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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.
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.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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