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Wait a minute, this chiropractic author just made a major mistake of his own. I’ve gotten these headlines all mixed up. Good thing I don’t write prescriptions. The headlines should have read “Medication Mistakes Continue to Kill and/or Harm Millions.” Silly me, everyone knows chiropractors don’t prescribe medications. Selling drugs, that is the business of medicine. As it turns out, the report is from the well-respected Institute of Medicine. Headlines tonight from several hundred news organizations around the globe read as follows…
Drug mistakes injure millions in US Medication Errors Harming Millions, Report Says Medical Mistakes Plague 1.5M Americans a Year Report: Drug errors common, at times fatal Drug errors injure 1.5m Americans Prescription Errors Kill, Injure Americans, Report Says Drug mistakes injure 1.5 million every year
So let’s get this straight and then the world can go on with business as usual. The report is from the Institute of Medicine, the same group that brought us the 1999 “To Err is Human” report which found that 7000 people die every year as a result of medication errors.
This recent report also suggests that 7000 people a year continue to die as a result of medication error. In fact, the report suggests that drug errors are so widespread that patients going to hospitals can expect to suffer one medication related error every day that they remain hospitalized.
So just to sum this up, in today’s modern and advanced world of fabulous health-care, an estimated 1.5 million people each year in the United States are adversely affected by medication related errors with at least 7000 of those errors resulting in death.
Do you have to be a health nut to be healthy? “Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing,” said Redd Foxx.
Good health is something most folks don’t even think about until they have lost it. If your good health, or that of someone you love, is gone, don’t give up. You have a pretty decent chance of healing yourself and getting your health back. But this does not mean all you have to do is take a bit of medicine to “cure” an illness or “fix” a health crisis.
Healing is an inside job that no one else can do for you. Building up your health requires a commitment of time, effort and a willingness to make changes in your life that will enhance your body’s ability to heal itself.
“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs,” according to Joan Welsh. Unless those pills are vitamins, of course.
The medical approach to health has come to dominate the field of primary health services in our country over the span of the last half-century or so. It goes like this. First, the doctor identifies and lists all the clinical signs and symptoms exhibited by the patient. Second, the resulting list is compared to named diseases and their lists of signs and symptoms. These are then matched up and the patient gets labeled with one or more diseases. Third, the doctor prescribes a treatment to cure the diagnosed disease. Almost universally, this consists of taking medication, due to the underlying philosophy of medicine. When you are ill, you take a pill.
Patient: “Can you help me, doc?”
Doctor: “Well, let’s try out this drug and see what happens.”
Patient: “Great! You mean we’re both going to take the drug?”
Doctor: “No, of course not! I mean we are trying out the drug on you!”
According to an anonymous bit of wisdom, “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience – well, that comes from poor judgment.”
Our collective experience has taught us two important and indisputable facts, though for some reason these facts remain incomprehensible to organized medicine. First, chronic illness is the leading cause of death and disability. Second, poor nutrition is the primary cause of chronic illness.
“You have to have a medical degree to be brainwashed enough to believe that food does not have a major impact on physical and emotional health,” explained renowned French psychiatrist and international author David Servan-Schreiber in a recent interview with Ode magazine.
“When I prescribe essential fats to children with learning problems, they learn twice as fast. There isn’t a medicine on the market that can achieve that effect. It’s logical: Twenty percent of the brain is composed of essential fatty acids we cannot make ourselves. If you don’t eat them, you don’t have them. Not on the plate, not in the brain,” he said.
Dr. Servan-Schreiber offers another example, “It’s crazy that there is copious and convincing research indicating that physical exercise has the same or better effect on stress and anxiety as medication — without the side effects — and that virtually no doctors prescribe it.”
To be sure, I have not heard anyone make the naive suggestion that all disorders can be handled using nutrition and exercise in the complete absence of pharmaceutical interventions. Still, the few clinicians who use these and other “alternative” strategies experience enormously high rates of success using zero drugs. Why then, haven’t such simple remedies spread like wildfire?
The trouble is, medical doctors do not learn about them in school, nor do they learn of them through mainstream medical news. This is not surprising, because medical information sources are closely linked to and, funded by, pharmaceutical industry interests. The spectacular news that using simple nutrition-boosting protocols and exercise can produce profound benefits for patients’ health without the risk of drug dependency and adverse drug reactions poses a direct threat to the bottom lines of the drug companies.
