Month: July 2006

Give thanks each day for everything you have

By James Sigafoose, Chiropractor

For years, Dr. James Sigafoose has been sharing a positive message of chiropractic with all that will listen. He has spoken at thousands of events attended by chiropractors and the general public. While this content is intended for doctors of chiropractic, “the message” here can be utilized and acted upon by anyone.

You can’t do anything at all, that you don’t think you can. If you can see it, and fully believe it, no mater what, nor how big, you can do it in Gods time, not yours.

If you wish to grow your practice, grow your bank account, enlarge or grow in any way, you can do it through thot, if you see it clearly, not give it up, or become weak, and apply action.

Everything including you is and was provided by a supreme intelligence, so where do you think a bigger practice and income is going to come from. Not by doubt, not from a friend, not by thinking all the reasons you can’t or won’t. No… by seeing, believing, and dependence on a greater power and intelligence then you.

See your practice, the way you want it to be, not the way it is, see your patients, the way you want them to be, not as they are, see all your affairs, and life as you want it to be, give thanks for it as though it already has been done, then simply act and become the person that owns that.

Give thanks each day for everything you have including yourself, health, wealth, children etc. Then give thanks for everything you have that is in the 4th dimension, that is it hasn’t materialized yet, but will as it is yours, based on belief, and thankfulness. It works, it always has, it always will. How strong are you to see, believe, you have something you can’t see or have evidence of? That’s up to you, and I will help you do that, but you have to start, and be willing.

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Editor’s note: Words like “thot” are purposely spelled phonetically on this web site.
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Chiropractic 101: An Aspiring Chiropractor

Planet Chiropractic News

Dear Dr. Michael Dorausch,
My name is Melissa, and this fall I will be a junior at the University of Southern California. I am writing you this email because I am interested in being a chiropractor. I have done some research online and while looking around, I found your website (ADIOLA). Seeing your ambition, personality, dedication, and love of your career and life is very inspiring. I was wondering, since I am still trying to figure things out about this career, if you would be willing to give me some advice and your general opinion about this field of work. What was it that got you interested in being a chiropractor? What kind of schooling did you have to go though? What would you say are the pros and cons of your career? I do have many more questions, but if there is any other information that you would be willing to share, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my email. I look forward to hearing from you.

Dear Melissa,
Thank you for the e-mail. You have summarized many questions hundreds or even thousands of people are seeking answers to. I’ll address each of your questions individually as to offer some good solid information so that you (and others) can make some well-informed decisions related to chiropractic. The decision to become a chiropractor, or pursue any lifelong career, is one that requires some serious introspection and thought. By asking questions such as these, you are already on the right path.

1) Would you be willing to give me some advice and your general opinion about this field of work?

Los Angeles chiropractor demonstrates side posture adjustment.The Field of Chiropractic
I would visit some (if not many) chiropractic offices in your area. Since you’re in Southern California you are welcome to come visit us in Marina del Rey. I know of hundreds of chiropractic offices throughout the United States and Canada that would welcome prospective students into their businesses for an introduction to chiropractic practice. Most chiropractors I know are very passionate about their practices and are quite supportive of new doctors and prospective students. When you meet the right people, the love and support you will receive will be a big bonus to having selected chiropractic as a career choice.

Chiropractic Schools and Colleges
I would get in contact with at least four different chiropractic schools and talk to advisers and current chiropractic students there. If you are planning to stay in California, I would advise a visit to Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward (the Bay area) and Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. You can get the essentials to be a successful chiropractor in nearly any chiropractic College in the US. Some schools offer a greater diversity of chiropractic techniques than others. Personally, I would not recommend attending a school that did not offer at least three hands-on adjustive techniques. It is also important that the school you choose supports alternative techniques via clubs or visiting chiropractic lecturers. For example, Cleveland Chiropractic College and Life West offer well-rounded chiropractic technique courses and welcome a number of visiting experts in the field of technique to their campuses.

Create a 10 Year Chiropractic Success Plan
Those that fail to plan, plan to fail. The trenches alongside the potentially joyous road of chiropractic are full of those that just couldn’t make things work. They will be there to attack an attempt to drag you into the trenches alongside them. They’ll be there every step of the way, while you’re in school, when you graduate, during national and state exams, and when you open your first practice. This is not unique to chiropractic, you will discover negative, disillusioned, and frustrated people regardless of the career path you choose. A famous chiropractic author, Dr. Fred Barge, once authored a book entitled “Life Without Fear.” It may be too heavy of a book to read when first starting school, but I’d recommend it to every individual about to graduate.

