Entries in Health (5)

Thursday
Apr252019

Big Pharma is Getting Some Payback! 

The former CEO (Doud) and the Chief Compliance Officer of one of the nation’s top 10 drug distributors have been arrested and formally charged for ‘conspiracy to violate narcotics laws, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and willfully failing to file suspicious order reports.’ Can you say “FINALLY!” And maybe follow that up with “right on! Keep ‘em coming!” They handcuffed these criminals and took them to jail!

The Rochester Drug Co-operative, which is the name of the distributor involved, has also been charged by the government. This marks the very first time executives from either a Big Pharma distributor or a Big Pharma manufacturer have been charged for the massive destruction and huge loss of life they have directly caused. This, I’m certain, has Big Pharma quaking in their boots. 

Certainly, the Sackler family, the owners of the company that makes Oxycontin, should be scared penniless. Won’t it be a tiny amount of satisfaction to the surviving family members and loved ones of so many opioid victims to see the executives and owners of these companies that have preyed upon so many people by lying, falsifying and outright criminal behavior? 

Wayne sent me this link yesterday which has more details for those of you with inquiring minds: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-ceo-major-drug-distribution-company-first-face-criminal-charges-n997571

With you being on the front lines of this battle to combat the evil that’s been perpetuated by Big Pharma, you will likely appreciate what was just done with the formal charges and arrests. I sure do! Having visited some of the Salvation Army adult treatment centers over the last 2 years and witnessing the ravaging effects of opioids, frankly I’m ecstatic that some measure of justice is finally being served. These drug companies and distributors have been acting like common drug dealers while on the surface looking like responsible executives. In my humble opinion, the drug distributors need to be shut down. They exist, again in my opinion, to allow the Big Pharma drug manufacturers to insulate themselves from selling their drugs to whomever has cold, hard cash. Eliminating the distributors exposes Big Pharma by allowing complete transparency on where their drugs are shipped. 

The incredible, non-drug, state of the art care you provide to the patients we serve is exemplary. I thank you, each and every one of you, for the dedication you bring to your offices every day, fighting a massive battle to get the word out that says “We can help. Opioids aren’t the answer. Come, experience the very best in chiropractic and rehab!”

I hope you are having a great day, as initiated by a great Morning Priming routine. Let’s continue our fast-paced growth and finish out an amazing month!

 

Dr. Chris

Wednesday
Apr242019

A Simple Tool of the Super Successful

Successful people share a trait of eliminating as many routine decisions from their life as possible, such as what to have for breakfast. Yesterday, one of our owners asked me about maintaining motivation well after ChiroCon ended. It’s a great question that most of us have struggled with answering at certain times. This doctor is running a practice that has been stuck at about $30,000 a month for a couple years and his year-end goal is to be at $50,000 a month in revenue, a 67% increase. 

Is a 67% increase possible? Yes, it is. In this case, it only takes 11 additional new patients a month and that’s if nothing else changes. If small, incremental improvements are made in other processes, the number of new patients drops to about 5, or a touch over 1 additional new patient a week. But that’s a different discussion. Clinic growth that is sustainable over the long term requires about 80% psychological changes and only 20% in mechanical, or systems improvements. Yep, it’s 80% psychological.

So we moved the conversation to morning Priming to set the mind on the right path immediately upon waking, exercise and nutrition, since those are variables that are often overlooked and can set the stage for bigger and better psychological improvements leading to a much more fulfilling life. This led us to breakfast. Why waste one second on deciding what to have for breakfast. Save your focus for your practice, your family and your patients.

What do you eat for breakfast? Be honest. Does it serve your body or does it hinder it? There is no one, correct breakfast plan, but there is a right one for you, right now, today. For me, I eat breakfast 3 days a week. The other 4 days I intermittent fast till noon. On the 3 breakfast days, I have an organic smoothie that consists of: a tablespoon ground flaxseed, 20g plant-based protein, water, huge handful of spinach or power greens, handful of arugula, another of kale, Italian parsley, half a lemon and some unsweetened coconut milk. The smoothie is chased by a cup of fat or bulletproof coffee (coffee, tablespoon of MCT oil, tablespoon of Kerrygold salted butter, stevia drops, all whipped up in the Vita-Mix).

For the next couple of weeks, the coffee is Gopher Blend, a much-appreciated gift from 2018 Franchisee of the Year and mastermind member, Dr. Andy Konz. Yes, Andy is a University of Minnesota Gopher raving fanatic. And the coffee is darn good, too!

Eliminate as many decisions as possible from your day. I suggest you pick a couple of simple breakfast options and forget about it. Focus on your morning Priming, setting the sails for an amazing day, not on what to eat. That should be automatic!

 

Have a great day, and thanks again Andy!

 

Dr. Chris

Monday
Mar182019

Baby aspirin: internal bleeding and early death?

Important news you must know: In a stunning blow to the long-held dogma that all older adults should be taking an aspirin a day for prevention, yesterday, St. Patrick’s Day, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association both changed their guidelines to physicians on what to tell their patients to do to lower their risk of stroke. They now recommend that for adults who are reasonably healthy, they should no longer advise taking a baby aspirin a day. As the Church Lady from SNL used to say a long while back, “how special.”

Not one but three recent studies  found that taking a ‘daily low-dose aspirin is, at best, a waste of money for healthy older adults. At worst, it may raise their risk of internal bleeding and early death.’ Seriously? They sort of just slipped that last part in there, or so it seemed to me.

What do you do with this information? First, a hyper link is embedded in the previous paragraph if you desire more information about the studies. Second, as you already know, it’s all about prevention. That’s what’s really key here. No, prevention doesn’t get much press because it’s a tad boring, but it outperforms any drug all day long. I don’t have a clinic, but I do have the non-stop opportunity to preach prevention to the HS team…..and preach I do! They are encouraged to stand up instead of sit, go for a walk periodically, get up and move around, exercise, take their supplements and of course the 4-letter word ‘diet’ is talked about a lot.

Does it irritate them sometimes? Certainly. Do they listen and implement all of it? Never. Do they make some changes? You bet they do! And that’s good enough for me. In the immortal words of one of our executives who shall remain unnamed, “don’t give up on me, Dr. T.” And I won’t. Will you give up on your patients? On your circle of influence? On your family? How about your pet?

In earlier days, I’d give everyone a long list of what they should do for better health. Today, the approach is different. Perhaps you start with just 2-3 recommendations at a time, sort of chunking it down into manageable bites for your patients. Walking, fish oil and Vitamin D are three fairly easy things to start with. Get some traction with them, then dig in deeper.

How about you? What one thing can you do today to improve your health? Just one thing?

 

Chris Tomshack DC
CEO HealthSource Chiropractic
America’s Chiropractor

 

Friday
Aug242018

If not you than who...

I'm here in Utah and just heard the news about OxyContin being hit with 1,000 lawsuits. If you know me, you know I am passionate about finding relief for pain through non-addictive alternatives. HealthSource does just that and we've made it a goal to educate the public about these options that include: Chiropractic, Progressive Rehab® and more. 

Check out my most recent podcast episode for more details, I hope you join me in making a difference!

Friday
Aug172018

Podcast: The Balanced Practice

The coast of California is a great place to start a podcast. This week I visited a handful of West Coast HealthSource locations, which included Dr. Kevin Bugg. Dr. Kevin is located in Escondido, CA and is up 88% this month from last year. Good news, right?

Check out my latest podcast episode to find out how he's doing and more importantly how balance comes into play.

"Episode 2: The Balanced Practice" from The Doctor Tomcast by Chris Tomshack, DC.