Month: January 2006

Whenever I Don’t Listen

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Oh no, I have to write about this again. I never seem to learn or rather I learn and forget and learn and forget and learn and forget. Whenever I try to live God’s will and not my own I’m dog meat. It never turns out the way I wished it would and worse yet I have to pay a hefty price for the effort. It’s not that I don’t want to do good. I think most of us have fairly good intentions. I just don’t listen.

For me it shows up as a feeling in the pit of my stomach. Sometimes I mistake that feeling for physical hunger and I eat something. Sometimes I know it is not physical hunger but I still eat something because I want to hide the feelings. When I eat, I stuff the feelings down. That stuffing is only temporary and boy does it come with a big price.

When I get that hunch about a person I can usually tell because if I don’t listen to innate then I feel uncomfortable in that person’s presence. In the extreme cases my skin will literally crawl when I am around them and if they accidentally or intentionally rub against me or touch me in any way then I can feel that feeling of wrong. Sometimes I want that to not be true about someone and I will try to make believe that I don’t feel that way about the person or I have even tried to justify why I feel that way about the person by somehow blaming myself. In any event I’m dog meat.

So why do I keep doing it? Why can’t I flow with the river? Why do I hold on to the sides? I think I forget. I think that I am in charge. That is why I need to pray every day. That reminds me. But what reminds me to pray?

I need to set up a system so that I can win. Here is what works for me. Every morning before I start my day I read a daily reflection from a meditation book. Every day. After I read the reflection I stop and think about what I just read. After I do that I thank God. I remind myself of at least 5 things I have to be grateful for and then I close my eyes, stop and listen. I meditate for sometimes as short as a half a minute and sometimes for a half an hour. I give my anger and my fear and my stress away. I surrender it. I come away clean and re-connected. I remember that I am small and the Higher Power of the universe is big — very big. I am never alone. My prayers are heard. I am safe and then I am ready and then on your mark, set, go.

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Sharon Gorman, ChiropractorWhenever I Don’t Listen is a Monday Morning Message from Dr. Sharon Gorman.
Dr. Sharon Gorman is a 1980’s graduate of Life Chiropractic College. She organizes a Local Chiropractors Focus Philosophy night the second Saturday of every month at the Howard Johnson on route 611, in Pennsylvania. For more information about the events you can call: (570) 476-7557 or visit the website at: @ 7:53 am | Article ID: 1138290801

Idea of Farting and Soiled Pants Bothers Los Angeles Chiropractor

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Doctors, it may be time to stock up on the citrus freshener.

A panel of scientists and doctors this week recommended that the Food and Drug Administration approve over-the-counter sales of a weight-loss pill known as orlistat, marketed in prescription form as Xenical. Americans would love a non-prescription fat absorbing pill, and this one could be available over the counter in a matter of months.

According to news articles, in the drugs six-month clinical trials, obese people who took orlistat lost on average about 5 to 6 pounds more than did those who were given placebo pills. Stop and think for just a moment. The average loss was only 5-6 pounds over a six month trial period. A previous clinical trail also showed there was a progressive weight gain in patients after they discontinued use of the drug.

Here is the stinker. According to information on the drug, when it is taken with meals, it blocks the absorption of about one-quarter of any fat consumed. The fat, is then passed out of the body in loose and/or oily poop. News on the clinical trials mentioned that about “half of patients” (that’s ~ 50% for you numerical readers) suffered side effects such as gas, incontinence and oily spotting.

Fecal incontinence is the loss of normal control of the bowels. This leads to stool leaking from the rectum (your butt) at unexpected times. Oily spotting? Who wants that? We have enough of that in the parking lot, we don’t need to see it in the office.

I would hope my patients would choose more sensible ways to lose weight, like modifying nutritional intake and getting more regular exercise. With nearly any sensible approach to nutrition and exercise almost anyone can lose 5-6 pounds over a 6 month period of time and not be at risk of suddenly putting the weight back on again. Not to mention the risks and side effects associated with taking weight loss drugs.

Just a tip, try and see your chiropractor before you’ve had lunch or wait an hour after having a meal. You’ll both be happy you did.

Forbes: Controversial Weight-Loss Drug May Go Over-the-Counter
Seattle Times: Diet pill could go over-the-counter
Chicago Tribune: FDA panel OKs drug for obesity
Boston Globe: FDA panel backs easing sale of diet pill

Just a note… Notice the links above and the way news is reported. Some media houses reported the drug “could” or “may” go over the counter and others report more aggressively.

