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Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
June, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 06
Remember to Do the Right Thing
By Angie Patrick
My Dad was always best at giving this advice. If ever I brought to him a question for which I looked to him for guidance, he would always ask me, "What would be the right thing to do?" This has served as my compass for as long as I can remember.As a grown adult, this deceptively simple means of righting my own course has served me well in more instances than I can count, both personally and professionally. On a personal basis, doing the right thing is not always easy, but it is certainly best. The same holds true in business, and to say that doing the right thing is always easy is a complete falsehood.
In fact, doing the right thing in business is often the HARDEST thing to do. And yet, I can never recall an instance where I had regret when doing that which is the right thing for the circumstance. Actually, it is really much easier to forgive individuals for shortcomings than it is to forgive a business for a mis-step. For an individual, we all do a pretty fair job of internalizing and providing an empathetic response, because an individual seems so much more personal. When it is a business that stumbles, we often want to crucify them on the phone, and fire up blogs/newsletters/social media with our story. I always found this dichotomy interesting. I guess I am old school and of the opinion that stuff happens. Anyone can falter or make a mistake, even companies. The true test of character comes into play when you observe how an entity tries to recover from an issue. This is when you really see what someone or something is made of.
Let's take the practical example of gift certificates. Either you hate them or you love them. Many people hate them because they require upkeep and records keeping. Many more love them because you are selling your services for the future but receive cash now! They can certainly create a fluid cash environment for you during slow times or times when you cannot see all the clients who want to see you! As beneficial as these things are though, there is a seedy underbelly. The negativity comes about when someone who has received a gift certificate allows it to lapse, and then brings it to you for servicing. What do you do?
I know people who hold strong and fast to the expiration dates, and this is the reason they do; they feel you have been given ample time to make an appointment, and should you have missed that opportunity, they would rather not service you than to have numerous gift certificates out there with opportunity for redemption at any time. A cut-off date is just that, a date in which something is cut off. And to this way of thinking I have to say, I can see the points. No one likes things unfinished or leaving things dangling, however; I should also share with you the flip side of this.
The customer who was just politely told her gift certificate was no longer valid, just called her girlfriend and let her know just how much she thought of this policy, who in turn texted her hairstylist who had an appointment booked and encouraged her to cancel because of the way you had treated her girlfriend.
Then later that day, the original customer fires off a nastygram on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and anywhere else she can gain traction to inform as many people as she can gain within her sphere of influence and share with them the bad experience she had with your practice. In sum, there is really no telling how many people just got an earful about you and how dissatisfied someone somewhere was with your policy and service level. But you can bet it has been shared over many networks and over many channels, and gauging how this might impact your company brand is really difficult to tell. You may never know what that decision cost you in the long run.
Conversely, what horrific circumstance could possibly happen if you just simply allow the client to use the gift certificate? Besides diffusing a situation you can bet the customer is ready to dispute, you have totally met and exceeded someone's expectations. Further, you have taken what could have been a confrontational experience and turned it into something that no one was expecting, and that is a stance of generosity.
Now guess what happens? Rather than your client texting her girlfriend to complain, she is now texting to rave about you, and how you honored her gift certificate despite the expiration date, and how you made her feel like a million bucks and did it with a smile on your face! She is re-booking and will be in next week for another visit! She will also likely post on her social network about what a fantastic therapist you are and how your skills rival that of an angel! Now, thanks to her, there is positive chatter going on about you, your business and your skills. You have lost only one hour of your time, and you have made a new customer happy, got a re-booking, and have positive reviews flowing like champagne. How is this a bad thing?
You really cannot buy this kind of word of mouth promotion, and it really cost you nothing. You have been, after all, paid for an hour's massage, and that is exactly what you delivered. So in total, you have lost nothing but gained so much. So, what does this say about doing the right thing? For me, it is another example of how taking my Dad's advice and simply, "Doing the Right Thing" can save you heartache and drama down the line. Thanks Dad, for this great lifelong lesson. I will continue to use this as my rudder for all of the tough decisions life tosses my way both personally and professionally.
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