Month: October 2002

Parents Sending Kids to the Chiropractor

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

An article in today’s Reuters Health news suggests that an increased number of parents are bringing their kids to “alternative practitioners”, such as chiropractors, in increasing numbers.

According to the article, almost one in 10 parents surveyed allowed their child to visit a provider such as a chiropractor. It was also noted that more than 80 percent of the parents were somewhat or very satisfied with their child’s most recent experience with what was called “alternative medicine” and 86 percent considered the “therapies” to be somewhat or very helpful. A whopping 90 percent said they would be willing to use an alternative approach for their children in the future.

As has been documented in other studies, only two-thirds of the parents informed their child’s physician that they were going the alternative route. Medical providers have expressed a concern over drug interactions with remedies given by other providers.

According to the article, popular approaches besides chiropractic included the use of vitamins, herbal remedies, spiritual healing and or prayer.

It was reported that the use of alternatives was twice as common among children with chronic illness than it was among their healthy peers. The most common conditions seen included respiratory illnesses, strains and sprains, allergies, digestive problems and ear infections. It was also noted that 12 percent of children were using the alternative approach as a method of disease prevention.

Reuters Health: Alternative Med Use Also Popular Among Kids @ 6:29 pm | Article ID: 1036031383

Understanding the Big Idea

By Adam R. Tanase (Tri-6 Student, Logan College of Chiropractic)

I am becoming more and more aware of Innate’s amusing way of making me think about things. It forces me to write thoughts down when it deems appropriate. Regardless of what else needs to be done, Innate persists within me until I stop working and start listening. It’s an amazing thing, that’s for sure. But I digress… It baffles me that so many chiropractors still don’t realize the Big Idea.

Don’t get me wrong, many DCs and students understand it, live it, and share it with others each and every day of their lives. However, I’m concerned with the percentage of docs and students that are completely oblivious. Too many see the Chiropractic doctrine as somewhat of an antique, something they’d see at a flea market – Fun to admire from afar, but nothing really worth ‘buying.’ Well, I see it as the greatest investment one could ever make.

Dr. F.H. Barge recognizes how “…some of us understand our philosophical tenets, some partially understand, some try to understand, some do not care to understand, and some damn their presence and try to deny they even exist.” On the same token, Dr. E.A. Morinis states “The philosophy is kept hidden away. It has become a ‘secret doctrine.’ It is something learned, respected and revered, but little practiced.” I completely agree, though my fear is that it’s something that isn’t really being learned. Some schools have abandoned this train of thought, so much that students get scoffed at by faculty for believing in it.

To those of you still trying to understand the Big Idea: Do not give up. Listen to your innate, and keep working at it. Conveying the message to your patients can be frustrating, like trying to tell someone about a color they’ve never seen before. In time it will make complete sense to you. When that happens you will see why the rest of us have been so adamant and enthused about something so simple, and you too will be eager to share it with everyone around you.

To those of you who do not care to understand it: A piece of your practice is missing. A large portion of what you could be offering to your patients is missing, and you are depriving them of a truly amazing gift. Work for Chiropractic, don’t try to make Chiropractic work for you.

And to those select few that damn its presence, I say this to you: What is it about the Big Idea that scares you? Are you embarrassed by its simplicity? Perhaps it’s not technical enough for you? Remember, Chiropractic has made it this far because of its unblemished foundational principles. Our forefathers’ hard work and commitment to the original Chiropractic philosophy inspired others to become the special healers whose service in some way or another influenced you to choose it as well. Why deviate from that successful path?

No matter how hard you try, you cannot change the Chiropractic Message. The Message of Chiropractic changes you. Ignore it if you so choose, but only you are able to unlock the door that is preventing you from hearing it. Open your mind and turn the key so that you may begin to truly serve.

Occam’s Razor, also known as the principle of parsimony, applies to this great chiropractic dilemma. Loosely translated, “All things being equal, the simplest explanation is usually correct.” Healing occurs from above down, inside out… Could it be any more simple? @ 12:53 pm | Article ID: 1035316385

Watchdog Group Finds Corporate and Legal Problems Within Chiropractic Accrediting Agency

From: Doctors for Excellence in Chiropractic Education (DECE)

October 16, 2002: Doctors for Excellence in Chiropractic Education (DECE) has uncovered what appear to be major organizational problems within the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).

