Month: January 2001

A Winning Chiropractic Student

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I don’t usually make news announcements of our prize drawings but I discovered a few notable things when drawing the winning business card from our jar this week. Whenever Planet Chiropractic has a booth at a chiropractic event, as we did at this past weekend’s New Beginnings, we hold a raffle for items such as chiropractic tattoos and Planet Chiropractic T-shirts.

There was something very refreshing about the cards I collected and I wanted to share that with you. The cards were of all different types and from different places yet the theme was the same. A sampling of cards read…

Wellness Family Chiropractic – Releasing the Healing Power within, Derman Family Chiropractic – Quality Chiropractic Care, Chiropractic Family Wellness Center – The World Is Healing a Spine At a Time, Rhodes Family Chiropractic – Chiropractic for a World of Difference, Open Heart ChiropracTIC Center – Expand Your Mind and Open Your Family’s Hearts for a Journey in Lifetime Chiropractic Wellness, Mihlon Chiropractic Center – Family Chiropractic, New Jersey Alliance for Informed Choice in Vaccination – Parents and Individuals Concerned about Vaccine Safety and the Right to Informed Consent.

Was it the four day philosophy event that drew so many like-minded chiropractors? One thing I can say is that it is refreshing to see the message that these doctors are sending out to the folks in their communities. But it was the winning card that was most refreshing. It simply stated “Sachio Okage – Chiropractic Intern.” As it turns out, Sachio is a chiropractic student attending Life West in Hayward CA. Sachio had traveled nearly 3000 miles to New Jersey to fellowship with chiropractors of like-mind and principal. These are the qualities I have seen in some of our greatest practitioners; many will tell you about the travels they made while they were chiropractic students. Congratulations Sachio, your prize may be in the mail but you’re already a winner. @ 12:42 pm | Article ID: 980887363

Super Drugs May Result in Super Deaths

A news report on MSNBC titled “Are super-aspirins a super failure” takes a look at the numbers of people who are dying as a result of drug testing for a new type of aspirin.

According to the article, large-scale testing on a new type of super aspirin began five years ago and the results of the drug tests have been shocking. A doctor associated with the studies suggested that between 150 and 200 volunteers have died as a result of the treatment given, according to the article.

Reportedly, the drug companies are looking for larger markets involving new types of aspirin. They have spent hundreds of millions to prove that these drugs work, but among the 42,500 volunteers one result has been repeated and repeated time and again, the drugs kill people. According to the article, the testing still continues although many medical researchers are concerned.

MSNBC: Are super-aspirins a super failure?
Intended to improve on the two-cent variety, the new drugs may instead kill. @ 5:22 am | Article ID: 980860949

What about the Side Effects?

A recent JAMA study suggests that researchers often omit safety information associated with drug research articles. That according to a recent Yahoo News article. The article suggests that among seven major categories of drug studies, researchers were unable to find a single example in where reporting of safety issues could be deemed “satisfactory.”

The researchers looked at 192 drug studies each of which involved a minimum of 100 patients, according to the article. While the study found that 75 percent of the drug reports included the number of patients withdrawn from the study due to a drug’s toxicity, the specific reasons for the withdrawals were mentioned in less than half of the cases.

The research authors stated that well-done drug trials will result in “enormous amounts of safety and adverse effects data” yet that data is selectively filtered and limited to a small space in the overall report.

Yahoo News: Drug Trial Reports Omit Safety Information–Study @ 5:19 am | Article ID: 980860772

Talk Your way to the Top!

Create an Attention-Grabbing Chiropractic Speech Title
By Larry Duboff, D.C.

When you choose the right speech title you will create more interest in your chiropractic presentations. This will help you to schedule more talks with ease, and increase the number of people who attend them. In addition, a great title for your speech enables you to deliver part of your important message before you speak. So here are two easy keys to develop an effective title.

The first key is to create a title that emphasizes the benefits of your presentation. Titles that only explain the features of your talk do not give potential audience members a good reason to hear you speak. When someone reads your title it must answer his or her question, “How will I benefit from this presentation?”

“How to… So you can…” titles are a great way to effectively answer this question. For example, when I tell the chiropractic story to people in the workplace, I use the title “How to Maximize Your Energy & Minimize Stress at Work.” The title boasts of benefits for potential listeners.

The next key is to choose exciting words. Your speech title needs to create a vivid image to elicit an emotional response. For instance, “Three Keys to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Healthy & Safe” grabs a parent’s attention and piques his or her curiosity. Be creative and be bold with the words you choose. However, avoid unnecessary words to keep your title concise.

