Month: May 2006

Pauline Nordin & 2006 IFBB California State Pro Figure Championship

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Culver City, California: Planet Chiropractic sponsored Pauline Nordin competed this past Saturday in the 2006 IFBB California State Pro Figure Championship.

Pauline Nordin IFBB ProPauline moved to Venice Beach, California from her home in Sweden just months ago. Besides getting settled in and getting familiar with our LA traffic, she has been training at the world famous Golds gym in Venice. She has also been receiving chiropractic care on a regular basis at ADIO Chiropractic in Los Angeles.

Pauline contacted Planet Chiropractic several months ago via the internet and informed us she was seeking sponsors in the USA to help support and promote her bodybuilding/fitness endeavors here. We liked Paulines “Work hard, reach your goal!” attitude and her positive thoughts on the importance of regular chiropractic care. Pauline was getting adjusted while in Sweden and wanted to continue with a regular schedule of care while living in the US. She has already been talking up chiropractics benefits with fellow fitness seekers in the LA area and she has began to write some articles (which we’ll post to about fitness, training, nutrition, mental attitude, and chiropractic care.

About thirty women from around the world competed in Saturdays Pro Figure event and Pauline finished 8th overall.

We are excited for Pauline and wish her much success in Los Angeles and the US. Watch for future articles and news authored by Pauline or about Pauline on Planet Chiropractic.

The 2006 International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) California State Pro Figure Championship was held on May 27, 2006 at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (4117 Overland Ave) in Culver City, California. The event was presented in part by Vyotech and Muscletech. @ 11:42 am | Article ID: 1149014577

Insomnia, Big Pharma, & the Fast Track to Sleep

by Darrel Crain, D.C.

In case you’ve been asleep and didn’t notice, insomnia has been elevated to the status of a public menace. Depression, auto accidents and high disease rates are all being blamed on sleep deprivation. “He sleeps well that knows not he sleeps ill,” observed Publilius Syrus in the first century B.C.

Traditionally, insomnia has been blamed on such things as worry, poor diet, too much coffee, late night partying and so on. Luckily, a few years ago drug company-funded researchers woke up and smelled the coffee themselves. They rolled up their sleeves and got to work, sparing no expense to pry the dark, mysterious covers off of insomnia. Years of work and millions of dollars were spent with careful data gathering, analysis and number crunching. All this painstaking effort was reported in impressive four-color bar graphs, pie charts and video productions. The unmistakable conclusion of all this is truly a wakeup call: everyone needs a prescription for sleeping pills!

Somehow though, the researchers failed to unearth the real cause of insomnia: children. This basic fact could have easily been confirmed if the researchers had only asked people who have kids. If you can manage to get their attention for a few seconds, active parents will gladly reminisce about those long, restful, dreamy nights of sleep they once had before their children came along. That being the case, the only way to be rid of sleepless nights would be to banish children. Obviously, such an effort would be difficult at best, and certain minor ethical concerns would need to be overcome first. Should we ask Big Pharma to put one or two of their lawyers to work on this sticky issue? Just a thought.

Anyway, the endless drug wars continue on many fronts. The noble blitzkrieg to defeat insomnia is only the latest offensive. Of course, in the old days people drank a warm glass of milk or a shot of whiskey, or simply counted sheep to get to sleep. But these are modern times, the era of better living through chemicals, and so we must medicate. Just by coincidence, the number of different brands of sleeping pills has grown by leaps and bounds in the last year or two. And if the chief of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has his way, more pills will quickly stack up on pharmacy shelves due to his push for more fast-track drug approval.

“Fast-tracking” is a drug industry term, which when translated means, “forget about safety testing.” As you can imagine, this concept is very popular with the drug industry. Think of the money to be saved if drug companies no longer need to explain away all the weird side effects that show up in safety tests! By the way, “side effect” is another drug industry term causing some confusion. Translated into English it means “unwanted effects directly caused by taking the drug.” For example, a side effect among people taking antidepressants is an increased rate of suicide, not exactly the outcome they were hoping for. The original purpose for antidepressants, you may recall, was to overcome depression.

At least one major pharmaceutical company CEO complained recently that the media is forcing the government to focus too much on unwanted side effects of drugs and not enough on the benefits. He makes a good point. Would you readily inject the bacterium that causes botulism into your face for cosmetic reasons if you noticed one of the side effects was “sudden death?” This may explain why side effects are listed in print so tiny you need an electron microscope to read them.

Which brings us back to sleeping pills. Consider the mean-spirited display of news reporting over a few minor side effects now showing up in people taking sleeping aids. Of course, sleep-walking is no big deal and becomes dangerous only when the drugged sleeper walks out of the house into traffic, or climbs out of an upper story window. But sleep-eating? Now that is really something. It seems that sleep-drugged people climb out of their beds, sleep-walk into the kitchen and claw through the refrigerator’s contents like a wild animal, eating everything within reach. One report describes a woman who realized she had a drug-induced eating disorder only after she had gained 100 pounds. If you have noticed candy bar wrappers and empty ice cream cartons under your covers lately, you may be experiencing sleep-eating.

