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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.
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.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
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.)
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
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.
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.
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.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
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.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
Clients Who Are Reluctant to See a Physician
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
Question: How do you get people to see a doctor to screen for serious conditions when they don't want to?
Answer: As I mentioned in a previous column (September 2009), whenever a client comes to me with an injury or pain condition, I make sure the person goes to see a physician if they have not already.I recommend this policy to all the practitioners I have trained around the country, and believe it is one of the most important steps we can take to protect our clients, our profession, and ourselves. However, it's not uncommon for clients to put up some resistance. Many individuals have had bad experiences with doctors and other health care providers. This isn't surprising; outside the mental health field, medical professionals often receive very little training in how to develop therapeutic relationships. They may never receive instruction in communication skills, relationship building, conflict resolution, customer service, and building a safe environment -- all crucial skills to have when dealing with something as personal and private as the human body.
In your first session with a client, you're taking a major step in building a therapeutic relationship. As you greet them for the first time, take a history, perform an assessment, and then open up a dialogue about what the client wants from the work you do together. The person will get a good sense of whether he or she feels safe and comfortable with you.
Your confidence, your presence, your voice tone, your gentleness and kindness, and your clear boundaries will give the client reason to trust you and to believe what you say. If you have done all of this well, it may be much easier than you think to influence the person to see a doctor.
It also really helps to have one or more excellent physicians in mind. Whenever I set up a practice in a new location, the first thing I do is go in search of good doctors. I ask people, whose judgment I trust, who their doctor is. I invite the doctor to breakfast or lunch (they have to eat sometime!) to discuss their work and to see how I feel being with them. If I have a good experience, I begin to refer patients to that physician for medical screening.
I have sent hundreds of clients to doctors who don't rush them, speak in plain English, and do a thorough job. When clients persist in their reluctance to see a physician, I set a clear and kind boundary. At the end of my assessment session, I might say something like: "You have a serious injury in your neck and I would very much like to see if I can help you with it. In order to treat you in a responsible manner, I will need you to see a physician before I begin the treatment process. My training and knowledge are limited to certain areas of expertise, so I rely on physicians to screen out conditions that are outside of my scope of practice. Once you've seen a physician, whether it's one I'm recommending or one you choose on your own, I would be happy to treat you."
I've found this approach to be successful in the vast majority of cases.
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