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Wall Fountains in Medical Facilities

Wall water fountains have been very popular in medical facilities as of late for a number of reasons. First of all, running water has been known to ease stress, help people relax and calm the nerves. Being that we can’t ask patients to sit by a babbling brook or flowing stream all day long someone came up with a way to bring these soothing sounds indoors. Water fountains can accomplish stress relief and calm the nerves and add beauty at the same time. With so many indoor fountain options, every home and business is sure to find the perfect size and style.

A wall mounted fountain works perfect for medical facilities. Anywhere from doctor’s offices, dentist offices, hospital entrances and children’s hospitals, a wall fountain brings tranquility to the room and creates an ambiance no one will forget. Let’s face it, we all get a little nervous and uneasy about going to the doctor or hospital, even if we aren’t the patient. Imagine what a beautiful wall water fountain in the waiting room could do to calm peoples nerves and let them relax and de stress as they wait for their appointment!

Another advantage of a wall fountain is the beauty if provides. With materials like slate, marble, copper, stainless steel, natural stones and mirrors to work with, fountain engineers have created some stunning wall mounted fountains that add a unique, stunning decorating piece to an interior designers arsenal of techniques. Water fountains have been a favorite of both designers and architects because they are fairly simple to hang, low maintenance and beautiful!

Find the perfect wall fountain today to start relieving patients stresses, keep them coming back to you, and bring beauty to the office or waiting room that everyone will enjoy, even employees., a leading retailer of wall fountains, will assist you in selecting the perfect wall fountain for your practice today. If you don’t find a wall fountain that works for you, a floor standing model or custom fountain may be an option.

Kristina L.

Dental Practice Marketing : the Fundamentals of Dental Practice Marketing

In growing your dental practice marketing, you should know five core things or what we call “fundamentals”. These fundamentals are vital to help you achieve success in your dental practice marketing. And this is something we focus specifically at our dental practice marketing website!

Now, in growing your dental practice marketing, you need to stick with these five fundamentals: (1) attract patients; (2) get patients to accept treatment; (3) reactivate patients; (4) get referrals; and (5) get patients to choose more services.

Fundamental 1: Attract Patients!

In dental practice marketing, your job is to create a constant stream of specific high quality new patients in your practice. For me, if you are attracting the precise type of patients in your practice, who accept your treatment recommendations (and they refer as well), then that is what I call a good start! Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in the business, you always have to keep new fresh patients coming into your practice.

Fundamental 2: Get Patients To Accept Treatment

Getting patients to accept your treatments can at times be a challenge in dental practice marketing. To achieve this, first is to develop empathy with your patients ( this is perhaps the most important skill you will need in the business); second, win your patient’s confidence and trust; and third, present treatment to the patient, and in the process let the patients choose and accept the treatment.

Fundamental 3: Reactivate Patients

The inactive and unfinished treatment base is the hidden goldmine within your practice. So, what I do is I advise my clients to go after this hidden goldmine. How do you do this in dental practice marketing? You can: send out 3-step to 4-step direct mail campaign; offer your patients credits towards any cosmetic dentistry (whitening,etc); do voice broadcast to your patient’s home or phone calls (which really works tremendously); and use e-mails as a multimedia approach.

Fundamental 4: Get Referrals

The next important thing to remember in dental practice marketing is to get referrals. Create a referral system that gets you to bring a flood of referrals into your practice. Now, if the referral system is based on your own efforts alone, then you do not have a true system in place. Always remember that a great referral system is a system that is team-generated and team-oriented. The team itself has a responsibility and accountability for those results.

Fundamental 5: Get Patients To Choose More Services

In dental practice marketing, you should get existing patients to choose more services from you. It doesn’t matter whether you do an Invisalign, implants, TMJ, veneers, etc.What I advise my clients to do is that if they have new services, pick one or two services a month that they want to promote through their newsletter or postcard or even e-mail. It is important that you make sure that you remind your patients of the other services that you have. By doing this, you get more patients to choose more of your services, and also you get more word of mouth by just talking to your existing patients about the services that you have and the problems they solve!

With these 5 fundamentals or core values stated, I guarantee you that you’ll be on your road to success in your dental practice marketing. All you need to do is stick with these fundamentals on a monthly basis, and you’re going to win the game!

