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Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
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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