Month: February 2006

Crain’s Chiropractic Column on Vaccination, Heretical Health and Healing

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

“Science,” wrote Adam Smith back in 1776, “is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” He clearly made this remark before the advent of modern medicine. Recently a medical reporter worried, “Is medical science for sale?” To which someone replied, “No, the current owners are quite happy, thank you.”

“In the West, a major focus of scientific medicine has been the identification of external agents of disease and the development of weapons against them,” wrote Dr. Andrew Weil. As we all know, weapons are dangerous and can sometimes make the enemy stronger and more aggressive. Our predicament with antibiotics and drug-resistant bacteria springs to mind. When it comes to manipulating the complex workings of the human immune system, modern medicine is at a rather primitive stage, wielding metaphorical clubs to smash proverbial fleas. However, many scientists fear the public would become alarmed if it were generally known how little is understood.

Which brings us to childhood vaccination, easily the most emotional subject in our society next to religion and exposed breasts on television. No matter whether one is in favor of vaccination or opposed, the right to informed consent and the freedom to decide without coercion is the real issue. We call it scientific dogma when people cling to scientific claims that cannot be supported with facts. The defense of dogma resembles a playground where the loudest boy wins. A typical dogma debate goes something like this. One researcher stamps his foot and says, “Yes it does! It does! It does! It does!” The other side articulates the decisive opposing view, “It does not! You shut up!” And so on.

BabyVaccines are widely claimed to be responsible for wiping out death from childhood infectious disease, yet the death rate had already dropped 90-95% for all childhood diseases before vaccines even showed up. Since this stubborn historical fact is easily verified, one might wonder why the mythical version of vaccine history is so heavily promoted. It seems that improved sanitation, improved nutrition and antiseptic medical care deserve the credit, not shots. For some reason, our health leaders find this bit of history incomprehensible. All the yelling and jumping up and down about the grave necessity of vaccines obscures the noteworthy fact that vaccination is an invasive and potentially dangerous medical procedure.

“Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheel,” wrote Ivan Turgenev in 1867. Trying to understand the logic articulated by authorities in the health world requires some creative thinking. For example, measles and mumps are called “vaccine-preventable” illnesses. Silly me! I thought this phrase meant that being vaccinated would prevent getting the mumps and measles. I have since learned the opposite is true, getting the vaccine means you are more likely to become infected!

What a doofus I was, but I resolved not to be fooled again. When I read about recent chicken pox outbreaks and the chicken pox vaccine I was ready. The story said chicken pox still comes and goes, just as always, but with a difference. Aha! Could it be? Yes! Most of the kids who get chicken pox in these outbreaks now have been vaccinated to prevent it! One authority on the scene was quoted as saying (I am not making this up), “The infections may be a sign that the vaccine is working.” I am planning to create a lexicon on Vaccine-Speak to help the rest of us interpret such statements.

“With the discovery of new germs each year, the effort to find a specific drug to kill them all grows more futile. More and more research is revealing that diet, nutrition, environment, lifestyle, habits, attitude and stress have a profound effect on our immunity and resistance to disease,” noted Dr. Michael Schmidt. More parents these days are researching how best to promote the health of their offspring and are choosing to avoid vaccination. Why not use every natural means possible to build up internal resistance to disease instead? In California we retain the medical freedom to choose, although there are those who wish to rob us of our freedom.

The late Robert Mendelsohn, M.D., pediatrician for thirty years and author of the classic book, How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, had this to say: “The greatest threat of childhood diseases lies in the dangerous and ineffectual efforts made to prevent them through mass immunization.” Evidence is steadily accumulating that certain children are susceptible to brain damage and autism from standard vaccines, a view opposed by many health authorities. You might even say violently opposed.

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer wrote those words in the mid-1800s, just as a young obstetrician in Vienna, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, began imploring doctors to wash their hands between patient visits. Semmelweis claimed it would help stop the spread of death-causing disease. Doctors of the day furiously pointed out that they were gentlemen! How could a fellow doctor spread such vile, demoralizing superstitions? He was roundly denounced, vilified, persecuted and ultimately ruined. It was impossible for the hands of a gentleman to spread disease!

Today, of course, hand washing is accepted as a primary precaution in medicine, yet the failure of doctors to wash their hands still ranks as a major source of infection in American hospitals. Perhaps we need to remind some of these gentlemen to wash their hands before they come in from the playground.