If you already have your bachelors of science degree and/or have all entrance requirements met to begin chiropractic school you still have about five years of education and examinations ahead of you. Poor planning can get you into financial trouble. It becomes easier then to blame chiropractic and/or your schooling for something that was your responsibility (and dream) to begin with. The better you plan, the better your chances of succeeding. Don’t let anyone steal your dreams.

Assuming you’re paying for your own education, try to curb the following behaviors during your educational years…

1) Don’t buy expensive cars. If you need a car, get an affordable and reliable fuel-efficient automobile that will last throughout your school years.
2) Borrow the minimal amount of student loans that you can. Don’t go to Las Vegas with your student loan money. Do your best to only use student loan money for school related expenses.
3) Live close to school so you don’t have a major commute. If you’re going to commute see if you can hook up with classmates so that you can study to and from school each day.
4) If you are single, get a roommate or two (preferably ones that are also chiropractic students).
5) If you’re planning on getting pregnant, figure that into your 10-year plan so that you can better manage the transition from student and/or new doctor to mother.
6) While in school, work anywhere you can that is related to chiropractic (office work, spinal screenings, assisting at seminars and continuing education courses).
7) Make as many chiropractic contacts as you can and keep in touch with those contacts regularly.
8) Choose your relationships carefully (I have no clue how someone does this). I was blessed to meet someone that grew with me while I was in school. I cannot imagine my experience in chiropractic without her.

Ambition, Personality, Dedication, and Love of your Career and Life
In my opinion, if you can move forward with ambition, dedication, love for your career and life, and improve your personality by just a smidgen each day, you can make a tremendous difference not only in your world, but the world of those around you. I’d like to think that I’d be just as excited and dedicated if I were a rock star, school bus driver, airline pilot, veterinarian, or whatever career path I chose. We all possess these qualities, it’s what we do with them that makes the difference. Remove ambition and a career in chiropractic will be a dark and dull path. Lack of dedication will almost guarantee failure. In many ways, chiropractic practice requires more discipline and dedication than other health-care fields do. Most of us are solo practitioners and if we don’t show up to work people will suffer. In some other fields, if you don’t show up for work someone will cover your shift. A dedication to getting sick people well and keeping the well from getting sick creates a love for your career and your life, as far as I’m concerned.

Love is all You Need
I use voice recognition software when writing articles and my wife overheard me speaking to the computer and began singing “love is all you need.” I said, that’s great. I was just going to mention that if you have love (love for yourself) you’ll have a difficult time doing poorly in chiropractic. People will want what you have and will be in fair exchange to receive it (love) from you.

That’s my advice so far and I’m still on question number one. Watch for the next article as I share my general opinion on the field work of chiropractic. After that we still have three or four more questions to answer. I’ll get to those but for now I have to go to “work.”

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Dr. Michael Dorausch is a chiropractic graduate Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, California. As a student, Michael was influential in bringing numerous successful chiropractors to the campus so that students and faculty could hear what it was like in the field. He could not have done this without the strong support of fellow students, local (and not so local) chiropractors, and key faculty members, all of whom volunteered their time and energy without expectation of financial reward. Scenarios surrounding these events were influential in the creation of @ 11:44 am | Article ID: 1154295921

World Federation of Chiropractic Elects New President

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has elected Gerard W. Clum, D.C. as the new president of the organization. Dr. Clum is representing the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) in the northern region.
Dr. Gerry Clum is also president of Life Chiropractic College West, which is located in Hayward, California.

— From WFC news —
On June 27, 2006, at the annual meeting of the Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, the election of the Executive of the WFC each of whom will serve a two-year term in their newly elected posts was completed.

Following the pattern of past elections those elected ascended through the chairs of the WFC. The newly elected Executive is:

  • President: Gerard W. Clum, D.C. representing the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) in the North American Region
  • First Vice President: Stathis Papadopoulos, D.C. of Cyprus representing the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Second Vice President: Michael Flynn, D.C. representing the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) in the North American Region
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Dennis Richards, D.C of the Chiropractic Association of Australia as representing the Pacific Region
  • Past President: Anthony Metcalfe, D.C. of the U.K. as the representative of the European region.

