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ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
May, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 05
Navigating the Economic Seas
By Angie Patrick
Staying afloat in these tumultuous economic waters is certainly at the forefront of most people's minds these days, both personally and professionally. Every time you turn on the television, listen to the radio, log onto your Internet connection, read a paper or have any contact at all with the outside world, the subject du jour inevitably turns to the economy, and how hard we have all been impacted. We hear the negativity from every facet of our media, and we as a society begin to shrink in fear because of the doomsday soothsayers and their blanketed and often sensationalistic views.
That said, I will not present to you an image of cake and roses either, because we all have felt the effects of a downturned economy in our own way; it is a very scary time for many right now. If the statistics we see generated for public consumption are true, then it is no secret we have a hard row to hoe ahead of us. However, now more than ever, I think it is a great idea for all of us to just take a moment, breathe, consider what we can do to slow the decay privately and professionally, and make a solid plan to get us through to the other side.
To tell you I have the magic panacea that will cure your economic woes would be a bit of a stretch; but what I can give you are some simple, common sense ways to assess where you are currently and provide a few suggestions to strengthen your position to be better prepared to assail those gale-force financial winds when they blow.
First , do not let the news bring your spirits down. Yes, we are having a tough time and there are many reasons to be concerned, but panicking is absolutely not the thing to do. Instead, turn that nervous ulcer-generating energy into something positive by looking for more ways you can conserve and maintain your lifestyle while saving excess expenditures.
On a personal level, you do not have to make major life-altering changes to create a positive outcome. For instance, instead of buying lunch out everyday at the fast-food haunts, opt for a brown bag filled with last night's leftovers, or a yummy sandwich wrap you made yourself. If you consider that buying lunch out every day costs roughly $5, then you just saved $30 a week, or an average of $120 a month. The same can be said for that $6 cup of skinny, white-chocolate mocha latte decaf with extra foam. Your home coffeemaker brews great coffee, and travel mugs are not only easy to use, but good for the environment because they do not clog landfills the way some disposable cups can. By opting for home brew just three days a week, you can save an average of $18 a week, or another $72 a month! For an average family of four, pizza night once a week can cost $25. If you opt to cook instead, you can sock away another $100 a month, not to mention saving the gas it took for the driver to deliver. (I like going green and saving green at the same time!)
If we look at just the three ideas discussed here, we can save an estimated $292 monthly or $3,504 annually. This can go a long way in a savings account dedicated to preparing for a rainy day. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are other ways to save that do not impact your lifestyle in a huge way. These things work well for your home, as well as for your office or clinic. For instance, you can check with your utility companies for programs such as budget billing. This program takes an average of your billing over the previous 12 months and bills you a fixed dollar amount monthly. This eliminates spikes on your heat in the winter and cooling in the summer. It can also be done with your water in many municipalities; you would just need to check with your local provider. By opting for budget billing, you can better plan for your utility expenditures by knowing it will be the same amount month after month.
Another simple moneysaver for on-call therapists would be to drive the speed limit. I realize this tidbit does not sound like advice but rather more like a law. However, the truth is that many of us drive well over the speed limits, and when we do this we use more fuel. By simply committing to driving the speed limit, you can save as much as 15 percent in fuel costs. This 15 percent is significant with rising fuel costs, and since this is often a business expense, it makes sense both personally and professionally.
Now more than ever, avoid amassing additional debt. It is all too simple to reach for the old reliable charge card when you want a night out and are cash strapped, or you see a bargain you cannot afford to pass up, but doing this can spell real disaster for you down the road. Instead, work to pay off these cards by sending an extra $20-$40 with each payment from the money you have saved by making changes in other parts of your life. You will be amazed how doing this will rapidly reduce your balance and save you more money overall by avoiding finance charges on the paid principal. Make a concerted effort to remain current, or even a little early on all your bills to avoid senseless late fees. Creditors are far more fastidious about charging late fees now more than ever before. This is simply a money-making proposition for them, and these fees add up so quickly. Consider the cost of being late on a credit-card payment just three times in one year and at $29 per occurrence, you have just thrown away almost $90 of your money. We pay interest on the fees if the fee is added to your ending balance, so you will not only lose the $29.99 but you will continue to pay additional interest on it at well. This is an easily solved problem by utilizing online bill payment or automatic debits from your checking account.
By beginning to think now about ways you can better preserve your income, and cut your monthly costs for supply and necessities, you can begin to build a stronger platform from which to navigate these economic upheavals, and keep your ship afloat. Do some research online to look for more ways people have found to trim excess spending. Making the choices to conserve, retain, save and invest are just sound financial practices and will benefit you and your practice over the long term.
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