Month: August 2006

Children, Chiropractic, and Backpacks

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s that time of year again, kids are heading back to school or getting ready to head back to school within the next week or two. They will be loading up with books, mobile phones, iPods and whatever else kids carry nowadays in those bags that often times appear that if you added one more item the kid carrying it would fall right over. I was browsing some news headlines from around the world and came across two recent articles related to kids carrying backpacks.

The Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is featured in a New Jersey Courier-Post article that offers suggestions for children carrying backpacks. According to the ANJC, children who carry backpacks are suffering more and more from back pain as well as headaches, posture problems, and various other health problems.

Get the complete article here.

The second article comes from the London Free Press and it features chiropractors in Ontario and the Ontario Chiropractic Association. Ontario chiropractors are suggesting that students “pack it light and wear it right.” According to the OCA, backpacks that are too heavy or are warn incorrectly can be dangerous to a child’s back, neck and shoulders.

Get the complete article here.

If you see your child lying on their backpack like a turned over tortoise chances are that pack is just too heavy. And don’t forget, using your backpack as a weapon (like hurling it at your little brother) can be hazardous to one’s health.

Seriously now, both of the articles mentioned above provide some useful information that can help kids avoid potential spinal problems as a result of carrying backpacks incorrectly or using ones that are too heavy.

If you are seeking more information about chiropractic and kids, there is no better Internet resource then the International Chiropractic Pediatric Associations web site for parents. Check out the ICPA Research Foundation web site.

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Breast Cancer Prevention vs. War

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

It was thirty-five years ago when President Richard Nixon first committed our nation to the war on cancer. This seemed the right thing to do, because at the time, an American woman’s chance that she would have breast cancer in her lifetime was 1 in 20. Unfortunately, by 2005 the lifetime risk was reportedly almost three times worse, 1 in 7.

This trend may sound to you as if the war has not been going too well so far. Obviously, you are not one of the experts at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), because if you were, you would say we are winning the war on cancer! I am not making this up. “In war,” said Ramman Kenoun, “there are no winners.” It appears that in war there are also no math tutors.

Breast cancer is a raging and deadly epidemic killing ever-greater numbers of women in the United States and other industrialized countries every year. Breast cancer tops the list of cancer deaths among women in this country, annually claiming the lives of more than 40,000 women. The incidence of cancer overall has climbed to such epidemic proportions during recent decades that a man living in the United States now has a fifty-fifty chance he will have cancer during his lifetime. For a woman, the chance is 1 in 3. Within a single generation we have seen an increase in cancer of approximately 56 percent for men and 22 percent for women!

So how can the NCI tell us we are winning the war against cancer when the evidence tells us that virtually every type of cancer is clobbering us worse than ever? Apparently all it takes is a wave of the statistical magic wand over the numbers. You’d be surprised how much this dresses things up for the cameras and makes fundraising easier.

“War is the unfolding of miscalculations,” wrote historian Barbara Tuchman.

To be fair, the mortality rate for men with lung cancer has dipped slightly because fewer men now smoke, but the real reduction in overall mortality rates is statistical, having more to do with earlier detection rates, not improvements in cancer treatments, according to Dr. John Bailar, former epidemiologist at the NCI.

But if you remove the rose-colored glasses constantly conjured by the NCI and the American Cancer Society (ACS), you will see we are losing the great cancer war, miserably. Perhaps, as Jeanette Rankin has suggested, “You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”

“Find the Cure” is the rallying cry heard at grass roots events around the country, designed to raise awareness as well as raise funds. These activities are linked to well-funded national media campaigns to promote the search for a cure. But is it possible our focus on finding a “cure” is holding us back from real progress at saving lives? Research suggests that only about 10 percent of breast cancer is linked to genetic makeup.

We might ask, wouldn’t preventing breast cancer be better than trying to cure it? “Breast cancer is simply not a preventable disease,” answers the NCI, while the ACS has stated, “…there are no practical ways to prevent breast cancer – only early detection.”

I’m wondering, are these experts just embarrassingly out of touch with current research, or do their organizations have some other reason for denying all the evidence to the contrary? Some critics have suggested that the financial tentacles of transnational chemical corporations reach deeply into the ACS and influence its decision making, such as burying its head in the sand when it comes to breast cancer and the environment.

Recently published research examined the results of 21 different studies, “State of the Evidence 2004: What Is the Connection Between the Environment and Breast Cancer?” It was sponsored by two non-profit groups, Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Action.

