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Start Your Massage Therapy Career at CDI College

Be a part of the growing health and wellness industry by enrolling in CDI Colleges Massage Therapy diploma program. Professional massage therapists are valued health care workers who specialize in recovery, relaxation, and other wellness treatments. Graduates will find employment in private clinics, hospitals, medical and rehabilitation centers, spas, fitness facilities, sports organizations, and may even work as self-employed massage therapists. This diploma program begins with fundamental skills in massage therapy, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise, palpation, and assessment. Different types of massage treatments are examined so that students experience a wide variety of possible specialization areas. Medical science topics including pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology are required courses. In addition, students will learn about industry ethics and professional communications. A mandatory clinic internship at the end of the program allows students to practice their massage therapy under the supervision of a registered massage therapist. Graduates are encouraged to become certified with the Alberta Association of Massage Therapists and Holistic Practitioners, which gives them added benefits as registered massage therapists. CDI College offers career counselling and planning services to students in order to assist with job searching, interviewing, and resume writing.

For more info visit: http://cdicollege.ca/L_V_Alberta_Health_Care_Massage_Therapy

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W&H Anniversary Video: A century of dental innovations with W&H

This movie is set in a dental practice anno “a really long time ago”. Then, patients were still terrified of dentists and dental instruments. Sufficient light at the treatment area has been a challenge for dentists since the start of dental medicine. The LED innovations of W&H and the latest generator technology for independent light allow dentists easy access to the treatment area. Thanks to some of W&H innovations, dental treatments have become safe and less terrifying over the last century.

In 2010 W&H is celebrating its 120 year anniversary and has taken the opportunity to dedicate 2010 to supporting those who need our help most urgently: children. Check out the W&H anniversary pages and help us support SOS Childrens Villages.
120 Years W&H. 120 Years People have Priority. http://www.wh.com

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10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge Elevator Pitch Finals with Google Ventures – November 20, 2009

The 10th Annual Duke Start-Up Challenge, the premiere entrepreneurship competition at Duke University, and the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN), announced today that Biogenic Medical Devices, led by Garrett Muramoto (MBA11), took home the Judges Choice award of $1000 and The Produce Purity Project, led by Stephanie Fruth (MBA11), won the Audience Choice award of $250 and a special gift of $500 from lead judge Bill Maris, Co-Founder of Google Ventures. A standing room only crowd of more than 500 packed Geneen Auditorium for the Final showdown where the 14 teams pitched and the winners took home the prize money. The event was broadcast live on the Internet.

For more information visit http://www.dukestartupchallenge.org

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I don’t need no doctor ray charles john mayer cover by finishline at band practice

This is a great old blues song originally performed by the great Ray Charles in 1966. Many artist have done covers of this song including john mayer humble pie peter frampton styx and I am sure there were more. FInishLine is a young rock group from the Dallas area and have been working on building up their set list with a mix of cool old songs, classic rock songs and originals. This is still a rough draft version so kinda rough around the edges but thought we would let folks know what the band is currently working on.

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Mind & Body Solution for Pms

About Dr. Jarret Morrow:

Dr. Jarret Morrow, MD is the President & Chief Science Officer of University Health Industries, Inc.  Dr. Morrow received his Doctor of Medicine from The University of Alberta in June 2001 and prior to that, received his Bachelor of Science With Specialization in Pharmacology With Distinction, also from The University of Alberta, in June 1997.  Dr. Morrow has been a distinguished presenter at numerous scientific and medical conferences worldwide, generally involving various areas of psychiatry, including anxiety disorders and the physical impact of psychological stress, and has also co-authored numerous medical research publications generally involving similar subjects. Dr. Morrow is the inventor of two patent-pending dietary supplement formulations (Natural joint health, Natural PMS relief)

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Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking medical advice or treatment it because of something you have read on this site or the University Health Industries™ site.

Part 1: About PMS

What are PMS and PMDD?

What causes PMS?

What are the symptoms of PMS?

What are the risks of PMS and PMDD?

How can I tell if I have PMS?

What can I do to manage my symptoms?

What medical treatments are available?

How effective are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of PMS?
What is the effectiveness of gonadotropin releasing hormone analogues (GnRHa) therapy in treating PMS?

Is bright light therapy effective for treating the depression associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder?

Part 2: About Zenstral

What is Zenstral PMS™?

Who should take Zenstral PMS™?
What are the ingredients?
How does Zenstral PMS™ work?
What is evidence based medicine?

What is a meta-analysis?

What scientific evidence was used in formulating Zenstral PMS™?

Who should not take Zenstral PMS™?
How much should I take?

When will it start to work?
What are the possible side effects?
What is the NPA TruLabel Program?
What is your guarantee?
Who is University Health Industries, Inc. (UHI)?
What other nutraceuticals are available from UHI?


Part 1: About PMS

Understanding PMS is one of the most important things you can do to manage your symptoms. In this booklet, Jarret D. Morrow, MD, chief scientific officer and president of University Health Industries, presents the known facts about PMS, an overview of treatment options, and current independent research that supports the use of Zenstral PMS™ for relieving PMS and PMDD.

What are PMS and PMDD?

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a more severe form of PMS, are both very common and potentially debilitating conditions from which many women suffer. Hormonal changes following ovulation trigger a group of disruptive symptoms that appear approximately 14 days before your period. PMS and PMDD affect an estimated 40 million women in the United States, with more than 5 million requiring medical treatment.

What causes PMS?

Though the exact cause of PMS is not completely understood, it appears that the hormones progesterone, estrogen and testosterone are involved, along with changes in the level of the brain chemical serotonin. Nutritional deficiencies in magnesium or vitamin B6, hormonal changes, neurotransmitter activity, diet, and stress have all been implicated in the etiology of PMS.1,2

What are the symptoms of PMS?