During the past two years, under the continuing strong leadership of the WFC Council and President Dr Tony Metcalfe, well-planned, open and consistent pursuit of important goals has produced major successes for the future of the profession. One has been the international consensus on an identity for the chiropractic profession – the spinal health care experts within mainstream healthcare. Another has been the publication of the WHO Guidelines on chiropractic education which will undoubtedly do more to protect and advance the separate identity of the chiropractic profession than any other single project in the history of the profession.
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The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has national associations of chiropractors in 85 countries as its voting members, and represents them and the chiropractic profession internationally. The WFC has been a non-governmental organization or NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1997, and collaborates with many similar associations representing other healthcare professions.

The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) is the world’s oldest international chiropractic professional organization representing nearly 8,000 practitioners, students, chiropractic assistants, educators and lay persons world-wide dedicated to the growth and development of the chiropractic profession based on its fundamental principles and philosophy.

Life Chiropractic College West (Hayward, California)
Life Chiropractic College West, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. The College provides solid academic and clinical experience, featuring an integrated emphasis on chiropractic philosophy and technique.

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Editor’s note: While there is no mention of the term subluxation on the WFC homepage, there is use of the term spinal adjustment. Electing Dr. Gerry Clum as president is a step in a good direction for chiropractic.

Technical trivia: it was Dr. Bobby Braile (former ICA president) that registered the domain: CHIROPRACTIC.ORG on May 20, 1996 @ 7:16 pm | Article ID: 1154150236

Too Fat for Chiropractic?

by Phat chiropractor, Michael Dorausch

lumbar x-ray chiropracticHave you ever had someone so big (as in heavy) in your chiropractic office that you just could not fit them in front of the x-ray Bucky? You get out your calipers and the end falls off when trying to make the measurement. You glance at your patient’s belly, then at your bucky, and finally at your x-ray tube. You begin wondering when was the last time it was serviced. Will it hold out? Now I’m not trying to make fun of people, this is a serious issue. And either way, I know if you are taking x-rays you’ve been in this situation before.

Well, I saw a Reuters article today that said more Americans are too fat for x-rays and MRI scans. Basically the article read like a sales promotion for new MRI equipment and specialized scanners such as ultrasound and CT. According to the article, there is definitely an increasing problem in successfully getting clear and viewable x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, and CT scans.

Over the years, I have had some big patients come through my office. If you’re an upper cervical practitioner, no problem. I doubt there is rarely any issue for getting some clean cervical (neck) films so there you are covered. But what if you’re a full spine practitioner? What if your chiropractic technique is x-ray dependent such as Gonstead? I can’t imagine anyone getting a good full spine x-ray on a 400 pound individual without having some pretty serious equipment.

I’m just making up the 400 pound part, I am not really sure how fat is considered too fat for x-ray. According to the Reuters article, radiologists have a term for things they can’t see on x-ray, MRIs and such, due to obesity. They call it body habitus.

I don’t know about the rest of you but it is the habitus in our office to refer out under those circumstances. I personally haven’t had any problem adjusting people of any size, you just have to get creative sometimes. We’ve got some former WWF 300 pound plus boys coming into our office. (Is it me or do these kinds of guys tend to whine a lot?) No offense guys but if your nickname is “refrigerator” or “bus” I’m going to refer you out when any lumbar or thoracic related x-rays are desired.

Yes, getting adjusted is a whole other story. Again, upper cervical has got to beat any chiropractic technique when it comes to subluxation correction on a larger sized patient. I just can’t imagine someone clicking an activator on a 300 pound man or woman. If you don’t take x-rays just go on with what you’re doing and never mind all this fuss.

Either way, remember this… all sizes of people benefit from chiropractic care. From big and tall to super small, subluxations, we fix them all.

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Dr. Mike Dorausch is a chiropractor residing in Venice, California. He’s got a PHAT chiropractic office on the Westside of Los Angeles. He takes care of people of all sizes… big and small, short or tall. @ 6:21 pm | Article ID: 1154060497

Flu Vaccine for Pregnant Moms

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

How is it possible that the wealthiest nation on the planet has an infant mortality rate higher than just about every other industrialized country? Help is finally on the way for solving this dilemma, or so I thought when I first noticed the headlines announcing new recommendations for pregnant moms from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

“The truth will set you free,” said Mal Pancoast, “but first it will piss you off.” This is a variation of the old adage to which I subscribe, “If you aren’t outraged, you are not paying attention.”

