Month: June 2006

Letting Go and Letting your Chiropractic Life Grow

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

When I get too caught up in how things turn out, I need to look at that as a symptom. Of course I want all things to turn out well and everyone to live happily ever after (especially myself) but that is not reality. Things turn out the way they turn out. I am not in control of the world or even my little world. There is a power greater than myself and it’s not me. I sometimes get frustrated and self doubting if things don’t work out the way “I” think they should. If the reason that I think they didn’t work out turns out to be because of something someone else did then I have a tendency to feel like a victim. All these feelings discourage me and scare me from making decisions that are going to effect my future. If you think about it, all decisions effect your future one way or another.

I sometimes tell patients that I deal in causes, not effects. In other words I move the bone and God does the healing, or not. The “or not” can depend on a lot of factors. You might be thinking limitations of matter yet there are many more. Does the person want to get well? Are they willing to do what has to be done to get well? etc. etc. etc. I know if I remove the nerve interference then they have a greater potential to heal. Removing nerve interference is an action. How the person’s body will respond is an another action. I have to make sure I know how to do what I say I do, which is deliver an adjustment and then I need to let go. Sometimes it is hard to let go. I want so bad for the patients to get well.

I want so bad for my life and the people who I love lives to turn out absolutely perfectly. That even sounds funny as I read it back. What is perfect? It actually sounds boring. Just like life would be if everything turned out exactly the way that I wanted it to. How would I learn to get to be a better person? Sure I could have done without a few episodes I had to live through in my life, yet many turned out better than my wildest dreams could have predicted. I need to surrender the control. I don’t really have it anyway. It is an illusion. When I truly give that up, I can finally relax and give it over to God. I can allow life to occur the way that it is going to occur anyway. I can take a deep breath, let it out, and get up and play the game of life instead of trudging through it. I can feel safe in God’s love. I don’t use this an excuse not to do the things that I think will make my life work out the best, or learn my mistakes, yet I can go forth with certainty and conviction knowing that I am attempting to know God’s will for me and I am doing my best to live that will. Will everything work out the best if I do that? It will work out the way it works out, period. I have just got to worry about how I act and the decisions I make and then I can live with myself and ultimately the way that things work out even if they don’t work out the way I envisioned.

Have a blessed day and remember after today is gone you don’t get to live it again, so use it well.

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Profits in the schoolyard: Apples, Pears & Soda Pop

By Darrel Crain, Chiropractor

“Yes, as a matter of fact I did attend junior high school many years ago,” I told my son. “Wow, dinosaurs still roamed the earth back then, didn’t they Dad?” he smirked.

“I’ll have you know we even had a vending machine on campus!” I said this to impress him with how advanced civilization was several million years ago in the mid-1960s. Of course, there was only one vending machine in residence on the entire school grounds.

But here is the truly bizarre fact about this lonely vending machine: it contained real food! I am not kidding. You could buy actual apples, pears and oranges out of that thing! I remember putting my dime into the slot and watching through the glass window with anticipation as a cold piece of fresh fruit was slowly lowered into the chute by a clever chain-operated conveyor device.

Stalwart American corporations have been hard at work ever since, pursuing new ways to penetrate the chain link fence that surrounds the schoolyards of America, attempting to exploit that juicy, enticing market. Think of it, millions of children held captive inside, all of them just dying to buy something five days a week, nine months of the year!

Soft drink vending machines, for example, were a successful major beachhead for large corporations in the schools. Those machines now generate so much money for school districts across the country that entire school programs would reportedly disappear overnight if we stopped allowing daily sodas to be pumped into our kids while at school.

Hidden from public view is the fact that we are being slammed by the actual cost of this ingenious short-term funding method for education. Epidemics of obesity, type II diabetes and osteoporosis are among the chronic diseases linked to guzzling soda pop.

But perish the thought that any trivial concern such as the health of our children would be considered by school boards as a valid reason to divert corporations from producing profit at any cost!

In fact, the entire fast food industry has been welcomed into many of our schools for budgetary reasons. Now I don’t claim that school lunches once provided noteworthy culinary experiences for my generation in the past, but at least the food contained a few nutrients.

Popular food-like substances have replaced traditional school lunches as school budgets have been strained beyond the limit to pay for such things as special teaching programs for the explosion of autistic children in the school system.

Channel One television has been allowed access to classrooms all across America, presumably as a source of revenue and because kids just aren’t getting a sufficient quantity of commercials at home. Now we also have Bus Radio, a new enterprise that has launched a captivating plan to reach our school children on school buses across the country every day. Thank heavens. We certainly wouldn’t want our kids to have a single free moment to think things over for themselves or have an actual conversation on the bus! This important service is scheduled to begin in many school districts across the country this fall.

Mining the minds and bodies of our children for corporate profit has reached a new pinnacle with the War on Mental Illness. The overall strategy in this war is to check every single man, woman and child in the United States for undiagnosed mental illness.

