Month: July 2003

The chiropractic law we’ve been waiting for!

from WCA

If you are a regular reader of news from the World Chiropractic Alliance you have probably already read about “H.R. 2560” which is intended as an amendment to the Social Security Act to clarify the scope of chiropractic services in the United States.

House Bill 2560 will:

  • Amend the Social Security Act to clarify the scope of chiropractic services that may be furnished under the Medicare program and to state specifically that “chiropractors are the only health care professionals qualified under that program to furnish those services.”
  • Set up a separate provider category just for chiropractic – we’ll no longer be lumped into the same box as medical doctors.
  • Prevent M.D.s and D.O.s from claiming to provide chiropractic services (and get paid for them).
  • Ensure that the “medical necessity” criteria will not apply to chiropractic care.
  • “This bill will not only reshape the definition of chiropractic in federal policy… it will blow the lid off the definition of chiropractic in federal policy… We will make it clear once and for all that chiropractic is equal, but unique.” – U.S. Representative Donald Manzullo

    “This powerful legislative initiative has been so thoughtfully crafted and is so innovative, opening new doors for chiropractor and chiropractic patient alike in Medicare, that it deserves the strong and immediate support of everyone in the chiropractic profession.” – CJ Mertz, D.C., President, International Chiropractors Association

    “This is the most important legislative issue chiropractic has faced since the licensing laws. It will set the tone for chiropractic for generations to come. With support from all field doctors, and the combined strength of the three major organizations that make up the Chiropractic Coalition, we will finally win this major victory in Congress.” – Terry A. Rondberg, D.C., President, World Chiropractic Alliance

    “This legislation offers our profession the best chance of solving many Medicare problems. It’s proof that the Coalition is an effective and action-oriented group of like-minded organizations working together for the good of chiropractic.” – Gary Horwin, D.C., President, Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations.

    An Important Precedent
    Once HR 2560 is part of the Medicare language, it can be adapted for other federal legislation. It’s a “win-win” bill that will help all chiropractors, and benefit our patients throughout the country.

    Your help is needed to get this bill passed
    To pass the House, we need to win the votes of a majority of Representatives, and many of them still think chiropractic is a form of medicine for low-back pain only.

    You have to tell your U.S. Representatives that we are a unique profession and that you want them to co-sponsor and support this bill. Your position as a voter makes you a powerful lobbyist. Use that power to create a better profession!

    All it takes is a few minutes for you to write a letter (or personalize the sample one we’ve prepared) and fax it to your legislators.

    Security measures make delivery of postal mail very difficult, so use your fax instead. Find your Representatives’ fax number at (just type in your zip code and click on the “info” link under the photo of your Representative).

    Some of our chiropractic pioneers spent days – even weeks – in jail fighting for the licensing laws they knew would protect their rights. Won’t you spend a few minutes right now to do the same thing (and you don’t have to sit behind bars to do it!) Click here for a sample letter to fax to your House Representative today Click here to download a .pdf file of the actual bill *

    *requires Acrobat or Acrobat reader, available free from Adobe Get Adobe Reader @ 4:01 pm | Article ID: 1057705296

    In Memoriam: Dr. Fred Barge

    Media Relations; Palmer Chiropractic University System

    (Davenport, Iowa) Fred H. Barge, D.C., Ph.C., passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2003, in La Crosse, Wis. A renowned chiropractic philosopher, lecturer, inventor and prolific writer, he was 70 years old. He was one of 19 chiropractors in his extended family. He was founder and president of Barge Chiropractic Publishing in La Crosse.

    Chairman of the Palmer Chiropractic University System Board of Trustees Vickie Palmer said, “We have lost a great friend and a legendary presence at Palmer. My father, Dr. David Palmer, valued his friendship with Dr. Barge very much. I am glad we have the wonderful displays of artifacts and epigrams he recently helped assemble on the three Palmer campuses as a reminder of his love for Palmer College and Palmer history. His energy and great love for Palmer were boundless. No doubt he is now enjoying conversations with the other great chiropractic philosophers who preceded him in heaven.”