Most women feel some discomfort before their periods. But if you have PMS, you may feel so anxious, depressed, or uncomfortable that you can’t cope at home or at work. Common symptoms of PMS include:

Physical Symptoms

Psychological Symptoms

Breast tenderness (mastodynia)

Irritability

Cramping

Angry outbursts

Swollen hands or feet

Low self-esteem

Headaches

Anxiety

Weight gain

Confusion

Bloated abdomen

Difficulty concentrating

Constipation

Mood swings

Joint pain

Crying spells

Fatigue

Decreased libido

Acne

Depression

Symptoms usually stop or taper off soon after your period begins, and you may be symptom free until about two weeks before your next period.

What are the risks of PMD and PMDD?

PMS and PMDD are not mere inconveniences. These conditions can adversely impact a woman’s personal, professional, and financial success. Women suffering from PMS are at increased risk of depression, absenteeism from work, strained relationships, reduced productivity, and worsening of medical conditions such as epilepsy, asthma, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, or migraine headache during specific phases of their menstrual cycles.

How can I tell if I have PMS?

According the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you may have PMS if

  • Your PMS symptoms occur only during the last two weeks of your cycle.
  • the symptoms are sufficiently uncomfortable to impair your quality of life.
  • other disorders that may be mistaken for PMS have been excluded.

If you suspect you have PMS, ACOG recommends keeping a daily log of your symptoms for two or three consecutive months to help in diagnosis. It’s important to talk with your doctor to confirm your diagnosis and rule out other possible causes of your symptoms, such as depression, migraine headaches, seizure disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, or allergies.

What can I do to manage my PMS symptoms?

Women can often manage the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome by making changes in the way they eat, exercise, and approach their daily lives. To reduce your discomfort, try implementing as many of the suggestions below as you can.

Dietary Tips for Controlling PMS

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals to reduce bloating and the sensation of fullness.
  • Eat complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, pasta, and cereals.
  • Cut back on sugar and fat in your diet.
  • Avoid salt for the last days before your period to reduce bloating and fluid retention.
  • Avoid caffeine intake to feel less tense and irritable.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages. Consuming alcohol before your period can make you feel more depressed.
  • Choose foods rich in calcium.
  • Increase consumption of dietary fiber.

Lifestyle Tips for Controlling PMS

  • Get aerobic exercise. Regular daily exercise will help improve your overall health and can alleviate symptoms such as fatigue and a depressed mood.
  • Ensure adequate sleep—about eight hours per night.
  • Attempt to schedule stressful events for the week after your period.
  • Maintain a regular schedule of meals, bedtime, and exercise.
  • Practice deep-breathing exercises to help reduce headaches, anxiety, or trouble sleeping.
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes.

What medical treatments are available for PMS and PMDD?

There are four types of prescription drugs used for PMS/PMDD:

Antidepressants that act on serotonin, including fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine.The FDA has recently ordered makers of several antidepressants to issue black box warnings that patients on these medications should be closely monitored for “clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior.”

Agents that suppress ovulation, such as danazol, transdermal estradiol patches, and some oral contraceptives. These medications carry risks for serious side effects and can be very expensive.

Other psychotropics to reduce anxiety, such as alprazolam and other anxiolytic benzodiazepines. Since alprazolam has a very short half-life, there is a risk of addiction for patients who are started on this medication.

Spironolactone, a diuretic that is only available by prescription. It has proven effective in reducing premenstrual fluid retention, but doesn’t address the other symptoms of PMS.

How effective are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) for the treatment of PMS?

SSRI’s are a class of drugs used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. Patients can experience many side effects from the use of these medications including weight changes, increase in anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and sexual dysfunction. A study published in the Cochrane Database concluded that there is very good evidence to support the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the management of severe PMS. However, withdrawals due to side effects were 2.5 times more likely to occur in the treatment group than in the placebo group.3

What is the effectiveness of using gonadotropin releasing hormone analogues (GnRHa) to treat PMS?

GnRH analogues work to stop menstrual periods by decreasing estrogen production. A recent meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that GnRHa treatment appears to be an effective option in the management of PMS.4 Unfortunately, patients who take these analogues can experience several serious side effects, including menopausal type symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and increased LDL cholesterol and bone loss.

Is bright light therapy effective for treating the depression associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder?

Light therapy consists of exposure to full-spectrum light for a prescribed amount of time. A recent meta-analysis of bright light therapy published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology concluded that “the current evidence justifies neither enthusiastic dissemination nor confident rejection of this therapeutic modality.”5 Essentially, this suggests that more research is required to study the potential benefit of this treatment for PMS.

Part 2: About Zenstral PMS ™

From University Health Industries

Zenstral PMS from University Health Industries

Testimonial:

“I want to thank you for all of your help. I have had the most terrible PMS with every symptom possible. Zenstral PMS has made all the difference! I have none of the symptoms: no headache, cramps, irritability, mood swings, or aches. This works! Thanks so much for this product!”

– Debbie W, North Carolina.

What is Zenstral PMS™?

Zenstral PMS™ is an innovative blend of natural compounds that are scientifically proven to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Unlike other PMS treatments, Zenstral addresses both the physical and psychological symptoms of PMS/PMDD in one convenient product, without the risk of dangerous side effects.

Using the principles of evidence based medicine, our physicians and pharmacologists formulated Zenstral PMS™ after months of reviewing the results of university research studies worldwide. The result is a powerful nutraceutical that is as effective as other PMS remedies—and safer.†

Who should take Zenstral PMS™?
Zenstral PMS™ is recommended for women suffering fromgeneral PMS-related symptoms

  • cyclical mood symptoms of PMS including irritability, tension, depression
  • lower back and joint pain associated with PMS
  • fluid retention associated with PMS
  • breast tenderness associated with PMS

What are the ingredients in Zenstral PMS™?

Each caplet contains 20 mg of Vitex agnus castus (.3% casticin), 200 mg of magnesium oxide (MgO), and 50 mg of vitamin B6 (pyroxidine)..

The Vitex agnus castus (VAC) compound used in Zenstral is casticin, a flavonoid from the chasteberry. This is the same substance used in the clinical studies that show Vitex agnus castus to be effective. Nearly all other products on the market standardize to agnuside, a terpene compound from the chasteberry tree.

