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Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
November, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 11
People First, Business Second
By Perry Isenberg
After numerous columns dealing with business issues, I wanted to write something a little lighter. While in this frame of mind, I came across some life lessons provided by Ben Franklin that I found interesting and insightful.
The issues he noted generally affect us all: nutrition, fitness, health, wealth, business and marriage (relationships). I trust you'll find them as interesting as I did.
Nutrition: Franklin said: "A full belly makes a dull brain." Why he's right: The gastric acid your stomach uses to digest a protein-heavy meal forms bicarbonate, which alters your blood pH and indeed causes dullness in the brain.
Fitness: Franklin said: "No gains without pains." Why he's right: Weight training creates microscopic tears in muscles, which rebuild themselves (bigger and stronger) while you rest. Soreness is a likely result of these muscle tears and inflammation.
Health: Franklin said: "He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines." Why he's right: Beware of the doctor who dispenses antibiotics as if they were Pez. 75% of prescriptions for upper-respiratory infections are unnecessary, according to a recent study. According to the study, Doctors often prescribe because of patients' insistence, time constraints, and misconceptions about when antibiotics are necessary.
Wealth: Franklin said: "Patience in market is worth pounds in a year." Why he's right: After the last five bear markets, it took only an average of 1 1/2 years for the market to recover. On average, the stock market has grown 10.5 percent a year for 70 years.
Career: Franklin said: "Take council in wine, but resolve afterwards in water." Why he's right: It's okay to brainstorm a project over a beer. Alcohol, when first taken in, loosens inhibitions. Diminished inhibition is the best spur to creativity. But it's important to review those cocktail-napkin notes the next day, to see what will really work.
Marriage (Relationships): Franklin said: "Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards." Why he's right: Premarital counseling -- or simply talking about their relationships --can help starry-eyed young couples with tough issues like money, kids, sex and religion. After marriage, ignore quirks and show tolerance.
Business does not happen without people. One key to business success is the ongoing commitment to communicate with your clients about a wide variety of issues. Take the time to share when you find something interesting, funny, etc. Make copies and, either in person or by mail, send along the tidbit with a handwritten note. The exercise takes very little time, but helps you stay human within your business relationships.
Before I sign off, I wanted to take a moment to praise all the individuals and businesses that have stepped forward to help with the tragedies that have befallen us.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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