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Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
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.
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.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
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."
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
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.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
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.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
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.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
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.
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.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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.
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.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
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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