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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.
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.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
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.
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."
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
The Best of Both Worlds
By Cary Bayer
At the end of 1987, while living in a one-bedroom Manhattan apartment, I began studying the secrets of prosperity that I now teach. As I learned how absolutely natural the experience of abundance is, an innocent desire grew within me to enjoy the best of both worlds.At that time, the best of both worlds meant a country house to go with my city domicile. By the end of the following year, I realized that goal when I bought a home in New York's Catskill Mountains in the woods of legendary Woodstock.
Some years later, as February's freezing cold became old, my shivering body suddenly became aware of a new desire: year-round delightful weather. That led me to do some inner and outer work that resulted in the purchase of an oceanfront condo in Florida the following winter (I had moved out of New York City by then.) Now, when the mercury heads south, so do I. Friends and clients in Woodstock tell me I have the best of both worlds. Come May, when scorching temperatures climb toward 100 degrees, I head for the hills (literally), and friends and clients in Florida tell me I have the best of both worlds. This column isn't about me, though; it's about how you, a massage therapist, can enjoy the best of both worlds in your life and business.
If you plan to create the best of both worlds, you might run across people who are envious. Our language, in fact, reveals this jealousy. While seeking the best, you might encounter small-minded comments like, "So, you want to have your cake and eat it too?" - "and," of course, is the operative word here. Why would anyone turn possessing cake into separate functions of having it and eating it? If you had your cake, what else would you possibly do with it if not eat it? Would you have your cake and frame it, too? Have your cake and smell it, too?
Having your cake and eating it too is a thought grounded in zero-sum game thinking; it is simply a fancy way of saying that when somebody wins somebody else has to lose. Fortunately, more progressive people in our culture have introduced a more expansive way of thinking - a different scenario that we call win/win: it is when someone wins and someone else also wins; in other words, it's the best of both worlds.
Massage Therapists Have Their Cakes and Eat Them, Too!
A number of massage therapists that I've coached have created the best of both worlds in their businesses. One incorporates two other loves into her massage career: yoga and Pilates instruction. She gives separate sessions in these modalities for massage clients whose bodies need additional flexibility after they leave her table. It's a win/win situation: Her clients get the benefits that these other methods afford, and she gets additional income while doing other work that she loves.
Another client also enjoys the best of both worlds. In her case, that means a booming massage business and weekends off. She is a mother of three who does her sessions during the day when her children are at school. She refers her overflow work to another therapist who is available on nights, Saturdays and Sundays. I've coached this client for the past two years and, during that time, inspired her first to quit her job and become a full-time massage therapist, and later to transform her practice into a business in which other therapists work for her. As a result, when she's called for an evening or weekend session, she enjoys a nice profit while someone else handles the session and she's playing with her kids. My client gets to be a mom for her kids when they're home and a successful massage entrepreneur when they're at school. She doesn't have to sacrifice her personal life for her professional life; she enjoys the best of both worlds.
A client in Florida loves delightful weather year-round, so she does what I do and heads north with the birds. Instead of enduring slow off-seasons like so many Sunshine State therapists, she has a healthy business in Massachusetts where northeasterners enjoy their summer vacations. She also avoids Florida when the mercury sizzles, opting instead for the cooler breezes up north.
A former New York client integrates two passions into her work. She loves the breathwork of rebirthing and frequently recommends it to clients on her table. They, in turn, benefit from this holistic method, while she feeds her second business. Her rebirthing practice also brings clients to her massage table. And another former client loves combining massage and essential oils. She's managed to combine these passions into integrated revenue streams. In each session, she uses the aromatherapy oils that her clients have come to love. When they ask her about the oils, she tells them what they do and asks them if they'd like to take them home; many do. Some buy them at retail prices, others sign up as distributors and join her downline. The former brings her small revenues, the latter much larger ones. These enable her to gain the passive income without having to use her hands.
Get used to having your cake and eating it too. As a life coach, I often ask my clients who desire breakthroughs what would constitute the best of both worlds in their worlds. Answer that question for yourself. Then visualize it and create a plan of action, and you can have your best of both worlds and, of course, eat it, too.
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