How does Zenstral PMS™ work?

The natural compounds in Zenstral work on many of the biochemical mechanisms that contribute to PMS:†

Vitex Agnus Castus Extract (VAC): VAC acts on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a set of complex interactions between three hormone-producing organs. It also reduces stress-induced prolactin levels by simulating the effects of dopamine in the brain (dopamine agonist).6 In addition, VAC has been found to elevate beta-endorphin and opiod levels, naturally occurring substances that decrease pain and create a feeling of calm and well-being.7,8

Magnesium: Low levels of red-cell magnesium have been correlated with symptoms of PMS.9 This is the rationale for supplementation with magnesium and has resulted in a number of studies on magnesium supplementation in women suffering from PMS.

Vitamin B6: Also called pyroxidine, vitamin B6 has a positive effect on levels of neurotransmitters such as serontonin, norepinephrine, histamine, dopamine, and taurine.10

What is evidence-based medicine?

Evidence based medicine (EBM) involves examining a broad spectrum of evidence—such as meta-analyses, systematic reviews of existing research, randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, and other methods of inquiry—to make decisions about patient care and treatment.

EBM is rapidly becoming the new paradigm in health care, replacing the older authority-based model where the value of a medical treatment (and sometimes its availability) was based on the work of a limited number of experts.

To learn more about evidence based medicine, a non-profit organization called the Cochrane Collaboration (www.cochrane.org) is an excellent place to begin.

What is a meta-analysis?

A meta-analysis involves collecting data from many similar research studies, then analyzing the pooled data for statistical significance.

What evidence was used in formulating Zenstral PMS™?

Below is a representative sample of the scientific evidence used in formulating Zenstral PMS™:

Vitex Agnus Castus Extract (VAC)

A recent double-blind, randomized controlled trial published in the British Medical Journal demonstrated a 52 percent reduction in PMS symptoms in women treated with dry extract of agnus castus fruit.11 Similar results were obtained in another study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics.12

Another recent study found Vitex agnus castus extract to be as effective as fluoxetine for the treatment of PMDD, a more severe form of PMS. The authors reported that 57.9 percent of patients responded to VAC extract in the treatment of this disorder, and also found that VAC extract was more effective than fluoxetine in treating the physical symptoms of PMDD.13

German health authorities have approved the use of chasteberry for three gynecological conditions: menstrual cycle irregularity, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and mastodynia (breast pain).14

Magnesium

A recent randomized, double-blind crossover study concluded that magnesium works synergistically with vitamin B6 to relieve anxiety symptoms associated with PMS.15

Vitamin B6

The British Medical Journal did a meta-analysis of vitamin B6 in the treatment of PMS and concluded that it was likely to be beneficial in treating premenstrual symptoms and premenstrual depression.16

Who should not take Zenstral PMS™?

Consult a physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking birth control pills, have a hormone-sensitive medical condition such as breast cancer, or are taking dopamine-related medications.

How much should I take?

The typical dosage is one caplet twice daily. Take Zenstral™ every day of the month, not only when you’re having symptoms. It needs to reach and maintain therapeutic levels in the body to work.

When will it start to work?

With daily use, Zenstral™ will reach therapeutic levels in your system within three to four weeks, so you should feel relief by the second cycle. In contrast, prescription antidepressants take at least a month to start working and don’t address the physical symptoms of PMS.

What are the possible side effects?

No serious side effects have been reported for the ingredients in Zenstral PMS™. Data from clinical trials, post-marketing surveillance studies, spontaneous reporting systems, manufacturers, and herbalist organizations indicate that the compounds in Zenstral PMS™ are generally well tolerated, and that any adverse events following VAC treatment are mild and reversible.17 Possible side effects include nausea, gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, or pruritus.11,12,13,15,16,17,18

Consult a physician if you experience any of these side effects or use this product longer than six months. Discontinue use and consult a physician if an allergic reaction occurs.

No drug interactions have been reported. However, because of Zenstral’s mode of action, consult your physician before use if you are taking dopamine-related medications.

What is the NPA TruLabel Program?

The Natural Products Association (NPA) TruLabel program is the industry’s most expansive and successful self-regulatory program.

University Health Industries and other NPA members voluntarily pay for random monitored tests of their products by independent laboratories. If a test reveals any deficiency in product quality or accuracy in labeling, NPA immediately alerts the member company and expects it to take corrective action. NPA revokes the membership of any company that does not comply.

What is your guarantee?

University Health Industries’ products are backed by our 100% money-back guarantee for first-time orders. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your order, simply return it within 30 days and we’ll issue you a full refund of your purchase price, less shipping and handling.

Who is University Health Industries, Inc?

Every year, research labs around the globe identify and test natural compounds with the potential to improve human health—yet more than 98% of these discoveries are never commercialized for the benefit of the public.

University Health Industries, Inc. (OTC:UVHI), in collaboration with universities worldwide, researches natural compounds with clinically proven efficacy, identifies those with the greatest potential for enhancing human life, then develops them into patented nutraceutical products for treating common chronic ailments.

Our mission is to make the latest clinical discoveries in natural compounds available to consumers, delivered in patented pharmaceutical-grade formulations with guaranteed quality and potency.

UHI is a proud American company with offices and manufacturing facilities in Boca Raton, Florida. All of our products are GMP-approved and made in the United States to ensure they adhere to standards the American public can trust.

What other nutraceuticals are available from UHI?

UHI will introduce three new products in the coming weeks , each developed with the same quality and efficacy standards as Zenstral PMS™:

  • Arthroleve ULT™ for bone and joint pain †
  • Premium SAMe ULT™ for mood support†
  • Cold & Flu RMD™ for immune system support and relief from the common cold†

Our physicians and pharmacologists are hard at work creating additional evidence-based nutraceutical products. Visit the UHI Web site at www.universityhealthindustries.com for updates, or request new product announcements by email at www.zenstralpms.com.