Ed O’Keefe

How to Find Cost-effective, High Quality Precision Medical Instruments

In order to ensure the safety and the well-being of their patients, all government-financed medical institutions and private healthcare establishments need to be permanently supplied with proper medical equipment, vital for sustaining a wide range of activities regarding common medical practice. Disposable, single-use medical instruments such as specula or containers, reusable surgical instruments such as surgical scissors, surgical blades, tissue forceps, dilators and curettes, as well as instrument stands, trays and many other medical accessories are extensively used in all medical facilities from various medical fields, rendering such equipment indispensable for medical practice. Due to the topical use of disposable and reusable medical instruments inside all medical establishments, such equipments are highly requested in present, the medical industry needing increasingly larger supplies of specific medical materials.

However, proper medical instruments are nowadays a scarce resource, and reliable suppliers are very difficult to find. The high-market demand for medical and surgical instruments has also triggered a process of price exacerbation, considerably raising the costs of many categories of medical equipments. Due to the increased costs and limited availability of commonly used medical instruments, more and more healthcare establishments nationwide are nowadays forced to economize and reuse medical materials, exposing patients to serious risks of infections and illnesses. Similarly, the low-affordability of specific surgical instrumentation has determined various hospitals, clinics and other medical institutions financed by the government to restrict their activity according to their available materials. Tragically, high-quality medical instruments have recently become a luxury among many different branches of the medical industry.

The key to solving these very frustrating problems is to find and request the help of a serious and reliable distributor. Disturbed by the increasingly higher prices and the limited availability of quality medical and surgical instruments, some wholesale-retail companies nowadays focus all their efforts towards correcting such pronounced discrepancies by offering their clients professional, high-quality services in exchange for very affordable fees. While most medical instrumentation distributors only seek to boost their profits, others are striving to professionally meet the needs and requirements of their clients, establishing affordable purchase prices and struggling to provide customers with any type of medical instruments they require.

Unlike other companies, certain precision medical instrumentation providers offer their customers high-quality products at only a fraction of their usual cost. Whether you are interested in buying medical instruments and equipments for general use or specific surgical instruments, a solid provider can help you in the process.

When it comes to finding the right medical and surgical instruments and closing the best deal possible, you should only rely on prominent, high-quality providers that can satisfy your needs with professionalism. Before deciding to purchase your required medical materials from a certain vendor, remember to always spend some time analyzing the benefits of your transactions. Make sure that you receive cost-effective, high-quality medical instruments, and only stick to reliable, specialized sellers.

So, if you want to find out more information about medical instruments and especially about surgical instruments, we recommend you to follow these links.

Groshan Fabiola

How to Start Exercising the Right Way

by Louanne Baelde

The toughest part about an exercise program is getting started. The best way to start exercises is to start slow and steady.

In order to change your lifestyle from sedentary to physically active, you need to have a workable plan.

Choose an exercise that you can practice easily all year round. Most people enjoy walking, swimming, jogging, and fitness videos. If you have a medical condition, be sure to consult your physician before you begin any type of vigorous activity.

Always begin your exercise slowly. Be sure to make it fun, not overly strenuous. Give yourself a chance to get used to the new activity. Allow yourself the necessary time to warm up before your exercise and as well, time to cool down afterwards. Five minutes for warm-ups and cool down times are often recommended. By doing warm-ups first, you will be less likely to injure yourself.

Aerobic exercises are a great way to remain healthy or even to lose or control your weight. Regular aerobic exercises help to prevent heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and cancers. They can improve your muscles and strenghten your bones, and improve your flexibility. Aerobics can also lower your blood pressure, and lessen depression. Aerobic exercises include bicycling, swimming, stair climbing, hiking,running, walking, aerobic dancing and many other activities.

Aerobics use the large muscles in the legs and buttocks to strengthen your heart and lungs. These are called cardiovascular exercises. Regular aerobic exercises makes your heart stronger.

Establish a reasonable schedule by allowing certain days to be off. It is good to exercise at least three times a week. A well thought out schedule will continue and be more productive on the long run. An example would be to exercise maybe every other day with two or three days off every week. Begin your exercise moderately at first with maybe only 30 minutes per day. Make time for several different activities. If you find that 30 minutes is too long of a time at once, break up your session into shorter intervals such as maybe two sessions of 15 minutes. Don’t stop exercising if your muscles hurt at the start; that’s normal and this will gradually decrease and disappear in time. If you experience any severe pain or swelling, make sure to stop.

Choose a convenient time of the day to exercise. When exercising, it’s best to wait a while after eating or to wait till the weather cools off if it is too warm.

Make sure to wear shoes that you can breathe in and that allow enough room for comfort, but yet properly support your feet.

Have a goal in mind and plan to achieve it gradually. A great way to track your success is to use a chart. You could maybe list the minutes you exercise each day.

To succeed, you must stick with your plan of exercise. Make time to reward yourself for each accomplishment. As you progress, you can increase your levels of exertion over time.

