just fine for acupuncture codes and evaluation and management services but have been denied all physical medicine codes including infra-red heat 97026, massage 97124 and manual therapy 97140.
Preparing for the Opioid Patient: The Future of the Acupuncture Profession
In the future there will be many more clients with opioid addictions in acupuncture practices. Acupuncture is being promoted as an excellent resource to help with recovery from opioid addiction.
Fixing a Major Practice Hurdle in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 834, legislation repealing the requirement that DCs wishing to practice in Wisconsin score higher on Part III and Part IV of the NBCE examination than is required in most other states.
Lancet LBP Series: Relevance to the Chiropractic Profession
The Lancet Low Back Pain Working Group consists of a team of leading international experts on back pain from different professional backgrounds and from countries around the globe. The group published a series of three papers in The Lancet on March 21, 2018, and have subsequently received significant media attention. Here is a summary of the relevant data from these three important papers.
The Pain of Chemotherapy: A Case Study
The primary reason for presenting this case study and patient is to review the pain relief response she experienced from micro-current electro-acupuncture for taxane induced neuropathy.
Standard Process Unveils Nutrition Innovation Center
The North Carolina Research Campus, a 350-acre research center in Kannapolis, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte, is a research collaborative that includes university, corporate and community partners.
Renew Your Passion: The National
It's another August day in Florida with temperatures reaching almost 90 degrees. The sun is shining through the tall windows of the Hyatt Regency Orlando on all the attendees at The National by the Florida Chiropractic Association.
Corporate Chiropractic (Pt. 2): The Dark Side
In a previous DC article (May issue), I tried to make the case that the trend of corporations and franchises delivering chiropractic care might actually be positive.
Practicing Tai Chi Between the Seasons: Balancing the External and Internal Environments
Each morning for the past week, I have found myself to be a bit more tired than usual. There were nights when I went to bed a little late and nights I went to bed early, but it didn't make a difference.
The Spirit of the Points: The Pericardium Meridian (Part 2)
As indicated in part one of this series, the vast majority of our patients, regardless of the presence of physical symptoms, are also imbalanced at the levels of mind and spirit. The ancient Chinese knew that to treat the whole person, all levels must be taken into account so that complete balance and harmony can be achieved.
Leave Acupuncture to Acupuncturists
Colorado acupuncturists are desperately fighting to reverse a recent decision — the passing of HB18-1155 — that adds dry needling to physical therapists' scope of practice. You can support Colorado acupuncturists by signing their Change.org petition here.
Mineral Nutrition for Athletic Performance and Recovery
Research on sports, exercise, and mineral nutrition has been ongoing for decades. It is widely held that strenuous exercise can increase the need for minerals.
VA and Medicare Billing: Case of the Missing Modifier
Indeed, the Veterans Administration is paying directly to chiropractors for care under the VA Choice or PC3 Program. There are currently two administrators for this program: Health Net for the northeast and TriWest for the southwest (approximate geographic regions).
Text Neck: Assess and Adjust
A common presentation in a chiropractic clinical practice is the patient with neck pain and stiffness. Patients usually report limited range of motion on rotation of the head and neck.
Legos Lead to New Patients
It's time to examine a different way of envisioning the marketing and promotional flows in your office. This 10,000-foot perspective I like to call your practice's "marketing Legos." Much like the Legos we all played with as kids – now you get to sort them out in practice!
A Report From the 3rd Annual ASA Council Congress
This past March the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) was proud to hold its third annual ASA Council Congress in Denver, Colorado.
The Gut/Brain Relationship: Exploring Brain Diseases
Several thousand years ago ancient Chinese doctors stressed the importance of a healthy diet, and leading a healthy lifestyle as the primary ingredient to maintaining health.
Art of the Associateship: Success Is in the Finances
Finances are an important part of any business relationship. Money serves as the fuel for all business operations and ultimately the long-term success of owners, employees and customers. This is especially true in the world of health care.
Give Obesity the Attention It Deserves: Practice Pointers
During my earlier years in practice, I first became aware of the obesity problem in New Mexico because of an offer to star in a movie.
Low Back Rehab: Hip Mobility
The strength of chiropractic physical rehabilitation is first and foremost CMT, closely followed by our appreciation of a whole-body approach to balancing the entire kinetic chain.
