Month: March 2006

April Playboy GoDaddy Girl Candice Michelle and Chiropractic Husband

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

If for some reason you did not catch my article last week, Candice Michelle, wife of West Los Angeles Chiropractor, Dr. Ken Gee Ehrlich, is featured on (and in) this months (April) issue of Playboy. I guess we can consider this a Planet Chiropractic exclusive since, even though Candice has probably had one hundred plus interviews, no one that I know has interviewed Dr. Ken Gee, Candices chiropractor husband.

Candice Michelle & Dr. Ken GeeCandice is known to many as the girl and is probably most famous in the world of WWE Wrestling. She was featured in the 2005 Superbowl GoDaddy commercial in which her top suffered from a wardrobe malfunction. For those that have no clue what GoDaddy is, they are primarily a domain registrar (a place that registers your website domain – like but over the past few years they have added a ton of other web-type services. I recommend GoDaddy to Chiropractors frequently for web services, but this article is not about them, it is about Dr. Ken Gee and Candice.

Things are really heating up for the chiropractic couple. When I first emailed Dr. Ken Gee about this interview the magazine had not even arrived in stores yet. I received a listing today via email of the top searched terms on the internet during the past 48 hours and “Candice Michelle” was listed at #193, just under “Christina Aguilera” who came in at 192. That may mean nothing to a lot of folks but it is HUGE in internet related search terms.

There are only a handful of names (Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Madonna, Angelina Jolie) that appear in the top 100 and I don’t think that those ladies are married to any chiropractors that I know of. Interestingly, I have seen chiropractic related press over the years on nearly every person that showed up on the list, that would be quite an article if I gathered all the celebrity info. Speaking of celebs, I was talking to Dr. Ehrlich just last week and he was telling me up to 20 fans are at the arrival of every flight his wife is on. That number is bound to go up during the next month. (I’m still waiting for a limo driver to one day have my name on a sign.)

So just what does this have to do with chiropractic other than the two being married?
I thought it would be neat to interview Dr. Ken Gee “Playboy Style” and ask about his dislikes, likes, and thoughts on the whole magazine thing.

PC: Where did you go to school?
Dr. Ken: College at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chiropractic college at Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles.

PC: How did you two meet?
Dr. Ken: We meet at the Key Club on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. It was the first weekend Candice moved to Los Angeles from Wisconsin, to pursue her modeling/actress career, now 7 years ago.

PC: When did you two get married?
Dr. Ken: We were married on Saturday, May 7, 2005

PC: How often is Candice receiving chiropractic care?
Dr. Ken: She gets adjusted everyday she is home: 1-4 times per week

PC: Are you adjusting wrestlers?
Dr. Ken: Yes, almost all of them get adjusted. A few are shy because they have had spinal surgeries. They warm up to the idea of chiropractic and not feeling like crap constantly.

PC: Can we mention any events you have adjusted at?
Dr. Ken: I have adjusted (chiropractic care) at several WWE events and I will be adjusting at this years Wrestlemania in Chicago, March 30 through April 2nd. This is like their Superbowl and is the biggest pay per view event in the world.

PC: Where is your chiropractic office?
Dr. Ken: West LA, California — office phone: 866-FIX-BACKS or 310-479-1166

PC: What are your thoughts on the April Playboy issue?
Dr. Ken: It looks awesome. This has been a dream of hers since before we met and now that it has manifested it just shows all the hard work she has done. Candice has always wanted the cover because they typically only give it to celebrities. I guess she is a celebrity now, pretty weird, she’s the same girl I fell in love with years ago, she just spends more money!

PC: What have things been like?
Dr. Ken: It hasn’t really hit yet. Candice is very well known in the wrestling world so she doesn’t get noticed much except by WWE fans. But I’m sure when people get their hands on this April issue it’s going to be out of control. Right now, when I pick her up from the airport she will have anywhere from 5-20 fans waiting for her with her pictures. It’s kind of freaky how they know which flight she is on.

PC: OK, I have to do the playboy one, Likes and Dislikes?
Dr. Ken: Likes — Spending precious time with my wife even if we don’t do anything, new patients, working out, skateboarding and drinking with you at the bar. OK, you can leave that last one out. (PC: that’s alright, we only drink water)
Dr. Ken: Dislikes — Insurance companies, drug companies, and dogs that shed.

