Month: August 2000

Chiropractors, Golf and Doug Tewell

Today’s online edition of the Salt Lake Tribune features a headline that reads “Back Injury Delayed Tewell’s Senior Debut”

According to the article, Tewell suffered from a “nerve problem” which was affecting his back and keeping him from playing tournament golf.

Tewell’s back injury “kept him in bed for three days” and required him to use a walker for two weeks, according to the article.

Bob Tway, a PGA Tour veteran recommended Tewell see a chiropractor. According to the article, Tewell stated that the chiropractors cure was “the most incredible thing” as he received “just a few little jerks” and has had no problems since.

It’s great that Tewell had relief from his injury and yes, chiropractic is the most incredible thing. But in perspective, lets look at Tiger Woods who is on the front pages of Newspapers today for his recent victory.

Tiger has been under chiropractic care for several years and like Lance Armstrong, Joetta Clark, and many other fine athletes, the motivation for care is maximal performance rather than relief from pain. That maximal performance requires a specific, focused intent allowing one to reach for greatness.

While chiropractic does not cure anything, it does help by locating and correcting the cause of interference that may be keeping one from achieving greatness. That greatness may be sinking a 12-foot putt or lifting a 12-week old child into your arms.

Looking for a little greatness in your life?

Salt Lake Tribune Sports: Tewell Time: Rookie outshoots Morgan for third senior tour victory

Thank you to Dr. John A. Hofmann for forwarding us this link, we appreciate you. @ 9:41 am | Article ID: 966876110

American Chiropractic Association Sues HMO

Are HMO’s illegally conspiring against the chiropractic profession by imposing unfair payment terms for chiropractic services rendered? The American Chiropractic Association says yes.

According to several newsfeeds, the ACA, along with the Virginia Chiropractic Association, filed suit on Friday against Trigon Healthcare Inc. and the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The suit accuses Trigon and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of engaging in numerous illegal acts which include “racketeering, extortion, mail fraud and antitrust violations” according to articles.

The issue involves “manipulation services” and the ACA has claimed that chiropractors are being paid less than other doctors for those services. Who, by the way in the chiropractic profession pushed for terminology such as “manipulation services”?

According to an article on Yahoo news, it was also mentioned that “Trigon pays chiropractors 40% less than medical doctors for the same or similar services” although a representative for Trigon has stated that the plan “pays the same for spinal manipulation no matter who performs the service.”

Do chiropractors and medical doctors provide similar services as stated in the article or is the service provided by a chiropractor unique and distinctly different?

As Dr. Christopher Kent so often says, in order to destroy a culture you must first destroy their language. Our chiropractic language is uniquely distinct and represents specifically what it is that chiropractors do and don’t do. Those that fail to use chiropractic terminology to define their service ultimately have no one to blame but themselves when miscommunication occurs.

Congratulations to all of the chiropractors worldwide who have done such a wonderful job not only educating their patients, but also in educating those in their business and social environments as well.

And as a positive to the ACA, fantastic job of getting info of their lawsuit to the press, we had multiple newsfeeds reporting on the issue within hours of it’s release.

Yahoo News: Chiropractors sue Blues plan for racketeering @ 7:52 am | Article ID: 966869528

Conflicts of Interest – The Integrity of Medical Research

Is the pharmaceutical industry’s product driven focus affecting the integrity of medical research and possibly the health of patients worldwide?

Some medical doctors think so. This past week, according to an article published by Your Health Daily, about 700 scientists, advocates and policy makers recently gathered in San Francisco for a national conference on conflicts of interest.

According to a doctor that spoke at the conference, some researchers sited in pharmaceutical industry studies have only one relationship when it comes to those studies… a paycheck from the drug maker.

While some may say that the financial interests of drug companies are not such a big deal, others say that they are effecting the “integrity of medical research and potentially harming patient care,” according to a statement made in the article.

The bottom line is that pharmaceutical companies do not want researchers to publish data that is unfavorable to their company products. This results in only favorable data getting into medical journals which is then promoted via major news media sources.

