Month: March 2003

Two Healthcare Workers Die After Smallpox Vaccine

A second healthcare has reportedly died of a heart attack after receiving the smallpox vaccine. According to various news reports, officials are now investigating whether the smallpox vaccinations are to blame for cardiac problems that have been discovered in at least 17 people who have been inoculated.

Today, the U.S. House put off until at least next week a vote on a bill that would create a federal compensation program for health care workers injured or killed by side effects of the smallpox vaccine. What happens to those that have already been killed or injured?

According to the Washington Post, only 21,698 healthcare workers nationwide have received the smallpox vaccine. The plan originally called for 500,000 volunteers to be inoculated against smallpox. Many doctors and nurses have refused to participate saying the risks outweigh the benefits.

For months we heard that the risks were about as follows… “For every 1 million people inoculated in the past, one or two people died, and as many as 52 suffered severe complications.”

At this time, less than 22,000 have been vaccinated, two are potentially dead as a result, and more than 17 have reported injuries. You do the math.

ABC News: Second Worker Dies After Smallpox Vaccine
Yahoo! News: Smallpox Compensation Bill Stalls in U.S. House
ABC News: Md. Nurse Dies After Inoculation – CDC Changes Rules For Smallpox Vaccine

planetc1.com-news @ 5:19 pm | Article ID: 1048814357

New Beginnings Commitment Toward Students (English & French)

Quelle est la necessité de la philosophie chiropratique pour les étudiants?
Dans la plupart des collèges chiropratiques, les étudiants sont bombardés de science et de technique et l’aspect philosophique est mis de cô té. Bien souvent, cela donne des jeunes gradués qui se questionnent sur l’efficacité de leur profession ou qui n’ont tout simplement pas la passion de leur métier. La philosophie chiropratique permet de développer un but et une certitude face à la chiropratique. La philosophie chiropratique permet aussi de développer l’enthousiasme et la passion nécessaire pour traverser 5 ans d’étude, de multiples examens, des boards et l’entrée sur le marché du travail! La philosophie chiropratique est essentielle. Pourquoi? Parce que la philosophie d’une profession est en quelque sorte son âme. C’est elle qui définit la façon de penser et donc de VIVRE des différents membres de la profession en question. Nous nous devons de garder l’esprit de la chiropratique tel qu’il nous a été transmis, pur et simple.

Why do students need chiropractic philosophy?
In most chiropractic colleges, students are overwhelmed by chiropractic science and technique, leaving philosophy as an afterthought. Oftentimes, that results in young DCs who are unsure about their purpose, unsure about the results of chiropractic care or who are simply not passionate about their profession. Chiropractic philosophy helps to create certainty and a sense of purpose. Chiropractic philosophy helps the student keep the enthusiasm and the drive necessary to go through 4 or 5 years of studying, tests, boards and practice building! Chiropractic philosophy is essential. Why? Because philosophy is the soul of any profession. It is what defines the way of thinking and acting of its members. We owe it to the founders of chiropractic to keep the flame alive and unsoiled.

Chiropractors Jeannie Ohm, Chuck Ribley, and Ruth Sunshine Ribley
Chiropractors Jeannie Ohm, Chuck Ribley, and Ruth Sunshine Ribley at New Beginnings

Pourquoi aller à New Beginnings?
New Beginnings est ce qui se fait de plus pur en terme de chiropratique. Au fil des ans, ce séminaire s’est développé jusqu’à devenir un des principaux séminaires de philosophie aux états-Unis. Les plus grands de la profession y ont participé: Dr Jim Dubel (fondateur), Dr Guy Riekeman (président de Palmer College), Bill Esteb (Patient Media inc), Dr CJ Mertz, Dr Bob Braile (ex président de l’ICA), et plusieurs autres. Le rythme des conférences est excellent: celles-ci sont courtes et précises, variant entre 20 minutes et une heure, ce qui permet d’apprécier plusieurs visions différentes de la chiropratique sans perdre sa concentration. De plus, les conférenciers peuvent être autant des chiropraticiens d’expérience que des étudiants, des assistantes ou des patients. Une des particularités de New Beginnings, c’est qu’AUCUN des conférenciers ne reçoit de rémunération! En fait, la plupart paient le prix régulier pour assister au weekend: cela démontre l’engagement et l’authenticité des conférenciers. Les conférenciers s’entendent tous sur un point: l’importance de la philosophie dans la pratique chiropratique quotidienne. Plusieurs étudiants perçoivent la philosophie comme quelque chose d’étrange et de mystérieux: New Beginnings permet de découvrir ce qu’elle est vraiment et son apport essentiel au travail du chiropraticien.

New Beginnings est un séminaires dynamique et accueillant: il est impossible d’y assister sans sourire et s’amuser. La chaleur et l’amour dégagé par les participants suffira à rallumer votre flamme chiropratique.