PC: What plans do you two have for the future?
Dr. Ken: We are planning to move into a larger house near the beach, take more time off to relax, have kids in about 5 years and to: Make a positive mental, physical, and emotional impact on masses of lives by releasing the body’s natural incredible power to heal and function at optimal levels. Oh yeah, and to make people smile.

Chiropractors very own PlayBoy CoverGirl - Candice Michelle!

Thanks Dr. Ken Gee! We’ll be back in touch soon to get an update. You can get in contact with Ken Gee at… The Good Chiropractor, 11945 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

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California state law now requires fluoridation of municipal water

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

“Water, gentlemen, is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing. It sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.” By coincidence, Jean Giraudoux wrote these words in 1945, the same year fluoride was first brought to American lips through the municipal water supply of Grand Rapids, Michigan. And so began the Great War on Cavities. Water supplies in the cities of America that day became Weapons of Mass Medication. The noble goal of this war, of course, was to enhance children’s dental health. Unfortunately, as Mr. Giraudoux also observed, “Everyone, when there’s war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.” It turns out that water also sucks out dirty industrial secrets and we are expected to swallow them.

The “father of fluoridation,” Dr. Trendley Dean assured everyone in the 1930s and 1940s that the addition of fluoride to water was “safe and effective,” even “necessary” for strong bones and teeth. Dr. Dean later gave courtroom testimony on two separate occasions that his original claims were based on invalid statistics. Perhaps we are now in a position to realize that “safe and effective” is a powerful secret code used by captains of American industry in place of a different term, “hideously toxic.”

We have only to recall that DDT in that same era was considered “safe and effective,” so much so that it was freely sprayed in classrooms and on the picnic tables of American schools. Oops! What about the assured safety of asbestos-lined pipes? Sorry! Or harmless leaded gasoline? Wrong again! Or the lingering global legacy of leaked PCBs from transformers? Way bad. All these products, save fluoride, have been removed from common use, but only after fierce political battles were waged to overcome powerful economic interests.

California state law now requires fluoridation of municipal water. A large portion of San Diego County will begin receiving fluoridated water within a year or two, in spite of strong public opposition. The scientific and ethical arguments against fluoridation are so overwhelming, one must ask, how is it possible that fluoridation retains enough support that laws are enacted against popular will? The apparent answer was well stated by Upton Sinclair, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it.” In order for the rest of us to understand fluoridation, let’s all go take a hike and follow the money trail!

Fluoride in water supplies First, what does fluoridation mean? Do we add calcium fluoride, which is naturally present in water to a varying degree already? No. Do we use pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride such as the stuff your dentist puts on your teeth (and pharmacists once sold as cockroach poison)? Nope, neither. The answer is in a riddle: What toxic waste is very dangerous to handle and expensive to dispose of, unless you happen to sell it as a medicinal product to be added to water? You guessed it! It is a 23% solution of the highly toxic industrial waste, hydrofluorosilicic acid, scrubbed out of the smokestacks of the fertilizer and aluminum industries. Yum! What other tasty ingredients do you suppose make up the remaining 77% of the solution? Ladies and gentlemen, the odor you smell is the fresh scent along the money trail. “The fluorosilicic acid is also contaminated with small traces of arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, sulfates, iron and phosphorous, not to mention radionuclides,” according to the Earth Island Journal. Whoa, I’m getting thirsty!

No self-respecting money trail would be found dead without a few bodies of evidence buried in the ditch alongside, a decent smoldering scandal lying across its path, or shredded bits of inconvenient science littering the trail. Let’s see what we can dig up.

For starters, Americans already ingest significant amounts of fluoride in beverages and processed foods. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admits that 32% of American children already display physical signs of fluoride overdose, called fluorosis, the discoloration and pitting of the teeth. Despite assurances that this is a “strictly cosmetic” health problem, evidence to the contrary is accumulating. The largest and most comprehensive study to date looked at two New York cities. Newburgh, which has been fluoridated for fifty years was compared to non-fluoridated Kingston. The study found no significant difference between the two cities for children’s decayed, missing and filled teeth, but discovered twice the rate of dental fluorosis in children in the fluoridated city. Other studies in fluoridated cities have shown an increased risk of hip fracture in the elderly, as well as increased lead levels in children’s blood. Then there was the Harvard researcher who last year apparently attempted to cover-up evidence linking fluoridation to a five-fold increase in a type of fatal bone cancer in young boys.

Julius Caesar once noted, “All bad precedents began as justifiable measures.” Progress in science inevitably produces loads of mistakes, but the key is to avoid repeating them. Cicero’s words from 2,000 years ago still ring true, “Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.”

