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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Yup, You're the Boss Now!
By Perry Isenberg
Lots of people dream of owning a business, while some actually go out and start one! It's a scary venture with no guaranteed income. Most of us opt for staying at a job where someone else calls the shots and pays us regularly.The security of having that paycheck every one to two weeks has its merits: You don't have to worry where it comes from, just as long as it is in your hands on time. But if working for somebody else isn't making the grade for you anymore, or if you are feeling restless and can't see yourself in the same job a year from now, maybe having your own business is for you!
The Entrepreneurial Type
The entrepreneur is a different breed of businessperson. Self-motivated and in constant, perpetual motion, entrepreneurs take advantage of opportunities they encounter - and yes - they even look for opportunities where seemingly none exist. These folks can pull things off effortlessly, or at least make it seem that way. When they have a dream, they pursue it; they are passionate about what they do. Does this describe you?
Being your own boss gives you certain freedoms. It allows you to call the shots, and makes you responsible for the good (and bad) things that happen to your business. Perhaps you have given this a lot of thought, or maybe you don't know where to start.
Have you ever asked yourself what might motivate you to start your own business? Perhaps you do not want to work for any more nasty bosses, or do the nine-to-five grind; perhaps you want the challenge of embracing the unknown.
Do you feel passionate about a future endeavor? Are you prepared to fail? Being on your own requires hard work, and often, giving up life's little pleasures, like sleeping in on the weekend. Your hours may be irregular, and you may not see your family as much as you would like. This could go on for quite a while. What are you willing to give up to run your own company?
Before embarking on such a journey, ask yourself if you are willing to work long hours, and sacrifice time with family and friends. Will your loved ones be supportive of your new venture? Believe it or not, they, too, will have to make sacrifices to help you with this new business. How will you pay the bills? Are you willing to sacrifice making the same amount of money as you used to? It's possible that there may not be any money in the beginning! Do you have a savings, or nest egg, to help you through the tough times? Do you have a network of support to lean on if you find yourself in a bind?
Have you done your research, developed a marketing plan and done all of the other preliminary work necessary for starting your business? Remember, you can't ask for raises. You have to do it all by yourself! Simply put, your business will become your every waking moment until it becomes successful.
Being in business for yourself can be very rewarding. It's not always about the money, although that could be the end result. It's the pleasure of taking an inspiration or dream, and making something of it. It is the absolute satisfaction of knowing that you can do this for yourself and your family. It will eventually allow you certain freedoms with how you spend your time. You might also have employees making their livings because of your dream. What a wonderful way to share! So, enjoy the excitement of the entrepreneurial spirit and ownership.
Yup, you're the boss now!
Until next time, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated. Feel free to e-mail me with your entrepreneurial dreams! I would love to read them.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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