Month: January 2005

Time is on my side

By Stew Bittman, D.C.

The year is flying by already, and my wings are outstretched as Innate carries me high over the landscape of bigness, maximum potential and impact. But I get ahead of myself. (What else is new. I’m always ahead of myself, at least in my mind. What if I never catch up? What if I do? Is that when we die? Or when we begin to really live?)

One of my favorite songs as a kid was an early Rolling Stones hit; “Time Is On My Side”. That was 40 years ago! I’m not sure if it’s really on my side, but it’s on my mind, big time. Now that it hasn’t snowed in 2 weeks, and I actually have had time to do something other than shovel, I’m spending most of it getting on with my goals and intentions and some of it reflecting on the illusion that time represents. There never seems to be enough of it, and yet there is always somehow enough when unexpected things happen, like 19 feet of snow. Life is full, and maybe it’s as full as I choose to think it is. It continues to get fuller, and at the same time, as the moments and years go by, it continues to get chiseled and funneled and focused down into fewer and fewer things that are really important. (Hopefully you get the point, because it would be pointless to continue otherwise, and you could try sharpening the point until the cows come home, at which time you’ll have plenty of cows but still no point)

Anyway, the point is that 2005 feels very big. It feels so big that I don’t think a 12-month calendar can hold it. It feels like the year that you and I step totally and fully into our bigness, our power, our greatness. It feels like the year that chiropractic emerges from its self-inflicted coma and rises up and remembers its principle and changes the world. It feels like the year that the wheat and the chaff finally and completely part company. It feels like the year that the principle becomes the guiding light for billions of people on this globe. It feels like the year that you and I lead them from the darkness. Yes indeed, this is the year.

As the year unfolds, and time continues to play hide-and-seek with my mind, I will be remembering some ancient words of wisdom that Gary Stewart reminded us of at the last Sigafoose Gathering: “Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily; life is but a dream”. Thanks, Gary! I will remember to row my own boat as God steers, I will remember to go gently with the winds of Spirit, and I will remember to find joy in each moment as I co-create this dream I call my life. And then, whatever comes down the pike, be it snow or sleet or challenges or triumphs, I will be using my time to further my mission. Big time. @ 9:25 am | Article ID: 1106922303

The CREW is going to Panama — June 2005 Mission Canceled

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Attention: June dates have been canceled due to conflicting schedules with the office of the First lady of Panama. When we have new information regarding future Panama trips we will post it here.

Chiropractors Restoring Energy Worldwide (CREW) will be heading to Panama for their 11th chiropractic mission since the group began in 1997.

This will be the 10th mission to Panama, a most popular location for CREW missions, since the group was founded in 1997.

Unlike the past 4 missions, this year the group will be providing chiropractic care to all provinces throughout the country. It is expected that a large group of chiropractors will be attending as the current population of Panama is around 3,000,000.

Lina and Dr. Luis Ocon of Salinas, California, will be coordinating this mission along with the support of the Panamanian government and current President of Panama, Martín Torrijos Espino.

The organization of CREW missions has grown tremendously since 1997 and the Alcaldia de Panama has taken up a major role in making sure the missions are always successful. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to be helping with this missions effort.

The dates: June 20-25, 2005

Doctors will need to arrive in Panama City on the 17 of June, 2005 and are welcome to stay for the weekend after the mission where they will be able to share the experience at a yet undisclosed area.

For more information you can email us at [email protected]

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This news will be updated as we receive more information.
Update: 5/13/2006 – No CREW missions to Panama have been planned for this year. More chiropractic offices have opened in Panama since last year and the trend is expected to continue. @ 12:43 am | Article ID: 1106890988

Everyone Can`t Be In The Front Row

By Dr. Jim Dubel

Life is a theater. Invite your audience carefully. Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize, your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships / friendships.

Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention. Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill? When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse? Which
ones always have drama, or don’t really understand, know or appreciate you?

The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life. You cannot change the people around you. But you can change the people you are around.

One final thought.. How often do you associate with other Chiropractors who understand our lifestyle and the Principles of Chiropractic? Maybe it is time to join our family here at New Beginnings…

It’s a New Year time for a New Beginning and a New Future!!
All My Love, Loyalty and Friendship.

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New Beginnings is this week!
To register, call Adrienne at 732 747 7728 @ 11:30 am | Article ID: 1106065826

Chiropractic Expansion Trip To Russia – December 2004

by Dr. Jill Howe and Dr. Sherry Durrett

On a cold and snowy night the first part of December, five Chiropractors and two Chiropractic business professionals from three states and two countries arrived in Moscow to take the next step in expanding chiropractic for the Russian people. This project was headed by Dr. Sherry Durrett, founder of the Foundation for Chiropractic Worldwide, a non- profit organization she established to further the goal of expanding Chiropractic by initially establishing a chiropractic college in Russia – and until it’s generating Doctors of Chiropractic, a clinic abroad program to care for the Russian people.