A common belief holds that modern public decision-making no longer relies on superstition and politics, rather it flows from pure scientific reasoning. If that were true, do you suppose we would have so many modern skyscrapers with no thirteenth floor? The myth that fluoride is an essential nutrient has long been laid to rest. The time has come for American industry to dispose of hydrofluorosilicic acid in some other way besides forcing Americans to drink it.

Let us admit that mass medication in the nation’s water supply is a bad idea. As Robert Dickson, M.D. pointed out, “Dental decay is a condition associated with poor nutrition, overuse of sugary foods and drinks, poor dental hygiene and lack of good quality basic dental care.” Citizens, let us lay down our weapons and pick up our toothbrushes!

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District
619-445-0100 @ 8:26 pm | Article ID: 1143606378

Fluoride in your Drinking Water

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’m getting away from my typical chiropractic articles today because I wanted to address some interesting public health news that came online this week. The news involves fluoride, and if you are not already aware, fluoride and especially the process of adding it to drinking water (water fluoridation) is a highly controversial topic.

Here is the news. An independent panel of experts commissioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviewed the effect of fluoride in drinking water on public health and released a report this past week saying that the fluoride level in tap water allowed by the EPA should be lowered to protect from several health related conditions.

Rather than go into the report I wanted to demonstrate how different news sources report on controversial topics such as this one. I’ll provide plenty of links below so that you can have access to various opinions and news reports on the topic. To the average person reading the news, an article about fluoride, would not create any alarm or hint of any controversy. Thanks to the internet, hundreds and sometimes thousands of authors are reporting on news topics. Some news sources just reproduce articles with little edit, comment, or variation on wherever the original content is coming from. If we weed those sources out and recognize them as duplicating content, we can then begin to look closer at the issue and see more of a left, middle, and right point of view approach.

Smiles and TeethSaturday night I noticed headlines on the google news homepage beginning to appear on the topic of fluoride. The headline at the top of the list read… “National Academy urges lowering fluoride in tap water.” According to google news, the article was published on March 23, 2006. That would be Thursday, a day after the report was made public. While writing this article I went to google news to get the facts straight on dates and headlines. The fluoride topic no longer was in the top 3 so I had to click into the health section. At 3:38PM on 3/26/2006, the top headline read… “Too much of a good thing on tap?”

As is standard for google news, along with this headline there were “12 related” articles available to view. However, the article published on Thursday, was no longer on the list and could only be found by doing a news search on the term “fluoride.” So what is the big deal? Hang in there. Let’s look at the terminology used in just two of these articles. The first comes from the website (the headlines I read late Saturday night).

Headline: National Academy urges lowering fluoride in tap water
Terms and phrases used…
fluoride, should, lowered, protect, severe enamel fluorosis, clinical state II skeletal fluorosis, bone fractures, damage to the brain, bone cancer, overexposed, children at risk, health problems, toxicology, ingestion, health problems, known by many.

Now, let’s look at the headlines I read today.

Headline: Too much of a good thing on tap?
Terms and phrases used…
good, naturally, natural, helps, continual, protective, helpful, small, little, no effect, benefit.

Notice any difference between the two?
Did I mention the above article comes from the Los Angeles Times? The Los Angeles Times article was published to google news this morning, nearly three days after the first article appeared. Take the time to view the links below and read both articles. The Times article presents itself as “a closer look” on fluoride.

The Los Angeles Times article sited two sources. A UCLA instructor and local Los Angeles Dentist, and the other an assistant professor from Boston University who was on the membership committee for the research project. The article reads to me like a positive piece for water fluoridation, creating images of fresh water running across rocks, through streams, naturally bringing this “good thing” substance into our water supply. The Times article did mention that sometimes fluoride is added to public water supplies in order to bring it up to recommended standards. Heh, who can get too much of a good thing?

Back to the first article which was not so happy happy, joy joy. Reading the article, it appeared to me that fluoride was some sort of toxic poison and that we were getting way too much of the stuff. Brain damage and bone cancer are not things most folks want more of. The article mentions Los Angeles as one of the places where too much fluoride is putting infants and young children at risk.

According to the article, the American Dental Association has known for decades that ingestion of high levels of fluoride can cause a number of health problems.
According to the article, high doses of fluoride can result in brain damage, particularly in children.
According to the article, in metropolitan areas (such as Los Angeles) where high fluoride is present in tap water, infants are getting too much fluoride regardless if they are bottle-fed or breast-fed.