Speaking to groups in your community is a great way to grow your practice. So use these keys to develop an exciting speech title. The right title will help open the door to your success as a chiropractic speaker and help you talk your way to the top! @ 10:25 am | Article ID: 980792707

Shots in the dark?

From The National Vaccine Information Centers E-News

This refreshing commentary by two courageous and principled physicians, comes at a time when the National Vaccine Information Center is receiving more reports from parents that they are being threatened by physicians, public health and school officials that they will be charged with child neglect and their children taken from them and injected with multiple vaccines without their consent.

Legally filed religious exemptions that have been in place for many years in New York are being pulled without explanation and children kicked out of school as their terrorized parents are forced to choose between violating their faith and conscience or losing their children.

In Texas, pediatricians are screaming at mothers and throwing sick children out of their offices, denying them medical care, when they discover child with a high fever or throat infection has not been vaccinated with every one of the 33 doses of 10 different vaccines the CDC and AAP insist all children must get.

Doctors, who used to be among the most beloved of all professionals, are becoming among the most feared and distrusted by educated health care consumers, who are simply asking for the human right to make informed, voluntary decisions about using a product that can cause injury or death.

NVIC thanks these two physicians for reminding us what the ethical practice of medicine is all about.

Visit World Net Daily to read the article.

Editor Note: Notice the term “principled physicians?” Remember, principled people do principled things regardless of their profession. @ 9:29 am | Article ID: 980789386

Never by Accident

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Last Thursday, I arrived in New Jersey to attend and speak at New Beginnings, a four day chiropractic philosophy event.

Much of the topic of my talk was focused on my belief that things do not happen by accident. I explained to the students throughout the weekend that they were not at New Beginnings by accident, they are the leaders of our professions next generation. They were there for a reason. Listen to the voice, and those reasons will begin to present themselves. For when we take the time to observe our lives, universal patterns begin to emerge that help to give us a glimpse into the matrix of our existence.

On Sunday, my girlfriend and I, were on our way back to Newark airport after one incredibly intense weekend. When we arrived at the American Airlines ticket counter, we were informed that our flight was canceled. With the calm knowing of the last few days, this was just fine with us. The airline was quick in diverting us over to a United Airlines counter and we were scheduled for another flight.

I noticed I walked through the airport in a fluid state of synchronicity, a feeling I often get after attending events such as the one just past. We arrived at gate A17 for boarding to Los Angeles. Over at gate A18, passengers were awaiting the arrival of a flight from Atlanta, GA.

As I walked past the gate a voice called out my name and it was Brad Deaken, a student from Life University, who I had just shared the weekend with at New Beginnings. As Brad and I talked, the silent voice reminded me of a visual. Hours earlier I was standing outside the hotel preparing to leave and I saw Brad. I had wanted to give him a hug and tell him how inspiring he and all the students were and are. A quick distraction occurred and moments later I was placing luggage in the car, Brad had left.

At the same instance in time as that realization another voice called out, “hey guys.” It was Dr. Sharon Gorman arriving home from a four-day DE chiropractic philosophy seminar in Atlanta, GA. Sharon looked at me and simply stated, “I was just thinking about you while I was getting off the plane. Can I give you this flyer about my upcoming seminar?” I remembered thinking about Sharon during the weekend and had wanted to see her.

A close friend of mine, Dr. Dean Sottile had closed out the weekend program at DE and Sharon said he was awesome. I really had wanted to see Dean as well. Hugs were shared all around and each of us went on our separate ways. Or did we really?

While waiting to board my flight, I remembered sitting up late one night talking with Dean about these very same types of experiences. Dean said his whole life has been like that, it’s never been by accident. Thanks Dean, I got your message.

Life, it just kinda happens that way. @ 7:15 am | Article ID: 980781339

Where Do We Stand? – Guy Riekeman, D.C.

by Guy Riekeman,D.C.

Dr. Guy RiekemanSince we are often asked for our stand on issues in the chiropractic profession, Palmer College of Chiropractic has begun a formal process to develop position statements. Once created, these statements will be used for a variety of public purposes and audiences. They will not be based on consensus, but will represent the positions of Palmer College based on our tenets; historical perspective; our principles; our values; our philosophy; and the best information modern-day scientific research can provide. The responsibility for taking a stand on certain issues is ours as the fountainhead of the chiropractic profession, and one that I personally take very seriously.

