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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.).
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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