Dr. Darrel Crain is a Family Chiropractor and Natural Health Writer practicing in San Diego, California. He is the President of the CCA San Diego County District and can be reached at 619-445-0100 @ 9:09 am | Article ID: 1141146588

Will Chiropractic Take Over Taiwan Healthcare System

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Some medical doctors in Taiwan are not happy with a proposed legislation that will allow foreign educated doctors of chiropractic to practice legally in Taiwan.

Medical Doctors are afraid of losing money, and when doctors get the fear, they go on the attack. Doctors are using the same old worn excuses they have tried for years in other countries. It’s easy to see there is no merit to their arguments, nothing but ignorance and fear. Good medical doctors are too busy taking care of patients to be involved in such activities. It’s the lack of self esteem, “someone is stealing my money”, “someone is stealing my patients”, doctors that typically go on attack.

Public officials this week said that the chiropractic bill has the backing of numerous lawmakers who claim that it is ultimately in the best interests of public health. Medical doctors think the bill is unfair (to them). In Taiwan, medical doctors are allowed to practice spinal manipulation. A licensed, experienced, and well educated, doctor of chiropractic would drive a nail right through the heart of any manipulative MD spinal practice. Get a DC that is passionate about what they do and you may put a whole town of MD chiro wanna be’s out of business. Don’t let medical doctors fool you, chiropractors are vastly superior in their field of education. Chiropractors are better at what they do and they are the only ones who detect and correct vertebral subluxation. While it may not be fair to MD’s, it is in the best interest of public health.

Some medical doctors say letting licensed, experienced, and well educated, doctors of chiropractic practice in Taiwan would be hazardous to public health. Really? Do Medical doctors who have no chiropractic education whatsoever think it is OK for them to thump on the spine in a hoping something will happen approach? That IS a public health hazard and that is the current model practiced by many a chiro wanna be MD.

I read a related Taiwan news article in which a Medical doctor stated, “the term ‘medical doctor’ strictly refers to physicians of traditional Chinese and western medicine, and dentists.” I could not agree more. Medical doctors practice medicine, chiropractors practice chiropractic. The term “Doctor of Chiropractic” strictly refers to… Chiropractors.

Chiropractors do not go to medical school. Medical doctors do not go to chiropractic school. If they do they get DC MD degrees or MD DC degrees. Each has specific fields of study that are unique. Both fields of education are extremely rigorous. Watch out for medical doctors that make believe they know chiropractic. If they have no formal chiropractic education, they are simply full of it.

According to the bill proposal doctors of chiropractic would be allowed to perform radiological procedures on their patients. The secretary general of the Chinese Association of Radiological Technologists stated that “chiropractors have never been trained in radiology exams and on procedures such as X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).” This is a good example of someone who could use a proctologist because his head is in the wrong place. Here is an interesting point that a fearful, afraid of losing business medical doctor will never tell you… The radiology portion of typical chiropractic curriculum will span over four or five quarters of schooling. Radiographic Anatomy, X-ray Physics and Principles, Radiographic Interpretation and two or more diagnostic imaging courses including classroom and lab work in radiographic technology positioning are standards in chiropractic education. Sounds to me like the secretary general wants DCs to have to take an additional exam (e$am) so that association can collect some funds. That is typically the case.

Kuomintang Flag - Chinese Nationalist PartyThe Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) Legislator believes that the introduction of chiropractic practice in Taiwan would be beneficial to the public, in view of the increasingly high demand for the service. Well educated chiropractors would be better suited for that role than non-chiropractic educated doctors. The Kuomintang Legislator summed up the actions of those opposed to chiropractors in Taiwan best… “fear of losing business.” In a Taiwan article the legislator stated, “By definition doctors are people who save lives and that’s exactly what chiropractors do.” @ 10:14 am | Article ID: 1140718494

Our Responsibility To Examine Our Habits

By Stew Bittman, D.C.

Dr. Stew Bittman - ChiropractorI’ve been cutting down on my coffee consumption lately, and the other day I was at home in the afternoon thinking about cheating and having some. Innate reminded me of my intention to have only 1 cup in the morning, which I’d already had. I thot, “well, there’s my coffee cup from this morning, maybe by some miracle I only drank half of it”. I peered down hopefully into the dark recesses of the cup and discovered I had unthinkingly left one sip in there, and I began to laugh. I realized I had developed the habit of leaving one sip in the cup from having used a French press for years (which leaves some oily grit at the bottom of the cup), and even tho I hadn’t used the press for months, apparently the habit had persisted. Then, after enjoying the last wonderful sip, albeit cold, I began to wonder. How many other habits do I have that I’m not even aware of? How many of them serve me? What else am I leaving at the bottom of the cup?