“This new report offers the clearest evidence yet that the rise in breast cancer incidence is linked to exposure to radiation and toxic chemicals. Medical x-rays, pesticides, household cleaning products, personal care products and some pharmaceuticals – these are just a few of the multiple and chronic exposures contributing to this epidemic,” remarked Nancy Evans, a health science consultant with the Breast Cancer Fund.

Other known risk factors include use of oral contraceptives, more than four years of hormone replacement therapy, alcohol consumption, bovine growth hormone in milk (rBGH), exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke, chlorinated chemicals, paint and varnish dyes, household cleaning products and personal care products, according to the Breast Cancer Fund.

The institutionalized war on breast cancer has evolved into a big business with budgets in the billions, and still the enemy is killing us. Worse, casualties include alarmingly high death rates caused by the “friendly fire” of toxic pharmaceutical treatments as well as the unintended collateral damage caused by toxic screening methods.

Mammography is the first line of defense recommended for early detection. Ironically, these x rays are not only incapable of early detection, they are a known risk factor for breast cancer itself! A standard four-film mammography study exposes a woman to a dose of ionizing radiation sufficient to increase her risk of breast cancer one percent every single time, according to Dr. Samuel Epstein. Ten years of showing up to get “squished” for the recommended annual mammogram yields her a 10 percent increased risk for breast cancer!

“Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth,” said Dr. Charles B. Simone, a former clinical associate in immunology and pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute.

Are there other options? Thermal imaging is a remarkable, non-invasive technology truly capable of early detection. Inexplicably, this under-utilized technology is dismissed and even vilified by many institutional experts. Thermal scans can detect a neoplasm, or tumor, of a scant 256 cells in size. Compare this to mammograms that can only detect a tumor after it has been developing for around 8 years and grown to the size of more than 4 billion cells!

But the very most important detection method of all is the breast exam a woman should be regularly performing herself. According to Dr. Epstein, the American Cancer Society has admitted, “…at least 90 percent of the women who develop breast carcinoma discover the tumor themselves.”

We need the biggest education campaign ever to help women understand those risk factors they may control. How can we forge the national political will to eliminate sources of toxicity in the food supply, in the environment and yes, even in medical care?

Perhaps the time has come to declare that the war on breast cancer has been a counterproductive and tragic diversion from the real task of helping each woman understand how she may naturally experience greater breast health.

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Pennsylvania chiropractor asks – are you coachable?

by Sharon Gorman, D.C.

A couple of months ago my husband showed up to lunch one day with a surprise gift. He bought me a motor scooter. My husband has had a motorcycle for years and I was one of the few wives that I know who actually enjoyed riding on the back. All of that changed a few months ago. The bike is as big as a motorcycle and requires a motorcycle license to operate so last month I went and took a test and got my permit. Then I signed up for the 15 hour course offered by the state and at the completion of the course I took the test and got my license. I want to share with you a valuable lesson that I learned in the course.

The instructor had many different lessons that were designed to teach us different skills. He would explain the course and then we would take turns driving the course and he and the other coach would stand at the end of the course and explain to us what we could have done better. Sometimes we would drive the same course a dozen times and each time the coach would have something to say. Initially I would feel myself becoming defensive. Sometimes I would feel humble and teachable when I didn’t feel like I “got it” yet. Sometimes I felt myself judging the coach’s coaching. No matter what I felt, it was their job to continue coaching. They had nothing going on about it. It was their job. They were being paid to coach and they coached. They coached and we learned.

All of a sudden my mind flashed over to my life in Chiropractic and my practice. Imagine if I could have someone in my practice who would be able to guide me at every turn. Even though it sounds good the very thought of it ticks me off. Well I am in practice 22 years and I have done this and that and etc. Boy am I arrogant. Who would I allow to coach me? Who’s opinion would I trust enough to listen to? I don’t know the answer to those questions but I do know that most of the time in the past when my practice has grown by leaps and bounds it usually occurred after consulting a mentor. In order to allow this input in, I need to be coachable.

