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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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!
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
Step 12: Sustainability
By John Fanuzzi
In the past year, I have presented the basics of opening a successful day spa, from conception to opening. Once open, there is just as much work (or more) necessary to sustain the business you've created.In a sense, it's like keeping the marriage alive after the honeymoon. You have convinced your investors, or the banks, that you can make a substantial profit. Now you must use all of your energy and expertise to keep everyone happy.
Expect some bad days, bad weather, a bad economy, or any number of problems. But through the challenges, keep the vision; don't let those down days get you depressed. New businesses don't always start off with a bang, so be patient; at the same time, prepare yourself, so you don't get into so much trouble that you can't make adjustments. The most important thing to consider is the minimum amount of business you need to maintain - that way, you will know on a daily basis if you are swimming or sinking. My April article on budgeting included a sample startup cost sheet that illustrated initial set-up costs with monthly amortization, startup month-to-month expenses; monthly net profits; and daily net profits with breakeven points. Set your daily goals and place them where they can be seen. The only way to transcend yourself is to know where you have been. The day spa owner, and possibly the managers, should know the breakeven points, and you should post your actual number of treatments per room, along with your retail sales. The more visible you are, the more you and your staff will be comfortable with the progress of the spa, or make the proper adjustments before it's too late.
As an owner of a manufacturing company, I check our daily quotes, orders and invoices, along with the daily average for the month and several month-to-month and year-to-year comparisons. These figures are posted for everyone to see. Sure, you could get the reports for your eyes only; however, it is empowering to share the progress with your staff. If the numbers are up, everyone gets a sense of a personal victory; if the numbers are down, everyone gets a chance to give a bit extra. If sales decline, it may be a time for a special promotion, a spa party, or a few calls to customers. If it is a historically slow period, it might be time for cleanup or training. Your ability to adapt and respond quickly to problems can make or break you. If you have prepared well; worked with experienced spa consultants, have a good way to get the proper financial reporting promptly, and can make timely adjustments, you should be able to sustain your business for years to come. The Baby Boomers are here, and they are ready to spend tons of money. Even though the competition is increasing, all reports show an increasing demand for alternatives to feel better. The flower children of the 60s may be older now, but they still prefer to eat organic foods and frequent spas. The future of the spa business looks positive, and it should be sustainable for years to come.
So, may you have your victory now! That's all there is.
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