Month: February 2007

Afraid To Be Bored

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Are You Afraid To Be Bored?

Have you given yourself a chance to be a little bored lately. We just had our first snow storm in my area this year. Had a chance to be snowed in a little. Kind of like to be snowed in once or twice a year. Get a lot of stuff done around the house. I get that caught up feeling. It is a good feeling but it doesn’t take long before I start looking for something else to do.

The kids get bored even quicker and they aren’t shy about telling you their plight, “I’M BORED.” They tell you about it like they got a condition that they expect you to fix.

To someone as busy as myself it is actually very, very refreshing but then what? Then what? Maybe that is what. Maybe what comes to me in the quiet is it. Maybe the busy-ness masked what is. In that nothingness comes the inspiration. In the quietness comes the thought flashes. In the silence comes creation. Sometimes I am not ready to see the light so I busy myself so that I don’t have to feel. When I quiet and tune in to my “gut” I became aware of the light within.

I’ve got to allow myself the time to be “bored.” I must not fear centering myself. If I am going to experience the greatness I can in my life and be of most service to God, I have to permit myself that quiet time.

Sharon

THIS SATURDAY NIGHT – DON’T MISS IT!!

FOCUS PHILOSOPHY NIGHT

February 24, 2006- 7:00pm

JAY HANDT
PATTI GUILANO

JOIN US FOR DINNER BEFORE AT THE RESTAURANT AT THE HOTEL AT 6:00 PM

Howard Johnson Hotel
Route 611 Bartonsville, PA (exit 302 off I-80)
(570) 424-6100 for Reservations (ask for Focus Rate)
Contact Sharon Gorman at (570) 350-4091 for more info.

COST
Suggested fee is the price of one office visit.
We will be passing the hat to cover expenses.

Future 2006 Dates:
MARCH 24 JUDY NUTZ CAMPANALE and DICK PLUMMER
APRIL 14 ANITA MORGANSTERN AND MICHAEL O’HALLLERAN
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Chiropractic Internet Directory Scams

A chiropractor e-mailed me today with the following…

Some company (The National Internet Directory or something like that) has called me a few times stating that I’ve updated/upgraded my webpage/internet site and that I now owe $150/year. Are they legitimate?

My chiropractic office was contacted by several different companies last year regarding Internet directories for chiropractors and “Yellow Pages” type directories. It is a common tactic for some of these companies to develop pages without the chiropractor’s knowledge or consent. They will typically design a single simple page that is based on a template which includes the doctors office address, phone number, and what ever other information the company had access to. They will then call the chiropractor’s office to “confirm” their web page listing and will suggest either “upgrading” or “updating” the information that is on the page for a fee.

It is not uncommon for these web sites to use scare tactics such as saying that the doctor has the opportunity to be the only chiropractor in their entire city to be given a listing in their ZIP code. Some will offer to put several doctors in the same ZIP code and they will allow doctors to “upgrade” their position on the list for a fee. What none of these Web companies have been telling chiropractors is that hundreds of Internet directories in the healthcare market exist. There are thousands of Internet directories when you include local directories, trade directories, chiropractic directories, health-care directories, USA directories, etc.

Paying $150 a year for a web page on one of these directories is like purchasing a grain of sand on the beach. There is no guarantee that anyone is ever going to find the web page that was created for you. There are so many factors involved (that I won’t be getting into here) that should be considered when making purchases on any Internet directory.

I just did a Google search for the term “chiropractic directory” and noticed more than 10 web sites advertising via Google AdWords, hoping that consumers will click and visit their web sites. There is a National Directory of Chiropractic and they have both a web site and a printed publication. That is a legitimate company that I believe has been around for several years. Companies like AT&T (the owners of YellowPages.com) have directories for nearly all service businesses, including chiropractic. Personally, I would suggest that if you’re going to advertise in an online directory, AT&T would be the best way to go. My reasoning for that is the numbers shown on people visiting YellowPages.com versus far less known sites (such as yellowbook.com).

According to a keyword report that I just checked on Wordtracker, consumers are searching “Yellow Pages” at a rate of more than 15 times to 1 in comparison to the term “yellow book.”

When it comes to chiropractic directories online, I have collected a list of more than a hundred, and I see new ones pop up regularly. You can tell who’s spending money on advertising since they’ll typically show up in Google AdWords campaigns (I see them frequently on planet chiropractic). What’s interesting, is that many of them claim “top rankings” and “top positions” to their clients and then they purchase AdWords campaigns thinking that will be all it will take to drive traffic. What they discover is a quick drain on the funds coming in from their chiropractor clients as their contextual ad campaigns can burn through hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars per day.

