Month: January 2007

Synergy for Better Ergonomics

This week and I had some time to rearrange the multiple computer configuration I have set up at my planetc1 office, which was getting less than comfortable due to the current setup.

When organizing computer setups my chiropractic brain says use good posture and proper ergonomics. Don’t sit too long, take plenty of breaks, support the low back, and keep the stress off the neck and shoulders. My tech brain wants things to be cool, fast, and efficient. It’s tough sometimes to accomplish both tasks, my tech brain usually gets priority even though I know proper posture is critical to good health and optimal performance.

Last week someone turned me onto Synergy, an open source software application that lets one share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers.

Up until today, I was running two PC servers and a laptop across one desk area. While the PCs sat next to each other on a mobile cart, my two monitors were on opposite sides of the desk, along with their respective keyboards and mice. That required me to focus my attention on either one screen or the other. My desktop is pretty full so I rarely even got to put the laptop on the desk.

In the new setup I took my two 20 inch wide panel flat screens and set them side by side. The one to the right I put at a bit of an inward angle so I could more directly face it when the screen was active. My Dell XPS m1210 sits to the right of my second flat panel, resulting in three screens (and three computers). See the photo below for setup.

Synergy desktop

I first set up Synergy on my main server. It took a few minutes to go through the configuration and test out the settings. I then set up Synergy on the second server and configured the software to autostart when the system booted. I then set up my Dell laptop, which is on my network via a wireless connection. I configured the Synergy software to connect to the host server when started.

It took about 10 minutes for me to get all the settings the way I wanted them. Instead of using the mouse to go screen to screen, I decided to create hotkeys on my keyboard.

I love when stuff like this works. I started Synergy on my host server and booted server number two, Synergy auto started. After I tested the software by cutting and pasting text from documents from screen to screen, and then rebooting the computer a few times to make sure everything was still working, I decided to remove the keyboard and mouse setup from server number two.

Most people may not have any need to do so but in my case there are several hardware requirements that necessitate the need for multiple computers. If you have multiple computers (even Mac and UNIX) you can control them all via one keyboard and mouse configuration thanks to Synergy.

All of your systems must support TCP/IP networking in order for Synergy to work properly. You can set the software up so that when you move your mouse to the edge of the screen it appears on the next systems display. You can also merge the clipboards across computers so that you can cut and paste from system to system. I like the hot key options so that I can switch desktops at the click of a button.

Synergy is open source software, you can get it here.

PS: economics & ergonomics were not well distinguished by my DragonDictate voice dictation software. I had this post up for a few hours before I noticed the title said “economics” instead of “ergonomics.” Pays to read your own posts once in awhile.

Update: Matt Cutts (supergeek) put together a step by step tutorial for installing synergy on Windows XP and Ubuntu Feisty Fawn. How to configure Synergy

What does RSS stand for?

Some people have been e-mailing me asking what RSS stands for, since they’ve been seeing buttons that say RSS Feeds on planetc1.com news pages.

In chiropractic, RSS stands for Really Subluxated Spine, but that’s probably not the definition you are seeking. If you do have a really subluxated spine leave your computer now and call your local chiropractor.

RSS, in relationship to computers and the Internet, stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a collection of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated digital content, such as blogs (like this one), news feeds (planetC1.com news) or podcasts.

Until just recently, most people had to use programs called “readers” or “aggregators” in order to view RSS content. With the release of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7.0 came the ability for people to view the XML formats in RSS feeds directly in their Web browsers. As a result, more people will be consuming RSS content in 2007.
If you’re not using Internet Explorer 7.0 you can view RSS content using a number of tools available (feed readers and aggregators) online.

More and more web sites are providing content in XML format which is available as an RSS feed. Some web sites, such as KickRSS.com, incorporate fancy formats (XSL stylesheets) so that XML based RSS feeds can be viewed just like normal web pages and even include advertising, links to other web sites, and other page information. I put a link here [ XML-Chiro & Chiropractic News ] so you can see what a site like KickRSS does with the straight XML feed that’s coming from the planet chiropractic news center.