The article sites EWG several times. EWG is the Environmental Working Group and I will provide a link to their website below. I had not heard of them before but I loved the tag at the top of the page that read… THEPOWEROFINFORMATION

What is the deal? Is it good or bad? Safe or toxic? Should we get more or less? Is there a conspiracy at play or is it just coincidence these articles are so different? I’m not getting involved any further beyond the posting of this article. Visit the links and make your own decisions.

One last thing. The title of the original research project was: Toxicologic Risk of Fluoride in Drinking Water

Here are your source links… National Academy urges lowering fluoride in tap water
Fluoride Action Network: EPA Standard for Fluoride in Water: Unsafe and “Should be Lowered”
Environmental Working Group: National Academy Findings Move Fluoride Health Concerns into Scientific Mainstream
The National Academies: Project Title: Toxicologic Risk of Fluoride in Drinking Water
Los Angeles Times: Too much of a good thing on tap?
Google News Fluoride Search: Fluoride+Search+News @ 5:52 pm | Article ID: 1143424324

Did your Chiropractic College experience Suck?

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I had a great time in chiropractic college, mostly due to the people I met and the experiences I had outside the classroom.

I remember early on in my chiropractic education listening to Reggie Gold speak in the lobby at the school I attended. (Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles) I was so excited and motivated by his talk and I remember thinking how great things were going to be. I was back in a classroom after lunch and was sharing my excitement when the instructor commented that we would never learn that stuff (of which Reggie spoke) at this school.

causes of subluxation
She was right. We were not taught any of the stuff of which Reggie spoke, at least not in the classroom. Reggie made the message simple. He talked of logical reasons why people should have their spines checked regularly. Reggie taught us that Chiropractic deals with human performance. He taught us that an adjustment may not make your symptoms go away but it is not meant to. He taught us that an adjustment opens up the life channels of your body and improves your overall being. That message was reinforced by speaker after speaker that I listened to at conferences, seminars, chiropractic meetings, visiting lecturers, etc. However, other than a few comments made during non curriculum class time, that was not what we were taught in chiropractic school.

In chiropractic school we were taught a lot of stuff other than chiropractic. As far as I know, that is the norm today. Most schools want their graduates to be able to pass State and National boards so their attention is focused on that. Ironically, there is no better way in my opinion to prepare for the national and state chiropractic examinations than to study with Irene Gold. She happens to be the wife of Reggie Gold.

Looking back, I did enjoy my education at CCCLA but there are certainly things I would like to see improve. For example, having chiropractors that don’t have a practice teaching chiropractic practice management to paying students is wrong. It’s wrong and it is damaging to the future of our chiropractic doctors.

As part of my effort to let the world know which chiropractic schools are tops and which are not, Planet Chiropractic had a new website built for Chiropractic School Reviews. Here you can browse all the schools in the US, Canada, and eventually worldwide. You can even leave comments (after registering) about your chiropractic school experience. What schools rank at the top and what schools are just rank? I am betting many want to know.

Update: CCCLA (the school I attended) closed their doors in Los Angeles in August 2011. @ 10:26 am | Article ID: 1143138418

Tuna, or not tuna? That is the question

Weekly Topics in Chiropractic Health
By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Are you mad for tuna? Do your fillings make you crazy? Are you getting stuck with more than the flu? The answer to these questions is held by Mercury, the swift messenger of the Roman gods, who kindly lent his name to the small planet orbiting closest to the sun. Mercury’s other namesake is the element mercury, recognized as the most toxic non-radioactive substance on our planet. Despite mercury’s rather significant dangers, people have found many uses for it over the years. Human fondness for using mercury brings to mind the old English saying about another Roman god, Neptune, god of the sea: “He who is shipwrecked the second time cannot lay the blame on Neptune.”

Likewise, we mustn’t blame Mercury for the contents of our tuna sandwich. “Make that toasted rye with lettuce and pickle, and hold the mercury!” Remember when you didn’t have to worry about industrial quicksilver in your favorite seafood dinner? Ah, those were the days. And remember that time you played with the mercury that spilled out of your mom’s broken thermometer? Admit it, you thought it was cool the way the little drops rolled downhill so fast! Unfortunately, mercury is a cumulative neurotoxin when it gets inside us. Seafood, “silver” dental fillings and mercury-laden vaccines rank as primary culprits for mercury poisoning.