This is the same “favored” data that then becomes the topic of your local news “medical minute”, not to mention the drug company advertising that follows during the commercial break.

For example, a recent review of reports related to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, found that 76 percent of the articles contained “doubtful or invalid statements,” according to the article.

Is the goal of the pharmaceutical industry to get new products to market as quickly as possible? And as a result, are our children perceived first and foremost as a target market?

Your Health Daily: Drug Industry Influence Hurting Research, Doctor Says

Planet Chiropractic Related Articles
Congress Examines Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Development
Misleading Medical Reports and the Media
New England Journal of Medicine – Financial Conflict-of-Interest
An Overdose of Medical Optimism
Medical Journal May Have Flouted Own Ethics 8 Times @ 10:57 am | Article ID: 966535070

Investing in Children and Children’s Health

Do health problems in childhood lead to problems as adults?
That was one of the topics discussed at the 95th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association this past Sunday, held in Washington, DC.

Sociologists have found that “major childhood health problems are associated with increased risk of developing diseases in adulthood” as reported in Yahoo news.

If major health problems as children lead to increased risks of chronic disease as adults, where should we focus our attention?

As a society, we have several options. We can wait till our children are adults, and then treat the symptoms of the chronic diseased conditions they have developed (the current model) or we can focus on maximizing the health potential of our children now and throughout life. (the chiropractic model)

According to the researchers who conducted the study, the study shows “the importance of an integrated healthcare policy that maximizes health through one’s entire life.”

Can you think of a form of healthcare that’s primary function is to maximize health through one’s entire life? How about a form of healthcare that does not rely on drugs or surgery in order to reach those goals?

A researcher involved in the study stated that, “investing in children and children’s health will ultimately benefit the health of elders” according to the article.

Is there a difference between preventing disease and maximizing health?

At what age should someone first be checked for subluxation?

Yahoo News: Childhood Health Problems Linked to Disease in Adulthood
ASA: American Sociological Association @ 7:47 am | Article ID: 966523659

Frequently Asked Questions About HMO’s

(A bit of humor forwarded by Dr. George Logothetis)

Q. What does HMO stand for?
A. This is actually a variation of the phrase, “Hey, Moe!” Its roots go back to a concept pioneered by Doctor Moe Howard, who discovered that a patient could be made to forget about the pain in his foot if he was poked hard enough in the eyes.
Modern practice replaces the physical finger poke with hi-tech equivalents, but the result remains the same.

Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?
A. No. Only those you need.

Q. I just joined a new HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the doctor I want?
A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors who were participating in the plan at the time the information was gathered. These doctors basically fall into two categories – those who are no longer accepting new patients, and those who will see you but are no longer part of the plan. But don’t worry – the remaining doctor who is still in the plan and accepting new patients has an office just a half day’s drive away!

Q. What are pre-existing conditions?
A. This is a phrase used by the grammatically challenged when they want to talk about existing conditions. Unfortunately, we appear to be pre-stuck with it.

Q. Well, can I get coverage for my pre-existing conditions?
A. Certainly, as long as they don’t require any treatment.

Q. What happens if I want to try alternative forms of medicine?
A. You’ll need to find alternative forms of payment. @ 1:44 pm | Article ID: 966285875

Business With Disease Deprives People of Optimum Health

The Democratic National Convention is in town this week and the media is out in full force. (Planet Chiropractic is located a block and a half from Pershing Square currently known as protester central.) Many are taking advantage of the opportunities available to have their voice be heard.

An example was seen in this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. The Times featured a full page advertisement by Dr. Matthia Rath, M.D.

Dr. Rath says that we can “Save Millions of Lives and Billions of Health Care Dollars”

The issue is obviously with the pharmaceutical industry and Dr. Rath had this to say:
No one in America can remain indifferent when facing the sobering facts of the pharmaceutical industry’s “business with disease.”