Louanne Baelde

The Benefits/Challenges Of Detoxification Information From Dr. Mark Hyman M.D.

This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni’s The Healthiest Year of Your Life Program which can be found at http://www.thehealthiestyear of your In this excerpt, Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. shares more on helping patients using the Functional Medicine Model and the challenges and benefits of detoxification.

The Healthiest Year of Your Life Excerpt with Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., a best-selling author, respected medical consultant and a leader in the field of functional medicine.

Kevin: So how do you approach it? If a patient comes in, how do you figure out between those seven things what it could be or what the combination is?

Mark: That’s a great question. We learn in medical school what we’ll call, the differential diagnosis and that means that we try to narrow down the information to a specific diagnosis and anything that doesn’t match that, we ignore. In other words, if you come to me and you say, “You know, Dr. Hyman I have joint pain.” I’m going to look at your joints. You say, “I also have irritable bowel.” “Well, go see the gastroenterologist.” “I have this rash.” I say, “Well, go see the dermatologist.” “And I get these headaches.” “Well, go see the neurologist.” But in my world, the headaches, the rash, irritable bowel and arthritis are all part of the same problem. It’s not that this person happened to get all these conditions simultaneously.

It’s that they have some underlying roots to all these things. So I do is an inclusive history, a 22 page questionnaire that allows me to understand everything about them, from whether they have root canals, to how many fillings they have, to whether they have itchy scalp, to whether they have foreign travel. Through this, a picture emerges and I can tell whether there is a predominance of inflammatory problems, or hormonal problems, or whether it’s probably digestive, or whether there’s major detoxification issues, or whether there are major energy issues.

So I use of those seven frameworks to think about problems. Now, they’re all related. They’re not separate, but I take that information at the end of the day and I say, okay, well it seems like this is where we need to start.

So for any of these systems, I have to ask two questions and it’s very simple actually. Functional medicine is really only about two questions. One is, what do you need to get rid of that’s making you sick. Is it a toxin, an allergen, an infection? Is it poor diet, or stress? There’s only five things. Sometimes it’s tricky, because people have multiple things. So you have to deal with all of them.

The second thing we ask is, what does the body need to thrive? What are you missing for your body to function optimally? We need the right quality food. We need the right nutrients in the right amounts, depending on our genetic needs. We need the right amount of light, air and water. We need exercise. We need sleep and rest. We need rhythm; daily, regular rhythms because we’re circadian beings that function according to biological rhythms and also, we need connection, community, love, meaning, purpose, all these things that make us thrive. We need all those things. So we have to figure out what are they missing, what’s bugging them and we need to fix those two things everywhere around the whole system of the body and we need to do it all at the same time, more or less. So you take away the bad stuff and you put in the good stuff and the body does the rest.

Kevin: What are some most prevalent factors of those seven? What do you see the most of?

Mark: Well, I think you know there’s a lot of ways to get entry into the whole system and the reality is that when you work on any one system it works all the other systems. So in a way you get to where the most important touch points are for people and what I’ve experienced is there are two major touch points. One is its inflammation, because we’re all on fire and two, detoxification, because we’re all toxic.

So what I do in my practice is I engage people in a lifestyle that is both anti-inflammatory and detoxifying and I do it through diet, through supplements, through various lifestyle treatments, such as saunas, cleansing programs and detoxification and exercise and stress reduction and mind-body therapies, all of which help fix these two major issues and then usually 90% of things go away, maybe 80%..

Kevin: When you had the mercury issue in your body, how did you find out about it and did you go through a specific protocol for that?

Mark: Very good question. What I found out about it was I developed chronic fatigue and I was sick for about a year. I finally came across a naturopath, who suggested to me that in cases of chronic fatigue there was often mercury issues. So I actually got my hair analysis done, which showed a very high level of mercury. I followed that up with a test, called a chelation challenge test. So I collected my urine after I took this chelating agent. Normally your level should be less than three. It shouldn’t really be any, but less than three is considered okay. Mine was 187.

Kevin: Oh, my goodness.

Mark: Most people are in the 50 to 100, range 30 to 50 range and very few over 100. There are maybe a handful of them are over 200. So I realized that I was quite sick. Then I began to search and read and study and talk to people and look at the research, which there hardly was any. It was the Wild West. There really was no clear, recommended protocol. They’re still really isn’t. I’d certainly tried and experienced almost everything, including oral chelating agents, intravenous chelation, high-dose vitamin C, saunas, which I think are extraordinarily helpful, infrared saunas in particular and over time I really was able to drop my mercury load down significantly to pretty much negligible. I did that through very deliberate processes of detoxification and so I not only learned on my patients, but I learned on myself, as well.

