Month: January 2003

Prevent Disease or Treat the Symptoms

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Emphasize the prevention of disease rather than the treatment of symptoms, says U.S. health secretary.

According to a recent New York Times article, Tommy G. Thompson, secretary of Health and Human Services, suggested that United States insurance companies were “wrong headed” because they have been emphasizing the treatment of illness rather than the prevention of disease.

According to the article, Mr. Thompson stated, “to stem the epidemic of preventable diseases that threaten too many Americans… we need to move from a health care system that treats disease to one that avoids disease through wiser personal choices.”

Moving from a health care system that avoids disease rather than treats the symptoms of disease, that is the cornerstone of chiropractic care. Address the cause and not merely the symptom. It appears that the U.S. government is now beginning to recognize the rewards of disease prevention and adapting a healthy lifestyle rather than waiting until symptoms have occurred. Merely treating the symptoms of disease is a practice that far too many Americans are familiar with through current traditional medical care.

According to the article, a health insurance representative said insurance companies in recent years have increasingly been willing to pay for tests and procedures that are intended to detect or prevent diseases in people that have no symptoms. This is an important step since in the past, people with no active symptoms were often turned away by health care insurers.

The sickness model of medicine has long been in contradiction with the wellness model of health. The World Health Organization definition of health reads: a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

According to the article, the secretary of Health and Human Services is determined to “persuade Americans to change their lifestyles” in the coming year. The United States reportedly spent $1.4 trillion on health care in 2001 and according to the Health and Human Services secretary, nearly three-quarters of that 1.4 trillion dollars went to the treatment of chronic illnesses whose prevalence could be reduced through the prevention of those conditions.

New York Times: Emphasize Disease Prevention, Health Secretary Tells Insurers

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Planet Chiropractic: Not So Excellent Health @ 8:10 am | Article ID: 1043770234

Yeah Baby! Excited about Chiropractic!

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I am excited!!! Give thanks to D.D. Palmer for providing you with the finest profession on earth.

Headlines today are informing us of a multi-year survey which has found that many MD’s do not like their jobs.

According to the survey, the biggest reasons sighted for their dissatisfaction were lack of independence and the number of hours worked. The lead author of the study stated, “Physician career satisfaction is one indicator of the overall health of our health care delivery system.”

Would you want to go to a doctor that did not like what he/she did? Hell no! I want to go to the guy/girl who is excited about what they do. Like Ian Grassam used to say, “whatever it is that guy has, I want it!”

Sometimes I wonder about these nim wits who think working more hours and having less independence is going to benefit any of us. Think about it. Independence, that’s got to be the number one thing we have going for us. As a chiropractor, you can work an hour a day, 10 hours a day, 6 hours a week, or 60 hours a week. You can wear a tie or tye dye. Man, you can wear a tye dye tie and no shoes, shouting out… “the power that made the body – heals the body” and charge $80.00 a visit. As far as hours worked goes I know few DCs that are in the office more than 40 hours per week. In my neck of the woods few work Tuesday morning, so we all get to hang out Monday night. That comes in real handy during football season. FREEDOM!!!

The fact is, anyone who gets excited or depressed because of their work has it all backwards. That’s outside-in-down-up thinking. You have to first be excited and then put that excitement into your life’s work. That’s above-down-inside-out thinking. Either you create your world, or you become a byproduct of it, the choice is yours.

Reuters: Survey Finds Many Doctors Don’t Like Jobs
MSNBC: Many doctors don’t like jobs – 18 percent of U.S. physicians dissatisfied, survey finds @ 6:06 pm | Article ID: 1043201185

The Latest Stuff from Gerry

By Gerard W. Clum, D.C.

I am very pleased to advise you that on January 10, 2003, the Commission on Accreditation (COA) of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) reaffirmed the accredited status of Life Chiropractic College West for a period of eight (8) years!

Accreditation reviews should be eventful but routine processes, but due to the circumstances involving the withdrawal of accreditation from the College of Chiropractic of Life University in Georgia, this accreditation cycle for Life West was far from routine.

The accreditation timeline involved a submission of a self-study on May 1, 2002, a site visitation team being on campus in late August 2002 and the exchange of reports and responses throughout the fall of the year. The hearing on January 10, 2003 was the last phase in the process.

