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PT and the Greater Good

Quantity vs. Quality of Life
by Dean Metz
Just recently a friend of mine celebrated a significant birthday. I celebrated the same one a year ago. Something about turning this age propelled us both to contemplate the future in a different way than younger "landmark" birthdays had done. What to Read More...
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Unintended Consequences
by Dean Metz
A while back there was some chatter among us ADVANCE bloggers on the public health issue of obesity. Since having an elevated BMI can cause a host of health problems, and Westernized nations on the whole are getting heavier and heavier, this is an area Read More...
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A Culture of 'Don't!'
by Dean Metz
I was doing some research on a particular activity this week... head rolls. Not the soft round things one puts under one's neck to maintain the curve while supine, but the act of rolling the head around as an exercise or activity. I did this because I Read More...
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What Part Will You Play in the Future of PT?
by Dean Metz
If you've read my last blog, which ranged from Facebook to Adweek , you may wonder what all that had to do with PT? Reasonable question actually. Physical therapy has the potential to impact greatly on improved health outcomes for every country. On the Read More...
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Modern Travel Is Killing Us
by Dean Metz
I've just spent 10 hours on a plane. That is a long time and doesn't take into account the hour-long flight from Newcastle to Heathrow or the 3-hour layover in Heathrow. Of course I'm coming home to visit my mom, so it's worth it. However, I think we Read More...
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Are We Off-Base About the Obesity Epidemic?
by Dean Metz
I was riding the train to Edinburgh yesterday to visit friends. I picked up a copy of the English newspaper, The Independent , which had a very interesting article on childhood obesity . This topic has come up frequently in the ADVANCE blogosphere. We've Read More...
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Our Competition in Brussels
by Dean Metz
I've talked a great deal about the myths and realities of working in a foreign country for the past four years in this blog. Many people have presented me with the argument, "If healthcare is so great in other countries, then why do so many foreigners Read More...
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The Popular Press Should Keep us Well Employed
by Dean Metz
A few months back I blogged about how Gretchen Reynolds, the New York Times fitness writer, was doing a job that might be better done by a physical therapist . I've been reading her column fairly regularly and the responses from other readers are often Read More...
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Congratulations?
by Dean Metz
A friend of mine posted on Facebook today, "I've maxed out my health insurance deductible, in-network bills are on them now." What an interesting state of affairs when we're tempted to congratulate someone for being unwell enough to warrant full payment Read More...
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The Obesity Fight
by Dean Metz
By now, many people have heard about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to combat obesity by limiting the size of soft drinks containing sugar. There has been both an aggressive ad campaign and a new ban on beverages over 16 ounces. He has Read More...
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Exercise Fail
by Dean Metz
There was an article in today's New York Times by Jane Brody discussing why promoting exercise up until now has been, for the most part, unsuccessful. It makes sense really, in the hurry-up, today-is-already-too-late world that many of us live in, trying Read More...
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Primary Focus
by Dean Metz
I have been following along with the reports from Danielle Bullen, Rebecca Mayer and Lisa Lombardo on the goings-on in Tampa last week . I find the outcomes interesting and validating. One of my contentions with Vision 2020 is that it seemed too isolating. Read More...
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Julia Child PT
by Dean Metz
I don't do recipes. Not in the kitchen and not in practice. I have a general idea of how to make a proper shrimp scampi or meatloaf, but I know that sometimes a little more of this or a touch less of that can make for a better meal. Such is the case with Read More...
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A Two-Tiered System
by Dean Metz
Last week I posted about a conversation I had with my GP. He disclosed to me that he has private insurance to supplement the NHS. I had private insurance when I first moved here but have since dropped the policy. I wonder if I should renew? It was very Read More...
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When Do We Say ‘Enough'?
by Dean Metz
I'm tired of smelling like an ashtray. I work two days a week on our chest service providing chest physio to patients with COPD and/or bronchiectasis. Many of them are "frequent flyers" and most of them are still smoking. Sometimes I wonder why we continue Read More...
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    Dean Metz
    Occupation: Staff Development Specialist
    Setting: New York, NY – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain
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