According to Dr. Servan-Schreiber: “When historians look back and analyze the history of 20th Century medicine, I am convinced there will be two important turning points. The first is the discovery of antibiotics, and the second, the discovery that nutrition is the most important cause of illness…”
Hardly a week goes by without the publication of a new study that points to the vital roles played by good nutrition, moderate exercise and a positive mental outlook for achieving good health.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported in June on a study showing that eating lots of fruits and vegetables resulted in a marked increase in bone density for people of all ages. A year earlier, the same journal reported that a modest increase in supplemental vitamin C (700 milligrams daily) lowered the risk of heart disease by 25 percent.
The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, in its May issue, reports that fast walking three times a week significantly lowered the blood pressures of those tested, even the ones taking blood pressure lowering drugs.
The day is perhaps not far off when the majority of doctors will understand that their job is not to treat diseases, but, rather, to help their patients learn how to experience the good health they were born to have.
Patient: “So doc, can you help me?”
Dr. Future: “Sure, here’s you prescription. For your osteoporosis and cardiovascular problems, ten servings of fruit and vegetables each day, and cut way back on animal proteins. For your high blood pressure, high blood sugar, insomnia and depression, brisk three-mile walks four times a week and twenty minutes of meditation every day. You’ll also need to pick up this list of vitamins and minerals, extra vitamin C and omega-3 fish oil capsules and start taking them every day too.”
Patient: “Whoa, doc! Can’t you just give me a pill or something I can take to cure me? This sounds like a whole lot of trouble!”
Dr. Future: “No Jimmy, there is no such thing as a cure, healing comes from inside you. All I can do is teach you how to heal yourself.”
I predict that the scientific landscape will soon change beyond recognition… the reign of ‘experts’ is over,” concluded Dr. Servan-Schrieber. We need only remember that the Titanic was built by experts, but the Ark was built by amateurs.
“It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician,” remarked Meryl Streep.
I just have one final question: if an apple a day can keep the doctor away, what does that say about seven or eight apples?
An ugly two-inch long and quarter-inch wide dark pink scar is slashed across my right shoulder. This is the remnant of what will most likely be the last office job I will ever have. It is, however, not the only remnant. I also have the misfortune of being one of over 50 million people in the United States who suffer from chronic pain. Although I have yet to find anything that completely cures my pain, I have found only one thing that helps it.
I receive chiropractor care. Without it, my body falls into a dismal state of agony and numbness. I am 38 years old and in great physical shape. I am otherwise perfectly healthy. So how did I come to this?
It’s quite simple, really. The human body was not designed to do the things we ask of it in the workplace. Who hasn’t heard of repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and ergonomics? There’s a reason for this. Statistics say approximately one third of the workforce regularly works in pain.
The first question we must ask ourselves is why we do it? I have a theory. I was telling a friend once about these studies, which were being done on rabbits with regards to what is now being called Tendinosis, or permanently damaged tendons. Generally this is found in repetitive stress injuries because the tendon never has a chance to heal itself and so eventually heals incorrectly on a cellular level. This study confused me.
“How would you give a rabbit a repetitive stress injury?” I ask my friend. She shook her head, also stumped. Finally, I remembered some mention of rabbits being made to run on a machine. “Maybe they make the rabbits run for a really long time,” I suggested. To which my friend asked, “But wouldn’t the rabbit just stop?”
I stared at her stunned. It was so simple. Of course the rabbit would stop the moment it felt pain, so why didn’t I? I thought about this for a while until I had the answer. If you starved the rabbit or gave it electric shock, I bet the rabbit would keep running until it injured itself.
The image of a rabbit being forced to run forever, reminded me of Henry Ford. I did a quick search on the Internet and was appalled to see all the articles praising this man. Henry Ford was not just a brilliant innovator who instigated the first modern day assembly line. He was also the man who popularized the idea that employees were machines not people. The assembly lines were set to the speed of the fastest worker. If you didn’t keep up, you lost your job or more likely a limb. We’ve been running like bunnies ever since.