“While examining the processes and rules CCE uses to accredit and de-accredit chiropractic programs and the legal sources of their authority, DECE was stunned to find that CCE had violated its own rules and procedures as well as those of the states of Wisconsin and Arizona, in which CCE has held or sought corporate status,” says Dr. Donald Hirsh, DECE spokesperson.

DECE’s intensive legal research and analysis has revealed that CCE may have no legitimate corporate status in any state.

DECE’s lead legal counsel, James S. Turner, alerted CCE of the organization’s concerns in a letter to Executive Vice President, Dr. Paul Walker, stating:

We believe that the argument can and likely will be made that CCE is operating outside the corporate validity it needs to effectively and authoritatively function as an educational standards setting body. We also believe that the additional argument could and likely will be made to the Department of Education, by others if not us, that the organization that the federal department recognized to accredit chiropractic professional programs, that is, the CCE as originally recognized, is not the body that is functioning under the name Council on Chiropractic Education today. (A link to Mr. Turner’s letter of October 15, 2002 is available below.)

“This apparent lack of corporate standing brings into question the very legitimacy of the CCE and places the organization and its trustees in an awkward and legally precarious position,” says Mr. Turner.

In addition to the uncertain legal status, CCE has taken steps to fundamentally change the mission of the CCE from accrediting programs that educate doctors of chiropractic to accrediting programs that educate “primary care physicians”. This dramatic change not only appears to discriminate against those institutions desiring to operate within the traditional definitions and orientations of the chiropractic profession, but has also raised serious legal and operational questions centering on the definition and meaning of the “primary care physician” concept. In many states, use of this term is reserved by law to doctors of medicine and the use of that term in any capacity by the doctor of chiropractic would have considerable legal repercussions.

“Some within CCE are, it appears, seeking to engineer fundamental changes in the direction and nature of chiropractic education and practice, quite apart from any mandate from the chiropractic profession and, in too many cases, in stark contrast to what the state laws say chiropractic is,” Mr. Turner continued. “Such unilateral changes in the requirements for educational institutions places both chiropractic schools and the students that they are educating in a potential confrontational position with the law. This is bad policy and needs to be corrected.”

DECE is attempting to develop a meaningful dialogue with CCE decision-makers out of a grave concern for the future of chiropractic education and those institutions that are presently obliged to act according to the dictates of the CCE. “It is just possible that the leaders of the CCE are unaware of the situation they are in and we hope that our efforts will help avoid a situation in which all of the chiropractic educational institutions, as well as the profession at large, are seriously disadvantaged,” Mr. Turner further stated.

DECE is urging the leadership of the CCE to address their uncertain structure and consider the possible consequences of continuing along a potentially self-destructive path. “Those who stand to lose are not only the students and other members of the Life University community, but the chiropractic profession as a whole,” said Dr. Hirsh. “If it is discovered that the demands and penalties CCE has levied against Life are coming from an improperly configured organization, you can imagine the massive backlash CCE will be obliged to deal with, not just in the courts and court of public opinion but with a host of government agencies.”

DECE: October 15, 2002 letter from DECE attorney Turner to CCE
DECE: Doctors for Excellence in Chiropractic Education @ 6:30 am | Article ID: 1035207045

Old Habits are Hard to Break

By Travis Robertson (6th trimester student – Palmer College)

If you have ever tried to break yourself of a bad habit, you know how hard it can be. You have to break it once then again and again and again. You have to do it many times at relatively close intervals. This helps your body to retrain itself to a new habit. Hopefully the new one is better than the old. We are creatures of habit. We find a pattern that we are comfortable with and follow it to a tee, often without conscious thought.

We merely revert to our programming, our pattern, our habit. Example: Have you ever driven somewhere and when you got there remembered very little, if any, of the trip? It really freaks you out. You think to yourself, was I paying attention? You were, but it’s just that you’ve done it so many times before that it is part of your program. It is an action that can be done without conscious thought. If any of you play sports of any sort, you know that sometimes you just get in the “zone.” It’s the same thing but with this you get a feeling on oneness with the game, an intense focus that conscious thot has little and/or no bearing on. You react quickly, reflexively, instinctively, and innately to your motor program.