Another emerging side effect is sleep-driving. (True, sleeping aids were supposed to reduce auto accidents, but let’s not bring that up now, we don’t want to be rude.) Increasingly, people arrested for impaired driving are found to test positive for sleep medication in their bloodstream rather than alcohol. Personal accounts are piling up of people who wake up to find themselves behind the wheel of their car crashing into another automobile, or driving down some unknown road for no good reason they can think of.

I must say that I agree with the poor CEO of that giant drug company, though. We should not allow these pesky side effects to overshadow the potential benefits. In fact, I foresee an entire new off-label use for these drugs. Imagine how much time we would all be able to save if we could sleep right through mealtime, and drive to work before we had to wake up! Could this be the promised wonder drug that changes the essence of how we live our lives? Just think of all that space in our houses now devoted to beds and bedrooms that could be used for something else, for example, storing cases of candy bars and plugging in extra refrigerators!

If the drug companies work this idea properly, sleep-walking can give way to sleep-working! Remember folks, you read it here first. I can’t take full credit for this idea, though. Way back in 500 B.C. Heraclitus commented, “Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the universe.” However, this whole idea may be put to rest by Big Pharma’s accountants. If people were asleep all day through the long hours of drudgery at their jobs, what would happen to the sales of antidepressants?

Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved.

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District
619-445-0100 @ 8:46 am | Article ID: 1149003996

Stress Management and the Joys of Freeway Driving

By Darrel Crain, DC
Stress, Stress Relief & Stress Management

“It is generally believed that biological organisms require a certain amount of stress in order to maintain their well-being.” So, according to Taber’s medical dictionary stress is good for us. But what is meant by ‘a certain amount?” Just the usual daily stress that makes you want to gesture creatively with your hand toward the guy who just cut you off on the freeway? Or are we talking about the ‘throw your television set through the living room window’ kind of stress? I guess we shouldn’t stress over this too much and just take the old English proverb to heart, ‘A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.”

Mark Twain offered this about coping with stress: ‘By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.” Which brings up the stress management industry. These enterprising people discovered a goldmine when they began selling the dreamy notion of reducing or totally eliminating stress. Eliminating stress? Who are they kidding? Where would we be without stress? Do they think our nation’s greatness was forged by people wearing little finger cymbals and sitting cross-legged all day, blissfully chanting mantras of universal love? And anyway, have you seen what happens to astronauts’ bones when the stress of gravity is eliminated? Osteoporosis, that’s what happens! Stress keeps America on its toes, baby.

Here’s the tough love, if you want breakfast in bed, go sleep in the kitchen. If you want your bones to be strong, stress them with walking, running and other kinds of exercise. I’ll never forget a conversation I once had with a stress management professional. Her advice? ‘Quit drinking coffee.” ‘Hah!” I said, ‘NEVER! GET REAL!” By the way, you may think I am addicted to coffee, but I am not. No way. I could quit anytime. I’m just not ready to quit coffee right now, okay? I’m just kidding. Look, can we talk about something else?

Suppose you and your sister were down at the watering hole about two thousand years ago filling some water jars when you noticed out of the corner of your eye a tiger crouching in the grass, waiting to grab you in its powerful jaws and bring you home for the family dinner. That sudden stabbing feeling that instantly jolted every single cell in your body was the ‘fight-or-flight” response. That instant release of stress hormones accounts for small females being able to lift a large Cadillac in one hand while pulling a child out from under the car tire with the other. In your case, as the tiger’s hapless prey, such a response was intended to give you superhuman strength and endurance to either run like the wind or fight like the devil. Admit it though, your first thought was, ‘I don’t have to run faster than the tiger, I just have to run faster than my little sister!” That’s when you noticed your sister was already disappearing up the path faster than a speeding cheetah.

The stress hormones got right to work for you, shutting down unnecessary body functions to shift all available energy toward surviving the next few moments. Digestion and reproductive functions were shut off, as were immune responses. After all, who needs to digest lunch or fight a cold if you are about to grace the tiger’s dinner table? Your heart raced and your blood pressure skyrocketed. Distractibility was heightened for maximum alertness, as was pain sensitivity. Blood sugar shot way up to make more energy immediately available. Other changes occurred, such as flipping the normal healthy cholesterol ratio in favor of the ‘bad” over the ‘good” cholesterol. This allowed for the production of more hormones and mobilized more energy stores. These and many other adaptations occurred all at once, all intended to be temporary responses to deal with emergencies.

