Month: December 2006

Information Packet About Chiropractic School

I received an e-mail this week from a person in Michigan who is requesting an information packet sent to them about chiropractic school and also wants to know when the next semester begins.

There are currently 18 different chiropractic schools in the United States and all have different start times for semesters. Some of the schools go by a trimester system, and the others follow a semester system.

Planet Chiropractic does not send out (via mail or e-mail) information packets regarding chiropractic schools in the United States. That information can be acquired from the schools themselves.

Click the following link to view a web page listing all chiropractic schools in the United States. Address and phone information is available for each school. I recommend all prospective students contact each school individually (you may as well contact them all) and order an information packet. That way you can review the information offered from each chiropractic institution. If you are seeking information from either of the two schools located in Canada, you can get that information here.

The California Cedar Fire lessons : a Chiropractors Perspective

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

The Cedar Incident, as it is called, is the largest fire ever recorded in California history. Now I don’t know about you, but calling that unimaginably devastating fire an “incident” just sounds puny and disrespectful. I think of an incident as a minor annoyance that is only slightly painful, such as the Invisible Skateboard Incident last night on my dark front porch.

For a fire that devastated more than 280,000 acres, leveled 2,232 residences and killed 15 people, more fitting names come to mind such as the Cedar Inferno, the Cedar Conflagration, or the Cedar Incomprehensibly Destructive Instant Landscape Transformation.

Here is a sincere wish that all the thousands of people affected by the fire have found the words of Euripides to be true, “There is in the worst of fortune the best of chances for a happy change.”

A base camp for the Cedar Incident was hastily put together on Viejas tribal land, a virtual city of tents populated by many hundreds of firefighters. A group of us volunteers was set up in a large tent–chiropractors, massage therapists and an acupuncturist–all of us attended by long lines of grateful, exhausted, aching men and women through the day and into the evening. The second day I lost count after adjusting more than 120 firefighters before lunch.

Many of those amazing folks told me it was a career fire, the likes of which they would never see again. Firefighters drove here in their rigs from every corner of California and all the way from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and other states I am probably forgetting.

One fire crew described in hilarious detail a painful and punishing ride they endured all the way down from Utah crammed into the cab of a small brushfire truck designed for extremely short trips at a top speed of 50 miles per hour.

I was honored to meet so many dedicated people who left behind wives, husbands and kids to come and help put out the big fire. It was an awe-inspiring week dominated by images of nature’s raw and limitless power tempered by countless individual acts of heroism and people in the community rising up to help each other.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we learned a few lessons from the fire. For example, pumping well water to defend structures against a blazing fire only works until the fire takes out the electricity. Oops. County and state officials apparently learned lessons too, such as the need for effective communication among so many people working directly in the path of danger, and the need to somehow prepare for a more rational mass evacuation.

We managed to evacuate our families and pack them off to relatives in North Park with a couple of kids, cats, and computers thrown into cars. They promptly joined a massive traffic jam created by hundreds of other households trying to escape the fire through Harbison Canyon all at once.

My sister Cass drove off a few minutes later towing a large horse trailer full of all the big animals except for one horse, a goat and a dog, all of whom refused to be loaded into the trailer. By the time Cass reached the road, traffic was at a complete standstill even as the front end of the blaze approached. Suddenly, all drivers instinctively knew that the time had come to abandon normal traffic etiquette. Cars began streaming down through the canyon using both traffic lanes, barely ahead of the flames.

My brother in law Greg and I were not really intending to stay and fight the fire, it just turned out that way. One thing led to another and the next thing we knew we were running around and around and back and forth putting out fires as they sprang up from scurrying clouds of cinders and sneaky crawling flames. Our neighbor Bill stayed too. He hooked up garden hoses all along the hillside adjacent to a row of houses and successfully fended off continually shifting and flying flames. About three in the morning we were all able to take a break.