Before reading the newspaper article, I leaned back in my chair and began making a mental checklist of possible ways to help moms birth healthier babies.

I thought of the requirement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a decade ago to add folic acid, a B vitamin, to food. This simple step has achieved an impressive reduction in the number of babies born with spina bifida and other nerve system defects.

Could it be that the CDC would be offering more advice about nutrition? The impact could be huge if America’s pregnant moms ate a more balanced and healthy diet! Poor diet is associated with low birth weight and premature delivery, both of which are linked to a higher infant death rate.

I thought about the importance of exercise during pregnancy. Had the CDC embraced this low-tech, non-toxic intervention to increase the chances for full term deliveries and therefore healthier babies?

I thought about the fact that using antibiotics and over-the-counter pain medication during pregnancy causes a much greater risk that the baby will develop asthma. Was the CDC putting out a warning about that?

Wait a minute, was it possible that someone in the CDC had been talking to the midwives about intrauterine constraint during pregnancy and how it restricts babies in breech or posterior positions? Was the CDC going to announce that this can often be easily resolved with a bit of spinal corrective care?

I was feeling giddy with thoughts of all these possibilities. Holy cow, sharing these ideas with all the pregnant moms could make a major contribution to healthier babies in America! That’s when the cat jumped up on my lap and startled me from my daydream.

I looked down at the newspaper to find out just what the CDC had in store for pregnant women. Through its committee called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP), the CDC had just recommended flu shots in all three trimesters of pregnancy.

Flu shots. That’s all, flu shots. This was puzzling news indeed. Weren’t pregnant women until recently told to avoid vaccination out of concern for harm to the mother and/or the baby? And now they are suddenly the targets of aggressive campaigns by public health authorities, HMOs and doctors to get their flu shots?

I looked in vain for evidence the CDC had completed a new study showing that flu shots are safe for pregnant women and their babies, particularly because of the neurotoxic effect of the mercury in the shots. Was there new evidence that the vaccines were effective and represent an important contribution for reducing infant mortality? No mention of it.

I had no recollection that getting the flu had ever even appeared on a list of risk factors during pregnancy for mom or baby. The CDC’s own records show that in 2001, the most recent year for which we have statistics, there were only 257 documented deaths from the flu across the entire country, mostly in the elderly! (One must simply marvel at the magic number of annual flu deaths and its ability to accelerate from 257 all the way to 36,000 in the time it takes to say “flu season press conference.”)

Suddenly, the words of power jumped out of the newspaper and into my face, “The Benefits Outweigh the Risks.” The words are so powerful they trump every conceivable objection and silence the mightiest opposition. These five words carry the full and terrible weight of unquestionable and unimpeachable medical authority.

I am reminded of the point made by Joseph Joubers, “Words, like eyeglasses, blur everything they do not make clear.”

What are the benefits? I wondered. What are the risks? I sought answers to these questions in the only non pharmaceutical industry-funded research I could find, an article in the 2006 summer issue of the Journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, authored by F. Edward Yazbak, M.D. and David Ayoub, M.D.

First, the benefits: “There is no convincing evidence of the effectiveness of influenza vaccination during this critical period.”

Okay then, how about the risks? “No studies have adequately assessed the risk of influenza vaccination during pregnancy and animal safety testing is lacking.”

What about the mercury in the shot? “Thimerosal, a mercury based preservative present in most inactivated formulations of the vaccine has been implicated in human neurodevelopmental disorders…including autism, and a broad range of animal and experimental reproductive toxicities including teratogenicity, mutagenicity and fetal death.”

Teratogenicity means, “The development of abnormal structures in an embryo resulting in a severely deformed fetus,” according to Dorland’s Medical Dictionary. The meaning of Mutagenicity is, “causes mutation.”

At the conclusion of the article the doctors stated, “The ACIP policy recommendation of routinely administering influenza vaccine during pregnancy is ill advised, unsupported by current scientific literature and should be withdrawn. Use of thimerosal during pregnancy should be contraindicated.”

Contraindicated is a word that means “really bad idea.”

I am aware that many people become unhappy whenever they read a challenge to unbridled medical authority such as this. But, as Oliver Wendell Holmes noted, “Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other.”

