Month: October 2003

Is Money Your Master?

By Dr. Edwin Cordero

We live in a materialistic society where many people serve money. They spend all their lives collecting and storing it, only to die and leave it behind. You never see a U-haul truck pulling a hearse do you? Their desire for money and what it can buy far outweighs their commitment to GOD and spiritual matters. What ever you store up, you will spend much of your time and energy thinking about. Please don’t fall into the material trap, because “the love for money is the root of all evil.” Can you honestly say that God and not money, is your Master? One test is to ask which one occupies more of your thoughts, time and efforts.

Our first loyalty should be those things that do not fade, cannot be stolen or used up, and never wear out. We should not be fascinated with our possessions, unless they possess you. This means we have to do some cutting back if our possessions are becoming too important to us. Many of us worry on a consistent basis about things we have no control over. Worry may cause: (1) damage to your health (2) cause the object of your worry to consume your every thought (3) disrupt your productivity (4) negatively affect the way you treat others (5) reduce your ability to trust in God. How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing? Here is the difference between worry and concern — worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to take action.

What is really important to you? People, objects, goals and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you do not actively choose to give him first place in EVERY area of your life. Planning for tomorrow is time well spent, worrying about tomorrow is time well wasted. Sometimes it is very difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules. When done well, planning can help to alleviate worry. Worriers by contrast are consumed by fear and find it almost impossible to trust God.

Consider the lilies of the fields – they grow were they are put. Many of us refuse to grow where we are put, consequently we take root nowhere. It is time that we make a stand for Chiropractic and tell the truth to our patients with out watering down the story. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Start allowing God to be the master in your life and watch all the miracles begin to happen in your practice. @ 12:35 pm | Article ID: 1067459729

Community Saddened by loss of Local Chiropractor

From the Miller Press

The Miller community, as well as the South Dakota health care community, is mourning the loss of Dr. Ernest Wayne Carr, who passed away October 13, 2003, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.

Dr. Carr was committed to his patients and served the community of Miller in many capacities, including mayor and city alderman. Much of the following information was taken from an article The Miller Press ran in 1999 honoring one of Dr. Carr’s career accomplishments. Our sympathies are extended to his family in their time of sorrow.

At 16, E.W. “Wayne” Carr faced an indeterminate future after being paralyzed from the waist down due to a football injury. For several weeks his parents and local doctors struggled to help the young athlete, who feared he might never walk again. It was then suggested that Wayne be taken to the local chiropractor, Dr. Ray Medek, in what turned out to be a pivotal moment in the young man’s life.

Wayne recalled being hauled to the clinic by his dad and brothers on a stretcher made of blankets. “Dr. Medek popped my back and I walked out of there. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a chiropractor.”

Read the complete article…
Community mourns the loss of influential leader @ 12:04 pm | Article ID: 1067457892

Success is a Natural State of Being (MMM)

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

I put up on the white board at the office: Are you happy? If not now then when? The patients had fun putting up their comments which I erased periodically. The cutest one said: when? After I get adjusted. That was my favorite so far. Wanted to get them thinking a little.

Then I thought about me. I’m often told by people who have kids that are all “grown” up to enjoy these times as they will be over before you know it. Our oldest turned 11 this month and our middle “Angel” is 10 and our twins are about to turn 7. To call my husband Ron and my life active is an understatement. Boy are we blessed. I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s. I’m not bragging I’m being grateful. Is your life a blessing too?

One of the true gifts in my life is Chiropractic. In what other profession can you go to the office 3 days a week and see hundreds of patients and know that you are changing the world and come home with pockets full of money on top of it all. I often talk about how you can’t give more then you receive in life. If that would happen you would actually be breaking a law of nature. You get back what you put out. It might not come from exactly where “we” expect it but it comes flooding back.

I got an e-mail this week from a Chiropractor who is two months behind on his bills and he wanted me to tell him in an e-mail how to fix it. He asked for the response ASAP. I could understand his urgency. Yet it reminds me of a patient who comes in after having years of pain and asks me to fix them ASAP. Success is an attitude. It is acquired by discipline and courage. I admire this Chiropractor because he asked. Some of us get stuck and sit in it. I hope he isn’t going to sit in it but I have no control over his life. Those of us who are blessed with abundance offer their hand to pull up the next guy yet that is all we can do. Well I guess we can do one other thing, we can continue to have our lives so that we can be an inspiration to them. We can’t give what we don’t have.

