Month: July 2003

What Do You Stand For?

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Tough question. What do you stand for in Chiropractic? Do you practice Chiropractic as a way of making a living? Yes. Do you practice Chiropractic as a way of helping people? Yes. Do you practice Chiropractic because you know from the bottom of your heart that your purpose is to serve God by serving man through Chiropractic? Yes. By giving your love and dedication to the principle of Chiropractic and the practice of Chiropractic have you gotten back what you have put out? Yes. Do you owe Chiropractic anything? Do you owe the patients anything? Do you owe the next generation of Chiropractors anything? How much do you need to give? Money? Referrals? Leadership? Support? When are you done? When do you get to just sit back and rest on your history? When do you get to stop?

When I adjust a patient and their spine is particularly tight and fixed I tease them that “rigor mortus is setting in.” Some of us have rigor mortus setting in to our Chiropractic lives. I have never been able to out give the “source.” I have never been able to give more than I have gotten. I have never been able to break that law. My life is abundant not because of what I have but what I have given. Chiropractic needs right now. Are we going to step up?

I always have found it easier to see twice as many patients than as half as many patients. If that makes sense. I love to be in the game. It doesn’t take from me it only gives. I fear rejection at all levels as we all do to some degree yet I don’t let that stop me. I listen to my innate. I follow my inner voice and my God always tells me to serve more, to grow not to shrink. This conversation obviously can effect every area of my life inside of Chiropractic and out. I look at where there is a need and I try to fill it.

I have sent dozens of “kids” to Chiropractic School over the years and I’m sure I learned more from each of them than what I taught them. Life University needs our support right now. We need students. We need to share what we so generously have been given. We need to share our love of Chiropractic so we can harvest more folks that would be great colleagues. I usually don’t ask for much but now is the time to pull together. By the way if you support Chiropractic through another school then refer to any school you feel comfortable with. The more Chiropractors out there teaching the principle the better. I always welcome other Chiropractors in my town if they are sharing the same message than I am. I wish all of the schools had the enrollment that they desire and I wish the same for Life U. By giving of yourself you will be richer – not poorer.

planetc1.com-news @ 7:35 am | Article ID: 1059489301

All You Wonderful Servants Out There

By Dr. Stew Bittman

Yes, I’ve written about this before, but there’s nothing new under the sun, or so I’ve heard. And I suppose I need to hear it again. Anyway, I’ve gone back to watching my dog a lot, and I continue to learn valuable lessons for my life as a servant. Last month, for instance, we were down at the river, which was raging and swollen with snowmelt, and Blue made it clear that he was ready, willing, and anxious to jump right in. Despite Hillary’s objections, and despite my own reservations (knowing that now and then people die in this particular river), I threw a stick. Blue leapt in after it.

Lesson #1: no fear. His first venture was scary, especially for us, as he and the stick got caught in the rapids and were both heading for some huge tree trunks until, with penultimate focus and determination (lessons #2 and 3), he caught up with it and struggled back to the near bank. Blue simply shook himself off and asked for more. Back in went the stick, and after it went Blue. But this time, he veered off at an angle, forming the hypotenuse of a right triangle, as he and stick converged on exactly the same spot at exactly the same time. A physicist armed with slide rule, protractor, stopwatch, and huge cerebral cortex, could not have done better. He proceeded to repeat this rather incredible feat of vector analysis time after time. I stood there in laughter and humbleness, thinking how trigonometry came a tad slower for me, as lesson #4 rang loud and clear in my head: Innate is on the job (AKA “down with the brain”!)

