Month: August 2006

Great Chiropractic Influences Both Past and Present

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Last week I began receiving e-mails from people throughout the world regarding a question I had asked in a Planet Chiropractic newsletter. I wanted to know who were/are the most influential chiropractors in your life? I am putting together a top 100 list of the world’s greatest chiropractors of all time and the feedback I have received to this point has been good. Thought I would share some of the names with you to see just how many of these individuals have influenced your life.

The following is some feedback I received…

From Canada… My picks for the top chiro’s of all time are BJ Palmer, DD Palmer, Reggie Gold, Sid Williams, and myself (the “myself” being Dr. Brad Deaken).

The most important chiropractor in my life has been Dr. Joseph Flesia. I met Dr. Joe as a student at National College. No, not at the school but at a seminar. Ha Ha! Anyway, Dr. Joe spoke my language and it was like a breath of fresh air to have someone so passionate about pure chiropractic. Currently I would mention Dr. Kevin Pallis who now owns Renaissance. Dr. Kevin is a real blessing. He is the closest thing to Dr. Joe. Thanks! Dr. Robb Baker

Most influential chiropractors:

BJ Palmer, DD Palmer, Joe Flesia, Guy Riekemann, Reggie Gold, Pasquale Cerasole, Sid Williams, Tom Gelardi, Christopher Kent, Charlie Ward, Sean Powers, Jennifer Peet, Sharon Gorman

Hugs from Peter Kevorkian & Patti Giuliano
Westwood, Massachusetts

I’m a brand new subscriber to your newsletter, and already don’t think I can live without it as a student of this wonderful science, art & philosophy. I’m a second year Chiropractic student attending the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Regarding your “top 100 survey”, my vote would be that of Dr. J. DeMartini. We had a motivational talk from him not so long ago, and have been a fan of his books for quite a while, in fact, he is one of the reasons I chose chiropractic as a career in the first place.

If there is a chiropractor in the world that should be one of the best 100, Dr. Douglas John Inkol, D.C. ought to be the first. I say this in the name of hundreds of patients he left behind on the island of Malta. We all miss his chiropractic treatments and his knowledge. With Dr. Inkol the Maltese found other ways and means for better healing, without drugs and surgery, something we never knew that existed. So my vote goes to Dr. Douglas John Inkol — Thanks.

DD Palmer: need I explain?, BJ Palmer: ditto, Mabel Palmer: ditto, Carl Cleveland,, Sid Williams, Jim Parker, David Palmer, Guy Riekeman, Joe Flesia, Clay Thompson, Clarence Gonstead, Carol Billingsly (my first chiropractic mentor), Jim Sigafoose, Joe Strauss, Richard Santo, Tom Gelardi, Mike Shreeve (a current mentor of mine), Ian Grassam, Gerry Clum, and… the “everyday” chiropractor — making a fundamental, monumental difference to his/her community every day of the week!

Danita Thomas Heagy, DC
St. Augustine, Florida

As you may have noticed, we are beginning to see multiple names appearing from several sources. As we get more input from others some names will percolate to the top and others (while still influential) may move into position 101 on the list. If you’d like to submit an entry for the top 100, you can contact us by clicking on the envelope at the beginning of this article. @ 10:16 am | Article ID: 1154981785

Chiropractic Health Care Continues to Expand Globally Report

Since its humble beginnings in the small town of Davenport, Iowa, the natural & drugless healing profession known as chiropractic has continued its growth beyond the borders of North America.

It was September of 1895 when Daniel David Palmer, founder of chiropractic, made the first spinal adjustment. Before that time there were no chiropractors in the United States, or anywhere else in the world. D.D. Palmer introduced the world to what he called “Chiropractic,” a new natural health care system intended to get sick people well and keep the well from getting sick.

