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Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
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.
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