The Ad asks:
Do you know these sobering facts about the pharmaceutical industry?

* More than 24,000 pharmaceutical drugs currently marketed by pharmaceutical companies and prescribed by doctors have no proven efficacy whatsoever. (source: AOK Health Insurance Company)

* The known harmful side-effects of prescription drugs taken by millions of Americans have become the 4th leading cause of death, surpassed only by heart attacks, cancer and stroke. (Source: JAMA April 15, 1998)

Comment: A recent commentary in JAMA dated July 26, 2000, stated that “225,000 deaths per year constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.”

* More than five hundred billion dollars in health insurance benefits, public health funds and taxpayer’s money are spent each year for largely ineffective and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs while effective and safe natural health therapies are not reimbursed.

The advertisement urges us to:

* Educate our fellow citizens about the nature of the pharmaceutical industry’s “business with disease.”

* Promote the dissemination of life-saving natural health information and natural health education in schools, communities and at all levels of society.

That sounds like spinal screenings, in-office health talks, and public health talks. That means visiting schools, businesses and surrounding communities, telling the truth about chiropractic and exposing our current healthcare system for what it is.

Be proud to be part of the world’s greatest healing profession. We are separate, distinct, and radically unique from anything else the world has to offer. Thank you for telling the story day after day. Thank you for being chiropractic!

Dr. Rath’s Website: Making Health A Human Right @ 1:31 pm | Article ID: 966285093

The Greatness Of Our Chiropractic Family

Last month I had the opportunity to spend some time with chiropractors that have all played various roles in the development of my philosophical belief system, my style of adjusting, and in an indirect (but very connected) way, the creation of Planet Chiropractic.

In a single 24 hour period I hugged, laughed, and broke bread with many of the people who have helped to shape my chiropractic life. Stepping away from my desk at Planet Chiropractic and heading for the airport, I was not aware of what would happen during the next 24 hours.

Reggie Gold, Gerry Clum, Patrick Gentempo Jr., Bob Hoffman, John Hofmann, Stu Warner, Terry Warner, Luis Ocon, Lina Ocon, Jim Sigafoose, Ron Oberstein, and Carl Cleveland III, just to name a few, were all a part of my day.

What may just appear as a list of well known chiropractic names to some, is actually much more than that to me.

Reggie Gold: I had been in school less than two weeks the day I saw this man standing in the lobby of my chiropractic college. Less than 45 minutes later, Reggie had affected major change in my life.

Drs. Irene and Reggie Gold

Ron Oberstein: Without knowing, Ron took the 4 hour drive one day up from his office in San Diego to come answer some of the many questions I had after Reggie had left.

Carl Cleveland III: Carl allowed me the freedom to express those questions out loud at his college, a courtesy unfortunately not provided to many chiropractic students worldwide today.

John Hofmann: February 1996, My first chiropractic event ever. ICA Philosophy weekend in Costa Mesa, California. I remember the event like it was yesterday. “Always remember to unlock the front door if you want to see more patients.”

Patrick Gentempo Jr: My classmates had said I was attending too many philosophy events so “unknowingly” I went to see Patrick speak. I walked in the door with a shotgun of chiropractic attitude. Patrick essentially handed me what was to become my first box of rounds in years of chiropractic ammunition.

Gerry Clum: I meet Gerry in Chicago for the first time. He told a chiropractic story that could bring anyone to tears. At a time when it seemed like everyone was against me, Gerry was there for support.

Jim Sigafoose: More than becoming my friend, Sig re-introduced me to someone I had not seen in a long time. Myself, and God.
Drs. Bob Hoffman and Patrick Gentempo Jr.
Bob Hoffman: I traveled 3000 miles to spend a day in Bob’s office. I watched a chiropractor be a healer, father, businessman, coach, and friend to many in a single day, without losing his balance.

Stu Warner & Terry Warner: Stu and Terry traveled 3000 miles to spend the day with me and some of my closest friends at school. At the time, I was already laying the groundwork for what was to become Planet Chiropractic. Stu made it easier by suggesting I focus on one thing.