In most cases RSS is related to news content, but it is certainly not limited to just news. There are RSS feeds designed to distribute audio, video, entire TV programs, movies, weather information, photo feeds, and other things I can’t remember at the moment.

As mentioned above, and probably fueled by the increased use of Internet Explorer 7.0 and upcoming Vista operating system, the use of RSS is increasing at a rapid pace. Major web sites like eBay, Amazon, the Internet movie database, Google News, and others are increasingly adding RSS feeds for web site visitors to subscribe to.

I already find myself leaving web sites that don’t provide content via RSS. I wonder how many others are doing the same?

Personally, I think that RSS feeds provide a huge advantage over e-mail newsletters, which can get annoying to receive even when you have subscribed to them. I only say that because e-mail newsletters seem to pile up and keep coming, and coming, even when you are no longer interested in the content.

What’s cool about RSS is that you could subscribe to a number of different topics you are interested in getting information on, and you would only get that information when it’s updated. Besides chiropractic news, I love using RSS to stay up-to-date on deals in the tech field. I’m always open to buy a new hard drive or flash memory card when the price just irresistible.

Check to see if your Internet browser supports RSS feeds. The latest releases of Firefox (2.0) and Internet Explorer (7.0) both support the viewing of RSS feeds without having to download other software. And as mentioned above, web sites like KickRSS (there are several others), allow you to create online RSS feeds for free so you can view your own personal selection of content from any Web browser that has an Internet connection.

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On Planet Chiropractic, when you see buttons like XML Feeds or Add to Google or Add to My Yahoo! you can use them to subscribe to our RSS feeds via your favorite RSS tool.

Super Bowl XLI Has Chiropractors Super Busy

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

This year’s Super Bowl (XLI) at Dolphin Stadium in Miami will mark the 40th anniversary of the first AFL-NFL championship game, in which the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles, California.

I was just reading earlier today (in the New Yorker) about Tiki Barber, running back for the New York Giants, and how he receives chiropractic care two times per week. (Tiki, and others, we appreciate when you speak publicly about the benefits of chiropractic care)

Chiropractors have been providing care for NFL players long before the 1960s, and the first Super Bowl. One of the most famous displays of chiropractic in the Super Bowl was the adjusting of Super Bowl XXIV MVP Joe Montana, of the San Francisco 49ers, on national television, in the 1990s.

Emmitt Smith (Super Bowl XXVIII MVP), a longtime chiropractic advocate, continues to receive chiropractic care on a regular basis, even though he’s retired from the sport. In 2004, Emmitt Smith was in the news for a reported phone call he received from LaDainian Tomlinson (NFL’s Most Valuable Player for the 2006 season) before he joined the San Diego Chargers. LaDainian had reportedly called Smith to ask for advice about his longevity, how he’d rushed for 1000 yards for 10 straight seasons. According to news reports, Emmitt Smith told LaDainian Tomlinson to “find a good chiropractor.”

It’s 2007, and the nation is certainly different today than it was 40 years ago. In 1967, the population of the United States had reached 200 million. This year, the population of the United States is reported to be over 300 million.

The population of Florida, the state that will be hosting this year’s Super Bowl, had a population of 6.2 million in 1967. In 2007, the population is 18.1 million. That’s a lot more people in the state of Florida in need of chiropractic care, regardless of their planning on playing in the Super Bowl or just taking a walk on the beach.

Fortunately, the best things in chiropractic haven’t changed in the past 40 years. Whether you’ve been sacked, tackled, clothes lined, or grinded face down into the dirt, chances are there’s a chiropractor nearby and that can get you back on your feet.

You don’t have to play pro football to get great results from regular chiropractic care. We know Emmitt Smith still gets adjusted (and he won this year’s Dancing with the Stars). Tiki Barber says he’ll continue to to get adjusted, and Joe Montana is probably still visiting a chiropractor somewhere in the United States. If Joe calls or e-mails me I’ll update this information.