I know there are a lot of good habits I’ve developed. In my life, I find that out whenever the schmootz hits the fan and my spiritual rituals and practices help keep me in the eye of the storm. In my chiropractic practice, I find that out whenever I sit down to plan seminars that I’m about to teach. Especially adjusting seminars. My mind invariably goes blank and starts to panic knowing that stretching out “become one with the bone and let Innate move it” for 8 hours would be a challenge. The same thing happens with practice management stuff. So I have to consciously break things down into small details and steps again because somewhere along the way the reverse phenomenon has apparently gone on inside my head. In the process, I discover a lot of wonderful things we do in the practice that have evolved way beyond second nature.

On the other hand, thru that same process I also discover some details and steps and habits that perhaps I don’t want to teach others and therefore don’t want to have myself. Another example of the truth behind that old adage, “if you want to learn something, teach it”. How much service and principle and simplicity and focus and productivity and am I leaving at the bottom of the cup of my practice?

And still quite often in my life I don’t stay in the eye of the storm. Sometimes it’s more like the I of the storm. I still lose my center and I suspect my habitual reactions are at least mostly to blame. How much love and connection and harmony and joy and awareness of Spirit am I leaving at the bottom of the cup of my life?

I believe that as warriors of principle it is our responsibility to examine our habits, incessantly, and root out those that no longer serve others or us. Maybe the best way to do that would be to look at each area of our life as if we were going to teach it to others. Yikes. It’s a scary thot, but I imagine if we did it diligently and honestly and gently we would be end up closer to our potential and purpose, and closer to living God’s movie for us. Plato (or was it Socrates? I often get my Greeks mixed up) said that the unexamined life was not worth living. I think it still might be worth living, but there’s undoubtedly a whole bunch of wonderful things sitting down there in the cup that would make it better, happier, more fulfilling, more abundant and more loving.

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Dr. Stew Bittman maintains a “box on the wall” practice in South Lake Tahoe, CA along his wife Hillary and daughter Ari. @ 11:12 am | Article ID: 1140549137

Avoid Pain At All Costs – Chiropractic Monday Message

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

“To avoid pain at all costs forces us to reject half the lessons life can teach.” – Jan Pishok

Pain hurts – no kidding. Who would want it? We spend our lives listening to people who are trying to avoid physical pain. I tell patients all the time that pain is there for a reason. It is not God trying to punish you. It is a sign.

We do all kinds of things to avoid physical pain. For most of us it is one of our strongest motivators. I listen to my body when it gives me physical pain as usually an indicator that I have over worked. If I didn’t have pain I would probably keep going to the point of self destruction. If we don’t listen to our body when it is trying to tell us something then it will probably tell us louder and louder until we are forced to listen.

In our society we address symptoms as a disease entity in itself. People address the symptom and try to treat the symptom. It always hits me in a funny way when a patient asks me “How did this happen?” My first thought is usually, well, I haven’t really known you that long.” I don’t usually say it because they would take it the wrong way. When a patient comes in to us they usually want us to fix them. The little voice inside of me is saying, “yea, but we are self healing organisms.” Well they are self healing but they probably wouldn’t have gotten in their car to see you if they didn’t think that you can help them. Help them with what? Their symptom of course. I have learned a few things about being a good doctor. One is empathy and another is patience. I have to quiet myself long enough to listen to them and understand them. We all want to be understood, especially when we have a symptom and we are in a state of fear. Once I listen to them hopefully they will listen to me. The truth is that I don’t have a lot to say to them that first visit because they won’t hear except I understand and I will do my best to help you and here is how I help people. Also I love them. I don’t tell them I love them. I just love them and they feel it. Isn’t it ironic that in this society we aren’t conditioned to listen to our symptoms. We are conditioned to be afraid of them. That’s like teaching people to be afraid of fire alarms going off instead of teaching them to be afraid of fires. What is their body trying to say? “HELP!”