For my part, I have absolute faith that people can draw sensible conclusions about their own health, but only if they are given all the facts. My efforts are dedicated to preserving medical freedom and creating true informed consent.

I have never presumed to know what is best for anyone to do regarding their own health. However, I do like to point out one option to consider, and that is to avoid medical intervention whenever possible. I only mention this because medical error is a major killer, right up there with heart disease, cancer and stroke, only far more preventable.

At that moment the cat jumped out of my lap, taking an interest in a bird outside the window. I was reminded of the wisdom of our trusty old friend Anonymous who noted, “If there were any justice in the world, people would be able to fly over pigeons for a change.”


© 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 @ 3:04 pm | Article ID: 1153962264

20th Anniversary of my Licensure as a Chiropractor

by Stew Bittman, D.C.

My life has been overflowing with nostalgia lately. I guess it all started in March; right around the time Hillary (my wife) tried out and made it into the cast of a local production of “Hair”. By the time the show actually went into performances, I could’ve understudied any role in it, and the songs brot me directly back to that wild and crazy time of so much hope and freedom and war and frustration. Those songs are finally beginning to leave my head, where they’ve been floating around constantly for 5 months. Then came Hillary’s 50th birthday (I still have a few months to go), followed immediately by Ari’s 18th birthday (ouch!), and, 2 days later, Father’s Day, the 1st without my dad’s presence on this earth plane. Within a week, I heard from 2 friends that I hadn’t connected with since chiropractic school. Apparently this nostalgia energy is not isolated to me. Maybe there’s a collective mid-life crisis going on or something. Anyway, this month also marked the 20th anniversary of my licensure as a chiropractor and, more significantly, the 15th anniversary of the moment when chiropractic principle became the beacon for my life’s purpose and direction.

In all this traipsing I’ve been doing down memory lane I’ve noticed with some sadness that a lot of things don’t seem to have changed at all. You could change a handful of names and words here and there in “Hair”, for instance, and it would all still apply. The situation in chiropractic remains hairy as well. But in looking back I’ve also noticed great changes, both personally and professionally. (For one thing, I’ve gotten way less “professional”!) I’ve also noticed that a big part of me keeps working to pull me back to the present moment. And I’ve had help. This spring and summer, while on our frequent hikes, I’ve been literally surrounded by butterflies, sometimes dozens at a time. They’ve landed on me, danced around me; one even kissed me on the lips. And it seems like every time my mind enters nostalgia mode, a butterfly flies right at my face. Butterflies bring the message of transformation, I’ve heard, and they seem to be telling me that my own ongoing transformation depends on me being present, right here and right now. Indeed, it feels as if I’m currently going thru some of the biggest changes of my life (and again, it seems I am not alone here), and I need to stay awake. Nostalgia is fun, and may help sell a lot of compilation CDs, but this present moment contains both the seed and the fertile ground for transformation and growth.

This is all rather ironic since for the 1st time in my life, about 16 months ago, I would have told you that I was pretty satisfied with who I was. That I wasn’t looking for much in the way of transformation. Well, my heart and soul and Innate apparently disagreed, and I’ve been challenged, tested and worked. As I look back, tho, I can see that it has all been perfect, that everything that’s happened, “good” and “bad”, was all exactly what I needed. I see that my transformation can never stop as long as I have a mission to serve. And back here in this present moment, I realize I am “suddenly” on the verge of manifesting a bunch of very exciting parts of the vision for myself that I’ve held these past 15 years. Parts that I could never quite figure out how to manifest on my own, and therefore doubted I ever would. Everything and everyone in my life now seem to be lined up to help me create my dreams. Thank you, God.

So, those of us who hold large visions for who we are and what we do, let’s take heart. Simply holding those visions has moved us in that direction. Simply opening up to and allowing the transformation toward who we really are has accelerated the process. Simply becoming the change we’ve wished to see in the world has indeed changed the world. The truth of this transcends appearances. When will we actually see it? Well, Dick Santo once asked us how long it took a pot of water to boil. The answer is, in an instant. Getting to the point of boiling is the variable, and that duration depends on the source of heat. I know now that even when I doubted my ability to live my dreams there was some simmering going on; that there was still some fire under my pot coming from the divine heat Source within me. I know that the more I have transformed and moved from my head to my heart, the closer I have come to those dreams being realized, even when it didn’t seem so. And that we are all vital players in each others’ visions. Thank you all for contributing to all my wonderful nostalgic memories, and thank you even more for contributing to the love and beauty that exists right in this moment. And please, feel free to remind me of all this in a few months when my 50th comes around!