So what do injured tendons, Henry Ford and rabbits have to do with chiropractic care? Everything. We are facing an epidemic of monstrous proportions with regards to repetitive stress injuries and chronic pain. These injuries occur for three reasons:
1) The aforementioned Henry Ford mentality of working like a machine. 2) Poorly set up workstations or the absence of ergonomics 3) Poorly structured bodies
We work and work, trying to be as productive as possible. We’re part of the rat race, the work force, the backbone of society. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a body. We are then forced to do said work at a station or in a situation, in which our bodies are asked to bend or lean or twist in unnatural ways.
Finally, many people, for whatever reason, come into these work situations with bodies that are not functioning at their peak capacity.
My physical problems were a combination of all three of these. I couldn’t imagine telling my bosses I simply could not be as productive as they wanted, even though I have always been an overly productive person. I have never worked at an ergonomically correct workstation. And my body was definitely not functioning in peak condition. My injuries have all occurred in my major joints: my shoulders and my hips. All these joints come directly off the spine. Without a properly aligned spine, I had improperly aligned joints.
It is with these improperly aligned joints that I went to work, first as a waitress, then as an office worker. My misaligned body went through the rigors of the workplace, and I slowly but surely damaged all the tissue surrounding these misaligned joints.
The body is an amazing instrument. It is, however, designed to work in a very specific manner. Every miniscule piece of the body is connected to something else. Just like cogs in a machine, if something is misaligned, the whole system is in danger of being damaged.
This is what happened to my body. I do have hope, though. As a misaligned body was a large factor in the damage to my body, I believe a properly aligned body will aid in the healing.
And so I continue to see a chiropractor on a regular basis. I also, try, whenever possible to work (at home, now) at an ergonomically correct workstation. And I have stopped running like a rabbit, and instead pace myself. When I feel pain, I stop. It’s as simple as that.
So, what is the answer to curing this disease of chronic pain that is running rampant through America’s workforce? It’s really quite simple: Let go of the idea of the rat race and change the pace of the working world to one that suits the human body. Make sure every worker has an ergonomically correct workstation. And finally, provide each worker with regular chiropractic care, so that they, as well as their workstations, are properly aligned.
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I love cheese, don’t you? Cheese, of course, is made from the milk of strange-looking four-legged mammals with big eyes and dull horns who live in concentration camps scattered around the countryside. You know — dairy cows.
Chances are that the cow who made the milk to make my cheese gets injected with growth hormones to speed up milk production and raise profitability. This also means the poor old cow gets dosed with loads of antibiotics to treat the impacts of added stress.
I’m recommending a different slogan to the dairy industry, “Got hormone-saturated bovine glandular secretions?” Kind of catchy, don’t you think?
The factory farms that produce dairy products and beef for human consumption in our country have become a leading source of the most problematic types of pollution on our planet. That goes for the environment we live in, as well as our own internal environment.
Cow’s milk, of course, is perfect for baby cows. Nature has concocted the perfect milk cocktail to help that little calf gain as many as five hundred pounds in its first year. So, if you want your child to gain that kind of size that fast, cow’s milk is just the ticket! But, then again, would a calf be able to thrive or even live, on its mother’s milk after the milk was pasteurized? Nope. Isn’t that interesting?
As Fran Lebowitz pointed out, “Food is an important part of a balanced diet.”
The other day, I picked up a news magazine and randomly opened up to a full-page color picture of a really hot babe leaning against a lamppost in the middle of a big city somewhere. What really caught my attention was the fact that she was wearing one of those little milk mustaches — and little else.
My first thought was, holy cow, Isn’t she cold just standing there? My second thought was, what is a nice girl like that doing standing around Times Square wearing a bikini that covers about as much area as three postage stamps? And what does any of this have to do with drinking milk?
“Half the work that is done in the world is to make things appear what they are not,” wrote E.R. Beadle.
The dairy industry, for example, spends millions of dollars advising us to drink milk to ensure healthy bones. But do we really have a calcium emergency here in America? Does every body really need milk?
Here’s the opinion of professor Walter Willet of the Harvard School of Public Health and chairman of the nutrition department: “There is no evidence that we have a calcium emergency, as the dairy industry would have us believe. We have one of the highest calcium intakes in the world.” Interesting.
Do you suppose one of us should tell the big cheeses over at dairy central about this? Think of all the milk money normally spent convincing us that milk is the absolute key to good health that they could save each year.