Historically, this was all accompanied by some kind of extreme physical exertion, say, sprinting away from a tiger at 47 miles per hour. Such motion of the spine during exercise, especially the upper spine, is now recognized as a ‘reset button” to normalize body functions that were shut down, or else cranked up to respond to stress. Alert left-brain types will recognize this as the ‘homeostatic afferent somatosensory input into the cerebellar/brainstem/cortical loop of healthy life.” In English? Motion stimulates the nerves, the nerves stimulate the brain, and the brain sends the following message all around the body: ‘All is well, time to heal!”

Now it is time to fast forward back to modern life and the joys of freeway driving. Most of us no longer face tigers at the watering hole. In their place, numerous intangible, shapeless fears stalk us every day. We may fear the loss of a job, the loss of our health, the arrival of the big earthquake or sending our children off to war. In modern society, the stress response is triggered day after day, month after month, year in and year out. Worse, most people get only minimal physical exercise, inhibiting their body’s ability to reset all systems back to normal healing.

When the body adapts to stress, it is another miraculous expression of the body’s innate intelligence. Adaptations to stress are no more a disease than your body’s ability to increase the number of red blood cells when you move to a higher altitude. Yet how often are the symptoms of chronic stress diagnosed and treated with separate drugs as if each one were a distinct disease? One drug is prescribed to lower blood pressure, another to lower cholesterol, another to lower blood sugar, another to deal with indigestion, another to treat the inability to concentrate, and another to deal with erectile dysfunction, and so on. This becomes a vicious cycle as more stress hormones are released to try and overcome the suppressive effects of the drugs, because the body still calls for a stress response. What would happen if all these people could learn to reset their body back to the healing response?

Okay fine, you made it back to the village safely, but it was only because the tiger suddenly gave up on you in favor of an antelope. I think you really need to work on your running speed, though. Is it all right if I use your finger cymbals while you go run laps?

Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved.

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District
619-445-0100 @ 11:10 pm | Article ID: 1148537422

Things you may consider when choosing a chiropractic school

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Choosing a chiropractic school can be an easy decision for some future chiropractors as they may simply go where their parent/s or doctor/s went. For many future students of chiropractic, thoughts of location, cost, level and length of education, licensing exam preparation, and housing may come to mind.

Are there other things a prospective chiropractic student should consider? I contacted some practicing chiropractors to get their feedback on the issue.

Dr. Stew Bittman (Graduate of Los Angeles Chiropractic College, LACC) offered the following…
What I would look for in a chiropractic college is: 1) Philosophy; 2) Leadership; 3) Technique instruction; 4) Tradition, in that order.

Stew practices in South Lake Tahoe, CA. He runs a “box on the wall” chiropractic practice, along his wife Hillary and daughter Ari.

Dr. Rick Wren (practicing chiropractor in Texas) of the Seminar21 series suggested the following things to consider…

1) Is the school financially sound?
2) Do the facilities indicate they are financially sound?
3) Is it accredited, so I can get loans?
4) How many of their students pass the National Boards compared to other Colleges?
5) What is the Professor to Student ratio?
6) How many of the Professors have real clinical experience and how many years of clinical experience do they have?
7) How many Professors failed in practice and that is why they teach?
8) Do they teach and discuss subluxation with the associated spinal decay?
9) Do they teach corrective vs. relief care?
10) Do they teach lifetime Spinal Hygiene or Maintenance Care?

The list above would be a good one for any potential chiropractic student to have in hand when asking questions about a particular college.

Dr. Lou Corletto (practice located in New Jersey) sent me the following via email when I asked him about thoughts on choosing a chiropractic school.

Some Clarity – one in existence or one I’d like to see teach TIC?

In Existence:
Exposure of the students to TIC – support for them to experience more – off campus things, joint mission/humanitarian work
Focus on TIC things: lots of art forms, tons of palpation, TIC philosophy and other vitalistic philosophies

Vitalisticly Driven – teaches possibilities not fear, it would have to have leadership to offer these (if we had these location becomes a moot point)

I received this from Dr. Brad Deaken, who practices in Canada.

I believe that when students are looking for a school the main thing that determines their choice is the same thot paradigm that governs the way they practice. Meaning… if they are going into chiropractic because of financial reasons or because they wanna be called Doctor then they will likely go to a school that is ‘heavier in sciences’ such as North Western, NYCC, TCC, National, etc… If the person feels a calling they will be more likely drawn toward schools with a philosophy like I was… to Life, Life West, Parker, Palmer, etc…

After they have determined ‘path A’ or ‘path B’ they then determine their choice by techniques offered, location of the school, the intangible ‘feel/energy’ of the school if they visit it. I do believe that the warmth and proactiveness plays a BIG role in the recruitment process, much more than the schools realize. First phone contact with schools is CRUCIAL to setting a tone and establishing rapport with the prospective student.

Regarding reputation, important, not so much as techniques offered. Leadership is important but is taken into consideration with the program and location of the school.

