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Petition to Representative Singer - Colorado House

Protect Patient Choice - Support the Physical Therapist Practice Act in Colorado

Physical Therapists have provided dry needing for over fifteen years in Colorado, for tens of thousands of patients, with an overall reported benefit of more than 90% and a reduction in medication use by more than 75%. Surveying more than 2000 Colorado patients noted that 96% of recipients reported that they would of not of received the same functional improvement under the treatment of a PT without the inclusion of dry needling. Currently the use of dry needling is authorized under Rule in Colorado for PT's, and has been supported multiple times by the legislature. This is currently under assault by acupuncturist groups and associations with the legal and legislative intent to change the practice of Physical Therapists in Colorado. Since 2011 PT's have undergone formal post-graduate education, at a post-Doctoral level, after over 3500 hours of formal education with a focus to neuromusculoskeletal impairments, to become a PT, to achieve the additional procedures and knowledge to integrate dry needling into their practice. The CO APTA has received reporting on over 25000 patient treatment sessions (from patients), indicating a substantial health benefit, pain reduction and functional gain for over 95%. Physical Therapists utilize dry needling as part of an overall approach to the individual management of patients and clients which is based upon a western medicine framework to primarily address trigger points and impairments in muscles and soft tissues. Efforts to represent dry needling performed by PT's as harmful ignore the data. The infection rate in Colorado for PT's utilizing dry needling is 0.004% per episode, and 0.006% per episode for a puncture to a lung filed. This is very similar to decades of published data on needle/filament insertion by other health care providers, representing a very low risk of serious complication. HB 18-1155 will ensure the ongoing regulation of Physical Therapists in Colorado, this bill will codify into statute the use of dry needling by Physical Therapists, affirming the Rule already in place, along with other key provisions to modernize the regulation of PT Practice in Colorado.  Patient's in Colorado speak clearly as to the benefit of dry needling from PT's: “I think it's the best treatment I've ever had for back pain.” Colorado Resident “I was able to stop using pain relief meds immediately as a result of dry needling. Overall  improvement of my conditions were immediate.” Colorado Resident “I feel that it helped me deal with the pain without having to take some kind of pain medicine or narcotic.” Colorado resident "I have recommended DN to MANY people, telling them of the positive results I have had, when other treatments did not help.” Colorado Resident Please write to Representative Singer, the Sponsor of HB-1155 to express your support: We the signatures of this petition, ask the Colorado Legislature to support the ongoing and unchanged practice of physical therapy in the state of Colorado, to continue providing optimal and pain reducing care for Colorado Constituents. HB 18-1155, as amended to include a codification of dry needling into statute, will protect the public by ensuring optimal access to highly trained health care professionals in Colorado.    

APTA Colorado
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Petition to Weight Watchers

Discontinue plans for Weight Watchers program for teenagers

This summer, my family spent 18 weeks living out of state at an eating disorder treatment center while my step-daughter fought a crippling eating disorder. Eating disorders are caused by a variety of factors, but I know that our culture of obsessive dieting is a huge factor. As the parent of someone who almost died from an eating disorder, I was horrified to learn that this summer, Weight Watchers will offer a free program aimed at teenagers like my step-daughter. Join my campaign to demand that Weight Watchers stop plans to target teenagers. Eating disorders have a 10% fatality rate and are the most fatal type of mental illness. My step-daughter’s illness was so severe that she spent 9 weeks being fed from a tube. She developed heart issues, hormonal issues, and insulin-resistance because of heavy dieting while her body was still developing. Some of the other children in treatment center with her have bone-density loss and organ damage as well. These are not diseases to be taken lightly. Weight Watchers claims that its new program is meant to encourage healthy habits at a young age – but we know that dieting more often leads to unhealthy habits which can spiral into dangerous diseases. This program has nothing to do with teenagers’ health and everything to do with the company’s goal to grow its revenue to more than $2 billion by 2020. Weight Watchers thinks its bottom line is more important than our children’s health and that is unacceptable. Sign my petition and tell Weight Watchers that we demand better. If you disagree with this petition, please do not post comments about it in the comments, as this could be very triggering to those suffering from an eating disorder.  Feel free to email me at  I will respond to you as soon as I can so that you know you have been heard and I will also share your comments with Weight Watchers when I send the other comments.  Thanks!

Sarah Wright
20,018 supporters