Month: February 2006

Phoenix Chiropractor is Talking the TIC

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’ve just returned home from another weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. I like hanging out with other chiropractors. Even more so, I like hanging out with other like minded chiropractors. Even more so than that, I like having what I call DE Moments.

Years ago, when I used to attend Dynamic Essentials, I would have many DE moments. These were periods of time, some very short and some lasting for days, where creative ideas, thoughts, and inspirations would flow through me. It’s difficult to describe these experiences. They were Matrix like, in a sense I could see the “code” of a particular thought, action or activity. Planet Chiropractic was one of those “codes” I saw. Anyone who has attended DE for any period of time knows what I am speaking of. There are as many different ways to describe the feeling as there are people who have experienced it. In some ways, the adjustment is like that, but that is another article.

He may never speak of it, but Dr. Fred Schofield has been keeping alive the principles of DE through his (and his wife Susans) monthly Schofield Chiropractic Trainings. I am not suggesting comparisons of DE to the work Fred Schofield does, they are very different things. I am saying he is one of the few who is consistent in standing up for the chiropractic principle. It has been dozens of times now that I have heard Dr. Fred speak up and interject when someone would use the word “treatment” as a representative term for a chiropractic adjustment.

It may mean nothing to you but it does to me, and I believe it does to others. What I admire most is that Dr. Schofield does not act or say things based on what others may or may not think. That was made clear to me once again Friday night when without hesitation he reminded a crowd of chiropractors that the fluff in chiropractic means nothing. The fluff being anything other than an adjustment given to correct subluxation.

B.J. Palmer said Chiropractic was a sacred trust and was to be guarded well. There can’t be just one guard, we have collective work to do.

There has to be some that feel if he would just be quite, if he would just not speak out, if he would just look the other way, everyone would be happier. Not the case for me. In fact, I would have long abandoned the “Trainings” and gone searching for something else. To me, his actions say something about integrity and honor.

This is no advertorial, it is an observation made by the author that quite honestly, has been far too long in being addressed. I don’t know how many chiropractors are out there that miss that “code seeing” experience. There are those that have never even had that experience, can you imagine that?

Dr. Fred Schofield - ChiropractorIf you are going to train with Dr. Fred, expect some discipline. If you are a whiner and require a binky, that can be supplied for you. When I say “train” I mean work on yourself to improve who you are. Work on yourself to improve your relationship with others, especially your family. Work on yourself to improve your relationship with your people you serve. That can be patients, practice members, bosses, co workers, etc… Whatever it is, chance are you can do it better. Fred Schofield has a twenty four year track record in helping many to achieve these things.

Why am I telling you this? I will admit I have a selfish motive. On Saturday I was having great conversation with two chiropractic folks. I was talking about a new office idea I had and one showed me a piece of paper he had just written on, it was the same idea. The DE moment was in action. I miss that. I miss hanging out with friends and having the universe unfold on us. Some won’t understand this, some think I’m a kook (that again is another article), and some may just decide to come hang out with us in the desert sometime. Let’s talk some TIC.

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Dr. Michael Dorausch maintains an active practice in the Los Angeles / Playa Vista area.
Dr. Fred Schofield has put on monthly chiropractic trainings for twenty four years.
You can get more information by calling his office: 800 554-3260 @ 5:43 pm | Article ID: 1139795022

Say NO to Drugs, Say YES to your Babies

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

If you needed one more reason not to take drugs try this one. Reports published this week found that women who take Prozac, a common antidepressant drug, during the second half of their pregnancy are about six times more likely to give birth to a baby with a rare but potentially fatal heart and lung condition.

The FDA held a news conference on Wednesday and is expecting to issue a public health advisory based on the finding. According to reports, the FDA is also considering asking the drugs maker to add warning labels to the antidepressants packaging. They are even considering doing postmarketing studies of Prozac use during pregnancy.

Here is a label idea… Warning: You may feel better now but taking this medication may eventually result in the death of your baby. Talk about temporary relief.

Yes that is radical. Yes people get angry at me. But does anyone see what is going on? They are considering doing postmarketing studies! There was evidence of these findings in data reportedly published in 1996. To me that sounds like shooting first and asking questions later. We are talking billions of dollars in little pill shaped bullets.