One of the ways that I stay on purpose is by writing these messages. I hope they help you half as much as they have helped me. The more I give back the happier I am. I can’t keep anything that I don’t give away. I encourage you to try it. When one of us succeeds all of us succeed. We are a partner in a similar mission. Sometimes I think that my messages contain so many of the same threads. I guess it is a lot of different ways to say the same thing. For me I have got to keep it simple. I keep my practice simple and the beauty of the Chiropractic message simple that so everyone can understand it. My message comes from my heart to the patients. I’m not afraid of them. I know I won’t reach them all yet I reach a lot of them. My success in Chiropractic is a by product of me sharing the principle with my community.

When is the last time you did a New Patient Orientation? Start there. It is so simple to create abundance. Success is a natural state of being. Stop thinking so much and get to work. If you concentrate on others needs first then all of a sudden you will wake up and realize that your needs are being fulfilled. That is not the answer I e-mailed back to the gentleman. That is today’s answer. And one more thing. Make sure you make it fun too.

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CCO Vaccine Policy – A Letter of Concern

The College of Chiropractors of Ontario

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for the opportunity to voice my concerns regarding the change to the CCO policy on vaccines. As a Chiropractor with ten year’s experience, I have grave concern about our position as a profession on this matter, as I’ve had many people in my practice react badly to vaccines.

From Hepatitis B to the flu vaccine, we’ve seen a host of reactions: bronchitis, seizures, flu, arm swelling and soreness, migraines, headaches, decreased immune function and cancer. Although I cannot substantiate the cancer and subsequent death of this particular patient, I questioned why a young girl with no history of migraines would develop migraines shortly after obtaining the Hep. B shot. Two months subsequent to that, she was diagnosed with hepatocarcinoma as a primary cancerous site, but the cancer had already metastasized to her uterus, lungs and ovaries. She died within a year of receiving her Hep. B shot.

I question this policy when so many known risks are associated with vaccines. When I first read the proposed change, I wondered if it was political pressure from the Ministry of Health and the pharmaceutical companies that placed pressure on them. Clearly, whoever wrote the proposed change has never been in chiropractic practice and dealt with vaccine reactions with their patients. Additionally, whoever proposed this change has not done due diligence and looked into the vast amount of research that exists on vaccine reactions and the chemicals contained in these drugs.

As chiropractors, it is essential that we give our patients the opportunity to learn about their health and make informed decisions based upon their own research. This proposed policy does not even allow for us to communicate to our patients the need to make their own decision. It is a one-sided policy in support of vaccines. Do you, as a governing body, want us to lie to our patients about vaccine-associated risks and tell them that there is nothing to worry about? Then, when the inevitable reactions do occur, do we then tell them, “We knew there was a risk, but the CCO has directed us not to tell you about these risks” Since we knew of the risks, do we then become liable? I wonder if our malpractice insurance covers this type of situation?

Years ago, my dentist discontinued using amalgam as a filling material. He said that it was only a matter of time before the class action suits began in Canada and with a five – year statute of limitations, he wanted to be well under the five year deadline in using this toxic material. We know that there are risks associated will all drugs, not just vaccines and if we don’t alert our patients, will we be culpable?

We have a moral obligation to the citizens of our communities across the province to give them the opportunity to seek information and make an informed decision based upon their own research. With class-action lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers already under way in both the United States and Canada, we will be placing ourselves in a very precarious position as a profession.

I also wondered if this proposed change was to gain acceptance in the health care system as a result of the prolonged inquest. As far as stroke is concerned, we have lost millions of visits to chiropractors in this province as a result of the fear that this court case has generated. In the eyes of many “gate keepers” of health care, they have labeled us guilty before the inquest has finished. So, we throw them this concession on vaccines to gain perceived acceptance?

With the advent of SARS, West Nile, and fears of biological terrorism with agents such as weapons-grade anthrax and small pox, is the government issuing a directive to all colleges to have all members support vaccines in the event that a mass-vaccination campaign is implemented in the interest of public safety? The vaccine manufacturers will have a field day! Look at the increased stock price of Cipro shortly after the anthrax-laced letters to the media were received in October 2001. How many billions of dollars will they make with a War Measures Act imposed vaccine program?

We cannot underestimate the trust that our patients place in us to tell them the truth about what’s going on behind the scenes. With medical error killing anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 Canadians per year (according to Macleans and not an official source because it has only been almost a year and a half since the numbers have been tracked), our patients know that dangers exist in the administration of chemicals into the body. Because we are often the primary health care providers of entire families, we are asked questions about this on a daily basis. Each office in the province is a beacon of hope and health for our patients. They expect us to tell the truth when they can read about hospital induced infections and medical error on the front page of our daily newspaper.

