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A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
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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