I am not saying people should not take drugs, you get to make that decision on your own. I am saying that we have this entire system backwards. It’s really only backwards though if you are not in the drug and disease industry. Otherwise, it is business as usual.

I browsed a few dozen articles on the news (some links below) and none seemed too alarming. Just another day reporting another complication with another drug. Business as usual. Go about your life cause there are plenty of new drugs coming, don’t you worry. If you do worry, there is a pill for that.

Michael Dorausch, DCHere are my thoughts, drugs don’t cause problems any more than germs cause disease. It’s what we do with those drugs (chemicals) that is a problem. Our bodies are loaded with chemicals, countless combinations of chemical reactions are taking place at all times. The human body is a complex and stunning electrochemical power plant with arguably some of the best engineering and design known to man. None of that engineering and design was created by us, yet we continue to tinker with it hoping to somehow make it better. We are like teenaged computer geeks constantly trying to overclock our computers, hoping to make things run faster. Unfortunately, just like with computers, we often end up with burned out processing chips and dead systems. Unlike computers, the difference is we are not only a few decades into the design process.

Someone has convinced us to put sugar in the gasoline and it’s a bad idea.

Drugs are intended to balance out chemical reactions within ones body. But isn’t it possible there could be another way? What did we do for these conditions 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 100 years ago? It is arguable that many of todays modern “medical conditions” did not exist 25-100 years ago. Now, what about 500 years ago, 1000 years ago, 2000 years ago? Here is a radical notion. Two thousand years ago the laying on of hands was reportedly an effective method in correcting the cause of all dis-ease. There were no double blind clinical trials but the findings were published in a peer reviewed text.

Washington Post: Antidepressants May Harm Newborns’ Lungs

San Deigo Union-Tribune: Study: Antidepressants pose risks for newborns

USA Today: Antidepressant poses risk to baby @ 10:24 am | Article ID: 1139509486

A Little Something Extra

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

The way that I show my gratefulness for all of the abundance that I receive in Life is by doing the little things a little better, a little kinder and with a little bit more appreciation for the opportunity to make a difference. That might sound a little sappy but it works. At the end of the day how I perform in the Now is all that really matters – now. Can a manage a little extra smile today even if the day isn’t going how I want it to. Can I make eye contact a little bit more. Can I let people see the love that is in my heart when they look in my eyes.

Am I going to hide the flame and passion that lives in my heart for people and Chiropractic or am I going to express it? I can only keep the magic if I keep giving it away, not only when I feel like it but also when I don’t. Imagine the difference we can all make today individually and collectively if we take a few minutes and explain to 1 extra person the Chiropractic Message. Our message is one of hope. Our message is little understood by most and so minimized by many. How huge a vision we have as a profession and as each individual sets out to the face the world we have a reason to be. We have a song to sing. We have a fire in our bellies to bring a truth to the world that properly delivered will change the world by changing people’s lives one at a time.

Keep it simple. An extra smile and extra kind word. We can all manage that. Remember whatever you put out comes back tenfold. Don’t let that principle bite you in the butt. Let that principle bless your life.

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Sharon Gorman, ChiropractorA Little Something Extra 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: @ 9:38 pm | Article ID: 1139463538

Matters of the Heart – Cardiovascular Disease & HRT

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Darrel Crain, ChiropractorValentine’s Day, you may recall, was named for a priest in ancient Rome. He was beheaded for secretly marrying Roman soldiers to their sweethearts against the wishes of emperor Claudius II. It seems Claudius didn’t want his soldiers distracted by the thought of a loving wife awaiting their return from battle, alive. Father Valentine’s romantic heart led him to risk everything for love. He was later named a saint, not just by the Catholic Church, but also by the greeting card companies and the chocolate industry.

February is National Heart Month, understood by many to mean we are supposed to eat mountains of heart-shaped chocolates every day of the month, not just Valentine’s Day. Scientists from the candy industry were in the news recently, sharing their discovery that chocolate is actually a healthy food for your heart. Antioxidants! Fiber! Hooray for chocolate! By golly, all you have to do is eat about three pounds of chocolate to get the same amount of antioxidants and fiber found in a medium-sized carrot! These same scientists may be the ones who later reported that dialing your cell phone is great aerobic exercise.

