Month: November 2001

The Focused Adjustment

By Sid Mouk, D.C.

Are Our Healing Energies Focused Or Scattered?
Modern-day physicists, in studying the atom, have continually broken it down into smaller particles until something magical happened. As they got into the smaller and smaller particles of matter, the “matter” at the smallest level was no longer matter at all, but instead, it was found to be pure “energy.” This means that every particle of “matter” (and that means everything on this planet) begins as “energy.” And, since every thought in the human mind is also pure energy, it is capable of creating the essence of that thought in our environment. Therefore, in relating this to health, all new healthy tissue in the human body starts as pure energy.

This explains how and why we are all creators of our own environment and of the environment of the entire Earth (and, perhaps, why Jesus told us “What I have done you also can do, and even more”). So every thought we have is made up of pure energy and is, therefore, creative… it’s the “beginning” of everything in our lives and in the lives of those around us, too (our patients, for example). For many years, psychologists and self-improvement authors have been telling us that by writing our goals on paper and reading them 3 times a day we can have whatever we want in our lives. Many of those who have used this method of manifestation can attest to the fact that, when done consistently, it works exceedingly well in “mysteriously” providing us with what we want. It’s simply a way of focusing our energy to produce a change in matter.

The energy of our thoughts is powerful and everlasting… so it behooves us to learn to use our minds in ways that are for our benefit and for the benefit of our patients. We can also bring into existence those things, people, and happenings that we don’t want in our lives unless we discipline our mind (and we’ve all experienced this at one time or another). Richard Bandler, co-developer of Neuro linguistic Programming, said it well, “It’s your mind. Make it do what you want it to.”

Dr. Jim Parker often spoke of a specific way to use our focused energy in healing. He taught us that we must “be there in the moment” when adjusting the patient… he called it “Present Time Consciousness.” In other words, focusing all of our attention and energy on the Healing task at hand in that moment. Visualizing in our mind the perfection that we desire to see in our patient also powerfully enhances the adjustment. We should visualize the total expression of the Innate in the patient’s body… seeing them in our mind’s eye as healthy, happy, active, and full of energy and life.

Dr. Clarence Gonstead spoke of “becoming one with the bone” and visualizing the correction of the subluxation as we adjust the patient. Thus we ourselves, using our mind, are capable of “creating” a subluxation-free spine in the patient (combining this with the physical correction of the spinal subluxation almost guarantees health for our patients).

“New Age” thinking tells us that all matter has consciousness and thus can be “contacted” by our mind and directed to do whatever we want it to do. This, of course, includes the spinal vertebrae and the bones of the pelvis & the cranium. Keeping the image of the vertebra strongly in our mind while we adjust the patient (being “one with the bone”) and seeing it move back into position as we adjust it, adds a powerful and scientifically defensible “extra” to the correction of the patient’s spine and to the total healing of the patient’s body, mind, and spirit. This kind of “total healing” doesn’t just fix spines, it changes lives. This is Healing Consciousness on the highest level… as used by all the true healers in every culture in Earth’s history. Healing is healing, no matter who does it or where they happen to live… whether their educated mind is full of Phds or totally bereft of any formal education.

In this new millennium, it’s vital for us in Chiropractic to become Healers and not just doctors. The sick people of this planet are fed up with “doctors” who can give a name to a dis-ease, but don’t have the slightest clue as to how to fix it. Instead of being just a doctor/chiropractor, let’s all learn to focus our energy and become a Healer/Chiropractor.

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Dr. Sid Mouk practices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. @ 7:49 am | Article ID: 1005666577

Ritalin Altering Brain Structure & Function

Researchers reported at a neuroscience conference this weekend that the use of Ritalin, a drug used to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may alter the structure of the brain resulting in long-term changes.

According to a report on MSNBC, the changes look similar to brain tissue changes seen when using stimulants such as cocaine or other amphetamines (ritalin is an amphetamine). One may think that a dose of Ritalin passes through the body and is all gone, however, the lead researcher of the study found that Ritalin has the potential for causing long-lasting changes in brain cell structure and function.

Structure of the brain governs function of the brain. The nervous system, which includes the brain, controls and coordinates all function in the body. What if the structure of the nervous system were to be altered in some way? What if a drug were to change the circuitry of the brain and nervous system, how would that affect the function of the nervous system?

Children, primarily in the U.S., are being given Ritalin every day and according to the article, there is a need to look at Ritalin and its affects on the brain more closely.