Those gentleman on the motorcycle course coaching me taught me one other lesson about myself. When I coach the team of people who work with me (my associates and CAs) I often feel like I am imposing my will on them by requesting them to do things that I want done. I don’t want them to feel like children who are being told to do their work without giving them any room for creativity or their own personal style. I wouldn’t want to stifle that creativity or style yet certain things have to be done the way that I say they should be done. I know that they want to do the best job they possibly can and as the boss who signs the checks then I am the boss and the coach. It is my job to bring the best out of them. It is my stuff that holds me back from coaching them. My fear of their rejection. My fear of them not liking me. If I give in to that fear then they will not be able to benefit from my experience and my ability to coach. Those coach’s on the riding course weren’t afraid to coach, they were getting paid to do it. They were just doing their job. Those of you that run chiropractic practices (or any business), it is your job too.

Now let’s take the lesson one step further, to the patients. They are in a fine jam when they first come in to your office. Most of the time their bodies have broken down to the point that they have a symptom. People with symptoms are often very coachable. In those first few visits what are we coaching them about chiropractic? What lessons will they take away about their lives and their health? Sometimes it seems easier to give them what they think they want. Adjust them until their symptoms subside and let them loose. It reminds me of that old saying I tell my patients when they return after a period of absence with the same symptom they originally came to the office with. I tell them that “I might be white and flaky, but I am not an aspirin.” There is not much transformation involved in simply treating their symptoms. There is not much coaching involved in doing that. Seems like it might be easier for us yet it is not. In the long run you will develop a practice of people who think that chiropractic is a cure for pain and use it only for that. Doing that would be very sad because they would never be able to experience the true miracle of chiropractic. That is not the kind of chiropractic that I would want for my own family or yours either. Sure not everyone is going to be ready to be coached to a new way of life yet it is our job to keep making the case for it.

Now have you noticed how I went from talking about being coached myself to talking about coaching my associates and staff to talking about coaching my patients? It is easier to look at coaching other people than being coached myself. That is a common defense mechanism. Now with the amount of success that I have achieved I could go on perfectly well without looking for a new mentor. I could have learned to ride that motor scooter without the help of those coaches. Probably would have taken me much longer and I might have accumulated a few more cuts and bruises along the way. The lesson that I really learned is that I want to have mentors and coaches and a support system so that I can move ahead with my progress and be more willing and able to serve more people and help to change the world.

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Seeing the Good in the Hearts of People

By Michael J. Moore, Doctor of Chiropractic

A recent experience that I had while Donna and I were on a trip to Palmer College in Iowa is worth repeating for the life lesson that it brought to me. On our way through the San Francisco Airport, I noticed a woman being escorted by an airline attendant. As we walked to her side, I noticed how the sun glasses she was wearing seemed out of place on this gray, overcast day. Then I saw her white cane sticking out of her carry-on bag. She talked with the attendant as she took her seat in the front of the bus which transports passengers between terminals. Donna and I followed with the other passengers. Every seat in the bus was full and most sat expressionless, exercising that typical blank stare of flight-weary travelers, attempting not to make eye contact.

When we arrived at the main terminal, I expected everyone aboard the shuttle bus to jump up as they typically do and push ahead to the door before the bus came to a complete stop. To our amazement, not a person moved or said a word when the bus came to a stop. All eyes were fixed on the blind woman and her attendant as they stood up, gathered her belongings, and navigated the steps off the bus. It was not until they had cleared the bottom step that anyone else stood to begin gathering their belongings. Donna and I sat there for a moment and glanced at each other. “Did you see what just happened?” Now that was a moment of respect in a busy international airport!

What if that moment of concern, patience, and extraordinary respect was given to each one on that bus, the airline attendant at the counter, the flight attendants, and the strangers you pass on the moving walkways? I wondered how that would change our experience of this trip and those we came in contact with that day.

Somehow it seems easier to acknowledge those in greatest need by pausing for a moment during our hectic lives. But what about those closest to us–our spouse, our kids, our co-workers, our classmates? Maybe simple little experiences like this time on the bus can remind us all that the important things are the simple things, and probably not “things” at all.

How about our attention, our moment’s concern for the well-being of a fellow man, or just being there to listen when your friend or child comes to us with a story or question? This is part of the giving back that can make all the difference in the quality of life for another and ourselves in turn.

On Valentine’s Day we gave out candles at our office with a card attached reading “May this candle and its flame represent your friendship and love for someone you care for. Light it, share it, and take a little time to be with and do something special for someone you love.” In my experience, cards and flowers are wonderful, but it is the spark of life, of love, of passion that we share that says more than words on a card could ever capture. Maybe the magic is not in the material gifts, the candy or flowers. The magic of the heart we seek just may be within us and is experienced when we share it with another.