Get out and get active. Get up and get adjusted. Chiropractors worldwide are ready to help you become the most valuable player you can be.

planetc1.com-news @ 8:55 pm | Article ID: 1169884539

Chiropractic & Chocolate for a Healthy Heart

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The month of January is coming to a close and February is just around the corner. People will soon stop greeting each other by saying “happy new year.” It won’t be long before we move on to our next holiday greeting, hearing people say… “happy Valentine’s Day.”

M&M's chocolate candies Valentine’s Day, the day of the heart, is about romance and flowers and chocolate. Yum yum yum, gotta love that chocolate. We’ll probably be reminded numerous times of recent studies claiming that consuming dark chocolate may cut heart disease. You may notice that studies such as these tend to appear in the news right about the time chocolate sales are picking up. That’s fine, pick up some chocolate for your chiropractor and remind them that studies show its good for the heart.

Chiropractic is also good for the heart, by way of the nervous system, and the removal of spinal stress. When we talk about the heart most people think about blood, and the job the heart does pumping that blood throughout the body. But what about the connection between the brain and the heart, we don’t hear as much information about that.

Like every organ in the body, the heart is controlled by the nervous system. There is a nerve that runs from the lower part of your brain (the brainstem) down to your heart. This nerve is called the vagus nerve or the pneumogastric nerve (cranial nerve X). It is the only nerve in your brain that extends down through your neck and into your abdominal region. You certainly don’t want to have spinal stress anywhere in your neck, if anything, it just doesn’t feel good. That annoying and tender bump you can feel when you press your thumb into the side of your neck just below your ears is a fairly good sign your suffering from spinal stress. Who wants to go around choking off the flow of life energy your vagus nerve is trying to bring to your heart and stomach? That’s just not good.

The vagus nerve is not just a simple wire that creates a connection between the brain and the heart, its functions are pretty complex. We won’t get into parasympathetic innervation, innervation of the hearts sinoatrial node, the different nuclei associated with the vagus nerve, or discoveries related to the vagus nerve and the secretion of neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine. Just know that the vagus nerve performs a pretty valuable function in the human body.

Some drugs will affect the function of the vagus nerve. Depending on the drug, they can affect the nerve at the level of the heart, gastrointestinal tract, or other organs. Drugs such as Anticholinergics may even cause constipation, which also involves the vagus nerve. No one wants to be constipated on Valentine’s Day, and still have that annoying bump on the side of your neck just below the base of your skull.

Would you believe that medical doctors use to cut the vagus nerve out of the body for treating things such as peptic ulcers? You’d think maybe they would have been doing that a long long time ago, in the dark ages of medicine, but the procedure was popular up until the mid-1990s as a treatment for peptic ulcers. The procedure was called a vagotomy and it became obsolete after was discovered that Helicobacter pylori, a microorganism that can thrive in the highly acidic environment of the stomach, was responsible for most peptic ulcers. It makes you wonder how many other surgical procedures will become obsolete as we continue to discover new things about the human body.

I’m not into cutting nerves and taking drugs that make me constipated, I’d rather have my body function naturally, at its highest potential. That’s where chiropractic comes in.

This Valentine’s Day, don’t lose your nerves. Even if you don’t have that tender bump on your neck, it may be a good time to go pay a visit to your local chiropractor. They will certainly be glad to see you, especially if you’re bringing chocolate!

planetc1.com-news @ 8:21 am | Article ID: 1169752898

The germ theory of life

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

I received some startling news the other day and now I’m bugged. “You’re going to just stand there and tell me that 90 percent of my body is made up of microbes?” I gasped.

“Get over yourself,” my friend the microbe expert said offhandedly, surprised I didn’t know this already. “We humans are only 10 percent human and the rest teeming, thriving microorganisms along for the ride.”

She pulled out a 2004 report from the American Academy of Microbiology and read, “Microbes enable efficient digestion in our guts, synthesize essential nutrients, and maintain benign or even beneficial relationships with the body’s organs. The presence of these organisms influences our physical and mental health.”

cartoon microbes I had to sit down immediately. I mean “we” had to sit down, my microbes and I. Why had I never understood this before? What significance does it hold that the human aspect is only one tenth of the story of the human body? Who controls the 90 percent of us that is not us? What does this mean for all the healthcare professions? At the very least, I realized, we needed to rewrite the Germ Theory.