MSNBC: Ritalin may alter brain, study shows – Changes appear similar to those caused by amphetamine @ 7:15 am | Article ID: 1005578129

Pregnancy and Chiropractic

By Martha Collins, D.C.

As I write this today, two of our beautiful practice members are awaiting the arrival of new additions to their families. Adjusting women through pregnancy is one of the most rewarding parts of our work, because a healthier pregnancy means an easier labour and delivery, and a better transition for the baby into this life.

On Monday night at our workshop, a young woman told the story of the traumatic birth of her son, and the subsequent eight years of poor health he has suffered as a result. She was unaware that Chiropractic care through pregnancy would have given him a better start, and angry that she didn’t know this prior to her son’s conception. I promised her I’d get the word out. This article is dedicated to her and her son with the intent that this information will prevent another mother and child years of heartbreak.

Chiropractic care through pregnancy is not only safe, it is essential. We can look at the implications of subluxation from a bio mechanical, hormonal and neurological standpoint. It is easy for all of us to see postural changes through pregnancy-the centre of gravity changes, the weight of the baby places increased pressure on the spine and pelvis, and towards the end of the pregnancy, changes are seen in gait pattern-the “waddle.” What we can’t see, are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby–all of which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system.

Adjustments result in easier pregnancy, significantly decreased mean labour time, and assists new mothers back to prepartum health. In one study, women receiving Chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labour times than the group not receiving Chiropractic, and multiparous subjects reported 39% shorter labour times. Thirty-nine percent-that’s a massive difference. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with Chiropractic care. Because the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better, there is significant less likelihood of back labour when receiving Chiropractic care through pregnancy.

Body position during delivery is also critical. Any late second stage labour position that denies postural sacral rotation denies the mother and the baby critical pelvic outlet diameter and jams the tip of the sacrum up to 4cm into the pelvic outlet. In other words, the popular semi-recumbent position places the labouring woman on her back onto the apex of the sacrum, which closes off the vital space needed for the baby to get through the pelvic outlet.

This delivery position is the main reason why so many births are traumatic-labour is stalled, the mom becomes fatigued and overwhelmed by pain, so the utilization of epidurals, forceps, episiotomy, vacuum extraction and cesarian increases. Just consider the analogy my husband uses-how hard would it be to have a bowel movement while lying on your back? You’re right, very hard, and it may not happen. This is why squatting is the preferred position-gravity works to help and the pelvic outlet can open to a greater degree. Squatting during delivery results in decreased use of forceps and a shorter second stage of labour than the semi-recumbent position.

Greater complications during delivery result in greater neurological insult to the newborn due to injury to the head and neck. Even after vaginal births, 4.6% of term neonates suffer unexplained brain bleeds and 10% suffer neonatal encephalopathy. Because so many children had been injured with forceps deliveries, (facial nerve palsy, tearing of cervical spine musculature) vacuum extraction was developed. Suction cups are placed on the newborn’s head, and the baby is literally sucked out of the mother.

When utilized, 120 pounds of pressure goes through the baby’s head and neck. Decapitation occurs at 140 pounds of pressure, to give you an idea of the high forces involved. Remember when you were a little girl or boy and there was a new baby you were being introduced to? Our parents always said, “Watch his head-you don’t want to hurt him.” We’re careful because the fontanelles of the skull are so pliable, and the neck and brain are fragile and unprotected. This is why so many babies sustain injuries to their heads and neck during vacuum extraction-the force is far greater than their little bodies can tolerate.

Adjustments to newborns contain only ounces of force. But that force is directed into the spine to facilitate health and remove subluxations. We adjust babies as soon after birth as possible, to alleviate subluxations caused by in-utero constraint and the journey down through the birth canal. There has been a lot in the media lately about children not needing Chiropractic care, but there is no better way to get a head start in life. As you all know, Chiropractic care is not a cure for anything-it is a system of wellness to help us be who we’re supposed to be. It is not a cure for ear infections, for colic, for allergies, for asthma, for frequent colds, nor for ADD/ADHD.

When we listen to mothers’ stories of their pregnancy, labour and delivery, the children who suffer the most from the above complaints, are the ones who’ve had the greatest trouble with their births. Even relatively easy deliveries can result in subluxations. That’s why every child should be checked, before problems with their health even develop. That’s preventive care in the truest sense-preventing subluxations in mothers to prevent subluxations in their babies during childbirth. This is why every woman needs Chiropractic through pregnancy-so that the arrival of their baby is a “wonderful experience”, as one of my patients told me last week, after her son was born.