The generalization that cows’ milk benefits “every body” overlooks the glaring fact that milk resides at the top of the list of allergy-triggering foods. Milk is linked to a whole spectrum of chronic children’s health problems including such maladies as recurrent ear infections, constipation, sinus congestion, asthma, and skin problems such as acne, to name a few. Many doctors have discovered, as I have, that eliminating dairy products from the diet can help many of these kids.
In susceptible people, dairy products appear to be immunogenic, or capable of triggering an autoimmune response such as type I diabetes. According to Diabetes Care, a publication of the American Diabetic Association, “Early cow’s milk exposure may be an important determinant of subsequent type I diabetes and may increase the risk approximately 1.5 times.” That’s a 50 percent risk increase.
In adults, a flood of scientific evidence relates milk drinking to such disorders as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease, obesity, arthritis and even cancer. The hormones present in cow’s milk also seem to trigger abnormal hormonal responses in humans.
That got me wondering if the raging osteoporosis epidemic in America is really caused by drinking too little milk? Perhaps we should check how they’re doing in countries where people consume even more milk than we do. That would be Denmark, Holland, Norway and Sweden. The verdict? They have rates of osteoporosis higher than we do. This suggests that higher milk consumption means higher osteoporosis rates.
When it comes to bone density, the real question seems not to be how much calcium we eat in our diets, but how much calcium we prevent from leaving our bones. Naturally, that brings up the question, what causes calcium to leave the bones? The answer may not be what you think.
For example, according to the journal Science, “Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein.”
The American Journal of Epidemiology reported, “Consumption of dairy products…was associated with an increased risk of hip fractures… metabolism of dietary protein causes increased urinary excretion of calcium.”
The reason? “Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton,” according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Are we flushing away our bone health?
Decades of marketing slogans from dairy enthusiasts have convinced the public that milk is “nature’s perfect food.” But it is hardly “perfect” for 90 percent of Asians, 70 percent of Africans, 50 percent of Hispanics and 15 percent of Caucasians, all of whom may be lactose intolerant.
If you really want to get more calcium, the best place to find it is where the cows used to get it in the first place: green, leafy vegetables. Could the dairy industry have another motive in paying beautiful people to pose nearly naked with ridiculous painted-on milk mustaches? Who knows? I’m still waiting for them to call me up to take off my shirt and join the famous, sexy cheerleaders of the dairy world. But then again, maybe they’ve seen my picture.
Clement Freud once lamented, “If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don’t actually live longer; it just seems longer.” To his list we must now add cheese. Milk has become one more sacred cow that may be making us sick — or even killing us.
The ultimate question is, how could cheese truly be evil? I’m not sure, but in this case, I will defer to Mae West who said, “When choosing between two evils, I always like to take the one I’ve never tried before.” Have you tried this sharp cheddar? Delicious.
I was out today for my morning run which typically involves running along the shoreline in Venice and sometimes into Marina del Rey or Santa Monica. The morning started out quite cloudy and the weather was perfect for running on the beach. I headed south under the pier and towards the marina jetty. When I reached the rocks I turned around and headed north until I reached the rocks at the base of the Venice lifeguard station. I started heading back south again and was about to finish my run as it was starting to get fairly warm and I had already logged just under 5 miles. At about the point that I would head back up to the house I felt a sense urging me to continue down to the marina jetty again. I accepted the suggestion and it left my mind as fast as it came. I continued to run about another mile, in the now warm morning sun, and just as that runner’s high was kicking in everything just slipped into place.
About 100 feet off my right shoulder were about 12 of our local dolphins. They were heading on a quick path diagonally in the same direction as I was. About 300 feet ahead, and heading into the water, was a group of local nine to ten year old kids attending lifeguard camp. I don’t know if they saw the dolphins coming as the 3 foot surf was breaking right at the shoreline. As the kids were reaching the first set of waves the dolphins came jumping and twirling out of the water and into the surf. I was reaching the point, just 10 feet off the shore, as the activity unfolded. The kids were so excited and the dolphins reminded me of how my big labrador Jasmine behaves when I come home from the office on Friday night. They were jumping and swimming and gliding in and out between the group of kids. I slowed my pace but just kept running and the dolphins moved on. It’s as if they came by to say hello and wish the kids a fun day.