Our own President George Bush personally backs screening the mental health of the entire U.S. population, including preschool children. Watch out for TeenScreen and other similar self-evaluating surveys to reach a school near you soon.

The urgency of this massive effort is driven, we are told, by the need to stem the tide of suicides among young people. Computerized, ten-minute questionnaires are offered as the first major step in the solution to the suicide epidemic. So far, these tests affirm what many parents have suspected all along, our children are generally crazy! So crazy, in fact, that 71 percent of teens who were screened in Colorado received a label of some type of mental disorder.

Naturally, these young people were all urged to seek a professional evaluation. And what do you suppose happened when they went in to visit the shrink? Nine times out of ten the kid walked out with a prescription for an antidepressant or some other psychoactive drug.

Thank goodness we can trust those doctors with these dangerous and powerful drugs. They do know what they are doing, right? Surely actual tests are being used to measure the underlying “chemical imbalance” these drugs treat, aren’t they? No? Hmm. Okay, then they must be doing brain scans, or brain electrical activity mapping to find the presence of an actual disease, right? No? Cripes! There has to be some kind of physical abnormality that can actually be measured, isn’t there? Well I’ll be, nothing there either. I guess we are just supposed to trust the man in the white coat with his list of behaviors to decide who has what.

This whole effort ends up sticking labels of scary medical diseases on our kids; diseases such as ADHD, bipolar affective disorder and social anxiety disorder. In real life, labels such as these are very difficult to remove.

If there were any way to prevent the unimaginable tragedy of even one single teen suicide, I would not hesitate to lend my support. But here’s a question, do we have an actual suicide epidemic? No. Youthful suicides, rare to begin with, have declined 25 percent in the last decade alone according to official statistics.

But at least the drugs won’t harm the kids though, right? Shockingly, children given psychiatric drugs were reported to be twice as likely to commit suicide as those who took a placebo. Nearly two years ago our own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted that antidepressants cause “suicidality” in pediatric patients.

Does it seem completely insane that we are trying to “prevent” suicide by sending children to doctors so they can begin taking drugs that increase, not decrease their risk for suicide? This sordid state of affairs brings to mind the comment by Robert Price, “Crime is an extension of the sort of behavior that is often considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.”

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the highest number of youth suicides we’ve ever had during the school year — a number we find very frightening.” This statement was recently made by Mike Brose, the executive director of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after six years of screening Tulsa youth using TeenScreen.

Screening has not been shown to be an accurate measure for identifying risk of suicide. We have no evidence that fewer suicides result from screening.

There is insufficient evidence that treating people diagnosed at risk of suicide using psychoactive drugs reduces suicide or mortality. The government admits that treating young people with psychoactive drugs actually increases the risk of suicide.

The whole effort appears to be an elaborate customer recruitment scheme invented by the pharmaceutical industry and backed by the government.

The drug companies have figured out how to infiltrate the nation’s public school system and thereby generate millions of new cases of psychiatric drug dependency.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems the War on Mental Illness has only demonstrated the presence of mass insanity among the ranks of our health leaders, not our children. Worse yet, the collateral damage from this war is unimaginably devastating.

Clearly, many heads need to be examined, but I say we should start with the drug industry leaders and government officials and leave the children out of this.

© Darrel Crain, 2006 All rights reserved.
Comments? Questions? Opinions? Rants? Call Darrel Crain at 619-445-0100

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District @ 9:26 pm | Article ID: 1151382375

Chiropractic President Makes History with Election to CCE Board

Life Chiropractic News

Dr. Guy Riekeman, President at Life University, Makes History with Election to CCE Board

Guy F. Riekeman, D.C.Life University is pleased to announce the election of President Guy F. Riekeman, D.C., to the thirteen member Board of Directors of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), marking the first time in the University’s history that a Life representative has been elected to serve on the CCE leadership in any capacity.

The CCE Board of Directors is the primary policy making body of the CCE and sets the accreditation standards by which institutions are assessed. The Board also elects the individuals who serve on the CCE’s Commission on Accreditation and selects the practitioners and public members who serve on the Board of Directors. Dr. Riekeman was elected to this prestigious position by his peers, the presidents or designees of the nation’s 14 chiropractic colleges.

“The entire Life University community is immensely proud of President Riekeman’s election and confident he will be an invaluable asset to the CCE Board,” said Chuck Ribley, D.C., chair of the Life Board of Trustees. “It is an honor to have Life University and its commitment to vitalistic education represented on this important body and to witness the confidence Dr. Riekeman’s peers have in his steadfast commitment to the accreditation process and his unwavering dedication to upholding the highest standards of education and governance.”

President Riekeman will complete the remaining portion of a three year term concluding January 2007 and then be eligible for an additional three year term of service.