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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. @ 6:41 am | Article ID: 1005576115

Anthrax Bits and Pieces

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

According to ABC News, 32,000 people have been prescribed antibiotics as a result of the anthrax scare yet according to health officials, only 5000 needed to take the pills. The news article states that Cipro, the main antibiotic being prescribed, can cause some severe side effects. (which the FDA will be studying)

According to the article, The Food and Drug Administration plans to contact all the 32,000 people taking these drugs in order to get better information about their side effects. Those taking the drugs have just become a statistic in a government study.

The article also mentions the ongoing debate of whether or not to vaccinate the entire U.S. population for smallpox. According to the report, President Bush stated, “I would be deeply concerned about a vaccination program that would cause people to lose their lives,” noting that the vaccine occasionally has fatal side effects.

Yahoo News headlines read, CDC: One in Five Taking Cipro Report Side Effects. According to the article, the CDC is not at all surprised with the number of folks reporting side effects as a result of taking the antibiotic, with the deputy director stating, “that percentage of side effects is expected.”

If we were to do the numbers, 27,000 of the 32,000 being prescribed antibiotics are taking them unnecessarily. Fifty four hundred of those 27,000 taking the antibiotics are reporting side effects on a drug that there’s no need to be taking in the first place. Give drugs to healthy people and what do you get?

ABC News: In anthrax crisis, 32,000 people have been prescribed antibiotics
Yahoo News: CDC: One in Five Taking Cipro Report Side Effects @ 7:33 am | Article ID: 1005320019

Cipro Scam and Smallpox Too

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The Washington Post reported today that US Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson is expected to sign a contract this weekend to “purchase enough smallpox vaccine for every American.” According to the Post report, Thompson has “warned the White House the cost could be quadruple the $509 million he originally estimated — or equivalent to the department’s entire $1.9 billion bioterrorism budget.”

One point nine billion dollars on a smallpox vaccine? Are you freaking kidding me? According to the Post, Thompson stated that he was “disappointed” with the bids received from three companies offering to make the vaccine. The cost reportedly came in at around $8 a dose but he is hoping to “settle on a lower price in final negotiations on Friday, as he did in his recent talks on the antibiotic Cipro.”

Alternative media sites are stirring, suggesting the Government Cipro (ciprofloxacin) deal was nothing more than a big rip off. The online version of Insight Magazine reports that the extraordinary wheeling and dealing was done in the name of public health and safety and was orchestrated by none other than US Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. According to Insight, Thompson stated: “Everyone said I wouldn’t be able to reduce the price of Cipro. I’m a tough negotiator.”

Insight reports bioterrorism experts questioned the price of the Cipro deal — 95 cents per pill, marked down from $1.77, a reduction from Bayer’s retail price of $4.67 per tablet, which still guaranteed Bayer an estimated 65 cents profit per pill. Soon after the deal was announced (and after Americans went into a Cipro buying frenzy) the media began reporting of alternative antibiotics such as penicillin and doxycycline which some drug companies apparently offered to the Government for free.

According to the Insight report, “suspicion of the medical establishment abounds, and suspicion was raised further when HHS had a sudden change of heart about its drug of choice for treating anthrax just days after Secretary Thompson negotiated his $100 million ‘deal’ on Cipro, announcing doxycycline and penicillin are just as effective for treating anthrax.”

If my calculations are correct, Bayer will receive $61,750,000 in profit from the $100 million dollar deal. I am sure we will hear about the smallpox figures later this week.

Fear is for sale in America, are you buying it?

Please read this link first…
The Washington Post: HHS Set to Order Smallpox Vaccine for All Americans

And then read this…
Insight Magazine: Government Ripoff on the Cipro Deal @ 8:35 pm | Article ID: 1005194113

Forcibly Vaccinate the Entire Population

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

If you have not read yesterday’s article, “Forced Vaccination for All” you may want to do so. Also be sure to read the Boston Globe article that it links to before the link is no longer available.

Yesterday afternoon a Reuters Health report on Yahoo news read, “Public health officials must have the authority to quarantine and forcibly vaccinate the entire population–with the help of the military if needed–in the event of a smallpox attack on the US.”

I’ve read that statement several times and I still somehow find it difficult to believe that this is where we are going. I may be completely off base here but I have a very strong feeling that there is drug money interest and personal agendas behind this move to vaccinate the entire population of the US.

Nearly every report that I have read states that drug companies are not interested in creating vaccines because they are not as profitable as blockbuster drugs. But what happens when a market opens up like this? A government funded opportunity free from liability probably sounds quite enticing too many in the industry.