Another example is kids. We know that kids are very impressionable at a young age. Usually this is from about birth to six or seven years of age. The programming or habits that they learn in this period may be with them for a long time, maybe even for life. The “bad” habits formed here are the HARDEST ones to break.

We get into these patterns or habits and some are good and some are “bad.” The “bad” ones, I believe, are good in that they offer the possessor a chance to learn and change and grow as a person. What we often see is that those early habits, those tough ones, are the ones that many people have trouble breaking on their own. The best way to stop these habits is to never let them start in the first place. It’s like trying to stop a snowball after it has been rolling down a snow-covered mountain for forty years, it isn’t gonna happen. It’s much easier to stop the snowball when it’s a mere marble size, then when it’s a boulder. Actually it is like we said before, easier to stop it from starting in the first place.

Now that we are all on the same page, I would like to talk about one of the worst habits I know of that a great deal of people have and, for the most part, don’t even know it. That habit is a subluxation. It’s a habit that can begin at, or even before, birth. If left uncorrected for years it just gets harder and harder to break as it becomes more and more ingrained into whom we are. A subluxation is a minor disruption of the normal structural orientation of the bones of the spine. This may not seem like a very bad thing but if we look at it a bit closer we find that it can have long lasting and devastating effects. The bones of the spine, 24 movable ones, serve two primary functions in our body. One of those functions is to allow all the movements that we do on a daily basis. It serves as the “anchor” for the attachment and movement of our arms, legs and head. The second function is the one that the Chiropractor is most concerned with. That function is to PROTECT the spinal cord. The bones of your neck and back form a ring around the spinal cord to provide this protection. Between each of the bones in your neck and back there is an opening on either side to allow the spinal cord to shoot off a branch of nerves to supply a part of the body. Now if the structure of your house wasn’t good, let’s say that you had a hole in the roof you’d probably get rained on right? The same is true of your spine. If the structure of the spine is not good then the function of the nervous system that it protects will not be 100%. And as we all know the nervous system is the system that regulates and coordinates all functions of the human body, so if the nervous system is at less than 100% everything else in the body will be less than 100%.

I’ll give you one more analogy. A subluxation of the bones of your neck and back is like taking a tire on a car and making it square. Changing a car tire to a square most definitely changes the function of the tire but if you look at it a little deeper you come to realize that it affects the overall function of the entire “vehicle.” Changing structure changes function, and it’s as simple as that.

There is one large difference between you and the car, you adapt and the car doesn’t. If the car has a square tire it simply will not go any where. If you have a subluxation (square tire) you adapt to it. Adaptability is one of the five signs of life that all organisms possess. If life didn’t possess adaptability, it wouldn’t last very long. When your body becomes subluxated in the spine, your body adapts to that state. That state is an abnormal one. It is a negative cycle that continually feeds upon itself causing an increased chance of more subluxation and thus more adaptation into a negative pattern. The longer this “habit” is there and the more compounded it gets the harder it is to break.

This negative cycle, this bad habit, I believe, begins many times at the birth due to trauma to the spine during the birth process. The more natural the birth the better your chances that this won’t happen but remember that it still is a possibility. These “habits” are easy to get rid of early by adjusting the spine so that the structure is consistent with optimal function. Left unchecked and compounded by years of altered structure and adaptation to a negative cycle more than one adjustment may be needed to correct the original problem. This is why Chiropractors may want to see you several times in the early going especially if you weren’t adjusted from birth. (The Chiropractors ultimate goal though should be to get you to a point where you value and take responsibility for your own health. Through this “mental” adjustment you realize the values of healthy living and you learn to avoid those things that cause the problems in the first place so that you don’t have to see the chiropractor every week for the rest of your life. When you attain this status as a patient, you can just come in when there is a problem or when you are coming in for your monthly, six months, or yearly checkups, whatever the case may be.) Children adjusted from the very beginning may rarely need to be adjusted as adults because they have adapted correctly to their surroundings with a structure and function that was optimal for them.

