Month: August 2001

Subluxation Awareness Week

By Bob Braile, D.C.

We all need to participate

As chiropractors we need to rally around that which is unique to us in the health care market place. We need to present to the public a clear and identifiable service and benefit for their health and well being. The ICA has taken the first step in this by proclaiming “Subluxation Awareness Week.”

This proclamation is designed to get each chiropractor involved on a local level, in their office and with their local politicians. On a national level the ICA is asking all groups to participate and gather whatever support they can. The beauty of this annual event is that it will gain momentum each year with more people adding to the pool of support and effort. The ICA, with a website donation from Now You Know, has placed pages on a web site with instructions on how to participate.

In the coming days template letters will be added for everyone to use. To join in this effort please visit: ICA Subluxation Awareness Week.

Additional information can also be viewed on a site created by “Planet Chiropractic” on a website they have provided at:

Proclamation of The International Chiropractors Association

“Subluxation Awareness Week”
The officers and members of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) understand the devastating effects of vertebral subluxation on health and well-being. The officers and members of the ICA further understand the advantages and benefits of a life free of subluxation. These advantages include maximum potential in health, performance, human potential and social well-being. For these reasons, and to enlighten the world to these vital health principles, the International Chiropractors Association hereby declares the week of September 18th, the anniversary of the birth of chiropractic, to be further known as, “SUBLUXATION AWARENESS WEEK.”

Voted unanimously August 1, 2001, ICA Board of Directors

Planet Chiropractic would like to recognize Gin Keller (CA Extraordinaire), Drs. Shawn Powers and James Sigafoose for their efforts in promoting Subluxation Awareness Week. @ 5:55 am | Article ID: 999262530

CAC Has a New Website

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The Chiropractic Awareness Council has launched a newly re-designed website to coincide with a massive Ontario wide radio public awareness campaign which begins this week.

The CAC website is well done and very creative. Many hours have gone into the re-design of this site. One of the best features is the “Find a Chiropractor” section which provides city listings of CAC chiropractors. It is always good to have an up-to-date list of contacts as many of us around the world are often looking to refer people into offices around the globe.

CAC members have been strong and vocal supporters of Planet Chiropractic and we appreciate each and every one of you. For those of you unfamiliar with the CAC, we have included some info from their site to get you better acquainted.

What is the CAC?
We are the Chiropractic Awareness Council, a group of caring and compassionate doctors of Chiropractic.

Vision Statement
Empowerment of the public with the Chiropractic Life Principles thereby enhancing the fulfillment of human potential in a subluxation-free society.

The Chiropractic Principles we promote will always be congruent with those of D.D. Palmer, B.J. Palmer, and Stevenson’s 33 Principles of Chiropractic.

Statement of Purpose
The Council exists to promote public awareness of Chiropractic life principles by promoting an awareness of the devastating effects of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex on the expression of Human Potential. Our purpose is to educate the public by all means possible with the conviction that Chiropractic care is an integral aspect of health of people of all ages and to society in general. The Council will defend itself against attempts to restrict our right to disseminate this information.

The Council serves to empower the public and the Chiropractor by education with rational, logical, philosophical, and scientific knowledge thereby enhancing our communities’ ability to make informed health care choices for themselves and their families.

The Council specifically supports members in their ability to fulfil our Mission on an individual, local, national and international level.

Visit the CAC Website at:

You can contact the CAC at:

Chiropractic Awareness Council
12 Waterloo Avenue
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3H3
Email: [email protected] @ 5:53 am | Article ID: 999262413

Families Sue Pfizer Over Experimental Drug

According to a report from ABC News, Pfizer Inc. has been sued by families of about 30 Nigerian children who either died, suffered brain damage, or suffered other serious injury after receiving an experimental meningitis drug.

According to the report, children had unwittingly participating in the test which involved splitting some 200 children into separate groups who then received either a “never before tested on humans” form of the drug Trovan, or low doses of a control drug called ceftriazone which allegedly resulted in six deaths.

During a 1996 epidemic of bacterial meningitis in Northern Nigeria, representatives from Pfizer allegedly exploited the misfortune of the families there for its own benefit, according to the report, conducting experimental studies rather than providing humanitarian relief, as charitable organizations in the region were doing.

On June 9, 1999, the FDA issued a public health advisory to physicians concerning the risks of liver toxicity associated with the use of Trovan, an antibiotic used to treat many different types of infections.

