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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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 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.
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.
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.
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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