Month: July 2000

Referral Race with Dr. Rick Wren

Dear Colleagues and Friends, School is starting back here August 7th. (My 45th Birthday) Most families have completed their vacations. It is a good time to bring the Chiropractic clinic back to full focus. (on purpose) Four years ago we started the “Referral Race” to create some excitement and break the monotony.

We use a large piece of plywood and cover it in felt with a race track on it. As patients refer in friends and family we take digital picture of them sitting in their car, laminate it, cut it out, and Velcro it to the felt race track. We hand out flyers each week to the patients. The first flyer announces that the “Race is On” and it will last 6 weeks.

The flyer states that the 1st place winner receives a 19″ color TV, 2nd a cordless phone, and 3rd a phone recorder. We also hand each patient a race card, that allows the patient to refer in friends and family at a substantial reduction in cost. Of course the doctor orally explains to each patient or you will have poor results.

Each week we hand out a new flyer stating the race standings. (1st,2nd,and 3rd) At the end of the Race we have a “Final Lap Party” during normal adjusting hours. We provide snacks and refreshments and announce who the winners are.

The interesting thing is that the competition drives the patients as much as the prizes. Seeing their name posted on those flyers, makes them so proud. One year our 1st place winner immediately gave the TV to his church. He just wanted to say he won.

Remember, if you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. Consider stepping out of your comfort zone and breaking the monotony. Hope to see you in San Francisco at the Parker Seminars.

LLL, Rick (Founder of the Society of Chiropractic Masters)

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The Gerry Factor & Life West Photos

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
Planet Chiropractic Staff Author

Photos and commentary from Life Chiropractic College West campus dedication…

Dr. Gerry Clum in his new hat!July 28th, 2000 marked a monumental day for chiropractic in the new millennium as Life Chiropractic College West celebrated the opening of it’s new campus in Hayward, California. The event was attended by many great chiropractors from around the globe and was topped off by a fantastic weekend packed full of philosophy with the west coast return of Dynamic Essentials.

Chiropractors from the entire spectrum came out to support their friend Gerry. Doctors in attendance ranged from Reggie Gold to Lou Sportelli, from James Sigafoose to Jean Moss, it was surely an event that will go down in chiropractic history.

Why would such a diverse group come out to support Dr. Clum? It’s the “Gerry Factor” that brings out the best in people. Dr. Clum comes across not just as a great leader, but a great listener as well. Gerry displays qualities that are critical to maintaining unity in the chiropractic profession. He has the ability to actually listen to others with such understanding and empathy, and it has brought him great respect amongst his colleagues.

Irene Gold and Reggie Gold at Life Chiropractic College West

As the crowd cheered perhaps one may have thought “we could use more leaders like Gerry

Clum.” Well to that, less than 24 hours later Dr. Clum became a grandfather. For Dr. Clum, this weekend of love and abundance is going to be a tough one to top. Let’s help him fill the school with eager to learn chiropractic students.

Congratulations to Gerry, his son Don, Life West, and all the wonderful people doing so many amazing things for chiropractic in Northern California and across the globe.

Life Chiropractic College West is located at 25001 Industrial Blvd. in Hayward, CA 94545. You can reach them toll free by calling (800) 788-4476.

planetc1.com-news @ 1:03 pm | Article ID: 965073815

Testing Drugs On Children

From Foxnews.com comes an article titled, “In New Policy, FDA Mandates Drug Testing On Children.”

Thanks to the FDA, thousands of medical experiments will take place now that they are “forcing pharmaceutical companies to test drugs for children on children.”

According to the article, medical doctors are using children to test new pediatric drugs and now in some medical clinics, what may seem like “a routine doctor’s exam may actually be a medical experiment.”

Sound like these kids are guinea pigs? Actually, yes. A parent in the article had this to say about her child, “its like they’re guinea pigs, but somebody has to be the one to help kids in the future.”

The article states that “drug companies are desperately trying to find enough kids for experiments” and that some are “even offering parents cash rewards of up to a thousand dollars.”

According to the article, children making the most visits to a medical doctor are “among the most vulnerable human beings there are.”

What about the risks, are the tests safe? A mother in the article stated that “sometimes her children have bad reactions to the new medications, and that she often doesn’t know what will happen.”