When we live our lives in fear of symptoms we become afraid to live. Now that I’ve touched on physical symptoms, let’s talk about emotional ones. Someone once told me that in relationships we always get boo-boos. It is part of being in a relationship. I know there could be a ton of positive stuff but if we hang out with a person long enough we will get to see the other side too. The stuff about their personality that they hope or at least you hope would become better will be most evident when they are interacting with another person, namely you. I am not only talking about the relationship you have with your spouse or significant other. I am talking about all relationships at all levels. When we allow ourselves to open ourselves up enough to be in a relationship with another person we are opening ourselves up to possible emotional pain. Of course this varies depending on how much we trust this person and how close we allow them in. We open ourselves up a lot when we give love but even more when we accept love. That is why for most of us it is easier to give than to receive.

Sharon Gorman - Chiropractor, DCLet’s take this conversation to the office. When you are in a relationship and a patient does not continue care, it hurts. If your goal is to make Chiropractic part of someone’s lifestyle for their lifetime than when they leave the practice it is a form of rejection of chiropractic and you at some level. There are some valid excuses that we can understand like death or that the patient is moving. We don’t take that personal. Some of us that have been around long enough have come to terms that people are in different places in their lives and some people aren’t going to keep going to the Chiropractor when they no longer are experiencing pain or when their pain has lessened and they think that they can live with that much pain. The more new patients that I start the more vulnerable I become to other people’s choices. I can’t control them nor would I want to. I am here to live God’s will, not mine. They aren’t here to live my will either. I have become incredibly efficient at giving them the opportunity to choose Chiropractic for their lifetime because I have over 20 years experience for making the case. Yet patients still come and go. So what? As long as I can keep my eye on the mission than the pain that life presents itself will be secondary to my goals and vision.

It makes me so sad when I see older people when they retire that have no vision left in life. They sit around and wait for their next symptom. They then become more afraid. They then focus on their symptom and their fear and we all know that we get more of what we focus on. They then feel like they are a victim of their symptom and their life becomes a journey of trying to remove their symptoms by trying to find a Doctor or anyone that can convince them that they can remove their symptom. A re-assuring word goes a long way with these people. You are telling them the truth. If they have a subluxation you can help them. You can help anyone that has a subluxation even if they don’t have a symptom from it. Some people choose lifetime Chiropractic care because they are afraid of pain or afraid of death. Maybe that is a good use for pain. Any reason a person chooses to receive regular Chiropractic care is a good reason to me.

For me my job is to stay open. To keep my heart open and to accept pain as part of life and part of practice. With this understanding I am willing to expose myself to people and to do my job which is to teach people the importance of Chiropractic and to put my hands on them and release interferences to their expression of life.

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Focus Philosophy Night

February 25, 2006 – 7:00pm
Optional dinner at 5:30pm

Tami Hartman and Gary Stewart

Howard Johnson Hotel
Route 611 Bartonsville, PA (exit 302 off I-80)
(570) 424-6100 for Reservations (ask for Focus Rate)
Contact Sharon Gorman at (570) 350-4091 for more info.

Suggested fee is the price of one office visit.
We will be passing the hat to cover expenses.

Future 2006 Dates:
MARCH 18 – Eric Stofman and Gary Horwin
APRIL 8 – Reggie Gold
MAY 13 -Ginger Gracagnolo and Cheryl Langley
JUNE 3 – Corey Rodnick and Joe Lupo

This was the Dr. Sharon Gorman — MONDAY MORNING MESSAGE — for FEBRUARY 20, 2005 @ 1:14 pm | Article ID: 1140470078

Bird flu up your nose

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Bird Flu Up Your Nose! That is the name for an avian flu nasal spray vaccine I just came up with. If you know someone in the vaccine industry, please inform them I am willing to sell the name for the right price.

Speaking of the bird flu, there is good news, and there is bad news.

Bird Flu Parrot - Arrk!First the good news: The actual threat of an avian flu outbreak among people appears to be highly exaggerated. Swedish researchers conducted a large study of people in Vietnam and the avian flu. Their results suggest that most people who get the bird flu have symptoms so mild they never report it to the authorities. It is likely there are thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of cases of bird flu that have never been reported.

This means that the fearful 50% death rate we have heard so much about needs to be incredibly downsized. It turns out that the risk of death resulting from the avian flu may actually be on par with the average flu. So if you handle dead, flu-infected birds and are vulnerable, you may die. But most likely you will only experience a mild, self-limiting illness. My advice? Avoid handling dead birds for the time being.