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Dr. Michael Dorausch, ChiropractorDr. Michael Dorausch is a chiropractor living and practicing in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College (also in Los Angeles, California). He is the founder and creator of Planet Chiropractic; an online resource for chiropractors worldwide. Dr. Dorausch began delivering news to chiropractors and chiropractic students via the internet in early 1995. Today, thousands visit on a regular basis to get some chiropractic information, inspiration & motivation. @ 7:17 am | Article ID: 1138202233

NCADFA Declares Chiropractors Leaders…

NCADFA Declares Chiropractors… Leaders in the Advancement of Drug-Free Athletics

New Milford, NJ – Chiropractor, Founder and President of the N.J. based, IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the National Coalition for the Advancement of Drug-Free Athletics, Inc. (NCADFA), Dr. Victor Naumov has launched an anti-drug crusade aimed at municipalities and high schools across the U.S. His message is direct and simple, “First, address the growing problem of performance enhancing drug use among student-athletes then, begin teaching them strategies that will enable them to safely and effectively improve their athletic performance, naturally.”

It’s been all over the media for the past year and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. The topic of anabolic steroids and athletes has hit the main stream and has finally stepped out of the locker-room and into the living rooms around the country. “Steroids” is fast becoming a household word, if it hasn’t already. As an out-spoken national advocate for the advancement of drug-free athletes, I’ve made it my personal mission over the past year to publicly help raise awareness about this growing national epidemic. Through the use of radio programs such as ESPN and 1010 WINS in New York, various local and national print media and CN8 and NJN television on the east coast, the message continues to maintain its mainstream status. This continued momentum is wonderful for us as chiropractors. Why? The longer this message stays in the public eye, the greater the opportunity for us.

At a recent presentation, Dr. Naumov told a standing room only crowd, “The most under utilized and overlooked, natural performance enhancing tool available to any athlete, at any age, is the chiropractic adjustment. Why? Because only chiropractors are trained to identify and correct interference in an athlete’s nervous system, for that simple reason they are the leaders in the field of natural performance enhancement. It’s important that you understand, for an athlete to perform at their absolute best, their nervous system has to be as clear as possible. Only regular chiropractic care ensures the body consistently is able to perform at its peak in all areas. This not only includes physically, but mentally and chemically as well. Remember athletic skills such as, balance, hand-eye coordination and reflexive reaction time are all neurological acts which require a good nerve supply to be performed at 100%.”

“We are more than alternative health care providers, more than just neck and back pain doctors, what we are is human performance specialists. Both athletes and the public need to know that! We help the body work at its peak potential, at its absolute best. Nobody else can provide this service! It’s time the public recognized us for our uniqueness. It’s the public that pays us what we’re worth, not insurance companies. Our efforts and resources are better allocated helping athletes understand the service only we are capable of providing. To become a leader, you must first see yourself as one. I see every chiropractor on this planet as a potential leader. Do you?”

Dr. Victor N. Naumov, DC
Founder & President
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Kids Eating In Good Spirit!

By Dr. Ed Leshin

For years we as a society have heard about the “war” on drugs, but how about the “war” on negative marketing to our children? Recently, the news has been filled with articles about childhood obesity and the negative health effects on our nations youth. We are told that 25 percent of school age kids are overweight, 15% are obese and 50% of obese kids become obese adults. We are told how every four minutes, three americans die from preventable diseases relating to obesity. That 7,692 per week represents almost 2,500 more than were lost at Pearl Harbor and in the attack of 9/11 combined. If you are fed-up with the negative focus on the problem then join the club. That’s why I decided to do something about it.

I am a chiropractor. I dedicate my life to helping people live balanced, healthy lives. So when many of my patients said that it is so difficult to get their kids to eat right I started listening and looking around. The first place I started was with my own children. My middle child Thomas has had low insulin production since he was little. Despite conventional medical views, we did not opt for insulin. Instead, he is cared for holistically and taught about proper food choices and practical food choices. This means that he has had to learn to look at kids across from him at the lunch table eating cookies, chips and candy while at the same time realizing that he could get very sick if he made that choice (and initially he did while he was learning). It also means turning down rewards from teachers and others if they are offered in a candy form.

As I have been watching him grow through his challenges I realized as a parent that the marketing of junk food is so incredible that I even began to feel bad as a parent for his inability to have “junk food.” Imagine that, it was almost as if I were saying, “universe, please allow my son to be healthy so he can fit in and eat junk like all the other kids!” Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s power. If a parent can be persuaded that eating junk food will help him/her fit into society better than that’s as powerful as a drug! I started realizing that maybe the “war on drugs” would be better served as a “war” on negative marketing to kids and parents in regards to food.

