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Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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 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!
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
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.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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."
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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 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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
Is the Customer/Client Always Right?
By Perry Isenberg
I was recently in one of those "upscale" coffee houses and saw a small sign on the wall that read: Our Creed -Rule #1 The Customer Is Always Right. Rule #2 When In Doubt, Refer To Rule #1.
Two thoughts occurred to me, the first being that rule #1 is an accepted concept that is not always true.My second thought was that this company is so insecure that they feel the need to reinforce this policy in writing for us to see. Will the sign make me feel better about buying their coffee? Considering I was already in the store, maybe the sign should be posted in their storefront window or always appear in their print ads and radio commercials. It seems a bit silly to me to post this sign inside the store, once I've already made the decision to enter.
One of the many reasons people start their own business is just that -- to own their own business. You will decide who is right and who is wrong with matters pertaining to your business. This includes how you treat your employees, and the type of relationship you want to have with your clients.
I realize that my last few columns emphasized the importance of client satisfaction. In fact, if you recall, I suggested that anything and everything should be done to keep your clients happy, even if you occasionally have to provide a refund or free service.
I believe this passionately, but an incident I was involved in recently made me think that there is a point when, as owners, we may have occasion to stand firm with a client. There is always a chance we may lose the client, but if the client thinks it through, they may just end up respecting your final decision and continue to do business with you.
As a consumer, I've become accustomed to expecting complete satisfaction, to the point that anytime a business does not respond to my needs, I get threaten that they will lose my future business unless they see the issue my way. You can hardly blame me (or any other consumer) for this perspective, considering that mass chain stores like Home Depot, etc., let us return anything months later (even without the receipt) as long as they can resell the item. This type of customer service is very easy to get used to and accept as the norm. Anything less is not good enough.
I recently went to a Sports Authority store to purchase some running shoes they had advertised on sale. When I find shoes I like on sale, I'll generally purchase two pairs to avoid the agony of shopping again for shoes for a long time.
Spending three minutes in a new pair of running shoes in the store is not always sufficient time to absolutely decide if they are right for me. So on occasion, I have had to return shoes after I've worn them around my home for a day or so. If they are not perfect for my hard-to-fit feet, I am able to take the shoes back to Sports Authority and return them without incident.
Once, they had nothing else for me to try on. In a plaza near my house, I knew of a small Athletes Foot store that carries a small selection of shoes that cater to serious runners, walkers, etc. Those of you who know me know I am not a runner, but I needed shoes and thought this store could help with my needs. They had a very expensive pair of New Balance shoes that fit right, but were twice the cost of what I wanted to spend on running shoes, especially just to wear as everyday shoes. I bought the shoes on a Saturday, wore them around the house on Sunday, and they passed the test. I left for a two-week family vacation that week and left shoes at home.
When I returned from my vacation, a postcard was in my mail from the store announcing a 40% sale on all merchandise. The sale started two days after I purchased my shoes, and ended the day after my return. I figured I was in good shape to go to the store and plead my case that I should get the sale price. It is a small retail store, so the owner was there when I showed up at the store. I expressed my concern that the technicality of two days seemed unfair, and that, considering I purchased two pairs, it would be nice if he would honor the sale price. (Which equated to about a $60 refund for me).
He looked straight in my eyes and said, "Sales have start and end dates, otherwise there is no reason for sales dates."
I replied, " I know, I'm in business as well and I'm aware of policies, but I'm also aware of exceptions to rules depending on the situation."
He stuck to his guns, held his position, and I returned the shoes. He lost a nice sale that ended up losing him money -- handling, paperwork etc -- and I lost time because I needed to go again and shop for new shoes. Was the owner wrong or right? Was I wrong or right? I'm not sure.
Send me an e-mail and let me know what you think. In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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