For the past few days I have continually been thinking about the Tylenol scares that resulted in new sealing protocols for nearly every single item on supermarket shelves. Maybe this was a good safety precaution, but I would not be surprised to find that more people die (probably everyday) or are seriously injured from using Tylenol then the numbers of those that died from tampered bottle cyanide poisoning. A whole new market was created as a result of those events. But vacuum sealed packaging with secure plastic coverings does not increase one’s personal risk to death or injury. We cannot say that about vaccination.

I’m reading different numbers when it comes to side effects from a smallpox vaccine. I’ve seen reports of serious side effects listed from 1 of every 1000 vaccinated to the 1 in every 4000 mentioned in the article (link below) on Yahoo. These numbers, regardless of which ones, are based on vaccination programs from years ago. What effects would the vaccines have on those that have been already heavily vaccinated for other diseases? What would the long-term effects be?

It is just my opinion, but I believe someone is trying to take your freedom in the name of the greater good. Americans should not stand for it.

Yahoo News: Expert: Federal Law Needed on Smallpox Vaccination @ 7:26 am | Article ID: 1005060367

Forced Vaccination for All

Forwarded by Dawn Richardson
President, PROVE

Below is a link to an article detailing horrifying legislation commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and written by one of the most dangerous conniving strategists for public health police power that I have ever read the works of. It provides for the legal forced vaccination of anyone – including adults with vaccines that are made by drug companies immune from liability for the side effects. Lawrence Gostin has a long history of trying to brainwash people that sacrificing individuals’ rights for society is okay in many areas of medical policy. His record speaks for itself. He is a threat to the freedoms our country was built upon. And now his ideas are codified in legislation that will be pushed around the country ostensibly offering “security” from microbes in exchange for your freedom to make your own medical decisions.

I would like to underscore that everyone needs to be watching their state legislatures very closely for any proposed changes and increases of police powers for public health bureaucrats. When they are talking about loss of public benefits for refusing vaccination (which they are tiptoeing around by lumping it with “treatment”), they are referring to things like your ability to have driver’s license and live a normal life. They’ve already done it to our children with the ability to get an education – it is time for this extortion to stop. I cannot count all the times parents have told me that they thought they had the right to decide what vaccines their child should receive until they actually tried to make that choice.

Everyone who values our freedoms and rights in this country needs to commit to educating family and friends about the dangers of such an unchecked medical dictatorship.

Every vaccine is different and so is each individual. There are many people who physically cannot tolerate some vaccines because of the havoc they will wreak on their bodies and immune systems. Because there has been NO research into the biological mechanisms that predispose people to vaccine reactions and there has been no effort to screen out these individuals, this type of action should be condemned as it would create unfathomable human suffering and sacrifice.

PROVE continues to assert that vaccination is a medical procedure that has the ability to cause injury and death and therefore the assessment of risks and benefits and ultimate decision should be made by the individual without government force or sanctions. Anyone who has a concern about a particular virus or bacteria and wants to be vaccinated should have that right just as anyone who doesn’t should be protected and respected to make that decision.

Boston Globe: Model health law empowers states – Drugs, quarantine could be forced

PROVE: Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education @ 9:36 am | Article ID: 1004981767

Closed For Repairs

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

You may have been wondering, where is all the news lately. I admit we have had a lot less news posted on the Web site during the past month and I have not answered as many e-mails as a typically do. I appreciate the calls and the e-mails I have received from those of you checking to see what was up with me. (I’m still here) Well, I don’t want to get into it much but I’ve simply been busy with technical repairs.

Since the beginning of October I’ve had to replace or repair two office computer servers, three office computer workstations, a LaserJet printer, and various other computer related items in the office. It was one of those months when things got bad and then they just got worse. As a result, I’ve had to cancel some chiropractic trips and I am sorry to have missed those of you I thought I would see in October and this month as well. But the best part about it all is that we are now finalizing our upgraded audio/video server (along with other office computers) which is waiting to process some of the chiropractic talks of the more than 160 chiropractors that I have listened to during 2001. Most of November and December will be focused on getting these talks made available to you.

We have a new CD coming out featuring Dr. Richard J. Santo that is just awesome. We also have video of the legendary Dr. Bob Sottile conducting a health-care class which will be available both on video and on the Web site. We have our first all Spanish video also to be available both on the Web site and on VHS which features Dr. Luis Ocon from Salinas, California.

I have about 600 e-mails (no exaggeration) that I will answer once we have the office network back online. I apologize to those of you that have not had e-mail replies from me in late September and early October.

