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A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
April, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 04
Excuse Me Have We Met?
By Perry Isenberg
"You need to attend this meeting, you'll meet people who will help you sell more product."
"Networking," the single most overused word, is also the single most misunderstood concept."It's not what you know, it's who you know" is the second most misunderstood concept.
I feel comfortable in saying that neither my partners nor myself have ever made a point of "getting close to someone" for the purpose of the almighty dollar.
Writing this monthly column is never about promoting myself or our company. It is about an opportunity to express my views and share my experiences with a select group of people who may find what I share interesting, useful, stimulating, and at times, possibly entertaining. If this column's goal was to promote our company, we would be better served spending money on advertisements in this excellent publication. (Time is money, and I do spend time to deliver a meaningful column.)
This column is a challenging, fun, and rewarding experience -- that is why I do it.
That being said, I've received numerous e-mails from readers expressing their opinions (positive, thankfully), and a few with business opportunities.
Do you see my point? Without any intention, I've managed to talk with people that may become personal friends, business associates or, dare I say, business partners. All because I'm doing something I enjoy and that allows me to be me, to express my thoughts.
I'm not going to say that networking -- the concept of methodically putting yourselves in a position to meet people to help you make more money -- does not have its place, but for the most part, I don't have much use for the concept.
I have met and known hundreds of people who may have been able to help me make more money, but I did not maintain a relationship with anyone just for financial gain. That's the essence of networking.
Please understand this: every business executive and salesperson will cast me out to the wolves for suggesting that networking is evil. Well, it is evil when everything we hold true and right is shoved to the side for the sake of money. Would you like to do business with people you don't trust or like, simply because they can make you more money? I wouldn't if I felt that way before a business relationship started.
How can we successfully network without being shallow? We start with changing the name and concept from networking / financial gain to "relationshipping" / associating.
The name change alone changes the focus to emphasize that the initial contact will be based on developing an individual relationship, rather than numbers of contacts. It also changes the concept of "for purpose of financial gain" to being mutual, "even" associates. This concept is so much more rewarding, both for the soul and the bank account.
Attend meetings and functions because you want to, not because you think you need to.
Talk with people -- look for people you think you would like to know, not those you think you need to know.
None of this advice applies to people who need to know hundreds of people because their job is to know hundreds of people, such as salespeople, consultants, etc.
I have a relationship with a health professional who I suspect at times believes I maintain our relationship to help our company sell more product. The fact is, our initial contact was based on a mutual interest to help support and improve the medical profession. Everyone at our company takes pride in giving back to the industry that supports us.
When you meet people, don't network - just meet people, be yourself, keep what you hold true first and foremost, and your world will expand beyond your wildest dreams.
Until next month, be healthy, be good, stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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