    At the request of the Palmer Chiropractic University System Board of Trustees and Chancellor Guy F. Riekeman, D.C., the Palmer flag on campus was flown at half-mast. The Board also sent a floral tribute in memory of Dr. Barge to be displayed in the Palmer Hall of Philosophers in West Hall.

    Dr. Fred Barge Dr. Barge was born on Jan. 13, 1933. In 1957, he married Audrey Thompson. He graduated from Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1954 and did postgraduate work at Logan Chiropractic College. He interned with Drs. B.J. Palmer, Clarence Gonstead and Henry Barge, then established a long-term chiropractic practice in La Crosse, Wis., in 1957.

    In 1962 he was hired as a continuing education faculty member at The Fountainhead and became a visiting professor in the Division of Chiropractic Sciences in 1989. In 1998, he joined the Philosophy Department at Palmer and became a special adviser to the President’s Office. He also had visiting faculty status at New York Chiropractic College, Life Chiropractic College West, Logan Chiropractic College and Life University. He was a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse for 15 years.

    Palmer Chancellor Guy F. Riekeman, D.C., said, “Chiropractic has lost a warrior and Palmer has lost a prince. Fred wrote books ranging from philosophy to technique, but he will be best remembered for his Shakespearean voice, which always carried a clear and consistent message of unadulterated, principled Chiropractic. He was Palmer Proud and purple to the core of his soul. I don’t think he was ever more fulfilled than in the last five years as he moved through Palmer, brightening its history. Every student will long remember each class beginning with, ‘Good morning, fledgling chiropractors.’ And, so, to my good friend, for now … Enuf said.”

    A distinguished presenter and lecturer throughout his career, he spoke on chiropractic philosophy and subluxation theory at symposia and seminars all across the United States. His papers were published by the ICA Review and other chiropractic organizations and widely distributed at many chiropractic colleges. His nine books included Wryneck (1998), Giant vs. Pygmy + Thots (1994), Scoliosis (1981), Torticollis (1979) and Tortipelvis (1976).

    His inventions included the Barge Tortipelvis Bench, a line of cervical technique chairs, a cervical adjustment pillow and vertical film filing cabinets. He held patents on two devices, a reclining radiographic table and a full-spine adjusting apparatus.

    He was a past president and current vice president of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), served on the editorial board of The American Chiropractor and chaired the editorial board of Palmer’s Streams From The Fountainhead and ICA’s The Chiropractic Choice. He was a featured columnist in Dynamic Chiropractic, Today’s Chiropractic, The Beacon and the ICA Review. He was on the national advisory board of the National Back Foundation, Inc. He was active in the Palmer College of Chiropractic International Alumni Association (PCCIAA), serving as the Wisconsin alumni president in 1967 and as the association president from 1972 to 1974. He served as a Palmer College trustee from 1973 to 1982 and was also a founding member of the Palmer College of Chiropractic West Board of Trustees. In 1991 he was named a director of the campaign board for the Republican National Committee.

    ICA President C.J. Mertz, D.C., said, “Dr. Barge was always one of my heroes. I was somewhat in awe of him and very proud and honored to have him run with me in the recent ICA elections. His wisdom and his vision for the future of chiropractic was an inspiration. The profession and ICA has lost a great and wonderful person, but his spirit will always be with us, because Fred was larger than life. He may be gone but he will not be forgotten.”

    His vast awards included a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA), a Lifetime Service Award from the ICA, ICA Chiropractor of the Year (1991), a Dedicated Service Award from the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association, a Special Recognition Award from the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, a Fellowship in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic (1986) and the Daniel David Palmer Chiropractic Scientific Award (1977). He was the PCCIAA Alumnus of the Year in 1986. The Palmer student body voted him Faculty of the Year in 2000. In March the PCCIAA gave him its 2003 Faculty Achievement Award.