We welcome your feedback. Please contact us at 1 888 575 1700 or send an email to customercare@arthroleve.com with your suggestions, questions, and comments.

References

1 Mortola J. Premenstrual syndrome-pathophysiologic considerations. N

Engl J Med. 1998; 338:256-7.

2 Chrousos GP, Torpy DJ, Gold PW. Interactions between the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the female reproductive system: Clinical implications. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:229-40.

3 Wyatt KM, Dimmock PW, O’Brien PM. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for premenstrual syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(4):CD 001396.

4 Wyatt KM, Dimmock PW, Ismail KM, Jones PW, O’brien PM. The effectiveness of GnRHa with and without ‘add-back’ therapy in treating premenstrual syndrome: a meta analysis. BJOG, 2004 Jun;111(6):585-93.

5 Krasnik C, Montori VM, Guyatt GH, Heels-Ansdell D, Brusse JW; Medically Unexplained Syndromes Study Group. The effect of bright light therapy on depression associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Am J Gynecol. 2005 Sep;193(3 Pt 1):658-61.

6 Merz PG, Gorkow C, Schordter A, Rietbrock S, Sider C, Loew D, Dericks–Tan JSE, Taubert HD. The effects of special Agnus castus extract (BP 109E1) on prolactin secretion in healthy male subjects. Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes. 1996;104:447-53.

7 Brugisser R, Burkard W, Simmen U, Schaffner W. Untersuchungen an Opiod-Rezeptorin mit Vitex agnus-castus L. Z Phytother. 1999;20:140-58.

8 Samochowic L, Glaesmer R, Samochowic J. EifluBvon Monchspfeffer auf die konzentration von beta-Endorphin im Serum weiblicher Ratten. Arztez Naturheilverfahren. 1998;39:213-215.

9 Rosenstein DL, Elin RJ, Hosseini JM, et al. Magnesium measures across the menstrual cycle in premenstrual women. Biol Psychiatry. 1994;35:557-61.

10 Schindler R, Thoni H, Classen HG. The role of magnesium in the generation and therapy of benign muscle cramps. Combined in vivo/in vitro studies on rat phrenic nerve-diaphragm preparations. Arneimittel-Forschung. 1998;48:161-66.

11 Schellenberg, et al. Treatment for the premenstrual syndrome with agnus castus fruit extract: prospective, randomized, placebo controlled study. BMJ. 2001;322;134-7

12 Berger D, Schaffner W, Schrader E, Meier B, Brattstrom A. Efficacy of Vitex agnus castus L. extract Ze 440 in patients with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2000; 264:150-53.

13 Atmaca M, Selahattin K, Texcan E. Fluoxetine versus Vitex agnus castus extract in the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Human Psychopharmacol Clin Exp. 2003;18:191-5.

14 Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. The complete German Commission E. monographs: therapeutic guide to herbal medicines. Austin TX. American Botanical Council. 1998, p1694.

15 De Souza M, Walker A, Robinson P, Bolland K. A synergistic effect of daily supplement for 1 month of 200mg magnesium plus 50mg vitamin B6 for the relief of anxiety-related premenstrual symptoms: a randomized, double-blind, crossover study. Journal of Womens Health & Gender-Based Medicine. 2000 Mar;9(2)131-3.

16 Wyatt K, Dimmock P, Jones P, Shaughn O’brien PM. Efficacy of vitamin B-6 in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome: systemic review. BMJ. 1999; 318:1375-81.

17 Daniele C, Thompson J, Pittler MH, Ernst E. Vitex agnus castus: a systematic review of adverse events. Drug Saf. 2005;28(4):319-32.

18 Walker A, De Souza M, Vickers M, Abeyasekera S, Collins M, Trinca L. Magnesium supplementation alleviates premenstrual symptoms of fluid retention. Journal of Women’s Health. 1998 Nov;7(9):1157-65.

19 Proctor M, Murphy P. Herbal dietary therapies for primary and secondary dysmenorrhoea (Cochrane review). The Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2002. Oxford: update software.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Jarret Morrow
http://www.articlesbase.com/women’s-health-articles/mind-body-solution-for-pms-737344.html



Dental Practice Marketing : Wendy Briggs on Financial Arrangements With the Patients

Wendy Briggs, president of Hygiene Diamonds and Brilliance Inner Circle (and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met and one of the most trained people in improving your hygiene profitability and getting your hygienists and assistants to work in unison), gives us this tip in making financial arrangements with the patients in dental practice marketing after all the case presentation is done. Now, in dental practice marketing, if this is done successfully, you will be able to get more case acceptance. And this is something we focus specifically at our dental practice marketing website!

Here’s her tip:

In dental practice marketing, after the case presentation is all done and we’re finishing after a patient we’ve gone over with the treatment they need (in mandatory, elective and cosmetic categories), there’s still a very important step that needs to take place before we can actually begin the treatment. And this step is the financial arrangements. The reality is that in financials, this is where we hit a “roadblock”! Patients might feel that they can’t afford this treatment. Patients might feel like they only want to do what their insurance covers. They may be very insurance-focused and usually, sad enough, it’s because we trained them to be that way in dentistry! So how do we overcome these financial objections? What I find is that there are few things we can do that help us become more successful in this are. We need to have one financial adviser or one financial coordinator in our practice that can go over the financial estimates with our patients. It is important that our patients begin to establish a relationship with someone. We’ve got a lot of options, a lot of great solutions for our patients that we didn’t even have 10 years ago outside financing companies such as CareCredit, Capital One, Unicorn, and a lot of great companies that provide a really good service for our patients who are looking for more comfortable payment options. What I found often with patients is not “How much does it cost?”, but often it’s “How can I pay you?;What are my options?; Do you have terms that I can afford?”. And so the tip here is when you’re going over with your estimate for your patients, instead of saying they have $5000 worth of treatment, talk to them in terms of monthly payment amount: “If this sounds like the kind of dentistry that you’re looking for we can probably get it done for as little as around $150 a month!” And what we found is that patients base their buying decisions based on the monthly payment amount, and not the entire total of what the treatment’s going to cost. So if you start talking to the patient in terms of the monthly payment amount what happens is that you have a lot of patients go “I can afford that!” rather than they go “Oh, $5000… That’s too much money for me!”.