One recent request for Palmer’s stand on an issue came from chiropractors in Nebraska, where an attempt was made to change legislative language that would essentially rename chiropractors chiropractic physicians. On the coattails of this same proposal was a provision to mandate continuing education hours in acupuncture, rehabilitation, nutritional counseling, and laboratory analysis. Palmer was asked for its opinion on this physician statement and stood opposed to the change. I signed our response, not so much to oppose those who choose to call themselves chiropractic physicians on their business cards, as to put a halt to a regulatory change that would rename all chiropractors in Nebraska chiropractic physicians, even those who chose not to use this term. In this way, Palmer Chiropractic is taking a stand against the move to mandate the teaching of medical modalities under state provisions for relicensure of continuing education.

The following is further clarification of our position on this issue, reflective of the Palmer tenets and the spirit of the philosophy of Palmer Chiropractic. Analysis and discussion of what words mean, as well as their appropriate usage, is fluid because the meaning of words changes with context, the reader or listener’s point of view, and over time.

All of that being said, I would like to make it clear that Palmer College of Chiropractic, based on our tenets, principles, history, philosophy and values, is opposed to the use of the terms physician and medicine as descriptors for the word chiropractic. Palmer College views the terms physician and medicine as unnecessary and inappropriate qualifiers to the appellative chiropractic. The terms chiropractic physician and chiropractic medicine serve no useful purpose and to blur the lines of distinction between medicine and chiropractic. Whereas medicine has traditionally established the use of physician in association with the MD degree, Palmer College holds its usage with the noun chiropractic to be inappropriate and obfuscatory. The word chiropractic is complete in itself and does not necessitate a qualifier.

This point of view is outlined in the Palmer tenets, which clearly state that the training of a Palmer chiropractor does not include pharmaceuticals, acupuncture or surgery. I believe the noun chiropractic needs no qualifier. We should be proud of the status to which our profession has risen. We have arrived. In my view, any qualifiers to the noun chiropractic are unnecessary, as we have the term chiropractor to designate the practitioner of chiropractic.

The profession of medicine has no such descriptive noun for its practitioners. Thus the term “medical physician” came into being, to differentiate the medical doctor from other forms of medical involvement. Its usage in conjunction with chiropractic is unnecessary and confusing.

Having said this, I recognize that we must communicate what chiropractors are and what we do to a diverse marketplace of potential patients who, at best, may have little or no knowledge of chiropractic, and at worst, may have misconceptions due to false information.

In some states, regions or countries, the use of chiropractic physician to describe chiropractors has been legislated because of pressures from third- party payers or other marketplace issues. If, for example, chiropractors are not being reimbursed for their services by health insurance companies in a certain state or country, simply because they are not called physicians, then there’s a tough personal choice to face.

What are the arguments against this practice, in addition to the simple fact that the words chiropractic and chiropractor were specifically chosen by the profession’s founder to describe a unique, new method of health care that is separate and distinct from medicine?

State by state, our forefathers fought for, and succeeded in securing separate and distinct status from medicine. Chiropractic has found a way to provide a unique service with a unique philosophy of health, without duplicating or demonizing medicine. We should be proud of our distinct difference from medicine. Medicine itself sees the need for change and is challenging its own model. It is not time to join or attach ourselves to its coattails by using such terminology.

Palmer School of ChiropracticThis is our challenge for today: standing together in our philosophy and conveying to the public what chiropractic is and can do to improve overall health and wellness. Chiropractic today can stand in the clear light of consciousness that it is a well-accepted form of health care. We should accept the responsibility that is ours in the health care disciplines: condition-based care without the use of drugs and surgery, health care to enhance the individual’s internal function and external resistive adaptations, and lifetime family wellness/development care to enhance human performance. Chiropractic is the primary way to achieve these ends in my opinion.

We must carefully examine whether the end justifies the means in using terminology such as chiropractic physician or chiropractic medicine. We must decide whether short-term personal gain is appropriate in comparison with long-term professional, patient and societal needs. The public associates “medicine” with the treatment of disease. This is, of course, antithetical to chiropractic philosophy. Does using these terms further confuse a marketplace already bombarded by conflicting messages about alternative health care? When you choose to use a term other than chiropractor to describe your practice and yourself, understand that you risk the possibility that the public will continue to misconstrue the meaning of the word chiropractor, and seek your care only when they experience symptoms and disease.

I assure you when you turn to The Fountainhead for an opinion, one will be rendered. Will it suit us all and our varying perspectives for the profession? Certainly not, but before you condemn any action taken by Palmer please remember Herbert Spencer’s warning: “There is a principle which is a bar against all information which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep man in everlasting ignorance. That principle is condemnation before investigation.”

When you are in doubt about any public stand taken by Palmer, ask us why. And remember that in Palmer College of Chiropractic’s history, there have been very few times when The Fountainhead did not have the courage to give an opinion. Rest assured that Palmer Chiropractic will not expediently exchange tomorrow’s significance for the profits of today.