Congress decided way back in 1963 that February should be National Heart Month, “In recognition of the ongoing fight against heart disease.” More than forty years have gone by since the battle began, so let’s take a few moments to see who has the upper hand in this slugfest. Have the hearts of America knocked heart disease down with a one-two punch, or is it the other way around? Sadly, cardiovascular disease retains the title as America’s number one killer. Maybe we should review our battle plan and see what’s working and what’s not.

Okay, ladies first. For thirty years, women were encouraged to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT. It became the second-most prescribed drug in the world. What a pill it was! Reduce heart attacks and stroke! Goodbye osteoporosis! Cancer? No problem. Wow, was there anything this pill couldn’t do? Uh-oh, bummer! After almost forty years, a teensy weensy, little tiny boo-boo was discovered with this therapy. One day the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that HRT actually increases, not decreases heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis and cancer! I am not making this up. This scandalous oversight brings to mind the words of Wallace Stegner, “Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.”

Okay, HRT was a bad idea, but we need to get over it and just let bygones be bygones. Please send a donation to your favorite pharmaceutical company to help them cope with their lost revenue. Now we can get back to the task at hand, plotting to kill heart disease. The next clever innovation on the medical front in this war against heart disease is: more drugs! This is shocking news, I know, but it is the truth. An entire arsenal of drugs is in our war chest, designed to normalize what’s going on inside our own chests. Take blood pressure, for example. The goal is to lower blood pressure so that it fits in the current normal, or average range. Relying on averages can be a tricky business though, as one statistician discovered by accident. He drowned while attempting to wade across a swift river that was “only three feet deep on average.”

Our obsession with trying to achieve “normal” and “average” numbers concerning blood pressure and cholesterol levels is a curious dedication. Suppose the heater in your family room was heating the room to 88 degrees. You know it is supposed to only heat to 72 degrees, so you get on the phone and call your heater doctor. He comes out to the house and checks the temperature in your family room. “Sure enough,” he says, “it’s hot in here.” He prescribes an air conditioner for you to place in the room. “But doc,” you say, “there must be some problem with the heater, shouldn’t we find out why it’s too hot?” To you this sounds like a reasonable question. The doctor replies, “Listen, I know what I’m doing. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials have proven that if you put an air conditioner in there, it’ll cool that room right down.”

Welcome to the Land of Oz. The Tin Woodsman said, “Now I know I’ve got a heart because it’s breaking.” His doctors prescribed the Tin Man beta-blockers, calcium-channel blockers, ACE inhibitors and all the rest to lower his blood pressure, but his insurance wouldn’t cover it. He took up jogging instead. And cholesterol? His cholesterol numbers were okay, but they told him to start taking statin drugs now, just in case. The Tin Man decided to go vegetarian instead.

History tells us that in matters of the heart, love is the best remedy. I say we stop fighting heart disease and start loving our hearts. Edward Bulwer-Lytton was correct when he said, “A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.” Heart disease may be a top killer among chronic diseases, but it also known to be incredibly reversible.

Dr. Dean Ornish is a specialist in reversing heart disease, and his work has been replicated in clinics all over the world. His patients do not fight what their heart is doing, they learn to work with natural laws to nurture their own cardiovascular system back to health. Participants in Dr. Ornish’s programs make specific dietary changes, engage in daily moderate exercise and attend small group discussions with other people making the same lifestyle changes.

Naming February as National Heart Month was accomplished with an actual decree from Congress. It is a great way to raise health awareness, but I say why stop with the heart? What about our National Gallbladders and National Spleens? It has been suggested that we declare March as National Liver Month, what with all the drinking on St. Patrick’s Day every year. Advice from doctors for a healthy heart invariably warns against excessive alcohol, yet there’s an old French proverb that says, “There are more old drunkards than old doctors.” Hmm.

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Dr. Darrel Crain is a chiropractor, practicing in Alpine, California
Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved. @ 8:56 am | Article ID: 1139331390

SuperBowl ads bring on the PAIN

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Dr. Michael Dorausch, Los Angeles ChiropractorThis past Sundays SuperBowl commercials showed more aggressive hits than what we saw in the game itself. Many of the commercials showed someone getting body slammed, tackled, or just plain roughed up. The Burger King dancers were tossed together to make a Whopper of a human sandwich, and even Kermit the Frog took a bruising, while he rode rapids, cycled, and climbed mountainsides.