So having good financial options being placed to your patients and being able to review these options with them the day they receive the treatment plan is important in dental practice marketing. We can’t send them out the door and say “We’ll call you and let you know what your options are..” anymore; it really needs to get handled before the patients leave. And ideally were talking about their treatment in mandatory, elective and cosmetic categories which does another really powerful thing with our patients especially when it gets to the estimate because instead of the $5000 treatment plan, we can break it down to more comfortable “bite-size” pieces, and there may be only 1500 that’s mandatory, 2500 that’s elective and another 1000 for cosmetic. So breaking it down and using those terms is really important. And again having flexible finance options in place will help us significantly do more dentistry!

Ed O’Keefe
http://www.articlesbase.com/business-ideas-articles/dental-practice-marketing-wendy-briggs-on-financial-arrangements-with-the-patients-652331.html



Dental Practice Software for Successful Practices

Are you already running a successful dental practice? If so, you will probably find yourself running short of time to manage the business aspects of your practice. After all, your practice depends on you to meet patient appointments, and when your practice is successful, most of your time will be spent working with your patients.

But as the owner of the practice, perhaps at the back of your mind you are constantly thinking about how to manage your dental practice as it grows. It may even worry you a bit because if you don’t action early enough, the whole system that is currently supporting your practice may just crumble under the weight of the growth. That may give you and your staff nightmares!

What you need is a system that will help manage most of the administrative and operation aspects of your practice. Here are some features that you may find helpful.

Payment Ledger with Payment Entry

Tracking payments is a priority as your practice grows. The more patients you have, the harder it is for you to track payments. With this feature, you can check family balances, and enter payments accordingly.

Appointment & Revenue Scheduling

When you move appointments around, you are also moving revenues around. You need to be able to see how this affects your business at a glance. This feature presents you with a bird eye’s view of all your appointments. You can customize the fields that you want to see (e.g. patient’s age, appointment details, etc). From the table, you can easily find out what you need to know about the next payment.

All business owners know that there is a difference between expected revenue, and actual revenue. You may have seen many patients and you expect X amount of revenue to come in by a certain date. From the calendar, you can easily spot the difference between expected revenue, and the actual revenue collected. You may then proceed to take action if you see that there is a problem with payment collection.

Clinical Charting

There are lots of software in the market that allows you to enter information. But the best dental practice software should allow you to spot trends from clinical charts that are generated within the software.

Treatment Planning

You should also be able to create comprehensive treatment plans for your patients. This feature adds value to your medical practice by allowing patients to follow a well planned treatment course. It will also help generate revenues for your business because you can get more patients to return to complete their treatments.

The above are just some example of features that you should be looking out for. Other important features include visual treatment planning, prescription writing, and more. Be sure to contact the software vendor for a free trial or demo.

Usually, a buying decision could take weeks, or sometimes even months. So don’t put it off. Otherwise, your dental practice may be affected adversely.

Gen Wright
http://www.articlesbase.com/computer-forensics-articles/dental-practice-software-for-successful-practices-720773.html



Losing Weight With Qi Gong!

The first, and most important thing you need to do is to learn to breathe correctly. I am a sixth degree blackbelt in hung-gar, toy-gar, and choy-li fut styles of kung-fu, and an expert in tai chi, an ancient oriental martial art that practices slow movements, with deep breathing, for health. I have been practicing tai chi for over 34 years. I have been able to control pain, and fight off diseases, and overcome drug side effects, that sidelined other people.

For the most important part of the breathing is actually not that difficult. Simply picture a big circle running down from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet. Stand at attention with your head relaxed, and looking straight forward. Your feet should be shoulder length apart with your hands relaxed and pointing palm down at your sides. Slowly raise your hands while slooooooowly breathing in, continue breathing in picturing a circle starting at your hands and continuing down over your head towards your feet. When your hands reach the top of your head, start to exhale slowly lowering your hands at the same time. You should be able to make a 20 count both in and out. Start at 10 if you cannot. Work your way up to 20.

Do 10 repetitions 3 times a day. Morning, noon, and night before bed. You will start feeling more energy in just a week.

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The next exercise we will do is another secret oriental technique called the 8 Section Brocade. This exercise is taught in a system of healing called Qi Gong by the Chinese. This incorporates the special deep breathing I taught you in the first section and adds 8 special movements that cleanse and detoxify all 8 major sections of your body, purifying and healing them. The Chinese believe that everything in your body is controlled by a central point called the furnace. It resides in a spot about 3 inches directly below your navel.

8 SECTION BROCADE

The 8 section Brocade is also called the silk thread. These exercises are healing in nature and help to detoxify and cleanse the body. You should do the exercises at least 3 to 4 times a day to get the maximum benefit. You will start feeling better within a week. After a month, even people who are virtual couch potatoes will be moving fluidly and easily, even with most forms of mild arthritis.

The main thing to remember is to RELAX and take it easy. Don’t expect to do everything picture perfect from step one. Remember the tortoise won the race, not the hare. If you can only do 10 reps, do 10 reps. If 5, then do 5. It isn’t a contest.

Just compete against yourself. Add one rep per day.

You need to practice the breathing above until it becomes second nature. Practice makes perfect! The 8 Section Brocade comes from an art called Qi’ Gong.

To understand Qi Gong, we will go into a little bit of history, without going into too much detail. The martial arts originally started with an Indian monk who travelled to China about 4,000 years ago, and taught his system of martial arts to the Buddhist monks at the Shaolin temple. Many traditional Chinese Medical arts started thereafter, and were combined with the martial arts into elaborate and detailed systems of training, weapons, and remedies.

Yoga and tai chi and Qi Gong are very similar, and that is no surprise. After many centuries, these practices became an essential part of the fabric of Chinese society and all of the people from the young to the very old practiced these arts for health, to prevent and cure diseases, to calm the spirit, and for longevity, and virility.