The factors that made this accreditation cycle less than routine involved the confusion on the part of many chiropractors and many prospective students regarding the relationship between Life Chiropractic College West and the College of Chiropractic of Life University. Another factor in the non-routine nature of the process involved a level of opportunism that was seized by those who had something to gain from capitalizing on the Life West-Life University confusion. Let me explain.

Life Chiropractic College West and Life University have ALWAYS been separate institutions. We have shared perspectives on chiropractic and on our most unifying concept–Lasting Purpose. Otherwise, we have each been accredited separately and we have each been answerable to the CCE Standards based on our own performance and circumstance. Bottomline: Our reaffirmation does not benefit Life University and Life University’s problems with CCE should not have harmed Life West.

Over the past six months, we have encountered a perspective that we came to refer to as “the other shoe syndrome.” This relates to the people in the profession who assumed that the fate of Life Chiropractic College West was the same as the fate of the College of Chiropractic of Life University. People with this syndrome have held off on referring students or donating to Life West fearing that their efforts would be wasted.

There has been a pathological version of “the other shoe syndrome.” In this situation, persons at various chiropractic colleges have lied to prospective students about Life West and proffered the idea that Life West and Life University are the same, and if it happened at one, it will happen at the other. The first form of the syndrome is based on fear and concern. The pathological form is based on greed and is de-liberate and conscious in intent.

In light of the reaffirmation of the accredited status of Life West by the COA, I am asking for your help in getting accurate information disseminated to our colleagues. Specifically, I am asking for your help as follows:

1. Please take advantage of every opportunity to let our colleagues know of the recent reaf-firmation action of the COA with respect to Life Chiropractic College West. When you have lunch with a chiropractor, attend a county or state chiropractic meeting, or you attend a con-tinuing education seminar–wherever you see chiropractors, please be sure and let people know of the good news about Life West.

2. Please take every opportunity to let prospective students know of the opportunities available to them at Life West. Many prospective students are confused about the relationship between Life West and Life University. Please be sure they have the correct information about Life West. Remind them that we live, work and study in a place (the San Francisco Bay Area) that people all over the world dream about visiting one time in their lives!

3. If you are in contact with students who have transferred from Life University to another chi-ropractic program, or if you are in contact with students who have withdrawn from Life Uni-versity and are taking a breather, let them know we can help them. We have had calls from many students who have transferred elsewhere who are concerned that the promises of the Summer of 2002 are not the reality of the Winter of 2003. If we can be of assistance to them, we would be pleased to do so.

4. Remember that a donation to Life West is needed and appreciated. Please know that your do-nation will be well used to serve the educational needs of our students and to help secure the profession for those that follow us.

If you have any questions about any aspect of this letter, please feel free to call me at 510.780.4500 ext. 4550 or to write me at [email protected]

Thank you for your continued interest in “The Latest Stuff from Gerry.” We’ll be in touch soon with more news of the day for you, your patients and your practice.

Be well.


Gerard W. Clum, D.C.
Life Chiropractic College West
25001 Industrial Boulevard
Hayward, California 94545
510.780.4500 extension 4550 voice
510.780.4515 facsimile @ 6:28 pm | Article ID: 1042943333

Young Workers Dropping Health Care Coverage

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

According to recent news reports, an estimated 1.4 million Americans lost their health insurance coverage due to layoffs in the past year. Some sources say the numbers are even higher, closer to 2 million.

After layoffs, firms typically offer former employees a temporary policy that may cost an individual an average of a few hundred dollars per month. And when you’re not making money, $200-$400 in monthly fees often seems like a lot to pay for insurance.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total number of uninsured now stands at 41 million. The number of young people (ages 18 to 34) without coverage is growing quickly — in 2002 it increased by 800,000 to a total of more than 16 million.

Over 40 million Americans are uninsured.

Some analysts have said it is a safe bet for the young to go without insurance while they are out of work. Let’s face it, if you’re going to pay about $250 a month for insurance just in case you get the flu and have to visit an MD, it can get expensive. If you did visit the doctor you’d still have your co-pay and deductible to meet. However, a good insurance policy does come in handy in crisis care situations. This is where medicine works best, addressing crisis care situations. It’s sick care really, not health care.

That’s where chiropractic comes in. Many people find that they actually save money on their health care expenses by seeing a chiropractor. You’re buying less drugs, relying less on MD’s, and you’re simply not as sick as often. All these things help you to save $$$. This is why so many self-employed workers choose chiropractic.