ABC News: Pfizer Sued by Families of Nigerian Children @ 6:14 pm | Article ID: 999220441

Vaccine Injury Alliance Formed

The Williams Bailey Law Firm, L.L.P., (Houston, Texas) has assembled a strategic alliance of the leading law firms in the country to make people aware of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (“NVICP”) and vigorously prosecute vaccine injury claims on a number of different fronts” according to John Eddie Williams, Jr., Managing Partner. “We will be offering our clients a full service individualized approach to vaccine injury claims; from filing and administering claims under the NVICP, to pursuing individual civil actions across the nation if the Program denies a claim or awards an inadequate amount of compensation for the adverse reactions suffered.”

In 1986 Congress established the NVICP to compensate victims, protect vaccine manufacturers and health care personnel administering vaccines from liability resulting from vaccine related injuries and deaths. Even though the enabling legislation that created the NVICP requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to “undertake reasonable efforts to inform the public of the availability of the Program,” most parents, teachers, physicians, and even many attorneys, are unaware of the existence of this program, let alone the three year (3 year) statute of limitations that may bar claims that are not timely filed. “The Secretary has obviously done very little, if anything to fulfill this directive, so we will,” according to Jeff Sell, an attorney working with the William Bailey Law Firm.

The limitation provision buried within the NVICP states:
“a vaccine set forth in the Vaccine Injury Table which is administered after October 1, 1988, if a vaccine-related injury occurred as a result of the administration of such vaccine, no petition may be filed for compensation under the Program for such injury after the expiration of 36 months [48 months with respect to death claims] after the date of the occurrence of the first symptom or manifestation of onset or of the significant aggravation of such injury.” 42 USC Sec. 300aa-16.

The strategic “vaccine alliance” includes: Williams Bailey Law Firm, L.L.P. (Houston), Conway, Homer & Chin-Caplan, P.C. (Boston), Shoemaker & Horn (Vienna, VA), Blizzard & McCarthy (Houston) and Hitt, Patterson & Sell — (Houston) and others. Some of these firms have for years specialized in representing individuals under the NVICP who have been injured by vaccinations.

You can visit the Vaccine Injury Alliance website at: @ 3:21 pm | Article ID: 999210105

Back College Collects School Backpacks For At-Risk Children

From the Life West News Service

HAYWARD, Calif. August 30, 2001 – For the fifth straight year, the students, staff, and faculty of Life Chiropractic College West worked together collecting numerous new backpacks for local at-risk children who were returning to school.

Kids show off their new backpacksThe Life West Annual BACKpack Drive was held in conjunction with the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition’s (FESCO) (a local homeless shelter) School Supply Drive. Life West collected backpacks for kids (5-18), while other local organizations and businesses donated school supplies to stuff the packs: pencils, binders, paper, crayons, rulers, etc.

Life West spent the majority of the month of August acquiring backpacks for the drive. Contributions of cash and backpacks were turned in individually by the college’s students, faculty, and staff. In addition, a number of campus organizations-including the Faculty Senate, fraternity, and two sororities-made impressive monetary donations.

“There’s nothing better than watching the kids’ excitement as they pick out their very own school backpack,” said Life Chiropractic College West sophomore Debra Carlson at the school supply distribution, held on August 25. Carlson was one of 15 Life West students who were on hand to help more than 200 kids choose their brand new school backpacks and to individually adjust each child’s backpack straps for ergonomic correctness.

“This event is designed to minimize the financial stress that can occur at back-to-school time for FESCO families who are struggling to maintain independence,” says FESCO Executive Director Nancy Schluntz. “Now a family doesn’t have to choose between paying a utility bill or purchasing the required items for school. Parents and children from pre-kindergarten to college are very grateful for this much needed assistance.”

FESCO is a Hayward based non-profit organization that has been providing food, shelter, counseling, and life-skills to low- and moderate-income families with a goal of keeping them together and moving them toward self-sufficiency. Life West has supported FESCO for a number of years through food, clothing, and school supply drives; provided free health care; taught reading skills to children through the American Reads program; and has made numerous monetary donations. @ 3:07 pm | Article ID: 999209263

No Re-wiring Necessary

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Back in March, Forbes magazine published an article titled, “Rewiring the brain” which focused on a new pacemaker-like device that scientists were using to affect changes in the nervous system.

With Forbes being a financial publication, it is interesting to see how new products, drugs, and devices are portrayed. Often times, other medical approaches and procedures are put down in an attempt to make the featured product appear more appealing to investors. Read the article (links are below) and you’ll understand what I mean.