Qi Gong or Dao-yin, has obscure origins, but many ancient manuals of military drills and exercises depict similar movements that date back over 2,000 years. It is interesting that in 1973, archeologists in China found the tomb of king Ma who lived during the Western Han Dynasty dated 206 BC – 24 AD. In the tomb, they found scrolls depicting 44 people in various poses, or Dao-yin diagram, with the name of an animal or the name of a disease that the posture may help cure. Some of the postures are very close to those in the Eight Section Brocade.

Hua T’o who lived circa 110-207 CE is one of the most famous physicians of the Han Dynasty. In the History of the Later Han, Hua T’o wrote:

“Man’s body must have exercise, but it should never be done to the point of exhaustion. By moving about briskly, digestion is improved, the blood vessels are opened, and illnesses are prevented. It is like a used doorstep which never rots. As far as Tao Yin ( bending and stretching exercises) is concerned, we have the bear’s neck, the crane’s twist, and swaying the waist, and moving the joints to promote long life. Now I have created the art called the Frolics of the Five Animals, the Tiger, the Deer, the Bear, the Monkey, and the Crane. It eliminates sickness, benefits the legs, and is a form of Tao Yin. If you feel out of sorts, just practice one of my Frolics. A gentle sweat will exude, the complexion will become rosy; the body will feel light and you will want to eat.” – From: Drawing Silk: A Training Manual for T’ ai Chi, p. 6

Bodhidharma, the great Founder of the Shaolin temple styles, taught a set of 18 exercise know as the 18 hands of the Lohan. This Shaolin Lohan Qi Gong ( the art of the breath of the enlightened ones), ” is an internal set of exercises for cultivating the “three treasures ” of qi or chi(vital energy), jing(essence), and shen(spirit)”, according to Howard Choy. Sifu or Master Wong Kiew-Kit says that “the first eight Lohan Hands are the same as the eight exercises in a famous set of chi kung (or Qi Gong) exercises called the Eight Pieces of Brocade.”

There are various versions, both seated and standing, of the 18 Lohan Qi Gong movements. Some of the 18 Lohan have up to 4 levels and scores of movement forms. The only remaining full form of the 18 Lohan Qi Gong remains in the style of Kung Fu known as Choy Li Fut, which I was taught starting at age 10, by my Sifu, Master Ting Fong Wong, a student of the famous Leong Tin Chee, along with Hung Gar, and Toy Gar styles.

I obtained a 6th degree Black Belt from my Sifu, and bested the other instructors running the school on Great Arrow in Buffalo, NY which my brother, Kevin and I ran with Master Wong. Each degree in our style, demanded 3 degrees which means 18 levels once Black Belt had been attained. In China stripes are sewn on the sleeves of your uniform. Belts are not worn.

We were not taught T’ai Chi until we had attained Brown or one Belt level below Black. The same with weapons training. That is because the internal style is much more deadly and advanced than the hard or external style. A violent, undisciplined person should never be taught. They will just victimize others and disgrace their teacher.

I have trained in Judo, jui-jitsu, and Tae-Kwon Do. Also, 7 Stars Praying Mantis Kung Fu. I have recently started training under a Master of Sun style Tai Chi and Qi Gong. I have also contacted the last living GrandMaster or keeper of the Style who decended from the founder of Choy Li Fut, and am trying to find out about continuing my training in that style. So you can see, I am more than qualified to teach you these exercises.

Some instructors tell you to do the exercises at a moderate pace, others very slowly. Many say that you will only really see benefits after 90 days. I think they are correct that the greatest benefit is seen about starting then, but I think you will notice a difference definitely within a week, and dramatically, after a month. Here we go!

Prop the Heaven to Improve the Functions of the Triple Warmers. (R1) Supporting the Sky with Both Hands Regulates All Internal Organs. (R2) Double Hands Hold up the Heavens to Regulate the Sanjiao (Triple Burner). (R3) Scoop the Stream. (R4) Holding up the Sky with both Hands to Regulate the San Chiu (Triple Warmer). (R5) Two Hands Reach Skyward to Balance the Triple Burner. (R6) Pressing the Heavens with Two Hands. (R7) Upholding Heaven with Both Hands. (R8) Supporting Heaven, Support the Void. (R10) Lifting the Sky. (R11)

1. Pressing the Heavens with Two Hands Works upper back, neck, shoulders. 2. Drawing the Bow Works shoulders, arms, and thighs. 3. Separating Heaven and Earth Works middle and upper back, shoulders, and stretches spine. 4. Wise Owl Gazes from Side to Side Works neck and upper back. 5. Big Bear Turns from Side to Side Works hips, lower back, thighs, and knees.6. Punching with Angry Eyes Works thighs, lower back, knees, and shoulders.7. Touching Toes then Bending Backwards Works lower back, hamstrings, abdominals, hips. 8. Bouncing on the Toes Works calves, thighs and lower back.

STARTING AND RESTING POSITION (WU JI)

Stand up straight. Your feet should be shoulder length apart. Toes pointed straight ahead. Both feet should be flat on the floor. Relax. Smile inwards.

Your eyes should be open. Breathe in and out in a relaxed, easy manner.

Keep your lips parted slightly. Your arms should be relaxed at your sides with your hands down and pointed at your thighs. Relax your shoulders and let them droop slightly. Some instructors say your tip of your tongue should just touch the roof of your mouth. Breathe in slowly as above, in through your nose and out through your mouth. It resembles the mountain position of Yoga. Empty yourself and stand strong like a mountain powerful and aloof.