Parents are just looking for the best options for their childs health. If children making regular visits to medical doctors are the “most vulnerable,” which children would be the least vulnerable?

Fox News: In New Policy, FDA Mandates Drug Testing On Children

planetc1.com-news @ 10:16 am | Article ID: 965063764

Come Out of the Closet

If you have been following chiropractic news, you have probably read about several recent changes being made at some chiropractic colleges. The landscape of chiropractic colleges is surely changing and though some will argue whether this is good or bad, it might well be a very good thing for chiropractic.

For example, in September, National Chiropractic College will reportedly be changing the name and the focus of the school. The name change will be to the National University of Health Sciences which is to reflect their move towards teaching various alternative therapies.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, the colleges change in focus was based on declining enrollments that have resulted in staff cuts. One might wonder why a chiropractic college would have declining enrollments in a time of such huge popularity of chiropractic services and chiropractic life philosophy.

National is not alone, Los Angeles Chiropractic College is also changing their name and focus. The California University of Health Sciences (CUHS) is the reported new name for this school of manipulative therapeutics.

Again, declining enrolment in a time of such huge popularity of chiropractic services and life philosophy? Is it possible, to put it bluntly, that these schools are just not teaching chiropractic? Is it possible that these schools are just not providing a chiropractic education and the marketplace is responding by seeking out other schools to enroll in?

It would make sense that schools which excelled at teaching chiropractic, would be the most successful schools since our colleges are tuition driven. What are the most successful chiropractic colleges? Ask a doctor in the field and your likely to get this answer:
“Life University, Palmer, Life West, Sherman, and Parker.” (in no particular order)

College presidents should be listening to field chiropractors and students. Many would love to say, “all chiropractic colleges are great” but that’s just currently not the case.

The following comes from a student:
I am a student at LACC, which will soon no longer be a chiropractic college but will instead become an allied health university. My reason for writing to you today is because I want to learn more about upper cervical work. There are very few resources at my school and I really don’t know any doctors that exclusively practice upper cervical. Also, where can I find some good books that will introduce me to this work? Any information would really help me. Thank you for your time.

What is this student looking for? Chiropractic. And he has to write to someone in the field for info when he is attending a chiropractic college? Upper cervical text: Subluxation Specific – Adjustment Specific. Where can you find it? The bookstores and libraries of the five colleges mentioned above. Is his school missing something here?

The following also comes from a student:
Just the other day President Reed Phillips held a meeting to announce that LACC (Los Angeles Chiropractic College) is planning to incorporate a massage therapy school and an acupuncture school and changing the name of the college to something like Southern California Institute of Health Sciences.

From the information we have gathered, the school will be named “The California University of Health Sciences (CUHS).” That’s not too bad being that many chiropractors refer to their former school as “LACK.”

When hundreds of practitioners refer to their former college in mockery, what does that say about the college? Is it a surprise when enrollments are down?

Are there good instructors at these schools? There probably are some very fine instructors yet it is most likely the leadership that is misguided which results (imhp) in misguided students and angry practitioners.

It’s no secret which schools are teaching chiropractic and which ones are not. Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge the one’s that do and allow the others to go their separate ways.

planetc1.com-news @ 8:35 am | Article ID: 964712137

The Herstory Of Bones

By Dr. Madeline Behrendt

Dr. Madeline BehrendtIt’s 6:30 a.m. Eyes open to the sun painting a new canvas over the foothills. Ears alert to the sound of morning feet padding through the hallway, destination locked in. The body moves, sleep is surrendered as the commitment from horizontal to vertical is made. Feeling anticipation, the stomach shifts all focus towards the kitchen. Arms extend, fingers grasp, mouth waits… Coffee? Milk? Soda? Juice? Shake? Water? So starts a new day in the ‘Herstory’ of bones.

Bones are undercover dutiful workers, silhouettes barely visible; yet home to ceaseless invisible activity. They are a part of a passive subsystem, not able to move us nor themselves, yet our entire physical being depends on them for strength, support and protection. They are also home to part of our precious immune system.

Women and bones are linked in our culture, although men can also experience changes in bone health. During the different stages of a woman’s lifecycle, Innate changes the ratio of (new bone being built)/(old bone being broken down) and choices made within the normal rhythm of the day can support or interfere with the potential Innate offers.