With Bill’s help, we only lost a few outbuildings, a couple of trailers and an old tractor. One trailer, a vintage 1950 Crown travel trailer of sturdy sheet aluminum was reduced to molten puddles in the dirt from the extreme temperatures of the fire. The aluminum hardened into interesting cloud shapes that we later hung up as wall sculptures. Luck brought us safely through all the craziness of the wildly shifting winds and the relentlessly recurring flames, otherwise we might have become statistics ourselves.

Which brings me to insurance companies. I have never understood the so-called logic of fire insurance companies. For example, over the decades companies have cancelled fire insurance on our old ranch seemingly whenever someone drops a cigarette butt on the carpet of their home office in Cleveland, Ohio or wherever it is. They always send a letter with the three magic words underlined in red: Dangerous Fire Area.

What I don’t understand is this. On two separate occasions, twenty-nine years ago and then three years ago in the Cedar fire, our land burned completely to a crisp–a fine, gray dust. But not the houses. What you’ve got here is a 100 percent positive record of safety. If there were any justice in this world, they would reward us using some kind of point system to grant substantial reductions in our insurance premiums each time we pull through an intense fire. So far they have not offered to do this.

During the few days I spent at the Cedar base camp in the big tent, conversations inevitably turned to the reasons a fire could become as huge and uncontrollable as the Cedar fire. A number of firefighters agreed that the standard practice of immediately extinguishing all wildfires ignores the potential wisdom of allowing nature to periodically run its course and burn off large areas of flammable undergrowth.

I am no judge of this view, my fire expertise is limited to keeping the home fires burning. But what they said made a lot of sense to me. “Man masters nature not by force but by understanding,” according to mathematician and philosopher Jacob Bronowski.

I am reminded of other ways we humans persist in using technology seemingly for its own sake. Perhaps the big fire is an apt metaphor for customs in modern society, including some of our major strategies for public health. The words of the great Roman philosopher Cicero come to mind, “Never can custom conquer nature, for she is ever unconquered.”

Currently, a primary goal of public health is to reduce the incidence of self-limiting infectious diseases in the short term. Does this strategy make sense any more knowing as we do that it contributes to huge, uncontrollable fires of devastating chronic disease in the long term?

Time will tell. One thing is for certain though, I’m planning to replace the bulb in the front porch light. My primary goal this week is to avoid any more skateboard incidents.

Dr. Darrel Crain is a Family Chiropractor and Natural Health Writer practicing in San Diego, California. He is the President of the CCA San Diego County District and can be reached at 619-445-0100 @ 7:43 am | Article ID: 1166553838

Chiropractic School Section Focused on Education

This section will be dedicated to topics that involve the discussion of chiropractic schools, primarily in the United States. Several students from around the globe have offered to provide information related to their schools. I appreciate their input so that we can get information about chiropractic school in in places such as South Africa, New Zealand, the UK, Mexico, Japan, and Canada.

I get e-mails at on a daily basis from people asking questions related to chiropractic schools. Many want to know what the entrance requirements are, which schools are best, which schools are most affordable, which schools have strong student support, which schools have the best alumni associations, etc.

I probably won’t be able to get every question I get e-mailed but I am planning to address at least a question or two per week in hopes that future chiropractors, family members, and others can gather the information they are seeking in order to make an educated decision regarding the field of chiropractic.

Chiropractic Salaries added to this Blog

I have been receiving several emails per day regarding chiropractic salaries, jobs, practice methods, school requirements, and all sorts of related (and unrelated) stuff.

After a few months of e-mailing back and forth with people I’ve decided to create at least two sections in this blog area that will be dedicated to posing questions, answering questions, and hosting discussions related to the subject of chiropractic salaries and chiropractic schooling.

In some ways the two categories will be related but in many ways they are not. Someone in active practice really doesn’t care about school since they’ve already graduated, taken national and state boards, and have other things on their mind. The e-mails I get from people that have not entered school yet involve different subjects and questions from those that have been in the field for several years.

I will be selecting from the content from e-mails I receive and expand upon it here. If you have anything to offer or want to participate you can either register so that you can post comments to this blog or get in touch with me via e-mail.