Why go to New Beginnings?
New Beginnings is the summit in pure and unsoiled chiropractic philosophy. Throughout the years, with the hard work of its founder and board members, it has grown from small friendly gatherings to become one of the main philosophy meetings in America. The most renowned speakers have participated: Dr. Jim Dubel (founder), Dr. Guy Riekeman (Palmer College president), Bill Esteb, Pasquale Cerasoli, Drs. Bob Braile, Tony DeMarco, Jay Handt, Bob Tarantino, and many, many others. Speeches are short and to the point, allowing you to stay focused and appreciate many different ideas about chiropractic philosophy. Speakers can be experienced chiropractors, students, patients, chiropractic assistants. All speakers are speaking in a context of love and acceptance. One of the particularities of New Beginnings weekend is that NONE of the speakers receive remuneration. In fact, most speakers pay the full price to attend the weekend: this demonstrates their engagement and commitment to the profession. While all speakers have different stories to share, they all concur on one point: the importance of keeping the sacred trust of chiropractic philosophy pure. Many students view philosophy as weird or unimportant: New beginnings allows them to discover what true chiropractic principles are and its essential contribution to the work of the chiropractor.

New Beginnings is a fun and dynamic weekend, filled with love and friendship. It is impossible to attend without smiling and laughing all the time. The love and commitment shared by the people attending is sure to light your chiropractic flame.

L’engagement de New Beginnings envers les étudiants
Plusieurs séminaires sont principalement orientés vers les chiropraticiens déjà en pratique et négligent les étudiants présents. à New Beginnings, c’est tout le contraire: les étudiants sont la fierté du groupe, et sont considérés comme précieux à titre de futurs leaders de la profession. Le but de New Beginnings est de rendre la philosophie chiropratique accessible à chaque étudiant, d’une façon qui n’est pas abordée dans les collèges. Le prix pour étudiant est conservé le plus bas possible: 25$ pour 4 jours. Les étudiants sont aussi conviés gratuitement à un lunch de parrainage, durant lequel il est possible de discuter avec des chiropraticiens d’expérience. Cela est rendu possible grace au travail d’une dizaine de chiropraticiens organisateurs du Student Fund ainsi qu’aux nombreuses donations faites par des chiropraticiens spécifiquement pour les étudiants. Chaque collège possède aussi son représentant étudiant, afin de conserver un contact constant entre le comité organisateur et les étudiants. Bref, New Beginnings s’engage à tout donner pour permettre aux étudiants de découvrir la philosophie chiropratique et de développer passion et enthousiasme pour leur profession.

New Beginnings commitment toward students
Many seminars are geared more toward practicing chiropractors and forget the students. At New Beginnings, it’s the reverse: students are the pride of the group and considered precious as future leaders of the profession. One of New Beginnings goals is to make pure principled chiropractic accessible to all students, in a way that most colleges do not teach. Student registration price is kept at the lowest cost possible, and includes a mentoring lunch where chiropractors pay for the opportunity to discuss with students and help them in any possible way. All this is possible because of the work volunteering DCs put into Student Fund committees and because of donation to the Student Fund from principled chiropractors all over America. Each college has its own student leaders, to keep constant feedback between New Beginnings and the students.

New Beginnings makes a commitment to put all their efforts to allow each and every chiropractic student and under grad to discover pure principled chiropractic and henceforth develop pride and passion for their profession.

À faire!!!

For more information about New Beginnings, visit: www.newbeginningschiro.com

planetc1.com-news @ 8:17 pm | Article ID: 1048738644

Spring and ChiropracTIC Super CA’s

By Super Ca Lynne Gawley-Hofstetter

I was outside yesterday walking around my yard looking at the flowerbeds still covered with snow. We moved into this house this past August so I’m not really sure what will come up through the dirt as the days start to get warmer. One thing that amazed me as I did my survey was the little green buds poking up through the snow.

Wow, how can anyone ever question the Innate possibilities we all have? If a bulb can sleep all winter long and as the first few days of warm weather start it slowly pokes its head through the snow how can anyone question the amazing healing power we have. Do you think if there was a brick placed on that exact spot where the bulb came up last fall the bulb would still grow? Yes it would, it would struggle and change direction and come up somewhere beside that heavy brick. It has a mission, to grow and bloom and delight our senses and eyes as it beautifies our yard.

We also have a mission Super CA’s… to grow and bloom and change the world. No matter how many bricks are placed on top of us. No matter how many people turn their back on Chiropractic because it “doesn’t work” and they go back to the Tylenol bottle. What they didn’t realize was that even though they may have had only one adjustment something in their life changed.