Guy Riekeman, D.C.
President, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Davenport, Iowa @ 7:36 am | Article ID: 980350577

Planet Chiropractic Classified Ad System

During the past five years I cannot remember a day going by in which a chiropractor or chiropractic student has not e-mailed me. Amongst thousands of those e-mails have been requests for things such as:

“I am looking for a good chiropractor in Florida? Can you help me find one? “
“Do you know if anyone is selling a used subluxation station?”
“Do you know where I can find a Web designer for my chiropractic web site?”
“I recently wrote a chiropractic book and would like to know if I could sell it on your site?”
“Can we promote our chiropractic insurance on your web site?”

The list could go on and on. For years, I have spent a lot of time in an effort to get chiropractors connected with one another and for years I have wanted to offer you a way to interact with one another.

Thousands of chiropractors visit Planet Chiropractic everyday. Many often click on the “shop” button to see what kind of products Planet Chiropractic might have available. While lots of products have been sold during the past year, there really had only been a handful of products available. Add to that the thought that they may just not be what one is looking for at the current time.

Every Obstacle Presents Opportunity
I was in the process of building a very easy to use e-commerce system to include more of my products but the e-mails continued coming and so some changes were made. Now when you click on the “shop” button not only will Planet Chiropractic products be available, everybody’s chiropractic products can be so as well.

This was done in an effort to better serve you. Hopefully you’ll begin to take advantage of this system and rather than e-mail me, you will post your information to the classified ads page on Planet Chiropractic.

This is only the beginning, watch for lots of updates to the classified ad section to come during the next month. I’ll keep the motor running, you tell me where you want to go. Let’s grow this thing. @ 3:56 pm | Article ID: 980294180

All Hell Breaks Loose On MMR Vaccine

Several weekend reports in UK publications questioning the MMR vaccine and its links to Autism are now circulating across the planet. One researcher stated that “all hell will break loose” when this latest MMR vaccine autism research is made public.

You may have seen it on 60 minutes, the question of MMR and possible links to autism has gained major media attention. While government health officials continue to state that the vaccine combination is absolutely safe, some scientists believe otherwise. Either way, parents want answers.

According to an article published in the Sunday issue of The Telegraph, a UK publication, Andrew Wakefield, the researcher seen on a recent 60 minutes, has now identified nearly 170 cases of a new syndrome of autism and bowel disease that is affecting children who had all received the MMR vaccine.

While the researcher has been continually attacked, he has continued on with his work. He, along with many others want to know the truth regarding the safety of MMR.

This is a great link, there are dozens of MMR related articles available.

Electronic Telegraph: MMR doctor links 170 cases of autism to vaccine
Electronic Telegraph: Shame on officials who say MMR is safe
Electronic Telegraph: ‘When friends ask should children be immunised, my answer is no’ @ 9:03 am | Article ID: 980269387

Chiropractor’s Inaugural Address

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
This writing was inspired by the inaugural address of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.
(It is meant as an inspiration and chiropractors affirmation. Enjoy it.)

I am honored and humbled to stand here, where so many chiropractic leaders have come before me, and so many will follow.

We have a place, all of us, in a long story — a story we continue, but whose end we will not see. It is the story of a new method of healing that became a friend and liberator of the old, a story of a drug minded society that became a servant of wellness, the story of a power that is within the body to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer.

It is the chiropractic story — a story of awe-inspiring people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals.

The grandest of these ideals is an unfolding chiropractic promise that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance to be subluxation free, that no insignificant person was ever adjusted.

Chiropractors are called to enact this promise in our lives and in our laws. And though our profession has sometimes halted, and sometimes delayed, we must follow no other course.

Through much of the last century, Chiropractic’s faith in healing was a rock in a raging sea. Now it is a seed upon the wind, taking root in many nations.

Our healing faith is more than the creed of our profession, it is the inborn hope of our humanity, an ideal we carry but do not own, a trust we bear and pass along. And even after nearly 106 years, we have a long way yet to travel.

While many in our profession prosper, others doubt the promise, even the philosophy, of our own practitioners. The ambitions of some chiropractors are limited by failing schools and hidden prejudice and the circumstances of their beliefs. And sometimes our differences run so deep, it seems we share a title, but not a vision.

We do not accept this, and we will not allow it. Our unity, our union, is the serious work of leaders and chiropractors in every generation. And this is my solemn pledge: I will work to build a single profession of healing and opportunity.

I know this is in our reach because we are guided by a power larger than ourselves who creates us equal in His image.

And we are confident in principles that unite and lead us onward.