Another thing is that an entire week of care in an affordable chiropractic office may cost what you could pay for one visit in some other doctors offices, and that’s not including further care. Remember, those costs can add up very quickly.

If you are looking for health care that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, find a good chiropractor in your area that offers an affordable plan. Chances are there is an office near you that offers family plans and may even have plans for students or individuals that are out of work. Some offices even offer weekly, monthly, and/or yearly payment plans to better fit your budget.

Remember, the best investment you can make…is inside of you!

MSNBC: More young people drop insurance – Laid-off workers unable to afford health coverage @ 8:09 pm | Article ID: 1042862984

Chiropractic Adjustment Saves Career

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Hockey, its brutal on the body, there is no denying that. Broken bones, separated joints, and lots and lots of stitches are all part of the territory in this sport.

Andy Van Hellemond, who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame for refereeing 1,475 games, more than anyone else in the history of the NHL, has certainly had his share of bumps and bruises. In one incidence as an NHL referee, Van Hellemond collided with Larry Robinson which resulted in a Van Hellemond suffering a broken hand, 3 broken ribs and a separated sternum. He also spent five weeks in the hospital with a badly pinched nerve that effected his lower torso.

According to Andy, he didn’t have feeling in his right leg for long time. In a recent Washington Post article he stated that health-care workers would put pins and needles in his leg up to his hip and he could not feel a thing. Nerve flow to the leg was completely blocked.

It was a chiropractic adjustment that saved his career, according to the Washington Post article. Van Hellemond is now the NHL director of officiating and is in charge of overseeing everything associated with referees and linesmen in the NHL.

Andy Van Hellemond retired following the 1996 Stanley Cup Final. He set several NHL records during his career, including most games officiated (1,475), most playoff games (227), and most selections to work the Stanley Cup finals (19).

Earning Their Stripes – NHL Refs: Rugged Breed, Dangerous Job @ 8:29 pm | Article ID: 1042691368

The Drugging of U.S. Children Continues

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

According to new research, the number of American children being treated with psychiatric drugs (such as Ritalin) has tripled from 1987 to 1996 and is showing no sign of slowing.

Psychiatric medications are now being prescribed to children and adolescents at nearly the same rate as adults, “despite the relative lack of knowledge about how they are used and how well they work in younger age groups,” according to the research.

In an article published by the Albuquerque Tribune, research professor Candace B. Pert states, “I am alarmed at the monster that Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon Snyder and I created when we discovered the simple binding assay for drug receptors 25 years ago.”

While several of the articles in today’s news are looking to justify the use of psychiatric medications, some such as the Albuquerque Tribune, take a different approach.

Some interesting points include:

  • both Ritalin and cocaine are similarly distributed in brain regions believed to be responsible for reward and pleasure related behaviors
  • The 1996 December issue of Pediatrics, reported that 1.5 million children, ages 5 through 18, were taking Ritalin
  • Also in 1996, the National Association of School Nurses said the number was more like 3 million
  • A Johns Hopkins newsletter now says “over 7 million children consume over eight tons of Ritalin every year in the United States
  • According to the Tribune article, teachers are still specifically mentioning Ritalin by name and asking parents whether they had ever considered putting their child on it. Teachers are not supposed to be suggesting specific drug treatments to parents.

    Washington Post: More Kids Receiving Psychiatric Drugs – Question of ‘Why’ Still Unanswered
    Sacramento Bee: Psychiatric drug use in young is exploding
    The Albuquerque Tribune: Johnny needs attention, not pills and games

    View more than 40 articles related to the use of Ritalin…
    Planet Chiropractic Keyword Search for “Ritalin” @ 10:34 am | Article ID: 1042569252

    Snow Shovelling Number One Cause of Winter Back Pain

    “Lift light, shovel right” say back specialists

    TORONTO, Jan. 9 /CNW/ – A new poll released today points to snow shoveling as the leading cause of back and neck pain during the winter months. 73 per cent of Ontario chiropractors surveyed say improper shoveling technique tops the list of winter back pain woes.

    “Chiropractors are finding that some patients experience back and neck pain as a result of improper snow shoveling technique,” said Dr. Dennis Mizel, President of the Ontario Chiropractic Association. “Improper technique can be anything from bending at the waist instead of the knees to throwing snow instead of pushing it. When you combine improper technique with the average weight of one shovelful of snow (five to seven pounds) it becomes even more evident that this is a serious problem for both adults and the children who help them.”

