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Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
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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