August 2011

Medical Home: Where Does Holistic Health Live?

Medical home? Now there is a new term being used increasingly.

I first read those words on a billboard as I was driving down the highway about a month ago. It was an advertisement for a hospital/medical clinic, and it showed a friendly face, a short description of the person’s health problem and those words in big type at the top. I wasn’t sure just what they were trying to tell me, but the impression I got is that if one has that health problem, then one should go to that hospital. Kinda like it’s the problems home.

Very interesting!

Soon I saw those words again – Medical Home, this time as a headline in one of the many periodicals I receive as a doctor.

Then I began to read and  understand whats up with this new marketing method‘ – it’s a new marketing method. LOL!

Turns out the administrators of medical facilities want people to know that when they have a particular health problem, they should not just go to a medical facility, they should go to a medical facility that is more caring, loving, comfortable, and complete – like a home. Very clever! I’m all in favor of more personalized, coordinated and comprehensive service for patients. Doctors should give patient-centered care.

Its a good idea, but………

After checking some more details I found out the home is missing the proper foundation.

The foundation being the understanding that aside from emergencies, crisis, and life threatening situations, real health and healing comes from within. We’ve each been gifted by God with our own doctor inside of us. Even the world renowned medical missionary doctor and Noble prize winner Albert Schweitzer said:

“Each patient carries his own doctor within him. The patients come to us not knowing that truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor that resides within each patient the chance to go to work.”

This concept of having an  inner healing ability, and giving one’s inner doctor what it needs is what holistic wellness is all about. These medical homes have little if any holistic care. Some claim to have it but either don’t use qualified holistic practitioners, or rarely refer patients to them.

Beware! Homes without proper foundations are risky. Most of them are crooked. If you’re going to have a home insist that it have a proper foundation.

There certainly is good evidence that holistic care, especially chiropractic, fits well as a cost saving and risk reducing alternative to conventional medical treatment alone. See the article –Outcomes-Based Contracting
The Value-Based Approach for Optimal Health with Chiropractic Services
, and The Role of Chiropractic
Care in the Patient-Centered Medical Home.

Recently, a well respected group, The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), was rejected by the AMA upon attempting to inform the medical profession about the benefits of chiropractic in the Medical Home concept. Read Foundation Ad Turned Down by Medical Journals. Is that characteristic of medical practice management?

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Chiropractic Patient Education: A new 5 step, 15 second technique!

Chiropractic patient education is necessary, worthwhile, and vital for a thriving practice. But there are some difficult truths that you must know before you embark on the typical expensive, stressful and time consuming programs offered.

I saw an advertisement in a chiropractic periodical that tells me that if I implement this particular company’s patient education program all my troubles will be solved. I bought it, spending thousands of dollars, and I had to close my office to travel to the seminar. The material was great, very motivating and inspiring to me. Then I find out I have to spend hundreds more to buy this company’s brochures, newsletters, handouts, etc. Even worse,  I find out this is very time consuming to implement in my office. On top of all that I find out that it overwhelms my patients, even driving them away. One guy even asked me “Am I getting indoctrinated into a cult?” Sound familiar?

After 25 years I found a much better solution. It’s far less expensive, involves little or no time, no stress, and patients love it!

I call it Wellness Wins! It’s a handbook for patients. My co-author and I purposely designed it to solve the patient education frustrations we experienced during our 46 years of combined experience as DCs.


The solution is a 5 step technique  I call “4 eyes, 2 sentences and an elbow extension”. It takes exactly 15 seconds!

Step #1) Look your patient squarely in the eyes.

Step #2) Say this “I want to sincerely thank you for trusting me and allowing me to provide your chiropractic care”.

Step #3) Extend your elbow by handing them a crisp copy of the fabulous new patient education handbook Wellness Wins.

Step #4) Say this “Here is a gift – a book that will explain how you can get and stay healthier than you ever thought possible”.

Step #5) Get back to adjusting patients with your special God-given unique talents.

It’s that easy. I’m not kidding. Listen doc, you don’t have time to do more. And I can assure you the patients do not want to hear your rant about conventional medicine, side effects of drugs, universal intelligence, the nervous system, birth trauma causing subluxations, etc. That has all been tried for years and the net result has been an overall decline in chiropractic practices worldwide.

Now, you can certainly add to this by referring to the Wellness Wins chiropractic book during your table talk, asking patients questions about the books content, or giving a lay lecture or class periodically. In fact I have a Wellness Wins PowerPoint presentation available for you if needed.

Here is a peak at theTable of Contents:

Wellness Wins: A Simple Guide to a Healthier, Happier Life

By Dr. Tom Potisk and Dr. Jerry Zelm


Chapter 1…Release your inner healing power

Chapter 2…Lets have some fun

Chapter 3…You are what you eat

Chapter 4…Controlling stress in your life

Chapter 5…Exercise your way to health

Chapter 6…The essentials of sleep

Chapter 7…The dangers of prescription and over the counter drugs

Chapter 8…Control your habits… control your life

Chapter 9… How your faith affects your health

Chapter 10… A new beginning…one step at a time


Recommended Reading

This 46 page handbook teaches your patient everything you want them to know in an easy to understand, entertaining, friendly and inspiring manner.

The handbook and related PowerPoint programs are available by contacting me at or 262-835-1767. I have several purchasing options available to suit any doctors needs.

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