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Editors note: Stews birthday is on September 11th.
His chiropractic practice is located in South Lake Tahoe, California. @ 5:55 am | Article ID: 1153929380

Tiger Woods Wins British Open: A Chiropractic Story

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The news began appearing on Sunday, Tiger Woods had again won the British Open. Hours later, news agencies began reporting on American cyclist Floyd Landis and his winning of the Tour de France. Tiger Woods is the second golfer to win back-to-back British open championships (Tom Watson won in 1982 and 1983). I’ve noticed almost 2000 articles on the internet since Sunday, many of them talking about the intensity and endurance required for these great champions to be successful. These are not just regular athletes. Some articles suggested that the Floyd Landis win represents one of the biggest athletic comebacks seen in decades. Tiger Woods win of the British Open was his 11th major championship win. Many articles referred to Tiger as “the greatest golfer ever.”

On Sunday, Planet Chiropractic reported on how cool these wins must have been for chiropractor, Jeff Spencer. Dr. Spencer has provided chiropractic care for both of these world-class athletes. He was also chiropractor to Lance Armstrong during his seven-year reign at the Tour de France.

It’s more than 11 years now and many people have probably forgotten that a young Tiger Woods rode upon the Chiropractic Centennial Float in the 1995 Pasadena tournament of roses Parade. At that time, Tiger Woods was a young 19 years old, and chiropractic was turning 100. Achievements for Tiger Woods in 1995 included becoming the ninth player to win consecutive US amateur championships, being voted Pac-10 player of the year, becoming an NCAA first-team All-American, being awarded Stanford’s Male Freshman of the Year, and participating in his first PGA major tournament. Interestingly, the theme for the 1995 tournament of roses Parade in Pasadena was SPORTS – Quest for Excellence.

In 1996 and at age 20 Tiger Woods became the first golfer in history to win three consecutive US amateur titles. He turned pro in August and signed multimillion dollar endorsement deals with Nike and Titleist.

In 1997 and at age 21 Tiger Woods was the leading money winner on the PGA tour with a record $2,066,833 in earnings. He won the Masters, his first major championship, by the widest margin of victory the tournament had ever seen (12 strokes). He became the youngest Masters winner ever. He also won three other PGA events that year. His chiropractic care that year was provided by Dr. Jeff Spencer.

It becomes obvious to nearly any sports enthusiast why the world’s greatest athletes choose to include chiropractic care as part of their lifestyle, or in conjunction with their sports athletic training. Chiropractic Works.

As was mentioned in the multitude of sports related articles from this past weekend, regular athletes and regular people cannot typically withstand the rigors and the intensity that great champions endure. There are enormous emotional and physical demands involved. Their training requires concentration, self-discipline and mental toughness. It is easy for me to write about these qualities and characteristics but quite different to emulate them. Perseverance, focus, and emotion are all qualities of champions. At 111 years old this year, the profession of chiropractic is widely recognized as one of those champions, not only as a form of natural health care for the world’s greatest athletes, but also as the leading form of natural health care for the people that love them, cheer for them, and strive to be like them.

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Dr. Michael Dorausch practices in Los Angeles, California and he is not a world-class athlete. However, living in Venice Beach, California, he is provided the unique opportunity to deliver chiropractic care regularly for athletes involved in the following sports: skateboarding, BMX, cycling, rowing, volleyball, running, surfing, tennis, competitive sailing, swimming, golf, basketball, and defensive driving. (Spend some time on the Pacific Coast Highway, HWY 1, or the 405 freeway and you’ll get that last one.) @ 6:50 pm | Article ID: 1153889433

Floyd Landis Tour de France Win #8 for Chiropractor

Chiropractic Care for the Worlds Greatest Champions
By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Cyclist Floyd LandisThe news is in, American cyclist, Floyd Landis has won this year’s (2006) Tour de France. News from all over the world is saying this is one of the biggest sports achievements in decades. The news of the Tour de France win for Landis came in just hours after it was reported that another well-known American, Tiger Woods, had just one his second British Open. The Landis win alone is enough to get any diehard sports enthusiast excited because the story behind his win is rather incredible. This year’s Tour de France was a thrilling adventure and Landis beat some pretty heavy odds to win this race.