Chiropractic has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be chiropractors. Every student must be taught these principles. Every chiropractor must uphold them. And every chiropractic assistant, by embracing these ideals, makes our profession more, not less, Chiropractic.

Today, we affirm a new commitment to live out our profession’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.

Chiropractic, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility. A civil society demands from each of us good will and respect, fair dealing and forgiveness.

Some seem to believe that our politics can afford to be petty because, in a time of peace, the stakes of our debates appear small.

But the stakes for chiropractic are never small. If our profession does not lead the cause of health care freedom, it will not be led. If we do not turn the hearts of students toward knowledge and character, we will lose their gifts and undermine their idealism. If we permit our professional economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most.

We must live up to the calling we share. Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos. And this commitment, if we keep it, is a way to shared accomplishment.

Chiropractic, at its best, is also courageous.

Our professional courage has been clear in times of depression and war, when defending common dangers defined our common good. Now we must choose if the example of our fathers and mothers will inspire us or condemn us. We must show courage in a time of blessing by confronting problems instead of passing them on to future generations.

Together, we will reclaim Chiropractic’s schools, before ignorance and apathy claim more young lives.

We will reform our national organizations and Medicare, sparing our children from struggles we have the power to prevent. And we will reduce national exam fees and insurance dependency, to recover the momentum of our economy and reward the effort and enterprise of working Chiropractors.

We will build our techniques beyond challenge, lest weakness invite challenge.

We will confront weapons of mass destruction, such as pills, powders and potions, so that a new century is spared new horrors.

The enemies of wellness and our profession should make no mistake: chiropractic remains engaged in the world by history and by choice, shaping a balance of power that favors health. We will defend our allies and our interests. We will show purpose without arrogance. We will meet aggression and bad faith with resolve and strength. And to all professions, we will speak for the values that gave our profession birth.

Chiropractic, at its best, is compassionate. In the quiet of Chiropractic conscience, we know that uncorrected vertebral subluxations are unworthy of our profession’s promise.

And whatever our views of its cause, we can agree that children at risk are not at fault. Abandonment and abuse are not acts of God, they are failures of love.

And the proliferation of hospitals, however necessary, is no substitute for hope and order in our souls.

Where there is suffering, there is duty. Chiropractors in need are not strangers, they are brothers and sisters, not problems, but priorities. And all of us are diminished when any are hopeless.

Chiropractic has great responsibilities for public safety and public health, for health care rights and drug-free schools. Yet compassion is the work of a profession, not just one chiropractor.

Many in our profession do not know the pain of poverty, but we can listen to those who do.

And I can pledge our profession to a goal: When we see that wounded traveler on the road to Jericho, we will not pass to the other side.

Chiropractic, at its best, is a place where personal responsibility is valued and expected.

Encouraging responsibility is not a search for scapegoats, it is a call to conscience. And though it requires sacrifice, it brings a deeper fulfillment. We find the fullness of life not only in options, but in commitments. And we find that children and community are the commitments that set us free.

Our public interest depends on private character, on professional duty and family bonds and basic fairness, on uncounted, unhonored acts of decency which give direction to our freedom.

Sometimes in life we are called to do great things. But as a saint of our times has said, every day we are called to do small things with great love. The most important tasks of a democracy are done by everyone.

I will live and lead by these principles: to advance my convictions with civility, to pursue the public interest with courage, to speak for greater unity and compassion, to call for responsibility and try to live it as well.

In all these ways, I will bring the values of our history to the care of our times.

What you do is as important as anything chiropractic does. I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort; to defend needed reforms against easy attacks; to serve your profession, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be chiropractors: chiropractors, not spectators; chiropractors, not subjects; responsible chiropractors, building communities of service and a profession of character.

Chiropractors are generous and strong and decent, not because we believe in ourselves, but because we hold beliefs beyond ourselves. When this spirit of universal intelligence is missing, no educational program can replace it. When this spirit is present, no wrong can stand against it.

After the writing of the first chiropractic book was finished, the founder of chiropractic D.D. Palmer wrote to his son B.J.: “We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?”

Much time has passed since B.J.s words were written. The years and changes accumulate. But the themes of this day he would know: our profession’s grand story of courage and its simple dream of dignity.

We are not this story’s author, who fills time and eternity with his purpose. Yet his purpose is achieved in our duty, and our duty is fulfilled in service to one another.

Never tiring, never yielding, never finishing, we renew that purpose today, to make our profession more just and generous, to affirm the dignity of our lives and every life.

This work continues. This story goes on. And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.

God bless you all, and God bless Chiropractic. @ 5:59 am | Article ID: 980258395