The candle flame represents that spark, the reminder each time we see it that we do make a difference in the lives of others, and because of our choices in our living, we create the experience we call our lives. Let it not be just a little spark but a bon fire that lights the countryside by our presence!

B. J. Palmer, D.C., was quoted as saying, “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” This certainly has proven true in my life. What about yours?

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Dr. Michael Moore is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. He is a third-generation Redding Chiropractor. His office is located at 1484 Hartnell Avenue in Redding, California. @ 7:12 pm | Article ID: 1156223555

Tour de France with Broken Back – O’Grady credits Chiropractic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Professional cyclist, Stuart O’Grady had some nice things to say about the chiropractic care he received during the 2006 Tour de France. Nowadays, it’s rare for a top professional athlete not to be receiving chiropractic on a regular basis. A big thanks to all those doctors out there that are working hard and helping to keep the world’s top athletes in peak performance shape.

Australian Tour de France veteran Stuart O’Grady got himself caught up in a stage three pileup and fell off his bike during this year’s (2006) tour. Like any hard-core cyclist, he got back on his bike and finished the stage. A trip to the local hospital that evening revealed that Stuart had suffered a hairline fracture in his fourth lumbar vertebrae. With a spinal fracture, doctors felt it would be doubtful he would return to the race. But O’Grady did return, and he helped his team to win two stages and finished his 10th Tour de France.

Reporter Neal Rogers of asked O’Grady what it was like to continue the world’s toughest cycling race with a broken back. O’Grady replied, “it’s been hell.” He went on to say… “it’s a small miracle that I made it through the race. I’ve had so much chiropractic work done, morning and night, whenever possible. Without those guys I definitely wouldn’t have seen the 10th stage, let alone Paris.”

O’Grady has participated in the Tour de France since 1998, and he has contended for the prestigious sprinters’ maillot vert (green jersey) on several occasions, finishing second in the 1998 and 2005 edition of the race. He has also worn the maillot jaune (yellow jersey) of the race leader in the 1998 and 2001 edition of the Tour. He currently rides for Team CSC in the UCI ProTour road racing series and is contracted to them through to 2008.

Thanks to Dr. Steve Visentin of Care Chiropractic located in Denver, Colorado for mailing us content for use in this article. Visit Wikipedia for more information on pro cyclist Stuart O’Grady

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How important is it that we tell people about Chiropractic?

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

How important is it?

How important is it that we tell people about Chiropractic? How much urgency do you have about sharing it with others? Most of us have seen the benefit to us in more than just the removal of symptoms. To most of us Chiropractic has become a way of life. The principles have become a set of principles that we have grown to live with and we allow to guide our lives. When we have a symptom we don’t look outside of ourselves for an answer, we look for the cause. We have a certain respect for our bodies and for the intelligence that resides in it. We are pro-active in assuring our good health by including regular adjustments as a way to make sure that our nervous symptom is working the best that it can.

As time has proven for us – it works! The quality of our lives and our patient’s lives are much improved when they get adjusted on a regular basis. A healthy nervous system is key to having a body that can communicate within itself and maintain homeostasis. To most of you who are reading this you are thinking yeah, I know, I know. Well how much are you willing to do in order to have other people know? What we Chiropractors take for granted would truly transform the quality and sometimes quantity of others lives so why aren’t we shouting it from the rooftops? Some of us have done just that only to be shut down by people who doubt the importance of regular Chiropractic Care. When you are bringing a new principle to the world you can be pretty sure that the world isn’t going to receive it with open arms and accept it just because you shared it. Some will because you said it, some will have to research it, some will have to try it and see for themselves and some will not accept it no matter what you say or do. I admit sometimes it is frustrating but it is a small price to pay to present the possibility that might transform someone’s life. Sometimes being the messenger is not the easiest job. Suck it up. It is our lives purpose! It is our opportunity to change people’s lives. Don’t resent our uniqueness. Celebrate it! Share it! Tell the message like their lives depend on it! Don’t sell them short! This might be the only time that they put their attention on this issue and the only moment that you can make on impression on them. Don’t blow it! Give them an opportunity to choose a different way of life.