To sum it all up, I look at the spinal column as the great “resistor” of the body. It is where internal and external interference is broken in an attempt to keep the body functioning. Although through this attempt to maintain function the body slowly “overheats” and ultimately begins to break down. The body must then be retrained to what is optimal and the initial interference, or cause of the problem, removed. This must be done in order to let the healing begin from within. This process requires time. The longer the problem is there the longer the process of healing takes.

Kids bounce back quicker than adults, so get those kids checked for subluxation, before they have years of subluxation and finally a stupid backache brings them into the chiropractor. If you take them to the dentist before they have a cavity then take them to a chiropractor long before they get a “backache.” The Chiropractor, unlike the dentist, is dealing with the most important system of adaptation in the body, maybe on the planet, the nervous system. Remember if we fail to adapt appropriately in an ever-changing world we die.

In closing, Health is defined as: Optimal physical, mental, and social well being and NOT merely the absence of disease or infirmary. Medicine continues to seek to alleviate symptoms and control the natural processes of the body. Chiropractic seeks to reduce or remove interference to the nervous system thus allowing the individual optimal adaptation and balance with their environment. Now tell me, whose REALLY about HEALTH? I think you already know the answer to that question. Knowing that answer, give yourself, your family, and your kids, a chance to live with REAL health through Chiropractic Care. @ 10:43 am | Article ID: 1034876632

Law Number Five For Practice Growth

By Dr. Shawn Powers

Certainty & Self Confidence

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

When I interview a prospective employee I ask two vital questions that help me determine their level of self-esteem, confidence, and certainty.

Question 1) What three words would someone who knows you well use to describe you and what three words do you use?
Question 2) Are you average, above average, or extraordinary?

Your level of success will be determined by your certainty and self-confidence in two areas: first with yourself and second with chiropractic. How you identify yourself will determine how you conduct yourself, the talents you express, and most importantly what goals and dreams you decide to pursue. How do you see yourself? What do you believe about chiropractic and your skills as a chiropractor/CA?

Do you have an unconditional relationship with chiropractic? Do you have faith, confidence, and belief in yourself, the science, art and philosophy?

Understanding the previous four laws for practice growth: controlling your thoughts, elevating your beliefs, clarity of purpose and vision, focus, and the ability to initiate and the willingness to grow will influence and enhance your identity and skills in chiropractic.

A person with certainty and self-confidence will be ready to serve and grow. They will come in each day focusing on not just going to work but going to work to build the practice and increase the health of the people on this planet.

Each team member must be committed to learning, growing and improving. We must focus on quality and effectiveness, going beyond our job descriptions, accomplishing more than is expected of us. Each team member must be dedicated to inspiring others. This expands our identity, certainty, self- confidence, and skills, to say nothing of how it helps the people who trust us to take care of them.

Be a person who can see what needs to be done and make that happen. Raise the standards and always focus on increasing the level of contribution you will make while on this planet.


1. Focus each day on learning something new.
2. Associate with others who are certain and have self-confidence.
3. Study and model others who are what you want your perfect self to be. Start thinking, acting and behaving like this person until you become the qualities you admire.
4. Take massive action each day towards enhancing who you are as a person and chiropractor/CA.

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Working Hard To “Get It”

By Stew Bittman, D.C.

After nine days of the flu/jet lag from hell, I can see why people take drugs. I haven’t been more tempted in many years. Sometimes, I suppose, it’s good to get this kind of perspective. When we fret and moan about people “not getting it” I’m not sure if we fully appreciate the multitudinous challenges inherent in such an endeavor. Fear, programming, peer pressure, family pressure, media bombardment, and clue-lessness all come into play.

In traveling around the world, I’m not so sure how many chiropractors really “get it” (tho things look pretty good for the principle in Spain… maybe it will carry back over the pond). And lately, I’ve been uncertain at times about myself. After so many years of immersing myself in the principle, so many years of teaching and preaching it, so many years of meditating and praying and reading and listening and surrendering, I still entertain less than principled thots. Generally I quickly banish them to the scrap heap, but they are there nonetheless. At these times it can seem as if absolutely no one “gets it.” Thank God I am surrounded with angels who help me thru these times (and I include you!).