On the Board’s agenda for the coming year is a systematic review and revision of the accreditation standards. Brian J. McAulay, D.C., Ph.D., provost of Life University, has also been appointed to the CCE’s Task Force on Accreditation Standards Improvement, the subcommittee that will develop a proposal regarding the new standards for the Board’s consideration. @ 9:59 pm | Article ID: 1150952347

Child Control & the Chemical Straightjacket

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Have you ever wondered who originally came up with the cruel idea of placing thirty children in a single school classroom day after day, week after week, with only one adult in charge? If you have observed a classroom in session, you know for certain that the majority of the children, particularly the boys, are just barely able to keep a lid on their natural instincts to leap out of their chairs and yell crazy stuff at the top of their lungs while hurling erasers, tennis shoes and apple cores at the girls.

Since I come from a family of schoolteachers and many of my patients are teachers, I am fully aware of the effectiveness of dosing a few of the more boisterous children with Schedule II narcotic stimulants to calm them down. This is especially true for today’s overworked, underpaid teachers who are expected to inspire an entire overcrowded classroom of kids hyped up on sugar and junk food. A chemical straightjacket placed on a handful of the children who can’t control themselves prevents the whole class from erupting into hopeless chaos on a daily basis. Such children are said to have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Troubled by the thought that there may be a slight downside to keeping four million American children amped up on powerful drugs every day, I went straight to the highest authority in the land, the American Psychiatric Association to get their opinion. Our top psychiatric minds had this to say on the subject of drugging children: “Yes, there is overprescribing, but there is also underprescribing.” I am not making this up. Detecting a hint of confusion in their answer, I realized they probably needed our help. It has come to my attention that some readers are having trouble paying attention as well, so my goal is to provide a vital public service that may be of help to all.

The first step of this protocol is for us all to test ourselves to find out if we need professional help, meaning, of course, powerful mood-altering drugs. Ready? Of course you’re not ready! That was just a warm-up question to help you relax and feel more comfortable. The real test is about to begin, so please be honest and answer each question yes or no. Just because you answer “yes” to more than a couple of the questions, it only means you’ve got major social dysfunction, so don’t be nervous.

Okay, here we go: Number one, do you fail to pay close attention to details, make careless mistakes, or get easily distracted? Whoa, that reminds me of that movie where the guy was… Oh, sorry! The test. Number two, are you forgetful in your daily activities? Uh, right. Where was I again? Oh yes, number three, do you have difficulty paying attention? Excuse me, no talking please! Number four, do you have trouble listening when spoken to directly? Hello! Yes you, I’m asking you a question! Look, I’m trying to give a test here, I need you to be quiet. And get back in your seat. I don’t care how old you are, sit down anyway! No, I don’t know where you left your car keys, and don’t you answer your cell phone during class, little mister! Oh forget it, I give up. Finish the test on your own if you can.

Obviously, this is medical science, not rocket science. These test questions are a sample of the ones used by actual doctors to diagnose ADD or ADHD. They don’t rely on brain scans, blood tests, or any definitive tests to make the diagnosis, so why should you? But how can we be sure these are actual diseases that require children to consume a daily diet of narcotics just to function in public places?

Chemical Straightjacket Pills“ADHD doesn’t exist–it is not a physical abnormality, and as such bears no risk of causing physical injury or death as does every drug used in its treatment,” says Dr. Fred Baughman. He is an expert who has written extensively on the subject and rejects the idea that millions of children have a psychoactive drug deficiency. Pediatrician and author Dr. Lendon Smith agrees, “It is too bad that psychiatrists have failed to recognize that if a stimulant acts as a calming agent, then they must shore up the flagging enzyme that is under-producing.” He refers to the production of norepinephrine and the ability of the brain to disregard unimportant stimuli. Dr. Smith found during more than 55 years of practice that supplementation with magnesium, calcium, vitamin B6 and essential fatty acids and avoidance of milk helped many overactive children to remain calm.

A nine-year-old boy we’ll call Eric came to my office after being diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed stimulants to control his behavior. A key underlying physical problem was missed by the family doctor: Eric had a perpetual need to relieve internal stresses caused by chronic production of flatus, in a word, gas. Social etiquette clearly prevented him from cutting loose at school except when he was out on the playground, and even then he had to watch which way the wind was blowing. I don’t know about you, but if I were Eric I’d be wiggling in my seat and find it difficult to pay attention if all my attention was forever focused on considering which one is worse, internal or external combustion?

Antisocial behaviors of children may be due to numerous underlying causes, such as mercury and lead toxicity, food allergies, nutrient deficiencies, vertebral subluxation, hearing or visual problems, hypoglycemia, thyroid problems, or even gas, to name a few. Is it possible many of the four million children currently taking ADHD drugs have underlying problems their doctor missed? Many experts believe so. Does taking drugs really help these kids focus and get ahead? We really do not know, because no long-term follow-up studies have ever been done to find out. Are the drugs safe? Writer Lisa Richwine recently reported, “An FDA (Food and Drug Administration) report from April, 2004 noted 51 U.S. deaths among patients taking ADHD medicines. Other reports described high blood pressure, chest pain, heart attacks, strokes, irregular heart beats and fainting.”

