Yoga Credentialing

"The movement toward national teaching standards in yoga ("Wag the Down Dog", May/June 00, p. 80) is part of a larger spiral toward greater standardization, uniformity, and professional coherence in complementary and alternative medical ("CAM") modalities generally," Michael wrote in Yoga Journal letters to the editor (July 2000).

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Resources for Courses - Intellectual Property Legislation

Intellectual property legislation and other resources are listed and linked below.

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Resources for Courses

Below are further materials for various courses.

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Institute of Medicine Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has convened a Committee on Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) by the American Public. The Committee is charged with the following:

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Complementary Medicine: Legal Status of the Non-licensed Provider in the USA

European providers of complementary medicine may be surprised by the formal strictures which their US counterparts face. A major hurdle to holistic practice in the USA is the statutory prohibition against the unlicensed practice of medicine.

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Legal Issues in Complementary and Integrative Medicine: A Guide for the Clinician

Physicians integrating CAM therapies into clinical practice face many legal challenges, including the fact that legal rules governing CAM providers and practices are new and evolving in many cases.

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Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, The FDA, and the NIH

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) presently defines complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as covering "a broad range of healing philosophies (schools of thought), approaches, and therapies that mainstream Western (conventional) medicine does not commonly use, accept, study, understand, or make available.

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Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life

Read Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Lifeby David Grispoon (New York, HarperCollins, 2003) to learn about the new field of astrobiology--the legitimate child of the the "thirty-five-year courtship" between astronomy and biology--and how it answers the question: "Hello? Is anyone out there?"

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Selling Dietary Supplements On-Line

Selling dietary supplements on-line raises a host of legal issues, including rules relating to licensure and scope of practice; malpractice laws; legal rules and regulations by professional boards and organizations regarding conflict-of-interest (in medicine as in other health professions); rules about fraud; and rules governing Internet advertising and promotion.

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The Federal Anti-Spam Law

The federal Can-Spam Act of 2003 ("CSA") regulates the transmission of commercial e-mail. Notably, commercial e-mail must: (1) disclose in clear and conspicuous terms that the e-mail is an advertisement or solicitation; and (2) contain a clear and conspicuous opt-out mechanism for the recipient to decline receipt of future e-mails.

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Advertising On the Web

Legal review of one's website is a good idea, as different strands of law can govern advertising and offering of goods and services on-line. A good start is to review the Federal Trade Commission's on-line publication, Advertising and Marketing on the Internet: Rules of the Road. Essentially, the FTC is charged by law with preventing deceptive and unfair acts or practices.

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