With the CCO changing how we communicate to people, limiting how we can market to them and now stifling the research that exists about vaccines, it makes it very difficult to be a chiropractor. Many of us chose this profession because it was different, because it reflected the immense power of the nervous system to help people be well and because it was natural. With this watered-down chiropractic that the CCO wants us to practice, we are going the way of the osteopaths in the United States.

I do feel that the proposed change impinges upon my human right to free speech as a Canadian, guaranteed under the Charter. I believe that Chiropractic’s ability to enhance health and human potential is so big, it is perceived as a great threat to the status quo of health care in our province because what we do is so powerful. It is so powerful that our own regulatory body has been given the mandate to censor our voices. I would be very interested to have a better understanding of who really runs health care in Ontario and who the CCO really answers to.
I, for one, would rather not practice at all, than practice in a profession that is a limp, fearful, and weak replica of its former self. We must carefully look at all of the ramifications of this proposed change because the health and the lives of our patients are in jeopardy.

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell

Sincerely Yours,
Martha Collins, B.A. (Hon.), D.C. @ 10:07 am | Article ID: 1067015262

The Paradox of the Sea

By Stew Bittman, D.C.

For years, I had an obsessive fear of leaving the office, even for a few minutes. What if somebody actually walked in? Especially in our early days of practice, when 10 folks a day induced feelings of immense pride and overwhelming fatigue, the idea of leaving the office made my knees wobbly. Occasionally, out of sheer boredom, I would muster up the courage to go to the post office, hoping for the temporary salvation of an insurance check, and half-jokingly tell Hillary, “if anyone remotely resembling a patient (we did use that term in those days) comes by, tie them up and brand them!” Naturally, the thot of leaving for an actual vacation was akin to jabbing myself in the eye with a stick: unproductive, painful, and ultimately very easy for me to veto. So I hung out and hung in, and held on tightly to all my stress and frustration with both fists. I don’t think it helped the practice, but I did get some strong fists.

Well, the years went by, as they often do, and eventually I sort of swung over to the other side of this imbalance. Workshops, seminars, speaking engagements all over God’s creation including five trips to Europe and six missions to Central America, and a few sundry excursions just for the hell of it, have made the past six years or so a blur of check-in counters and frequent flyer miles. It almost reached the rather ridiculous point of my folks wondering who I was and where the relief doctor had gone on vacation! Somewhere in there we came within a hair’s breadth of moving to England. Needless to say (though obviously I’m about to say it) this was mostly tremendous fun, but wasn’t the healthiest thing for the practice, either. I don’t regret one single bag of peanuts (especially the honey roasted ones) of it, though, nor do I regret the earlier state of my heels being nailed to my office carpet. They both have helped me find a balance.

This year, we intended to stick around more, and we have. The practice has responded. I’ve done about a long weekend every month to speak or attend a workshop or seminar, and I’ve been having so much fun in Tahoe and in the practice that I didn’t think I needed a vacation. We took one anyway: a long weekend at the ocean as a family, without a single iota of practice-related thot or conversation. Four wonderful days of communing with the waves and the birds and the seals and the sand. And I discovered something very important – I needed it!

The sea is much like everything in a life that includes a brain – a paradox. There is a multitude of constant activity: the roiling waves and crashing surf, the wind and ever-changing clouds, the barking of seals and the skittering of sandpipers; a menagerie for the senses. Yet, on the other hand, there is an incredible peace and calm. An overriding feeling that nothing here has really changed for millennia. Even the noise is quiet. Especially when the fog rolls in, spreading its fingers to throttle the neck of the land. Then all edges of perspective, color, even sound, are blurred. And it was against that backdrop of gray and silence that I noticed my emotions and my thots, like the roiling sea, standing in stark contrast. My impatience and my hostilities and my doubts and my judgments were all revealed as if a veil was lifted, and I realized how easy it is to ignore them, to mask them, to bury them, and to allow them to interfere with my maximum expression of love and service.