What Do You Want?

by Michael J. Moore, D.C.

“The only way you can eliminate a bad habit is when it’s standing in the way of something you want more.” – Gandhi

So what is it we want more of? Is it a better physique, more energy, stronger relationships, a happy family, a sense of purpose, or better health? Any or all may be on our list as desires or dreams, but have we really considered what “lies in our way” of reaching them? What bad habits, beliefs, or excuses have we continued to carry forward that in the past seemed to have ruled the day? These old self-defeating beliefs, simple lack of will, and less than consistent self-discipline allow space for the “old habits” to thrive. What looked so easy at the start of a new year quickly fades into the sunset on the third day of a new routine or resolution!

Welcome to the club! So what is that magic, that drive, and stick-to-itness that motivates and moves the average man or woman to accomplish what they set out to do? What power do some have to change their life, to take on a new habit or way of life that continues to enhance their world without the battle or struggle?

There are no doubt many ways to find “that something” that you want more. For me, it relates to finding a purpose that is bigger than myself, a purpose that serves others in some way. This larger sense of “why” creates a momentum of its own and a burning desire from within that moves the body and quiets the complaining mind and emotions as you begin a new direction or activity. This energy brings with it the courage and will to follow it through.

The bigger challenge is in finding that sense of purpose and then maintaining it in your everyday consciousness. This is different for each person. The challenge is to find “that something”, purpose, idea, or action that will move us off dead center. Look to those things that touch your heart, for which you will do whatever it takes to achieve. Those are the things that will give you the power and strength to overcome old habits or beliefs and reach the goals of which you dream. Rise to the challenge and have a great time along the way!

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Dr. Michael Moore is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. He is a third-generation chiropractor practicing in the city of Redding, California. His office is located at 1484 Hartnell Avenue (between Victor Avenue and Church Creek Road). @ 6:20 am | Article ID: 1166116848

Final exams have stressed college students seeking chiropractic

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

Chiropractors across the United States have been reporting an increase in visits from university and college students during the past two weeks as they prepare for final examinations.

If you are a college student, this is definitely the time of year that you are likely to experience great stress, anxiety, and pressure related to final exams. While some students reach for the Ritalin, Red Bull, and Starbucks, others choose to go the natural way, making increased visits to their local chiropractor.

Let’s face it, final exams are part of college life whether students like it or not. Every student, and even the professors, may feel pressure and anxiety building up during final exam season. The last thing a student needs is to be stressed, sick, or too uncomfortable to be able to sit for several hours at a time, while taking exams.

Students are finding themselves hunched over the books, up late in school libraries, and churning through flash cards at uncanny speeds. Some students have told me the most stressful thing is having more than one final on the same day, as it becomes tough to focus due to the time constraints.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chiropractor advertise or promote to college students about the importance of receiving adjustments during final exam season but somehow they’ve gotten the idea that chiropractic care is a way to go in relieving stress, un-clouding the mind, and staying focused. About two weeks ago, I had my first college student come in from Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles, specifically asking for a “final exam preparation adjustment.” I thought it was funny and laughed it off but was impressed that this young 18 year-old freshman took it upon himself to be responsible and come into the office for spinal and nervous system tuning while preparing for his exams. Later that day other students began showing up mentioning stress and anxiety related to preparing for exams.

There are two major universities nearby our office that most college students come from, UCLA and LMU. Since that first student came in two weeks ago we’ve probably had 40 or more college students mentioning final exams as a cause of stress during the week. That’s pretty significant here in Los Angeles since the traffic right now is horrendous and getting to our office is no easy task. Today, some are coming in already done with their last exam for the year and are now requesting a “post final exam I am going to do a lot of partying adjustment.” Fortunately, we have just the thing for them!

You don’t have to live in Los Angeles to have spinal stress, even though the 405 and 10 freeways are often times primary causes of vertebral subluxation. College students all over the world would benefit from a chiropractic adjustment, or series of adjustments, not only this week, but in the weeks to follow. Many chiropractic offices offer special plans for college students so that they can receive chiropractic care on a regular basis. Ask your local chiropractor if they have a student plan that will suit your needs.