    David B. Koch, D.C., Palmer’s vice president for Professional and International Affairs, got to know Dr. Barge over the last two years as they worked together at Palmer. Reflecting on their time together, Dr. Koch said, “Fred was such an inspiration to me. He personified the quintessential chiropractic qualities of faith in the body’s power to create and heal itself, optimism and positivity as the greatest mental tools for living, deep respect for the values and principles of chiropractic’s founders and a lifelong passion for exploring how these values translate into excellent patient care. As he worked with tireless energy on Palmer’s LCP program, and the ICA’s new Diplomate in Philosophic Chiropractic Standards, I got to watch a man for whom retirement was not an option. Why would he retire from doing the things he so loved to do? Fred embraced life to the fullest, and knew that this is what chiropractic is truly about; living your own life on your own terms. The best way we can honor his life is to carry on with his work, which is truly our own work, of bringing chiropractic to the whole world.”

    Survivors include his wife and two daughters, Sally Barge Rusak, C.T., and Patricia Barge Berkley, D.C., as well as 10 grandchildren. Another daughter, Amy Barge, preceded him in death.

    A private burial ceremony will be conducted in Wisconsin. Details about a memorial service at Palmer College will be released later. A memorial fund has been established by Dr. Barge’s family through the Palmer Development Office in Davenport. Memorials may also be made to the ICA.

    Dr. Barge’s obituary is expected to appear in the Friday edition of the La Crosse Tribune at the following Web site: @ 11:10 am | Article ID: 1057428603

    Loss of an Icon – Fred H. Barge, DC, PhC.

    (Forwarded by Bobby Braile @ NYK)

    The chiropractic profession has lost an icon, and I have lost a dear friend.
    Fred H. Barge DC, PhC died Wednesday morning July 2, 2003 at his home in
    LaCrosse Wisconsin. As of this newsletter the family has chosen to hold a
    private service for the family. Fred suffered a sudden heart attack Wednesday
    morning and died quickly.

    Fred, a second generation chiropractor, was the 9th president of the ICA, a
    world renowned speaker in chiropractic, and he was a dear friend of mine. We
    affectionately referred to each other by the presidential numbers we both held
    in ICA. I would often get a phone call that started with “Greetings number 11,”
    to which I replied, “Greetings number nine.” As I write this initial report, I
    can recall countless “Bargisms” as we called them, where his wit and delivery of
    philosophy of chiropractic and life itself would amaze us and humor us at the
    same time.

    Over the coming days you will no doubt read much about the life of Fred Barge.
    He has, and will always have a profound effect on our profession and on many of
    us who he has touched. Fred was one of those rare individuals who always
    seemed “up”. It was great to work with him, and it was great to socialize with
    him. We spent much time together over the years and tipped back more than just a
    few “libations”.

    The chiropractic profession is much better having had a Fred Barge. The world
    is much better having had a Fred Barge. And my own life is much better having
    known Fred Barge.

    I will miss you my friend, and will end this as you would have, “Enuf Said. @ 12:50 pm | Article ID: 1057261858

    Five Years of Chiropractic News!

    By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

    I was recently checking our news archives when I noticed that last week we entered our fifth year of delivering chiropractic news worldwide. It has been an incredible journey and Gods light has certainly shined upon us.

    The first news articles were published on in June of 1999. Previous to that we had been delivering news via e-mail (beginning in 1996) but had not been posting articles to a centralized web site.

    Of all the things that have come from creating Planet chiropractic, none have been more valuable to me than the friendships I have made. In 1996 I can recall sitting in a classroom with several of my fellow classmates and I spoke of plans I had for using the Internet to bring information to chiropractors all across the globe.

    Contrary to popular belief, I did not know much about the Internet (who did?) in 1996 and I knew even less about HTML and other design languages that became essential to learn in order to create the services we now offer. What I did know, was that I had a burning desire to share the experience I was having in chiropractic. I wanted to share the essence of our philosophy, science, and art. I see that same spark in chiropractic students today and every time I do it motivates me to continue on the path that I headed upon in the 1990s. I had only been in chiropractic school for one year yet by some divine design I had already met such chiropractic greats as Reggie Gold, Fred Barge, Ian Grassam, and James Sigafoose.

    Today, the chiropractic greats that I have met have increased exponentially. Those fellow classmates are still great friends of mine and we spend more time together now then we did when we were in school. The difference now is that there are wives, children, new homes and exciting chiropractic offices to talk about.

