Month: November 2003

Our Strength is in Our Knowing

By Jeanne Ohm, D.C.

More often than not, it has been our experience as chiropractors to watch an issue of truth come to the masses–a very issue we as chiropractors knew all along to be so! Think about a few of these issues which DCs have known to be true and have recently gained public popularity and acceptance–even medical approval!

Body movement is one which comes to mind. DCs have long taught the importance of keeping the body in motion for both healing and regeneration. Exercise became the buzz word of the 90`s. Right along with this has come the consciousness to eat better. I can think back to my student days in the early 80`s and recall my first intro to good foods coming from DCs. The rest of the world thought we were crazy to be somewhat conscientious about what we put into our bodies. Today, nutrition is becoming vogue and accepted as an ingredient to health.

Another issue was our innate apprehension about antibiotics and their complicated effects preceded the inkling that a greater scientific law was being tampered with. The 90`s brought out study after study warning of the dangers of antibiotic usage. One need only to look back to BJ`s writings in the 50`s to realize that from a chiropractic standpoint, antibiotics were destined to be shown up as causes of further complications.

As chiropractors, our history and perspective on health and wholeness has always shown us reason to doubt, fear and most importantly refuse vaccines. Today, there are more and more groups out there becoming leery of vaccines and obtaining the scientific data to support their concerns. Now lets be realistic here–it hasn’t been the sole effort of DCs which has gotten these messages out to the public, but it has been our diligence to communicate and our unfaltering knowing which has greatly contributed to the public finding out about these issues. The little bit each and every one of us does, adds up to a momentous tide for change.

What I want to point out is another one of those bits of knowledge we as DC`s know to be true. It needs our attention, because as with all of our concerns for humanity, the lives of many depend on it. Thanks to the works of some greats in our profession, the significance of the birth process as the first cause of subluxation was brought to the attention of the world. Teachers like Dr. Joe Flesia gave us the research and educational tools to support the hypothesis and the devastating effects of VSC at birth. Others, like Dr. Arno Burnier provided us with the passion and commitment to educate our patients about birth. Still others like Dr. Larry Webster equipped us with adjusting technique, skills and equipment. He taught us how to prevent traumatic birth with specific maternal adjustments and how to analyze and correct subluxations in infants and children.

What I hope to do here is to bring you closer to the devastating effects a traumatized birth can have on the life of a child. First, I would like to look at some of the atrocities which lead to trauma at birth. In our country, women are led to believe they are having a “natural birth” if their eyes are open. Local anesthesia, spinal taps, episiotomies, induced labors and birth positions which go against gravity and anatomy are all considered part of a normal, natural birth. With fear tactics and intimidation, women have been led to compromise one of the most powerful experience they will ever have. When women`s natural capacities are violated like this, the birth process becomes a painful, traumatic, unnatural procedure for both the mother and baby. The effects of this type of birth on the newborn can be life-threatening, indeed.

One only needs to look at some birth pictures or videos to realize the undo force applied to the baby`s neck and spine. It`s amazing how gentle everyone is with the child`s spine and head when passing a newborn from one to another, and in contrast, how brutal the actual birth procedures may have been just minutes before! The force applied with forceps and vacuum extraction is far beyond any force you could imagine exerting on a delicate newborn spine. As chiropractors, we can look at these procedures in horror and shudder at their probable effects.

As professionals interested in research results, we can read medical studies which support the theory that the birth process is a life threatening experience. One such report “Latent Spinal Cord and brain Stem Injury in Newborn Infants” by Abraham Towbin MD published in Dev. Med Child Neurology tells us that “the birth process even under optimal controlled conditions is potentially a traumatic, crippling event for the fetus.” He goes on to tell us that “Survival of the newborn is governed mainly by the integrity and function of the vital centers in the brain stem. Yet, paradoxically, the importance of injury at birth to the brain stem and spinal cord are matters which have generally escaped lasting attention.”

These are serious statements and are certainly supportive of our suspicion that modern birthing procedures in this country are indeed life-threatening to infants. Just how life threatening is my thought proposal for you now. Several years ago, while attending a vaccination seminar, a homeopathic MD was reviewing the relationship between SIDS and the DPT shot. The latest medical studies on SIDS was drawing a substantial connection between a baby`s sleeping position as a possible cause of SIDS. It was being considered, that placing a child on its back reduced the incidence of SIDS. Being firmly fixed on the DPT vaccine/SIDs relationship (which I am in no way discrediting) he looked at it as nonsense. My chiropractic antenna went up and so did my hand. I explained to him the idea that placing a child on its stomach to sleep causes undo stress to the cervical spine as the child`s head needs to be turned one way or another. Combining this biomechanically unsound position with an even slightly traumatic birth could be the insult added to injury that affects the spinal cord`s respiratory centers in such a way as to cause SIDS. Sound plausible? Towbin`s other report, “Spinal Injury Related to the Syndrome of Sudden Death In Infants” published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology supports the relationship between birth trauma and SIDS. This study, too was published in the 60`s. Yet today, if you ask the “SIDS experts”, they will tell you no known cause exists, just make sure you place your child on its back–for whatever reason.