Dr. Michael Dorausch is a practicing chiropractor in Los Angeles, California. While the office serves mainly residents of the beach communities of Santa Monica, Venice, and Playa del Rey, it doesn’t matter where you’re coming from. If you can get there, they will do their best to serve you. @ 10:38 am | Article ID: 1166045908

Celebration of Dr. William E. Tickel, Chiropractor

Submitted by Tickel Family Members

TICKEL, Dr. William E. Known as Will to his friends, was born the son of an ironworker 60 years ago in May in a steel and paper mill town along the Miami River in southern Ohio.

Will Tickel - ChiropractorHe was a chiropractor and one of the vanishing breed of “old-timers” who practiced innately by hand only. In his youth, he had been a professional musician, a drummer. He was respected in his middle years for his way with words as a speaker and writer.

He was a Christian who fathered five sons, as he put it, “one fine daughter.” He loved a fireplace and a bowl of popcorn. His outstanding attribute was that he sought the truths and principles of life and attempted to live according to his heart. This speaks well of a man. He was the last of four children, and outlived his sister. He is survived by his wife, Pamela, a chiropractor herself, six children, and eleven grandchildren, including three who are also chiropractors- William David, James William, and Geoffrey Abraham.”

A celebration service is scheduled for Thursday, the fourteenth of December, at three o’clock in the afternoon at First Christian Assembly of God in Cincinnati, Ohio. Questions concerning flowers and/or donations may be addressed with the church at 513.751.1066. Learn more about Will by visiting his Today® Page at where you can read his life story, sign his online guestbook, or archive a favorite memory. The family is being assisted by the Today® Center 877-965-7200.

Published in The Middletown Journal on 12/13/2006. @ 9:23 am | Article ID: 1166041456

Healing Magic and Major Health Breakthroughs

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Healing is nothing short of pure magic. We can see it happen, we can describe it and even assist in its amazing mystery, yet Nature’s magic remains far beyond the bounds of human comprehension.

We are talking about real magic, not the kind of conjured illusions and clever deception performed by show people for entertainment. Trying to describe real magic is tricky. As author Tom Robbins has pointed out, “Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.”

Nature’s healing magic is glorious, mysterious and awe-inspiring, yet the few words that sum up the whole process make it sound as mundane as washing your socks. Oh well, here are those words: normal cellular activity and healthy cell renewal. See? It does sound dull, but only until one recalls that the human body is a community of around one quadrillion cells multitasking one septillion separate tasks every single second (that’s a one followed by 24 zeros).

Let’s have a look at an ordinary, everyday piece of magic to get a feeling for what we are talking about, such as mending a broken bone.

I will never forget one beautiful spring afternoon when my nine-year-old son Charlie climbed on his bicycle and propelled it over a jump. Only a few hours into his gleefully anticipated spring vacation, things went from bad to worse while “catching air.” The bike landed on top of the boy and the humerus bone in his left arm snapped right in two, just above the elbow.

The ride to the hospital was excruciating for Charlie and agonizing for my wife Nancy and me as each tiny bump in the road caused him to cry out and moan anew. His older brother John sat next to him and promised that hospital nurses would soon give him powerful drugs to make the pain go away.

Before long Charlie lay on the emergency room bed waiting to be examined. Every minute or so, remembering his brother’s words he howled, “Give me drugs, I need drugs!” Everyone, especially Charlie, was relieved when the morphine drip dulled his awful pain and caused him to become comfortably numb.

Late that night, doctors in the operating room lined up the pieces of his bone using real-time x-ray, inserted a couple of metal pins to hold them in place and immobilized his arm in a cast. It was modern emergency medicine in all its brilliant glory, dispatched with skill by loving doctors.

As magical as the skills of those young doctors seemed, the real magic was just beginning. Even as Charlie’s body was first knitting the adjacent pieces of bone back together with a temporary bone “callus,” an innate process was already underway to remodel the patch, replacing it with new bone cells in a strong, organized fashion.