Kevin: Yeah. Well, a lot of people on this call have an incredible interest in cleansing, Detoxification and fasting. So what kind of protocol or how should someone recognize or figure out what sort of issues they are dealing with and then go on to a detoxification program?

Mark: Well, that’s a great question. I think we can assume, based on living in the 21st century, that all of us have a certain load of petrochemical, industrial toxins. There was a study from the Environmental Working Group on 10 fetal cord blood samples. This is blood that comes from the umbilical cord of infants who are just born. So they have not even been in the world, but it’s their blood. They found over 260 toxic chemicals. 210 were neurotoxic and they found things such as phthalates, which is from plasticizers, flame retardants, pesticides, heavy metals and so on and so all of us we have to assume are subject to enormous loads of petrochemical toxins. Most of us seem to tolerate them more or less, but on the flip side of that is the question, how many of our other illnesses are related to this. We’ve seen an epidemic, for example, of allergic and autoimmune diseases. There’s a hypothesis out of Johns Hopkins coming out now, that environmental toxins are connected and perhaps they are a very important cause of autoimmune disease, which I do believe and see in my practice.

So the first thing, you have to assume that everybody needs to be that detoxified some way and there’s really no reason to test for petrochemical toxins, although we can, because you have to assume everybody has them.

Second, is heavy metals and I think this is an area where we can test and should test and I believe that heavy metal mercury screening tests should be probably the most important way we assess for chronic toxicity, particularly chronic illness, whether it’s depression, or Alzheimer’s, or chronic fatigue, or heart disease. We saw, in the last few days, articles in the New York Times talking about mercury in fish in New York City and sushi. Just having one sushi meal every three weeks is enough to make you toxic.

Then there’s the issue of dental amalgams, which is a whole can of worms and dental fillings with silver fillings. They’re not really silver. They’re mostly mercury, which do vaporize and get absorbed and have also heavy metal issues. So I think heavy metal testing is very important and this should really be done or doctor supervision. Once you’ve done that, then there are very simple ways that you can use to help detoxify. I think, everything needs to be customized. There’s no one-size-fits-all.

In fact, I saw a case yesterday of a woman, who was very healthy, was a marathon runner. She was very fit. She’ thought, well, “I’m going on a cleansing program.” She followed a book, which talked about using greens and juices and she did it and got extraordinarily sick. In fact, she didn’t go to the bathroom for the whole time.

Kevin: Wow.

Mark: She didn’t have a bowel movement. So this is part of the problem. She went unsupervised and it probably would’ve been okay if she had eliminated, but she actually developed chronic fatigue syndrome after, from being perfectly healthy. So I tell you to be careful with it when you do extreme fasting. My preference is more gentle typeof fasting, which I wrote about in The Ultra Simple Diet, which is an anti-inflammatory detox program that simply takes away all the garbage. So you get rid of alcohol, sugar, caffeine, processed food, junk food. Then you add in and you also get rid of the common food allergens, because those create tremendous inflammation: gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, yeast and a number of other things.

Then you just eat whole, fresh food along with a vegetable broth and some detoxifying rice proteins and the reason I recommend that is we do need amino acids to detoxify. Our liver has some very clear systems that it uses to get rid of garbage, including amino acids. So if you’re not eating amino acids, you’re going to be breaking down your own muscle and tissue to get amino acids, because you body needs them. I recommend supplementing with amino acids that in the form of a form of a rice protein, which is hypoallergenic, but you can use other proteins or whey proteins if you’re not allergic to dairy, to help boost your own detoxification systems, as well as other nutritional and herbal support, it helps the liver maximize its function. I also recommend really being attentive to bowel function. As you can see from this patient who got very sick, you have to bathroom every day, once or twice a day.

I had a workshop last week and there was a woman there who was overweight and had many, many chronic symptoms and her symptom score was 111 on our quiz, The Health Risk Assessment.. Now, anything over 20 is sick. Over 100 is really bad. In five days, her score came from 111 to 30 and she lost eight pounds. So the benefits of this are fantastic. You’re eating plenty of food that helps you detoxify like lots of garlic, lcruciferous vegetables, green tea, which can be decaffeinated. I recommend things like watercress, cilantro, artichoke, burdock, pomegranate, all of which have very powerful detoxifying effects on the body.

Kevin Gianni

Salient Features of the Three Most Commonly Used Health Insurance Plans in Practice

A brief view of health insurance from the perspective of employees reveal that health insurance perhaps remains as the top most benefit while negotiating employment terms with their employers. On the other hand, the employers too gain a lot through the offer of various health insurance plans as it provides tax benefits as well as serves as a cost-effective means to compensate employees. 