If you are detecting cynicism, yes, I do confess. Perhaps it is because more children die of SIDS in a year than all who die of cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, child abuse, AIDS, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined! It is also because when searching a website called “Child Secure” under their SIDS section, they not only held to the medically protected theory that there is no known cause for SIDs, they further slandered Chiropractors and their theory connecting birth trauma and SIDS as “old wives tales and ignorance”. (Look it up yourself if you want a blood pressure surge). The defensiveness points that we may be onto something big here.

Well folks, here we are again faced with an issue which needs our immediate attention and efforts to bring it into play. As always, we must continue to educate. Patients are not aware how damaging the birth process can be. Women need to be reoriented about birth and what they can do to regain their say in this crucial event in their child`s life. We need to do what we can to help prevent these harmful births from happening. Our adjusting skills need to be fine-tuned to work more specifically and effectively with children. Makin` Miracles is working to provide chiropractors with the opportunities to make an impact on birth trauma. As I travel each weekend to different cities around the world, I am privileged to share accumulated knowledge with the attendees about adjusting infants and pregnant mothers. It is a wonderful thing that we as DC`s can make a correction to an infant`s spine, remove interference to the nervous system and watch the infant`s body heal and repair from the damaging effects of birth. It is even a greater thing however when we have the skills to adjust the mother throughout pregnancy, remove interference to her nervous system, help balance her pelvic muscles and ligaments and allow her to have an easier, safer delivery because of it.

Every day we get up and draw on our inner strength to face the masses–to be the one voice among the noisy crowd. Amongst the confusion and the chaos and the resistance, we get up and we do what we know we have to do. Sometimes we soar ahead, and sometimes we are knocked back a few steps. Then there are the times we wonder if we are really making a difference at all. Those are the times most critical–those are the times we must not just simply hold on, but realize the tremendous impact we have made and must continue to make in this world.

Applaud yourself–you deserve it! We are the one clear voice in the turbulent, noisy crowd. What we have to offer is life giving. We need only to perfect the skills of our hands and draw from the strength of our hearts. In this way, we will continue to make a world of difference.

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Dr. Jeanne Ohm has had a family wellness based practice for 20 years. She is an international instructor on Chiropractic in Pregnancy and Infancy. Dr. Ohm is also the Executive Co-ordinator for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Visit the website at: @ 6:47 am | Article ID: 1068043645

CREW Chiropractic Mission to Panama 2004

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The CREW (Chiropractors Restoring Energy Worldwide) will be returning to Panama on January 31st, 2004. All year chiropractors email me and ask about this mission trip. A link for your registration form is below.

Of the many questions that I am asked, these are some of the most relevant.

1) How much does it cost? ($1200 – $1500)
The greatest cost will be time out of your office. However, you cannot compare it to the experience you’ll have in Panama. Airfare varies from state to state and country to country.

From what I checked on airlines I saw rates from Continental, Copa , & Delta at about $550.00 – $750.00 U.S. dollars. The airport you will fly into will be Panama City, Panama (PTY-Tocumen International)

Hotel costs are about $99 per day. If you have a roommate you can split that in half.

Food is very affordable in Panama (if you eat outside of the hotel). There are lots of great restaurants close to where we will be staying. I think you can do well on $1500.00 for the entire week. You’ll probably want to buy gifts for friends and family too.

2) Do we adjust only seated cervical?
Yes. Adjusting is focused on the upper cervical segments and there are no adjusting tables brought on the mission. Methods of adjusting the cervical segments can vary based on your education and technique but expect to be adjusting only the cervical spine.

3) Do we adjust all day?
No. After breakfast (7:30 am) you’ll be taken to the location where you will adjust that day. Expect to begin adjusting by 9:00 am and be finished by 1 or 2 pm depending on where you are stationed. After 2 pm you’ll meet up with the rest of the group, have lunch, relax, and enjoy Panama.

4) When should we arrive?
Plan to be in Panama on January 31st, which is a Saturday. Orientation is on Sunday and we begin adjusting on Monday (possibly Sunday depending on your location). Some doctors have come a few days early to view the sites. If you plan to do this please let Lina Ocon know you are in Panama. It is very important that Lina gets your itinerary regardless of when you are coming or leaving. Lots of transportation is provided for us by the Panamanian Government so this will benefit you.

