Spa Business Models, Liability Risk Management, and Legal Issues in Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Therapies

Spas and integrative medicine clinics increasingly offer the same complementary therapies (from massage therapy to acupuncture) and share the same healing goals. They also may share the same legal concerns, as well as risk management issues and opportunities.

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Checklist of Key Legal Issues in Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine

The following checklist of CAM and integrative medicine legal issues offers an efficient and sensible way to work through the different areas of potential legal challenge.

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Links - Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Below are links to organizations involved in hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Be sure to read A Question of Time, the novel about hypnotherapy.

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I, Robot

What does the film I, Robot have to do with complementary medicine law, policy, and ethics?

A lot. In addition to giving us a sneak preview of what our world may look like as robots begin to live and walk among us, the film essentially poses two seminal questions: what is the proper relationship of humans to machines? And conversely, what is the proper relationship of machines to humans? Both questions ask whether the two-way relationship will (or should) be resolved by force of law (Detective Spooner thinks so), by ethical rules hard-wired into every robot's "brain" (the chairman of U.S. Robotics and Detective Spooner's superior think so), or by healing conversations between the species (what??? more about this below).

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CAM Resources - Professional Associations

Below is a list of names and addresses of (and links for) the major professionals associations representing the major CAM professions (acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, massage therapy, and naturopathy).

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Case Studies of CAM Legal Issues - Online Health Services

Below is a case study of CAM legal issues involving a client seeking to offer online health services. The client, an MD, sought effective consultation for a new, entrepreneurial venture, while controlling legal fees.

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Case Studies of CAM Legal Issues - Wellness Center

Below is a case study of CAM legal issues involving a client seeking to build a wellness center. This business required rapid, effective solutions without excessive cost.

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