After a few days, even these impurities that my brain constantly manufactures became blurred with time and exposure to the vastness and eternal beauty of the sea. By the 4th day I felt grounded, connected, and at peace, and I noticed how uptight people were who were just arriving for their vacation. How do I walk around on a day-to-day basis? I returned with a renewed commitment to staying in that grounded space. To doing whatever it takes to rise above the distractions and the lunacies of the world. My mission absolutely requires that. I thot I was already doing enough, but I guess I was wrong. The paradox of the sea reminded me that God was the ultimate paradox: simultaneously running a universe and yet never changing. And, therefore, so am I. I Am that. I can do whatever my mission calls for, and still remain grounded in what is real and never changes – Innate. That’s the ultimate balance, and I’m still tiptoeing around it. And even though the balance already exists within me, I think I might have to leave the office once in a while to find it. @ 3:45 pm | Article ID: 1066949128

DCs in the Delivery Room

By Dr. Karen Bagnell

When the phone rang at 5:30 in the morning on October 12, I knew that Carol had gone into labor. We had been talking several times a day for the past week discussing all of the physical changes she was experiencing and comparing them to my own childbirth experience. Carol and I have known each other since the 6th grade and she has been a loyal patient of mine since we opened our practice in Pennsylvania in October 1996. She has a firm grasp of chiropractic and always keeps her appointments. It was no surprise to me, that after years of trying to get pregnant, she was able to once under regular chiropractic care. She had suggested months earlier that it might be nice to have her chiropractor at the hospital to check her baby as soon as it was born and to check her periodically during labor. I, of course, said no problem. I had been asked that very same question dozens of times in my growing practice of pregnant women. Many women came to the office actually in early labor on their way home from the midwife or on their way to the hospital just to make sure their nervous systems were functioning at 100%. But, at the last minute, most women did not ask me to adjust them while in active labor for a variety of reasons that are personal to each woman. You can imagine my surprise when Carol called me BEFORE she called her OB/GYN.

I was so excited I didn’t know what to do first. I knew we had some time before real labor started. She was getting adjusted weekly throughout her pregnancy and I knew from experience that regular chiropractic care reduces labor time so I didn’t want to take any chances.

I hate hospitals. I hate the smell. I hate the bureaucracy. I hate the white coats. I hate the instruments. I hate the drugs. I hate the egos. I have to admit, I was a little nervous crossing the river to a state where I was not licensed to practice chiropractic; to enter a hospital where I probably was not welcome. But I thought to myself, no one needs a chiropractor right now more than my friend Carol and it’s time to step out of my comfort zone. After all this was not about me.

At first I introduced myself to the nursing staff as a “friend”. Then, I read Carol’s birth plan. I was on it. She specifically requested in writing that I, her chiropractor, be present to adjust her spine as I felt necessary and to be able to check the baby as soon as it was born for subluxations. Once I wiped the tears from my eyes, I made sure everyone in that hospital knew that I WAS A CHIROPRACTOR!

Carol’s labor progressed very well. The nurses were so surprised at how quickly things were moving along. I wasn’t. I was getting very irritated with the medical “team” who kept trying to intervene in such a natural, beautiful process. Fetal monitors, suggestion of enemas (yes, they still do that to laboring women), not allowing any food for the mother, forcing the mom into the lithotomy position, checking the cervix for dilatation every hour or so (in my opinion, checking the cervix was the most painful part of labor) and not honoring many of Carol’s and her husband’s wishes were just a few of the things that irritated me.

Carol was left alone to labor without any “medical” support or encouragement. For a first time mom, the need to know that everything is normal and OK is very important. Feeling abandoned by the people you are depending on to make sure everything goes as it is supposed to is a horrible feeling. If her husband and I were not there she would have been completely alone. Carol later told me that I helped her deal with her fear of labor. “She made me comfortable with it”, she said. The medical team came on an hourly basis with a new proposal for more torture. I said no to everything. Carol and her husband were certainly not in a position to make decisions. They were faced with a magnificent life changing experience and the nurses wanted to know if they wanted their baby vaccinated against Hepatitis B. PLEASE. It took all of my strength not to strangle someone. I had to constantly remind the nursing staff to please refer to the birth plan. All of the parents’ wishes are in writing.

I think all of this intervention was causing some stress and performance anxiety in Carol, because her labor completely stopped twice. That was my cue. I stopped rubbing away her back labor and adjusted her sacrum. Instantly Carol moaned as her labor returned with a whopper of a contraction. I’ll never forget her husband saying, “Karen did it, not me!” On a second occasion her labor stopped once again, this time C2 was the culprit. I adjusted her in a modified cervical chair as I sat on the edge of the whirlpool. Again, labor resumed instantly. As I was adjusting her in that awkward position, I thought to myself, I’m glad I’m not being graded on technique. When I talked to Carol about writing this article she said,”The most amazing thing was when you adjusted me when labor stopped and it started up again immediately. My husband still talks about that with his friends and family. I know that chiropractic kept my body in communication with itself.”