Pregnant women are cautioned to limit their intake of tuna and certain other seafood because of dangerous mercury levels. “There’s no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another,” commented E.B. White. Mercury is released into the environment through trash incineration, coal-burning power plants, paints, dyes, electronics, fluorescent lights and plastics. Plankton ingest the mercury, small fish eat the plankton, and big fish eat the small fish. Older fish higher up the food chain have the greatest concentration of mercury. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children are all advised to avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, according to federal government guidelines. Some experts argue that following these rules may still expose newborns to dangerously high mercury levels.

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it’s just possible you haven’t grasped the situation,” wrote Jean Kerr. We might add, “or you have not been exposed to a sufficient quantity of mercury.” The Mad Hatter provides a good example. The process of hat-making once exposed “hatters” to mercurous nitrate for curing the animal fur to make felt. “Hatter’s shakes” was the name given to the serious neurological problems they developed, including uncontrollable muscular tremors, twitching limbs, distorted vision, confused speech, hallucinations and psychosis. The use of mercury in hat-making was finally banned in the United States in 1941.

MedicationsCuriously, only ten years before that time, drug companies began adding mercury to vaccines using a compound called thimerosal as a preservative. Remarkably, the safety of this practice was based on a single study done by one researcher in the 1930s in which a handful of terminally-ill patients was given mercury-containing thimerosal. All the patients died, but hey, weren’t they dying already? This stunning example of meticulous scientific inquiry was all it took for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the drug companies to enthusiastically promote mercury as “safe and effective” for close to 70 years. A paper trail of internal drug company memos recently surfaced suggesting that scientists early on were well aware that any form of mercury injected into live human beings was a seriously bad idea.

In 1999, the FDA and medical authorities finally admitted that mercury should be removed from childhood vaccines. This was a commendable effort, after all, “A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday,” according to Jonathan Swift. One wonders why it took so long for our health leaders to admit their mistake. The allowable quantity of mercury was slashed from 88 micrograms down to three micrograms per year for a child receiving all recommended vaccines.

The admission that mercury had to go makes the new annual flu shot recommendation for pregnant women and babies very perplexing indeed. Each dose contains a whopping 25 micrograms of mercury! You may recall that the effect of flu vaccination on mortality rates after thirty years of widespread use is zero, contrary to what the powerful flu vaccine industry tells us. There is an old saying, “Good intentions are useless in the absence of common sense.” The only possible explanation for allowing even a single microgram more of mercury poisoning to occur was provided by the Cheshire Cat, when speaking to Alice after she fell down the rabbit hole. “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

Victor Hugo was right on the money when he noted, “Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibers.” Mercury has seeped into our bodies in various ways, most of them unintentional, but some not. How can our government leaders keep a straight face when they tell pregnant women to worry about the mercury in their tuna, but not to worry about the mercury in the flu shot? You are not alone if you feel as though you have fallen down the rabbit hole with Alice. “”How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice. “You must be, said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.””

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 @ 8:59 pm | Article ID: 1142917198

If Momma Isn’t Happy, Nobody Is Happy

Monday Chiropractors Message
By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Just got back from a 5 day trip to South Florida with my husband (no kids) and boy do I feel great. I forget how good it feels to be able to just be for a while. Since I am home I am able to see the issues that are in my life with new eyes. I have a fresh perspective. I have issues, I am not my issues. I can take a deep breath and make choices instead of re-acting out of fear of my issues becoming worse issues. That alone is worth the price of the trip. I’m not just telling you all this to brag. I want you to take a look. Are you OK? I mean really OK? The bottom line is that you can’t pull other people up if you are not up yourself. I have said it before but it is so true. If momma isn’t happy, nobody is happy. That goes for you guys too. How can you give away what you don’t have.

As I write this message it is starting to sound very familiar to other messages that I previously sent. I write about what is on my mind. I keep having to face all of the challenges that I haven’t mastered over and over again. It reminds me of the patient who complains because you always adjust the same segments on them. It is easy to explain the reality of it to them. Your stress always goes into your weakness. When you get subluxated the subluxations go back into the pattern of weakness. It is simple to see it in a physical sense but what about our lives.

If my weakness is that I don’t take a vacation until I am about to fall down then if I want to change that weakness then I need to set up systems in my life that support me in making the changes in me. Stop and read that again. Now fill in the blank with your weakness. I bet a lot of you have got this same one, but rest assured this is definitely not my only weakness that I have identified in myself. I have many more that I haven’t even identified yet. The first element necessary to change is that I identify the weakness. Until I identify the weakness then it is still one of my operating systems that somehow has some kind of benefit in my life. Anyway that is a whole other conversation. Back to what happens after the identification.