If there was one word that could sum up the feelings of those (mostly stunt people) that worked on these commercials, it would be PAIN. Maybe the word is MONEY, but that’s for another article.

The makers of Aleve (Bayer Company) had their product featured in two of the days spots. I think they positioned it just right and will likely score a touchdown on pain reliever sales. I don’t recall seeing any other drug related commercials the entire afternoon – evening. They were in a good position with so many prescription pain relievers getting a bad rap in the press these past two years.

Now don’t think I have switched to the other team and am going to start saying pain pills are okey dokey and are alright by me. No way, I just think they positioned their ads well. Kudos to their ad agency.

People ask me questions every day about medications, and every day I tell them… “I don’t take any.” I also tell them… “I don’t prescribe any.” Regardless of what I do I realize there are those who are going to take various kinds of drugs, many being pain relievers. People are going to continue to ask questions, and they may not always get the answers they are looking for.

One of the things I wonder about is the appropriate use of drugs. When is it appropriate to use them? Personally, I say as a last resort. That’s just me. You however, are free to do as you choose.

I know lots of people that suffer with pain. I know many that suffer from arthritis pain. I can’t think of any that only suffer a day or so and then don’t suffer for several days. Nearly all the people I know that have some form of arthritic pain related problem have complaints on a daily (with some days better than others) basis. While the makers of Aleve would be happy for you to use their product, and that is your choice, what are the common uses and how long can one take them?

Aleve is marketed as a safe and effective therapy for the relief of minor arthritis pain. According to product warnings, consumers should not exceed the recommended dose or take the product for longer than 10 days.

Ten days is not a long time. How many days can you go off of the drug before you can use it again. Ten days on, ten days off? Yes, there are people who will get temporary relief from using these drugs but remember the key here is temporary. This is the bandage approach. This is the “put a piece of black tape over the engine light so I don’t know my car requires service” approach. You are more than welcome to take that approach, it’s your body, and it is your health. However, if you are planning to make long term changes you are going to have to begin looking for other, more sensible methods. Chiropractic is one of those methods but this article is not about chiropractic, it’s about pain and pain pills.

Some will ask whether Aleve is a Cox-2 inhibitor. Why is that important? Well, Vioxx and Bextra (removed from the market due to safety concerns), and Celebrex, are Cox-2 inhibitors. To be safe, many are now avoiding Cox-2 inhibitors all together.

Aleve is known as a traditional NSAID or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Ibuprofen, in the brands of Motrin & Advil, and Naproxen, in the brands of Naprosyn & Aleve, are all in the family of NSAIDs.

Since the Cox-2 drugs have been getting a bad rap (and rightly so), the NSAIDs have been getting more marketing. We are not seeing as much bad press on NSAIDs in the news this year. Have you ever noticed that when new drugs are being marketed, old drugs get bad press? And when new drugs fail, old drugs get marketed and the new (non effective) drugs get the bad press?

I searched our website and found a few reminder articles from the past 5 years…

From November of 2005, heavy use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)

From January of 2003, Complications from taking older anti-inflammatory drugs hospitalize about 107,000 Americans, and ulcer complications kill an estimated 16,500 each year

From February of 2001, researchers found that women taking non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) suffered more miscarriages than women who had not taken these drugs

From October of 2000, “the use of conventional painkillers among exercisers is widespread but ill-advised”

One really important thing to take notice of. Did you see the MVPs of years gone by walking into the stadium before the big game? Some of those guys looked great. Take a moment to think of what your health will be like in 10, 20, 30, 40 years from now. Think you’ll get healthier relying on over the counter and/or prescription medications? Just like preparing for the SuperBowl, great health requires a great effort.

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“Dr. Mike” is a chiropractor practicing in Los Angeles, California. He has written several hundred articles on chiropractic, health and wellness. He is also an avid runner. He has a “get moving” philosophy and believes traditional – hands on chiropractic care and active exercise are the missing links many Americans are seeking, in pursuit of better health. @ 8:29 pm | Article ID: 1139286567

The doctor of the future & Thomas Edisons prediction

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Thomas Edison made this prediction more than one hundred years ago. What, give no medicine? The very idea today sends pharmaceutical executives running to take a pill for violent gastric reflux. A couple of decades after Edison made his prophecy, it seemed on the verge of fulfillment.