The pharmacologic action of ADHD drugs is nearly identical to cocaine, but its effect on brain receptor sites is even more potent. This perhaps explains why an additional million people regularly crush up the pills and snort the powder up their nose to get high at college parties and the like. This illicit use accounts for fully a fifth of all use of ADHD drugs. Interestingly, unlike other Schedule II narcotics such as amphetamines and cocaine, all ADHD drugs consumed illicitly are made by the original manufacturers. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) ranks this class of drugs near the top of the list of stolen drugs.

But enough about chemicals. Even though my answers to the above questions fully qualify me for an ADHD diagnosis, I think I’ll just stick to coffee for artificial stimulation. Let’s see now, what was I just thinking? It’ll come to me in a minute. Listen, I’ll be right back, I’m going to just step outside for a moment.

© Darrel Crain, 2006 All rights reserved.
Comments? Questions? Opinions? Rants? Call Darrel Crain at 619-445-0100

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
President, CCA San Diego County District @ 8:54 pm | Article ID: 1150948478

Leaving for College

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

This week, my son John graduated from high school. There we sat in the stadium bleachers, my wife and I, crying, laughing, and feeling every shade of emotion in between. We were surrounded by hundreds of other proud parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandmothers of every shape and size all crying, laughing and getting emotional right along with us.

My wife and I assured each other more than once that our baby boy would be okay this fall when he moves away to college. “I guess he’ll be all right, won’t he?” she asked. “He’ll probably be fine, stop worrying!” I said. And so on.

It seems like only two weeks ago we were sitting on a school lawn for the kindergarten graduation ceremony/picnic when Nancy turned to me and asked, “Do you think he’ll be okay in first grade?” As I recall, I told her, “Don’t worry honey, he’ll be fine.”

Facing the rapid passage of time as only graduations can make you do, I was reminded of the old saying, “Time flies like the wind, and fruit flies like the bananas.” Actually, I was trying to think of a different saying, but that was the one that came to mind.

We have several friends with experience in sending their kids away to college who have recently offered us sage advice such as, “Watch out for the Empty Nest Syndrome!” Of course, whenever we hear someone say watch out, the Empty Nest Syndrome is instantly triggered and deepened.

Typically, my wife responds with a bleary, thoughtful look in her eyes and says, “Well, at least our nest will only be half-empty!” I correct her helpfully, “No honey, our nest will be half-full, not half-empty!” That is because our 13-year-old boy Charlie is still at home, dividing his free hours equally between quality time with his computer and pulling up a chair to rummage through the refrigerator for something to eat.

At any rate, there is no doubt that a pharmaceutical company somewhere is working on a new drug to treat Empty Nest Syndrome. Perhaps they will call the drug Imzolonsum, or Mykidsamisin. The marketing department is charged with giving the syndrome a scary sounding name befitting an expensive new drug, such as Acute Offspring Absentia Hyperdespondency Disorder, or something.

Our son has decided to major in engineering at college. Someone suggested the bumper sticker, “Don’t drink and derive. Alcohol and calculus don’t mix!”

Which reminds me of the other night when my wife and I were discussing the many marvelous experiences and opportunities awaiting our son along the path of higher education, as well as the perils, landmines and pitfalls he must navigate.

Pitfalls at college are basically the same pitfalls of regular life. They fall into one of two basic categories: those that result from dumb luck and those that result from poor judgment. As it turns out, poor judgment plays the leading role in the drama of life.

All who have attended college know firsthand that alcohol is a major danger in that setting. A Harvard study of alcohol abuse among college students concluded that the combined number of alcohol-related deaths of students is about 1,400 per year. This includes hazing, the time-honored fraternity tradition that claims the lives of several young men each year who end up drinking themselves into oblivion just to be accepted by their frat brothers.

Other college hazards include the reportedly widespread illicit use of prescription drugs. Ritalin and other prescription narcotics are commonly snorted as party drugs or taken as stay-up-all-night study aids. These drugs are dangerous too, accounting for an estimated 3,000 admissions into the emergency rooms of America each year.

Ah yes, the opportunity to experience the consequences of poor judgment abound, though not necessarily bad choices made by my son. Standard medical policies at John’s new college stand out as a major danger to his health and well-being.

As Northrop Frye wrote, “We must reject that most dismal and fatuous notion that education is a preparation for life.” No kidding.

For example, among the many risks faced by college freshmen, why is the risk of meningitis singled out as requiring special attention? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), students living in college dormitories have only a “modestly increased risk for meningococcal disease relative to other persons their age,” not living in dormitories. Why is a vaccine recommended rather than acknowledging that the risk of meningitis is linked directly to risky behaviors the students should learn to control?