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1. Pressing the Heavens with Two Hands

Use the Wu Ji position, and step out to the left. Shoulder width apart. Keep your knees slightly bent , back straight, butt in. Slowly and gently, raise your hands to your waist. Your palms should face upward and your fingers loosely together. The fingers of each hand should point towards each other, and be kept 2 to 4 inches apart. Raise both hands up until you reach your forehead. Inhale as you raise your arms. Relax your abdomen. When you reach your forehead, turn your hands so that your palms face outward. Press your arms upward and outwards in front of your body. Don’t press the arms straight up. Keep your wrists bent, and point your fingers toward each other. Keep inhaling while relaxing your abdomen. Gently stretch the whole body upward as your hands move upward above your head. Move up onto your toes slightly as your arms reach their maximum height. Imagine a circle from your Dan Tien or center of your being(3 inches below and in from your navel), up the middle of your body, and down over the top of your head, and ending at the soles of your feet. Breathe very, very slowly. Use a count of 20, if you can.

Just count the first time or so. Then you will know how to breathe without distraction. Once you hit the maximum height start lowering your hands back down to your side turning them palms outward and slowly exhaling to a count of twenty. Pretend you are breathing down through the soles of your feet.

Repeat Pressing the Sky 6 to 12 times. Breathe as above.

Return to the Wu Ji or empty stance, and breathe naturally a few times to cleanse the air, and normalize your breathing.

You can do the movements seated, standing, or walking and some teachers tell you to interlace the fingers and press straight up. Doing the Qi Gong outdoors in nice weather is always pleasant and advisable.

This exercise helps the Triple burner or the heart, lungs, and stomach, and improves the heart, lungs, stomach, spleen, and liver. All the upper trunk organs are stimulated. Chinese Medicine classes the organs differently than our anatomy. You can look up Chinese Medicine in Google and read to understand the difference.

2. DRAWING THE BOW

Begin in the starting “Wu Ji” Position. Lift up your left foot and step out to the side into a horse stance. Both feet should be facing forward and flat on the floor. The feet should be exactly shoulder width apart and and you should bend your knees. Your back should be straight and your head up and face forward.

Cross your arms your left over your right. Look to the left and pretend you are aiming and pulling the strings of a bow and letting go and releasing the arrow towards a target. As you draw the bow, inhale deeply and slowly. Aim the bow, and release the fingers of the right hand to let the arrow go. As you release the arrow, start to exhale slowly. Relax. Do the movement 5x to the left and then 5x to the right. Breathe slowly and rhythmically, concentrating on each movement so as to perform it correctly. Return to the resting position in between each movement.

As with all the movements, they can be done seated, standing, or walking.

You can increase the number of repetitions to 12 to each side or more if you wish.

This exercise exercise primarily the lungs and the kidneys while the horse stance tones the legs, waist, and back. The mind is helped by the oxygenation.

3. SEPARATING HEAVEN AND EARTH

Lift up and step with your left foot out to the side until you are in a comfortable horse stance with your feet facing forwards and about shoulder width apart. Your arms should be relaxed at your sides with your hands on your thighs. The right hand lifts up along your side and the palm faces downward. The left hand moves to the center of the waist, palm facing upwards. Inhale slowly and deeply as you turn your left hand over so that your palm faces your chest. Bring your left arm up so that your hand moves up the middle of your chest. Slowly lift your right hand to your waist, palm facing downwards. Inhale slowly through your nose. When your left hand reaches eye level, turn your left palm outwards. Start exhaling through your mouth. Press your left arm up at the same time and forward as far as possible, palm facing up. At the same time, press your right arm down and just a little ways back as far as you can, with your palm facing down. Watch your left hand with your eyes while keeping your head facing forward. Start inhaling as you move your left hand in a circular motion out and down. Follow the left hand with your eyes as it moves down. At the same time, while inhaling and moving your left arm out and down, bring your right arm up and out in a circular motion. Bring your right hand to your eye level, palm facing upwards. Bring your left hand to your waist level, palm facing down. As you slowly exhale, press your right arm upward and forward as far as you can, palm facing upwards. At the same time, press your left arm down and slightly back as far as you can, palm facing downwards. Don’t bend your neck to look at your hand. Look at your right hand. Repeat the movements, alternating from side to side, for 6 to 12 repetitions each side. Exhale as your press up and out, inhale as your arms and hands circle out and down.

Move your left foot back so you are resting in the wuji stance.

Again, you can perform the movements while you are seated, walking, or standing.

Most practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, believe that this exercise helps heal the spleen and the stomach.

4. THE WISE OWL GAZES BACKWARD

Lift and step with your left foot and place your feet at a shoulder’s width apart. Look straight ahead. Your hands should be at your hips with your palms facing down. Press down with palms. Stand up straight and relax. Lift your head up, with your chin tucked in slightly. Hips and butt are tucked in. Don’t move your shoulders during the movement. Inhale slowly and deeply. Slowly and gently turn your head to the left side. Look behind you as far as you can. Exhale slowly and deeply as you look behind you. After you have completely exhaled, start to return your head slowly and gently to the front position. Look straight ahead. Then turn your head slowly and gently back towards the right side. Continue to slowly inhale as you turn your body to the right and look behind you as far as you can exhale slowly as you look behind you. After you have completely exhaled, start to return your head slowly and gently, to the front. Look straight ahead. Repeat the movement gazing to the front, left rear, and right rear a total of 8 times each side.

Pretend you are an owl, turning his head from side to side. Move your left foot back to a wuji stance.

Breath easily. Relax. Move slowly. Don’t strain yourself and only move back as far as you can comfortably. Remember, you can perform this movement sitting, walking, or standing.

This movement exercises the neck and eye muscles. Balance and brain are improved by the coordination practiced during the movements. Deep breathing oxegenates the body and kills toxic infections and viruses.

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According to the Ancient Way to Keep Fit, written by Zong Wu and Li Mao , “Referring to the seven factors causing impairments by overstrain, viz., (1) overfeeding that impairs the spleen; (2) fury that causes adverse flow of Qi and impairs the liver; (3) forced overloading or prolonged sitting in damp places that injures the kidneys; (4) cold weather or drinking cold beverages that injures the lungs; (5) sorrow and anxiety that injure the heart; (6) wind and rain, cold and summer-heat that impair the constitution; and (7) great shock and intemperance that impair mentality.” p. 113-Regarding “Turn head to look back to allay five strains and seven impairments.”

