Tips4EyeDocs – Weekend Edition – The Power of Intention – No. 14 for 31Dec11/01Jan12

FROM THE EDITOR

The New Year is fast approaching and 2012 is very much around the corner. Do you have 2012 predictions or resolutions? Why do we make them when we know that we won’t follow them? Do you believe that if you intend for something to happen that it will manifest itself in some fashion or another.

Dr. Dwayne Dyer, the noted therapist, ties the power of intention to the power of attraction. He asserts that people tend to manifest things for themselves because they “attract” good fortune. If true, then to increase the probability that one attract good fortune is to happily “intend” for things to happen.

A noted spiritual leader and thinker ,Beth O’Conner, PhD first introduced to me the idea of the law of intention. This is how I use this “power”. I write down, yes write it down, on a piece of paper what I intend to have or experience. I try to be as specific as possible and then I put it in an envelope and open it the next year.

What I have found is that the intentions come true but not necessarily in the fashion envisioned or anticipated. That’s due to the imprecise language that we wrote the intention. So be as specific as possible and one should feel about it.

I had written some things about the kind of family I wanted and the career I wanted and I had found that the law of intention did produce results in each of these categories. But when I had written them, I didn’t know how they would appear to me. I’m pleased to know that it did come out for me, though.

I recommend the law of intention/attraction as an alternative method to manifest those goals and objectives that you want in the coming year. In this way, it’s possible that they will appear without any further anxiety about them. Of course, to work, avoid the temptation to keep looking at the intention or thinking about it. It is best just to store it away and find it in a year.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT (Curated)

  1. Ben Schiller writes about the “Street Scooter”, an electric vehicle that isn’t particularly special. What is special about this vehicle is the product development. 50 organizations came together to collaborate in designing and producing a working prototype that costs only $6,000 retail. That is far below any large auto maker’s version of an electric vehicle. It’s relevance to optometry can be found that any small group of dedicated optometrists can also create a disruptive technical advance that would put to shame the work of much larger organizations. Spotted on Twitter by @claychristensen: V interesting RT @RonAdner: A Crowdsourced EV That Disrupts The Auto Industry’s Production Models http://www.fastcoexist.com/node/1679041 .
  2. Although Mikal E. Belicove’s blog post isn’t directly “on point” for optometry, I thought about the prospect of an employee in your office who did file share illegally on work computer. What would you? Or for that matter, what happens if that employee also engaged in other kinds of illegal behavior? Are you prepared? Spotted on Twitter via @MarvinLeBlanc: How to Protect Your Business from a Rogue Employee #smallbiz #ceo #sales http://bit.ly/veGWWz .

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Pang C, Jia L, Jiang S, Liu W, Hou X, Zuo Y, Gu H, Bao Y, Wu Q, Xiang K, Gao X, Jia W.”Determination of Diabetic Retinopathy Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors in Chinese Diabetic and Pre-diabetic Subjects: Shanghai Diabetic Complications Study.” Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2011 Dec 5. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.1307. [Epub ahead of print]

Source

Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Shanghai Jiaotong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital; Shanghai Clinical Center for Diabetes; Shanghai Key Laboratory of Diabetes Mellitus; Shanghai Diabetes Institute, Shanghai, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The prevalence of diabetic retinopathy is not well-studied in the Chinese pre-diabetic population, also known as impaired glucose regulation. Hence, we investigated the prevalence of and risk factors associated with retinopathy in diabetic and pre-diabetic subjects from Chinese communities.

METHODS:

A total of 3736 Chinese subjects were recruited from urban communities in Shanghai. The participants were classified as normal glucose tolerance (NGT), impaired glucose regulation (IGR) and diabetes based on the 75 g oral glucose tolerance test. The levels of diabetic retinopathy (DR) were assessed with non-mydriatic retinal photographs according to the Diabetic Retinopathy Disease Severity Scale.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of DR in diabetes and IGR subjects was 9.4% and 2.5%, respectively. In subjects with IGR, hypertension (odds ratio: 3.54, P = 0.028), including elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and obesity (odds ratio: 3.53, P = 0.028) were significantly associated with DR after age and sex adjustments. The factors associated with retinopathy in diabetes included diabetes duration, blood glucose levels, glycated hemoglobin levels, and the presence of albuminuria. DR was significantly associated with fasting plasma glucose in known diabetes; while in newly-diagnosed subjects, DR was closely correlated to postprandial plasma glucose.

CONCLUSIONS:

Hyperglycemia was a strong risk factor for DR. In pre-diabetic subjects, diabetic retinopathy was associated with hypertension and obesity. Use this URL to reference this post http://wp.me/p18zjA-7p

About Richard Hom OD, MPA

Dr. Hom holds Doctor of Optometry and Masters in Public Administration degrees and practices family eye care and consults on public policy, health information technology and program evaluation.
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