People may not always choose to follow the care guidelines we set out for them. And it should always be their choice. We can only tell them the truth and when it is their time they will accept it. It seems we have had a rash of people returning for care. Usually in worse shape than they were the first time they came into our office. Or perhaps they saw another DC in our area and were too embarrassed to return to that office because they were told the truth and they just didn’t listen.

If someone chooses to leave your practice for whatever reason make sure they know they are always welcome back. We are here to serve-love-give. Sometimes we just have to be patient and wait for the snow to melt and the layers of doubt to come off. Before long the flowers will be blooming in their lives again and they will be renewed. The seeds of our labour are spreading lets be ready for the beauty that will surely come.

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planetc1.com-news @ 4:38 pm | Article ID: 1048639101

Firewalking in New Jersey – Again!

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

On May 2nd, 2003, hundreds will gather on the shores of New Jersey for a yearly ritual that ignites hearts, minds, and in some cases, feet. The walk on fire is scheduled for Friday night as part of the New Beginnings – ICPA Chiropractic Extravaganza and it is sure to be a HOT event.

I have had the privilege during the past two years to be involved in the preparation of the firewalk and both times it was an amazing experience. Remember, firewalking is potentially very dangerous. For as many times as I have heard success stories I have also heard skeptics saying “anyone can do it.” My belief is anyone CAN do it but they must be properly prepared and trained by someone like Dr. Handt. If you think there is no chance of getting hurt you are mistaken. Last year, many people walked on the same fire and afterwards while most felt fantastic, others got burned. A few were burned so bad they were hospitalized for injuries. I don’t say this to get anyone scared, I think it should actually get you more excited. You have the ability to create the experience in your mind. If you focus on getting burned, or are stuck in a fear of getting burned, guess what will likely happen? However, if you focus on having a great time, and plan to use the success of the walk as an anchor for your daily life, then guess what will likely happen?

Below is a link to a great article on the theory behind Firewalking as well as article links to last years walk and the walk in 2000. Some that have experienced walking on fire have also shared their words which you can read below. If you want more information about the event, contact the folks at New Beginnings by calling 1-732-483-5776

“The fire is light – it is high frequency. Connecting with the fire in such a sacred way allows one to connect with that part of oneself that is the “higher frequency” and re-mind us that all things are possible.” Dance with the fire – dance with your light. — Louis Corleto

The Firewalk: “A metaphor of life in a measured experience. The walk is done to show that actions speak louder than words… you walk on fire, a potential harm, knowing that if you are ego less or ‘in the zone’ no harm can come to you. You are a powerful, impenetrable human led to greatness by a omnipotent inner being. You may, nay you will, achieve anything once you get yourself out of the way.”

Walking on fire is a chance to do that which you would not ordinarily do. A chance to breakout of the cell of fear which traps many of us from reaching our potential. With the empowering decision to do the impossible, it symbolizes that beyond your comfort zone are accomplishments that you can do. Why not? You walked on fire. — Bob Tarantino

As for my CA’s response, the firewalk means: It means overcoming personal challenges and setting goals for the upcoming year. A way to bond with people you know and people you just met.

What the firewalk means to me: A life changing event that allows you to experience what it feels like to make the impossible possible. An adrenalin rush that stays with you that provides a spiritual anchor you can always count on. — Dr. Andrew A. De Saro

The firewalk gave me the confidence needed to start my own practice right out of college. Every time things get rough or hectic, I look at a picture I keep in my office, showing me stepping on burning coals with a tremendous smile on my face. Then, I feel like nothing can stop me. — Dr. Valérie Lachance

Planet Chiropractic: To Walk On Fire
Planet Chiropractic: The FireWalk Experience As a Powerful Metaphor

FireWalking: A firewalking theory that can benefit everyone.

planetc1.com-news @ 12:27 pm | Article ID: 1048624054

The “Spin” on the truth about cancer therapy

By Sal Martingano M.S., D.C.

(note: this is not an article on chiropractic but the principle applies.)

Ever since I started my journey in HC I noticed that it was increasingly difficult to find the actual facts. You would think that the facts would be easy to find. Actually, the facts are easy to find it’s just that they are buried in a twisted maze of special interest groups. Let me give you an example: the fact is that no one has been able to cure the common cold, yet we see and hear medical advertisements selling products that treat the common cold. The fact is we see advertisements that claim to treat everything from baldness to the heartbreak of psoriasis.

First of all, the problem lies in the difference between treating a condition and curing a condition. The average person does not see the difference; all they want is to feel better. The pharmaceutical industry is almost totally supported by this concept. We have drugs that can do just about anything to the body; however they are all disguised as treatments not cures. So why is this important? The importance is that treatments cannot give answers as to why the problem exists in the first place.

