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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Different from the Rest of Us
By Perry Isenberg
We all know managing a business encompasses a number of responsibilities. One of the most important considerations is the hiring and supervising of staff. However, for some businesses, the hiring of employees is not nearly as important as the retention of employees.Certain business services and products are just more personal than others. I don't think you would notice a change in counter help at your local fast-food chain, or a change in cashiers at your local grocery store or gas station. You would, however, be a little taken aback if the therapist you've gone to for years was no longer at the clinic you go to, or if your stylist was no longer at the salon you visit.
Many people oversimplify business. I hear time and time again how common business issues are resolved with cookie-cutter solutions. Although these issues may be common, meaningful solutions are not as common or universally applicable to individual businesses.
For example, some restaurants use "early bird" specials to create an early "push" for the dinner time period. I don't believe this strategy would work well for a massage business. In fact, I believe it could cheapen the position of professional massage. It is important that massage therapists understand the unique attributes of their services (as compared to other businesses) and recognize that certain issues need to be handled accordingly. Not only is your field specialized in many unique ways, but it is also built on relationships with the client.
Additionally, if you are constantly turning over therapists in your practice, you are losing business and wasting time and money to of hire and train new staff. The clients who have come to depend on your practice, and have found a therapist they like, are likely to be upset when they do not have their regular therapist. They probably won't want to come back to your business, and will follow the therapist instead. It will become expensive for if you do not stop this from happening.
In the massage profession, more than almost any other profession, high employee turnover may be the single "kiss of death" to a business trying to grow. Review your current business strategies to ensure turnover is kept to a minimum. How do you persuade an excellent therapist who has his or her own list of clients to work evenings and weekends to work for you? Let's face it, people leave jobs for a variety of reasons, and not all of them are bad. Some leave because of a better offer; some leave because they're in the wrong profession. When you start seeing a high turnover of therapists in your own business, you definitely have a problem. If this is the case, you will need to ask yourself some serious questions
The first question to ask yourself is: What kind of supervisor are you? Do you unknowingly foster an inhospitable environment? In that case, only the toughest of employees will succeed and stay with you. Is that what you want? Do you have meetings on a regular basis in which the employees are free to speak their minds?
Second, have you ever found yourself ignoring an employee when he or she is talking to you? Do you ask your employees how their jobs are going, or if they are comfortable and happy in their work environment? Do you encourage employees to better themselves? Do you reward your employees when they do an exemplary job? And are supportive of their needs, recognize when there is a problem, and try to find a win-win solution for everyone involved?
Don't be a cookie-cutter supervisor with cookie-cutter solutions, or you could be stuck with a lot of crumbs! Reward and value your employees. They make a business grow. The rewards and incentives do not always have to be monetary -- give a gift certificate for lunch somewhere, or an afternoon off. Make it fun, like a contest. This strategy makes goal-setting much more palatable. Also, when you give your employees independence and trust, employees become self-motivated, ready to take the initiative and devote more energy to doing their jobs. In the end, you will have happy employees who just might be in for the long haul!
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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