The delegation was composed of Dr. Durrett; Dr. Charles Register, a local Chiropractor; Mr. Larry Berg, director of a Chicago Chiropractic Clinic; Dr. Jill Howe, from Chicago; Drs. Zia and David Bellin from Atlanta; Mr. Vladimir Uzhva, Director of the Regional Center for Chiropractic, “Spine,” in Vladivostok; and their local translator, Elena.

Thursday, December 2, 2004:
All members of the delegation arrived from their area of the world and converged in the lobby of the local American hotel in the center of Moscow for introductions and a briefing regarding our goals and purposes for this humanitarian endeavor.

The setting was beautiful, albeit cold and snowing as we concluded our meeting over local cuisine at a nearby Peltopah (restaurant).

Friday, December 3, 2004:
We were welcomed into the Ministry of Health Care and Social Development of the Russian Federation for a meeting with Anatoliy Scherbakov, the Chief of the Protocol Department of the Ministry. His duties entail coordination of all top level meetings for the Ministry.

Formal introductions were made in the lobby of this traditionally stark Soviet building and the tone of the group was filled with excitement and yet a sense of uncertainty regarding what to expect as this was the first encounter with the Russian Federation for most of us.

We were escorted to the heart of the building to formal negotiation rooms to begin our initial dialogues. Mr. Scherbakov opened the negotiations by asking in Russian, “How can I help?” Dr. Durrett stated that we were Doctors of Chiropractic from the U.S. there to help the Russian people.

Mr. Scherbakov informed us of the protocol and ways in which future negotiations would proceed. It was obvious that his intentions were to help us in any way he could with future endeavors, as well as, having a successful meeting the following Monday with Mr. Voladin, a head in the Ministry of Health & Social Development in the Russian Federation. His domain is Pharmacology, Human Welfare, Education, and Science.

At the close of the meeting, Mr. Scherbakov graciously indulged us with a few photographs to commemorate our initial meeting. Upon departing, we were informed by Mr. Scherbakov that a higher level translator would improve our future success when meeting with Mr.Volodin.

Based on our meeting, Mr. Berg analyzed the information and began to reconstruct the power point presentation for Monday’s meeting with Mr. Voladin.

Saturday, December 4, 2004:
Our meeting successfully concluded, we decided to do some sightseeing and headed to Red Square in time to witness the ceremony commemorating the day the Fascist army was driven from Moscow during WW II. The ceremony was attended by the Lord Mayor, veterans and local government officials. Dr. Durrett, Dr. Howe, Mr. Berg and their translator were captivated by the precision and formality of the presentation.

We proceeded to the Kremlin’s Armory where we toured the exquisite displays of historical and religious artifacts dating back to as early as the 12 century A.D.

Following the Armory tour, we proceeded to the “Diamond Fund” to view the extensive and breathtaking collection of gems, jewelry and precious metals belonging to the Russian Federation. (Any woman would be so lucky to have such a collection).

Following our brief sightseeing excursion, it was back to work for Monday’s upcoming meeting where Dr. Durrett, Dr. Howe and Mr. Berg began interviewing for the best possible translator. We concluded our interviews over a brief dinner with our final candidate and quickly realized she was the best person for the job.

We returned to our hotel with our new translator, Julia Gould, where we got right down to work reviewing and modifying the presentation for our Monday meeting to best suit local culture and proper Russian etiquette.

As the clock struck ten, we sent our translator home with books and materials in English and Russian to better prepare her for the meeting ahead. Yet again, we worked until the wee hours of the morning.

Sunday, December 5, 2004:
Following a “unique” Russian brunch, we embarked on a brief cultural excursion to a local outdoor market. We picked up a few souvenirs and returned to the hotel, as there were more preparations to be made. We were met by our new translator, Julia to review the information she received the previous evening and our current changes to the presentation.

Dr. Durrett and Larry Berg worked until 6:00 a.m. fine-tuning the presentation and documents. The last minute translations of several other documents needed for the meeting in a few hours were still yet to arrive via e-mail.

Monday, December 6, 2004:
Larry Berg was awakened with a start when Dr. Durrett called at 9:00 a.m. with the news that they would need to travel to a business center in a hotel 20 minutes away to print final revisions for the meeting. Our hotel business center was closed for relocation on Sunday and had promised to be open Monday at 8:00 a.m. To Dr. Durrett’s extreme disappointment, the business center rescheduled their opening for 11:00 a.m., our scheduled meeting time with Mr. Volodin.

The challenge was met head on as Larry Berg and Dr. Durrett braved the cold and rainy weather to fulfill their mission of printing the finalized documents for the negotiations. After re-coordination of the rest of the delegates to ensure their timely arrival at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Durrett and Larry Berg successfully completed their cross-town journey to the business center.

Upon completion of their task, which included its own set of technical difficulties, they arrived at the Ministry with 1 minute to spare!