Secondly, the people who are in control over the destiny of our health care system want people to be confused. Dr. Bob Mendelsohn in his book “confessions of a medical heretic”, talks about his profession as the “religion of modern medicine” whereas the doctors are the high priests and our hospitals are its temples. His point was that people do not question religion or its principles, they simply follow the path that has been set for them. Likewise, the direction that medicine has set for us is the path that they want no one to question. As soon as people question, they have to explain, and the answer is not always what they want people to know. Keeping control over the situation requires people to simply follow and not question.

Thirdly, we have agencies in healthcare that have total dictatorship over what we can and cannot do. For instance, the food in drug administration was established to protect the people from food in products that can be potentially harmful to them. Yet, when products and formulas are introduced that are not made from chemicals, or pharmaceutical companies, but are organic in nature, meaning they are from nature itself, this same food in drug administration does not approve them for use because there are no studies that show their effectiveness in treating diseases. Now here is where you have to put your thinking on and listen very carefully to what I just said. “These natural substances are not approved treatments for diseases.” The food in drug administration first of all, is not test anything. Their job is to review the data from the pharmaceutical companies and what ever studies they provide, and then pass judgment as to whether the product is safe for the public. Also, the food in drug administration knows full well the difference between a treatment and cure. Most natural products are sold as treatments but in fact, they are designed to cure. I know this all sounds like doubletalk but the truth is, if people knew the real truth about the difference between treatment and cure, they probably would not follow the traditional medical path.

You see, that’s why I started this conversation by talking about “spin”. Spin, is how you make an untruth look like the truth. In order to get people to do certain things, they have to be fooled and in some cases convinced that what they are doing is correct, and is the only approved way to do things. Spin in medicine, can be extremely dangerous and some cases deadly. Let’s take the disease of cancer and see just how spin can be deadly. The American Cancer Society for over 35 years has been saying that “we are so close to cure” and with additional research we can find a cure for this deadly disease. Now, hearing this from the American Cancer Society, people have no choice but to say, I hope you succeed and I’m behind you 100%. But here’s what people didn’t hear. Thirty-five years ago cancer affected one in 500 people. Today, cancer affects one in three. What they also didn’t hear was that one of the mission statements of the American Cancer Society is to come up with the best treatment plans for the disease. To date, the only “approved” treatment plans are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. To date, there hasn’t been a single “cure” for any cancer. So here’s where the spin comes in. People are under the impression that the American Cancer Society and all of the cancer research centers around the country are actively trying to affect a “cure” for cancer, yet the truth is that all of the research has moved towards the “treatment” of cancer. To date, approximately one-third of the 1.3 trillion dollar health-care bill goes into cancer treatment.

What do you suppose would happen, if a medical cure for cancer is found? Wouldn’t you think that the medical community would have a year-long celebration? Wouldn’t you think that the American Cancer Society would finally say “I told you so”? Well, let’s look at the reality of finding a cure. What would happen to all of the cancer treatment centers? What would happen to all of the cancer research centers? What would happen to all of the medical funds and grants earmarked for cancer research? What would happen to all of the industries that have been developed toward the treatment of cancer? What would happen to all of the medical personnel, the oncologists, and hospice, the thousands of radiation and chemotherapy centers around the world? What would happen is that the medical establishment would collapse. After all, what would you do with all this stuff if a Magic Pill can be found?

So let’s look at the reality. Where is the incentive for a cure? Answer, there really is none. For that matter, where is the incentive to cure diabetes, AIDS or attention deficit disorder? Answer, there is none. Now please understand that I am not saying that medical doctors are not interested in finding a cure. What I am saying is that medical science makes its money on the treatment of disease and not the cure of disease. Therefore, the medical doctors are caught in a trap. How can they work towards a cure, if the tools that are provided to them, are established as a treatment? You see ladies and gentlemen, the “spin” in medicine is that everyone and every industry is working towards a cure when the facts are that they are working to provide better treatments.

This only leads to one conclusion, that disease and sickness is what drives our medical health-care system. Healthy people do not fill hospitals. Healthy people do not need drugs. Healthy people only need surgery in emergency conditions. Healthy people would actually destroy the fabric of our health-care system and of course the stream of money that endlessly flows into the system.