Of course, there always have been a few bugs in the Germ Theory of Disease. First off, if germs really did cause disease, none of us would be left standing here to discuss the theory’s finer points. Obviously there is something else at work, perhaps our ability to maintain resistance and develop immunity.

Louis Pasteur himself found it necessary to falsify his records and fudge the results of certain experiments to make the Germ Theory work, according to historian Gerald Geison in a New York Times article in 1995. Geison was one of the first scholars to study Pasteur’s personal notes following the family’s long awaited release of the research. I imagine this new story describing Pasteur’s fraud and deception did not go over too well with many French people, who have erected beautiful statues in his image and named venerable public institutions after him.

Pasteur worked hard to garner credit for developing the Germ Theory during his lifetime, although scientists had already been kicking the idea around for a hundred years before he showed up. As an old man though, Pasteur reportedly dropped the entire theory and sided with his contemporary, Claude Bernard. Bernard was the doctor who once gathered a group of colleagues around himself and downed a glass of cholera-filled water and exclaimed, “The terrain is everything; the germ is nothing.”

Many Germ Theory enthusiasts find it intolerable that Pasteur might have abandoned his pet theory in old age. They dismiss his 180-degree change of heart as the incoherent ravings of a dying man. Perhaps they should instead give him credit for publicly changing his mind when he concluded the evidence supported a different story.

At least the Germ Theory rescued us from the Evil Spirits Theory, the dominant disease theory of the day. This is regarded as a giant step forward for science because the cures for casting out evil spirits were harsh treatments that killed significant numbers of patients needlessly. I am told this in no way resembles modern medicine’s incessant war against microbes, whose treatments kill staggering numbers of patients unintentionally.

Considering that microorganisms help us digest our food, create vital nutrients for us and protect us from opportunistic infections, is it any wonder that antibiotics and vaccines are linked to so many terrible health disorders, complications and chronic diseases?

If microbes could talk, they would say, “Poison to one is poison to all!” In a democracy, the microbes in your body would hold an election, and the majority would vote to avoid pharmaceutical attack whenever possible.

Which brings us back to the task at hand, rewriting the Germ Theory of Disease. Since we are made mostly of germs, it follows that our good health depends on the good health of our resident microbes. We need to make our microbes feel at home, happy, safe and healthy. In short, we need to make peace with our microbes, love our microbes, and ask our microbes what they want for dinner.

The new dominant theory shall be called the Germ Theory of Life. The transition period requires that we exercise patience and understanding. Medical practitioners will face certain difficulties at first, trained as they are primarily to conduct warfare against germs. But these folks tend to have a good heart and they will naturally excel in the new system. Indeed, many have already taken up the new banner with gusto.

But the Big Pharma Drug Cartel will not stand down easily. It is the greatest and most powerful economic force in the entire history of mankind. In order to justify continued all-out war to achieve germ genocide, the Cartel needs the Germ Theory and clings to it as tenaciously as the Catholic Church once clung to the Earth is the Center of the Universe Theory.

Nevertheless, in the forward march of scientific progress, theories come and theories go. The Germ Theory of Disease has always urged us to be bug slayers. The new Germ Theory of Life says the key is to nurture the bugs we live with and raise the healthiest bugs we possibly can. The new theory accounts for the fact that we humans are part of the stream of nature and our health ultimately depends on the health of our environment. When you come right down to it, we are the environment.

Not surprisingly, the practices needed to ensure the health of our microbes are identical to the practices for ensuring the health of our human cells. I call these the usual wellness suspects: Eat well, think well, exercise well, rest well, love well and be well.

We do not need any prescriptions, permission, or physicians to choose to live a lifestyle that creates good health. But since these practices are neither dangerous nor costly, don’t be bugged if your medical insurance refuses to pay for it.


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

planetc1.com-news @ 11:00 am | Article ID: 1169503241

Will Orange County Chiropractors Be Scammed Again?

I attended a one-day seminar today in Orange County California that was related to the chiropractic profession and the practice of chiropractic in the Orange County area of southern California.

