CF 223: Kids’ Mental Status & Zero Calorie Drinks Today we’re going to talk about the children, how are they doing lately? And then we’ll talk about whether low or no calorie beverages have any real use for us. But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #223 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Forward Head Posture And Spinal Manipulative Therapy Effectiveness. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.
On the personal end of things…..
Let’s talk about marketing. I always share what I’m doing and how it’s working with you folks and while business is coming back, that’s just the natural flow. We expect to start getting busy again in March. I’m looking for marketing that moves the needle. I’ve tried social media marketing campaigns that cost me in excess of $4500. For basically nothing. I might as well stuffed that money into my ears and lit it on fire and did a rain dance. It was useless. Here’s something to know about me……I can be talked into just about anything.
I believe people and always look for the best in them. Or at least try to. So, yeah….I can either be talked into anything or, as is often the case, talk MYSELF into anything. Here’s my life; I create all of our social media posts. I write my own blog every week. I record my own video and edit it every week for YouTube and Facebook. That’s in between 40+ patients a day and 20+ new patients per week and writing and recording a podcast, real estate, voice-over, and anything else in there including being a husband and a dad. It’s time for some help and hopefully some effective help.
I told you how I started with a new idea of lead magnets a few weeks ago. Not a lot happening there. As expected. I hoped…..but feared not much would come of it outside of an absence of my money. So far, it’s an absence of my money but I’m stubborn and not giving up just yet. This lead magnet is for our testosterone hormone pellets. My thinking is that if it works for the pellets, then we will expand the concept and keep trucking with different products and services for the lead magnets. Still testing there and will update as needed. I’m also starting with a new crew from England on social media marketing. I got the welcome packet today. My thinking is that my consultation payments for this medical integration are finished this month.
So that frees up some funds to put toward something else and there are not many things more important than marketing. So, I’m getting going with another group today to test them out and see how we can grow my stuff. If it’s awesome, maybe I can make them a sponsor of the show and share them with you too. We’ll see. A little tip from you Ol Uncle Jeffro, if you didn’t do it in January, do it now. Sit down with your key employee and go from month to month to plan out what you’re going to do for marketing.
What key events do you need to have a presence at, etc. Do you want to do a Mother’s Day promotion? What about a July 4th cookout at the office? That type of deal. When it’s planned, you don’t forget about it and it doesn’t sneak up on you. Since I’m trying to delegate marketing more and more to my staff, I have the global marketing sheet but I also have started a weekly focus sheet.
So my marketing focus this week is to stress ‘no wait times for our NP, social media posts for the whole week, 2x/day, 1-2 videos for the week. We’ll see, I think I have swimmers and not sinkers so we’ll see. Continuing in the debacle of trying to find a front desk staffer, we have run into yet another snafu. This time we found a good one. Or so we thought. She worked with us for almost 2 full weeks. Then came St. Patty’s day. She ended up in a ditch running from the police and driving drunk at 2:00 am. She missed work the next day. Not because of a hangover but because she was in jail. A little more research told us that she didn’t have custody of her kiddo because of 2 previous DWIs and this was her 3rd. So…..while you don’t want to be the one to compound someone’s suffering and misery, we had to cut ties.
- If she lost custody of her kid because of drinking and still didn’t get the message, it’s going to be a long road
- If we’re missing work in the first 10 days because of jail, that’s just a bad omen of things to come
- If this is her 3rd DWI, she’s going to do jail time and we need an employee that is here and dependable.
- If she miraculously doesn’t do jail time, she’ll be doing rehab, counseling, community services, court dates, and all that good stuff. And all of that equals time out of work.
There are more reasons but that’s enough. We had to move on. I’ve always shied away from hiring friends because I just see that always going bad and it causing an awkward problem down the road. However, we started having one of our buddies come up to the office on a part-time basis to help us out on some overflow work and Holy guacamole….she’s insane good at the front desk stuff. So….maybe we have a new front desk person after all. The saga continues and I’ll keep you updated. Stay tuned. Alright to the research we go!
This one is called “Five-Year Trends in US Children’s Health and Well-being, 2016-2020” by Lebrun-Harris et. al. (Lebrun-Harris LA 2022) and published in Jama Pediatrics on March 14, 2022. Holy fires of hell, it’s en Fuego!
Why They Did It
The authors say they aimed to examine recent trends in children’s health-related measures, including significant changes between 2019 and 2020 that might be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How They Did It
- 174,551 children included in the study
- Annual data were examined from the National Survey of Children’s Health (2016-2020),
- It was a population-based, nationally representative survey of randomly selected children.
What They Found
- Increased Anxiety
- Increased depression
- Decreases in daily physical activity
- Decreases in parent or caregiver mental health
- Decreases in coping with parenting demands
From 2019-2020 – the pandemic
- Increases in behavior or conduct problems
- Child care disruptions affecting parental employment
- Decreases in preventive healthcare visits
- increases in unmet health care needs, and
- increases in the proportion of young children whose parents quit, declined, or changed jobs because of childcare problems.
Wrap It Up
Study findings point to several areas of concern that can inform future research, clinical care, policy decision-making, and programmatic investments to improve the health and well-being of children and their families. People have gone crazy. They were politically crazy and hating on each other prior to the pandemic. So let’s be honest here, shall we? But the pandemic deepened it and while technology is amazing and useful, social media has, in my opinion, destroyed the fabric of our society. Of love and understanding. Of mutual respect. It’s allowed people to mouth off and insult each other from a distance saying things and in behaving in a manner that they would never behave like if the person they’re disrespecting were standing directly in front of them. Anyway, kids are resilient but they’ve been affected too. Our world has gotten more stressful and it’s showing.
This second one is called, “Association of Low- and No-Calorie Sweetened Beverages as a Replacement for Sugar-Sweetened Beverages With Body Weight and Cardiometabolic Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” by McGlynn et. al. and published in JAMA Network Open on March 14, 2022. Schiza – Steamy
Why They Did It
There are concerns that low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages do not have established benefits, with major dietary guidelines recommending the use of water and not low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages to replace sugar-sweetened beverages. Whether low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages as a substitute can yield similar improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors vs water in their intended substitution for sugar-sweetened drinks is unclear. To assess the association of low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages with body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors in adults with and without diabetes.
How They Did It
- Data were extracted and risk of bias was assessed by 2 independent reviewers
- The primary outcome was body weight. Secondary outcomes were other measures of adiposity, glycemic control, blood lipids, blood pressure, measures of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and uric acid.
- A total of 17 RCTs with 24 trial comparisons were included, involving 1733 adults
What They Found
I’m not going to tell you. Because it gets very technical and in the weeds as they say. You’ll start wandering off into the ether and thinking about things like….is there another word for Thesaurus? And if you were to choke a Smurf…..what color would they turn?
Wrap It Up
This systematic review and meta-analysis found that using low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages as an intended substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with small improvements in body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors without evidence of harm and had a similar direction of benefit as water substitution. The evidence supports the use of low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages as an alternative replacement strategy over the moderate term in adults with overweight or obesity who are at risk for or have diabetes.
This is amazing because I’ve been off of sodas for a decade but recently discovered a new love for Coke Zero. My wife has been all over me about drinking them and now I can show her research that says maybe they’re not as bad as she thinks. And at the end of the day, I take some satisfaction in being right. : ) Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.
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