I continued to check and adjust Carol between contractions as necessary until she was in transition. Most people would tell you to avoid laboring women while they’re in transition. This is the MOST painful part of labor and consequently, a very emotional and irritable time for the mother. My instincts told me to stay near and check her every ten minutes. I don’t know why, but I did. Her C2 would not stay put. I checked and adjusted her constantly. Her doctor checked her cervix and she was 8 cm. Dilated. The doctor said that in about 2 hours you’ll probably start pushing. I adjusted her again and Carol’s body innately started to push. The nurses yelled at her to stop pushing. I said, “Maybe her body knows more than we do.” After 15 minutes of Carol being told not to push, her doctor came back and checked her cervix again and said she was ready to start pushing. I believe she was ready when the whole pushing thing started 15 minutes earlier.

I thought, great. Here comes the big moment and I started to help Carol get on all fours to deliver. The nurses looked at me as if I had 3 heads and started to break down the bed and assemble the stirrups. I said, “What are you doing?” I was then told Carol needed to lie on her back so that fetal monitor can be hooked up and so she can deliver the baby. I again reminded them of the parents’ birth plan and this was something that was objected to specifically. The response I received absolutely floored me. The nurse told me, and I quote,” It’s not up to the parents; it’s up to the doctor.” If Carol didn’t need me there I would’ve walked out.

I believe that because Carol was placed in the position she was, she pushed for far longer than necessary. Although she only pushed for 45 minutes to an hour, not very long when compared to a lot of other women, I feel that time could have been drastically reduced if she had been allowed to do what her body was telling her to do. For instance, I pushed for only 17 minutes before my first child was born and only four minutes with my second. I was allowed to deliver in whatever position my body decided was right for me.

When Thomas finally entered this world and we all stopped crying, I checked him and his mom for subluxations. I am proud to say that luckily, neither needed adjusting despite all of the intervention. I think that was probably due to the previous chiropractic care Carol had received over the past 2 years and the adjustments she received while in labor. This whole miraculous process took only 9 hours. For a first time mom, that’s supposed to be unheard of. Carol and I know that chiropractic care played a major role in her short labor time just as it did in mine. Just as it did in the dozens of other women that I personally know who were under chiropractic care during their pregnancies. Carol said, in retrospect, “Dr. Karen checked me for breech and other things that may ultimately interfere with a good, healthy labor. I was impressed as I thought Dr. Karen went above and beyond what other doctors did.”

When I left Carol and her husband to bond with their baby and got into my car I started to cry, not just because I witnessed the miracle of birth. But, I cried because I was asked by my friend and patient to be there during such an intimate time in a person’s life. What an honor it was for me to be a part of this miracle. What a privilege it was for me to check a newborn baby for vertebral subluxations. Carol and her Tommy, who is now 5 years old, continue to get adjusted every week. Olivia, his 2 1/2 year old sister gets adjusted, too. I had the honor to attend that birth as well. This birth was attended by a midwife, but that’s a story for another article. How wonderful to know that these children, like my own, will grow up having chiropractic care being a part of their normal, everyday life.

If you can’t be in the delivery room with your patients, be waiting outside so you adjust the newborns as they enter this world. Think of the advantages a child without the damaging effects of vertebral subluxation or a birth trauma would have in life. The possibilities are endless.

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Dr. Karen (Gardner) Bagnell graduated from Life College in 1993. Drs. Karen and Lawrence Bagnell practice together in Newtown/Langhorne, Pennsylvania. They have two beautiful children. The birth of their son was featured on The Learning Channel “A Baby Story”. He was born at home, in a hot tub with the aide of his father’s chiropractic touch. Drs. Bagnell have a family practice. Dr. Karen Bagnell focuses her attention to the special needs of the pregnant woman and her family. For the past seven years Drs. Karen and Larry Bagnell have diligently worked and studied the mechanisms of breech and transverse presentations, pregnancy and delivery and have finally created their much anticipated technique manuals now available to the chiropractic community. If you have an interest in these manuals or any questions please contact Dr. Karen Bagnell at [email protected] or at 415A Executive Drive Langhorne, PA 19047

Originally published in Todays Chiropractic @ 3:35 pm | Article ID: 1066948532

Principled Chiropractors Correct Subluxation

by Dr. Adam Tanase, Upper Cervical Chiropractor

The word semantics is defined, “The branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning.”