More than 110 years later the professional practice of chiropractic is licensed and regulated in every North American state. States such as California began licensing doctors of chiropractic as separate and distinct health-care practitioners (not governed by or relating to the practice of medicine) in the early 1900s. For several decades, other states followed to the point that chiropractic had become a licensed profession in every US state. Chiropractic also expanded early on into Canada, the birthplace of its founder. Like the great inventor Thomas Edison, Palmer was there to deliver something new that would affect the lives of countless millions. Listening to our MP3 podcasts today, we don’t give much if any thought to Edison and his invention of the tin foil phonograph back in 1877.

What was known almost exclusively to North Americans in the early 1900s, the practice of chiropractic has been expanding for the past century throughout the world. There are chiropractors in Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, and many other countries. This year chiropractic has not only seen expansion and growth in its birthplace country, the United States, it is experiencing global expansion in places such as Taiwan, Panama, Mexico and Russia.

Earlier this year reported on the growth of chiropractic in Taiwan. Government legislators were reported in the press to have been positive about the growth of chiropractic in their country. Legislators felt well educated chiropractors would provide a beneficial service to the public and noted that there was an increasingly high demand for chiropractic services in the country.

South Africa has also been reporting steady growth and there are now two well-established chiropractic schools located in South Africa. One is at the Durban Institute of Technology, and the other at the University of Johannesburg. The practice of chiropractic in South Africa is regulated by law and reports suggest that government and public acceptance are good. There are still few chiropractors practicing in other African countries. Areas such as Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, have less than a handful of chiropractors practicing there.

Mexico has a new (and the countries only) school of chiropractic that has opened at the State University in Mexico City. The chiropractic program in Mexico was developed along with participation from Northwestern Health Sciences University of Minnesota and Parker Chiropractic College of Texas.

Some of the latest news on Chiropractic’s global growth comes from Russia. Chiropractors have been working for the past few years with business professionals, medical professionals, and other health-care practitioners to expand the practice of chiropractic in St. Petersburg. While the expansion of chiropractic into Russia is relatively new, there are plans to open more clinics and possibly a chiropractic school there. @ 5:42 pm | Article ID: 1154576590

Is Medical Science an Oxymoron?

by Darrel Crain, Chiropractor

Today’s topic is Medical Science, one of the most expensive and prominent enterprises in our country. The time has come to give the scientific theories of medicine a checkup and find out how healthy they are. First though, we need to review the basics of real scientific inquiry. “The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline baggage,” said Mike Russell.

Clearly, there are loads of scientific theories floating around out there, but how scientific are they? Science is very systematic and operates according to strict rules. At the top of the Ten Commandments of Science, if such a thing existed, you would find, “Thou shalt not make assumptions!” That is because real scientists do not allow anyone to assume anything, ever. You must test everything. For example, this would be a typical greeting between a person and a scientist:

“Good morning, doctor,” says the person. “Can you prove it?” would be the reply. “Well, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, I got my research grant…”

“Those are subjective observations you bozo, I need proof! Unless you have verifiable data, we have no way of knowing if the morning is a good morning, an average morning, a sucky morning, or what.” Sometimes, when you see a scientist coming toward you, it is wise to simply nod and keep walking.

Real science is based on a strict hierarchy, the lowliest factor of all being a Scientific Theory. Theories are educated guesses that sound reasonable and appear to make sense, but have not been proven true or false. Theories are tested all over the world by scientists dedicated to disproving them by shredding, chopping and mincing the theories into impossibly tiny fragments and throwing them into large gurgling vats of wicked-smelling chemicals.

If the theory passes the tortuous tests of all the scientists, it grows up and becomes a Principle. Principles make up the foundation, the very bedrock of science. The hallmark of a principle is that it never shows any fluctuation and is 100 percent reliable. It was a theory at one time, disputed, vilified, tortured and all that, but it just couldn’t be proven wrong or murdered.