The article opens with a story… a woman who had “tried more than a dozen drugs” to treat depression. The drugs did not work and she could not hold a steady job. But by surgically implanting an experimental device “that treats her blues by transmitting tiny pulses of electricity to nerves in her neck” she is experiencing reduced symptoms. (maybe it’s because she is not taking a dozen drugs)

Now introduce the device… The “incredible” device then goes center stage and we are told it is a product of a publicly traded company. (I’m not giving stock tips) What is interesting, is that this product is just one of several new generation pacemaker-style gadgets which are used to affect electrical changes in the body.

We then get a little science… “The brain uses electrical current to communicate within itself and with other parts of the body. When that fragile circuitry goes awry, it can play a role in disorders ranging from depression to epilepsy to Parkinson’s disease. Researchers are learning that precisely targeting barely noticeable pulses to affected areas of the brain can help restore some normal function to the cerebral circuitry.”

What if that fragile circuitry goes awry in the spine, what do we call that?

Then we get some financial incentive… It appears that this “new” field of affecting electrical changes in the body is “exploding.” One CEO says, “It’s a gigantic opportunity. We are talking about some of the largest medical markets in the world.”

Drugs are so 1900’s… The article tells us that “Doctors have spent decades using drugs to tweak aberrant brain chemicals, with only limited success.” While drug makers would probably disagree, an offered statistic suggests, “of 6 million Americans treated for depression, more than a million don’t respond to drugs.”

Another “decades-old treatment”… Remember electroshock therapy? It affects electrical change in the body but just not specifically. The mentioned therapy, “indiscriminately blasts the entire head to induce seizures and jar patients out of their blues.” (yikes!)

But this baby is safe… “The new techniques are better aimed with less collateral damage.” I never heard that term used in health care before. I like it. Instead of side effects, we could say things like collateral damage may include loss of bowel function, headaches, insomnia, etc… The main side effect (collateral damage) from this device: hoarseness when the current begins.

More science… “Vagus-nerve stimulation approach.” Look at your charts on the wall, the vagus nerve links the brain to such major organs as the heart and lungs. And the discovery… “Until recently researchers thought that it was a one-way conduit, sending messages from the brain to the body.” Scientists now believe feedback travels back up through the vagus nerve to the brain. (safety pin cycle)

Skipping over a bunch of financial stuff to get to a conclusion… “Brain stimulation will be to the next 10 years what cardiac pacemakers were to the last 40,” a researcher predicts. Now go out and stimulate some brain cells… naturally.

FORBES: Rewiring the brain (page 1)
FORBES: Rewiring the brain (page 2)

And don’t forget to look at this image link. If you x-ray someone and see what looks like a big nail in the middle of their skull it may just be this device (is that a contraindication to adjusting?): Electrical healing @ 9:03 am | Article ID: 999101005

The Force of Mandatory Shots

The news on vaccinations has been a buzz these past few weeks since across the United States, school is about to begin. In some states that may mean “Mandatory Vaccination” for your child.

But are these shots necessary? According to medical doctors Michael Arnold Glueck and Robert J. Cihak, vaccines such as the one given for hepatitis B are considered an “unnecessary medical treatment.”

An article published in World News Daily may shed some light as to why these “unnecessary” jabs are “mandatory.” The article states, “Maybe the motivation is big bucks from a 1993 federal ‘Immunization Initiative” that gives states more than $400 million in vaccine incentives and a $100 bounty for each child vaccinated with the shots the federal government decided are must-haves.”

Do you think perhaps a financial incentive may be partly to blame for the bullying attitude of some public health professionals as well as the misinformation given to parents?

In the article, the doctors ask, “what do you do if you decide that a vaccination, such as Hepatitis B, isn’t right for your child but the school requires it?” For one, you should visit the NVIC website to get more information as to what exemptions are available in your state. National Vaccine Information Center’s common sense guidelines is a good place to start.

The article offers an example of why you may choose not to vaccinate, “if you weren’t told that the likelihood of a severe reaction from the Hepatitis B vaccine is three times greater than the likelihood that your child will contract the disease, you might well change your mind about the desirability of that vaccine.”

While being responsible and getting better educated as to the risks and benefits of vaccination can be time consuming, the doctors suggest not to let school scare tactics intimidate you into a vaccination decision that’s not right for your family. They state, “You’ll probably take some heat, but isn’t your child worth it?”

WorldNetDaily: School bells or jail cells?
Search Planet Chiropractic: hepatitis B @ 7:39 am | Article ID: 998923159

Living Your Dreams

By Bruce A. Parker, D.C.

One of the greatest pleasures I have, is to work with positive and insightful people, who have as there business plan a focus on helping other people. The frustrating part of this scenario is that these same great people sometimes don’t have the knowledge or strategy that results in helping themselves.