Let’s face it, if it makes enough sense to you to include regular Chiropractic Care in your life then it would make sense to most of them. You are smart and so am I. If they knew what we knew then they would do what we do. We need to wake up each day with as much excitement as we can about our life’s work. We need our passion to show through. In order for them to want what we have then we must be what they want to become. They need to sense our desire to serve, they must respect us and feel the energy that comes off of us and they must want to listen to us because who we are. All that doesn’t have to be packaged in a certain gender or height or clothing attire. They will feel our energy. They will feel our passion. They will be attracted to us and want to hear what we have to say. They will feel our passion and be attracted to us and our practices.

Thanks, I needed to hear that too!
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Having Babies – Home Births with Midwives

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

We have a problem with having babies, according to Sam Levenson, “Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.”

I wonder though, is the problem with the babies, or with our birthing habits?

My first experience with hospital births happened when I was born. That was in the Arlington Hospital in Arlington, Virginia way back in 1954.

Things were different back then. The nurses didn’t even ask my parents if they wanted the hospital staff to whack my wee-wee, they just whisked me off and cut, cut, cut! It was as automatic as slapping me on the behind.

“What’s that little bandage there on my baby with the blood on it?”

“That’s where we whacked your son’s wee-wee, you know, circumcision.”

“Oh! How come you did that?”

“Because we always do!”

“Ooh! Yuck!” And so on.

Then the nurse carried me off to a sterile, white, fluorescent-lit isolation ward hilariously referred to as a nursery. The room was full of little plastic boxes full of brand new babies wrapped-up in little blankets, all of us wondering what in the heck just happened.

I’m told they occasionally let me out for good behavior to see my mom, but only at feeding time. When that was done, they scooped me up and hustled me back to my plastic detention chamber. Where was my mama? Where was the warmth and how come I couldn’t hear that steady heartbeat I had been listening to my entire life so far?

Things were definitely different back when I was born. Dads didn’t even think of asking to come into the delivery room, much less expect they would be invited inside. I’m told we’ve come a long way since then.

For example, hospitals let dads into the delivery room nowadays to watch the birth and experience feelings of awe, spiritual mystery and complete helplessness. And circumcision was eventually recognized for what it always was, a cultural habit inappropriately assigned medical and hygienic importance.

Speaking of hospitals, I was recently invited to join a committee formed to improve medical services out here in the backcountry. Really important people were at the meeting, people from hospitals and clinics, people with power, rank and influence. And there I was, the symbolic “alternative one,” the non-medical doctor probably added for comic relief.

Mostly we talked about how far people had to drive to get to the hospital and problems with funding new hospitals and clinics and overcrowding in the hospitals and clinics already in operation.

One idea came up during the meeting that made a lot of sense. What about creating freestanding birth centers out in the backcountry? Wouldn’t that save moms from driving more than an hour to the hospital, save money, and free up space in the hospitals that were already too busy?

The idea was dismissed with zero discussion, as if someone had suggested we contract with Santa Claus for all future emergency transport using only his sleigh and reindeer.

“Nope, can’t be done,” all heads shook at once. “Not profitable,” they said as one.

Not profitable? I left the meeting wondering how that could be? I knew for a fact that the cost of having a baby at a freestanding birth center was at least a third less than a hospital birth. And home births with midwives cost nearly two-thirds less!

Perhaps they missed this report: “$13 to $20 billion a year could be saved in health care costs by demedicalizing childbirth, developing midwifery, and encouraging breastfeeding,” according to Frank Oski, M.D., Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Isn’t saving money profitable?

Midwives, of course, have been delivering babies since time immemorial. As Dr. Sarah Buckley pointed out, “Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.”

But that doesn’t stop people from trying. Non-medical births are publicly scorned as being outmoded and dangerous, while hospital-based births are touted as safer with better outcomes. Why is this message endlessly repeated despite a flood of evidence in the medical literature saying this just isn’t so? Midwife-attended births for low to moderate risk pregnancies (the majority of pregnancies), whether in the home or in birthing centers, are amply demonstrated to be at least as safe as hospital births, and probably safer.

Cordelia S. Hanna wrote of The National Birth Center Study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in December 1989, “…about 15 percent of women who begin labor in a freestanding birth center require transfer to an acute care facility, while only 2 percent require emergency transfer. The others were mainly transferred for slow progress or because the woman requested anesthesia. The overall cesarean section rate was 4.4 percent.”

This brings up an impressive distinction of births in non-medical settings. Not only are they safe, but the number of invasive medical interventions required to get the job done falls dramatically when midwives are in charge.

