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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.
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.
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.
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.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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