“Upper respiratory tract infection and crowding have long been known to be risk factors for meningitis. More recently, other factors have also been linked to the disease, including spending time in bars, binge drinking and smoking,” according to the Southern Medical Journal.

Hepatitis B vaccine is also recommended by my son’s new school, even though it is very difficult to get the disease. In fact, contracting hepatitis B requires astoundingly poor judgment. The vaccine was originally developed to protect a population that habitually uses heroin, shares needles with other addicts and has sex with multiple partners and/or prostitutes. Someone figured out too late that this population had zero interest in protecting its health with a vaccine. However, since the vaccine cost several hundred million dollars to develop, it was necessary to invent a market for the new vaccine to recapture the investment. This is why babies, teenagers and college students have been targeted, not because they are particularly at risk.

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort ’em as much as you please,” advised Mark Twain.

If we ask the question, “Has a single disease ever been shown to be vaccine-preventable?” the answer is no. If someone tells you otherwise, please ask for the source of their information, where it was published and then share it with the rest of us.

“Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn,” according to the old Greek proverb. It is a hard lesson to learn that well-intended medical interventions such as vaccines account for a large portion of the toxic heavy metals and chemical neurotoxins that limit our bodies’ ability to be healthy. Reports of vaccine-induced degenerative diseases are widely published in the medical literature; diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, autism, asthma, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

For our society as a whole, the primary cause of the multiple epidemics of chronic illness is not genetic. Risk factors under our own control, such as self-destructive habits, poor nutrition and a lack of exercise in the fresh air are the underlying factors leading to heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes and cancer.

As George Santayana pointed out, “Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.” I would only add that knowledge of innate healing also makes healthiness possible.

And so, as we prepare to send our baby off to college, we shall remind him of the timeless wisdom so aptly expressed by Josh Billings, “As scarce as the truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.”

© Darrel Crain, 2006 All rights reserved.
Comments? Questions? Opinions? Rants? Call Darrel Crain at 619-445-0100 @ 9:52 pm | Article ID: 1150779174

Paying off your chiropractic student loans

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The April student loan consolidation article resulted in some e-mails regarding consolidation of federal chiropractic student loans. Some of the comments received have been posted here. The most important student loan news I received was from a lender who gets adjusted in my chiropractic office in Los Angeles. She said federal student loan rates are going up on July 1, 2006. The 1.84 point increase will be the second largest in the history of the student loan program.

chiropractic student loans
More student loan tips…
Another important thing to do before you consolidate your chiropractic school loans is find out up front which of your loans are Subsidized and which are Non-Subsidized. Many people don’t even know they have two different types of loans. The Subsidized loan amount can be put into deferment, many times for 2 years minimum and will not accumulate any additional balance. It just sits there. Meanwhile, you double up on your Non-Subsidized loans and aggressively pay off as much as you can. Hold off buying the latest BMW, trips to Las Vegas, investments, etc… until you’ve paid off a good portion. For me, that was 50%. I rewarded myself with a new car after I had paid off half of my loans. You need to send in a request to the loan consolidator with each payment, that your payment is to go towards the Non-Subsidized portion of the loan ONLY. You also should follow up with a monthly phone call to make sure that this was done. Again, your Subsidized loan sits there and gathers no moss (i.e., extra debt!) I was actually told this trick by a loan officer that worked for my consolidator.

I estimated that I saved 12k by doing it this way when I factored in how long I would be paying the larger note off and by making minimum payments. I paid off over 70,000 dollars in debt within 5 years on a beginning chiropractor’s salary. Make it like a game so you don’t feel resentment about paying off those loans. You have the rest of your life to make that awesome income for your hard efforts of restoring life to your community. Don’t let the loan balances intimidate you! Reward yourself along the way but live within your means!

Also, don’t forget your Rights and Responsibilities…

Your Rights:
1) With each loan disbursement, you received a loan disclosure statement from your lender which listed your interest rate, estimated total interest costs and total indebtedness. 2) You are entitled to receive a repayment schedule before your payment is due. 3) If your loan is sold or transferred, you will be notified in writing and given the name, address and phone number of the new holder. 4) Once repayment begins, if you have difficulty making payments, you may request a deferment or forbearance.

Your Responsibilities:
1) Once you have signed your student loan promissory note and endorsed your check or accepted your EFT funds, you have made a legal agreement to adhere to certain responsibilities which begin while you are still in school. 2) You need to inform the holder of the loan if any of the following changes: Name – Address, phone number – Transfer to another school – Leave of absence or withdrawal from school – New graduation date

Take paying off your student loans seriously, there is a sense of pride and accomplishment when those final payments have been made, giving you the freedom to move forward on your journey of success. @ 1:34 pm | Article ID: 1150662890

The Chiropractic Imposter

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

I have been wanting to tell you this story for about a month now. Quite frankly I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to offend anyone. Clearly that is not my intention but until I write about this patient to you, I am afraid the story will keep on haunting me.