Now that I painted this picture for you, are you now beginning to see what it is that we’re really doing in healthcare? Now that I’ve given you the bad news about the “spin” in healthcare, I’ll give you some good news. What if I told you that there are dozens of cures for cancer already available? What if I told you that cancer is not a disease of bad luck or an inevitable fact of getting old but instead, the result of an impaired immune system. What if I told you that certain parts of your blood are devoted to removing cancer cells wherever they are? As you might know already, cancer cells are in your body every day and in every person. The good news is that your body already has the mechanism to destroy the cancer cells before they can grow. Our blood system contains red and white blood cells. In short, the red cells feed oxygen to the body; the white cells protect the body from disease, infection and sickness. What protects us from cancer cells are the lymphocytes located in our white blood cells and there are many of them each with a specific purpose. When the lymphocytes are within normal range, cancer cells cannot survive. When lymphocytes drop off, cancer cells can develop a home. Now you don’t need to be a genius to connect the dots. If you find a way to protect the lymphocytes you will be healthier. However, drugs, antibiotics, processed foods, smoking, and in some cases immunizations, etc., cause lymphocytes to drop off and we open to infection and disease.

So what would be of the reason why our health-care system would not capitalize on strengthening our natural immune system? The answer unfortunately is that there is no money in strengthening our immune system. Sure we talk about strengthening the immune system but when it comes to fighting diseases like cancer, we are told the only approved treatments are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Let me give you a specific example to make a point. The average cost for the initial hospital stay for the medical treatment of a malignant brain cancer, from detection to the beginning of the treatment protocol is between 75 and $100,000. That is only for the use of the hospital and its facilities. The doctor bills for surgery, follow-ups, and rehabilitation because of the surgery can be an additional $150,000. That’s approximately $250,000 without the costs of future drugs. Now compare that to the cost of the initial intensive development of the lymphocytes in your white blood cells, the natural products that are available and the diagnostic lab work to monitor the condition, and the cost is about $2500. So, let’s connect the dots. Traditional medical treatment for the brain cancer can exceed $300,000. The natural approach costs about $2500. So what do you think the incentive would be for medical industry, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, or the natural approach?

Let me add one more piece of information to consider. Radiation and chemotherapy completely destroys the immune system and the lymphocytes during treatment. This means if you choose the standard approved treatment protocol’s first, you can not try immunotherapy because there are no lymphocytes left to build up. Therefore, even with the traditional methods, the end result is usually death to the patient, with or without any extension of life and the possibility of loss of quality of life during the period of time. The end result by allowing the lymphocytes to destroy the cancer cells is that the patient lives, no side effects and no loss of quality of life. With this information, wouldn’t it seem natural to try natural approach is first? It would, if your income didn’t depend on using traditional approaches. That’s why when you ask your oncologist if he would consider using alternative therapies the usual response is, you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it because the only approved therapies are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. The clincher is that even if you still have doubts, the oncologist would in still as much fear in you possible by saying, “if this was my father I would begin radiation immediately while we still have a chance”.

I’m not telling you this story because I am totally against the medical professions approach because truthfully, without surgery sometimes, you would never get the chance to try immuno therapy. I am telling you this story out of a personal experience with a family member. After going through the guilt trip of even considering immuno therapy, the family was told that the only “approved” treatment was radiation and chemotherapy. The only question I had with the oncologist was, approved to do what? Will this cure the cancer? Answer, no. Will this give him a better quality of life? Answer, probably not. Will this extend his life? Answer, no he will die from his cancer. Then what possible objection could you have to try immuno therapy first? Answer, because it’s not an approved treatment.

Let me end this discussion about how the medical profession “spins” the facts by telling you that it’s not a miracle or rare occurrence that certain immuno therapy techniques cure cancer. The facts are that radiation and chemotherapy are not meant to cure, only to treat. Only the body can cure itself, through its own internal mechanisms. Lymphocytes are capable of curing every cancer known to mankind. Of course you’ll have to make your decision on your own based on the best information you have but as for me, the numbers and facts speak for themselves.

planetc1.com-news @ 6:28 am | Article ID: 1047997686

Is Your Office Loving, Serving, Giving

By Super CA Lynne

I hope everyone had an amazingly healing week!

My question this week… If you have been given a gift to share with your brothers and sisters but you are not sharing this gift because they can’t afford to pay for it what’s the use of having a gift? I don’t like to be negative but this has really been bothering me a lot lately.

I have been hearing a lot of complaining about numbers being down yet offices are holding care back from people because of the almighty buck. This makes my heart ache. Yes there has to be a value placed on the adjustment. Yes we have to pay the bills. Would you sleep better at night knowing we could change the lives of a family of 4 for $20.00 a week or turn away a man who can’t afford $20.00 an adjustment for himself. Which one is going to help change the world faster? It’s all about changing lives! Isn’t the adjustment free anyway? How can you charge for something that is priceless? Changing the lives of a single mother and her children who have just left an abusive home for $2.00 a week. Changing the lives of children whose father doesn’t beat them anymore because he got reconnected with a $5.00 adjustment. The prices of the adjustments may vary but the value never does.

Each time an adjustment is made something changes. And don’t you think that if we served all people regardless of age, condition of financial ability to pay this world would be a better place? And don’t you think our offices would be overflowing? I’m willing to bet my life on it.