A woman giving birth in a hospital is much more likely to have an epidural, a cesarean section (c-section), a vacuum extraction, an episiotomy (the surgical cut to enlarge the vaginal opening), receive pitocin (a synthetic hormone to induce labor or else kick labor into high gear), and be strapped down with an electronic fetal monitor and a catheter so she can’t move.

As Ogden Nash put it, “Progress might have been all right once, but it’s gone on too long.”

Each of these interventions has a tendency to be iatrogenic, meaning the doctor’s action causes a new complication that interrupts the natural progression of birth. This creates an essentially preventable cascade of additional medical interventions with ever-increasing risk to both mom and baby.

The average C-section rate in hospitals across the United States by 2004 had climbed to 29 percent. That’s almost a third of all births, though in some states, such as New Jersey, the C-section rate exceeds 40 percent! The assurance that this is simply the modern method of birth preferred by modern women is starkly unscientific and opposes evidence-based medicine.

Medical leaders must be reminded over and over that the infant survival rate in the United States is atrocious, worse than just about every other industrialized nation in the world. In this context, every single medical intervention during birth and immediately after is unavoidably suspect of contributing to our abysmal infant mortality rate. This includes every medication, diagnostic procedure and vaccine.

“Obstetricians and hospitals have found that high-intervention birth, warranted or not, is very profitable…” said Tonya Jamois, president of the International Cesarean Awareness Network.

Finally I understood why the idea of a low-tech, low-cost birthing facility in the backcountry was greeted with indifference: not-for-profit hospitals base their decisions on profitability, and a freestanding birth center run by midwives would be just too low-intervention to be profitable.

Solving complex problems requires thinking outside the box; in this case, outside the hospital – perhaps inside homes and birth centers. How can we plan and fund facilities, transfer systems and public education programs that reflect the requirements of healthy birthing, the universal and natural experience of bringing a child into the world? How can we support the training and licensing of more midwives and expand the influence of that remarkable and timeless profession?

Carla Hartley, founder of Trust Birth, pinpointed our dilemma, “We’ve put birth in the same category with illness and disease and it’s never belonged there.”

Do you suppose it would help solve our serious hospital crises if we separated out normal physiological events, such as birthing, that are currently treated as if they were emergency, life-threatening operations? The medical mantra, “That’s what we always do!” simply does not cut it any more, literally.

© Darrel Crain, 2006 All rights reserved.
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Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
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Top Chiropractors in the United States

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

A few weeks ago I began compiling a list of the top 100 chiropractors in the world. My intention when creating the list was to find out which doctors of chiropractic had been the most influential to doctors in practice today. In other words, who were (or are) the biggest movers and shakers in the chiropractic profession. The names that came back were mostly what I expected. Chiropractic leaders such as BJ Palmer, DD Palmer, Reggie Gold, Sid Williams, James Sigafoose, Sylvia Ashworth, Carl Cleveland, Ian Grassam, Tom Gelardi, Joe Flesia and Guy Riekeman have been suggested several times and the list continues to grow. It appears now though that we will be creating more than one list as a result of an experience I had this past weekend.

On Saturday, August 5, 2006 I was hanging out in the pool at the Four Seasons Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a typical chiropractic Saturday afternoon in the hot Phoenix sun. About 20 chiropractors and myself were engaged in a swimming contest to see who could swim the greatest length underwater without coming up for air. This was purely an event of endurance, along with some testosterone and a bit of discipline. While the event went on, at the side of the pool we were engaged in the discussion of some of the greatest chiropractors known. I began talking about our top 100 chiropractors and the feedback I received made me realize we would be creating more than one list.

Yes, we will have a list of the top 100 chiropractic influencers of all time. What was brought to my attention on Saturday though is that there were and continue to be chiropractors that people will travel hundreds of miles for and even get on planes to go see. BJ Palmer certainly had that reputation but we’d like to find out who has such a reputation today.

Michael Moore in Panama (photo taken in 2002)I can tell you in the years that I’ve been traveling in United States and other parts of the world there are a handful of chiropractors that come to mind for me. One such chiropractor is Dr. Michael Moore. Michael is a graduate of Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa. He is a third-generation chiropractor practicing in Redding, California. I had a chance to speak with Michael over the past weekend and plan to get some of the audio online. I’ll put a link right here when the file is available.