In addition to daily choices, because our body is designed to achieve peak bone density during our 30’s, timing is also a factor, and paying attention during the early years can influence whether or not our peak is achieved.

Nutrition. Beverages. Exercise. Elective Prescription Drugs. Hormones. BONE CHOICES. And choosing to remain subluxated offers potential consequences we can never neglect.

We demand and assume our bones will last our lifetime, yet may take them for granted or treat them like a rental car. Care or carelessness – the results are ours to choose.

In Womanculture as described by the Symptom/Disease/Prevention model, osteoporosis (or the fear of) receives a lot of attention, especially in regards to its suggested relationship to menopause, estrogen deficiency and bone density.

Looking at the view from Inside, rather than Outside, are reports that offer clarity: – Poor bone health during menopause is not automatically attributed to this lifecycle as studies show that osteoporosis can start many years prior to menopause (early care is important!.)

We are told we lose estrogen (creating the image of estrogen deficiency), but what loss? Innate resets our hormone levels – making what is appropriate for this lifecycle, and protects us from the effects of having too much of a hormone, who’s excess can lead to cancer.

Estrogen is NOT the bone builder hormone; reports indicate that progesterone (not progestin) is responsible for this function.

Low bone density does not define osteoporosis; they are not interchangeable terms, LBD is a factor that can contribute, but not guarantee OP, as additional factors weigh in.

As hormones are involved in bone health, hormonal drugs are heavily promoted, but their sales are vulnerable to self-sabotage as inevitable side effects surface. Like revolutionary soldiers, new drugs stand poised to replace them, ready for their 15 minutes of fame, spinning promises and information often culled from self-funded studies before they too are shot down. The Public is questioning the credibility of endless cycles of “miracle” drugs that can deliver “miracle” side effects. Miracles? Real miracles can come from above, down, inside, out.

Interference in bone health can seem silent, but the effects are very loud, as the most common first site of fracture due to osteoporosis is the thoracic spine, which protects and houses our nervous system. In my practice, women speak of watching their mom’s quality of life decline as her spine crumbled, they want to be educated and informed as to how to help their spine be healthy for the long run. I am committed to helping them and their daughters through subluxation-based care and teaching the benefits of the chiropractic lifestyle.

Back in the kitchen, some quick comments on what we reach for and how they affect bones:

COFFEE – Chemically can create a negative calcium balance. Coffee is also one of the crops most heavily sprayed with pesticides and questions are raised how those hormones can affect bone health. People actually do live without coffee, if that sounds unbearable, many also try organic, drink less or boost up other bone builder factors.

MILK – Innate has designed us to become lactose intolerant (3 of 4 adults), let’s listen. Milk is NOT a preferred calcium source, in fact after 3 generations of milk promotion, osteoporosis has reached epidemic proportions in the West, while in countries where it is not consumed, it hardly exists. Calcium can be found in many user-friendly sources, try there.

SODA – Bubbles and bones don’t mix, studies show it leeches calcium and children consuming soda had low blood calcium levels. Another study reported DOUBLE the urinary calcium loss in teens 13-19 (remember those are the years spent building towards peak bone density.)

JUICE – Natural is best, when calcium is artificially encouraged (as in fortified) reports indicate calcium can be deposited in the wrong place (cardiovascular, kidneys, female organs.)

SHAKE – can be a great start to the day, depending upon what is put in it. Good stuff: organic fruits, almond or other nut butters, rice milk. Have fun experimenting.

WATER – One of the best ways to start the day is with a glass of clean (filtered from chemicals/hormones) water, hot or cold, with lemon. Then on to a good breakfast.

It’s 6:30 a.m. A new day is waiting. Start off A.W.E.some. And subluxation-free.

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Dr. Madeline Behrendt is the author of A Woman’s Experience/A.W.E.(TM) Reports On Women’s Health Topics.

planetc1.com-news @ 7:27 pm | Article ID: 964578423

Estrogen, Hormones, Osteoporosis and Bones

By Madeline Behrendt, D.C.

The Herstory of Bones
We demand and assume our bones will last our lifetime, yet may take them for granted or treat them like a rental car. Care or carelessness – the results are ours to choose.