That day got me watching him again. I spoke at the local Unity Church last Sunday, and the whole thing was about Blue! He really is a master of discipline, and a master over his own bodymind. Ninety-nine percent of his diet consists of the same hard, dry, disgusting (I assume) dog food, day after day after day. No coffee to “get going” in the morning, no Ben and Jerry’s for “peace of mind”, no alcohol to “relax”. No fun of any kind. And, even tho he’s getting on in dog years, he still can poop without needing toilet paper, and can still pee like the proverbial race horse (and, when he needs to, can hold it for 12 or 14 hours until permission and opportunity is granted for release). He can fast for days without complaint, drink from any conceivable or inconceivable water source, and sit in silent vigil by the bed for hours or days when one of us is “sick” (which he never is), in addition to being able to calculate complex physics equations. He is available 24 hours a day for whatever is required of him. He thrives on exercise and attention, but never seems to suffer when neither is forthcoming, indeed, he is simply happy being alive and being himself. Regardless of circumstance, he appears to exist, nearly always, in a state of joy, presence, love, and service. A supreme servant, for sure.

With such a magnificent example of service to follow, I feel blessed. And still sometimes frustrated. My habits are not always self-loving, my discipline lapses, my loyalties waver, and my brain, being too large, still wants to figure everything out. But I continue to learn to let that go. To watch it all, and let it go, while I connect more and more with that part of me that knows only service, connection, and love. I continue to remember and celebrate the sameness that exists between myself and everyone else, and therefore to express my uniqueness in a way that serves all. I continue to gain control over my thots and my addictions, and to let go of everything else. I continue to surrender, and continue to manifest more of my power. I continue to serve, serve, serve, and I continue to manifest my dreams, as I watch others’ dreams come true. There may be nothing new under the sun, but every moment is new when I come from that place. Blue knows that, and I am learning.

Another Article Involving Blue… Enjoying Every Step

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Stew BittmanDr. Stew Bittman maintains a box practice in South Lake Tahoe, CA along his wife Hillary and daughter Ari. For our more “scientific” brethren: Stew Bittman graduated from LACC as Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA. On the first set of National Boards he scored 4 perfect “800’s” out of 6 exams. He has a video, “The Mission of Chiropractic” that is available for purchase through Planet Chiropractic. In his video, recorded at one of his weekly evening talks, Stew communicates the big picture of chiropractic – the ability to express our life’s full potential free from interference. (that was not on the exam)

planetc1.com-news @ 10:58 am | Article ID: 1059155918

The Silent Minority

By Dr. Stew Bittman

It was the ancient Hindus, I believe, who said that we lose the majority of our energy and power out thru our mouths. “Silence is golden” is a proverb from our own culture with which we are all familiar. I have noticed lately that my tongue is intimately connected with the parts my brain that do not represent my highest self, and that it often acts as their spokesperson, instantly babbling out things that are almost always best left unsaid. When I can successfully break the connection, and keep my tongue firmly ensconced in its resting position despite the stupid and destructive thots that head its way, I can then remember to use words that connect rather than separate. I can then spew out phrases of love and appreciation, instead of using words as pistols loaded with venom and judgment. But, generally speaking (which I generally am doing), I TALK TOO MUCH! How about you?

When I don’t allow Innate to be a watchdog over my tongue, it simply rehashes all the wounds of my past. It sits behind the walls of Jericho that I have erected around my heart, and lobs firecrackers of verbiage from its “safe” place that simply make the walls thicker and higher, when the wrecking ball of Innate can, at any time, swing and make those walls come a tumbling down. My tongue continues to paint gray hues of conservatism and fear across the canvas of my existence, while Innate stands there holding a palette full of the colors of love that can create beauty in every moment. Oh me of little faith. Can’t I remember the true artiste that always lurks at the fringes of the curtain of my stage? Can’t I connect my tongue to my heart and allow Innate to sing my highest song to the world? Only if and when I shut up once in a while.

I haven’t done a silent day in the office for a couple of years and I need to rectify that situation. And even on days that I allow myself to speak, I intend to rein in my tongue and not allow it to gallop unrestrained to the finish line of my ego. Thank God I practice chiropractic, which really requires a minimum of syllables accompanying its beautiful, simple expression. Like in Panama, where we were muzzled by the lack of time and a lack of Spanish, I can deliver the goods in their sweetest, most silent essence, and watch the miracles unfold. I can connect fully with he or she that I am blessed to adjust, and give them that little something extra. My heart speaks thru my hands, and my hands can do all the talking, while I breathe and smile and share my gifts with my utmost energy and power.