Spinal DemonstrationAs principled Chiropractors, you’ve participated in many debates and discussions regarding semantics within our profession. The most common is the difference between using the words “adjustment” and “manipulation.” Knowing that manipulate means “to control or influence cleverly, unfairly, or unscrupulously” certainly steers us away from using the word to describe anything about our beloved craft.

Then there’s the semantics of the word “subluxation” versus that of “segmental dysfunction” or “fixation.” I, for one, argued endlessly in chiropractic school to defend my right to use the word subluxation in clinic notes.

Doctors even go as far as breaking down components of our lexicon to make educational points. Sub- means “less than;” -luxation means “dislocation.” Thus, subluxation implies less than a complete dislocation.

What about the word, “dis-ease?” We know that there is a profound difference between disease and dis-ease in that the process of dis-ease leads to disease. If you thought these words were one in the same, such proves the importance of semantics.

While attending a chiropractic summit recently, a number of doctors and students vocally stated that chiropractors remove subluxation. But if we’ve always been careful with use of the words adjustment, subluxation, and dis-ease, why are so many doctors careless in using the word “remove” to describe what our profession does once these subluxations are detected?

If we look at this word from the perspective of our patients, we’re likened to surgeons who routinely remove wisdom teeth, polyps and gallbladders. Does your adjusting room have any scalpels, cauterizing tools, sutures or gauze?

Surgical removal is permanent. My wisdom teeth were removed when I was 19; last time I checked, they hadn’t grown back. So if you are in fact “removing” a subluxation, you can only do it once, and if your patients keep coming back to have the same subluxation “removed,” it’s time to admit that you just plain suck at surgery.

What if we separate the word into its components? Re- means to “do again;” move means to “change position.” So I ask you, to what position do you keep moving the subluxation? One can move and re-move a subluxation over and over again, but what’s the point?

Doctors who move and re-move subluxations have perpetually subluxated patients. Are any of your patients ever not subluxated? Do they ever leave your clinic without receiving an adjustment? If all you’re ever doing is re-moving subluxations to different positions, then no – your patients are not getting well.

Principled Chiropractors correct subluxation. Correcting something means, “adjust to function accurately or in accordance with standard.” In other words, to make normal.

You’re definitely not removing subluxations, but you could very well be re-moving them. Doctors who do not have a measurable criteria to determine the presence or absence of subluxation are merely re-moving subluxations around and around. If you think you’re correcting a subluxation because it made a noise, you’re sadly mistaken.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unless you have divine power, your hands are not capable of detecting subluxation any more accurately than your hands are capable of feeling words travel through a telephone cord. It just doesn’t happen.

BJ Palmer was the most accomplished and successful chiropractor in the history of our profession. He used para-spinal thermography before and after every adjustment. He couldn’t palpate nerve interference, and it’s a safe bet that you can’t either. Some docs use leg checks and anatometers. Find a reputable system of analysis that works for you and use it – every visit – not every 12th.

We need to be 100% certain of two things. One, that an adjustment is necessary. After all, an adjustment is only as good as its timing. And two, that we actually did what the patient is paying us to do – correct the subluxation.

Now here is where you’ll either love me or hate me. But since I’m not here to make friends, I’m laying it all out there for you to read. It is my belief, and BJ would certainly agree, that it is categorically irresponsible, unethical, illogical and unintelligent for any doctor to assume that because he or she heard an audible sound after pounding on a high spot or fixation within the spine that they corrected a subluxation.

That line of thinking has demonstrated to be unreliable, obsolete and consequently abandoned in 1924 after the advent of the neurocalometer.

Friends, don’t shoot the messenger, but the reliability of palpation to detect vertebral subluxation died over 80 years ago.

Therefore, it is our responsibility as defenders of this great profession to use a scientific, accurate and duplicable method of subluxation correction. Palpation is no such method. Period.

The reason members of the general public ask you, “Can you crack my back” when they first learn what you do is because so many doctors within our profession devalue chiropractic. They cheapen it to such an extent that they’re willing to “adjust” (and I use that term loosely to describe the crude manipulations they provide in this instance) people at bars, sporting events, family functions and even in parking lots, without exam or x-ray.

Imagine being at your next Rotary Club luncheon when the guest speaker for the afternoon is Dr. Jones – General Surgeon. After his short presentation, Joe Public asks him, “Doc, I’ve got gallstones, can you lay me down right here, remove this pesky thing, and stitch me back up?”