It’s 6:30 a.m. Eyes open to the sun painting a new canvas over the foothills. Ears alert to the sound of morning feet padding through the hallway, destination locked in. The body moves, sleep is surrendered as the commitment from horizontal to vertical is made. Feeling anticipation, the stomach shifts all focus towards the kitchen. Arms extend, fingers grasp, mouth waits… Coffee? Milk? Soda? Juice? Shake? Water? So starts a new day in the ‘Herstory’ of bones.

Bones are undercover dutiful workers, silhouettes barely visible; yet home to ceaseless invisible activity. They are a part of a passive subsystem, not able to move us nor themselves, yet our entire physical being depends on them for strength, support and protection. They are also home to part of our precious immune system.

summer bicycle ride

Women and bones are linked in our culture, although men can also experience changes in bone health. During the different stages of a woman’s lifecycle, Innate changes the ratio of (new bone being built) – (old bone being broken down) and choices made within the normal rhythm of the day can support or interfere with the potential Innate offers.

In addition to daily choices, because our body is designed to achieve peak bone density during our 30’s, timing is also a factor, and paying attention during the early years can influence whether or not our peak is achieved.

Nutrition. Beverages. Exercise. Elective Prescription Drugs. Hormones. BONE CHOICES. And choosing to remain subluxated offers potential consequences we can never neglect.

We demand and assume our bones will last our lifetime, yet may take them for granted or treat them like a rental car. Care or carelessness – the results are ours to choose.

In Womanculture as described by the Symptom-Disease-Prevention model, osteoporosis (or the fear of) receives a lot of attention, especially in regards to its suggested relationship to menopause, estrogen deficiency and bone density.

Looking at the view from Inside, rather than Outside, are reports that offer clarity – Poor bone health during menopause is not automatically attributed to this lifecycle as studies show that osteoporosis can start many years prior to menopause (early care is important!.)

We are told we lose estrogen (creating the image of estrogen deficiency), but what loss? Innate resets our hormone levels – making what is appropriate for this lifecycle, and protects us from the effects of having too much of a hormone, who’s excess can lead to cancer.

Estrogen is NOT the bone builder hormone; reports indicate that progesterone (not progestin) is responsible for this function.

Low bone density does not define osteoporosis; they are not interchangeable Terms, LBD is a factor that can contribute, but not guarantee OP, as additional factors weigh in.

As hormones are involved in bone health, hormonal drugs are heavily promoted, but their sales are vulnerable to self-sabotage as inevitable side effects surface. Like revolutionary soldiers, new drugs stand poised to replace them, ready for their 15 minutes of fame, spinning promises and information often culled from self-funded studies before they too are shot down. The Public is questioning the credibility of endless cycles of “miracle” drugs that can deliver “miracle” side effects. Miracles? Real miracles can come from above, down, inside, out.

Interference in bone health can seem silent, but the effects are very loud, as the most common first site of fracture due to osteoporosis is the thoracic spine, which protects and houses our nervous system. In my practice, women speak of watching their mom’s quality of life decline as her spine crumbled, they want to be educated and informed as to how to help their spine be healthy for the long run. I am committed to helping them and their daughters through subluxation-based care and teaching the benefits of the chiropractic lifestyle.

Back in the kitchen, some quick comments on what we reach for and how they affect bones:

COFFEE – Chemically can create a negative calcium balance. Coffee is also one of the crops most heavily sprayed with pesticides and questions are raised how those hormones can affect bone health. People actually do live without coffee, if that sounds unbearable, many also try organic, drink less or boost up other bone builder factors.

MILK – Innate has designed us to become lactose intolerant (3 of 4 adults), let’s listen. Milk is NOT a preferred calcium source, in fact after 3 generations of milk promotion, osteoporosis has reached epidemic proportions in the West, while in countries where it is not consumed, it hardly exists. Calcium can be found in many user-friendly sources, try there.

SODA – Bubbles and bones don’t mix, studies show it leeches calcium and children consuming soda had low blood calcium levels. Another study reported DOUBLE the urinary calcium loss in teens 13-19 (remember those are the years spent building towards peak bone density).

