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How DoWe Change theWorld? THE SEARCH FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY TAKES ME TO CHINA
I love hearing my patients’ success stories. When I hear about what they are able to do after treatment and see how their lives have improved, it fuels me to do more. Back when I started, my goal was to help every patient. Now, I want to change the world! I look at how to achieve that, and I realize the key lies in figuring how to make treatments better. From where I stand, the way to make them better is through the use of technology. I have been a technology geek all my life. I loved gadgets growing up, and that interest only continued to blossom as I’ve worked in the medical field. It’s so frustrating to see patients struggle with conventional methods and treatments that don’t work as well as they should. There is so much technology out there, and so many things can help us if we are willing to open our eyes and minds to them. I’m always open to learning about new technologies and exploring the ways they can potentially help my patients overcome pain and repair damaged nerves. At the end of October, I will be spending a week in China for the 78th China International Medical Equipment Fair. Yes, I know I’ve spent some time away from the office already, but I hope you’ll all forgive me. CMEF is the world’s largest conference for medical technology, and I am going to find the latest and greatest breakthrough to bring back to the office. There are 3,000 tech companies expected to attend CMEF 2017, with medical professionals coming from all over the world. I have attended smaller technology conferences before, but nothing of this scale. I look forward to meeting other doctors from Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa who are as dedicated to bringing new technology into their practices as I am. Most doctors don’t want to offer treatments that aren’t covered by insurance, but just because insurance will pay for it doesn’t mean it’s necessary, or even that it will help! It just means lobbyists have pushed some treatment or technology through and convinced insurance companies to foot the bill. I would much rather provide treatments that I know will help my patients, even if it takes a little extra work on my end.
“There is so much technology out there, and so many things can help us if we are willing to open our eyes and minds to them.”
Getting new technology into an American office isn’t easy. I don’t mean there’s a lot of red tape across international borders; all of the technology is FDA-approved. When you bring in something brand new, you need to prove to people that it’s going to work. I run clinical trials myself and spend time getting the word out about the new technology. Luckily, my office is always prepared to bring in something new.
It’s my nature to be ready to go. If you ask my staff, they’ll let you know that when you come in the door, you should always expect change. Nothing is set in stone, or will ever be set in stone here. Being open to change is how we improve and can make the world a better place. And you never see more changes than in the world of technology.
I am really looking forward to this trip to CMEF 2017. I can’t wait to see what I’ll be able to bring back!
–Dr. Bao Tha i
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DO KIDS’ MENUS DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD?
Kids can be picky eaters. This is a fact recognized by parents and restaurants alike — hence the classic children’s menu featured at many restaurants around the country. These menus are virtually identical: chicken tenders, mac and cheese, grilled cheese, french fries, and so on. Kids’ menus are loaded with fried foods and cheap carbs. Some parents love the kids’ menu. It makes deciding on food easier. Or, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. Kids’ menus are populated with foods practically every kid loves. But they have a dark side. Aside from poor nutrition, the kids’ menu changes the family dynamic. In an interview with Eater.com, television chef and host Alton Brown (who you may know from “Good Eats,” “Iron Chef America,” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”) said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever let your kid eat from the children’s menu at restaurants and never, ever, ever make your kid special food to allow them to avoid whatever the family is eating.” Why? During his “Alton Brown Live!” tour, he explained that it comes down to control. By giving kids the option of the children’s menu, you relinquish culinary control to your kids. The next time you go out as a family or you make a delicious meal at home, they are more likely to demand “their” food.
This is a habit a child can quickly adopt — and a habit that’s tough to break. Kids are picky eaters because, as parents and adults, we let them be picky eaters. We perpetuate bad habits. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In a Mom.me article, Dr. Cara Natterson suggests kids eat what the rest of the family eats. For instance, let them indulge in the appetizer menu, then build up to the entrée menu and let them share and sample your food. Encourage culinary exploration. When you encourage your kids to avoid the children’s menu, you give them an opportunity to expand their flavor horizons. More importantly, it helps them make healthier choices that aren’t loaded with fat and empty carbs. Make going out to dinner a learning experience, and before you know it, the phrase “kids’ menu” will have disappeared from your family’s vocabulary.