This past week has been an incredible example. I counted at least 26 of my practice folks who, after observing the readily apparent shittiness of my physical condition, made some remark such as, “oh, you’re getting well I see”, or, “Innate is on the job”, or, “are you loving your mucus?” Evidently I’ve been spreading the word. Then, just before my health talk Wednesday night, one of the attendees arrived for the talk having just sprained his ankle. After hearing his request for ice, one of my regular folks offered, “why, are you suffering from a lack of ice?” Gotta love it! Finally, my CA was late the other day because when she picked her son up from school, another boy had gotten his head split open in some school yard shenanigans, and she decided to stay with him until his mother arrived. When the boy’s mother did arrive, she turned out to be one of our practice folks, and after quickly determining that the condition was not life-threatening, her first remark was, “well, we better bring you over to Dr. Stew for an adjustment!” Wow.

This type of thing doesn’t happen in such abundance every week. Was it coincidental that it happened when I needed it the most? Ha! It’s been just another example of the magnificent love with which God cares for me. Maybe the Rolling Stones were right. I can’t always get what I want (I just want to feel better!!!!), but when I try sometime (do the work to share the message, to open, to surrender, to become aware, etc.), I most certainly find I get what I need. So, onwards thru the mucus I keep on keepin’ on! @ 6:59 am | Article ID: 1034603985

Law Number Four For Practice Growth

By Dr. Shawn Powers

Initiative & Willingness

I hope you had as much fun celebrating Founder’s Day as I did. I am so thankful to be a chiropractor and am so indebted to those who forged the way. Take time this month to be mindful of the struggles and rededicate yourself to being a paradigm pioneer. We can change this world.

One of our greatest fears needs to be fear of complacency. To grow our practices we need to be action oriented. Even if it seems we have made a mistake we must get up and change our strategy – never quit until we die. I find it is easier to avoid complacency when I look at life as a seminar. No failures, just lessons.

In order to grow the practice all of our teammates must have a willingness to work and initiate. We must be able to fight inertia that can limit our potential. We must rise to the level of self-motivation, not waiting for someone else, but doing what we know needs to be done, even when we don’t want to. That alone will grow you’re your practice faster than anything!

To initiate and have the willingness to go to the next level it is imperative to give ourselves permission to feel awkward when learning something new and be willing to go for it, knowing that mistakes are inevitable and they are learning experiences. You cannot grow your practice if you are holding back!

Make a decision today that you will not wait for success – success never knocks on the door, but opportunity does. Be sure you are aware and taking advantage of the opportunities that surround you everywhere. Decide today that you will do everything you can to make your practice grow – everything!

Until we meet again, may angels guard and guide you, beauty surround you, love enfold you, and may all God’s blessings be yours.

I am yours in guarding the sacred trust,
Dr. Shawn Powers

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Chiropractic Assistants are Changing Lives

By Super CA Lynne

Hello to all the Super CA’s out there. Are you reeeeeeellllllllllllly EXCITED about what you are doing? Does it show on your face, can everyone around you feel it?

I bet they can because you are a SUPER CA. But… the time has come to get more excited and we are just the ones who can do it. We have the power to change lives. I remember my first chiropractic seminar way back in 1994. It was at a Parker in Toronto and I sat mesmerized with my mouth hanging open as I listened to Super CA Sherri Hodge. That 2-hour talk changed the direction of my life. I remember elbowing my DC and saying, “Wow, I want to be just like her when I grow up.” Now in 2002 I am with the same DC and I can still feel that fire under me and I hope it never goes out.

Lets all take a piece of that fire and sit on it let it burn deep within us for future CA’s to see. Everyone that walks through the front doors of our offices should want to have our job. Do you have at least two people a week telling you that they want your job? You should!

Let your patients know how your life has been changed by chiropractic. You have been called to serve, serve a full course, let your chiropractic family leave your office full to the brim and craving more.

Author unknown for the following… I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Have an incredible week changing lives Super CA. @ 8:39 am | Article ID: 1033486750