JUICE – Natural is best, when calcium is artificially encouraged (as in fortified) reports indicate calcium can be deposited in the wrong place (cardiovascular, kidneys, female organs).

SHAKE – can be a great start to the day, depending upon what is put in it. Good stuff: organic fruits, almond or other nut butters, rice milk. Have fun experimenting.

WATER – One of the best ways to start the day is with a glass of clean (filtered from chemicals – hormones) water, hot or cold, with lemon. Then on to a good breakfast.

It’s 6:30 a.m. A new day is waiting. Start off AWEsome and subluxation-free.

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Dr. Madeline Behrendt is the author of A Woman’s Experience/A.W.E.(TM) Reports On Women’s Health Topics.

Clueless on Back Pain

The Los Angeles Times featured an article on July 24th titled, “Back Pain Backlash” which discusses new findings in research and a new focus of dealing with the issue of back pain.

The article opens with the statement that “research has revealed the futility of some treatments for aching backs” and points out that doctors are changing their focus.

The article highlights that today, “easy access to medical care may actually contribute to epidemic backache rates” according to researchers. According to the article, the term “treatment” implies that the condition of back pain can be diagnosed and cured yet researchers point out that “expecting a cure may make the problem worse.”

Among things now found to actually make the problem worse are bed rest, traction, steroid injections and aggressive surgery, according to researchers in the article.

According to the article, both bed rest and traction have been found to “weaken the muscles supporting the back and make the problem worse.” And surgery? The article mentions that although back surgery was quite popular previously, it is probably only necessary in as few as 2 – 5% of cases.

On the spine the article states that, “the spine is a dense corridor of nerves, mantled in cartilage and bone, sheathed in ligaments and muscle. Each of its 33 bony joints is separated by gel-filled fibrous pads called disks, and the whole intricate rigging could go wrong in any number of ways.”

The article points out that there is no shortage of back pain experts but that among chiropractors, physicians, and physical therapists, “no one knows for sure what’s happening.” Basically, no one has a clue, and high-tech testing such as MRIs don’t help much either.

What about all the tests, the therapies, treatments and diagnoses? An orthopedic surgeon that has documented back pain throughout history stated that “we must conclude that much of low back disability is iatrogenic [caused by medical treatment]” according to the article.

The article states that “the most important step” may be to recognize that “if you don’t consider back pain a medical problem, it’s not one.” The article ends with a quote from a French novelist that should be posted in every office:

“For each ailment doctors cure with medication, as I’m told they occasionally succeed in doing, they produce 10 other ailments in healthy individuals by inoculating them with a pathogenic agent 1,000 times more virulent than all the microbes: the idea that they are ill.”

Click on the L.A. Times Link below and save the page for offline viewing using the ‘file – save as’ feature on your browser. The Times removes articles shortly after they are posted.

Los Angeles Times: Back Pain Backlash
If you are searching the L.A. Times website, the author is Benedict Carey.

planetc1.com-news @ 7:38 am | Article ID: 964535889

Tour de France 2000 and Chiropractic

Like so many websites, the greatoutdoors.com is publishing daily content following the Tour de France.

Visiting the website, we find updated data from “life on the road” by Tyler Hamilton.

According to Tyler, “Life on the road is fairly regimented. And even though there is hardly ever a variation in our routine, our daily schedule is distributed by our director every evening at dinner.”

Part of that regimen includes daily chiropractic care. Specific chiropractic care can make a world of difference for an athletic endeavor such as the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong, two time Tour de France winner, has stated that he could not have won the Tour de France without the assistance of his chiropractor.

The teams chiropractor is Dr. Jeff Spencer. According to Jeff, when it comes to chiropractic care, “we only do what’s necessary.” Jeff states that the athletes care involves a lot of functional testing.

What does Jeff look for when checking the athletes? According to Jeff, “I look for signs of muscles not firing properly or signs of muscle compensation.” Jeff then makes the appropriate corrections which include spinal adjustments.

These athletes are checked on a regular schedule so that they may function at their peak levels of performance. How is your performance and how often are you checked?