I have a patient, I will call her Mary for arguments sake. Well Mary has been coming to me at least once a week for about 20 years. She has remained asymptomatic for most of that time except for a few car accidents she had and a few stupid things she did, overall she felt good most of the time. Mary is in her 80’s now and she still works in a discount retail store full time.

About 6 months ago she fell at work. She broke her arm and hurt her low back. In our state an employee must go to one of the doctors on the employers workers compensation list for 90 days after they injure themselves. After 90 days if they haven’t been released they can then see the doctor of their choice.

Mary came into my office almost immediately after her injury and told me of her plight. She told me she was going to go to the Medical group that her employer approved and that they had a Chiropractor on staff and that she would come back to me after they released her. She was planning to do whatever they wanted her to do because she was afraid that they would not pay her weekly compensation if she did not cooperate. I have seen Mary through several injuries and I knew she needed regular Chiropractic care along with any other treatment that she decided to participate in. I offered to continue to take care of her without charging her any more than what she usually pays on her monthly maintenance fee but she declined because again she was afraid that she would lose her compensation if somehow they found out.

A few times during the next three months Mary would stop by my office to say hi and assure me that she was going to come back as soon as she could. She told me that the Chiropractor seldom adjusted her and the few occasions that he did do something to her that he would only adjust where it hurt. He never gave her a full spine adjustment in three months. I know Mary’s neck and her atlas can’t hold an adjustment more than a week let alone three months let alone three months after a trauma. She would then turn around and leave my office subluxated again operating out of fear.

After 3 months Mary returned again. Now I explained about the 90 day rule again and she decided to stay. The only problem was that I wasn’t sure if maybe by this time it was too late. Too late for what you are probably thinking. Maybe not too late for her back pain which incidentally remained but more importantly too late for her life. She looked more dead than alive. She was a physical wreck. She hurt everywhere. Not just her spine. She had all kinds of visceral pain too. She was totally depressed and convinced that she would never be well enough to work again which for her would be as bad as being dead. She had lost all hope. She had been dying for three months while she was under regular chiropractic care, or was she under chiropractic care at all? Was she going to an imposter? I don’t doubt that the doctor had good intentions although truthfully I don’t know this to be the case yet the point is that she was subluxated and when you are subluxated you are dying. Sometimes you die quicker than other times but if your nerve channels aren’t open up then you can not express life or health to your optimum through your nervous system and you are dying.

The Chiropractic Imposter – Continued
We left off with Mary coming back as a patient in my office after not being adjusted for three months.

Mary had lost her will to live. She felt so bad physically that she had become severely depressed emotionally and every word that came out of her mouth was extremely negative and often sounded very desperate. After coming in to my office for several weeks she still felt terrible. She came in the office complaining about how she felt and left complaining. She had lost hope that chiropractic was going to help her this time and she couldn’t imagine her life living as she had been living.

I have open room adjusting and I started to dread her visits. She would complain to any person who would listen. She would tell them that chiropractic had worked for her in the past but it wasn’t helping her this time. She would tell the patients that it was nothing against me personally but she would go on to tell them how bad she felt.

One day a few months ago she came in the office and there were no other patients in the office. I said to myself as I entered the adjusting room – uh-oh. She will have me to herself. I will never get away from her. She will try to wear me down but I will again tell her how I think that she can still get well and she will again then try to convince me otherwise. She started on me from the minute she entered the office and talked through her whole adjustment and got up and complained even more. I had enough. I couldn’t stand it anymore. I did something that I have never done in 22 years of practice. I raised my voice to a patient. I told her that if she kept talking like that then she was going to die. I told her that her mind believed what her mouth kept saying and that she wasn’t helping her healing by not believing that she could get better. True I was tired of her talking about her symptoms but more importantly it was not doing her any good. If she didn’t change she was going to die. She stood there silent and looked at me in shock. I had finally spoke up and stood up to her dis-eased mind. I took a stand for her. She was not her symptoms. She was becoming more and more sick because you get more of what you focus on. She stood there absolutely silent for a few seconds and then she burst out crying. I looked into her eyes and saw her pain and I burst out crying too. I walked towards her to give her a hug and she ran out of my adjusting room and out of my office. I truly doubted that I would ever see her again. Maybe asking her to change was too much to ask. I didn’t call her. I stood my ground and I waited.

Two days later she walked in my office got adjusted and left. She hardly said a word. Every two days she came back. She didn’t say a word about our previous conversation. A matter of fact a few months went by and she still hasn’t said a word about that confrontational day.

Last month she returned to her job. Every week she gets better and better. Last week she came in the office with her new boyfriend. She was proud to bring him in to meet us. She is alive. Again.