What does any of this have to do with chiropractic or chiropractic philosophy? Little to nothing or a lot to everything depending on your paradigm. You see, the first principle of chiropractic philosophy (the major premise) states that a universal intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence. The second principle (the chiropractic meaning of life) states that the expression of this intelligence through matter is the chiropractic meaning of life.
So there is an intelligence in the dolphins, in the ocean, in the children and in the sand. In fact, according to this principle, there is an intelligence in everything, every bit of matter, regardless if to us, it appears living or dead, moving or still.
Do the dolphins have the intelligence to know the kids were coming into the water? Do the kids, on some level, possess the intelligence to know that the dolphins would greet them? Was the sense I felt just minutes before another coincidence in the countless possibilities of experience that I call my life, or was there direction and guidance there?
Now I see dolphins at least weekly when I go out for my runs but this was the first time that I saw them interacting with kids. It is one of those things that can definitely make your day, and I’m not even in lifeguard camp. I can’t begin to imagine (yes I can) how excited those kids were and how long they will remember that experience for. That all says something about life to me.
Someone, somewhere, lives in a different paradigm. They may see the dolphins as a threat. Maybe they harbor disease, maybe they are dangerous to be in contact with children, maybe some other unforeseen fearful threat exists. What if one of the dolphins (or all of them for that matter) had dolphin flu? Maybe we should be vaccinating those children just in case they come in contact with those sickly mammals again. This may seem ludicrous to some, but that again depends on your paradigm.
Try this on… Life is natural, life is flowing, life moves from above down and from the inside out. I’d like to think that the innate intelligence within me is in communication with the same source that is in communication with the dolphins, with the kids, with the waves, and with the rest that there is. That to me, makes sense. That to me, is the chiropractic meaning of life.
Dr. Michael Dorausch provides Marina del Rey, chiropractic services Mondays through Fridays. He is a local resident of the Marina del Rey, Venice Beach area and can usually be found on the beach, between the pier and the jetty, when not at his chiropractic office.
Babies, it has been discovered, are a major cause of children. This is the conclusion reached by researchers after careful observation and replication of identical results in virtually every corner of the globe. The cause of babies themselves is certainly a stimulating and controversial topic on its own, but we shall modestly postpone that discussion for the time being.
Children, of course, have been linked to a wide range of unpredictable behavior in adults in our society. For example, from time to time parents actually decide to keep children around for entertainment long after they have passed the stage of being cute little miniature humans, grinning, cooing and drooling on your best sport coat.
Let me just say that the hobby of raising a child or two at home in your spare time can be amusing and even rewarding. However, experts in the field recommend that you don’t take up raising children unless you have a sturdy sense of humor and the patience and understanding of Saint Francis. It is also suggested that sufficient financial reserves be on hand for keeping food in the fridge and gas in the minivan. Considering current prices and the necessity of building up a modest college fund, parents today are advised to have a goal of saving up two or three trillion dollars to cover basic expenses.
But back to babies, America doesn’t seem to have too much trouble when it comes to starting them, although for some reason we seem to drop the ball just when the babies are ready to make their grand entrance. What is it about the American mode of delivering babies and our early care of the little ankle-biters that’s killing us?
This question reared its ugly head recently when America’s newborn survival rates were compared with 33 other modern, industrialized countries. How did we do? We tanked. All I can say is, thank goodness for the people of Latvia, because if it weren’t for them, we would be tied for dead last. As it is, we tied for next-to-last with four others: Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia.
Once again, let me hasten to assure you that the problem is not caused by a lack of effort on the part of modern medicine. In fact, birthing babies has become big business in the U.S., totaling more than $20 billion a year!
This situation raises a few questions. Do you suppose our newborns are suffering because the medical profession is trying too hard? How could trying too hard create problems for newborns? And just what is it those other countries have that we don’t whose babies are healthier than ours? The answer is they have more midwives.
The name midwife means “with woman.” Midwives have always been in charge of delivering babies, ever since the beginning of human existence, all the way up to about 150 years ago in the United States. That was when a small group of medical doctors decided to launch a war against midwifery, having unilaterally decided that medical doctors were better suited to the job than midwives.