The event was great, except for a brief presentation given by company looking for chiropractors to invest in an online and cable media advertising campaign that is intended to promote chiropractors in the area as “wellness practitioners.”

I don’t know if Orange County chiropractors have grown use to this sort of activity but this is not the first time that I’ve been in the area and witnessed such a sales presentation to a group. Several years ago I remember attending a well-respected chiropractic philosophy event (one I had attended for years) at a hotel just off of Bristol Street in Newport Beach, in which a chiropractor invited an outside “business partner” to discuss amazing opportunities for chiropractors and individuals in the group by way of the Internet.

The presenters talked of fancy cars, huge earnings, great wealth, and all the other crap we hear at multi-level marketing pyramid scheme seminars. It was rather actually sickening to see the group that had worked for so many years to bring individuals together discussing chiropractic philosophy be torn apart in one evening. The chiropractic group folded soon after that night, after hosts convinced many of the attendees to “invest” in their Internet marketing scheme. The Internet related company operated for at least a year before federal charges were filed and an investigation was conducted by the Federal Trade Commission.

Just two years ago a group came on strong in Orange County promising to deliver chiropractors new patients by way of the Internet. The plan was to have doctors purchase the ZIP code for their area and then they would be marketed on the company’s web site as the specialist in their Orange County ZIP code. From what I’ve heard from chiropractors in the area, some were paying over $2000 per year to secure their ZIP code position. Understand, securing one’s ZIP code page on one web site on the Internet is like guaranteeing someone placement for a grain of sand on California’s beaches. You may have a page on someone’s web site, but that doesn’t mean anyone is ever going to discover you there. What is stopping a million other companies from launching similar web sites, with similar pages, and similar content, and then giving those ZIP code pages to other doctors in the area, until everyone has a page somewhere on the Internet with their name along with the ZIP code for their office?

Unfortunately, in hopes of attracting a few new patients, I’ve seen chiropractors choose those models several times during the past few years, all of which ended in failure.

That is not to say that marketing on the internet is not a good idea. No, I am all for that. It’s the way these groups have been going about it that continues to result in failed endeavors.

There was also a company recently marketing to chiropractors in the Orange County area with promises of telephone calls from potential patients being routed into a select network of chiropractic offices in the area. I don’t have much background on the company, whether they were going to do television advertising, cable TV spots, local billboards, contextual advertising on the Internet, or some other form of marketing, all I know is that the deals fell through in the chiropractors that invested in the plan were left with no new patients and no money.

We’ll be watching the Orange County chiropractic community closely during 2007 to see how things turn out in this latest marketing campaign. This current company is hoping to collect $50,000 per month from a group of Orange County chiropractic offices for their efforts. That’s enough of my ranting for the day, time to get back to business.

Top 10 Chiropractic States Results

Planet Chiropractic had an article posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 which talked about the 10 top states that appeared in the web sites log pages for chiropractic searches related to local areas.

The article only barely scratched the surface when it comes to what’s happening on the Internet in relationship to different markets searching for chiropractic services, and how those markets are performing when compared in different states.

According to the article, California came in at the top of the list. No surprise, since California is a large state, has four chiropractic colleges, an estimated 8000 to 9000 chiropractors practicing in the state, and probably another 6000 or 7000 retired in the state, or no longer licensed to practice but still living (and maybe even practicing) in the area.

Planet chiropractic is not about to open up their search logs for the world to see, but checking with any major search engine, you’ll find that chiropractic gets more locally related search activity in California then any other state in the nation. The first thing we should be noticing as a result of this is an increased awareness of chiropractic in the state of California and an influx of consumers seeking chiropractic care showing up in California state offices.

Interestingly, when we drill it down the numbers differ across the state rather radically, with some local markets seeing high usage of the Internet as a first point of contact for locating chiropractic offices, and others seeing almost no activity whatsoever.

Largely populated areas such as the Los Angeles area are experiencing heavy activity. Not too far away, areas like Orange County, such as the Newport Beach area, while being heavily populated, are experiencing a significantly lower number of conversions into chiropractic offices. The numbers are just nowhere near as high in Orange County as they are in Los Angeles. The Northern California area, locations like Sacramento and San Francisco, are experiencing a significant increase over 2005 numbers but the activity is nowhere near what is showing up in search log reports for the Los Angeles area.