Many American sports enthusiasts are undoubtedly mega-excited with today’s wins by both Landis and Woods. Could you imagine how excited one would be knowing these two sports figures personally? Now imagine this… how excited would you be if you’d been the chiropractor for either Floyd Landis or Tiger Woods. I’d say you’d be pretty excited. Just for a moment, imagine you were not only the chiropractor for Floyd Landis, but that you’ve also provided chiropractic care for Tiger Woods. While we’re at it, imagine you were also the chiropractor for seven-time Tour de France winning Lance Armstrong. That would be pretty freaking cool huh?

Well guess what? Chiropractor, Dr. Jeff Spencer, may just as well be called a mega-chiropractic superstar (known as Dr. Magic by Lance and some other mega-athletes). Not only has Spencer provided chiropractic care for Tiger Woods, he has been chiropractor to Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis for several years now. While nearly all of today’s great athletes are receivers of chiropractic care, not many chiropractors have a roster of clients like Dr. Jeff Spencer does. But then not many chiropractors are former Olympic athletes like Dr. Jeff Spencer is. It looks like Spencer’s 2004 chiropractor of the year award, presented by Arnold Schwarzenegger, was well deserved.

30-year-old Floyd Landis regained the overall Tour de France race leader’s yellow jersey on Saturday during the final time trial. He finished Sunday’s 20th and final stage of the race behind Thor Hushovd of Norway. Landis ended the race 57 seconds ahead of Oscar Pereiro of Spain, Andreas Kloeden of Germany was third. Floyd Landis joins Lance Armstrong and Greg LeMond as the third American to win the Tour de France.

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Spencer, Floyd Landis, and Tiger Woods!

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Dr. Jeff Spencer resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
He is a 1988 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College (Los Angeles, California) and he has a Masters degree in physical education from USC (University of Southern California, 1975) @ 5:44 pm | Article ID: 1153712683

Pain is Inevitable; Suffering is Optional

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Pain is a four-letter word. It is an experience said to be pretty much common to all of humanity. “Not to have felt pain is not to have been human,” according to the old Jewish Proverb. Yeah, right. I think I speak for the majority of humanity when I say, “How about we just skip that particular human experience?”

Remember how the doctor lied to you when you were a kid as he jabbed your rear end with the pointy needle of a giant syringe as long as a broomstick? “This is going to hurt me a lot more than it hurts you!” Did he really think we kids were dumb enough to fall for that baloney?

Pain is sometimes as mysterious as it is debilitating, and there are many different kinds of pain. At one time or another most of us have experienced emotional pain involving love, rejection, the agony of defeat and so on. This conforms to the time-honored Spanish proverb, “Where there is love, there is pain.”

The death of a loved one initiates a sensation of pain as intense as any physical pain imaginable. In fact, physical pain is quite often an expression of emotional pain. Truly, the list of different types of pain and their origins is simply too long to even begin.

John Patrick hoped to characterize pain as virtuous, “Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.” Nice try, but when I accidentally smash my thumb with a hammer, the first thoughts that come to mind are definitely not about wisdom. Anyway, I have it on good authority (my wife) that guys are complete babies when it comes to pain. She says we would never survive the ultimate pain: childbirth. I am inclined to accept her word.

Pain is one of those things in life that is truly subjective. This means that you, alone, truly understand how utterly unbearable pain is at any given moment. This fact becomes evident when visiting a medical pain management specialist.

Doctor: “Describe your headache for me on a scale of one to ten.”

Patient: “Well doc, it feels like they used my head as the football yesterday for all four quarters in the Cowboys/Raiders game before someone stuffed it into a trash compacter that squeezed my temples together for three hours without stopping.”

Doctor: “Ooh, that sounds a little painful. I’ll mark you down for a six.”

The doctor then dutifully orders 317 separate diagnostic tests on your blood, urine, heart, lungs, head, appendix and gall bladder (as long as your insurance covers it), searching in vain for the hidden source of the pain.

Doctor: “Well Jimmy, the tests didn’t come up with anything, so your pain must all be in your head. Let’s see if this antidepressant takes care of it!”

In truth, all pain is in our head because pain exists as a perception inside the brain. (The exception to this rule is post-pubescent males whose brains migrate to a different location in their body for a few years; for some, this migration is permanent.) Pain is a nerve impulse, a message that travels along nerve pathways up to the brain from say, a thumb that has just been flattened with a determined but inaccurate hammer stroke.