What evidence did these scholarly gentlemen present to support the notion that they could do a better job? Evidence? Bah! They didn’t need no stinking evidence! They had clout, they had money, they were men, and that was enough.
Recall that during this historical era, women still did not have the right to vote.
No matter that birthing has always been an inherently low risk, completely normal and natural human process for at least nine out of ten pregnancies. No matter that midwives have attended births since the beginning of time, passing on traditional wisdom to each new generation of midwives.
Never underestimate the ability of a well-funded group of men to quickly move beyond mere facts when they decide to wipe out the competition. The strict moral code of wartime was immediately adopted, “Never tell a lie unless it is absolutely convenient!”
By 1920, the percentage of midwife-attended births had fallen to 15 percent, and the heavy toll exacted by excluding midwives from the birthing room was already evident.
One medical doctor lamented the inferior quality of U.S. births in 1921, “…the maternal death rate for our country was higher than that of every foreign country for which we have statistics, except that of Belgium and Chile.”
“Admit nothing, deny everything and make counter-accusations!” pretty well sums up the smear campaign used by medical politicians of the day to rid society of the “ignorant” midwives. “We can get along very nicely without the midwife, whereas all are agreed that the physician is indispensable.”
The authoritative, international study culminating in the book, Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth found little agreement with the medical men. “You may be shocked to find what little evidence exists in support of most obstetrical practices… the evidence favors non-interventive management,” wrote the authors.
“Doctors are not trained in physiological miraculous birth. They are needed as surgeons and high-risk specialists. They are highly trained in pathology,” explained midwife and author Jan Tritten. “Using an obstetrician for normal birth is like using a pediatrician as a babysitter,” wrote birthing specialist Marsden Wagner.
Numerous articles in the medical literature have reached similar conclusions. John Robbins wrote about one such study that compared an equally matched number of midwife-attended home births to hospital births.
“The study found that women birthing in hospitals were five times more likely to have high blood pressure during labor; nine times more likely to tear; three times more likely to hemorrhage; and three times more likely to undergo cesarean sections.”
But aren’t all the interventions justified to protect the babies, even if they are somewhat tough on the moms?
“The hospital-born babies were six times more likely to suffer fetal distress before birth; four times more likely to need assistance to start breathing; and four times more likely to develop infections,” according to the study.
Hospital births are characterized by a relentless need to speed up and control the birthing process, resulting in numerous drug and surgical interventions that are costly, largely unnecessary and frequently harmful.
“It (birthing) is not a medical event. There is almost no hope of a peaceful pregnancy and joyous birth within the medical system. Every woman needs and deserves the kind of nurturing and care a midwife provides,” noted Jan Tritten.
Perhaps the lesson here is to stop trying harder and start trying smarter. We have in our midst a courageous community of midwives that has endured lifetimes of irrational persecution.
If we ask nicely, maybe the midwives will agree to come back and help us overcome society’s addiction to well-meaning but inappropriate medical interventions during birth.
“Babies are such a nice way to start people,” wrote Don Herold. Wouldn’t it be great to start people off with the healthiest possible beginnings?
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Student loan rates are going up, up, up. Interest rates on federal Stafford loans – the basic student loan – go up today, all across the United States.
The interest rate on new federal Stafford loans is going to be 6.8%, and that rate could go up again in the near future. The rate on existing Stafford loans, climbs today from 5.3% to 7.14%. That is for current student loans that have not yet been consolidated. The loan rate for Plus college loans is going from 6.1% to 7.94% with new Plus loans issued after today beginning at 8.5%.
According to various news reports, this is one of the largest interest rate hikes for student loans ever. Chiropractic students are not the only ones affected. Federal Stafford loans are the standard government loans provided to all approved college, university and trade school students in the United States.
Very simply, chiropractic college students are going to have to pay more when borrowing federal funds to attend school. A greater student loan debt will undoubtedly place an increased burden on young chiropractors coming out of college. More students will potentially delay marriage, delay buying a new car, and put off buying a home until their debt is under control. More new doctors may also be seeking to associate or partner in a chiropractic office rather than starting their own clinic or wellness center.
Not only have student loan rates gone up, but the general costs in attending chiropractic schools and universities has increased during the past few years throughout the United States. Costs for state and national board exams are also expected to rise.
