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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
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?
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
Step Six: Construction
By John Fanuzzi
This month's topic is the actual construction of your spa. If you have done your homework and worked in conjunction with your spa consultant and interior designer or architect, you should be well prepared.The more detail you've provided on the design and specs, the easier it will be to get bids that will not be susceptible to huge overruns and misunderstandings with the builder.
Its time to decide whether to choose a general contractor, whose job it will be to coordinate the entire job, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, tile, painting, finish details, etc., or to serve as your own construction manager (general contractor). With the latter option, you'll bid out and coordinate all of the subcontractors and do most of the pricing, purchasing, and scheduling yourself. You will have to also get the permits as an owner/builder. I would only recommend this option if your job is a renovation and if you have construction or management experience. You will also be responsible for the quality control of your own job. This may also take away from your spa operation planning, but, could save you as much as 10% to 20% of the construction cost.
Whether or not you use a general contractor or not, you will still be shopping for the best quality for the least price. You should get at least three bids from reputable general contractors, or from each subcontractor if you are the general contractor. If your plans and specs are well-prepared, the lowest bid will work fine. However, if your plans are not well-detailed, a low bid could actually cost you more in the end, particularly if there are changes needed that are not detailed enough on the plans. For example if the concrete floor is poured and your floor drain is in the wrong place, the wrong size, or forgotten because the equipment was not specified, this could represent a major extra cost. Sometimes a low bidder can see that your plans are not clear enough and will come in with a low bid, knowing he or she will get the job, but make up for the low bid on the extras and change orders, and at the same time not have to be accountable for delays. In any case, make sure you know the hourly rate you will pay in case of changes. It is also important to require a finish date, with a penalty clause if the work is not completed on time.
You should time your construction to be finished about two-to-four weeks before you open, to allow for a little cushion and to schedule a training period. This overlap will give you the option to train in your own place if the building is done on time; if more time is required for construction, you can still do offsite training. (It is much better to do the training onsite if at all possible.) The extra cost of an offsite training facility rental should be figured into the cost of non-performance to be paid by the contractor. You should also keep an ongoing punch list of incomplete work and withhold a part of your final payment until such work is completed. There should also be a workmanship guarantee clause - especially for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical problems that could arise as a result of improper installation or use of inferior materials.
Make sure that you completely understand your contract before you sign it. If you have any questions your builder cannot explain and you cannot understand, you probably should get legal advice before you sign. You should also have your spa consultant review your contract and final contract plans before you sign, just to be sure. If you been independently creative and have not hired a spa consultant from the beginning, this is your last chance to avoid potentially costly mistakes before construction begins.
Another important bit of advice is to make sure the contractor is licensed and insured, including liability and workers' comp. It is actually legally possible that you could be liable for personal or property damages caused by a construction accident even if you are leasing the property.
Don't forget to put up your "Coming Soon" signs to let the public know your spa is in the works! Next month, we'll change gears and start to talk about the actual business operations master planning.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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