The most common types of health insurance plans include the traditional, HMO, and the PPO, each of which has their own utility for both the employees as well as the employers. Though a majority of the employers only offer one or two of the said health insurance plans, there are employers who offer all three types of plans for their employees. 

The traditional form of health insurance plan perhaps offers maximum flexibility to the employees, as each individual has the choice of visiting any physician/doctor and receive treatment under the said policy. 

However, there are disadvantages as well, as the traditional health insurance plans are by far the most expensive as compared to the other two plans. The major aspect of being expensive is the high amount of deductibles, which the employee has to pay whenever he or she visits a physician or doctor. 

The HMO on the other hand offers a network of doctors and physicians all of who are paid for by the employers. These health care professionals are paid a specified amount of fee for their health services covered under the respective insurance plan. You may listen to health Audio Books for this. 

A Preferred Provider Organization or PPO, is a system of health insurance where health care professionals, hospitals and other health care providers agree to provide a set of health care services to the employees of an organization in return for a fraction of the cost of the treatment or visits. Since these health care professionals work under a network, individuals wishing to obtain health care outside the parameters of these PPOs will have to pay higher sums to the respective doctors and hospitals.

William Taylor

If I spend ten years becoming a surgeon, will I have ANY free time once I start practicing?

I’ve heard from relatives in the medical field that many surgeons and specialists are a little on the odd side personality wise because they dedicated such a huge portion of their life to school, I’d like to become a surgeon but I also want to have a family and extracurricular activities, I don’t always want to be cooped up in the OR.

If your primary concern is something other than medicine, you might want to skip med school and find another career. You have to be dedicated in order to get through the rigorous training (which is considerably easier than it used to be, now that they’ve limited the work week in residency to 80 hours). Ten years? 4 undergrad + 4 med school + 5-7+ residency = 13-15 years. You’ll be in your thirties before you can cut without supervision.

If you consider surgery "cooped up in the OR", then you are not surgeon material. Surgeons love to operate. Not that you can have any idea what you want to do, unless you are well into your clinical rotations in med school.

Most surgeons I know have families. As a woman, do you realize that you are going to have to work twice as hard to be considered anything close to equal? It’s still very much a boy’s club in the surgical side of medicine.

I’d say that surgeons and other specialists were a little on the odd side to start with. The training just makes us cynical.

Poor dental practice?

Ive numerous crowns come off within a couple days to 6 months of "installation". I don’t know if he is using elmers glue but they like to pop off. My main concern here is the root canal work he has done. Im having issues with 2 teeth, one is my lower back right moler and the one next to it, they were both root canal/post teeth one has a temporary and one has a cracked crown he had done. Days after he did the far back tooth it hurt really bad for nearly a month, once the pain went away I got a huge abscess which has come and gone. Major pain… It feels like a screw driving into my jaw. Now the tooth next to it is starting to do the same thing. He told me oh yeah I can pull it or you can go to an Endodontist to have it rebuilt. A "failed root canal" or fracture in the tooth and would have to go to the specialist. I asked .. "well is it infected do I need antibiotics" he looked at me "well its going to come back" WTF? Not to mention they’re billing.. I owe a different amount weekly.
Im not one for suing, but the people at this office are actually very very nice, but that doesnt justify poor work. Am I responsible for this now or can I do anything? Im out of money, insurance and in pain. And he just plain sucks. Bleeding out the mouth at work is no fun.
Thanks I really appreciate the tips. I called his office yesterday and spoke to one of the assistants, she deals with more than he does as far as customer care. She rocks. But I explained to her whats going on (in further detail) That now the 2nd tooth he did was hurting extremely bad. bloody abcess, etc. I told her I didnt know what to do, the crown was broken, both teeth hurt I dont have any money or insurance. Especially $1200 PER TOOTH at the specialist. Even if I would go about getting one, or both of them pulled that would be expensive… And I wouldnt be able to eat! Those are my main molers now. Then id need a bridge down the road somewhere… could be more expensive than a rebuild. I just hope to find a way in resolving this without having to spend $2500 :(

Sounds like someone should be reported to the State Dental Board…

Get copies of your records, xrays and billing statements and get a second opinion elsewhere… and not to mention you’ll need documented proof should this actually become a legal case… Ideally you should have gone to an endodontist for the root canal treatment in the first place, since they specialize in them…

If you do have an abscess, an antibiotic is definitely in order…and if the tooth is THAT infected, no amount of anesthetic will get it numb until the abscess decreases.

Best of luck to you~