Let me give some examples on what we’re up against and some strategies I’ve developed. First, walk into any grocery store with your 2-5 year old. Pay attention to what they ask for. Do they scream for broccoli or carrots? How about eggs or whole grain bread? Since I have a three year old, I know the answer. But listen more closely, do they have a favorite cartoon character? Is it Shrek, or Spiderman?

My son’s is spiderman. In fact, he is fixated/obsessed with his imaginary friend and it’s kind of neat to him that everywhere he goes, spiderman is also there. He loves shopping because he knows that his friend will always show up for him. Here’s how the marketing gets us. We go to our favorite grocery store and our son or daughter sees their favorite character/friend. They are so excited! Too bad for us and for them that it happens to be on the cover of a sugary cereal box, a box full of sugary chewy things, or the candy at the check-out counter.

Here’s where I get to tell you about my plan that I have tested time and time again. I have had my clients try it with their children as well and it works!

I started this as an experiment and the results are so overwhelming I am going to approach packaging plants for produce items. I took my 3 year-old to the store one day and said, ” Hey, would you like to get some spiderman carrots?” He replied, “fiderman carrots” (misspelled on purpose). I said, “yes, spiderman carrots!” He said, “okay.” So, off we went. When I got to the store and went directly to the produce section. I distracted my son by telling him to look at the pretty balloons. As he looked, I pulled a sleeve of spiderman stickers out of my pocket and placed one right on the organic carrots! You should’ve seen his face as I called to him to see the spiderman carrots.

He looked back over to me and said wonderfully, “fiderman carrots?” I said, “yes, aren’t these wonderful?” He said, “umhum!” It was a match made in heaven and a spiritual delight. He didn’t care if he got cookies or carrots, he wanted his friend spiderman and by golly I delivered it to him! For the next week, he wanted to hold those carrots and bring them with him whereever we went. He loves carrots now. Before, we couldn’t get him to barely touch them. The funny thing was the check-out clerk never even noticed the huge spiderman sticker as she scanned that bag of carrots.

Recently, I have developed newer strategies. For example, when he would see his friend spiderman on the cereal boxes or chewy thing boxes, I would buy one, bring it home and then dump the contents (without him seeing) and fill it up with vegetables. Now he eats spiderman broccoli, carrots and even spiderman chicken(that’s another story). I’m fighting back the food giants and using their own weapons! Only, it’s teaching my child to fall in love with good foods rather than junk. Now that’s spiritual eating for kids!

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Dr. Ed Leshin is a chiropractor, acupuncturist and energy therapist.Dr. Ed Leshin is a chiropractor, acupuncturist and energy therapist. He is part of National organization of physicians (NAK) using fun ideas and educational cd rom games specifically designed with the intent of educating children and adults about healthy eating. He is currently accepting similar stories about healthy eating tips for his upcoming book about Kids Eating In Good Spirit! Dr. Ed wants to make Good food fun again! @ 8:59 am | Article ID: 1138121959

Are PTs Stealing Chiropractic?

by Bob Braile, D.C.

Bob Braile - ChiropractorOne of the hottest topics lately has been the movement of Physical Therapists into the area of “Spinal Manipulation.” In many states, there is a well organized, well funded push toward expansion of the PT’s scope of practice into an area that many DCs see as an encroachment into chiropractic. Over recent years this fight has changed dynamics and we need to understand the big picture here if we want to address this issue.

First, we need to clearly understand that the PTs think that our opposition into spinal manipulation is extremely hypocritical as they see our profession as having long been completely stealing what they do. They have a good argument here as one trip into many chiropractic offices would raise the same question.

I do remember years ago hearing our chiropractic leaders use a rational that our use of “ancillary procedures” was different than physical therapy in that our intent was to use these procedures to assist the chiropractic adjustment. Today this argument does not hold water as most chiropractors are not using physical therapy in their office to assist them in correction of subluxations. One look at the submitted insurance claims completely eliminates that old argument.

So, clearly, we have encroached into their area. This eliminates using any argument that Chiropractors and Physical Therapists should remain separate in order to not confuse the public. In fact, they have ammunition in their argument that any chiropractic opposition to Physical Therapists broadening their scope into spinal manipulation should be ignored as we have clearly stolen what they do.

What has been a successful argument for us over the years has been that we perform our services with the level of expertise commensurate with a doctoral degree. We have always made the point that we are doctors, and that anyone with less training represented a danger to the public if they attempted “spinal manipulation” without the level of training we had in chiropractic spinal adjusting.