It was in the midst of the infamous Spanish flu pandemic of 1917-19. People were dying right and left from secondary infections that overwhelmed their weakened immune systems. The medical men of the day had no antibiotics to pull out of their little black bags, so they reached for calomel, also known as mercurous chloride. Some historians have speculated that the use of this mercury-containing compound for the sick may have actually cost the lives of more than a few patients.

Darrel Crain - Chiropractor checking an infantBut there were two groups of doctors ‘giving no medicine’ who were in great demand because they were losing very few patients to the dreaded flu. In fact, the legendary ability of chiropractors and osteopaths to keep their patients alive during the epidemic is largely responsible for those disciplines gaining licensure in several states. Chiropractors were busy making sure their patients were well-adjusted, while osteopaths performed manipulations on patients, each method working with the spine to restore and enhance immune function in the body. Hippocrates himself, the father of medicine, spoke of this vital concept more than two thousand years earlier when he wrote, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

As you can imagine, the already wealthy and powerful medical establishment was not too happy with this kind of non-medical voodoo it could neither understand nor control. “Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize itself into an undercover dictatorship…” wrote Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Indeed, organized medicine has been busy over the last hundred years, deliberately and systematically working to destroy not just chiropractic, but also midwifery, naturopathy, herbalism and homeopathy.

This was thoroughly exposed during a fifteen-year legal battle waged by group of chiropractors, understandably fed up with being denounced as unscientific cultists, against the American Medical Association (AMA). Chiropractors prevailed when the Supreme Court upheld a guilty verdict in the mid 1990s against the AMA, but the organization was only slapped on the wrist with a fine of a few million dollars. Osteopathy was eventually seduced by medicine into its world of drugs, surgery and social acceptance. Chiropractic, on the other hand, is still regarded as the red-haired stepchild of the health field because of its stubborn refusal to get involved with drugs.

Medicine has apparently become the modern-day emperor who wears no clothes. I say this because it is considered thoroughly impolite to ask the following question: Can anyone explain to me why medical intervention needs to be a leading cause of premature and unnecessary death? Imagine several jumbo jets crashing every single day with no survivors, and you get an idea of the level of collateral damage caused daily by well-intentioned medical interventions. Where is the outcry? Where are the investigations, or the federal programs to reduce the death rate? Do you suppose I’d be invited to more parties if I didn’t ask such questions?

Never one to miss an opportunity to breach social etiquette, I will now reproduce my Seven Laws for Saving Lives, a set of rules to help people take back control of their health. These laws are my opinion, naturally, not to be construed as personal medical advice. I encourage everyone to seek a second, a third, even a fourth opinion from the qualified health professional of their choice when making decisions about health interventions. Doing so is not cowardice, it is a sign of wisdom. And for heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to consulting with health practitioners under contract with your medical insurance company.

The first law: Above all is respect for the right of every individual to medical freedom, individual choice, and informed consent.
The second law: Use watchful waiting unless faced with an emergency. Nature requires time to heal. Symptoms are evidence that healing is taking place. Suppressing symptoms interferes with natural healing processes and may promote chronic disease.
The third law: Engage the body’s powerful healing forces with natural healing methods as an alternative to prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and even surgery. The key to healing is often found in correcting a deficiency or toxicity in the body.
The fourth law: Check these ABCs before taking any drug, including any over-the-counter drug: a) a family history of adverse drug reactions; b) any health conditions that may be adversely affected by the drug; c) any herbs, supplements, or other drugs also being taken that may interact harmfully.
The fifth law: Seek the lowest recommended dose and the shortest possible duration of time if drugs are taken.
The sixth law: Trust in the body’s miraculous innate healing potential, and never lose hope, nor take away hope from others.
The seventh law: Live a lifestyle of wellness. Profound health benefits, as well as the prevention of chronic illness later in life are possible.

“Nature alone cures and what nursing has to do is put the patient in the best condition for Nature to act upon him,” wrote Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Government and industry leaders in the health field have an opportunity to heed this time-tested advice as they prepare for a potential flu pandemic.
“Good intentions are useless in the absence of common sense,” according to ancient Persian lore. Common sense would suggest that the best way to prepare for the health of our nation is to seek out those things that really helped people in past pandemics.

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Dr. Darrel Crain practices in Alpine, California
Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved. @ 8:46 am | Article ID: 1138898793