Remarkably, only three weeks later Charlie’s cast was cut off and the pins removed. With the empty sling intended for his arm dangling uselessly around his neck, he went tearing down the driveway on a scooter as I scolded him loudly for defying doctor’s orders. After two more weeks of faithfully following his daily exercise routine, Charlie’s arm was restored to its full range of motion. Today, five years after his big break, he sometimes hesitates when recalling which arm it was.

We are not required to understand how this magic works, but it does work better when we feed it. Here is what you feed magic: love, healthy food, beautiful thoughts, abundant motion, a clean environment and pure water.

Everyone is born with healing magic. I am told that mending a bone is no more nor less miraculous than a spontaneous cure from terrible cancer. Do we need to understand the nature of celestial gravity to bask in the bright sunlight? We do not. Even when clouds obscure our view, nature never ceases producing miracles.

Major health breakthroughs enjoyed in recent centuries are basically the result of finding reliable ways to enhance natural processes, primarily improved nutrition and sanitation. Shortly after the health benefits of closed sewage systems and indoor plumbing were being realized, it was discovered that a simple lack of key nutrients was behind scurvy, rickets and beriberi. These disfiguring and debilitating disorders are gone for good as long as people continue consuming adequate vitamins C, D and thiamine, respectively.

We continue learning new ways to feed the magic. Recently, countless babies have been spared the tragedy of neural tube defects by simply requiring the addition of folate to certain foods. Heart disease, autoimmune disorders, obesity and cancer are increasingly being reversed with strict adherence to healthy food habits, regular exercise, emotional support and therapeutic levels of key vitamins and nutrients.

Releasing limitations to internal communication and freeing up the flow of subtle energy within the body is emerging as a key element of well being. We are also realizing the necessity of strictly reducing the toxicity we let in the body, and the profound benefits of eliminating those toxins already present.

We are learning that the greatest expression of health occurs when symptoms are no longer suppressed. When things are out of balance in the body, we experience dis-ease. With balance we experience ease, or health. Occasional discomforts such as fever, nausea and congestion are signs of a robust immune response and should be allowed to run their course if possible. This is a prime example of “shift happens.” It is the magic required to clean house in all our bodily systems, make us want to rest and sleep, drink extra water and so find our way back to better balance.

Tom Robbins proposed that “Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.” That disbelief may also cause people to ignore the true source of their powers to heal.

The famous pediatrician, the late Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D. called himself a medical heretic. He envisioned a new era of health care he called New Medicine. Interventions in this new era will share distinct qualities. They will be minimally invasive, sustainable, nontoxic, highly effective, low risk and low cost. The main focus of the New Medicine era will be the promotion of normal cellular activity and healthy cell renewal. I like Dr. Mendelsohn’s vision, it sounds like magic.

Dr. Darrel Crain is a Family Chiropractor and Natural Health Writer practicing in San Diego, California. He is the President of the CCA San Diego County District and can be reached at 619-445-0100 @ 11:52 am | Article ID: 1165963991

California Chiropractors Giving Away Gold

By Michael J. Moore, D.C.

The following submitted article comes from the chiropractic office of Dr. Michael J. Moore, a Redding California Chiropractor and graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College Davenport, Iowa.

Are You Giving Away Gold In Here?

A couple of days ago a patient I hadn’t seen for a while greeted me as I walked into the room, then said, “Hey, with all those people out front, I was wondering if you were giving away gold in here?” We both laughed for a moment, then I said to him, “Yes we are! The ‘gold’ is your health. That’s why people come. That’s why you’re here, isn’t it?”

“Yeah, you bet!”

It may seem like we are “giving away” something valuable, but what we are actually doing is helping people find the gold (their health) that was already there, hidden inside themselves.