Dr. Sharon Gorman of Pennsylvania supplied this list of information to consider…

1) Length of Educational Program
2) Cost
3) Philosophy
4) Practice Management Skills (What they would get)
5) Efficient Financial Aid Department
6) Neighborhood school is located in
7) Affordable Housing – Dorms?
8) Classroom size
9) Quality and Reputation of Professors
10) Recognized Research Department
11) Pass rate for National Boards

And finally, for now, Dr. Freddie So (who has a chiropractic practice in Oakville, Ontario) supplied this…

I would look for (in order of importance): philosophy technique leadership reputation location cost

In summary, some of the things chiropractors in practice found most important include… Leadership, Philosophy, Technique instruction, Financial stability, and Practice Management. Thank you to the six chiropractors who offered the above information.

If you are someone considering attending chiropractic college in the USA or Canada, we suggest you view the planetc1 chiropractic school website. There you can find a list of all schools in the US and Canada along with reviews and ratings of those schools provided by former graduates.

If you are a chiropractic school graduate there are two ways you can help us help others. 1) Visit the School Website and take 15 minutes to write a thoughtful, constructive review of the school you attended. (And if you don’t have 15 minutes, maybe you can offer 5 minutes to write a review)
2) Contact me via email (listed above) and let me know in order of importance what you feel chiropractic schools should be providing their students. @ 10:05 pm | Article ID: 1148274345

Medicine, Worms and Dirt

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Your prescription is ready Mrs. Jones, fresh intestinal whipworm eggs straight from the pig!

This type of medicine may sound rather unorthodox, but scientists testing this unusual treatment on six human patients with inflammatory bowel disease found that it helped every one of them.

Take two tablespoons of dirt and call me in the morning. That may sound like a bit of a stretch, but then again, mud pies may one day be squeezed into the five food groups. The hygiene hypothesis is gaining ground, folks, so if you think your health is worth fighting for, get ready to fight dirty!

Modern medicine has always held that we get sick because of something we catch, or something we ate, inhaled, or were exposed to in some other way.

Of course, this is the popular germ theory which states that germs cause disease. Those of us brought up on the germ theory know to constantly wage war on germs. Kill everything! Disinfect! Sanitize! Good. Now go wash your hands.

American industry answered our war cries by inventing at least 739 bazillion ways to massacre germs using antibacterial soaps, lotions, cleansers, sprays, toys, mattresses and even computer screens. Warnings in the medical literature that these products do nothing to reduce infection, but only contribute to new and scary strains of drug-resistant bacteria, have been lost in the germ war frenzy.

The hygiene hypothesis is a fairly new school of thought that turns the fear of germs on its proverbial head. We should, instead, get friendly with microbes and let them go up our collective noses, in this approach.

This view argues that early exposure to a wide variety of microbes is a good thing, permitting a growing child’s immune system to develop and build up immune response “muscle.”

If the germ theory leads down a white, sterilized hallway, the hygiene hypothesis seems to lead down a dusty old dirt road.

Researchers have long noticed an important difference in children who attend daycare at a very young age, as well as children who live with many brothers and sisters, or on a farm. All of them develop less asthma, hay fever, allergies, eczema, and other atopic diseases than do other children.

“Sickness is the vengeance of nature for the violation of her laws,” wrote Charles Simmons.

But a lack of exposure to germs is only half the problem, leaving as it does, one leg of our immune system without enough to do, while the other leg gets too much stimulation. This chronically triggers an inappropriate response of the immune system to produce all the allergy stuff, such as histamines, mucus floods and inflammation.

Tragically, several common medical practices seem to be substantial contributors to this problem. Antibiotics, antipyretics (fever-lowering drugs), and even some vaccines have been shown to significantly raise the risk of asthma and the other atopic disorders.

Autoimmune responses, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and even Type I diabetes are on the list of disorders that may be caused, at least in part, by exposure to common medical interventions.

A recent study from Sweden published in the medical journal Lancet found that children in the families they studied who avoid antibiotics and vaccinations have fewer allergies than do other children.

“Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them,” wrote Martin Fischer.

In our zeal to treat acute symptoms, we have become effective at suppressing robust expression of immune responses to normal childhood illness, including all the uncomfortable but productive symptoms of a healing crisis that would otherwise yield permanent immunity.

The hygiene hypothesis leads to some intriguing, perhaps shocking conclusions. Do you suppose nature intended all those kids to get all those colds at daycare and have all those fevers?

One might conclude that Mother Nature herself wants us all to have a bout of chicken pox, the measles, and yes, even the mumps while we’re still young. In return we get permanent and non-toxic immunity. We also get to pump up our immune muscles and promote appropriate immune responses.

I have personally observed the scraped knee of a three-year-old heal just as quickly and well as the knee of a Harvard-trained medical practitioner with 42 years of practice under his belt. It comes as no surprise to me that nature’s plan for our immune systems avoids many of the pitfalls unintentionally created with manmade medical interventions.

“Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run,” wrote Mark Twain.

The hygiene hypothesis forces us to face an important question never asked by medicine. Namely, “Which is preferable, expression, or suppression?” This basic question needs to be asked of every medical intervention, given the knowledge that many standard medical practices may come with a hefty price tag of chronic health disorders.

Perhaps the current outbreak of mumps in highly vaccinated adult populations is an opportunity to ask these kinds of hard questions. It wouldn’t be the first time we needed to bury accepted standards of medical care in the compost heap of history after their underlying theories crumbled to dust.

I guess everything eventually goes back to the dirt. As the old saying goes, “Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway.” However, I believe that Mark Twain had the last word about all health opinions that get published, including those in newspapers: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved.

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District
619-445-0100 @ 8:23 am | Article ID: 1148138624

I am a Chiropractor – Focus Philosophy Chiropractic News

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

This past Saturday night I was eating dinner before our Philosophy Night with several Chiropractors and with a long term friend Dr. Ginger Grancagnolo. Dr. Ginger is a long time advocate of chiropractic besides being a very talented seminar leader, author and therapist. My children have known her all of their lives even though they really only get to see her a few times a year. The children were busy catching Dr. Ginger up on what is new. They told her about little league, cheerleading and the upcoming school talent show. Then it came out. You just never know what they are going to say. Sophie who is 9 1/2 years old and weighs in at 52 pounds told Dr. Ginger “I am a Chiropractor.” Now I have heard her tell people countless times that she is going to be a chiropractor but this time she just simply reported that she IS a Chiropractor. We all chuckled a little and then she told us where she is going to open up her office. Sophie is the kind of kid that has her feet planted firmly in the ground, she was dead serious. She has been going to chiropractic events for years and I guess she figures she is ready. I don’t mean to make light of her statement. She wouldn’t let me. She just stated the obvious.

This whole conversation brought back a flood of memories for me. I moved to Georgia when I was 17 years old because even though I knew I was not ready to enter Life College I knew I wanted to be near it. At the time Life was not a University so I went over to a local College to get my pre-reqs. I wanted to be near the Chiropractic action. I wanted to go to DE. So one time I was sitting at DE and Dr. John Hofmann said something that changed my life. He asked if there was any students in the room and several of us raised our hands. He then said that he was talking to us. He told us that we are Chiropractors right now. Sure we had to go to school for a while yet he told us that we are Chiropractors as soon as we make up our mind that we are so it was time to act accordingly. We needed to tell people about Chiropractic. We need to start spreading the word. Isn’t that so much of what it is to be a Chiropractor and you can do that without even having a license. In that moment at about 18 years of age I became a Chiropractor. Sophie at 9 became a Chiropractor Saturday Night.

OK, you students who are reading this message, this is your moment, Doctors, Step up. Realize that you can stop living your life like you are waiting for something to happen. I am giving you the permission to be Chiropractic Warriors.

Now you Chiropractors and Chiropractic Supporters: Wake Up! Now is your time. We are on this earth only for a short bleep of time. Wake Up! Share your truth like you never did before. Know by sharing the truth of Chiropractic you will be giving people an opportunity to live with a quality of life that they might have never otherwise realized. You opening your mouth and being honest can change the life of one person, the life of a family, a life of a community and ultimately the lives of millions of people in this country and all the other countries and the world. Think of that when you are uncomfortable or being lazy, think of that when you would rather just fit in and not be the one to bring a new state of consciousness to the world. Remember you are a warrior. Remember what Sophie proudly said, “I am a Chiropractor.”

Focus Philosophy Night: June 3 – 7:00 pm
Drs. Corey Rodnick and Joe Lupo

Chiropractic Career Night Before at 5:30 pm Dinner
Bring Potential Chiropractors

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.
Cost: Suggested fee is the price of one office visit. We will be passing the hat to cover expenses. @ 12:25 pm | Article ID: 1147721133

Placebos: Accept no substitutes

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease,” Voltaire noted with intuitive precision.

Occasionally, the government asks us for help in its thankless task to reduce the unintended collateral damage caused by good-hearted, but busy, medical professionals.

For example, if you find yourself in the hospital, Uncle Sam asks that you do your part to reduce human-to-human microbe transmission. Your job is to ask all the doctors if they washed their hands before coming into your room. As you can imagine, some doctors are not pleased to have patients asking them if their hands are clean and they may get snippy. Simply remind them you are under orders from the government.

Here is another tip to help avoid tragic mistakes in the operating room. Before the surgery, borrow the nurse’s felt tip marker and write instructions on yourself to remind the doctor where to operate. Apparently, doctors usually remember why they are performing the operation, so you just need to remind them where. Mark the correct spot on your body with “Operate Here.” Then, on the opposite side write “Do Not Operate Here.” I am not making this up. It is hoped that this tip will help your surgery start off on the right foot. Or was it the left foot? Anyway, it is best to do this marking job before they give you any anesthetics.

