Truth for authority, not authority for truth.
I need to be all on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt. William Lloyd Garrison
The research which my colleagues and I have done on the regulation of massage therapists is available in the Massage Law Newsletter on our web site <http://www.healingandlaw.com>. Volume 8, No.1 of the Massage Law Newsletter has references to my reports published in other periodicals.
My objective has been to provide people with well-documented information about this controversial issue so they can make informed decisions whether they are for or against regulation.
I don't make decisions for other people. If my research helps them make informed decisions, I have fully achieved my objective, whether they agree or disagree with me about the alleged need for state regulation.
I will admit I am wrong about anything I have published if anyone provides well-documented evidence that I am wrong. I will publish a statement that I am wrong, and also publish the evidence, which proves me wrong, on our web site <http://www.healingandlaw.com>.
I CHALLENGE THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH ME TO MAKE THE SAME COMMITMENT.
I feel the same way about state regulation that I feel about the United States. "My country right or wrong. My country if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." From a speech by Carl Schurz in the U.S. Senate. February 29, 1872
Until I am presented with well-documented evidence that I am wrong, my position is as follows:
There is no well-documented evidence that allegedly inadequately trained massage therapists have caused enough harm to justify the need to regulate all massage therapists to protect the public from that harm.
I therefore believe it is wrong to require massage therapists to comply with regulatory requirements that they don't want to comply with. But massage therapists who want to be regulated should have the opportunity to be regulated.
I support the self-regulation in the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and British Columbia because It provides regulation for those who want it, and permits others to do massage without being regulated. This is democratic regulation.
I am opposed to state regulation because there is no well-documented evidence that it is needed to protect the public from harm, to control prostitution, to assure competence, or for any other reason.
I am opposed to state regulation which I believe violates Constitutional law and U.S. Supreme Court decisions that protect freedom of speech and freedom of the press; and prohibits discrimination, inappropriate governmental interference with lawful business, unfair trade practices, restraint of trade, and monopoly control.
I am opposed to state regulation which I believe violates The United Nations' International Bill of Rights "right to work" provision.
I am opposed to national certification because there is no well-documented evidence that those who pass the written examination are more qualified to do massage than those who fail.
I am opposed to the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) because there is no well-documented evidence that graduates of COMTA-accredited programs are more qualified to do massage than graduates of programs who are not accredited by COMTA.
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not entirely absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. Bertrand Russell
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but 'tis still nonsense. Ben Franklin