5. PUNCHING WITH AN ANGRY GAZE

Step out with the left foot into a horse stance. Start as usual from a wuji stance. Look straight ahead and relax completely. Arms are at the waist and close your hands gently in a soft fist. Slide your right hand slowly forward along the body and when your hand leaves the waist, start turning your fist over slowly and deliberately and extend your arm until the arm is almost, but not quite completely extended. Your arm should be slightly bent and your fist flat forwards, with your thumb over your fingers and your fingers completely together and closed. Now, strike forward slowly with your left hand, turn over your fist as it leaves the body and slowly extend your arm, until your fist is almost completely extended. Leave your arm ever so slightly bent at the elbow. Do not tense your fist or strike hard. This is like tai chi. Slowly. Gently. Breath out as your fist extends out, and in as your fist returns to the body. Do the movement 8 times on each side.

Return to the wuji, resting stance.

This movement strengthens the muscles and improves the Qi, or Chi.

Again, this movement can be done walking, standing, or sitting.

6. BOUNCING ON THE TOES

Relax and assume the starting or wuji stance. Start the movement with your right foot forward and your right foot on your toes. Your arms should be at your hips, with your palms facing downwards. Press down with your palms. Bend your knees and move your torso down. Straighten your knees and move your torso up. Always keep the knees slightly bent. Raise your body slowly up and down.

Your back heel stays flat on the floor. This movement is exactly like what we called the “upper horse”. Others call it the “cat stance”. Stretch out your spine as you move up on your toes. Breathe in slowly as you move up on your toes, and exhale slowly as you return to the starting position. Do 8 repetitions on each side. Move slowly and don’t strain yourself. Imagine yourself on a sunny beach, or in a forest, on the seashore, move up and down like the tide and waves rolling in and out. Relax and hear the sound of the water. Or imagine you are below a beautiful waterfall, watching the water cascading down over the rocks. Use whatever imagery relaxes you. Some do up to 160 repetitions for an excellent whole body workout. Remember, the movements, like all the others, can be done sitting, walking or standing.

This movement helps the following muscles and parts of the body:

1. The calf muscles. To increase the workout, use dumbbells to really work the calf. Point your toes in, to work the outside of the calves, point your toes out to work the inside muscles of the calves. Finally, do the movement with your toes pointing straight ahead to work all sides of the muscles.

2. Again, the breathing helps to oxygenated the body and kills bacteria and viruses. Good for the heart and lungs. Great aerobic exercise.

This exercise helps to rid the body of disease and stimulates the immune system. The hips and lower back are also toned. The feet muscles are exercised and stretched. Leg muscles are strengthened, because one leg is worked more than the other. This exercise can be done either walking, sitting, or standing.

7. THE BIG BEAR TURNS FROM SIDE TO SIDE

Start this movement from the starting or wuji stance. Step out to the left into a horse stance. Your feet should be wider than shoulder width. Feet should be pointing forward or at a 45 degree angle. The knees should be bent as you squat down. The depth that you squat depends on your level of fitness. Try to squat lower with every repetition of this exercise. Rest your hands on the side of your thighs. Your elbows should be pointing out to the sides at a 90 degree angle from the direction that you are facing. If you are facing north, your right elbow should point to the east and your left elbow to the west.. Breathe slowly and deeply as you bend down exhale, and as you face to the sides inhale.

Face north. Keep your hands on your hips thoughout the exercise. Slowly turn your waist to the left until your chest is facing east. Your right elbow should be pointing noeth and you should have your head turned and looking north. Inhale slowly and deeply.

Slowly turn to the right as you bend forward to the front. Exhale as you move to the right side towards the west. When you are facing the middle, your head and shoulders should be at the lowest point bending forward. Turn your waist to the right and lift the upper torso. Slowly turn your waist to the right until your chest is facing west. As you turn to the right your left knee will bend more. Your left elbow should be pointing north, and you should have your head turned towards the north. Inhale slowly and deeply.

Repeat the movement, back and forth, from side to side, for 8 repetitions to each side. Get the feel of swinging from side to side. Keep the posture erect as you face east and west and bend the head and shoulders back. Hold the back and place your right palm on your back and and your left hand on your back palm side down on each hand.

This exercise helps heartburn. The horse stance works the thighs and legs. Bending and turning at the waist trims and tones the waist, hip, abdominal and lower back muscles. The upper back and triceps are tightened as you turn from side to side. The spine is gently stretched to help realign your body and relieve stiffness. Kidneys are strengthened, and Qi or chi are made vital and abundant.

8. TOUCHING THE TOES AND BENDING BACKWARDS

Start from the beginning or wuji stance. Step out to the left with your left fot bout 6 to 8 inches. Your stance should be comfortable. Inhale slowly and deeply and relax and push out with your abdomen as you inhale.

Bend slowly backward from the waist and have both of your hands extended out all the way over your head bend as far backwards as you can comfortably. Don’t fall. Then bend forward and exhale slowly as you reach towards your feet your fingertips should touch lightly at the bottom of the movement. Then clasp your hands 2 or 3 times together and release, while remaining in a bent forward position. Remember, inhale as you bend back at the beginning of the movement, and exhale as you bend forward and down. When you come back up to the starting position, start massaging your kidney areas on both sides of your back in semi circles for 30 seconds or so. This movement is called ” Rubbing the Court of the kidneys”.

Repeat the movement 8 times. Move slowly and carefully without jerking or bouncing up and down.

This movement can be done sitting or standing.

This movement strengthens the kidneys and waist.

You can move your hands to massage different pressure or Qi points or meridians on the body.

To end the set, perform the bouncing on the toes movement to end the exercise and close the Qi Gong set. You should feel relaxed and invigorated at th e completion of these exercises. This set is excellent for warming up and stretching for weight training or any other sport. It helps the body and blood flow increase and heals the muscles between sets of weight training or resistance exercises.

Kathy Elliott
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