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Are you falling into the over-discounting trap?

To make sure you start the year off right, I'm focusing on some of the blocks we all face in our acupuncture practices. A few days ago I sent you an e-mail about Uncertainty and how it can silently sabotage our efforts.  Today, I want to address the over-discounting/undercharging trap. This is probably even more prevalent in pediatrics.  It got me thinking about my experience with choosing a vet and paying his expensive fees… Let me explain.   A couple of years ago my...

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Will Uncertainty Stop You from Treating More Kids?

Has this ever happened to you?  You've decided you want to treat more kids and you're totally pumped about it.  The thought just lights you up and you want to share it with the world. You know you can do it. Then something happens… days, maybe weeks, later you're not so sure about your goal. You haven't gotten any new pediatric patients. Uncertainty kicks in. Uncertainty is a tricky beast (I was going to use another B-word here but I'm gonna keep it PG). It can show up in...

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Robin's Top 3 Must-Read Books to Inspire an Amazing 2015!

So, I have to admit something… I'm a reading addict.  Ok, now you know.  I plow through books like crazy and with my new Kindle Fire I just love that I can download any book I want in seconds!  That's right, people! Mere seconds! As 2014 is coming to a close, I just had to share my top 3 favorite books that I read this year. They're sure to inspire you to have an amazing 2015!  I'm saving the best book for last (so keep on reading). 1. The Big Leap: Conquer your...

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The Real Truth About Acupuncture for Babies and Children Under Age 7

It's not surprising to me that there are some misconceptions about pediatric acupuncture floating around.  Some of the common ones are that pediatric acupuncture is hard and kids don't like it, but the most damaging misconception is that it's unsafe! Some acupuncturists even believe that if you needle babies or kids under age 7 you might permanently damage their acupuncture meridians.

I'm so glad that this misconception has been brought to light because it is without a doubt 100% false!

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How to Use Lasers & Microcurrent on Kids an Interview with Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.

 When I work with kids it's important that whatever treatment I deliver is practical, safe, efficient and effective.  

Of course, acupuncture needles are my first choice and I even treat babies with acupuncture. You can click here to see a video demo of me treating a baby with in/out needling. 

Seriously, seeing is believing!  Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.

Even babies love it! Not every child I work with is going to love needles though. That's why I was so happy to discover laser and...

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Pediatric Acupuncture Expert Series: Jake Paul Fratkin, L.Ac. OMD

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My first exposure to the idea that kids could be affected by Leaky Gut Syndrome was in Jake's class on the treatment of common gastrointestinal disorders in infants and children.  

Jake's pragmatic no-nonsense approach to treating children has had a strong influence on the way I approach kids. 

I think you'll really enjoy this interview and the clinical pearls he has to share. Watch my interview with Pediatric Acupuncture Expert Jake Paul Fratkin, L.Ac. OMD below:

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If You Can Answer these 3 Questions About Pediatrics You're Golden

Top 3 Questions about Pediatric Acupuncture

When it comes to seeing kids in my clinic, giving the treatment often feels like the easy part. Children's bodies are so full of Qi and yang energy they readily respond to treatment and quickly heal.  

The ear infection a baby has isn't due to stress, lack of exercise, or drinking too much coffee. According to the principles of TCM, the cause of the problem is straightforward, easily treatable, and often makes antibiotics unnecessary.  

Shouldn't it be a no-brainer?

Parents can...

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Learn How to Heal Autism, ADHD and Chronic Inflammatory Illness in My Next Course

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Don't Let Doubt or Fear Stop You From Helping Kids with Autism and ADHD!

Working with kids who have been diagnosed with autism and attention disorders may be daunting at first.  But these kids really need you and you are uniquely able to help.  Acupuncture stimulates their innate healing mechanisms to facilitate healing along with changes to diet and lifestyle.   You can also play a role in reducing the risks factors for autism before conception and during pregnancy!

When...

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Do You Have These Fears About Treating Kids?

One of the most common things I hear from acupuncturists who are interested in working with kids is they're afraid they might hurt or frighten a child during treatment.

This is totally understandable!   

Few of us received enough training to feel totally comfortable treating kids with acupuncture.  And no matter how much training you did get, you still have to practice before it becomes easy.  Nobody wants to hurt a kid while they're learning.

That's why I'm sharing my top...

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