    It doesn’t end there, as I have made friends all across the globe. Some I have still not yet had the pleasure to meet face to face but believe me when I say that you motivate me to be a better, more productive, loving and energetic person.

    So to all my friends everywhere: may Gods light shine upon you and bring you all that you desire out of life. @ 9:59 am | Article ID: 1057165179

    The Ability to Heal

    By Super CA Jackie

    Do You Believe Your Body Has the Ability to Heal Itself?

    For many people who walk into a Chiropractor’s office the first time, they really don’t know what to expect.

    We hear from time to time: “I don’t think this is going to work, but I’ll give it a couple of times.” Ok, so now you walked in with a negative attitude. Your Chiropractor will take the time to explain if and how he/she feels Chiropractic can help you. You still leave the office thinking that this is too good to be true.

    The first thing to understand is Chiropractic does NOT cure. It does not cure your pain, symptoms and diseases. A Chiropractor will gently give you an adjustment, which will align your spine and remove spinal nerve interference. Proper nerve messages are now able to flow from the brain, down the spine and out to all the organs. Your body has now been given the ability to heal itself. Patients must follow the care schedule given to them by their Chiropractor. I cannot emphasize how important this is! How bad do you want to be better? I wanted it bad!

    In 1980, at 18 years old, I had a nasty lower back accident. I slipped on water and fell in a sitting position straight on the tip of my coccyx impacting my spine. I couldn’t walk for two weeks. Orthopedics, physical therapy and drugs didn’t help me. In 1984, I had refused the Orthopedics suggestion of surgery on my L4-L5 herniated discs. I complained and suffered for six long years until I finally found Chiropractic care in 1986. Before I started care at 24 years old, my body felt like I was 60 years old. (Now at 41, I feel 24) Chiropractic was my last hope!

    When I walked into my first Chiropractor’s office, I had no clue what Chiropractic was about. He did educate me very well. I entered with a positive attitude that this was going to make me better. After my exam and first adjustment, I left his office and said, “I know Chiropractic will help me!” In my case, I felt great after my first adjustment. To me it was a miracle; I knew I was going to get my life back.

    After a month of getting adjusted 5 times a week, sometimes twice a day, I felt like my back accident never happened. I started to resume all my old activities. I knew my injury was healed, but I didn’t want to stop getting adjusted. I noticed the more I was adjusted, the better I felt. I asked my Chiropractor one day, “When do I stop getting adjusted?” He smiled and said to me, “You will know.” It is now 17 years later, and I am still “well adjusted.”

    I was only under care a few months as I discovered besides getting out of pain there was a lot more to Chiropractic than meets the spine! Now I began the road to wellness. I learned that the symptoms that started after my back accident were a result of me being so subluxated. I had so many bones out of place putting pressure on my nerves that my organs were not getting the proper messages.

    After so many adjustments, my aches and pains were gone. I had sciatica so bad, that I had to wear a back brace quite often or I just crawled around my house when my leg gave out. Well, the sciatica and brace became history. Headaches were gone that lasted 3 days at a time, as well as my stomach and digestive problems. My allergy symptoms disappeared and so did the allergy shots. My spirit became high again. Due to the back pain I had to live with, I suffered depression at times. The best was learning how and why my immune system became so strong. I realized I wasn’t getting “sick” anymore. Until I started Chiropractic care, I was chronic with strep throat, tonsillitis and head colds. I was on and off antibiotics all winter, every winter. Medication also became the past for me. Now all the “medicine” I need if I don’t feel 100% is an adjustment. My power is always turned on! I had my answer: to stay healthy and keep my nervous system balanced, I would be adjusted for the rest of my life!

    I started my crusade by referring everyone I knew to Chiropractic care, and explaining why they should be adjusted. I would tell them how amazing Chiropractic is and how your body has the ability to heal itself. I also told my story how Chiropractic changed my life. When I talk about Chiropractic to someone, I speak it with urgency, authority and from the heart. From one patient to the next, everyone has their own healing story. @ 6:53 am | Article ID: 1057067593