Now for the bad news: The study I just described falls into the category of “inconvenient science,” the kind of science that fails to fan the flames of flu fear, which explains why it never made the headlines.

The very best defense we have against becoming infected with any virus at all has not changed. Namely, it is our magnificent inborn ability to be well, as long as we pay attention and put some effort into it. Eat healthy foods, get outside and move around, stay rested, practice moderation, and stop worrying about what you hear on the news.

Dr. Gary Butcher is an expert on poultry medicine and disease at the University of Florida and an international consultant for the poultry industry. He believes the likelihood of avian flu triggering a pandemic is practically nonexistent. “But the fear mongering will continue as long as people see a potential for financial and career gain in it,” he said, adding, “The agenda here is pretty obvious, people want grant money. This is a bonanza.”

Bird flu is serious business. “Bird flu makes biotechs sizzle!” chirped one happy headline I saw recently. Wall Street just loves a good flu. Nearly every day a new bird flu enterprise is hatched.

For example, I received a news release from a forward thinking company the other day with the following scary warning: “Health authorities have shared with us that local hospitals will not be taking in bird flu victims.” Luckily, they offer the perfect solution to this unexpected problem.

For around $6,000 (plus tax and shipping) they will send you a plastic isolation unit about the size of the average bathroom. This is a great bargain, we are told, because it “relieves the occupants from wearing gas masks and protective clothing, enabling a safe and comfortable stay.” Indeed, I have always found a gas mask during the flu season to be a major inconvenience, not to mention the protective clothing that always makes me look ridiculously fat.

The company notes that these plastic tents are “capable of giving an adequate supply of filtered air for 6 to 8 people.” And the battery that runs the air filter lasts for up to ten whole hours!

“Individuals, couples and families with children, as well as household pets” can all be housed in the unit. For an extra three hundred bucks (plus tax and shipping), they throw in a carrying bag so the tent can be set up “at home, office, nurseries, hotels, or during family trips.”

This kind of innovation makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Of course, spending ten hours with seven people plus a dog and two cats in a sealed bathroom might make me feel all warm and fuzzy too.

And that brings up an important question. Suppose I need to go to the bathroom while I’m in the middle of the isolation unit, in the middle of the bird flu pandemic, while standing shoulder to shoulder with 7 other people and a few pets who also need to go to the bathroom. Are we supposed to just hold it until the All Clear bell rings?

I’ll say one thing for this company, they are not afraid to ask tough questions our health leaders seem incapable of asking. For example, “What family wants to take a chance with an unproven drug that has developed deadly complications?” They are referring to Tamiflu, of course, the wonder drug with the amazing ability to “reduce flu symptoms” by a couple of days. Thank goodness our government is wisely spending billions to stockpile that one.

And now, it’s time for the Bird Flu Vaccine Review. First, keep in mind the results of thirty years of ever-increasing rates of flu vaccination: zero change in the death rate from the flu! This small yet important piece of scientific data is another example of inconvenient science that has apparently been discarded. The vaccine currently being developed is based on a virus from a Vietnamese person who fell ill from the bird flu. This virus cannot possibly match the imagined mutation of avian flu virus necessary to cause the proposed pandemic. The government’s planned stockpile of this vaccine “could quickly turn into a compost pile,” according to one commentator, because vaccines are notoriously unstable. To top it all off, existing capacity to produce even small quantities of such a vaccine falls far short of the government’s projected needs.

So, to recap, we’re using the wrong virus to make a vaccine with a very short shelf life, in quantities so small they could hardly make a difference, even if flu vaccines had ever been shown to save lives, which they have not.

As soon as I locate the logic in any of this, I plan to apply for a position in the lucrative and burgeoning bird flu business.

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Dr. Darrel Crain is a chiropractor, practicing in Alpine, California
He is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, CA
Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved. @ 12:28 pm | Article ID: 1140467331

Pre-Medicine for Pre-Problems – a Chiropractic Report

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

You have got to love the pharmaceutical companies. Once again, they have demonstrated their genuine concern for our health. They are so concerned they are actually “pre-concerned”! You may be asking yourself, what does this mean? It seems that scientists working for the pharmaceutical companies have made a startling discovery. It turns out that millions and millions of us have been walking around here in the United States thinking we were doing okay, but actually we have “Pre-hypertension.” This is heartbreaking news. Many of us have subsequently become pre-concerned ourselves, and even pre-depressed. What can be done?