TURKEY DAY I S WE DN E SDAY, NOVEMB E R 1 5
Reserve your spot!
Our goal is to give away 150 turkeys this year! When you sit down for your Thanksgiving feast, you don’t eat the whole turkey alone, do you? Of course not! You eat a portion of it.
Come in on Turkey Day and receive a “Turkey Treatment” (a portion of the normal treatment) AND receive a FREE turkey!
It’s really just our excuse to share the holiday with you and give back to our phenomenal patients!
* Current Patients ... it’s a bonus to your treatment plan! Make sure you call and get on the schedule ASAP!
* Past Patients ... we have LIMITED AVAILABILITY for a special turkey treatment just for you! For only $30 come experience what you’ve been missing since graduating from our program — AND walk away with a FREE turkey too!
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OF F I CE HAP P E N I NGS !
GMT, now every two weeks!
Celebrating the end of summer with Disney Princess and Villain Day
Celebrating Labor Day together
Team stretches before opening
Top Gun theme day ... keeping things fun!
Another proud graduate
Always taking the time for YOU!
DIRECTIONS 1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat. 2. While sausage cooks, place stir-fry and 2 cups water in a blender; process until smooth. 3. Add stir-fry puree, tomatoes, and barley to sausage in pan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts. It’s a great time of year to warm up with a cup of soup, and this comforting, guilt-free dish comes together in a flash. S AU S AG E A N D B A R L E Y SOU P Recipe courtesy of CookingLight.com.
6 ounces turkey breakfast sausage
2½ cups frozen bell pepper stir-fry
2 cups water
1 (14½-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped ¼ cup uncooked quick-cooking barley 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach
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How Do We Change the World?
Do Kids’ Menus Do More Harm Than Good? Get a FREE Turkey!
Office Happenings Sausage and Barley Soup
The Benefits of Essential Oils
USE DIFFUSERS TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF ESSENTIAL OILS
If you’ve stopped by a health store recently, you’ve no doubt seen a huge selection of essential oils. These liquids, which contain concentrated, natural aroma compounds found in plants, are the basis of aromatherapy, one of the most popular trends in holistic health. Aromatherapy involves applying these oils to the skin or spraying them into the air. Skin application requires that you use diluted oils, because aromatic compounds are strong and can cause irritation. As a result of these concerns, many essential oil acolytes have turned to diffusers to get the benefits of aromatherapy in a safe, wonderful-smelling manner. In addition to filling your house with an all-natural, appealing perfume, aromatherapy has been touted as a way to help with everything from stress and insomnia to cognitive function and mood enhancement. To receive these benefits, you’ll need to pick up a diffuser and some oils. With so many options, though, how do you know which one is right for you? There is no shortage of methods for diffusing essential oils. Nebulizing diffusers don’t require any heat source, instead atomizing the essential oils. They are extremely effective, but they
are also large and expensive. Ultrasonic diffusers are similarly heatless, preserving the oils. This type of diffuser can also work as a humidifier, making it a valuable multitasker. Heat and evaporative diffusers are cheaper options, but they tend to alter oils or separate particles according to size. Once you decide on the best diffuser for your home, you need to select a few essential oils and put your new toy to use. Lemon oil is antibacterial and antiseptic, and will freshen your environment. Cinnamon oil can clear congestion and has a homey, autumnal scent. Eucalyptus oil is an air purifier, but its scent is strong and not for everybody. If you want to de-stress, try rosemary oil, which decreases your cortisol levels. Take note that you should alert your doctor before partaking in aromatherapy if you’re pregnant, nursing, or on any medication. While most essential oils are perfectly safe to diffuse, the compounds in certain oils can combine with medication and trigger adverse side effects. Once you begin diffusing, you’ll never go back to commercial, chemical scent sprays. The benefits are evident, and the results smell sweet.
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