San Jose and San Diego began to show an increase in activity towards the year end but there was less traffic reported in both areas, in comparison to other locales such as Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County.
What about the rest of the states in the nation? People are using the Internet all over. Why are some areas experiencing high traffic search activity while others experience almost no search activity in relationship to the chiropractic profession and individuals seeking chiropractic care and or services?

I don’t have those answers yet but I have several theories as to why the results are the way they are. We’ll certainly have more data as 2007 rolls through and related searches are made. It will be interesting to see how the yellow page companies handle their printed books for the 2007 season, as things are not looking good for those door-to-door marketers looking to grab the few chiropractors left willing to pony up the dough for a marketing model that is getting very old very quickly.
Check out the planet chiropractic article here: Top 10 chiropractic states according to site search

Top 10 chiropractic states according to site search

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s that time of year when yellow page company marketers and magazine advertisers begin calling chiropractic offices (as well as other local service providers) with their pitches for yellow page advertising.

Nearly all yellow page companies are now offering some sort of online attachment to their book advertising plans. For example, Yellow Book will list a businesses address in a highlighted area in their web site directory. For an additional fee they also offer banner links at the top of the category page that their client is in. So for a chiropractor, one could have a banner that links to their web site, appearing at the top of a chiropractic directory page on the yellowbook.com web site. Companies like SuperPages (which is owned by Verizon), YellowPages (AT&T), and DEXonline are offering similar services.

Wondering how well these sites would perform in different states, I decided to review the search logs for planet chiropractic during the months of August through December 2006 to discover which states in the nation would be most likely to get consumer traffic for chiropractic related search terms. I took the top 10 states and put them in order of number one for most popular (which was California) to number 10 for least popular (which was Ohio) and included some thoughts on why I believe they ranked this way. My discussion goes a bit off topic, but either way, here is the list in the order I found it.

chiropractic states - California 1) California: I’ve been doing chiropractic related internet work for more than 10 years now so it was no surprise to me that California comes up number one in search rankings. There are several factors involved. First, California is a massive state and there are more chiropractors practicing in the state of California than in any other state in the nation. Remember, the search logs do not determine if searches came from a consumer, a doctor of chiropractic, a researcher, a chiropractic student, or some teenager looking for pictures of Candace Michelle, the chiropractic GoDaddy girl. Besides having the largest number of practicing chiropractors, there are four chiropractic colleges in the state of California, more than exists in any other state.

2) New Jersey: Some may be surprised to find New Jersey ranked as number two in the nation. There are several chiropractic organizations in the state of New Jersey, probably more than exists in any other state. The practice of chiropractic and awareness of chiropractic is strong in the state. Groups like New Beginnings attract chiropractors on a regular basis to discuss chiropractic philosophy, technique, science and art which affects the consciousness of individuals in the state. For a state that is small in size, especially in comparison to California, it is big on chiropractic.

3) Florida: The state of Florida is almost a given for chiropractic care since many of the best chiropractors in the nation have moved their from several of the other states appearing in the top 10 list. Florida also has a very strong chiropractic movement thanks to groups like the Florida Chiropractic Society and events like Saturday Night Live. There is one chiropractic College in the state of Florida.

4) New York: With New York City having the largest population in the United States it’s no surprise to see New York on the list. It’s interesting though that New York is not in the number two position. Chiropractic awareness and activity in New York State is strong and there are quite a few great chiropractors practicing in the city, the state, and across Long Island. There is one chiropractic College in the State of New York (NYCC) and one school that offers a chiropractic curriculum.

5) Michigan: The state of Michigan comes in at number five and it is a state that has a rich history in chiropractic. Michigan was the chiropractic state of Dr. Ian Grassam, who along with friends like Drs. Jimmy Gregg and John Hofmann, worked to get chiropractors involved in state political activities and public awareness campaigns. Three decades later that work continues as Michigan is a very active state for the practice of chiropractic and the utilization of chiropractic care by those who live there.