Not surprisingly, as soon as the dedicated scientists in the drug industry realized there was a problem, they began the painstaking search for a solution. Now, after years of tirelessly working to come to grips with this daunting pre-problem, the solution is at hand. Our only sensible course of action now is to follow drug company recommendations and begin taking care of the situation immediately before actual hypertension shows up. Thanks to all their hard work, we can all stop worrying about our previously unknown health problem and get on with normal life. To make sure pre-hypertension stays in the “pre” stage, all we have to do is to take a drug every day for the rest of our lives. Such a refreshingly ingenious idea may come as a surprise to some people, but I have come to expect nothing less from the laboratories of our fine drug houses.

And here’s the amazing part, the drugs that are needed to treat this terrible silent epidemic have been right under our noses the whole time! That’s right, the very same drugs that we’ve been using to treat actual hypertension will work on pre-hypertension. What a relief! Forget about years of waiting while the FDA wastes precious time and money demanding drug safety trials. This time around there is no need to spend millions on costly focus groups to find the right name for the right drug to treat this new pre-disease. The drugs are already available at your local pharmacy!

Darrel Crain, ChiropractorI wonder if the drug companies realize the gold mine they may be sitting on here? Do you suppose any of them have pre-considered how much money could be made selling drugs for a whole host of pre-problems that could become actual problems later on? It boggles the mind. People who were aware of all their pre-problems would already be taking their medicine. Then, when their health took a turn for the worse and actual problems showed up, all the doctor would have to do is tweak the dosage!

I’m just wondering though, what if I’ve got some other stuff going on that I don’t know about? Should I take some medication now for pre-headaches and pre-constipation? Come to think of it, we may need a whole new medical specialty just to handle pre-problems of this magnitude. Doctors in the new specialty would be carefully trained to pre-diagnose pre-diseases so they can prescribe pre-medication. Of course, they will also need to know when to refer out for pre-surgery. I guess the only question left is, who is going to pre-pay for all of this?

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Dr. Darrel Crain is a chiropractor, practicing in Alpine, California
Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved. @ 11:54 am | Article ID: 1140119648

Chiropractic Matters of the Heart

By Dr. Doug Ferguson

Many people already associate chiropractic with its great success in dealing with back and neck issues. But what about the heart and other body organs?

Chiropractors deal with matters of the heart literally. Did you know that there is a direct correlation between forward head carrying and mortality? Usually heart attacks! It is a matter of nerve compromise as well as sympathetic overload that results in these problems. A study done on geriatric patients found that the further forward your head is carried the more chance you have of not waking up tomorrow. Not a happy thing.

X-Ray Showing Straight NeckI find patients who carry their head in a forward position present with little or no cervical curve on x-ray analysis. Usually this relates back to some type of accident such as an auto accident. It could have occurred years ago and never presented any major noticeable symptom. I have patients who show up with problems in their cervical curve whose injury was five or more years ago and it could be from school sports or fun activities like water or snow skiing.

People with no curve in their neck often complain of neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and even migraines. Office workers with neck problems often have carpal tunnel and other complaints in their upper extremities and hands. This is usually directly related to the lack of a cervical curve and is called Double Crush Syndrome.

Do yourself and your family a favor; have them stand sideways to you relaxed and look at where their ear is in line with where the middle of their shoulder is. If their ear canal is forward of their shoulder chances are great that their cervical curve is not what it should or could be. Find a chiropractor in your area and get it checked out. Planet Chiropractic has a great referral directory if you need any assistance.

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Dr. Doug Ferguson is a chiropractor in active practice in Elk Grove, California
You can reach his office at 916 686-5222 @ 12:59 pm | Article ID: 1140037179

Dead Chiropractors Society Hosts Dr. Sid Williams

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Orange County, California — There is a place in Newport Beach, that is unknown to the majority of the states chiropractors. A place where about 100 gather on a regular basis, to get dipped in that Old Time Philosophy of ChiropracTIC.

DD Palmer at DCSDD Palmer meets AC/DC (It’s all about TONE)
The walls feature five foot high paintings of DD Palmer and BJ Palmer, the founders and developers of chiropractic. Photos of great chiropractors of the past are hanging on the walls. More than a dozen black lights fill the room with a purple glow. The 108″ projector screen along with full 5 speaker sound system brings audio and video from both rock and roll concerts, as well as movies and clips featuring chiropractic.