Gravity is such a principle. Gravity is an unseen force that never falters. It was proven over time to be a universal truth by observing gravity’s effect on objects, which together we are going to demonstrate right now. However, because we are talking about real science here, I cannot assume that you are reading this on planet Earth (remember, no assumptions). Just for the moment, let us imagine that you really are on the home planet. Pull your car keys out of your pocket right now, hold them up and then let go. What happened? They dropped to the floor, didn’t they? If you repeated this procedure thousands of times, the very same thing would happen 100 percent of the time; not occasionally, not half the time, but every single time. Gravity is truly a principle.

A key point about real science and real scientists is that changes must be made constantly to fit new verifiable facts into scientific practice as this information comes to light and is verified. At times, information comes along that requires scientists to entirely throw out accepted truths when they are shown to no longer be true.

Okay, we are now ready to do a brief checkup on the practice of medical science. First off, I have heard some people call medical science an oxymoron. This is a very mean thing to say, because oxymoron is made up of two words: oxy, which is short for oxygen, and moron, which means idiot. How could anyone suggest that medical science is simply oxygen for idiots?

My guess would be that such critics of modern medicine are attempting to express disagreement with the popular belief that all medical procedures are scientifically proven to be: a) beneficial, b) safe, and c) the best option available for enhancing one’s health.

Now, in our examination of medicine, the first red flag to pop up is this: despite spending more money than any other modern nation in the world on health matters, we have more illness and disease than just about any other country. Whoa! Can we spot any major scientific errors here to account for this? Uh-oh, could there be an assumption or unproven theory lurking at the very bottom of medical science? Is it possible that the very foundation of modern medicine has a few quacks in it? Yup, it appears so. Here is the unproven assumption responsible: more medicine equals better medicine. We can test that theory by looking for hard evidence.

Dr. Elliot Fisher at Dartmouth recently completed a study comparing medical care around our own country and concluded, “If anything, it looks like there is a substantially increased risk of death if cared for in high-cost systems.” His findings mirror earlier studies in which a comparison of unrestricted access to medical testing and therapies resulted in greater illness and higher death rates.

What if we turn that assumption on its head? Let us now test the reverse version of that theory: less medical intervention equals greater health. Real science demands that we examine available evidence for clues as to what would happen if we reduced medical interventions.

Several published studies in the medical literature credit the absence of medical interventions, particularly antibiotics and vaccines, as a reliable predictor for the ability of a well-fed and active child to develop a robust immune response to microbes in the environment. Interestingly, some of these studies describe populations with minimal or zero use of vaccination and medication that enjoy great health, plus they avoid many chronic diseases commonly seen in the general population of the United States.

It turns out that the more closely we inspect the current standards of medical care and standard medical procedures in our country, the more assumptions and unproven theories we find operating as if they were established principles.

The annual flu shot is based on the assumption that flu shots save lives and prevent influenza infection. The mass vaccination of children against numerous infectious childhood diseases is based on the assumption that doing so is beneficial for individual children and the society as a whole. Considerable evidence exists in the medical literature suggesting that no actual scientific data supports these assumptions, not to mention alarming levels of toxicity in people that result from these practices.

One may be tempted to conclude that the lack of using valid scientific analysis to measure the outcomes of standard medical interventions is intentional. “You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough,” said Joseph E. Levine.

My own profession, chiropractic, in its 111 years of existence, has been routinely accused of being unscientific. Ironically, this is because chiropractic is based on the principle of an unseen force, measurable only by its effect on living things. “A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.” Within our bodies this force is known as an Innate Intelligence that develops us and maintains us in health. Some call this unseen force the hand of God. Other people use different names, but we may simply call it the force of life.

Other traditional healing disciplines share a similar, underlying premise that recognizes the limitless and sustainable resources available through natural healing. Luckily, modern medicine is loaded with intelligent and dedicated professionals who increasingly apply real scientific standards to their clinical practices. Based on the results of today’s checkup, we are forced to conclude that natural healers and minimal-intervention medical doctors offer the best hope for a cure to modern medicine.

© 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 @ 6:23 am | Article ID: 1154449423