Giving is a good thing, but it is within the laws of the universe that there must be reciprocation. If this law is violated then someone will ultimately get hurt. This is demonstrated everyday in your office or business. Very seldom does the complainer have a clear bill, show up on time or do what you ask with out a whine.

In opposition very seldom does the patient who is dedicated to achieving a positive result in your office arrive late, or miss a payment. Who are your chronic problem patients and clients, are they giving as hard as you are? There seems to be confusion as to what success really is. More money, bigger house, faster cars, better schools for our children, seeing a greater volume of patients? Are these words the definitions of success or are they badges of social redemption for strife, or are they simply an illusion?

I remember hearing a speaker on the podium saying that success is not the accumulation of things. Easy for them to say when they have all the things! Try being me (you may say). I’ll tell you what. give me your things, and then let’s see how happy you are.

Time and experience seem to be our best teachers, because I have learned that the statement has definitely proven correct for me, and it seems to get more correct with each passing day. Money is the by product of a service rendered. Money is not the reason to do anything. If it was being a drug dealer would have been a better vocational choice.

Abundant wealth is a score board of great service. Wealth is bestowed upon those that serve at the highest level; that is, being focused on how they will best benefit those they serve, rather than the immediate reward for the service.

So then in the world of success it has been proven time and time again that those lost in service seem to be the “lucky ones”, who stumble on the path to riches. Is it luck or universal order? How does a Bill Gates set a goal to make 60 billion dollars? I don’t think anybody could. I feel he never set a goal to accomplish something for direct personal gain. He saw a vision of every business with a personal computer on the desk, and he responded to that vision, that response ultimately netted him the 60 billion.

Would you be motivated to go to work everyday doing what you do now if you had a billion dollars in the bank? Is your vision about the benefit of a nation or is it about your personal comfort. Bill Gates goes to work everyday! In fact it has been said he sometimes doesn’t come out of his office for four days at a time. Totally being lost in doing what he does. Oh sure, the cynical say, but he has 60 billion dollars, he is having fun doing whatever he wants, “if I had that kind of money, I’d …”

You see it is those in the game whom become the wealthy ones, not those that are working for personal reward or social validation. Bill Gates is doing what he has always done, he’s in the game and he has a big vision. Bottom line, he is taking care of his end of the bargain. This summary of the law Bill Gates has mastered is; Focus + Action = Results

The laws of the universe promise, that with clear vision and focused constant action, you will achieve the desired result of that vision and action. There are three basic laws of the Universe…

The first law is the Law of Clarity – that’s not most of your problem, you’re very clear about your mission to help people.

The second law is the Law of Intention – Most Chiropractors have great intention to do what ever it takes to help someone achieve the health they deserve.

The third law, is the Law of Responsibility – Are you taking responsibility to insure that your clear intended plan is manifesting itself?

This doesn’t always require effort; it only requires focus and correction. If you see your self taking a detour from your plan, be responsible and correct it. Having a down month will be reality for most at some level. Even Bill Gates is having a down year. This is the time to correct what has caused the down trend. This summer I have had clients call me and say that things are slow (as expected) because, “it is summer”. While others, have reported record up months; why? Probably because (as expected) it is summer! Both those up or down are right on track with their expectations. In reality both are acting (their daily actions) in accordance with their expectations. They are acting within the laws of responsibility; (acting in accordance with your expectations); they just haven’t considered that they could become responsible for a better outcome. Whether you think you can or can’t. your right.

Do your patients have the right to know the true benefits of what your service will do for them? Have you told them? Did they understand? Are you being responsible for their clear understanding? If you have clear intention to give your community the benefit of your service, then it is your responsibility, to make sure they get the clear picture as you intend.

Get in the game, it is not about you, it is about saving lives. If you are timid about this then it is clear it is about you. If you are bold, it is clear you intend to make a difference. As “you” making a difference in others becomes your most dominate THOT, success will be your reward. And yes, you will then say it isn’t about the money, it is about making a difference.

Your coach for success,
Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce Parker is a 1976 graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College and he is the founder of Parker Professional Coaching. You can reach him via email at: [email protected] @ 5:48 am | Article ID: 998657322

Religious Exemption and Immunizations

According to an article on Yahoo News, a federal judge has approved an agreement which barred the state of Wyoming Department of Health, “from holding hearings to determine whether parents who object to immunizations for their children have sincere religious convictions about the issue.”

