Many of us take dietary supplements. In fact, according to studies close to 85% of Americans do. The industry has grown exponentially and there are no signs of a slowdown. The rising healthcare costs, longer lifespans, and increased metabolic and environmental diseases, have pushed the wave of prevention. Prevention is what in part is driving the rise of the organic food, integrative medicine and the supplement industry.
Tags: Patient Education
In 1936, Hungarian endocrinologist, Hans Selye, proposed the General Adaptation Syndrome, the chronological progression from health to disease caused by prolonged exposed to “noxious stimuli,” later termed “stress.” He described three distinct stages through which this process predictably occurred. Although the precise mechanisms underlying the progression from the first stage of “alarm” to the final “state of exhaustion” were unclear, Selye believed the process was influenced by dysfunction in both the endocrine and immune systems.
Tags: Practitioner Education
Integrative practices like yours are often faced with the following repeated scenario: A new patient comes in to see you, gets a thorough review of medical history, diagnosis and a treatment plan which includes dietary supplements. Determined to feel better, the patient fills their supplement prescription at your office only to come back 6 months later completely off the supplements with the same health issues. Some try to do a little better but with similar results by going to their local health food store and or purchasing from a large online retailer.
Tags: Practice Improvement
Like many other practitioners you may have taken the big step of transitioning your traditional practice into an integrative one. It is an exciting new model of practicing medicine that is both logical and rewarding. However it does come with its challenges. Learning new treatment protocols does take a lot of time and money. Longer patient visits improve results but often lead to reduced daily patient load. Implementing the right dietary supplements helps revenue and outcomes, but you are also having to learn to retail and manage inventory. All this while trying to grow and create a successful practice!
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