6) Arizona: The state of Arizona is going to be an interesting state to watch over the next few years as population in the state is growing at a massive rate. In chiropractic, when there is growth in population in an area, you can bet that chiropractors are moving there. Arizona has also seen expansion with a new pro football stadium and several years of growth around the Phoenix airport area. Places such as Scottsdale and Tempe are becoming popular locations for chiropractic conferences which draws even a greater awareness of chiropractic into the area. However, there are no chiropractic schools in the state of Arizona.

7) Texas: The state of Texas has two chiropractic schools, one located in Dallas, and the other in Pasadena. The Parker family probably gets recognition for doing the most to increase awareness of chiropractic in the state of Texas. Dr. Jim Parker, who founded Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas, began putting on chiropractic seminars in the 1960s, and they are still some of the most attended seminars in the profession today.

8) Pennsylvania: Some may be surprised to see Pennsylvania in the top 10 list but I visited the state earlier this year and it appears like some areas are growing similar to areas in Arizona. Just as people are moving from California to Nevada and Arizona, people are moving from New York and New Jersey to Pennsylvania at an increased pace. When people move they leave their current chiropractors back home (unless they’re married to one) and my experience has shown they often go seeking a new chiropractor online since they lack close relationships to ask for referrals.

9) Georgia: Georgia takes position number nine on the list. There is one chiropractic school in Georgia, the world-famous Life University. Life went through some major restructuring (involving leadership, faculty, and student base) over the past few years, yet it continues to be one of the leading educational institutions in the chiropractic profession. The college has had many graduates who now call Georgia their home. Those chiropractors are the ones most influential for the continued awareness of chiropractic, not only in Marietta, but in the entire state of Georgia.

10) Ohio: Ohio comes in at number 10 and I honestly don’t have any knowledge why it’s there. Ohio borders both Pennsylvania and Michigan so there may be an overflow of chiropractic activity in the state. There are also some major metropolitan areas in the state such as Akron (with a population of over 600,000), Cincinnati (with a population of over 2 million), Columbus (with a population of over 1.6 million and home to the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic which is held in conjunction with the International Chiropractors Association Council on sports fitness) and Cleveland (with a population of over 2.1 million). There are certainly plenty of people in the state to utilize chiropractic care, we’ll see where the state appears on the list in 2007.

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Search data source: Planet Chiropractic website log files for August through December 2006.

planetc1.com-news @ 8:04 am | Article ID: 1168974310

Pharmaceutical giant takes losses drug Torcetrapib

by Kyle Meers : Logan College of Chiropractic Student

How much is your health really worth?

With at least 12 million Americans taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, mostly statins, and experts’ recommendations that another 23 million should be taking them, it’s important to remain educated on this issue, the primary one being that they’re linked to many, many dangerous side effects.

Apparently, it appears that to Pfizer, the world’s leading drug maker, that your health is worth plenty in dollar bills. Two weeks ago Pfizer halted the development of a key new cholesterol drug that was heralded as the engine to reignite the company’s stagnant sales. The drug Torcetrapib was stopped because of an unexpected number of deaths and complications. The news was devastating to Pfizer, which has had numerous patents on key products expire. Pfizer spent about $800 million to develop torcetrapib, which was supposed to fill the void of the companies lacking financial performance. Did everyone read that? Lacking financial Performance! There was no mention in the article about the lives they have devastated. I want everyone to understand that these pharmaceutical companies are not even hiding their greed anymore. Not only are they killing innocent people but they are putting $dollar$ signs on our bodies. When is the massacre going to end?

Unfortunately this is just another tale of the lack of knowledge and faith that we don’t put in our own bodies ability to heal itself. It’s time to stop relying on these poisons, chemicals and the promise of a miracle drug. Millions of people are dying every year from drugs. It’s not going to stop unless we take the power out of the drug maker’s hands. Fortunately God put an amazing healing power in our bodies. That power is held in the nervous system! That system controls who and what we are; including our cholesterol. But if our spine is degenerated that connection between our brain and body will be compromised. Leading to more than just a cholesterol problem. Now I ask you what your spine and health are worth? The bottom line is that we need to start taking the responsibility of health in our own hands. Together we can start moving toward a Maximized Life. Remember to get your spine checked regularly.