5) Can students attend?
Yes. Students can attend but students are not permitted to adjust while on mission. All DCs must provide a copy of their current active license to practice chiropractic and Lina will require a copy.

6) Do we get paid?
No. Expect to pay your own way for everything. Meals, beverages, travel, hotel, etc… There are times when transportation will be provided or someone will offer to provide meals but don’t expect it. Plan to cover all your own expenses and you’ll do just fine.

7) Is this a religious mission?
Technically, no. The mission is not sponsored by any church and the doctors attending are of many different faiths. With that said, there are daily prayers and meditations that you are welcome to participate in.

8) How should I dress?
I have been to Panama many times. The first time I went I wore shorts and t-shirts. I noticed very few men wear shorts in Panama so on future missions I wore long pants while adjusting and changed later in the day. Something to consider… many of the folks coming to see you will put on their Sunday best when coming to get adjusted. It has been my experience that dressing nicely has a great affect on the whole experience.

9) How many chiropractors are going?
We expect 40 doctors this year. Many have been on previous missions but there is always room for some new faces. Plan to have the time of your life.

10) Send me an email if you have other questions. 🙂

I look forward to seeing you all in Panama. @ 8:59 pm | Article ID: 1068008344

Super Chiropractic Assistant Motivation

By Super CA Lynne Gawley-Hofstetter

Greetings Super CA’s… Happy Halloween

“As keepers of our own attitudes, we must constantly choose to be the light we wish to see in others.”

This morning when I drove through Tim Hortons for my morning tea I could see the girl was very frazzled. There was a big line up and she seemed confused and grumpy. When I pulled up to the window and handed her my money I also handed her a handful of Tootsie Rolls, wished her a Happy Halloween and told her to have a great day. The smile that took over her grumpy-frazzled face game me a warm fuzzy and I smiled to myself all the way to work.

Ethel and I have pumpkins on our heads today and we dressed in orange and black and got Dr. D. to also. We tried to make him wear a pumpkin head too but he came up with some silly excuse about it falling off when he bent over to adjust. It’s great to see our patients laugh as they come through the door even the grumpy ones.

I had the extreme pleasure of being part of my Mother’s retirement open house last weekend. She is retiring after 34 years as our church secretary. Wow… 34 years it’s hard to imagine that she has never considered it work “it’s been a labour of love” to quote her. There have been good times, rough times and sad times. She has worked with 11 ministers. Welcoming them with open arms when they started their first day, cried when they left to go to another church, consoled their families when they passed away. She has baked treats, gone to baptisms, confirmations, funerals, weddings. Visited shut-ins, picked up little blue haired ladies to go to various functions. I have been at her house at 8:00 in the morning or 10:30 at night when someone from the church has called with a question or an emergency and they couldn’t get a hold of the minister. Mom has always been there… how do you advertise to fill that position? How can she ever put down on paper all her duties? She can’t and she probably never would, she is a very humble woman. She has no idea how many lives she has changed in her 34 years, but I sure saw it last weekend when the church auditorium was filled to bursting when past ministers and friends came to congratulate her. When she first found out they were planning an open house for her she said to me, “What if nobody comes?” I can remember rolling my eyes and saying, “Yeah right Mom, they will probably have to have the police for crowd control. I walked up to her on Saturday right in middle of the open house and whispered in her ear, “Hey Mom, what if nobody comes!”

We are all bright lights in our very own special ways. Continue to be the bright light that I know you are Super CA, you’re taking part in changing our world. If you constantly shine others around you will start to shine too.

I love you because you love what I love… loving… serving… giving… Chiropractic is Life!!!

Hugzzzzz Super CA Lynne @ 5:52 pm | Article ID: 1067997141

A Thank You From Arnold Schwarzenegger

By Arnold Schwarzenegger

Dear Michael,

Since October 7th, I have been focused on putting together a new government, a government which will reflect our views and values. Before I go further, I want to take this moment to thank you for your support during this unprecedented election.

You heard me say throughout the campaign that this movement was bigger than me. The support of you and thousands like you who became involved in our effort to bring California back, were key to making this campaign such a success.

It was very apparent to me on the campaign trail, that my supporters had taken vast amounts of their personal time to reach out to others on behalf of the recall and my bid for Governor. I am especially gratified that our efforts brought voters back into the process who had for too long stayed on the sidelines.

This election showed that the will of the people is far more powerful than the special interests. Please accept my thanks for all that you did to contribute to our victory.

I look forward to serving you as California’s next Governor.

Warmest Regards,
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Editors Note: Thank you to all Chiropractors and Californians that supported Arnold for Governor of California. @ 6:58 pm | Article ID: 1067828299