I know there are offices that accept all cases and bless you if you are one of them, (I am very lucky to be working in one of those offices). If you’re not what are you waiting for?

How much more satisfying would the end of your day be by serving everyone who came through your front door? Not everyone has been blessed with this most precious gift of being able to give an adjustment. It is up to us to make sure everyone receives it. Just look at the sparkle in a new patient’s eyes when they know they can actually afford to have their life changed and then they ask you about bringing in their whole family and their friends. You only get back what you give out. Open up and get ready to receive.

Loving… Serving… Giving that’s what it’s all about. I know with certainty this is what DD and BJ would have wanted.

I love you because you love what I love… Chiropractic is Life!

planetc1.com-news @ 11:51 am | Article ID: 1047412295

Step Eighteen to a Hundred a Day

By Dr. Rick Wren

Step #18 to a hundred a day is actually Advanced Success Principle #8 (Practice staff motivation and use staff incentives) and it causes the most curiosity among doctors. My philosophy has been that most employees don’t want to be twice as busy for the same pay, so why would they want to double you practice for the same hourly wage.

First of all you doctors have to realize that the number one thing that your employees want is to be appreciated. Money and job security fall about number five and six on the list. So start finding ways to show appreciation for your employees. Tell them daily what they do right. Hand them twenty bucks and say lunch is on you today. Show up with breakfast occasionally. Tell them what you love about them. Be thoughtful and regular with your appreciation.

For over twenty years I have had daily, weekly, and annual incentives in place to allow my staff to be emotionally attached to the ebb and flow of practice. In other words when the practice is up or down, they feel it in their pocket book and bank account just like I do. Having incentives keeps your staff more focused and involved with your practice. Then it becomes “our” practice and the term “our” should be used regularly.

Patient Volume and New Patients are 2 of the best incentives you can add to your staff’s pay check. It should be done on a weekly basis, so your staff feels immediately financially what that week feels like. When you walk into someone’s home that just found out there was a death in the family, it has an emotional feeling. When you walk into someone’s home who just won 20 million dollars from the lottery, has an opposite emotional feeling. A successful and less successful week in practice have similar feelings, then the paycheck on Friday or Monday will have an attached feeling to that week.

When paying for patient volume you want to pay for increments of patients, not for every patient that walks in the door. For example don’t pay 25 cents for every single patient, because at 5 minutes till closing that is only 25 cents walking in the door. Try paying ten dollars for every 25 patients that the volume is up and that person coming in at 5 minutes till closing might be an extra ten bucks to your employee. Start your patient volume incentive at your present level when you hire them. So if your average week is a hundred, so your scale could look like the one below.

Patient Volume 100 — ten dollars total extra / 500 dollars a year extra
Patient Volume 125 — twenty dollars total extra / 1000 dollars a year extra
Patient Volume 150 — thirty dollars total extra / 1500 dollars a year extra
Patient Volume 175 — forty dollars total extra / 2000 dollars a year extra
Patient Volume 200 — fifty dollars total extra / 2500 dollars a year extra

When you hire a new employee you start them where your average has been the last 2 months. So you may have an old employee that gets paid from a hundred up and a new one that gets paid from 175 up.

Paying for new patients makes that extra work seem more fun. My staff loves to do those new files, exams, and x-rays. You can pay one or two dollars for each new patient. I pay more for new patient number five and up. We like to have an average of ten new patients each week, so if I pay 2 dollars for the first four and five dollars for the next six, that is an extra 34 dollars that week or 1700 dollars per year.

The last important part is to pay the above 2 commissions based on collections. When you add up the 2 above incentives you then multiply it by your collection percentage for that week. If you adjusted a 175 patients, had ten new patients, and collected 90% it would calculate like below.

Patient Volume 175 — Forty dollars
New Patients 10 — Thirty four dollars
Collection % — 90%
Commission — 40 + 34 = 74 x 90% = pays 66 dollars that week

Before I added the collection step, I had a staff member that would not collect money over the counter just to keep patients coming out and boost her commissions. The collection % pays even if it is over a hundred. So it may pay 60% one week but 120% the next week.

You can pay daily incentives occasionally to makes things more exciting. When you have a party or promotion you can pay for each patient that comes in that day. I suggest you do not set a number and only pay when you reach that goal. Consider things like paying 25 cents for each patient on that party day, but when we see over a hundred pay 50 cents for each. This prevents an emotional let down in the evening when the goal looks unreachable.

You should also have an annual goal such as taking your staff to the Las Vegas Parker Seminar in January each year. There again make it a win-win situation, not an all or none plan. So if it costs a thousand dollars to take one staff member, set goals that puts money towards their trip. When you are about 8 weeks out discuss with them if they will pay the difference. Still allow them to earn credit over the next 8 weeks. If you are averaging a hundred per week your scale could look like this one below at the end of the year.