    National public opinion research firm, Pollara, recently conducted the survey among members of the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Pollara surveyed a total of 500 chiropractors from across the province. The survey is accurate to within (+/-) 4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

    “Back problems can surface in patients during the winter, especially those who are unaccustomed to participating in challenging physical activity on a regular basis,” said Dr. Kristina Peterson, a chiropractor in Thunder Bay. “Activities requiring exertion that is higher than one’s daily routine such as winter sports or pushing stuck cars can cause back injuries. However, snow shoveling is the number one reason patients present with back pain in the winter.”

    Don’t let winter be a pain in the back – ‘Lift light, shovel right.’ Education and preparedness are the keys to correcting this seasonal problem. The Ontario Chiropractic Association offers the following preventive measures to help keep backs in shape:
    1. Warm-up. Before beginning any snow removal, warm-up for five to ten minutes to get the joints moving and increase blood circulation. A good warm-up should include stretches for the back, shoulders, arms and legs. This will ensure that your body is ready for action.

    2. Don’t let the snow pile up. Removing small amounts of snow on a frequent basis is less strenuous in the long run.

    3. Pick the right shovel. Use a lightweight push-style shovel. If you use a metal shovel, spray it with Teflon first so snow won’t stick.

    4. Push, don’t throw. Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing it as much as possible. If you have to throw, avoid twisting and turning – position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile.

    5. Bend your knees. Use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight.

    6. Take a break. If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a rest. Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest or back pain.

    Founded in 1929, the Ontario Chiropractic Association represents the professional interests of more than 2,800 Ontario chiropractors. Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces, and is one of the largest primary contact health care professions in Canada. Every year approximately 4.5 million Canadians use chiropractic services. @ 8:52 pm | Article ID: 1042433526

    Chiropractic News Briefs for the Week

    Chiropractors Give Truck-Stop Tuneups
    When Erwin Daugherty pays a visit to the busy truck stop here, he’s not getting a tuneup for his 18-wheeler. It’s his back that’s getting realigned.

    Banyan Announces Subsidiary Chiropractic USA
    Banyan Corporation (OTC BB: BANY) is pleased to announce that it has reached an Agreement in Principle with Chiropractic Coach Dr. CJ Mertz to collectively proceed with the development of Chiropractic USA’s national franchise program.

    Bristol chiropractor James Messimer to run for seat on City Council
    Dr. James E. Messimer, 52, a chiropractor, announced Monday that he will run for the Bristol City Council.

    If elected to the City Council, Messimer said his goals would be to encourage businesses like hotels, motels, restaurants and retailers to locate in Bristol and to encourage local entrepreneurs to open businesses by helping them find grants, loans and other financial aid.

    Snow shoveling Number one cause of winter back pain
    A new poll released today points to snow shoveling as the leading cause of back and neck pain during the winter months.

    Mind, body and spirit an Eastern approach to chiropractor
    Kevin Ehl is serving up the gift of life at his Port Moody cafe – with a twist.

    Ehl is a Californian who married a Tri-Cities girl, and decided to hang his shingle in Port Moody and bring his special chiropractic technique to the area. @ 8:41 pm | Article ID: 1042432882

    Texans Round Up Former Life Students

    By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

    The news in the Pasadena Citizen reads…

    “When a small university in Georgia lost its accreditation, Texas Chiropractic College sent its director of admissions to the campus to recruit students who were looking to graduate from an accredited program. Life University College of Chiropractic lost its accreditation by the Council of Chiropractic Education last June. After a failed attempt by LUCC to appeal the decision, about 120 students decided to leave the university and transfer to Pasadena’s TCC.”

    According to the article, TCC sent their director of admissions to Georgia to recruit students. As a result, Texas Chiropractic College is now boasting of their largest incoming class in the schools history. The article does not mention that TCC was represented on the CCE Commission and voted to revoke Life’s accreditation.

    A flashback to July 15th, 2002…
    I have just witnessed an event that would make even the tallest, proudest Texan hang his head in shame. At 2:05 THIS MORNING (Monday, July 15) a charter bus and a van pulled out of Marietta, Georgia with approximately 60 students from Life University headed to Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas. Given the circumstances of Life University’s unresolved accreditation situation, one could not blame the students for checking out their options. But, that’s not really the whole story.