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Stew BittmanDr. Stew Bittman maintains a box practice in South Lake Tahoe, CA along his wife Hillary and daughter Ari. For our more “scientific” brethren: Stew Bittman graduated from LACC as Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA. On the first set of National Boards he scored 4 perfect “800’s” out of 6 exams. He has a video, “The Mission of Chiropractic” that is available for purchase through Planet Chiropractic. In his video, recorded at one of his weekly evening talks, Stew communicates the big picture of chiropractic – the ability to express our life’s full potential free from interference. (that was not on the exam)

planetc1.com-news @ 9:13 am | Article ID: 1059063215

Chiropractic & Colic Babies

By Super CA Jackie

If you have a colic baby (aka infant colic), there is help on the way. Usually the first step is to change formulas and to try every brand on the market. When that doesn’t work, you are calling your pediatrician on a daily basis to say that your baby is still crying all day. All colic baby parents are told the same thing. Try Mylicon drops, run the vacuum, try a bouncy chair, car rides, chamomile tea, and when the doctor doesn’t know what else to say to the parents, then he will refer the baby to a gastroenterologist. That doctor may prescribe another medication. Will it cure colic? No! The medication may just cover up the symptom, but it will not correct the cause of why the baby has colic. It also may make the baby worse. Why would you drug your baby unnecessarily if there is an alternative method?

The alternative method to correct the colic symptom is to receive Chiropractic adjustments. Do note that Chiropractic doesn’t cure anything. What a Chiropractor does is align the spine and remove spinal nerve interference. I have spoken to many parents explaining why a newborn baby should be adjusted. A baby should start getting adjusted from birth for “wellness” care to stay healthy and keep their immune system functioning as close to 100% as possible to avoid illness and diseases. When I hear about a colic baby and suggest to the parents to seek Chiropractic care, that is when I get the famous look like I’m nuts. I explain to the parents that the first subluxation, which is one or more vertebral bones out of place putting pressure on the nerves, usually occurs during the birth process or even during pregnancy. Colic symptoms, for example, may occur if the subluxations are left uncorrected.

A Chiropractor will examine your baby’s spine, determine if Chiropractic can help and give a more detailed explanation of how Chiropractic works. Here’s a question parents usually ask, “Is my baby is going to get cracked?” No, Chiropractors do not crack anything. The “noise” you may hear is a gas released from the spine. As a matter of fact, when a Chiropractor adjusts the baby for the first time, the parents are not even aware that it happened. The baby is handed back into their arms, and they are told that the baby has been adjusted. Parents will then say, “That’s it?” Yes, a few gentle touches are all it takes to adjust a baby! You may be surprised that within a couple of weeks you will be giving your Chiropractor the biggest hug ever! Your baby will be content and smiling, instead of the tears running down his/her cheeks, from the pain and discomfort of being colic. It’s that simple!

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Please Note: This article is intended for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal health attention, diagnosis or hands-on care. If you are concerned about your health or that of a child’s, please consult your family’s health care provider immediately.

planetc1.com-news @ 8:25 am | Article ID: 1059060321

Knowing the Know

By Mark Schulman, D.C.

Recently I relocated my Chiropractic College diploma from the adjusting room to the reception area. A patient asked, “Doc do you know twenty five years ago today, you graduated?” I replied, “Wow,” imagining how the time has flown. The years rolled by with so many ups and downs, each a learning experience, allowing me to grow into who I am today.

As I sit and review my practice years, I realize how totally blessed I have been. Serving my community through Chiropractic has allowed me to share and care my life. The excitement of new patients and referrals… When Chiropractic chose me I knew it would be more then a vocation but a way of life. Friends and family made comments such as, “You want to be one of them!?!” and “That is not for you.” It is amazing how people try to run the lives of others, as if they know what is best. How very wrong the critical were. I did not let the outer world take control of me but always listened to the inner voice within. I believe that my two hands can heal more people then all technology combined. In fact I know that if I began adjusting patients on the bottom floor of the hospital and worked my way up to the top floor and back down to the bottom, many people would be healed, actually being able to get up and leave the hospital.