Let’s talk about setting up systems. Sometimes this can be something as simple as better planning. Sometimes the solution can occur between me and my 1 or 2 year calendar. These are the easy changes. For the more difficult ones I need to set up some kind of support system for myself. My support system can be a person who I can talk to who can give me a different perspective. This list can include a friend, mentor, coach or even a paid professional. I guess this still can be classified as part of identification. The point I need to make and obviously need to hear is that I need to have people in my life that I respect and trust enough to be an ongoing support system for me. I need to allow someone or someone’s in my life to be close enough to (excuse my language) – call me on my shit. I need to allow people that won’t just agree with me and will be real with me to be part of my support system. Sometimes letting someone to be that close to me makes me pretty vulnerable. I find it necessary.

Reminds me of when a patient asks why they can’t adjust themselves. I give them a fancy answer but the bottom line is that they can’t. Same with my life. I can’t do it myself. By myself I will get stuck. If I stop growing then I start shrinking. If momma’s not happy, nobody is happy. I can’t get the job done unless I boldly grow and change. I am here to be of use to God and live God’s will for me and I can’t do it alone. I can change – I do change. I can do it with you and you can do it with me. That is empowering to know.

Please Mark Your Calendar
Focus Philosophy Night: April 8, 2006- 7:00pm
FEATURING: Reggie Gold
Contact Sharon Gorman at (570) 350-4091 for more info @ 1:30 pm | Article ID: 1142890204

Doctors thoughts on Chiropractic and the LA Marathon

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Runners from around the country and world have been arriving at LAX airport during the past few days. During my daily runs this week I have been noticing more unfamiliar faces passing me on the beach and I figure most are folks here for Sundays event. I assume they are in town for the 21st Los Angeles Marathon and I am excited for all who are participating.

Dr. Mike DorauschI get all kinds of ideas that come into my head while running and today I was noticing many similarities between marathon training and chiropractic care. To some people that run the information below may seem self evident but to others it will shed new light. I put together a list of some of the things I find important and related them to training based chiropractic care.

Goal Setting
When training for a marathon, many marathoners will suggest it is important to have a goal. Some professionals even divide goals into three categories with those categories being acceptable goals, challenging goals, and ultimate goals. When beginning a chiropractic care program, it is equally important to have a goal. Similarly, goals can be divided into the same 3 categories although doctors of chiropractic typically use different terms. An acceptable goal could be getting out of pain. A challenging goal may require more frequent and consistent office attendance, attention to daily activities such as work habits, sleep habits, and such. An ultimate goal may involve one receiving chiropractic care on a longer term continual basis, adopting a healthier lifestyle, changes in ones attitude toward health, decreased dependance on pharmaceuticals, and changes in diet and nutrition.

Making the Commitment
In both marathon training and chiropractic care, It is equally important to make a commitment. Marathon experts recommend a three or four month training commitment. Similarly, chiropractic experts recommend a three or four month period when seeking corrective chiropractic care. Why? Stevensons chiropractic principle #6 answers this best… “there is no process that does not require time.” Specifically, physiological improvement of the body requires time. The principle applies equally to both marathon training and chiropractic care.

Stick with it
You cannot expect good marathon results when randomly running. You want to build endurance, strength, maybe speed, and recovery. Each of these is going to require time, persistence and commitment. Again, we are talking about physiological improvement and physiology simply takes time to improve. In a similar fashion, You cannot expect good chiropractic results with random chiropractic care. Get with the program and stick to the plan. In both marathon training and chiropractic care the terms patience and consistency are key.

I remember when I first began running again regularly. I used to clench my fists so hard I would leave fingernail marks in my palms. One of the keys to a good run, in my experience, is to relax. Tension works against us because it causes stiffness which then demands more work from our muscles. The more relaxed you are, the more efficiently and longer you will be able to run. This same rule applies when getting adjusted. You may feel you don’t have the time but relaxation before an adjustment is critical. In most cases, we are talking less than a minute and your adjustment will be much improved. Most chiropractors are happy to have you relax on an adjusting table while they see other patients.

Measure Performance
A coach of mine taught me that when you measure results, results improve. When you measure results and make them public, they tend to improve even more. In training for a marathon it is important to keep some sort of log. When it comes to running, I use a Garmin Forerunner. The Forerunner is a digital GPS device that records all your training data. You can connect it to your computer and analyze/store data which includes charts for your speed, pace, or elevation. Chiropractors measure physiological improvement with leg checks, palpation, xrays (pre/post), emg scans, thermal scanning, digital imaging, postural analysis, and other methods. All these can be recorded to charts/computers and reviewed when necessary.

