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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 06
Till Debt Do Us Part
By H. William Wolfson, DC, FICC, MS
Individuals may view the concept of debt differently. The ability to eliminate debt may prove to be daunting due to the lack of understanding the true and final costs of borrowing and not setting goals on how best to approach the task of its elimination.
When I graduated from chiropractic college in 1981, loan rates at banks were 18% to 21%. However, the need to obtain money was an important and necessary action step to open an office. It is the same goal for you when you finish your massage education and are thinking about opening your own massage practice. Realizing it takes time to establish a practice, the decision to open with bare bone (no pun intended) necessary equipment and making the office as inviting and functional as possible vs. grandiose and opulent was paramount. As earned income became available, better equipment, decorating, more staff, etc. could be added. One's goal is to meet monthly expenses. This entails becoming diligent by keeping expenses low and saving where possible, but without sacrificing quality of service.
A priority after paying all monthly expenses is developing a financial cushion for unexpected expenses by funding a three to six month emergency account. Opening and depositing into separate bank accounts for office, personal, tax and emergency expenses allows for paying and funding specific needs. Reducing debt, i.e., credit card balances or school and office loans can be the next goal. An option is to get rid of smaller amounts of debt, even if it is at a lower interest rate vs. paying down larger debt at higher rates. The ability to reduce debt and the number of loans may serve as a catalyst to help you remain on track and further reduce remaining debt owed. Essentially, beginning the process entails adding an additional payment earmarked specifically to principal thereby reducing the outstanding loan and ultimate payoff period. In addition, make sure to pay the required monthly payments of all outstanding loans.
Ultimately, reducing debt and continuing to save requires staying the course; paying credit cards in full when due, exploring life insurance opportunities by leveraging the premium for necessary coverage and possible cash value, saving for your children's education, contributing to a retirement fund, etc. If you are self employed or have access to a company plan, it is prudent to begin participating in a qualified retirement plan as early as possible. Becoming diligent and aware of income vs. expenses and modifying your plan as needed, allows for being profitable and remaining aware of investing and saving opportunities. Asking for help and guidance from professionals including a Certified Financial Planner, accountant or an estate attorney may prove to be a wise decision. After a thorough review, everyone should understand your needs, goals and risk tolerances for investing, saving, estate planning or charitable giving.
Despite some pundits stating debt is okay to maintain, becoming debt free allows you to share time and thoughts freely without fear of being buried under the burden of debt. Volunteering your time and giving financial assistance to causes which align with your mantra is good for you and the charity. Financial health may be compared to being on a diet. If you spend more than you earn, you develop debt. If you save more than you spend, you have a surplus and possess opportunities to explore and share. Placing yourself on a financial diet takes commitment, diligence, fortitude and goals. The journey begins after you take the time to examine where you are and where you want to be, speaking with professionals who understand your goals, and sticking to your plan!
H. William Wolfson, DC, FICC, MS, obtained his Masters of Science (MS) Personal Financial Planning from The College for Financial Planning and is a candidate for CFP® professional certification. Dr. Wolfson remains active and engaged in chiropractic by volunteering his time as NY Delegate to the American Chiropractic Association and serving on assorted committees. He is also a board member of the New York State Chiropractic Association. Dr. Wolfson participates on assorted committees with the Financial Planning Association LI chapter. Dr. Wolfson retired after twenty seven years of active practice and may be reached at
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