K2: The Supplement for Your Anti-Aging Treatments
While aging as a whole is inevitable, some aspects of aging may actually be caused by a simple vitamin deficiency. That's right – wrinkles, stiff muscles and decreased athletic performance can all be symptoms of just one micronutrient deficiency: vitamin K2.
NIH Agenda: How Will More Drugs Help?
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins announced in April that his agency will be partnering with drug manufacturers to address the opioid and pain crisis. The project is known as the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative.
A Five-Step Plan for Marketing the Sale of Your Practice
We spend so much time and energy educating ourselves to be successful practitioners that many of us never stop to consider what comes next. What happens if you have a great practice but you need to move, are getting burned out, or are simply ready to retire and try something else?
A Model for Integrative Health in the U.S.
This past March I met Dr. Benjamin Kligler, national director for the Integrative Health Coordinating Center of the Veterans Administration (VA), at an Integrative Health and Wellness Congressional Caucus briefing, where he presented on the VA health care system.
June, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 06
ITEC Offering International Certification
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Since 1947, ITEC has been awarding industry certifications in the beauty, complementary therapy, sports, fitness and hairdressing professions in more than 40 countries worldwide. ITEC is now partnering with schools in the United States to offer therapists the opportunity to achieve international certification.
ITEC is regulated by Ofqual on behalf of the Department of Education for England and has a long history of excellence and partnerships with more than 755 schools all over the world. "ITEC is proud to offer American therapists the opportunity to achieve international certification. If a massage therapist has ever thought of traveling overseas and working in a spa, hotel, on a cruise ship or for a corporate hotel group, an ITEC certification can help them open these doors," said Jane Foulston, ITEC CEO.
Benefits For Schools
ITEC registered schools can offer diplomas in holistic massage, sports massage, infant and child massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, among other specialties. The benefits to schools that choose to become ITEC registered include recognition for graduates and a curriculum with a recognized standard of excellence in the global market.
"ITEC provides qualifications that meet the needs of the industry and that are clearly understood and respected by employers worldwide," said Foulston.
ITEC has established a partnership with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork so that all of NCBTMB's assigned schools can become an ITEC registered school. This partnership with NCBTMB allows students the opportunity to apply any specialty certification educational hours toward any continuing education needed to satisfy the initial application or renewal requirements for state licensure and NCBTMB board certification.
NCBTMB assigned schools can take advantage of this opportunity as long as they are in good standing, can agree to merge their curriculum to the ITEC international diploma in holistic massage or any of the other ITEC certifications offered, and complete the ITEC schools registration form.
"We believe this is the ultimate two-for-one benefit for our Assigned Schools and the profession," Steve Kirin, Chief Executive Officer, NCBTMB, explained. "Matching ITEC's curriculum means students graduate with a competitive edge not offered anywhere else in the world—they meet their state requirements for licensure and are immediately eligible to earn ITEC's international massage and specialty certifications, putting them on the fast-track toward Board Certification and other career advancing opportunities."
"Our partnership with ITEC unleashes even more positive opportunity for professional development and career path advancement within our profession—thereby aligning us with other healthcare professions to bring recognition, validity, and empowerment to massage and bodywork profession and industry," said Dr. Leena S. Guptha, Chair of the NCBTMB Board of Directors.
ITEC has waived the approval fee for NCBTMB assigned schools until January 2016. After that, it is a one-time $500 fee and $250 for any additional venues.
ITEC's minimum requirements for school staff is to have at least two years of experience in the industry and have current certification in the subject they intend to teach. ITEC also requires a demonstration of continual professional development annually.
Benefits For Students
Massage therapists wanting to achieve international certification must attend an ITEC registered school. Students seeking this certification gain the opportunity to expand their employment options beyond the United States, knowing they have achieved a standard of skill and knowledge that is recognized worldwide. According to ITEC, no matter where a student studies for an ITEC certification, the assessment is exactly the same which maintains standardization around the globe. "If you have ever wanted the opportunity to work in another country, an ITEC certification will open those doors for you," said Foulston.
International opportunities abound on cruise ships, in luxury hotel chains and destination resort properties. Achieving the ITEC certification can open these doors, making massage therapists more marketable beyond the United States.
If you are interested in becoming an ITEC registered school or you are a massage student looking to attend an ITEC registered school, please visit www.itecworld.co.uk for additional information.
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