Wear Good Shoes
This is more critical in running than in day to day activities but the rule can be applied either way. Make sure you have good shoes and make sure you replace them on a regular basis. As a chiropractor I see many shoes, and I tell people every day that it is time for new shoes. For running, find out what shoes are good for you. Go to a local running store and speak to some experts. If you can afford it, buy several pairs of running shoes. I currently have 5 different pair of sauconys that I rotate through. My running experience has shown that if I wear several pairs (even of the same brand and style) I am less likely to have a problem adapting from an old pair to a new pair. I rotate out the oldest shoes and replace them with new ones. This reduces what I call “shoe shock” and allows me to keep running as usual. Good shoes are important regardless if you run or not. Always wear good shoes.

Some key things to remember when training and receiving chiropractic care…. Establish a frequency, follow a day-to-day routine, recovery is vital, learn to listen to your body, remember that you will improve only as long as you maintain a moderate training/adjustive program, consistency is important for physiological improvement to take place.

One of the best lessons I have experienced in running that can be applied to chiropractic care and life in general is when you are hitting the high miles and your body or mind is beginning to struggle, think about all the positive things in your life, and continue moving forward without hesitation.

Dr. Michael Dorausch is a chiropractor and avid runner. He has helped many continue to keep running when they thought they may have to quit. He lives in Venice Beach, California and runs a 6 to 8 mile pier to pier beach course 4-5 times per week. He is also a chiropractic patient and contributes his injury free 3 year history to the 3x per week chiropractic care program he follows. @ 6:08 pm | Article ID: 1142734127

Red Hot Chili Pepper Pills for Prostate

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

LOS ANGELES: I read some news headlines moments ago… “Hot pepper kills prostate cancer cells in study” and thought wow, that has got to be one painful study! Curious as to just how a researcher would find out if a hot chili pepper could kill a prostate cancer cell I had to read on.

Red Hot Chili PepperHmmm… First, you have to find the hottest of red hot chili peppers. Then you have to get it into close proximity to a prostate cancer cell. No, that’s not right. I better check the facts…

As it turns out, a team of US cancer scientists believe that Capsaicin, the heat-generating element found in hot chili peppers, might help fight prostate cancer. Capsaicin is one of several organic nitrogen compounds in a pungent lipid group called capsaicinoids.

In conducting their test, researchers fed capsaicin orally to mice. Thank goodness they ate the stuff. One of the researchers reported that the feeding was equivalent to a 200 pound man eating from three to eight of the ultra-hot habanero peppers three times a week. I weigh about 200 pounds and if I ate three to eight ultra-hot habanero peppers three times a week I’d be sleeping in the garage.

The habanero chile (habanero meaning “from Havana”) is the most intensely spicy chile pepper of the Capsicum genus. Unripe habaneros are green, but the color at maturity varies. Most common colors are orange and red and a typically ripe habanero is 1 to 2 1/2 inches long.

I can see the pills hitting the market now. Trust me folks, they will be in your local health food store before you can say “Pills Pepper Prostate” ten times fast.

In the meantime, if you notice any habanero peppers missing from your garden you may want to look around for any older male mice. Can you say mousefarts?

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Dr. Michael Dorausch is a chiropractor living in Los Angeles, home of the real Red Hot Chili Peppers. @ 11:21 pm | Article ID: 1142493699

Chiropractic Wife Candice Michelle in April Playboy

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Candice Michelle, known to many as the “Go Daddy Girl” for her appearances in the popular commercials that first aired during the 2005 Super Bowl, is featured in this months April issue of Playboy magazine. What many people don’t know is that Candice Michelle is also the wife of a West Los Angeles chiropractor.

Candice Michelle - Playboy Model2005 was quite a year for this Wisconsin raised girl. A group of us were eating dinner at Islands in Tempe, Arizona a month or so before the commercial was taped. Candice was telling me that people were already selling her photos on eBay, due to her WWE Raw popularity, and she was not receiving any compensation.

She was attending a chiropractic training along with her husband and we were affirming aloud all weekend. She was saying… “I am excited!” After that weekend, things began moving rather quickly for her. It was in early January that she got the deal with GoDaddy and the first commercial aired during Super Bowl XXXIX on February 1st, 2005. The 2nd commercial never got on the air due to Fox and the NFLs decision to pull the ad from running a second time. That didn’t stop Candice. Things kept on rolling and picking up speed.