Or what about Dr. Smith – Family Dentist? Joe Public approaches Dr. Smith in the grocery store holding his jaw, “Doc, my tooth hurts!” Dr. Smith happens to have a handkerchief and pocket knife in his pants pocket – Do you think he’s going to extract the tooth right there?

It’s common sense to all of us – this would never happen. Wise Dr. Jones & Dr. Smith respect what they do enough to make people actually schedule appointments. Chiropractors should be no different!

I hold this profession in the highest regard; I value the adjustment, and not as a “natural” pain reliever or some fancy massage. I see it as something that has the ability to save lives! And with the gift that we’ve been given – the gift of correcting subluxations – we must value it! Respect it! Honor it! And use it ethically to help the sick people of this world to get well.

BJ said, “We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul. We release the imprisoned impulse — the tiny rivulet of force — that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to cells and stirs them into life.” But somewhere along the way, members of our profession translated that to mean, “We crack backs, pop necks and alleviate low back pain because people tell us it makes them feel good.”

Friends, if audible noises and the absence of pain are your only means of determining whether or not you helped a patient, then may God rest your soul because your ChiropracTIC flame has been extinguished (or was never lit to begin with).

You have the prestigious honor of helping sick people get well. What an amazingly respectable calling! To do that, you must first value what you do with such high regard that it must be done properly – not half-ass!

Detect the subluxation with a reliable system of analysis. Correct the subluxation with accuracy and precision. Do it with such remarkable skill that the intent behind what you’re doing is unshakable. There will be no doubt in your mind that once delivered, your adjustment will “release the imprisoned impulse” that can get sick people well!

It’s time to start holding yourself accountable to a higher standard.

You are a professional Chiropractor.

Dr. Tanase is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor from St. Louis, MO.

Look Back at Your Past But Don’t Stare

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

In the quest for self improvement and spiritual growth many of us have been on this path of trying to live with less baggage and more prosperity. We want to be a clear conduit of God’s love and to serve out of our abundance. In order to rid ourselves of some of this baggage we are encouraged to look back at what we did and what happened that might be getting in our way of acting out our best intentions. In my own case I have lost both of my parents in the last few years and I have spent a lot of time looking at my life and seeing why I had made some of the decisions that I had made in the past. All this is good I suppose but for me it is time to focus on the present. I need to forgive my mistakes of the past and other people’s mistakes too. I don’t wish to close the door on my past but it I don’t want to stare either. There is the what ifs and why nots. All in the past. I am not my past. I am me now. I can’t use incidents of my past as excuses to not be who I want to be in the present. I can’t afford to carry around much baggage from the past, I’ve got too much life to toss around in the present to be weighed down. I need to lighten up and stop taking myself and my past so seriously. I need to give myself permission to live this day to the fullest. Some situations in my past certainly didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. I wouldn’t have been human if it was any way else. That is life. I need to accept my past the way it happened and move on.

I wouldn’t trade my present life for any past life I lead. The past has taken me to this present life and I am thankful for the mistakes and good choices that have brought me to this point. Now in this moment what steps can I take to live in the now. The now is about expressing love in all the circumstance and to all the people in my life. One of the things that I love to do the most is to stand in the present and “dream” of what I would like to happen in my life. I work on creating a clear picture of what I would like to create. This takes discipline for me because my mind has trouble focusing on this. I usually do it in meditation or while I am exercising. I let me mind dream of how good I would like to allow my life to get. It is very positive for me. Sometimes I giggle when I create some of these pictures in my head. My mind is more comfortable focusing on the negative and I need to filter the thoughts that pop into my head. I can choose to see it the way I want to create it. Isn’t that what faith is all about. Being able to see what isn’t yet and being willing to have it be that way if I am willing to work towards the vision. I know I am trying to live God’s will for me yet I am allowed to have a vision and it works great if I hold that vision yet I’m not too rigid to believe that life is only working out if it is working out exactly how I am seeing it. That is no excuse to not dream and visualize. There is a comfort in knowing that I am not alone in my quest. As long as I keep doing the next right thing then I can live feeling good about myself in this moment and know that my life is having a positive influence on my world.

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Proposito Quiropractico (En Espanol)

Por el Dr. Edwin Cordero

En el 1895 el Dr. D.D. Palmer comenzó la Quiropractica ajustando a un paciente que tenia problemas de audición. El primer ajuste Quiropractico no tuvo nada que ver con dolor del cuello o dolor de la espalda. El primer paciente se quejo de un problema de audición luego de escuchar un ruido/movimiento en las vértebras de su cuello.