Of course, the biggest health problem facing our country is the drug problem. Dr. Allen Roses, executive vice president for an enormously large pharmaceutical company, sketched for us an outline of the biggest drug problem facing America during a public comment he made two years ago.

Now, you may be thinking that the biggest drug problem in our country is illicit drugs. And truly, this is a big problem, especially for the poor drug dealers faced with unfair competition from doctors madly scribbling prescriptions for more powerful painkillers than ever before.

Alternatively, you may be under the impression that the Medicare drug problem is our biggest problem. That’s only because you are a health care consumer. Ask any drug company stockholder and he will tell you that the new Medicare rules are working just fine, just as planned.

Both of these problems though, pale in comparison to the one Dr. Roses brought up: “The vast majority of drugs — more than 90 per cent — only work in 30 or 50 percent of the people. I wouldn’t say that most drugs don’t work. I would say that most drugs work in 30 to 50 percent of people,” Roses said.

Think of it, anywhere from one-half to two-thirds of all people who take prescription medications gain no benefit from them at all! Of course, this was not big news for people close to the pharmaceutical industry. However, public discussion of this basic fact by a drug company executive was a serious breach of etiquette. Industry secrets such as this are intended to remain locked in the basement out of public view. Roses’ colleagues throughout the industry were understandably distressed and annoyed. Public relations departments went into overtime with damage control to try and “clarify” what the good doctor meant to say, namely, “Have a nice day.”

Dr. Roses’ admission was remarkable not only for its frankness, but also because it affirmed that active drugs work no better than placebos where it counts the most: in the real world of the drug consumer’s experience.

The “pristine” laboratory conditions necessarily imposed by drug trials, such as only using healthy people, and only giving people one drug at a time, account for the higher scores achieved in drug trials. Meanwhile, out in the real world, sick people are the ones taking these drugs, and many of them are taking three or more drugs every day.

To put into perspective a meager 30 to 50 percent effectiveness for licensed pharmaceuticals, consider that fifty years of placebo research has documented that people experience a benefit 30 to 70 percent of the time when given placebos.

The placebo is perhaps the most fascinating and mysterious entity in the history of medicine. Some have hailed the humble placebo as the safest, most effective medicine ever discovered, even claiming that the history of effective medical treatment is the history of the placebo response.

Robert C. Peale put it this way, “The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.”

Placebo is Latin for “I shall please.”

The placebo response has been observed for centuries. Placebos have always been more than just sugar pills, including fake surgeries and procedures. The response mechanism is not well understood, but the patient’s belief that the sugar pill or sham surgery is going to help him somehow triggers an inborn healing response.

But back to America’s drug problem. Prescription drugs accidentally kill about 1,104 people every single day, or about 403,000 people a year. “Most men die of their remedies, not of their illnesses,” noted Moliere.

The federal government, to its credit, has never faltered in its efforts to defend American citizens from prescription drug abuse, which means sending out tersely worded press releases from time to time.

Take antibiotics, for example. No! I am only kidding! Do not take antibiotics unless your doctor threatens to take away those little free sample packets of powerful painkilling drugs! The point is that, for 20 years, our government has repeatedly sent out warnings using strong language, but antibiotic overuse and abuse continues to grow at an alarming rate.

Luckily, the remedy to all this is within our grasp. Finally, an idea everybody can live with. We can save thousands of lives and the drug companies can continue to reap billions in obscene profits. Meanwhile, doctors can continue writing loads of prescriptions and be duly rewarded by the drug companies.

Since real drugs work 30 to 50 percent of the time, and placebos work 30 to 70 percent of the time, we can just start mixing them together inside the little pill bottles! The pills will look the same, smell the same and get the same results. Nobody will know whether they are taking a real pill or a placebo, but it just won’t matter!

Eventually, someone at the manufacturing plant will figure out how much cheaper it would be to just fill all the bottles with 100 percent candy. Who cares? I look forward to the day when the worst adverse reactions to prescribed drugs will be dental problems caused by eating too many sugar pills.

Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved.

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District
619-445-0100 @ 7:33 pm | Article ID: 1147660433

Seeing Yourself as a Success

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

We all see ourselves as being a certain way. I remember back in chiropractic college some students already saw themselves as being wealthy. These students had nicer toys and wore more expensive and/or wore more trendy clothes. They hadn’t worked a day in their lives yet but they were driving a nicer car than my dad drove. I looked at them and thought that they were really spoiled. They were already used to the nicer things in life. These same students seemed to carry themselves with their head a little higher, sometimes us other students saw that as them having their noses more in the air. It was probably a little of both. You probably had some students like this in your school too. I see now that they probably had wealthy parents who had taught them to expect the nicer things in life. Most of us resented them a bit and thought that they thought they were above us somehow.

