Review-medicine Show

Medicine Show, Heidi Lampietti (ed.), 2017, ISBN 1892619091

This is a collaborative novel (each chapter written by a different person) about a medicine show traveling around Europe in the immediate aftermath of World War I.

Professor Bernhard Freedomhowler’s Internationally Acclaimed Traveling Exhibition of Medicinal Wonderment consists of a very disparate group of individuals. Calliope is a boy with smooth skin, a snout-like nose and a tail, who can whistle from his mouth, his nose and even his ears. Norris is part-human and part-dog, who is brought on stage as a snarling, ravenous beast ready to tear out someone’s throat. After he is given a dose of Freedomhowler’s Pan-Herbal Restorative Elixir, he immediately turns into a calm, erudite person quoting Shakespeare.

Lady Bodicaea (real name: Heather McInnerney) is Scottish, and the show’s strongwoman. Grenadine is an English nurse who is the show’s medium/fortune teller. The leader of the group is Bernhard Freedomhowler (his real name is Tarbottom), an American from Kentucky. He learned the business as part of Wild Bill Hickok’s Perambulatory of Astonishing Wonders. Wild Bill has become a figment of Freedomhowler’s imagination, and constantly talks to him.

The group spends much of its time just trying to make enough money to eat and to make it to the next town or village. There is the always-present need to make a quick exit should the local townspeople decide that the group has worn out its welcome. Freedomhowler also tries to stay away from Drake, part of the American forces, who orders him to give up the medicine show and return to America (Freedomhowler is an ex-spy).

With any collaborative novel like this, some chapters will be better than others. It’s a good story, and for those interested in the history of World War I, this book is worth checking out.

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Orthotics Probably Saved My Son’s Posture

What are orthotics? A chiropractor in Phoenix explained to me that it’s a medical procedure where braces are used to make sure an injured part of the body heals properly after a severe injury. It can also help fix someone’s posture by using insoles in shoes to repair an abnormal walk. In our case, orthotics helped our son regain his posture after he suffered a serious injury in a car accident. He was out with his friends and they were goofing around and a truck hit their car head on. He’s lucky to be alive. His friend who was driving spent a week in a coma at the hospital.

After our son got out of the hospital, we noticed he was having trouble standing up straight. » Read more: Orthotics Probably Saved My Son’s Posture

I Needed to Make the Right Choice About What to Do for My Back

The Cumming chiropractor that I went to told me prior to my first treatment that I may or may not see a positive change right away. But he also told me that if I gave him the trust that he needed to keep me coming back for at least a few more appointments that I would see myself getting better. He knew that I had tried other avenues first and they did not work. I was willing to keep coming to him because I had no other choice. But I have now learned that seeing him has been the very best choice for my back and neck health.

Most people seem to have back trouble because they push themselves too hard in one way or another. But I am not someone who pushes too hard. » Read more: I Needed to Make the Right Choice About What to Do for My Back

Wellness Can Come About in More Than One Form

Never having had headaches before, I was highly alarmed when I suddenly began having them every day. Nothing I could find over the counter was working. When my doctor sent me for a CT scan and stated that I don’t have any sort of tumor causing the problem, I was concerned about what else I could do. He stated that he could do nothing more other than prescribe a stronger pain medication for me. That didn’t work out so well, but going to a chiropractor in Philadelphia did help me more than any prescription did.

I really do not like to take over the counter meds or even prescriptions because I am so sensitive to so many things. Taking something might help to relieve whatever symptoms I have, but then I soon find out that I have other side effects as a result of whatever I took. Solving one thing, only to replace it with yet another symptom is not a total answer. So, I try not to take anything if I can help it. » Read more: Wellness Can Come About in More Than One Form

Discover The Aspects Of Trust

The ability to gain and keep trust is a vital factor in being able to influence others. Research has shown, time and time again, that trust is always a contributing factor in the ability to influence others. When a person trusts you, trust alone can cause them to accept your message. On the flip side, if people don’t trust you, all the evidence, reasoning, facts, or figures in the world won’t get them to budge.

Trust can be an ambiguous concept, but certain things are quite clear: You can’t get others to trust you unless you trust yourself first. Your message will not be convincing to others unless it’s convincing to you. Whenever someone tries to influence us, we ask ourselves, “Can I trust this person? Do I believe him? Is she really concerned about me?” We are less likely to be influenced if we sense that the person is driven solely by self-interest. Never assume that people trust you.

Always show the world you are someone to be trusted, no matter what the circumstances are. You can gain and enhance trust by doing the following:

•Keep your promises
•Be reliable
•Under-promise and over-deliver
•Admit your failures and weaknesses
•Use logic with your emotion
•Exhibit true concern for and about others
•Never assume people completely trust you
•Tell people only as much as they’ll believe
•Tell the truth, even if it hurts
•Downplay any benefits to you

The Five C’s of Trust, will all help you gain the trust you need to have lasting influence. Let me illustrate how these elements work in a story. Imagine you’re experiencing extreme tooth pain. You’ve put off going to the dentist as long as possible, but now nature’s telling you your time has run out. You recently relocated, so your previous dentist is 2,000 miles away and no longer an option. You ask your new friends and neighbors about their dentists and get the following five responses:

1. My dentist has great CHARACTER. He is one of the most honest people I know. He’s not very competent, though. I heard he’s famous for sticking the needle completely through your cheek.

Would you go to this dentist?

2. My dentist is one of the top dentists in the state. He’s extremely COMPETENT, but kind of a crook. He has no character. He’s been caught a few times for over billing and also sometimes fills more cavities than you actually have.
Would you go to this dentist?

3. My dentist doesn’t have much CONFIDENCE in his work. One time he said to me, “I’ve never been very good at reading x-rays. I feel unsure about whether I should give you a root canal or just leave the tooth alone. Look at this x-ray and tell me what you think.”
Would you go to this dentist?

4. I’m not sure my dentist is licensed. I didn’t see any degree or diplomas on his wall, and no one seems to know where he went to school. His office doesn’t have the latest equipment. He even asked me to pay cash instead of writing a check. He has no CREDIBILITY in my book.
Would you go to this dentist?

5. My dentist is a nice guy, but he doesn’t keep his stories straight. CONGRUENCY and CONSISTENCY are not his strong suits. Last year he said I’d probably have to get a root canal on my molar the next time I came in. When I came back, I asked him about the root canal on my molar, and he said, “You don’t need a root canal on that tooth. Who told you that?”
Would you go to this dentist?

I’m sure you would spend more time trying to find a dentist who met all five criteria. A deep and lasting sense of trust will not exist without all five characteristics being present. We know if a person is lacking in just one of these areas, it will affect every aspect of their ability to build, gain, and maintain trust.