We were met by Mr. Scherbakov who escorted us to a U.N. style negotiation room complete with microphones. We were assigned one side of the table and Mr. Volodin was to be seated on the other side.

We performed the necessary preparations for the meeting – including positioning the key speakers, Dr. Durrett and Mr. Berg along with each of their translators and the power point presentation.

Mr. Volodin promptly presented himself and was introduced to each member of our delegation. We were warmly received and proceeded with our meeting straight away.

The size of our delegation surprised Mr. Volodin and he commented on this as we sat down to begin our negotiations. He was previously forwarded and reviewed our proposal, so he opened the meeting by asking for our specific purpose and objectives.

Mr. Volodin, a Neonatologist himself, proceeded to acknowledge that people with a gift to heal should be given an opportunity to practice their art. He further discussed the parameters of the Russian medical system and that all specialists are initially trained as Medical Doctors.

As the negotiations proceeded, Mr. Volodin conveyed his strong interest regarding the forward progression of chiropractic in his country. He said he’d like doctors in Russia to learn more about chiropractic and proposed we create and present for approval, a 10 day symposium regarding our specialty. Other suggestions were made for future training and what might be possible within the framework of their system.

Dr. Durrett presented the power point presentation outlining the exact plans for chiropractic expansion in Russia. The meeting concluded with Mr. Volodin encouraging us to forward our initial proposal for the 10 day symposium he suggested.

Following the meeting, Mr. Scherbakov escorted us to our initial negotiation room for a de-briefing. He was optimistic regarding the success of our meeting due to the fact that more information was requested for consideration vs. the bad news of being told “thanks, but no thanks.”

The delegates departed the Ministry and over lunch, reviewed each person’s viewpoint of how they felt the meeting went. The pros and cons of future expansion of chiropractic in Russia based on Mr. Volodin’s suggestions were discussed.

Dr. Durrett and Dr. Howe and Larry Berg along with one of our translators proceeded with Dr. Charles Register back to his office. Here we observed Dr. Register caring for several of his patients and we had the opportunity to adjust Dr. Register.

Dr. Durrett was excited to see Dr. Register’s CA, Marina again and to thank her personally for her efforts to forward this project. Marina expressed her pleasure in being able to contribute to such a humanitarian effort, as she was responsible for pushing through Dr. Durrett’s communications to Mr. Scherbakov, resulting in the initial meeting.

Tuesday, December 7, 2004:
We got six hours of sleep, the most amount of time on the whole trip!.

After lunch, Dr. Durrett, Dr. Howe and Larry Berg headed to the mall in search of a gift of appreciation we intended to present Mr. Scherbakov at our diplomatic dinner for the care and attention he demonstrated to us during our trip.

We met Mr. Scherbakov and Dr. Register at the restaurant at 6:00 p.m. and shared our mutual views on the Monday meeting. However, the majority of the evening was dedicated to foreign relations.

Mr. Scherbakov expressed his viewpoint regarding the future success of the project. The evening definitely opened the door to a positive and optimistic working relationship.

After dinner Dr. Durrett, Dr. Howe and Larry Berg took the overnight train to St. Petersburg for a meeting that Mr. Scherbakov arranged following our Monday de-briefing where he asked us “Is there anything I can do to help you with this cause?”

Wednesday, December 8, 2004:
We arrived in St. Petersburg at 6:45 a.m. and proceeded to our hotel. After checking in and eating breakfast, we phoned Mr. Scherbakov’s contact, Dr. Petrov, Head of the Department for cooperation with Domestic and International Medical Institutions at the city of St. Petersburg Government Public Health Committee.

A meeting was convened for two o’clock that day at the St. Petersburg Government building with Mr. Petrov. We were very graciously accepted.

Dr. Durrett’s main purpose for this meeting was to discuss the possibility of coordinating and bringing a clinic abroad program or “Chiropractic Mission” to this area. Dr. Petrov was very excited and optimistic about St. Petersburg and the northwest region of Russia cooperating in such a program.

To accomplish such an endeavor, Dr. Petrov suggested a possible symposium shipboard on the Neva River as early as this coming May. He proceeded to share with us his opinion regarding the demand and high interest for chiropractic in his region of the country. Dr. Petrov stated he would fax Dr. Durrett a formal letter of protocol regarding our future working relationship.

Current Focus
Overall, I would say that our trip was very successful as well as an incredible experience. We opened new roads for the expansion of Chiropractic in Russia and made many valuable contacts along the way. We were very graciously received by all that we met with and more than anything else, observed that there was a very strong interest for Chiropractic.

At the moment Dr. Durrett is working to coordinate the proposals for the symposiums that were requested. The plan for the symposiums would include presentations on the Art, Science, and Philosophy of Chiropractic. If you have interest in submitting a presentation for the symposium, your are encouraged and welcome to contact Dr. Durrett. And, if you have desire to help on this project in any other possible way now or in the future, please contact her. Your help is very appreciated. @ 8:04 pm | Article ID: 1104714289