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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
December, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 12
Three Ways to Train Your Mind for More Clients
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Susan is a healer and teacher who's been practicing for 15 years. She loves what she does. And she's good at it. Yet she has a deep belief that people won't pay for her services. So even though she keeps her fees low, she has a hard time getting clients to say yes.And the ones who do come, often complain about her rates.
Natalie, a colleague of Susan's, thinks there are plenty of people willing to invest in their health. Even though her fees are substantially higher than Susan's, she easily attracts new clients. And they typically stay with her for months, even years at a time.
Here's what's interesting ... these two women graduated from the same training institute. Susan was Natalie's instructor. Yet Natalie's business is booming, while Susan still feels stuck. Why are these two women with the same training manifesting such different results?
The answer comes down to attitude. Natalie's open mind is naturally attractive to clients. Yet, in Susan's defense, we're always manifesting something, whether we like it or not. That's because our experiences are being controlled by our subconscious minds.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, says, "We operate 95 to 99 percent of our lives from subconscious programs. Your subconscious beliefs are working either for you or against you, but you are not controlling your life, because your subconscious mind supersedes all conscious control." The good new is, you can rewire your subconscious mind. Here are three techniques you can practice over the course of a day to cultivate a client-attractive mindset.
Give Your First Fruits to Spirit
While this technique is hinted at in the Old Testament, it's a practice that's more about energy than religion. Proverbs 3:9-10 says, "Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine." The Bible, like all spiritual texts, is written in layers. So there's a deeper spiritual meaning hidden in this verse. When you honor your connection to God, goddess, Holy Spirit, all that is — or whatever name represents the divine for you — you supercharge your manifestation efforts. Because the nature of the divine is to expand and create more life.
The key to making this technique work? Making it a habit. We recommend doing it first thing every morning, before your mind gets bogged down with the demands of your day. By giving your first fruits — your first thoughts of the day — you're making your connection to spirit a priority.
How you do this is up to you. You can meditate, walk in nature, do some journaling or read an inspiring book. The only thing you want to avoid in the process? Technology. (If you check email or Facebook while you're still in bed, we're talking to you.) So here's your challenge: For the next 21 days, take 17 minutes each morning to consciously connect to your personal expression of spirit. You'll be surprised at how clear, centered and happy you feel. And then your experiences will begin reflecting that happiness back to you.
A.I.M. for More of What You Want
Now that you've started your day off right, one of the best ways to cultivate a positive mindset is a technique we call "A.I.M." — Anchor, Integrate and Manifest. It's based on the natural law of resonance, which tells us that things of a like vibration will naturally gravitate toward each other.
Whenever you have an experience you want more of, you've already activated the energetic template for that experience. When you anchor and integrate that template in your body, you set up the internal vibration to attract more of those same experiences. Let's take our friend Leslie for example. Whenever she finishes a powerful session, she immediately takes a few minutes to sit and gaze out the window of her Montana home. Yet as she looks at the mountains, she doesn't think — she feels back to the session she just had. And to the sensation she gets in her body when she has the privilege of seeing someone transform in her presence.
We've all experienced those magical moments with our clients – when time and space seem to slip away and everything's flowing in divine right order. Yet Leslie is doing something brilliant most healers forget: She's setting up the energetic template to manifest more amazing sessions just like that one.
You can do the same thing. But first, you've got to start with your schedule. When you're booking clients, give yourself an extra 15 minutes in between.
Then follow these three simple steps:
That's what makes this process more effective than using affirmations. With affirmations — where you're acting as if — you're trying to generate an emotion you may not subconsciously believe. But with the A.I.M. Technique, you're using the energy and sensation that's already there to plant the seeds for more. And it can't help but multiply.
Make Time for Sensual Gratitude
Now that you've practiced the first two techniques, wrap up your day with gratitude. Now we know, gratitude's not a new spiritual tool. If you're like us, you've been keeping a gratitude journal since Oprah told you to. But we're talking about using gratitude in a very different way.
Most of us live in a perpetual cycle of stress and worry. Stress over what we've experienced already — and worry about what's going to happen next. But when we're caught in a no-win cycle like this, our consciousness is split between the past and the future. And very little of us exists in the present. Yet in our exploration of gratitude, we discovered a hidden alchemical side-effect: Gratitude has the ability to transport you through time — calling the parts of you that are stuck in the past or the future into the present moment. And the present moment is where all potential resides.
When you use the energy of gratitude to come into present time, you open yourself up to receive the creative support that surrounds you at all times. The secret to doing this effectively is a simple spiritual technology we call Sensual Gratitude. Here's how you do it: Take a few moments and allow each of your physical senses to light up: sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. Then notice what's in your immediate environment that you're thankful for right now. And dwell on it with each of your senses.
For example, "I'm grateful for this cup of tea. For its warmth in my hands. The sweetness of the honey. The smell of camomile. The way the steam rises from the cup. The silence of the evening." See how easy that is? It's deceptively simple, yet it has a powerful effect on the mind. In a few seconds, it acts like a reset button that relieves you of stress and worry. And it gives you access to the infinitely creative spirit that's flowing through you right now. It also shifts your focus to the positive experiences in your life — just before your conscious mind checks out for the night. Which means your subconscious mind can integrate those feelings of calm, joy and expansion while you sleep.
Susan's been practicing these three techniques every day for the last few months. And she just sent us an email to tell us she signed a new client for a 6-month program. Now she's starting to believe that maybe, just maybe, there are people out there who really will invest in their health. And they're starting to find her.
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