Luis Ocon: If you could put love in a bottle they would call it “Luis.” It’s been just one life changing experience after another thanks to my friend Luis.

Lina Ocon: I met Lina in 1997. I listened to her basically say she was going to change her country by introducing chiropractic. Never underestimate the power of purpose and passion this person has.

In that same twenty four hours I found myself sitting in a chair in a hotel that I once sat in as a student talking chiropractic philosophy with Ian Grassam and Fred Barge till 4 am. What a fond memory. I then realized it was the same hotel in which Bobby Braile (then President of the ICA) surprised me with a chiropractic achievement award some years ago. Was this whole 24 hours a coincidence?
Dr. James Sigafoose and friends

I don’t think any of this is a coincidence. What about these people, how have their lives touched each other? And how about yourself? Have any of these people touched your life in the way that they have touched mine? Quite possibly, you have touched their lives in some way.

We have an incredible family in chiropractic. I think something important to reflect on is the fact that we are a family and that every action we take affects our brothers and sisters within that family.

We have a responsibility to one another, to be positive, to be supportive, to be nurturing, and to seek understanding of each others ideas and actions without prejudice.

Back at my desk, I wanted to let you know that I appreciate each and every one of you, thank you for being chiropractic!
Dr. Michael Dorausch @ 8:11 am | Article ID: 966265886

Secrets, Lies And Pharmaceuticals

From comes a very interesting article titled, “Secrets and lies — Is the astonishing rise in autism a medical mystery or a pharmaceutical shame?”

Are our children nothing more than a target market for vaccine and pharmaceutical manufacturers?

Are business motives mandating the health of our children?

What is causing our children’s immune systems to be turned against themselves?

Have our children become a cash cow for an industry that tests its products in production rather than the lab?

Visit to read this four page article and find the answers to some of the questions above. Secrets and lies @ 11:07 am | Article ID: 966017241

Business, Politics and Planet Chiropractic

As many of you have probably seen in the news, the Democratic National Convention has come to Downtown Los Angeles. The media began arriving several days ago and the city is now in full swing.

While the media is here in Downtown Los Angeles, the city had decided to showcase some of the tech savvy companies that call Downtown L.A. their home.

On Wednesday, August 9th, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Major of Los Angeles, and a bus load of media arrived at 548 south spring street, home to Planet Chiropractic.

Mayor Richard Riordan and Dr. Michael Dorausch
Mayor Richard Riordan and Dr. Michael Dorausch, Founder of Planet Chiropractic

Thanks to the efforts of many, Planet Chiropractic was one of the “high tech” businesses featured during a media tour known as “Los Angeles Industry Showcase Week.”

While to the chiropractor, Planet Chiropractic is a source of great chiropractic information, to the financial and technology world, Planet Chiropractic is becoming known as a “vertical niche portal serving one of the fastest growing industries in the health care arena.”

The financial world is very interested in the service model we have developed to effectively reach so many chiropractors worldwide. We are proud to have been showcased and appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the chiropractic profession.

Thank you all for helping to make this happen, it’s your energy, persistency, and support that is putting us on the map. – Michael

Mayor of Los Angeles and President of Planet Chiropractic @ 10:15 am | Article ID: 966014151

WebMD Author Suffers Stroke Due To Medical Error

According to an article posted on WebMD news, “As a result of a medication error, the writer suffered a stroke. Could this happen to you?”

The article discusses to story of a WebMD writer that suffered a stroke as a result of a “serious medication error.”

The article points out that there are “thousands of deaths from preventable errors” and that “drug errors are far from new.” The article also states that there are over “12 million chemical substances now available” and that “taking medications has become an increasingly dangerous proposition.”

This is a must read article, get it at the link below:

WebMD: Medical Mistakes

Thank you to Dr. James Locher for forwarding us this link. @ 4:21 pm | Article ID: 965949679