I remember being in Panama several years ago and watching Michael adjust a woman that had not stood up in some 10 years. This woman had some condition that resulted in her body remaining totally straight. I remember watching a group of people carrying her into the city gymnasium and then laying her on the floor. Michael worked on her for quite awhile and there must have been 30 or 40 people in a circle around them. I believe Michael and his wife went home with the woman and her family that night and he continued to provide chiropractic care for her throughout the next day. We can get into the details of the story at another time. The point is that Michael Moore is one of those chiropractors that other chiropractors turn to for guidance and assistance when it comes to healing.

One of the doctors from the weekend was telling me that he’s known of chiropractors that have taken an airline trip to go stay with Michael and his family when they’ve needed “crisis chiropractic care.” I’m not talking ultrasound and cold lasers, I’m talking hands-on chiropractic above-down-inside-out healing.

There are probably hundreds of chiropractors like Dr. Moore throughout the world. We’d like to share their stories. E-mail me by clicking on the envelope image at the top of this article and tell us what you know about the greatest chiropractic hands-on healers in your life. @ 7:53 am | Article ID: 1155232425

Ultrasound During Pregnancy

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

“Look Daddy, the baby is smiling and waving at you on TV!” the pregnant woman said joyously to her husband.

The expectant couple has just forked over about three hundred clams to the clerk in the ultrasound boutique at the mall. Now they’re watching their unborn baby on a large television screen as it flails tiny arms and legs while twisting its little head back and forth.

I call this phenomenon “recreational ultrasound.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls it “an unapproved use of a medical device.” The Bureau of Radiological Health calls ultrasound “non-ionizing radiation.”

Speaking of unregulated medical devices, are you old enough to remember those x-ray machines they used to have in shoe stores so you could see your foot inside the shoe? Kids loved playing with those contraptions while their moms were busy fitting shoes. Who knew the little box was emitting a steady stream of ionizing x rays into our bodies as we played? We took turns first putting in feet, then hands and finally elbows. Luckily, the opening at the bottom of the gizmo was too small for us to fit in a head.

Ultrasound was first developed as a military tool to detect enemy submarines in World War II, then became a powerful medical imaging tool. It has now evolved as a political tool, championed by anti-abortion groups for its ability to portray graphic images of very early human life. This understandably confounds efforts at effective federal regulation.

Consider the words of President George W. Bush, quoted by Luke Shockman in the Toledo Blade: “Today, through sonograms and other technology, we can clearly – see clearly that unborn children are members of the human family, as well. They reflect our image, and they were created in God’s own image.”

You don’t suppose there’s any chance that friends in high places have anything to do with the perpetuation of lax federal regulations over recreational ultrasound, do you?

Parents might suppose the reason their baby is seen twisting, flexing, and opening and closing its mouth during the ultrasound video is because the baby realizes, “It’s show time!” Research, however, tells us that these active motions always begin as soon as the ultrasound is switched on only because the baby is desperately trying to get out of the way of the penetrating beam.

Babies exposed to ultrasound energy seem to “hear” intense sound, even though the frequency of ultrasound waves are outside the auditory range of humans. Researchers believe that the rapid vibration of the tiny, developing hearing structures caused by the ultrasound energy produces the effect. According to Mayo Foundation researcher Mostafa Fatemi, PhD., babies experience ultrasound as an intensely loud sound, “…equivalent to the level of sound produced by an approaching subway train.”

Many years ago Bertolt Brecht observed, “Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear.”

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) maintains that no biological effects on pregnant women have ever been confirmed. We shouldn’t be too surprised, since no major studies on exposed pregnant moms have ever been done.

But what about the babies? Substantial evidence has accumulated suggesting that ultrasound exposure has the potential to harm a growing fetus.

“Studies on humans exposed to ultrasound have shown possible adverse effects, including premature ovulation, pre-term labor or miscarriage, low birth weight, poorer condition at birth, dyslexia, delayed speech development, and less right-handedness, a factor which in some circumstances can be a marker of damage to the developing brain,” according to Sarah Buckley, M.D., Australian family practitioner and author.

“Nor should it be forgotten that in the monkey studies the ultrasound babies sat or lay around the bottom of the cage, whereas the little control monkeys were up to the usual monkey tricks. Long-term follow up of the monkeys has not been reported,” said British author Beverley Lawrence Beech.