Thank God for Chiropractic. @ 12:31 pm | Article ID: 1150659116

Taking Care of (Chiropractic) Business

By Sharon Gorman, Chiropractor

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go into our chiropractic office and love, serve and give all day without dealing with insurance companies and taking care of some difficult patients and having to manage the business part of your office. I find the loving, serving and giving to be the easy part. The trick is to be able to deal with all the other parts and still feel like being a loving, giving and serving kind of person. I have a tendency to want to ignore the other parts of running a business. Pretty early on I got to see that I couldn’t get away with that for long. I had to then put systems in my office that worked. I had to learn how to manage and empower a staff to perform at their best so that they can keep up with the big vision. Once all that was in place I had to realize that if I want to continue to have a successful practice and I want my practice to continue to grow then I must have systems in place and people in place that are accountable for whatever piece of the pie that I assign them. I realize that I have to be willing to pay people to do the parts of the business that I don’t want to do and that they are capable of doing.

Here’s where I sometimes still get myself in trouble. I can’t assume that all is well unless I continue to check on the systems and people and make sure that all is well and all is staying well. I need to constantly update my systems and constantly monitor my stats and check my checks and balances. It’s not that there is anything wrong with any of it – that is my job.

That’s the part that I have got to remind myself – that’s my job. There are parts of my job that are actually work. I am so spoiled by being a Chiropractor. I love what I do so much that I actually look forward to going to work in the morning. You would think that it is all fun and games but it is not. Face it, accept it and then you can embrace it. Set it up so that your systems work in such a way that you don’t have to use all of your energies monitoring things. Put staff members in place who are responsible and not high maintenance kind of people. Hire grown ups who can be accountable for their work. Set up a system of monitoring. Just like you set up regular staff meetings, set up regular auditing times. If you set it up right this will all serve to set you free. When you know everything is handled then you can allow yourself the permission necessary to focus on the people in your practice rather than the mechanics. Once free you can express the loving, serving and giving that you showed up in the first place to express. Set it up so you win, set it up so that your staff wins and set it up so that the people you serve win. Have a vision to create this harmony and then you can create it. Taking responsibility for your business is the first step. Don’t allow yourself to feel that you are a victim of your staff or your patients or anyone else. Act don’t re-act.

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July 8 – 7:00 PM with Bob Tarantino and Tony Panzica

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. @ 12:28 pm | Article ID: 1150313299

A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

“Doc, I’m pretty sure I need some of those big green pills, you know, like the ones on television.”

“Really? What are your symptoms?”

“Well, I feel like I’m the guy in the TV commercial standing next to the telephone. I can’t pick it up because I’m scared to death who might be calling me!”

“Ah, sounds to me like a classic case of Electronic Communication Initiation Rejection Disorder. I know just what you need — the little yellow pill.”

“Wait a minute, doc. I don’t want to tell you your job or anything, but I think the little yellow pill is for chicks. I saw that commercial the other day. This girl is standing outside the big picture window and she’s afraid to go in and join the party. I don’t need the little yellow pill, I need the big green pill!”

“No Jimmy, I’m afraid you’re wrong. The woman in that commercial suffers from Social Avoidance Dysfunctional Anxiety Disorder. She needs the orange pill with black polka dots, remember?”

“Oh yeah, I…”

“Don’t worry, Jimmy. It’s a common mistake. All these 30-second pharmaceutical drug education service announcements can be confusing. I’m sure you’ve seen the ad with the mother standing outside the kindergarten classroom looking all panicky and her daughter says, “What’s wrong Mommy?” She obviously has a bad case of Primary Retrograde Personality Deficit Complex. She needs that little yellow pill, and so do you!”

“But I don’t have that personality deficit thing like she’s got, do I? Or does it include a fear of telephones too? Anyway, Doc, what would the guys think if they knew I was taking a chick pill?”

“Jimmy, Jimmy, trust me, I’m the doctor here! That pill isn’t just for women. Look, the trouble is, a 30-second drug commercial is not long enough for the drug experts to explain all the facts about the drug.”

“You mean, at the end when the voice talks really fast about all the side effects?”

“No, I mean this drug was approved as a gender neutral drug!”


“Listen Jimmy,” said the doctor, lowering his voice, “If you were any other patient I probably wouldn’t tell you this, but the little yellow pill and the big green pill are really the same drug, just packaged and marketed differently!”

“You’re kidding!”

“No, that’s the honest truth. The drug salesman was here just yesterday and told me the secret. It’s all good though. I get the same perks no matter which drug I prescribe.”

“Well then, Doc, if it’s all the same to you, I’d just as soon you prescribe me the big green pills, in case my friends see me taking them.”

The story you have just read could actually have happened, even though I made it up. The names have been changed to protect… uh, well, actually I changed the names to protect myself from lawsuits brought by Big Pharma for making fun of how the really big drug lords push drugs: on television and radio, in addition to magazines and newspapers.

Ever since 1997, when it became legal to advertise on radio and TV, the public airwaves have become more and more saturated with direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertising. This has literally changed the way people go about getting their prescription drugs. We now self-medicate with the latest, least-tested, most expensive, most-heavily advertised prescription drugs out there. No longer do we need to limit our self-medicating habits to a six-pack of beer, a few shots of scotch or some other recreational drug.