Becoming close to the people whom I serve is priceless. To be able to touch someone and have their life change is a miracle within itself. Understanding and knowing their inner qualities, strengths and weakness and watching them unfold without sickness and dis-ease is refreshing, as it confirms my mission and strengthens my vision.

The places I have gone and the opportunities I have been given amaze me time after time. My career as a Chiropractor has given me a life of which most only dream. Being a healer and a teacher through Chiropractic, I am able to advise patients in matters that can be so far from chiropractic, yet so close.

The more I learn about myself the closer I become to patients. My ability to be present with them allows the patient to reach their full healing potential. When you become one with the patient you transcend into a healing consciousness. The less I think, the more I am. Each day I grow in knowledge and knowing.

Patients come in all sizes and shapes, both wealthy and unfortunate, with or without social status, but always with sincerity and desperation. A patient is a patient regardless. When we speak from our soul to their soul healing takes place. Sometimes the healing is not obvious, but it is there.
When someone asks me if Chiropractic works I say, “I know it works, I know the know.”

When you know the know, you know it is right. Wisdom is expressive when it is used wisely. The beauty of life is the expression of knowing.
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Dr. Mark Schulman practices in Princeton, NJ

planetc1.com-news @ 8:31 am | Article ID: 1058974282

Bicentennial Trust Fund Started for Chiropractic

Media Relations; Palmer Chiropractic University System

(DAVENPORT, Iowa) The Chiropractic Centennial Foundation (CCF) has sent a check in the amount of $59,860.70 to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges as the first deposit for the Bicentennial Trust Fund.

The idea for the trust fund was initiated after the 1995 centennial celebration of the chiropractic profession when the CCF discovered that it had leftover funds in its treasury. The funds will go toward chiropractic’s bicentennial in 2095.

In May 2003 the CCF Board of Trustees voted to accept the trust agreement between the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) and the CCF. Both organizations had been waiting for the Chiropractic Colleges Education and Research Foundation (CCERF) to receive not-for-profit status. The ACC, repository of the trust fund, created the CCERF for various purposes, including the ability to act as the initial trustee of the fund.

The American Chiropractic Association, the International Chiropractors Association and the World Federation of Chiropractic are the three advisory organizations to the CCERF. Each of these organizations will select three of its members to serve on the foundation’s advisory committee.

According to estimates, said CCF President W.T. Holmberg, D.C., the original corpus plus its accrued interest until 2095 could possibly grow to an amount of $3 to $4 million, depending on investment rates.

“It should give the bicentennial committee a good nest egg,” Dr. Holmberg said. “They’ll have something to work with for the celebration.”

The already substantial amount donated to the trust fund has come from the CCF ($40,000), the National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company ($10,000) and a personal donation from Dr. Holmberg. An addition $9,360.70 came from accrued interest thus far.

According to Dr. Holmberg, the CCF believes the trust fund “insures that the bicentennial of chiropractic will be a profession-wide event, just as the centennial was in 1995.”

Donations of $500 or more may be made to the CCERF and sent to the Association of Chiropractic Colleges at 4424 Montgomery Ave., Bethesda, Md., 20815. Checks should be earmarked “Bicentennial Trust.”

planetc1.com-news @ 8:29 am | Article ID: 1058974188

How are you feeling?

(A MMM by Dr. Sharon Gorman, D.C.)

How are you feeling? I didn’t ask what you have been thinking about or worrying about or trying to figure out. Under it all, how do you feel? Are you happy at this moment in time? No buts, no if only – look at it as it is in this very moment. Can you accept what is? Can you see what is or are you stuck in the vision of what you “wish” it was? Get quiet inside for a moment. I usually have to do this with a pen and paper first because I have to dump all the junk that is in my head. I feel safe letting go of all of that chatter if I write that “stuff” down so I won’t forget it. Like the stuff like pick up the dry cleaning or like don’t forget to communicate how you feel about a certain circumstance to a certain person. Drop all that for just a moment and sit in silence. Now feel what comes through. Are you happy? Sad? Depressed? Excited? Bored? Frustrated? In love? Anxious? Hungry? Empty? OK? Scared? Content? Satisfied? Do you remember to check your feelings throughout the day? You don’t have to act on your feelings. My gut feelings for me are often the way that God communicates with me. I feel when something is wrong. I often can’t quite determine if I am making a good decision yet I almost always know when I am making a bad one. If I don’t stay in touch with my innate feelings it is very hard for me to stay connected to my God.

