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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
Are You Adventurous?
By Perry Isenberg
One of the biggest problems we all face is the uninspired routine. We are always short on time, and we work diligently to meet the challenges of our responsibilities. With all of the stress, we find it difficult to accomplish many things at one time.
I enjoy the road less traveled and have found a way to incorporate one of my pleasures - keeping up with current events and trends - into my job.My desire is to be well-rounded, and I fear becoming a "stick in the mud." One of the ways to meet this need is to read magazines outside of my immediate "world." For example, when I go on a "sit on a beach vacation," I read nearly 30 magazines unrelated to my profession, including fashion, sports, and local interest magazines. I am inspired by reading material not related to my job because it breaks up the thought process, and allows me to see things differently and gain a fresh perspective. It takes my mind off the job and helps my creativity; I see new things and come up with new ideas.
A fresh perspective is what you need to stay creative, inspired and motivated. Stagnation never helps a career! Reading material not related to your field may give you some ideas to enhance your life and career. Developing fresh business ideas sounds easier than it is, however.
Take my situation, for instance: I constantly have to develop new ideas for my business; this can be challenging when you have one product. I turn to ideas I may have previously written down. It makes sense to have a file with ideas, ads and articles.) Writing down ideas that come to you in the spur of the moment helps with the creative process. You would be surprised at what you can come up with: a present for Mom; a new ad campaign; a solution to a problem. Yes, even problem-solving can be creative! Some folks act on their ideas; others, sadly enough, simply ignore them. When was the last time you looked at information outside your industry? Try thinking in the "gray" area once in awhile, as opposed to thinking in black and white.
The gray, breakthrough, creative thinker thrives in situations of unpredictable change. Creative thinking is not restricted to a few gifted individuals, and it does not mean one person is more intelligent than another. It just means one is more open. Creativity can be practiced and acquired. We are all creative to some degree, especially when we are children, but our creativity diminishes as we become programmed and stuck in the "know more about less and less."
Your goal should be to practice acquiring that continual flow of ideas and inspiration. You can do this by exploring new subjects; categories of magazines and books not related to your job; and problem-solving games. Socialize outside of your normal sphere of friends and colleagues; window-shop in variety stores; eat in different restaurants; and vacation to places you thought would not appeal to you. Be curious and daydream. Build on and be open to others' ideas. Be willing to take risks and follow your intuitive hunches. Be more spontaneous and less concerned. You won't be able to help being more creative, inspired and well-rounded by being open to new ideas and people, and you'll be more valuable to yourself, your business and to others.
I'm interested in hearing how you stay creative and inspired. Please e-mail me with your questions and comments.
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay motivated and focused.
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