    On June 10 of this year, the Council on Chiropractic Education unexpectedly refused to re-affirm Life’s accreditation because of the school’s supposed unwillingness to adhere to relatively new guidelines. Oddly, Life University (the world’s largest chiropractic teaching institution with an enrollment of 2,600) was not represented on CCE’s Commission on Accreditation, while Texas Chiropractic College (with an enrollment of 350) is represented on the Commission and voted to revoke Life’s accreditation.

    At 4:30 on the afternoon of June 10, Dr. Alvin Richard was told to be in Marietta the next day. Indeed, Dr. Richard was in Marietta the next day buying dinner for over 100 Life students at Sidelines, a sports bar just two miles from the Life campus, and extolling the virtues of his alma mater and employer.

    From Dr. Tim Langley’s published letter… Texas Pride – Life & TCC Texas Pride – Life & TCC

    Pasadena Citizen: TCC adjusts to increased student enrollment

    Note: I have witnessed several hard working in practice chiropractors stand up, speak out and get involved in making a difference in chiropractic this past year. They have organized groups, initiated email campaigns, and traveled to Georgia to offer their assistance. Some are not graduates of Life University but felt it their duty to protect and preserve the principles taught at institutions such as Life. During the same period, it appears that several gurus, coaches, peddlers and seminar speakers have scattered and are off to what they perhaps perceive as brighter and better pastures. – Just my thots. @ 10:42 am | Article ID: 1042137768

    Life Files Suits Against CCE

    Life University Press Release

    University Charges Council On Chiropractic Education Denied Due Process In Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review

    Life University on Thursday sought to restore Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) accreditation, a move that would allow students to complete their education without delay.

    The University filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Atlanta after it determined that CCE denied due process during recent reaffirmation procedures.

    The suit alleges that the CCE:

  • Amended its bylaws in such a manner that they conflict with the articles of incorporation.
  • Adopted Standards for Doctor of Chiropractic Programs and Institutions that strongly favored the liberal branch of chiropractic philosophy at the expense of the conservative branch.
  • Violated Life’s common law due process rights by conducting a flawed and biased process for reaffirmation.
  • Refused to reconsider Life’s application for reaccredidation in a timely manner.
  • “It is disappointing, but necessary that Life file this lawsuit against CCE. From the time I began the presidential application process, I believed there was a good possibility we would be able to apply for accreditation and our application considered in a timely manner,” commented Dr. Ben DeSpain, Life University President-Elect. “However, after several attempts to communicate with CCE and a detailed review of the recent reaffirmation process, I believe CCE, its executive director and administrative officers, intend to destroy Life University.”

    The University’s lawsuit follows a myriad of efforts to regain accreditation that culminated in the CCE Agenda Committee’s decision to deny Life’s request for a discussion on a rule change requiring that chiropractic programs operate for two consecutive years before applying for accreditation. The rule was adopted during the same meeting that Life’s reaffirmation was denied.

    “By denying our request to discuss the recent rule change at the meeting this month, CCE confirmed their position of inflexibility and left Life with no other option but to seek judicial intervention,” added Dr. DeSpain.

    The suit asks the court to:

  • Issue a preliminary and permanent injunction requiring CCE to restore the accreditation of Life University.
  • Declare that CCE failed to provide Life University with due process and fundamental fairness in the reaffirmation of accreditation process.
  • Begin the reaffirmation of accreditation process anew in a manner providing Life with common law due process.
  • “Our suit is based on the University’s fundamental right to a fair and impartial review of the chiropractic program and the fact that CCE is not willing or capable of this basic element of due process afforded us by law,” stated Dr. DeSpain.

    CCE now faces legal challenges from two chiropractic universities. Palmer University filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin charging that CCE deprived Palmer of appropriate representation in its recent CCE reorganization process.

    The reorganization process that Palmer is challenging includes CCE’s attempt to dissolve itself as a Wisconsin corporation to become an Arizona corporation. The Palmer lawsuit claims these actions were taken in violation of the CCE’s own bylaws and articles of incorporation.

    For more information visit the website of Life Chiropractic University
    Messages From Dr. DeSpain @ 7:05 pm | Article ID: 1041995113