Parker Las Vegas Seminar Bonus
Patient volume avg. 100 — 23 times — 0 dollars each — Pays zero dollars

Hit Patient Volume
125 — 20 times — 25 dollars each — Pays 500 dollars
150 — 5 times — 50 dollars each — Pays 250 dollars
175 — 2 times — 75 dollars each — Pays 150 dollars
200 — 1 time — 100 dollars each — Pays 100 dollars
Pays 1000 dollars total towards trip

Obviously you should be careful as to what you pay. You should start low and go up if you need to. You can always go up, but you cannot take away. Your employees will love to see your practice double, when their pay goes up also.

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If you would like to study the 21 Steps to a Hundred a Day more intensely consider purchasing our 18 CD set from the Planet Chiropractic online store and listen to them daily.

Dallas Parker Seminar is only 4 weeks away (www.parkerseminars.com) so get your arrangements made quickly. Depak Chopra is scheduled for Friday and it is cool to hear him give us credit for keeping “Innate” alive. See you soon.

LLL, Dr. Rick Wren (Founder of the Society of Chiropractic Masters and Parker Team Teacher)

planetc1.com-news @ 9:55 am | Article ID: 1047405312

Judge Charles Moye Jr. Ruling Against CCE

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
ATLANTA DIVISION,

LIFE UNIVERSITY, INC.
Plaintiff,

v.

THE COUNCIL ON CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION, INC.;
THE COUNCIL ON CHIROPRACTIC EDUCATION COMMISSION
ON ACCREDITATION; AND
PAUL D. WALKER, individually and in his official capacity as Executive
Vice President of the Council on Chiropractic Education Defendants,

ORDER ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION

Before the Court is the Motion of Plaintiff Life University, Inc.(“Plaintiff”) for Preliminary Injunction. The Court heard oral Arguments on the motion on February 10, 2003. Prior to that hearing, the parties filed briefs, affidavits and exhibits regarding the issue of preliminary injunctive relief. Having reviewed and considered this record, having heard and considered the oral arguments of counsel and for the reasons stated in open court, this Court finds as follows: There are four findings that the Court must make on a preliminary injunction. One is that the plaintiff has a substantial likelihood of success; the second is that the plaintiff will suffer irreparable harm if the injunction is not issued; third, the Court must balance the equities between the plaintiff and the defendant; and the fourth is whether or not it is contrary to the public interest.

As to Plaintiffs irreparable harm, the Court has no difficulty in finding that, absent the temporary injunction, the Plaintiff will suffer irreparable harm, in that Plaintiff will cease operations.

Second, the Court finds that there is no question but that the balance of equities weighs in favor of Plaintiff. While Plaintiff would be destroyed should the injunction not issue, Defendants will not be seriously injured by the issuance of an injunction.

Third, as to Plaintiff’s likelihood of success, the Court finds that Plaintiff has demonstrated that it is substantially likely to succeed on the merits for the following reasons: Although decisions of accrediting agencies have historically been given deference, where, as here, accreditation decisions are made by actors with a financial interest in the outcome,
Little deference should be given. Here, there were admitted conflicting economic financial interests in the decisions that were made. That fact is shown by the recruitment of Life students, after the June 2002 decision, by competitors whose representatives were involved in the decision making on accreditation; an attempt by a competitor whose representative was one of the decisionmakers to buy life University after its accreditation was withdrawn, at a time when the monetary value of Life University had been reduced by the accreditation decision; the fact that persons with competing financial interests to those of Life University made the accreditation decisions on Life University; the fact that the elimination of Life University as a chiropractic college would increase the number of students and money available to those competitors; that an aggressive group of leaders of the eight liberal chiropractic schools, who had only one-third of the chiropractic students, had undertaken a series of corporate manipulations in order to reduce the representation and dominance of the eight conservative chiropractic schools (of which Life University was one), who had approximately two-thirds of all chiropractic students; that these corporate manipulations, which may very well have violated CCE’s corporate charter, were calculated to give dominance to the liberal minority group over the conservative majority group; that the end result has been the disaccreditation of the largest of all the colleges of chiropractic and the turning loose of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students to be attracted to the other schools. Actions which would violate the antitrust laws if incorporated in an accreditation procedure, per se, indicate a lack of due process.

Fourth, as to whether an injunction would be contrary to the public interest, the Court finds that, if an injunction is not granted, the result will be the destruction of Life University’s College of Chiropractic. The effect of an injunction would be to eliminate automatic ineligibility for state licensure on the basis of lack of CCE accreditation. The Court further finds that the New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ decision to permit licensure of Life University graduates indicates that the danger to the public is not as great as the harm of the destruction of Life University if an injunction does not issue.