This room of TIC is not in someones home or a garage, this room is an extension of the chiropractic office of Dr. Bill DeMoss. The place is simply fabulous. The office is loaded with energy.

The group is called the Dead Chiropractors Society (DCS) and it has been promoting the principles of chiropractic for more than a decade now. It is amazing to experience what a few committed people can do. Everytime I travel to DCS (about 60 miles from LA) I am greeted with love and warmth. It takes a lot of work to accomplish what these folks do and this is one chiropractor that greatly appreciates them.

This past Monday night was a special night as a crowd of DCs, staff, and friends turned out to listen to one of chiropractic living legends, Dr. Sid E. Williams, speak on chiropractic. Dr. Sid Williams is the founder of the Dynamic Essentials movement and Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia.

Dr. Sid Williams at DCSHe and his wife Nell Williams, received a warm welcome in the warm California climate. He spoke for about two hours (which is just a warm up for Dr. Sid) about BJ Palmer, DD Palmer, the DE movement, setting goals, and focusing the minds eye on success. Dr. Sid read from one of BJ Palmers green books (which was signed by BJ himself) and offered some insights and comments. “I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about but that’s how he wrote it,” commenting on some of BJs phrases. Those of you that have read green books will know what he is speaking of.

Like BJ, sometimes I don’t know what Dr. Sid is talking about. At times he appeared to be just reading. In his classic style, Dr. Sid would then transform into a conduit for innate, his voice growing confident and directed, delivering a message that was as powerful visually as it was audibly. He shared some great BJ quotes… “If at first you don’t succeed, keep on succing until you do succeed.”

Thank you to the entire DCS group, to Drs. Sid and Nell, and to all those that make events like this possible.

Those interested in more information about Dynamic Essentials can visit the DE website at: @ 11:30 am | Article ID: 1139945415

Sharing the Chiropractic Love

A Collection of Chiropractic Love Stories

Chiropractic, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. SERVING humanity through our vocation has been the great love of my young life. The privilege of being able to connect and help people on a very deep and profound level has been a blessing. The people whom I have served and the friends that I have made have been a tremendous catalyst for change in who I am as a human BEing. On this path, I have looked within to observe both, the darkness and the tremendous light within me. My love for our vocation and for people has been a constant reminder to strive to be the purest expression of me that I can be. Serving children and encouraging people to look within is a privilege and a blessing. I am so very thankful to be able to assist people to look at their own light.

My hope is that you experience the same joy, LOVE, and sense of wonderment in your journey as I have in mine.

With Love and Respect,
Brad Deakin, DC
The Life Lounge
Burlington, Ontario Canada

I love chiropractic because it is my path, my mission and my service to God. Chiropractic is my life.

I love chiropractic because it has challenged me, taught me, blessed me immeasurably; thru it I have come to express my gifts, my uniqueness and my truest essence. Thru it I have come to know Innate.

I love chiropractic because I love moving bones!

I love chiropractic because I get to see people (and animals) change, grow, heal, transform. And I get to hug them all (except some of the animals).

I love chiropractic because, at least in its philosophy and art, it IS love. It shares all of love’s attributes: wholeness, balance, connection, beauty, simplicity, and great power. It is love in intention and it is love in action. At its purest it, like love, is unattached and unconditional. And regardless of whether or not you and I adhere to its purest principles, it will always be the truth. Just like love.

Stew Bittman, DC
South Lake Tahoe, California

What I love most about TIC is its ability to assist people in re-membering who they truly are and allowing them to progressively express more of their essence.

Louis Corleto, DC
New Jersey

The miracles I get to witness each day are one of the best parts of being a chiropractor. Watching health unfold is like watching the sunrise over the ocean, magnificent and ever-changing. I love chiropractic because it makes a difference and changes so many lives each day.

Danita Thomas Heagy, DC
Saint Augustine, FL

One of the things I love most about chiropractic is caring for infants. Looking into their wide eyes and offering them an adjustment is a privilege. I treasure the experiences I share with these open, trusting little people.

Jeanne Ohm, DC, ICPA Executive Coordinator
Media, PA

The one thing I love the most about ChiropracTIC is that the one thing we do as ChiropracTORS is so simple (the adjustment of vertebral subluxations) yet so profound (the effect it has upon every atom of the body every time)!

