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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!
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.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
Your Plan, Part One
By Perry Isenberg
Generally, whenever we want to start something new, the hardest part is the beginning: where and how to start. This "unknown start" is the same, no matter the project. In school, whenever you had an assignment to write a paper, the most difficult part was probably choosing a topic.Once you decided, you still had to set up the theme, which naturally led to the body of paper, which then allowed you to smoothly move to the conclusion. This is exactly what I am doing now.
The starting point and setting up the next steps are vital, regardless of whether your goal is to start a business, or be a business manager or employee with a rewarding company. All of these goals require the same disciplined structure. The only difference is the extent and depth of work required. For example, if your goal is employment with a company, your first questions should be, "What do I need to secure rewarding employment? Where and how do I start the process?"
First, make sure you clearly understand and define your own question. In the example above, you need to define "rewarding," as well as decide the type of company you are interested in working for. The process of achieving a clear understanding of what you want and need is vital; otherwise, you will find yourself chasing your own tail - circling with no chance of moving forward. Take your time to make sure that you have clearly defined your goals; otherwise, the steps that follow will not be accurate, and the domino effect can be very destructive. Remember: Garbage in, garbage out. If you are not accurate in the first place, the subsequent series of questions and decisions will not help you achieve your goals.
Before you take the time to examine and define what is rewarding to you and the type of company you want to work for, make sure you know this is what you want; "rewarding" and "company" are the key components you must take your time to define. Obviously, what is rewarding to one person may not be rewarding to another; however, your challenge is to define what is rewarding for you and you only. Once you grasp the selfishness of the task, it will be easy for you to define what you are looking for, which will, in turn, help you meet your goals.
Additionally, "rewarding" does not need to be defined narrowly. I encourage you to want whatever you want! At the very least, consider the following:
Now, consider what type of company you want to work for. Be careful not to think that defining rewards will automatically direct you to the right company. Believing that finding a company is enough to provide your rewards is oversimplifying the process, and will limit your search and selection process.
Many companies have the diversity and depth to offer a variety of opportunities to meet the needs and goals of a diverse group of people. Don't be fooled that working for a large company will automatically mean you have to be ready to "move and shake." The company's size is a strength that attracts a wide group of people to satisfy a variety of goals. The more homework you do and questions you ask, the closer you'll be to achieving your goals.
For the next several articles, I will expand on this theme of reward and company. My next article will address the starting point of a management position, followed by the construction of a sure business plan designed to help raise the funds necessary for a start-up - I have personally designed two plans that helped secure financing and were very accurate. I will also share 12 lessons that will save you time, and help you avoid mistakes, develop better relationships and make more money.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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