Chiropractic – Helping you be your best

Great Outdoors: Journal entry by Tyler Hamilton which includes discussion of daily chiropractic care.

planetc1.com-news @ 8:06 am | Article ID: 964451213

Lance Armstrong – Behind Every Great Champion

Update – July, 29th 2001: Lance Armstrong & Jeff Spencer Victorious Click the link for the latest news related to the 2001 Tour de France, Lance Armstrong and Dr. Jeff Spencer.

It would seem as though the whole world knows the story of Lance Armstrong. An American dream, Lance came back from a battle with cancer to win the Tour de France. Now he has won it again, a confirmation that he can indeed beat all challengers.

In the words of Lance Armstrong:
“They say that once you win the tour de France, you’ve done it all in cycling.
If I thought that way, I never would have won it for a second time.”

“Some believe that if they could win the tour, they’d by happy.
I’ve got a lot more to be happy about than that. Kristin. Luke. My health.”

The health of Lance Armstrong has been highlighted on every major news network, it has been discussed in magazines and newspapers all over the globe.

When visiting Lance’s homepage, we are reminded of Lance’s cancer diagnosis. Lance had an aggressive form of Testicular Cancer and the cancer had spread to both his lungs and brain. It was considered life-threatening.

The media pulled at our heart strings, a national and world champion cyclist, survives a battle with cancer, and wins the 1999 Tour de France, and now the 2000 TDF as well, and the story ends there. Or does it?

Enter Jeff Spencer, D.C.
From Nike.com
“Jeff Spencer is a soft-spoken man with a firm handshake. He’s solidly built, bright-faced, and eager to talk about his role on Lance’s team. On paper, Jeff is billed as the team’s chiropractor, but talking to him reveals there is much more to what he does for Lance than just keeping his spine straight.”

According to the article, “Jeff has been working with Lance since January of 1999, helping him to keep his body together for the harsh demands of the Tour de France. After last year’s Tour de France, Lance said that he could not have won without Jeff’s help. With Lance approaching his second victory, the same thing might well be true.” (We now know that it is.)

And what does Dr. Jeff Spencer have to say about Lance’s chiropractic care?
As you’ll read on Nike.com, “We only do what’s necessary,” Jeff says. “No less. No more.”

According to the article, “the two share a partnership in the maintenance of Lance’s body and they also share an unspoken language, which allows them to efficiently assess and decide what Lance’s body needs during the varying demands of Tour riding.”

What may be news to many who are not aware of the wonders of chiropractic, is just another day in your life of miracles. Thanks for taking care of our athletes.

Behind every great champion is a chiropractor.
(The Nike links are outdated and have been removed. Please visit the link below for news related to the 2001 Tour de France)
Planet Chiropractic: Lance Armstrong & Jeff Spencer Victorious

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Thank you to Dr. Brian Dickert for contributing towards this article.

planetc1.com-news @ 7:04 am | Article ID: 964447489

Costa Rica Chiropractors Need Your Hands

Chiropractic practice in Costa Rica is growing and the chiropractors there are asking for your assistance. On a recent mission to Costa Rica, members of the C.R.E.W. had the opportunity to meet several great chiropractors practicing in the country of Costa Rica.

Reports from chiropractors in Costa Rica stated that some DCs had seen more than double the volume of their busiest days since their U.S. brothers and sisters have returned home from the trip.

I had the opportunity to spend time with some great Costa Rica DCs and have kept in contact with several of them.

Drs. Sarah Tamai and Jimmy Lee are looking for others that may want to come to their area to practice. In their words, “we are looking to find someone interested in coming to Costa Rica to gain some hands-on experience adjusting and managing an office ASAP.”

Dr. Jim has 2 associate positions available and a house/practice for sale. You can reach him via e-mail at: [email protected]

If your heading down to Costa Rica, be sure to also visit Drs. Sandra Castro and Lara Long. These are two principled wonderful DCs with a lot of passion. Their office is located at: Clinica De Salud Quiropractica
McDonald’s Plaza del Sol
700 metros sur
Edificio oficentro del Prado No 7

Take a moment to know that chiropractors all over the globe are committing their lives to excellence and an ongoing pursuit of knowledge by sharing the chiropractic philosophy of life and healing with members of their respective communities so that the world may know and experience optimum health.

We are an incredible team of amazingly talented individuals, be proud of that.

planetc1.com-news @ 10:11 am | Article ID: 964199509