I still know some of these people. They still drive nice cars and send their kids to the best private schools. They still see themselves as deserving the best that life has to offer. Is this bad? Is it bad to be prosperous and to have money for the things that you want in life? I don’t think so! I have a pretty strong work ethic that determines how I earn money so why shouldn’t I take the rewards of my earnings and use it how I see fit? Is it bad to drive the best car? Is it contra-indicated to my success to live the good life? Is it bad to be able to take my family on vacations to wherever I like? Why would that be bad?

Why do we teach our children that being wealthy is something that other people are, not ourselves? Why do we think it is good to do without? Why is making do- considered noble? It’s not. Granted it is a way to be, but it is not a way to be for me or for me to teach my children. I teach my children that they need to be a useful part of society and they need to contribute AND they deserve to have the best that life can offer.

It is awfully hard to achieve financial success if you believe in your heart that you are being greedy or worse yet you might not feel you are worthy. I think these feelings live in us as remnants of feeling like we are “victims.” When we see ourselves as victims we sometimes use this as an excuse to not create what we want for our lives. We settle for crumbs because we see ourselves as settle-ers. We can never become more wealthier than we see ourselves becoming. We are creating our realities from our thoughts and if we still see ourselves as less than . . . then we will have things around us that are less than . . . too.

How much is enough? There will never be enough if you are trying to fill that whole inside of you with something from the outside- including money. Successful is a way you need to see yourself before you can possibly create it. Net worth doesn’t necessarily coincide with emotional health or financial wealth.

First you see yourself as a success and then you become a success. It doesn’t happen the other way and on the occasion when financial success seems to hit first, it will not last if we don’t see ourselves worthy of success. Create the life you want. Love the life you choose. It all starts in our heads and how we see ourselves.

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Counting chickens to solve the whole bird flu pandemic

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

There it was lying on my plate in front of me, a dead chicken. That was when the idea struck me, a method to easily solve the whole bird flu ‘get-ready-because-it’s-coming-for-sure’ pandemic. Well, partially anyway. I lifted my fork for another bite of the perfectly cooked, savory fowl. Delicious. My wife, who is vegetarian, politely averted her eyes and lightly dabbed the corners of her mouth with a napkin while I slowly chewed. I wondered how it was possible that dead chickens could taste so good while threatening to bring the worldwide economy to a halt at the same time?

The newspaper headlines yesterday confirmed the worst fears of the already fearful: Dead chickens were discovered this week in Upper Faraway, a remote village in Veryhighlandia. Villagers lined the streets to heartily welcome the scientists who survived the three hundred mile vertical climb riding on the backs of yaks. The somber scientists were there to count the number of dead chickens in the tiny mountain community. The last time the village was visited by outsiders was six years earlier in 1999 when computer technicians made the perilous journey. The purpose of that trip, of course, was to prepare the village for the approaching Y2K disaster. This time, the scientists quickly assured the villagers, the coming disaster was different! The only question remaining about the looming pandemic was when, not if it would arrive.

Unable to speak the natives’ language, the scientists took off their heavy arctic gloves and used improvised hand signals to communicate with the villagers. They soon discovered that several chickens were indeed hanging upside down in the town’s dead chicken shack. During the scientists’ attempts to act out strange behaviors the stricken chickens may have exhibited before dying, the villagers clapped their hands and joined in dancing the funky chicken with the learned travelers. Someone broke out warm mead and soon the big party was moved inside the town hall for a feast and heavy drinking and dancing that lasted all through the night. In the inevitable morning-after haze and confusion, neither scientist could remember what happened to their Official Avian Flu Chicken Test Kit. Ultimately they mounted their sturdy yaks to head back down the mountain, but only after each villager gave them a goodbye hug. The official report confirmed that all the dead chickens were deceased. The cause of death was listed as ‘unknown,” although foul play was suspected by one of the scientists who wrote, ‘It looked as though someone had wrung the neck of every last one.”

Back in civilization preparations continue as we get ready to face the probable instant collapse of the poultry industry as soon as the first American chicken is discovered to have the flu, as happened recently in France and other countries. People seem to have trouble believing the experts who tell them there is no way to get bird flu from eating cooked birds, so the entire industry may be brought to its knees in days. Other meat producers are beefing up production to meet the potential increased demand, although it has been reported that there are some mad cows getting in a stew over this.

Government officials have been quietly sifting through the proposed federal budget to find another few billion dollars to send over to the poor, cash-strapped pharmaceutical companies. This is to pay for millions of vaccine doses, using the avian flu strain that cannot possibly be the one that might actually cause a pandemic. This is a clever application of the traditional strategy, ‘Make dollars, not sense.” Additionally, we are stockpiling more Tamiflu, the drug called ‘useless” by the Vietnamese doctor who has actually tried it out on real avian flu patients. Company spokesmen publicly defended the effectiveness of the drug, saying their laboratory studies showed good results. The solution to this dilemma is so obvious, I’m not sure how it was missed: we need to send all avian flu patients to the laboratory where the drug was tested, where it does seem to work.