Unfortunately, this defense is quickly dissolving. First, PTs are initiating doctoral degrees and will soon graduate professionals that have the same level of education as us, and are, also, primary portal of entry providers. Secondly, some of our schools offer less courses in “spinal manipulation” then they do, and some of our schools are not even identified as chiropractic schools anymore. This weakens our position while the Physical Therapists are continuing to strengthen theirs.

The arguments that we have successfully used for years are gone. The medical doctors, who have been unwitting allies to keep the Physical Therapists from being primary care givers, will also not have a reasonable argument as PTs get doctoral degrees. In fact, I believe that it is inevitable that Physical Therapists will become primary portal of entry providers and engage in extensive regimes of spinal manipulation. In fact, I predict that it will not be long before the MDs change sides on this issue and start a public relations campaign that says that Physical Therapists are safer and better trained than we are.

So what are we to do? It’s time we stop trying to stop others from doing “SPINAL MANIPULATION!” It’s time we start educating the public that what we do is not spinal manipulation and what we do is “specific scientific chiropractic adjustments.” It is also time we start educating the public that these adjustments are for correction of vertebral subluxations, and it is time to educate the public as to what subluxations are and what they can do.

The Physical Therapists are not going to start giving adjustments for the correction of vertebral subluxations anytime soon. To do so would require them and the medical establishment to acknowledge that vertebral subluxations do exist, they do affect proper function of the nervous system, and that correction of them does enhance health. In effect, they would have to acknowledge the chiropractic principle and say that they are practicing chiropractic, and this is something they collectively do not want to do.

In essence, our best, and last, defense is our core difference from the allopathic model. The procedure of spinal manipulation has never been unique to chiropractic. It is futile to try to stop others from doing it. However, our expertise is in correction of subluxations through specific “chiropractic adjustments” is exclusively ours. We are the only experts at subluxation correction. We are the only profession that adds this procedure to the vitalistic philosophy we embrace.

Ultimately, if we want to stop Physical Therapists from stealing chiropractic we need to recognize what we are, what makes us different, and then create a defense that protects that uniqueness, not a defense of common domain therapeutics such as “spinal manipulation.”

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Dr. Robert “Bob” Braile has been involved in almost every aspect of chiropractic life. He has been a successful high volume practitioner. He has, and continues to be an author, and a regular speaker at numerous programs in chiropractic. He has served as President of his local chiropractic society, vice president of his state association, and president of his state political action association. His served as the eleventh president of the International Chiropractors Association.

He is also involved in service to chiropractors through the company he started, Now You Know Inc. Now You Know is a ground breaking technology company that provides cutting edge Internet technology to chiropractors to help doctors educate their patients and spread the chiropractic message to their community and the world. The Now You Know Email Newsletter, co-written by Dr. Braile, is the highest circulation consumer monthly publication in chiropractic.

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Five simple rules to be happy

By Jim Dubel, D.C.

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, even though he is legally blind, he is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and a shave perfectly applied, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, his nurse provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. “I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.”

“Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged… it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.”

“Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes are open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away. Just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

I wish more Chiropractors would understand that wonderful gift we have had bestowed upon us. Not riches as in money, cars, boats and other possessions. But in the understanding of that miracle that occurs each and every time we deliver a Chiropractic adjustment to remove subluxation. A greater gift can not be received! By either, the doctor who delivers the adjustment or the patient who receives the adjustment. It’s all in how you arrange your mind!

May God flow from above down his bounteous strength to help you find in yourself, this understanding….

Happy New Year
All My Love, Loyalty and Friendship
Jim Dubel

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Live simply
2. Free your mind from worries
3. Free your heart from hatred
4. Give more
5. Expect less

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Jim Dubel is the President and founder of New Beginnings. New Beginnings is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating philosophically based principled Chiropractic without compromise, innately serving mankind, while enhancing the quality of life today, creating a healthier more perfect world.
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New York Chiropractic Council Donates $5,000 to Chiropractors of Louisiana and Mississippi

New York, NY — January 20th, 2006:
The images of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were plastered all over the media 5 months ago. The clean up continues and the telethons are over, and now reality is settling in. The economic climate in these areas is poor. This is affecting the entire community, which includes Chiropractors. The state Chiropractic organizations are losing dues paying members in both Mississippi and Louisiana. We remember when the nation stopped 4 years ago to help New York City during our time of need. The NY Chiropractic Council is a mission based organization. This donation will help Chiropractic. We wish all the Chiropractors in the Gulf Coast our best.

For more information about the NY Chiropractic Council, or to learn how to donate to this cause please contact Barbara Contessa at the following numbers.

One Cross Island Plaza
Rosedale, NY 11422
(800) 426-6922
(718) 386-3988
(718) 417-1232 fax
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