Sin embargo hoy en día muchísimos Quiropracticos que no entienden la filosofia Quiropractica no saben que el cuerpo humano tiene una inteligencia innata que controla y regula todos los órganos, tejidos, células, músculos, tendones y sistemas orgánicos. Esta inteligencia innata es lo más importante que posee el ser humano ya que sus cuerpos no podrían funcionar adecuadamente y mantener un balance interno.

Cuando existen interferencias al sistema nervioso y la columna vertebral esto se conocen comúnmente como una (Subluxacion) La Subluxacion comienza cuando una vértebra se mueve de su posición normal y comienza a impedir el flujo de energía o vida que pasa a través del sistema nervioso. Si el cuerpo no se puede comunicar con el cerebro a través del sistema nervioso estos problemas de la salud comienzan.

El único Doctor adiestrado en localizar y corregir estas Subluxaciones vertebrales es el Quiropractico. Nuestros cuerpos son sumamente inteligentes y su labor primordial es de ayudarse a sí mismo a mantener una armonía/balance interno pudiendo permitir la conexión entre el hombre espiritual con el hombre físico.

Nuestro propósito como Quiropracticos es de educar a todas las personas sobre el bienestar que ofrece la Quiropractica para remover estas subluxaciones vertebrales a través de los ajustes Quiropractico. Si removemos la causa principal (Subluxaciones) el cuerpo se encargara de permitir auto-sanción y auto-regulación sin tener que utilizar medicamentos y cirugías innecesarias. El poder que creo al cuerpo es el único poder que puede sanar al cuerpo. Liberemos es poder ajustando y removiendo la Subluxaciones vertebrales.

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El Dr. Edwin Cordero es un graduado de la Universidad de LIFE en Atlanta Georgia en el 1993. El nacio en Fajardo Puerto Rico y tiene licencias en Puerto Rico y la Florida. Su oficina esta ubicada en Lantana, Florida. @ 7:03 am | Article ID: 1066831393

The Anniversary of Chiropractic

By Stew Bittman, D.C.

The anniversary of chiropractic’s founding just recently passed quietly by for the 108th time. No ticker tape parades. Again. Perhaps the hope for celebrations in honor of the event are beyond the realm of the reasonable, but you would hope there might at least be a few firecrackers set off or something. Alas, not many folks out there apparently gave a royal crapola, and who could blame them. Why get excited about another therapy? Another moneymaking mishmash of modalities? Who could imagine firing up the barbecue in honor of a TENS unit? Or packing up the kids and the picnic basket and the SUV to commemorate the birth of a profession that may or may not have an answer to non-neurological low back pain? I, for one, would rather stay home and avoid the red ants.

Things might be different if things were different. We’ve seen a public celebration of chiropractic in Panama, when the mayor of Panama City gave Luis and Lina Ocon the key to the city. Why there and not here? How could that have happened without public relations firms or practice managers or franchise companies or national organizations or research grants? Or even Arnold Schwarzenegger? Why do you and I (some of the few that by grace or by accident have been offered at least a glimpse of the big picture of chiropractic) so often look for the salvation of principled chiropractic from the outside in?

It seems like a paradox, but the only salvation for chiropractic as we love it lies within you and I. In our passion for the principle, and in our surrender to it. In the clarity of our vision, and in the determination to live and share that vision. As Gandhi said, we “must become the change we wish to see in the world.” Chiropractic needs to be born again, and that birth begins in you and I. The world needs that rebirth. You and I have been prepared by Innate to be the midwives. The transition could be painful, as they often are, and yet as we all become the change, it could also be natural, drug-free, and beautiful.

There is no doubt in my mind that in Panama the major difference was within the heads and hearts of the chiropractors and helpers there. We became the change; we became love and truth and service. And folks flocked to us. It is such a beautiful and exceedingly simple lesson. The same one Gandhi was talking about. The same one he mastered and utilized to get 400 million people behind him to accomplish an impossible cause. A lesson that apparently is too damned simple for a bunch of intellectual giants like us, who have let this magnificent gift of chiropractic crawl to the very brink of becoming indistinguishable from, and subsequently swallowed up by, medicine.

Sorry about that. Chiropractic’s birthday is getting as depressing as my own. Not really depression, just a tinge of sadness. Depression leads to inaction; sadness motivates me toward change. And I know where that change must take place.

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Stew BittmanDr. Stew Bittman maintains a box practice in South Lake Tahoe, CA along his wife Hillary and daughter Ari. 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. @ 7:59 am | Article ID: 1066143549