As the old saying goes, “A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.” Tell the doctor which pill you want, based on which advertisement you like best, and bingo! Four minutes later you walk out of the doctor’s office and head to the pharmacy clutching the prescription you asked for.

Doctors really do write the exact prescription people request about 70 percent of the time, according to Ray Strand in his book, Death by Prescription. Drug companies are well aware of this fact. That is why they don’t even blink about spending $4 billion every year on DTC marketing.

The United States and New Zealand, alone in the world, allow DTC drug advertising. The absurd claim that these ads are somehow educational or provide important patient information would be laughable if the consequences weren’t so tragic.

“Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it,” wrote Stephen Leacock.

The normal ups and downs of daily life are steadily being transformed by advertising into made-up diseases. We learn that these new, invented diseases must be treated with powerful, dangerous and expensive drugs. In the process, we are diverted from our traditional wisdom and robbed of natural solutions for creating health, navigating the challenges of life, and dying peacefully with dignity.

A hail and hearty group of medical educators and health groups have now banded together to put an end to this process, and they deserve our support.

These people are sickened by the deliberate and systematic destruction of common sense in primary health care that is promoted by DTC drug advertising. A bill shall soon be brought before Congress, called the Public Health Protection Act. The goal is an outright ban on prescription advertising over the public airwaves.

What about regulation instead of a ban? Any attempt at regulating the DTC beast, other than a total ban, must fail. This following important warning comes from Solon, one of the seven wise men of ancient Greece: “Laws are like spider’s webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.”

We know regulation would fail because the FDA already fails miserably to regulate the content of advertising that goes out to doctors. Unfortunately, doctors routinely decide which drugs to prescribe based on these marketing materials. Of course this, in itself, wouldn’t be so bad if only the claims in these brochures came from verifiable scientific evidence and data!

Alas, the brochures are full of ad copy written by professional marketers. Researchers have noted that only six percent of the promotional materials they studied contain statements that were scientifically supported by identifiable medical literature.

“We chat together; he gives me prescriptions; I never follow them so I get well,” wrote the great French playwright, Moliére. Perhaps we should all follow his example. Just say no! to the man on TV, when he says, “Ask your doctor if XYZ drug is right for you!”

I say it is time to take away Big Pharma’s authority to come into the living rooms of America and hawk their dangerous wares. “Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority,” Thomas Huxley sagely noted.

“Doc, I just changed my mind,” Jimmy said suddenly. “I just figured out you are suffering from Chronic Pharmacy Psychobabble Hyperdementia Disorder! Hold onto your big green pills. You can keep the little yellow pills too, as well as the orange ones with black polka dots. But please don’t flush any of that hazardous stuff down the toilet, you may poison someone downstream!” @ 9:55 pm | Article ID: 1150174532

Do a Little Extra Chiropractic Today

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Well maybe I don’t really mean DO a little extra. Maybe I mean BE a little extra. I’m not asking for you to add something else to your “to do list.” Do what you do with a little more LOVE. Do it with a little more STYLE. When you are with your people in the office take an extra second to look them in the eye, connect with them. Take an extra second to give them a hug or maybe it works better for you to shake their hand or touch them on their arm or shoulder. CONNECT with them. Get out of your comfort zone a little bit and acknowledge them for being in your life.

Tell them that you are proud of them, especially your staff. Listen to them a little bit more. Let them see your human side. Laugh with them a little. Smile at them for no apparent reason at all. All this won’t hurt you a bit or cost you a dime. It is that little extra that we give without even knowing that it will come back to us that makes us have that something SPECIAL about us. Give out of your abundance, love out of your abundance and serve out of your abundance. If you are not sure if you are abundant or that life has been treating you fairly then it is that much more important that you give of yourself. If you don’t believe that your world is deserving of your best face then you know that I am especially talking to you today. If you need to “act as if,” your actions that you choose to perform today can break you of the cycle of thinking that your life isn’t working out the way that you think that it should and CAN change your world as you break the cycle for no other reason than you could. You can choose to be an instrument of God and GOOD in your life today! You can choose to DO A LITTLE EXTRA. Tell one EXTRA person your truth about Chiropractic today.

One more thought, here’s a cool idea. How about taking a camera to work today and taking some pictures of your patients and filling up your bulletin board with their smiling faces. Do a theme, a kids board or a family board or a board of patients that have been under regular care for longer than a year. You will make a lot of people’s day today. People love to be recognized and acknowledged. Have a lot of fun today.

Next Focus Philosophy Night
July 8 – 7:00pm with Bob Tarantino and Tony Panzica

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. Staff and Potential Students are always Welcome too!

Coming August 12, 2006 – Rob Shiffman (He is the largest solo practitioner in the country!)
Coming September 9, 2006 – Paula Hedgelon (Florida) @ 8:20 am | Article ID: 1149780057