What a great thought! If we each truly saw our health, our vitality, and our well-being for what it is worth, what value would we give it? I bet we would give it higher priority in our life than we sometimes do. Most people wait until they “hit the wall”, injure themselves, or get sick before they give their health a high priority. It certainly is an individual choice, but what many have experienced is that once you get well it’s much easier to maintain that state and prevent a back slide (no pun intended) than to wait for the next crisis to strike, and have to start the process of healing all over again. It is quite simple, actually.

At the start of a new year, we are presented with the opportunity to re-order our priorities on what really has value in our lives. It is a time to focus our heart, the source of motivation, and our mind, the source of discipline, in those areas of our life we wish to change, sustain, or enhance. Instead of starting out by writing a list of resolutions, a list of things you think you should be doing, begin by writing out your purpose for doing these things. Make it fun and rewarding! This provides the motivation you need to discipline (that nasty “D” word) yourself to take action in these areas of your life. Then you can outline the steps and set the necessary priorities to develop a plan to bring your vision into reality. Find the purpose that will motivate you, but remember to make the changes fun!

My staff, Donna, and I are excited about the opportunities we will have this next year to help you, your family, and our community “find the gold within”.

Chances are there is a chiropractor in your community who is “giving away gold” or is there to help you find the gold that is already hidden inside of you.

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Dr. Michael Moore is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. He is a third-generation chiropractor practicing in Redding California. His office is located at 1825 Hartnell Avenue in Redding, California. Call the office at 530-221-4200 for an appointment. @ 7:19 pm | Article ID: 1165904402

Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference 2007

Lori Leipold – Media Relations Manager – Palmer College of Chiropractic
Phone (563) 884-5726 – Fax (563) 884-5225

Professionalism and Ethics: ACC-RAC 2007

Professionalism and ethics is the theme for the upcoming Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference 2007 (ACC-RAC 2007), which will be held March 15-17, 2007, in Phoenix, Arizona. (Go to for information and registration.)

This year’s program, the 12th in the history of the Research Agenda Conference, and the fifth in the history of the combined ACC-RAC, will present sessions on topics ranging from professionalism and ethics in academic and research settings, to clinical practice risk management, and academic areas of interest such as critical appraisal and scientific writing. In addition, this year’s program will include a special series of sessions directed to all doctors of chiropractic who are practicing in Veteran’s Administration or Department of Defense settings.

The program will open and close with two timely and exciting plenary sessions. The first will focus upon professionalism in practice and in research, and will feature three guest speakers: Dr. James Giordano of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center; Dr. Ian Coulter, past president of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and current member of RAND and the Samueli Institute for Information Biology; and Dr. Wayne Jonas, past director of National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and current director of the Samueli Institute. The final plenary session will be devoted to the state of best practices development in chiropractic, a topic that has generated great debate and controversy over the course of the past year.

In between, there will be a series of concurrent paper sessions, where individual clinicians, academicians and researchers present their own research. There will be poster sessions as well, where additional original research will be presented. And there will be a series of break-out sessions covering a wide range of topics. Among the topics covered are:

– Curriculum Assessment in Chiropractic Education
– The State of Subluxation Science
– Informed Consent in Clinical Practice
– Ethical Standards in Military Health Care (special VA/DOD track)
– Professional Ethics in Chiropractic Education
– Sexual Boundaries in Clinical Practice
– Management of the Post-Surgical Spine (special VA/DOD track)
– Ethical Conduct of Research
– Case Management Through Outcome Assessment (special VA/DOD track)
– How to Conduct a Systematic Review of the Literature
– Scientific Writing Skills Workshop
– Critical Appraisal of Scientific Papers
– Ethics of Peer Review of Manuscripts, Abstracts and Grant Applications
– The Potential Value of Practice-Based Research

The chiropractic profession, through its continued growth, has had to consider a growing need for discussions related to professionalism in practice, academia and research, alongside the need to attend to the ethics of our conduct in these settings. The topics presented here will go a long way toward addressing the information needs of our profession.

For further information, please feel free to log onto the ACC-RAC website,, or contact Conference Coordinator Lori Byrd Spencer at (563) 884-5198 @ 6:52 pm | Article ID: 1165902755