The Chiropractic Part of Life
I’m not suggesting that the chiropractic weekend was where the magic was, the magic is in each of us. I just think it is a good reminder that positive principles apply to everyone. What you think about you can and do bring about. Candice says… “Without confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.”

I like her attitude. I like that she reads her affirmations daily and expects life to be great. Her husband has the same attitude. We went to chiropractic school together. He is a fun loving, motivated individual and a good chiropractor. They make a super couple. She gets adjusted regularly and she talks about it during interviews whenever she can.

I currently have no pictures of Candice Michelle doing any of her signature wrestling moves, such as “Candylicious”, which is a hanging figure four necklock, or her Russian legsweep. If and when I get some photos I’ll add some links here.

The April issue of Playboy is on newsstands now. I’m waiting for my autographed copy but I already purchased the magazine. Pick up a copy today and remember… PLAYMATES GET CHIROPRACTIC TOO! @ 8:48 am | Article ID: 1142354897

Los Angeles Marathon & Chiropractic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The 21st Los Angeles Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2006 and I am excited about the event!

I have been running for years, so it is only natural that Los Angeles runners continue to show up in our chiropractic office. Most of those that are referred by fellow runners already have an idea of my philosophy towards the sport. I still get new people coming through the front door that don’t know about my excitement for running.

Dr. Michael Dorausch Runs LAThis time of year is very exciting for us. We have more than twenty of our local athletes (patients) training for this weekends Marathon event. Most of them have been receiving chiropractic care long before they decided to run this Sunday. Some did not start training until December or January and came to our office via a referral from a fellow runner. Either way, I must confess that it is pure enjoyment for me to be caring for these folks. We are all excited. If you have ever run a marathon you may know what I am talking about. If not, it’s an experience that is difficult to put simply into words. I’m not saying you should go out and run a marathon, that’s not it. The IT is what I am thrilled about.

Listen, there are thousands that have been training for this event, and many have been doing so for months. Every single one of them began with a single step. Very few of them I imagine are running just to run. But they all have goals, they have desires, and they have the discipline to make IT happen. In our Los Angeles chiropractic office (ADIO Chiropractic), goal minded individuals are welcomed with adjusting arms because they typically get IT.

Imagine yourself training for this weekends marathon. By now, you are aware that what you eat the day before (or even days before) effects your performance. You are aware that your mental state effects you efforts and that your efforts affect your mental state. During the past few months, finding places to run, time to run, motivation to run, people to run with, have all been more on your mind than figuring where the closest Starbucks is. You ran through Thanksgiving, you ran through Christmas, you probably ran on New Years Day. Have you noticed the transformation?

My friends, this weekend is not about running at all. This weekend is about IT. IT gets you up in the morning. IT motivates you to do 16 miles before going into work. IT speaks to you at mile 22 while every cell in your physical body reports back to the brain on its status. IT whispers “well done” when you cross that finish line. IT becomes your reason to be.

Just like training for a marathon, all visits in our office began with a single step. A step towards not only better health, but in the case of runners, better performance. Some runners started care with us because of a symptom like back, knee, shoulder, neck, foot, or leg pain. Yes, chiropractors are effective in helping correct many musculoskeletal problems. But that is not IT. Today, without me telling some of them why, our runners are getting adjusted before they have symptoms and more impressively, regardless of if they do have symptoms. Why? Because they get IT. They have stopped buying into the TV like world that they should avoid pain, that pain is bad, that things (like running) that cause pain are bad. I’ll tell you what is bad. Training for a marathon and shutting of the feedback loop from your brain to tissue cell or tissue cell back to the brain is bad. In various ways, a number of drugs accomplish this by chemically shutting down or blocking processes to “fool” your body. Dispite what I have heard other doctors say, running is not bad for you. However, not innately listening to the communication your body is trying to make you aware of often results in injury.

Chiropractic adjustments help to keep the bodies communication pathways open so that all bodily systems can have constant balanced interaction and feedback with one another. In my experience, these adjustments, over time, result in a more efficient, effective and innately educated runner.

All the best to everyone preparing for this great event!
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Dr. Michael Dorausch practices chiropractic in Los Angeles, California
His office is located on Culver at McConnell in the Marina Plaza shopping center @ 2:15 pm | Article ID: 1142288104