Reportedly, officials in Wyoming had made the hepatitis B vaccine injection a mandatory procedure in order for kids to get into public school. Parents that objected the jab based on the “religious exemption” were questioned about the sincerity of their religious conviction, according to the article.

The judge ruled that holding hearings to determine whether a parents faith was “sincere” was a violation to ones constitutional right to freedom of religion. According to the article, “The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled in favor of the parents in March, saying such hearings are illegal.”

A civil rights attorney stated that the hearings probably marked the first time in American history in which a state required residents to prove their “religious sincerity.”

According to the article, the health department in the state had made the vaccinations mandatory, “contending it had a duty to protect children from disease and that too many non-immunized children would endanger other children.”

Yahoo News: Judge Backs Parents on Immunizations
Search Planet Chiropractic: hepatitis B @ 9:30 pm | Article ID: 998541022


By Martha Collins, D.C.

A woman came in on Friday the 13th in agony–her spine was so subluxated that she could hardly get on the table for her adjustment. “I have been doing my stretches, I’ve been good–I don’t know what happened,” she said. In the interest of helping you stay away from this same fate the next Friday the 13th, we decided to devote this article to stretching and its relationship to your adjustments.

A common misconception that many people have is that stretches correct subluxations and can replace adjustments. Stretching allows your muscles to relax, allowing better range of motion, decreased tension, and a feeling of well-being.

This woman’s last adjustment was February 2000, and although she was diligent at doing her stretching homework, she had forgotten how important adjustments are for her nervous system to overcome the stresses she is under as she goes through the course of her life. Adjustments are designed to correct the underlying subluxations acquired through exposure to physical, chemical, emotional and spiritual stress. Adjustments remove interference from the nervous system so that we can be more connected in our body, mind and spirit.

Stretches can reduce the tension in the muscles of our bodies, but they cannot overcome the influence of subluxations once they are present. Stretches can help adjustments “hold” better, sometimes longer, particularly if you are in an occupation where you spend time doing repetitive movement patterns. This woman’s career necessitates spending most of her day in front of a computer–and over a seven or eight-hour period consider how much stretching is required to overcome and reverse that negative postural influence. It simply can’t be done.

When a subluxation is present for many years, as you know, it leads to underlying degenerative changes in the joints, discs and holding tissues of the spine–osteoarthritis. Think of degenerative spurs on an x-ray like stalactites and stalagmites in a cave–they take many years to form. For spurs to form in the spine and be seen on a radiograph, it can take anywhere from 20-40 years (phase 2). This is why when we review your x-rays we want you to understand how long the underlying problem was there–the subluxation–that was the seed for the progressive degeneration–before the damage is even perceived. The joints of the spine receive their nutrition through movement of the synovial fluid that bathes the cartilage of the joints with nutrition. If a spinal joint is locked, (or subluxated) not only does the nervous system shut down, but that joint cannot receive its proper nutrition. The end result is a public that believes a degenerative spine is due to the natural aging process over which we have no control.

Let’s say there is a door in your grandmother’s house that isn’t used much–our grandmother had one that went into the attic. If the hinges of the door aren’t used often, the lubricative effect of the oil in the hinge decreases. It begins to dry out, break down and the hinge becomes sticky and squeaky due to disuse. The joints of our body work much the same way–the old adage if you don’t use it you’ll lose it is certainly true in this regard. Regular adjustments help the joints stay healthy, arrest further degenerative change and in many cases, reverse it by allowing the synovial fluid of the joints to bring nutrition to the cartilage.

You see, in our culture, we were never taught how to take good care of our spine and our nervous systems. We learned how to look after our teeth, our cars, the stain on our decks, but not the lifeline to every cell in our bodies! Daily stretching, or yoga (even better because through breathing, it mandates present-time consciousness) helps the spine stay supple between adjustments, gives us an opportunity to relax and meditate and helps us feel better. Stretching is like flossing your teeth–the more we adhere to good dental hygiene between visits, the better report we get from our dentist and hygienist at our check-ups. With stretching between visits, the better your adjustments will be and the healthier you will be!

And in the end, that’s why I became a Chiropractor–to help you be well.

Let’s face it–here’s the bitter reality. No one ever told you to take care of your spine from birth to death. Correcting and better yet preventing the degenerative changes as a result of a lack of Chiropractic hygiene may not always win the popular vote in our culture (YET!). However, innately, it makes sense.

Dr. Martha Collins is a Family Chiropractor practicing in Kingston, Ontario with her husband Dr. Carl Weber. She is committed to spreading the message of Chiropractic around the world so we can all lead healthier, happier lives. @ 6:06 am | Article ID: 998312770