I have gone through entire days being sad and not knowing why. Sometimes I knew there was an emptiness but I couldn’t put my finger on it and I kept on going through my day like nothing was wrong. I spent a lot of time guarding myself from feeling sad. I thought that when I tried to change my mood when I was feeling bad was the way that I was supposed to take care of myself. I tried to “change” my mood. I get frustrated when I don’t know why I feel the way I feel yet I find that just trying to cover up that feeling is sort of like trying to cover up a symptom. A symptom is my bodies defense mechanism and my bodies way of telling me something just like a feeling is. I try to let what is — be.

For me the feeling, that empty feeling is an indication of a spiritual disconnect even though that is usually the last place I look. I look to the things outside of myself to find the reason I feel empty. I look at the relationships in my life, the finances, my body size etc, etc., etc. Sometime the pain has to get pretty great until I break down and say “Oh God” and then I remember to re-connect. Just when I think that I am the director of my life I’m put back in my place — right sized. I remember that there is a God and I’m not it and I can allow what is to be and accept what is — for the moment. I don’t use that as an excuse to not function and serve. I connect with the source and rest easy knowing that I am living God’s will not mine. Symptoms aren’t bad. Feelings aren’t bad. I want to feel it all — it is part of being alive.

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Dr. Sharon Gorman Dr. Sharon Gorman is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College. Upon graduation, she associated with her mentor Dr. James Sigafoose. She opened her own practice in June of 1985 and in 3 months was seeing over 100 patients a day. Within 4 years, she had established four chiropractic practices seeing combined over 5000 patients a month. Now, married with 4 children, she still practices part time and manages 3 successful practices. Visit her website at: www.focuschiropractic.com

planetc1.com-news @ 4:34 pm | Article ID: 1058916854

Pre-Medicine for Pre-Problems

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

You’ve got to love the pharmaceutical companies, they are so genuine in their concern for our health, they are actually “pre-concerned”! What does this mean, you may be asking yourself?

Well, they have figured out that many millions of us walking around here in the United States actually have “Pre-hypertension.” They recommend we begin taking care of it right now before it becomes actual hypertension.

And guess what? They’ve been studying this major problem very carefully, and have discovered the drug treatment we need to help make sure pre-hypertension stays in the “pre” stage.

Here’s the amazing part, the drugs that are needed to treat this terrible epidemic that we didn’t even know about have been right under our nose the whole time! That’s right, the very same drugs that we’ve been using to treat actual hypertension will work on pre-hypertension. What a relief! Forget about waiting while they waste all that time and money on drug trials and focus groups to find just the right drug to treat this new disease, the drugs are already available.

Do you suppose the drug companies realize the gold mine they may be sitting on here? Have they pre-considered how much money could be made selling drugs to people for a whole host of pre-problems that might become actual problems later? People who know they have a pre-problem would already be taking the medicine, so maybe they would need to just up the dose.

I’m just wondering though, what if I’ve got some other stuff going on that I don’t know about? Should I take some medication for pre-headaches and pre-constipation?

I think a whole new medical specialty is needed to handle a problem of this magnitude. Doctors in this new specialty will be trained to pre-diagnose pre-diseases so they can prescribe pre-medicine. Of course, they will also need to know when to refer for possible pre-surgery. I guess the only question left is, “Who will pre-pay for all this?”