Gary DiBenedetto, DC, DACAN, LCP, DPhCS
Port Jefferson Station, NY

In the words of Minny Riverton, ” Loving you is easy ’cause your beautiful…”; but, what is beauty? Beauty is said to be in the eyes of the beholder and that makes humans express love in so many different ways, because the expression of love is an educated, human thing. But True Love is more… it is a feeling, a thought so to speak, which emanates from the being, the Innate, the essence and it is unencumbered by the human, educated intelligence. It is a realization that we are all one… that we are all of the same fabric of life. Yes, True Love is the allowance of the melting together of one’s Innate to another’s. Innate to Innate does not allow for hatred or killing, be it animal or man. Yes, Innate to Innate is a perfect experience best shown to all; no matter what race, color, religion or gender preference they represent. Love for the sake of Loving and expect nothing in return.

With Love to You… Because You Love the Things I Love

Bobby Tarantino, DC
Lyndhurst, NJ

My passion for Chiropractic started 19 years ago when Chiropractic care gave back my life. In 1980, I had a lower back accident. The doctors and medications did not help me and surgery was out of the question. I explored every avenue of health care for the next 6 years until I found Principled Chiropractic care in 1986. I am grateful to have experienced how my body has the ability to heal. Since immersing myself in my own healing, I am guided to share this miracle with others. Chiropractic has impacted my life in a way that I feel to love and help others is for me to share with them how Chiropractic Care can change their lives too!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love with Adjustments,
Super CA Jackie
Massapequa, NY

I Am So Blessed, What About You?

The word Doctor means teacher and as a teacher we have a responsibility to our patients to share the truth about chiropractic. Unfortunately many of us are too fearful to tell our patients the truth because of what they may think of us, and of course they may leave our practices.

I was reading a book called “The Prayer Of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson. In his book Jabez was praying to God this following prayer:

“Oh, God that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, and that you would keep me from evil” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)

It sounds to me that Jabez was a man looking for help from God. He was not afraid to ask God for his help. Guess what? God granted him his wish and his life was changed for ever because of his boldness. What about you?

What are you waiting for? When are you going to ask God to bless you and your practice? Why not ask God to bless you financially? If you asked God with faith and conviction you will be surprised at what he will grant you.

Did I forget to tell you that you must not be greedy and you must honestly seek God with all your heart, soul and your mind. Then and only then will He bless you on his time schedule not yours. Be patient, be bold, be the man or women that God has created you to be and he will give you the riches of your heart. You too can be blessed this Valentine’s Day. Tell The Truth… You will not regret it.

Edwin Cordero, DC
Lantana, FL @ 8:56 am | Article ID: 1139936178

Arnold Schwarzenegger appoints Franco Columbu to Chiropractic State Board

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Venice, CA — California State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Dr. Francesco Columbu to the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Dr. Columbu, known to many as “Franco Columbu,” is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles (CCCLA) and has been a chiropractor since 1977. He is world famous for his Mr. Olympia wins in 1976 & 1981, as well as his many other bodybuilding and powerlifting records. Both Governor Arnold and Dr. Franco trained in Venice Beach, California for many years. Columbu is still a bodybuilding legend in the area.

While many doctors take a non activity approach, Dr. Columbu has a philosophy of getting back into training (exercise) quickly, even when you are injured. There are both mental and physical components to address when it comes to athletic injuries. The correction of vertebral subluxation through regular chiropractic care along with a proper re-introduction to training, have been shown to be a very effective way to get back in the gym, back on the bike, back on the course, etc., and back on the road to improved health. While the individual is focused on the physical activity of training, innate is left alone to do its job of healing.

If you are looking for an educational program that combines chiropractic and fitness you may want to consider attending the Arnold Classic which is held in conjunction with the International Chiropractors Associations Symposium on Sports and Fitness. The ICA is the worlds oldest chiropractic organization and was founded by Dr. B.J. Palmer.

The mission of the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners is to: 1) Protect Californians from fraudulent or incompetent practice of chiropractic. 2) Examine applicants for licensure in order to evaluate entry level competence. 3) Enforce the Chiropractic Initiative Act and Regulations relating to the practice of chiropractic.

The state board is located in Sacramento, CA.
Dr. Francesco Columbu practices in West Los Angeles, CA. @ 1:52 pm | Article ID: 1139867535