February 2001 Issue
In This Issue
Now You Know and Planet Chiropractic form Alliance to Serve Profession
( www.planetchiropractic.com ) and Now You Know have teamed up for a joint effort to help all chiropractors. We are presently combining our resources to provide the chiropractic profession with the largest FREE online classifieds available in chiropractic. Over the next month look for these new classifieds to be available on our sites as well as the many state and national association site that currently link to Now You Know's classifieds pages.
Now You Know and Planet Chiropractic have teamed up to bring you this all new advanced Classified Ad system. you can list your free classifieds online yourself, or just search for the service or product you want. All listings remain online for up to six weeks. Classifieds older than the chosen expiration period are automatically deleted. You can continue to re-list your classified ad as much as you like. Now You Know and Planet Chiropractic, teaming up to serve you!
Remember when as health care professionals, getting a virus was a physiological situation only? Today, getting a virus commonly means something completely different. All too often I get an email from a colleague who tells me that their computer has crashed due to a "virus" they picked up somewhere along the way. There are several things you can do to avoid getting hit with a virus.
You can purchase one of the anti-virus programs. Probably the two most common are "Norton Anti Virus" and "McAfee Anti Virus". These two offer a good measure of protection against incoming viruses. You should remember though that new viruses are created regularly. This means that you must download updates from these companies on a regular basis to keep your anti virus program current. With most programs a certain free download period comes with the purchase of their program.
Probably one of the most effective ways of preventing a virus is common sense. Most viruses can only get you if you open them up. This means that they come as attachments to your email and you open them up and allow them to work. To avoid this there are some simple rules you should follow:
Never open attachments from someone you do not know. You don't know what you are getting so don't trust it.
The most dangerous attachments are those with the file extension ".exe". These are actually small computer programs. Opening one asks the program to run on your computer. Unless you are real sure of what you are opening, never open an .exe file.
Most files that are pictures or just text (.jpg and .txt) are safe. These are normally OK to open as they are not programs.
Be wary of attachments from someone you do know that you were not expecting or that do not have a personal explanation of what they are. Some of the more devious viruses infect someone's email program causing it to send more copies of the virus on to the people on their mailing list. I occasionally get an email from someone I know with a suspicious attachment that I did not expect from them. In these cases I error on the side of caution and delete!
When in doubt - "Shift Delete". Holding Shift and Delete at the same time permanently removes an email from most mail programs. Just hitting delete places it into your deleted folder where it sits until you empty that folder and give other opportunities for it to be opened again.
Probably the most common virus isn't really a virus, its a hoax. I can't tell you how many hoax emails I get from colleagues who are well intentioned but were taken in by some message they got via email. These messages do not pose a real danger, but they are annoying as you may get dozens of them that you have to deal with in a short period of time. Probably the best and most humorous of the email I received recently was an email dealing with this very subject. Please take a minute and click on the following link for a great laugh and an interesting view on the hoax emails. The link is: http://www.braile.net/hoax_emails.htm
Medically Run Internet Company Selling to Chiropractors Suffers Setback
One of the other Internet companies now selling web presence to chiropractors is ChiroClinix. For those who may not be familiar with this company, ChiroClinix is an offering of a company called CareClinix. This company's CEO is Dr. Saul Quint, a Medical Doctor who practices at Yorkview Medical Centre in Toronto Canada. The president of the company is Mr. Gary Rewald, who prior to immigrating to Canada, in 1994, held various senior management and Board of Director positions at companies in South Africa. The Director of Chiropractic is Jerrod Goldin DC, who owns and oversees a multidisciplinary private practice in Toronto that includes chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, reflexology, nutritional counseling and acupuncture.
Some of the trouble this company ran into is when the National Association of Chiropractic Attorneys issued it's latest release concerning e-commerce and chiropractic offices. In response ChiroClinix responded through a regional sales manager with, "we have decided that in the best interest of our subscribers that the online Patient Store be disabled..." For a more thorough look at ChiroClinix please visit the link http://www.nowyouknow.net/competitors.htm .
Now You Know is a chiropractic owned and run company delivering a solid chiropractic message from a practicing chiropractic viewpoint. We also offer each subscriber their own web site and not just pages on someone else's master site. We want you to know that we have grown to be number one in Internet services for chiropractors because of our continuous commitment and practice expertise. Anyone reading our web sites and newsletters will know why we say, "Its about the content!"
Now You Know Making the Rounds at Many Programs
The month of March will be a busy one for us at Now You Know. Several weeks we are at two places at once. During March please look for us at the following locations. We will be starting the month off with a booth at the World Chiropractic Alliance Summit March 1-4, 2001 in Washington DC. For information see the WCA website at www.worldchiropracticalliance.org . March 8 - 11, 2001 we are speaking and have a booth in Dallas, Texas at Karl Parker Seminars. (www.karlparkerseminars.com) . Also in March on the 9-11, 2001 we will have a booth at the Michigan Chiropractic Council. For information please call the MCC at 800-722-1513. We close out the month on March 29 - April 1, 2001 with us speaking and a booth in Philadelphia at the ChiroPediatric University on the Road www.chiropediatrics.com . You can view our extended schedule and check for available dates for your event on our site at www.nowyounow.net under the button, "Our Seminars".
How effective are Search Engines?
This is a common question asked by many of or subscribers. The simple truth of the matter is that they are not very effective. Some doctors want the Internet and their web site to be a panacea of new patients who were floating around online and found their lifelong chiropractic care through a search engine. Well that's just not the way it happens.
Like most practices you get the vast majority of your new patients through referrals. Patients in your office who know what you are about and understand the value of your care tell others about you. So obviously, the better educated your current patients are, the more referrals they make. This is where your web site comes in. Instead of seeing your web site as a phone book ad, start seeing a web site as an online chiropractic orientation designed to educate and reinforce chiropractic to your current patients. When this happens these current patients will tell more people about you!
Your web site can then really help you. Now in addition to educating your current patients, these newly enthused patients have a place to send their friends to see what you are about. Instead of just saying, "You just have to believe me and go to my chiropractor." They can also say, "You have to check out my chiropractor, and they have a great web site that tells you all about them" This referral to your web site means much more than someone hitting your site while just searching in cyberspace.
Chiropractic Politics and the Internet
The Internet now plays a more important role in politics and elections. In the last set of National elections all candidates found it essential to use the Internet to further their image and offer more information than would be available in any other forum. Even Now You Know was involved as we did go outside our usual chiropractic realm by hosting and designing a website for an Illinois Congressional candidate. Our web site won an award by being one of the "Fifty Best Political Web Sites."
Chiropractic politics is no exception. As most of you have probably noticed, the International Chiropractors Association is having elections this year. And as you may have also noticed, the candidates for ICA president have already been using the Internet to deliver their message. So far the declared candidates are Dr. Thomas Klapp of Michigan and Dr. DD Humber of Georgia. I have received no less than six emails from the candidates on what they stand for. To date I have not noticed a specific web site for either candidate but we will report on them if they create sites.
The one very nice luxury I have during this election is that I am not personally running for anything! As this current administrations comes to an end so will my term as ICA Chairman of the Board. And if all goes according to plan, I will become a regular dues paying member again, (for the first time in almost 2 decades).
Now You Know Products and Services
NYK started just over two years ago offering an email newsletter sent directly to patients. We now have grown to the largest supplier of Internet services to the profession. But that is not all we do. Review the list below to see the variety of products and services we offer.
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