So is becoming a chiropractor even a worthwhile investment at this time? That is a topic that I intend to get into with great detail, as there simply is not a yes or no answer.
To their credit, schools are not what they used to be. I spoke just this past week at the Cleveland Chiropractic College campus in Los Angeles, California and I have to say that the school looks better than I’ve ever seen it. The lobby was recently remodeled, the clinic is remodeled, and it looked as though painting and construction was going on around several areas of the school.
I visited the Audio/Video department which now has a great student center equipped with a number of flat-panel digital computer monitors. There was full internet access and a host of computers where students can do research, browse their favorite chiropractic web sites, and work on reports. I briefly stopped by the library and it looked like there was a whole bunch of new computers there as well. Great to see that this school is continuing to improve and remain competitive in the field of chiropractic education.
The information in this article is intended for chiropractors and involves a report on the status of current terms or phrases appearing in search engine log data. The author has been studying search related web logs for more than 10 years with a specific emphasis on chiropractic related search terms.
Some important things to consider when reading content like this is that the information can (and will) change quickly. The data for this article is based on US search results for the month of May, 2006. This was the most recent data I had available to me while preparing this article.
I was curious to find what the status was on the term “chiropractic medicine” in relationship to other terms that may or may not be getting used when performing search engine queries online.
It would be a poor argument for me to say that the term chiropractic medicine would even be closely as popular as the more general common term “chiropractic.” No term related to chiropractic is being searched or sought out more than the word itself. With that being said, I was not so interested in seeing a comparison between the term chiropractic (which includes everything even remotely related to the term) versus something more specific, such as the term chiropractic medicine.
For those of you that are interested, according to the most recent global data, for every 100 searches including the term chiropractic medicine, there are 3000 that do not include medicine in the search query. That is a factor of about 30 to 1 in favor of chiropractic.
What I found interesting about the search results was that while searching for the chiropractic medicine term I came across the term chiropractic care. Not only did the term chiropractic care appear more frequently in search engine data, it was by a factor of more than 1.6 times that of the medicine term. In other words, for every 10 searches including the phrase chiropractic medicine, there were more than 16 searches for the term chiropractic care. The care term then has a current popularity that is not quite twice that of the medicine term, but it has a significant numerical advantage over it. (One million vs. one point six million makes it more obvious)
But what is someone typing chiropractic medicine seeking? And how about a person searching chiropractic care? There is another term that is gaining in popularity and that is the term chiropractic information. For the May data that we researched the term chiropractic medicine was only .14 times more popular than the term chiropractic information. And research on the term chiropractic medicine information brings back a big zero for results at this time.
It’s fairly clear that when somebody is typing chiropractic information into a search engine such as Yahoo!, Google, MSN or Dog Pile, that they are searching for just that. They could get pro chiropractic information, anti chiropractic information, stuff related to various chiropractor organizations, and lots of paid advertisements.
The person typing chiropractic medicine or chiropractic care does not give us as clear an understanding as to the intent of the searcher. But the intent of this article isn’t necessarily to be clear. It is intended to get a basic fuzzy understanding as to what’s going on in the United States and the world at large when it comes to searching for these phrases and terms.
So a person searching chiropractic medicine or chiropractic care may likely be searching for information about the benefits of chiropractic care. And for that matter, the benefits of chiropractic medicine. I am not quite sure how somebody is using the term chiropractic medicine in a sentence or question but I’ll publish what I find. Chiropractic care makes sense to me, as it would be a logical assumption that somebody would be searching for “benefits of chiropractic care.” That is not to say that they wouldn’t search for the benefits of chiropractic medicine, the data to date is just not suggesting that a measurable population is doing so.
Conclusion: this is a moving inquiry and the jury is still out on overall popularity of these terms. I am not suggesting that anyone begin using the term chiropractic medicine (especially since the term chiropractic care is showing to be more popular), I am just reporting the facts as I found them.
For those of you that find this discussion interesting consider the terms chiropractic adjustment and chiropractic manipulation. Even though many chiropractic schools and colleges (and insurance companies for that matter), may more frequently use the term manipulation, the search data for this same time period (May 06′) shows that chiropractic adjustment is two times more popular. So regardless of which side of the fence you’re on the term chiropractic adjustment currently rules the day.