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Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
May, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 05
Expect the Unexpected
By Perry Isenberg
Do you pride yourself on being organized? Do you account for every minute of your day? Generally, appointments are scheduled every hour. Maybe you even schedule your lunch each day and are proud that you do not waste precious time.Well, just because you account for every minute of your day and think everything is organized, doesn't mean you are making the greatest use of your time. Time management is an entirely separate skill, and it isn't determined by the mere fact that your day is crammed, or that every single minute is scheduled in your day. Actually, time management means precisely the opposite. You need to leave some time available for when the unexpected or "unplanned" happens - and it will, more often than you think.
I believe it's important to be flexible and "pad" some time in your schedule for the unexpected. I find having a daytimer makes me a bit inflexible, especially when the unexpected happens, because I have stop to re-organize everything I've written down. Scrambling around to get everything done isn't an efficient (or enjoyable) way to spend your workday.
It's a reality that occasionally, people don't show up for their scheduled appointments. What do you do with this extra "empty time space"? I have found that if I write a secondary "to-do" list, it helps me use the "new" time effectively. This list should take about 20 minutes to plan, preferably at the beginning of each week. Items on the list should be categorized by importance or priority. These are the tasks you will complete whenever you have that "extra" time originally slated for appointments. This way, you continue to be productive and do not waste time. I also try to limit phone interruptions and other distractions that usually slow me down and put me behind.
When a day is unusually hectic, I may let a few calls go to voicemail. I check the phone calls every few hours. If you get in the habit of returning phone calls within a reasonable amount of time, no one should mind. When things do not go as planned, don't panic, especially if it is something you cannot control. If you can't change it, leave it for later. Worrying about things you cannot control isn't productive. Are there tasks you wish you could do faster? Probably! There are always better and more efficient ways to do those tasks and chores! Challenge yourself - you might be surprised with the results.
Hopefully, you are a great time manager; you will have to be, with all of the appointments you have to keep. However, appointment scheduling needs to be reasonable. You cannot expect to schedule seven appointments (or more) a day and have everything run smoothly; most of the time, it won't. And what about the things you have to do in your personal life? You do have one of those, don't you? If you find you do not have the time to do the things you enjoy, rethink your time management skills.
We all have our own time-management skills that help us get through the day. I have found that these skills are acquired through practice. Some of us may find these skills a little easier to learn than others might, as we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. I believe I have found a way that works for me (most of the time), especially when the unexpected happens. I am always on the lookout for new, clever ways to get the most out of my day.
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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