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Dr. Darrel Crain is in active practice in El Cajon, California

planetc1.com-news @ 3:31 pm | Article ID: 1058913113

Proud to be a Chiropractor

Monday Morning Message By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

I spent part of last week in Atlanta at a Board Meeting. I got the opportunity to address the student body. I have done that many times but this is the first time since I’ve been a Board Member. I was trying to express to them how lucky I felt they are to be starting a life in Chiropractic. After all, as long as this group of individuals have been students I think they have been in survival mode and not spending too much time looking at the gift that they have been given with this lifestyle we call Chiropractic. Their goal has been to get a diploma. Then what? I invited them to allow themselves to visualize. I don’t think that they understand the impact that they can have on the future of chiropractic and the future of health care.

Do we? Or do we forget in the routine of our practices or life? Are we passionate about our purpose in life? Do we really know the impact of how we practice on the outcome of the people in our communities? We have a message to bring to the world. A message that changes the quality of life of the people who choose to follow us. We give people the choice to express more aliveness. In this complicated world of Chiropractic are we remembering why we are here? My goal today is to touch one more person with the Chiropractic Message. Not just the message about how they might be suffering needlessly or how they might not get sick as much if they get adjusted on a regular basis but most importantly about how they can increase the quality if not quantity of their life with Chiropractic.

I tease my patients that after being in practice as long as I have that I find caring for people with back pain is boring. It is predictable. But give me a family who chooses to get adjusted on a regular basis and that excites me. Some might think that taking care of the same families week after week and month after month is boring. Some might think that taking care for people who haven’t had a symptom in so long that they forgot what ache or pain first brought them into my office is boring. I think that is so exciting. Being around responsible people who take care of themselves because they are not always dealing with health emergencies is very exciting. These people become part of my family. I don’t see them as a dis-ease. I see them as a health care choice. Very exciting. And when all of the factors line up and I can show them an inside out way of taking care of their life expression, in the moments, I AM PROUD TO BE A CHIROPRACTOR.

planetc1.com-news @ 6:54 am | Article ID: 1058190895

Dr. Frederick H. Barge

From the La Crosse Tribune – Obituaries for Sunday, July 6, 2003

ONALASKA, Wis. — Dr. Fred Barge, 70, died at his home Wednesday, July 2, 2003. He was born in La Crosse to Dr. Henry and Pauline (Ruprecht) Barge. He was married in 1957 to Audrey (Thomp-son) Barge, and together they had three daughters, Amy, Sally and Patty.

Dr. Fred Barge is survived by his wife, Audrey; daughters, Sally (Barge) Rusak and Dr. Patty (Barge) Berkley; two sons-in-law, Dr. Michael Rusak and Dr. Michael Berkley; 10 grandchildren, Steven, Audra, Jacob, Maxwell, Alana and Lucas Rusak, Amanda, Angela, Victor, and Alysa Berkley; and his sister, Caroline Barge. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Dr. Henry and Pauline Barge; and his daughter, Amy.

Dr. Fred Barge was a second-generation chiropractor, and together with his father, Dr. Henry, created the Barge Chiropractic Clinic in downtown La Crosse. The Barge Chiropractic Clinic and name has served the area for more than 75 years. He was a skilled and compassionate clinician who became internationally known for his expertise in scoliosis. He was the chiropractic profession’s leading contemporary author. He has authored more than eight books that are used as curricular texts at the chiropractic colleges. He was a leading speaker and professor. He has held virtually every leadership position in the chiropractic profession and received every honor. He has touched the lives of countless patients, friends, chiropractic students and doctors across the world. Yet despite his larger-than-life accomplishments professionally, Dr. Fred will best be remembered as a man of great integrity, vision and compassion; a loving and thoughtful husband, father and grandfather. Words cannot express the gaping void his passing will leave on the chiropractic profession and in the hearts of his family and friends.

A private family service will be held. Memorials may be sent to Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1000 Brady St., Davenport, IA 52803 or The International Chiropractors Association, 1110 N. Glebe Road No. 100, Arlington, VA 22201. Dickinson Family Funeral Homes assisted the family.

Please visit this link and read an article published in a local paper about Dr. Barge
Barge made mark as chiropractor, writer, father

planetc1.com-news @ 9:48 pm | Article ID: 1057726082