Meanwhile, in other health news from the ‘This is Not a Joke” file, children are much sicker today than they were a generation ago. The following statistics were compiled by clinical nutritionist and writer Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD and published in an article in January, 2006 in Red Flags Daily. Obesity has tripled since 1980, and juvenile diabetes is up 104 percent. Autism, once considered a problem purely caused by genetics, increased more than a thousand fold in less than a generation. The number of children with asthma is up nearly 75 percent. Life-threatening food allergies doubled in the past decade alone. The prevalence of allergies increased nearly six fold in the last 20 years. Almost one in 10 children–between four and five million kids–are diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder. Are we doing something wrong?

Converse notes that the escalation of serious child health problems coincides neatly with ‘…the increasingly aggressive vaccination schedule.” She suggests that our acceptance of an unbelievable 54 doses of vaccine by age 12, as recommended by official vaccine schedules, has possibly resulted in a cruel tradeoff. ‘…we have traded mostly benign or treatable childhood illnesses for incurable, lifelong, extremely costly disability and disease.” Many more vaccines are on the way.

As more and more heavy artillery has been lobbed into our children in the name of the war against childhood infectious disease, the collateral damage continues to grow exponentially. Judy Converse joins a growing chorus of health professionals sounding the alarm, saying, ‘It means that current vaccine policy and practice create more morbidity and mortality than they prevent in U. S. children.” Why does modern medicine ignore the importance of honoring nature, nurture and nutrition, the time-honored and effective ways to build up the health of our children? Good health remains the very best way to prepare our immune systems for any possible exposure to viruses and other challenges. As Jonathan Swift wrote, ‘The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.”

But back to World War Flu. Do you think someone should tell the health authorities that the reason we are finding bird flu all over the globe for the first time is because this is the first time we have been going around looking for it? Maybe there is still time to shift our enormous resources and adopt a different strategy. Perhaps the time has come to stop counting our dead chickens before they hatch.

Copyright © 2006 Darrel Crain – All rights reserved.

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District
619-445-0100 @ 10:29 am | Article ID: 1147195776

Chiropractic Classifieds – Watch out for Scams

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Classified Ads sites are all over the internet. Even the most popular classified services such as craigslist experience scam activity daily. Our chiropractic classifieds are no exeption. Just like with everything you do on the internet, if you are posting ads, watch out for suspicious replies and activities.

Our classified pages have been of great service to many doctors of chiropractic and students. We’ve had over seventeen thousand approved ads posted since we started the service in 1999. But just like any other online activity, there are risks involved. In our experience, most scam requests have been to those selling high dollar items such as tables, Semg Units, Xray equipment, etc… However, some scammers will contact every person they can just to see if someone will bite on thier offer.

Multiple users on our site have been contacted from African, European, or even U.S. buyers involving a common scam. The majority of the scammers are actually based in Nigeria, regardless of where they say they are located.

One Scam Example:

  • Your chiropractic table is for sale for $2000.
  • The buyer wants to have his friend, business partner, or employee send you $5000 because his friend or business partner owes him $3000.
  • You are supposed to cash his bank check for $5000 and then send the remaining $2000 to the buyer, usually by Western Union.
  • This is a scam. You deposit the check and then send the buyer the extra $2000. The bank check either bounces or was a forgery and you lose your $$$.
  • Similar scams involve:

  • The buyer sends you the cost of your chiropractic table along with the cost for shipping. Later, they say they have taken care of shipping and ask for you to refund the shipping cost. They keep your refund and the original bank check bounces.
  • The buyer sends you the cost of your chiropractic table along with the cost for shipping. You are supposed to forward money to the shipper. The shipper is them using a different name or their partner in crime. You will lose whatever money you send.
  • Beware of anyone “representing a client.”
  • Beware of anyone who does not ask you specific questions about your chiropractic table.
  • Beware of anyone who speaks with you on the phone through a operator-assisted relay call (Normally used for deaf or mute people)
  • Why do they say they want the money sent by Western Union? Because this puts cash directly into the scammers hands immediately.

    Beware of people (who may say they are from outside the US) expressing interest in buying your chiropractic table and who want your address immediately. Do not give out your address before making an appointment to show the table, and only provide the address to the person who will be coming over. Ask them some questions (about themselves, their relationship to the buyer, etc.) so that you can be reasonably assured that they are credible before you give out your address.

    One basic method to follow is this:
    If any deal requires you to send the buyer money, it is a scam. @ 12:06 pm | Article ID: 1146769597