Category Archives: Complimentary and Alternative Health

Thought for the Day: Defining Bullshit

The Chronicle of Higher Education has just made my day, or rather two professors at The University of Washington. It’s a crying shame they aren’t located in D.C. and/or that they haven’t YET exported their wit to every State in the Union.

Here is the opening line from The Chronicle’s current Post Truth issue:

“Facts and figures are like cow pastures. Unless you squint, you can’t always tell how full of bullshit they are.”

That’s correct readers. It seems AT LEAST TWO tenured (?) academics have struck marketing gold! At my Alma Matter, the class was titled Borderlands of Science and Religion and you can view the wit who created it, under this blog’s About tab.

The current Chronicle article has a Q & A with the academics in question and I recommend giving it a read.

Steiner North American Recruitment 2016

It’s June 24th, 2016 and I was a guest of The Nevada School of Massage Therapy and The Steiner Education Group. It’s been a lovely experience and visit to Las Vegas.

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I made time recently to look up basic info on the founder, Rudolph Steiner before the meeting. Today I learned Mr. Steiner began his career as “the hairdresser” to the  English Monarch in the early 20th century. The Nevada School of Massage Therapy is a Steiner school and for this season, recruitment was limited to the only American vessel in the fleet.

I was shocked there were under 30 people at the meeting and a healthy portion were oriented to the East Coast. I believe there were two candidates from West Coast States, California and Oregon. My massage partner for the demo is a graduate from The Ann Arbor School of Massage and is currently in private practice. I wasn’t the only Massage Envy employee present, nor was I the oldest candidate, the most veteran candidate or even the most educated candidate.

Here is a list of requirements successful applicants must complete before beginning their training and reporting for duty:

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I don’t know if I’ve violated legal restrictions by publishing this photo on my blog. If any readers know what I don’t, please make me aware of it and thank you. The photo is small and I hope readers can enlarge it.

At least one candidate is a recent graduate of The Utah College of Massage Therapy’s Master Bodywork program for instance. Another parallel would be ISPA’s management certifications that they created a bit more than ten years ago. One candidate is a long term Steiner veteran. She has been with the company almost ten years and despite this, all returning employees go thru the same recruitment process with each back to back contract.

Basic Pros and Con’s:

Cons: Longer work days are required at a pace Americans would reject for anyone not salaried in a white collar profession.

Communal living. Enough said.

Pro’s: Based in Hawaii!!

Reasonable compensation.

The interview itself was very limited. Brief even for the distance travelled by both the recruiter and candidates. I’ve been thru more thorough interviews with domestic employers. Despite this, I did feel comfortable. When I asked about upward mobility in the organization I was assured that it’s performance based and meritocratic. I didn’t ask about lateral moves in the organization, such as applying for different positions once a contract had ended.

I hope to receive an acceptable passing interview notification in two weeks. If not, I will be staying put in Nashville and will begin making plans to begin my paralegal and lining up a more cost affordable graduate school than Emory Law. Emory is still too expensive for my finances, even with the blessing of one or more contracts with Steiner.

Suspects arrested in murder of holistic MD

Health Nut News reports that two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of holistic MD Teresa Sievers. The video is at least 15 minutes long but I recommend watching it. The connections between the accused and the deceased are convoluted and the reporter for Health Nut News ALSO has ties to the victim and her family. The video includes examples from facebook friends lists which illustrates the connections involved better than the accompanying article.