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Getting well beyond medicine

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Many years ago Emerson pointed out that “The first wealth is health.” Notice he didn’t say health might be something to think about some day maybe if you are in the right mood and have a few spare minutes and there is nothing good on TV.

No, Emerson called it first wealth. He wanted us to understand that health deserves to get the highest priority over everything else. He was referring not only to the abundance of life that comes from enjoying physical and emotional health, but also the serious savings of major money for those who strive to live in a state of well being.

I am told that in certain parts of the world, the doctor only gets paid to the extent the patient stays well. If the patient becomes sick and requires treatment, it is on the doctor’s tab. Some version of this revolutionary concept deserves trying out here in the United States, where medical care and its costs are killing us.

Where the term Catastrophic Medical Insurance once referred to a particular insurance category, it now pretty well sums up the whole thing. We have all seen the headlines, “Entire healthcare system in crisis!” Translated this means, “Mortgage your house and send in all your money or you die!”

Many Americans only realize the catastrophic state of the medical system after they receive a letter in the mail. This recent conversation in the Jones household provides a generic example.

“Honey, why are we getting this hospital bill for $48,000?”

“Oh, remember last week when I took Johnny to the emergency room after the soccer game because he sprained his ankle?”

“Yeah, so?”

“Well, the lady at the hospital said they no longer accept our insurance plan.”

“And that justifies charging us the price of a brand new BMW convertible for a couple of x rays, two pain pills and an elastic bandage?”

“I don’t know, she just said they would bill us.”

Many folks are indeed keeping up with the Joneses in this regard. It is reported that the majority of personal bankruptcies in this country are created by medical expenses exploding through the roof. The stress from soaring medical bills has also been blamed for the destruction of more than a few marriages. All of this leads to additional rounds of ill health, doctor appointments, dangerous psychoactive drug prescriptions and so on.

Medical insurance, of course, was originally developed many years ago by a few industrious medical doctors who figured out how people could pool their money so the doctors could get paid for medical services. The idea of insurance for this purpose proved wildly popular; so much so that it seems more money flows to the administration of insurance these days than is spent on providing actual medical procedures. This is known as progress.

In the old days, we could fairly blame doctors for the spiraling costs of medical care. “I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for,” James H. Boren once remarked.

Today, however, doctors are paid only cents on the dollar by the insurance companies. This upside down state of affairs has in turn been used by the drug companies to justify paying doctors incentives and rewards for prescribing their drugs. Unfortunately, this leads to higher drug prices, which requires more rounds of cutbacks in diagnostic testing and other medical services.

News reports have pointed to the rising price of drugs as the major reason medical care costs people an arm and a leg these days. Medications used as directed are recognized as a leading cause of preventable death each year. The medical literature tells us that many current, standard drug protocols are linked to the rise of chronic illness and autoimmune disorders in our country.

Suppose we were to overturn the current system and make the price of medical insurance premiums fully contingent on people’s quality of life and health. Do you think profound changes would occur at the speed of light in our health delivery system? Do you think the whole focus of the medical world would instantly shift to helping people understand how to take care of their own health?

What if surgeons were paid to help their patients avoid surgery? Would there suddenly be a steep reduction in the number of unnecessary knee surgeries, spinal surgeries, hysterectomies and all the rest if doctors no longer had monetary incentives to cut whenever possible?

Suppose incentives for doctors to push pills were removed, and instead they earned financial rewards and bonuses each time they helped a patient solve underlying health problems and thus avoid drug dependency?

Researchers now credit the startling recent reduction in the number of women with breast cancer to a steep reduction in women’s use of hormone drugs starting a few years back. One can only imagine how many other happy surprises are in store for us as we abandon the illusion that pharmaceutical pills are the best way to treat all our ills.

To quote John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

I say the bigger the crisis, the greater the opportunity for massive change. Let’s get well, America, let’s get well beyond medicine.


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

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