This explains why mankind has over the centuries tried to avoid pain by blocking the pain signal from ever reaching the brain. Various drugs and other substances are capable of achieving this, temporarily. But, as J.K. Rowling noted, “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

Blocking the pain signal to your brain is similar to ordering your mechanic to disconnect the engine warning light on the dashboard of your car. You no longer receive any notice of a problem, but you can bet the problem and the pain are both still waiting for you.

And that brings us to the question that has burned in the hearts and minds of humanity since our earliest beginnings: Why do we need pain? Does pain have a purpose in life?

To answer, suppose we waved a magic wand and eliminated all traces of pain from your body. Poof! Feels great, huh? So far, so good. Now, I notice you are leaning your hand on the surface of that hot wood-burning stove next to you. You of course do not feel the pain, but do you begin to smell the distinct aroma of seared flesh? Yuck, that’s your hand! He who feels no pain may cook his own goose.

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein once said. It seems that pain is nature’s way of grabbing your attention to tell you that something needs taking care of. Keep ignoring it and nature will provide you with a stronger and stronger signal until you finally get it.

According to Edward Abbey, “There is science, logic and reason; there is thought verified by experience. And then there is California.” We might substitute, “…And then there is pain management.” An industry devoted to deriving profit from managing pain is unlikely to be too keen on eliminating its cause.

You may think your pain is killing you, but please be aware that many pain drugs now on the market can quickly and efficiently finish the job for you with a heart attack or stroke. Notable for such inconvenient side effects as these are the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) called Cox-2 inhibitors.

Luckily, a new story is replacing the outmoded concept of “managing” pain. In the new story, the importance of nutrition, exercise and related lifestyle factors take center stage. In place of NSAIDs, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oils) provides the body with the building blocks needed for non-inflammatory cell production.

The pain of normal daily activities has led millions of people to regularly consume pain medications widely known to inhibit cellular function and cause kidney, liver and heart failure. The new story includes specific chiropractic adjustments that can restore pain-free ranges of motion throughout the body while also enhancing nerve system function. This reduces or even eliminates the need for toxic drug therapies.

Certain nutritional deficiencies may be causing the cells in the body to chronically scream out (in pain) for proper nutrients. Also, certain foods in the diet may be causing pain through chronic allergic responses and intolerance. The relief experienced when the offending foods are eliminated and the nutritional deficiencies corrected may seem miraculous. It is simply the daily miracle of natural healing returning.

“Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep,” wrote Carl Sandburg. It is unreasonable to expect life to be pain-free. But then again, neither is it necessary to suffer – either from the pain or the consequences of pain management. As the old saying goes, “Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.”


© 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 @ 7:14 pm | Article ID: 1153545283

1.5 Million Americans Harmed Each Year by Medication Mistakes

Planet Chiropractic News

Deadly Pills a GoGoA report out this week from the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that 1.5 million Americans are being injured each year as a result of prescribing mistakes related to medications. The errors are costing more than $3.5 billion each year. The report also suggests that 7000 people continue to die each year as a result of wrongly prescribed or errors related to medications.

According to the report, mistakes in giving drugs in hospitals are so common that, on average, a patient can expect to be subject to a medication error each day he or she remains hospitalized.

The report found errors to not only be harmful and prevalent, but very costly as well. The added expense of having to provide health care for drug related injuries occurring in hospitals alone was given a conservative estimate of $3.5 billion a year.

At the root of these findings is the suggestion that if medical doctors adopted the practice of electronically prescribing medicines there would be less risks involved and therefore less injuries.

According to one estimate given in the report, it was believed that four out of every five US adults will use prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, or dietary supplements of some sort in any given week. It was also suggested that nearly one third of adults will take five or more different medications each week.

One could argue that if Americans adopted healthcare practices that were less relying on daily doses of medications (and therefore less prescriptions) and instead were more focused on exercise, good nutrition, and chiropractic care, we would be far better off both financially and as a healthier nation.

Just one thing for you to consider: ask yourself why major reports such as this one from the Institute of Medicine are released on Thursdays and hit the physical press on Friday (the day before everyone is going home for the weekend) instead of on Monday. @ 10:31 pm | Article ID: 1153459906