I didn’t want to leave you without any news so here are some links that I came across in the last few days which I think you’ll find interesting. We’ll be back!

A Yahoo News article suggests that classical musicians are twice as likely to suffer from serious backache as other professionals, with as many as 70 percent having spinal problems. I’d love to hear from any of you that take care of musicians and get your input on this.
Yahoo News: Musicians Face Doubled Risk of Back Pain: Study

Anthrax Drugs Pose Superbug Threat
More news on the risks of taking antibiotics in our already over drugged society.
MSNBC: Anthrax drugs pose superbug threat

Anthrax Vaccine Report Shows Spikes in Potency
Some news on the anthrax vaccine and what some are saying about the safety of the shot.
Your Health Daily: Anthrax Vaccine Report Shows Spikes in Potency

*Note: This would be a good time to get your “Let’s Talk About Chiropractic” CDs, our repaired fax/laserjet is working great. 🙂 Click Here! @ 7:28 am | Article ID: 1004974124

Capacity Check

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Many years ago when I was running one office I had a staff meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to work on the practice flow and our capacity. I had a desire to serve more people and it just wasn’t happening even though I was seeing a lot of new patients (over 50 a month). The meeting went pretty smoothly yet I noticed that I was doing all the talking and the CA’s were remaining pretty quiet. As I was getting ready to end the meeting I asked the ladies if they had any last ideas before I closed. Darlene raised her hand. When I called her name she stood up and pulled a piece of paper out of her pocket. She proceeded to tell me that they had gotten together yesterday to write this and that she in essence pulled the short straw. She was elected to read this at the meeting.

She proceeded to read a letter describing how the office could not possibly see any more patients. We were already seeing over 100 patients a day and the practice was only about 8 months old and then she outlined how this procedure took this long for each patient and the recalls took this long etc. etc. etc. You get the picture. I was shocked. How could I be so unaware of how they felt. I stood there a minute to just absorb the concept. I then told her if what she was saying was true than we were all in a lot of trouble.

If what she was saying was truly how they felt than I would have to fire all of them and hire a new staff because I wasn’t going to let their limitations stop me from achieving my dream. Well than she quickly replied (after she reiterated that she didn’t write the letter alone) that she saw things a little different now that we had the meeting (to save her butt). I didn’t fire anyone that day or that week but within 6 months they were all gone. My capacity was bigger than their capacity or desire to work so they had to either change their capacity or get out of my way. What is your staff’s capacity? What is yours?

There is this very busy deli/catering restaurant in town. I love going in there. The service is great and the food is good. When you look behind the counter there is always about a dozen people and believe me this place is hopping. No one is standing still wondering what they should do next and whether they want to do it or not. The energy is high and you can tell that they love it. If they didn’t love it they wouldn’t be there. You can tell the time is flying by for these employees and they would be bored if the deli would serve as many customers as your “normal” deli. They are feeding off each others positive energy and they feel good about serving so many people. I’m sure they are not wondering if they are busy enough or if customers are going to come in. They are busy delivering the goods. They are delivering the goods in such a way that makes people feel taken care of and satisfied and wanting to come back again.

Let’s face it, none of us like to pull into the parking lot of a restaurant where no one else has chosen to eat. This place is happening. I always run into people I know there and they are usually people that are leaders in the community or have successful businesses. They like it there too and they probably don’t even know why. The food is good, not great, but the energy is awesome.

I’ve heard people criticize high volume practices before saying they were just assembly lines. If people where not getting the goods delivered in these practices they would not come back. They are willing to keep coming back and paying for a service not because it is inferior in any way. They are lining up because they want what we have and they want to receive it from us. If you choose not to have a large practice don’t blame people that do and even infer that they are providing an inferior service. People wouldn’t keep coming back if they weren’t being served.

If you desire and can envision your practice growing it is time to look at the practicality of your goals. Does your office’s capacity support your vision?

Have a wonderful day!
I love and appreciate you.
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Dr. Sharon GormanDr. Sharon Gorman is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College. Upon graduation, she associated with her mentor Dr. James Sigafoose. She opened her own practice in June of 1985 and in 3 months was seeing over 100 patients a day. Within 4 years, she had established four chiropractic practices seeing combined over 5000 patients a month. Now, married with 4 children, she still practices part time and manages 3 successful practices. She is a speaker at Dynamic Essentials, New Beginnings, Parker Seminars and is the founder and hostess of the Focus Philosophy Weekends. Visit her website at: @ 8:24 am | Article ID: 1004631880