My favorite ultrasound story comes from a friend in New York City several years ago. After completing a routine ultrasound scan on his wife, the helpful obstetric nurse checked her clipboard and said, “Oh, I see you two don’t want to know the gender, that’s fine!” Halfway out the door she turned back and said, “Oh, are you going to want a circumcision?”

What immediate biologic effects occur when ultrasound radiation interacts with living human tissue? The focused beam of high energy causes two distinct effects in the body, both of which generate heat. The first is a local temperature rise of about 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the radiated tissue. This rise is presumed to be insignificant.

The second is cavitation, a process whereby small pockets of gas present in human tissue vibrate rapidly and then collapse. Temperatures in the gas are said to reach many thousands of degrees Celsius. This alters normal human chemistry in the vicinity of the generated heat. A number of abnormal, potentially toxic chemicals are produced in this way. The effects of this toxicity on the rapidly dividing cells of a growing baby are not known.

False positive findings in routine ultrasound scans scare the heck out of pregnant moms all too frequently. This causes anxiety, unnecessary and invasive interventions, increased cesarean births, and fewer babies carried full-term.

“Although we now have sufficient scientific data to be able to say that routine prenatal ultrasound scanning has no effectiveness and may very well carry risks, it would be naive to think that routine use will not continue,” wrote Marsden Wagner.

The American Medical Association opposes routine ultrasound screening and has clearly listed those ultrasound applications considered unnecessary and to be avoided.

At the top of the bad things list is using ultrasound to confirm the baby’s gender. This, of course, is the major reason modern couples are interested in ultrasound scans in the first place.

Other no-nos include using ultrasound to determine the age of the baby, determine the baby’s size, confirm multiple pregnancies, and determine the position of the baby in the womb. I am told these precautions are pretty much universally ignored in the doctor offices of America.

As my wife commented, “Those are the exact reasons I was given when I was pregnant and told to go get an ultrasound!”

What happens if we don’t tame our technology? “If the human race wants to go to Hell in a basket, technology can help it get there by jet,” said Charles Allen.

The proliferation of unnecessary ultrasound exposure begins to sound like deja vu all over again recalling the history of medical x rays. For fifty years routine use of x rays during pregnancy was enthusiastically endorsed by medical doctors. The x-ray habit persisted even as the cumulative and carcinogenic effects of x-ray exposure became well recognized.

We now have the experience of about forty years of diagnostic ultrasound in obstetric practice and still we wait for long-term safety studies. All this time we have repeatedly heard the unsupported claim that ultrasound is a benign technology, safe for routine use.

Practitioners have widely ditched the old-fashioned, reliable tools of skilled hands and stethoscopes to conduct prenatal exams in favor of ultrasound radiation. I’m just wondering, did we accidentally throw out the baby with the bathwater this time?

Dr. Darrel Crain
Family Chiropractor
Natural Health Writer
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How’s Your Flow? (Monday Morning Message)

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Catchy title, especially for you fellow ladies, but that is not what I meant. I’m talking about your office. This is usually our busiest time of the year and true to form we have been starting a ton of new patients. The only problem is that our overall numbers haven’t been growing. I had to stop and take a look and actually consult myself for a minute. What would I tell me if I was not me but looking at my stats. This is a very interesting way of looking at things for those of you who are looking to serve more people such as myself. What’s the block? Is it me? Is it my CA’s? Is it my associates? Is it my floorplan? My computer program? Is it my vision?

It is important to look at all but it is dangerous to look too hard. I have a tendency to think that everything is wrong and needs to be changed. That is usually not the answer and it will just create a lot of chaos. It takes a lot of honesty on my part to look at all of this because on the other side of the coin, I don’t want to make changes. I just want different results. Might sound like you – huh? It’s hard to move into the future without understanding the past (as much as possible).

So I tweaked things a little. I’m convinced that these little changes are going to make a big difference. Right there is half the battle. I have to give myself permission to break the lock and become unstuck. A lot of why I was stuck is because I believed that I was stuck. Next I need to stop staring at what I might think is not working and time to focus on what I know is working. I need to be in the best shape that I can be so that I can inspire those that work with me to perform at that level too. It is very difficult to function at my best and beat myself up at the same time. I need to forgive myself and move on. I need to do the very best job that I can and then turn it over to God. I am not responsible for the results. I am responsible for the causes. When I can truly turn it over and trust, then I can walk in faith and rest assured that everything is turning out just the way it should – in God’s speed.

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