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The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
The Power of the List
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
It's that time of year again when we are making our New Year's resolutions, so I thought it would be helpful to share some simple, straightforward and extremely powerful strategies that help me achieve my goals. If, while reading this article, you start thinking, "I know this stuff" or "I've heard this all before," take a moment to ask yourself if you truly are applying these concepts to your daily life. Setting goals and working to achieve them helps build confidence and a positive self-image. It also helps you live life to the fullest.
When I identify a goal I would like to achieve, I ask myself very specific questions to get clear about the actions necessary to attain my desired outcome. The quality of the questions we ask ourselves ultimately determines the quality of the answer our brain delivers. This answer is what drives our behavior. Therefore, it's important you ask yourself strong, good quality questions that will help reveal positive outcomes. Stay clear of poor-quality questions that are doomed to elicit negative answers.
Examples of poor-quality questions might be: "Why does this always happen to me?" or "Why do I always do stupid things?" When you are in this negative mindset, your brain is likely to respond with equally negative answers, such as "Because you're stupid," "You're undereducated" or "You lack hands-on or business experience." These types of questions and answers only serve to reinforce negative attitudes, which won't get you closer to any of your goals.
A good quality question is clear, specific and focused, as well as empowering, honest and objective. For example: "What resources are currently available that will allow me to grow my practice; analyze and communicate my findings; deliver the highest quality, hands-on care and educate my clients about the importance of getting regular massage?"
For our questions and answers to be effective, we must clearly identify our goals and then list the tasks that are necessary to complete these goals. Next, we must organize these tasks into a plan of action. Finally, we must occasionally reassess and review our plan to determine if we are on the right track. This is my "Power List," which consists of actions and goal-oriented questions. Whenever I want to achieve a new goal, I turn to my Power List:
What do I want and why do I want it? What is the ultimate goal or outcome? Close your eyes and see, feel, taste, smell, hear and say it.
When must this be completed? What is the deadline? Writing project goals and target dates on your calendar helps in planning a strategy.
Who has the experience, resources and track record for me to model? Find a mentor. Invest in your education and client-education resources.
What are the individual actions necessary to achieve the goal? Write it down as you break it down. List every step necessary to achieve this task.
What can I do now to move this goal toward completion? Take immediate action. Daily progress builds momentum.
How can this be a fun and enjoyable process? Making the experience a pleasurable one improves productivity.
Support, Balance and Nurture It
Am I eating healthy, sleeping and exercising to properly support myself? You will need the energy and a clear mind to take action. Get massage regularly!
Am I on course to achieve the target? How can I improve the process? Review your goals and the results of your action plan frequently.
Start with the first steps on the Power List and ask yourself what you want out of your life and your practice. Some of your goals may include producing better results with your clients; integrating more clinical work into the spa portion of your practice; assessing and educating your clients with simple visual aids so they commit to a series of treatments; or establishing new referral sources while maintaining current ones.
Now ask yourself why you want to achieve these goals. What would achieving these goals provide and fulfill in your life? Your reasons may range from growing your practice to giving you more knowledge, experience, skills and confidence to produce better results to planning quality time with loved ones, family and friends. The key here is to make sure your targeted questions elicit focused answers.
As you work your way down the list, you eventually will need to determine what it will take to achieve your goals. Perhaps it will require you to take a uniquely special seminar or buy a program that heightens your level of knowledge and skill set. Maybe it will require you to implement specific office management systems through the use of professional forms.
Keep in mind that one of the most important tasks on the Power List is to write down your goals and your plan of action. Writing things down frees your mind by allowing you to empty your thoughts on paper so that you can stop the constant loop from running in your head. Additionally, maintaining lists keeps you focused on the task at hand.
In closing, I'd like to reference one of my favorite motivational speakers, Tony Robbins. In his seminars, Robbins talks about the danger of focusing on the past or what is called the "Looking Behind" or "Rearview Mirror" Syndrome. It is impossible to move forward when our attention is focused on our failures, poor decisions or other negative experiences in our lives.
Remember: We learn something from every experience. It's the perception or belief that we have about the experience and the actions we take that ultimately determine the final outcome. Instead of focusing on the negative, ask yourself what you learned from the situation. Generally, our past failures often are simply the result of using the wrong strategy or taking the wrong actions. Dwelling on the past by playing old negative tapes in your head will cause you to think, hear, say and feel in a negative way. And it will be those negative feelings and emotions that drive your actions.
So do you think now would be a good time to start making your Power List? Get started immediately! Cut out this article and put it in a place where you will see it every day. Share these ideas with your family, friends and colleagues. Build a team and find a mentor. Don't put off your dreams and goals any longer. Your life is waiting!
Please let me know about your positive changes and any new ideas you used to achieve them. Drop me a line at or visit www.kenthealth.com for more ideas.
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