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The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
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It was with great interest that I read "Trouble in the Wellness Waters?" in the May 1, 2015 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic. I heartily applaud Dr. Hayes for his insightful and informative article.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Why More Patients Don't Come to Your Office
Every so often, something turns out to be much easier than anticipated. It's like ordering a piece of furniture or a child's toy that comes in 167 pieces.
Troubleshooting: Billing Multiple Fees for the Same Service
I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot bill different fees for the same service.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Managed Care Subverts Chiropractic
A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care underscores why so many chiropractic patients go out of network in order to get the care they need: Managed care may be effectively locking them out.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Thinking About Cohen's Kappa
Let's think about some notions of reliability and validity, and about what it means for diagnostic examiners to agree in meaningful ways. Diagnostic tests must obviously be both reliable and valid.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Active Care for Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain is a common injury, since this joint is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking. In fact, 10 percent of all emergency-room visits are ankle-sprain related and an estimated 25,000 ankle sprains occur in the United States daily.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)
Recently, a new patient told me about what I thought was a novel twist on the doctor-patient relationship. She felt she had to lie to her DC to discontinue her treatment.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update and Review of Mechanisms
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
A Tribute to a True Chiropractic Leader
President of Texas Chiropractic College (alumnus, class of 1950) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Board of Governors. President of the Texas Chiropractic Association and twice-appointed member of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Do You Have a Post-ICD-10 Strategy?
Post-ICD-10 planning is critically important to the health of a practice, in part because ICD-10 is brand new to providers, payers and related affiliates alike.
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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