Based on the foregoing and as set forth in open Court February 10, 2003, this Court GRANTS Plaintiff’s Motion for Injunctive Relief and hereby ORDERS Defendant CCE to return Plaintiff Life University to the accreditation status it
enjoyed with CCE prior to the June, 2002 decision of CCE.

planetc1.com-news @ 1:24 pm | Article ID: 1046985866

Tellin’ The Story

By Super CA Lynne Gawley-Hofstetter

I had an awesome opportunity to do one of my favorite things this week, talk chiropractic to strangers. I set up an information booth at one of our local malls. It’s really funny to see the silly things people do when they realize it is a chiropractic booth. They start bending over holding their back, limping, pointing to their neck. They tell you the stories of people they know that have died, had a stroke, were paralyzed, etc., etc., etc., from an adjustment. I smile all the while and when they are finished reply, “Wow really, we have never experienced anything like that!” All I know is that chiropractic has changed my life and the lives of my family and continues to. I can’t imagine my life without it. “Wow, really” they say with an inquisitive eye. “Are there any questions I can answer for you?” I ask. And then it all starts their eyes start to twinkle, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. They have hope.

“I have done it all”, they say, “physio, massage, shiatsu, acupuncture, aromatherapy, exercise, drugs and nothing works. What is so different about chiropractic?”

Now because I have had a back and neck injury myself I can relay my past history to them. I too had tried it all before I was blessed to find chiropractic. Physio, massage, exercise and many, many drugs. They all gave temporary relief but didn’t get to the bottom of the problem. Chiropractic is the one thing that I have found that goes to the source of the problem. In life there are no guarantees with anything but… chiropractic as I said before has changed my life. Once the problem is located and you remove the nerve pressure through an adjustment your body can do what it was designed to do… heal.

I then tell them it is our vision to remove nerve interference in all people regardless of age, condition or financial ability to pay. We are here to help them and their family. Give them an information pamphlet about chiropractic and they leave with renewed hope. By the time I get back to the office someone I have talked to that day has already called to book their initial appointment.

We all have the power within us to tell the chiropractic truth. Sure I was scared, what if people looked at me like I was a voodoo preacher. And some of them will. But it was a great feeling to be talking to a couple of people and then have others come and stand by to listen too. You see… they all want what we have we just have to make it accessible to them. Loving, serving, giving. It doesn’t get any better than this.

I love you because you love what I love. Chiropractic is Life!
Love and hugzzzzzzzz… Super CA Lynne

planetc1.com-news @ 8:27 pm | Article ID: 1046838452

Hope Day Another Huge Success

From: Drs. Steven Silk & Raelynn Cancel

“We may need another truck” commented one of the volunteers from the Wiarton Salvation Army Food Bank upon entering the reception area of the Wiarton Family Chiropractic Centre to pick up the proceeds of 8th annual H.O.P.E. Day food drive.

An overwhelming pile of food, which ultimately weighed in at a whopping 2,388 pounds, awaited him and others who came to box the goods for delivery to the Wiarton area Food Bank. “The members of our practice have opened their hearts and shared their blessings again” said Dr. Steven Silk as he helped load the bounty from the Brown Street facility into awaiting pickup trucks.

“I truly believe that the heart of any community is found in the small acts of kindness one person does for another” said Dr. Silk. “When a whole bunch of people each do a little, you end up with this” motioning to the boxes being loaded onto a trailer for transport to the food bank. “It is also a reflection of the spirit of the people who have made a choice to be healthier through chiropractic, for these people see a bigger picture for small-town Ontario.”

H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Eat) has brought in 15,390 pounds of food since being developed by Dr. Silk’s partner and wife, Dr. Raelynn Cancel, in 1996. “While we always look for ways of doing something for the community, I wish this wasn’t necessary” said Dr. Cancel in explaining the exchange of fees for food concept of the food drive. “But the undeniable truth is that the number of people contacting the food bank is going up, at a time when donations are low.”

Salvation Army Envoy Mary Millar agreed, stating “The timing of this event and the volume of food it brings in are truly gifts from God.” She commented that the bad weather of January had led to a 20% increase in the number of families seeking help. “Without this event I don’t know how we could do it” she said.

“We’d like to thank everyone who made a donation, no matter how big or how small, for each of you has done your part to make life a little easier for your fellow citizens” said Dr. Silk, “We’re proud to have you as members of our practice, and our town.”

For further information, contact Dr. Steven J. Silk (519) 534-1330

Wednesday, February 20, 2002: Valentine’s Abundance in Ontario, Again
Tuesday, February 20, 2001: Valentine’s Abundance in Ontario

planetc1.com-news @ 8:21 pm | Article ID: 1046751686