Do your homework before signing up with any company that is offering to put you in an Internet directory for chiropractors. Are they relying solely on placing contextual ads to get business to your web site? If that is the case, you can do that yourself, and typically be far more effective than a directory could. How old is the domain your page will be hosted on? The older the domain the better. New web sites suck, especially when they have no page rank and no inbound links from other sites. Do they have a way to track the performance of your page? One major company I dealt with for a chiropractic web site wanted to charge me five dollars per click to their directory page and told me they would keep a log (to prevent click fraud). Within a week the page racked up over $800 in clicks and I froze the account and asked them to share the log file so I could review it. Their logging method involved no IP tracking, no geo-targeting, no uniques, no call tracking, or any other methods that you would typically expect on even a very basic web page. All I received was a phone call from a rep that said 160 visitors ($800 at five bucks a click) went to the web page. I may not have been so concerned if it had not been for the fact that I had no new clients as a result. I contacted my credit card company and it was determined that since this company could not show where the clicks were coming from, I should not have to pay the $800. Since that time, I’ve been real careful of who I will work with online.

If you’ve had some interesting or questionable experiences with companies offering directory advertising for chiropractors I’d like to hear about it. Send me a comment or e-mail with your info.

Autism recovery teams include chiropractors

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

Autism is a modern tragedy that has cruelly transformed the normal joys of family life into heartbreaking trials for the moms, dads, sisters and brothers of an estimated 560,000 children in the United States.

A new report from the CDC tells us one child in 150 has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), up from one child in 10,000 twenty years ago. The spectrum includes neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD/ADD, Asperger’s Syndrome, speech delay, developmental delay and learning disabilities.

California’s latest report on the rise of autism is bleak: every day, seven days a week, nine more children pop up in the column that says, “professionally diagnosed with full syndrome autism.” Last year California saw the number of newly diagnosed children reach a record all-time high.

But we do have some good news for a change. I am delighted to report that autistic children today have a fighting chance of experiencing a significant level of recovery. For some children, the recovery is nothing short of miraculous.

Dr. Julie Buckley, a pediatrician in Jacksonville, Florida, was recently quoted by First Coast News, “Many parents when they get the diagnosis of autism, they are devastated. They then get the therapy, and eventually plan for a group home. That’s not what I signed up for. I signed up for the wedding, the grandchildren, and that’s what I want for everybody.”

Dr. Buckley’s daughter Dani was diagnosed as profoundly autistic at age four. “I think the thing that will always haunt me was the waking up in the morning, the crying and the moaning. As a mom, all I wanted to do was to make it better.” Research led Buckley to the work of doctors who practice an approach called Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!). Her daughter responded well to the DAN! biomedical treatments.

Dani is now eight years old and considered gifted in her third grade class. Dr. Buckley said of her daughter’s progress, “Her recovery was pretty dramatic, but for each child recovery happens at a different pace.” Buckley is said to be treating 600 children locally in Jacksonville and from around the world. “All of my patients are either in recovery or are recovering, and all are feeling better.” She is one of hundreds of doctors around the country reported to be using the DAN! approach.

A parent’s organization in Southern California called TACA put it this way, “Some of our families have been told to put their child in an institution. We’re hoping for Harvard.” TACA stands for Talk About Curing Autism. “When doctors repeatedly tell you there is nothing you can do, it’s going to take a lot of families to prove they’re wrong,” according to TACA’s brochure. Membership in TACA has grown from the initial 10 families who founded the group in 2000, to nearly 2,200 families by the end of 2006.

At its core, DAN! is a treatment for heavy metal poisoning. Chelation enhances the body’s ability to eliminate poisonous metals such as mercury and aluminum, and certain foods are restricted from the child’s diet. Freed from those toxins, immune function and digestion can be normalized and enhanced using a combination of enzymes, vitamins and supplements.

Sidney Baker, MD, an active contributor to the creation of DAN! wrote of its origins, “Basically we put forth a picture of autism as something gone wrong in the triangle formed by the immune system, the central nervous system, and the gut.”

Baker describes the digestive tract as the immune system’s most demanding client, and the central nervous system and the immune system are partners. He says they function together seamlessly in what he calls “functional unity.” This perhaps explains why the great DAN! teams around the country include chiropractors, whose specialty is to restore normal, uninterrupted communication in the nervous system.

The search for autism’s cause so far suggests that multiple factors are involved, centered on depressed immune response. As Barbara Loe Fisher, director of the National Vaccine Information Center said recently, “Answering this question requires scientific investigation that goes far beyond the mercury hypothesis.”

Now that Congress has voted to spend more money researching autism, we have an opportunity to study children, not just numbers, to evaluate the role played by vaccines in the autism drama.

As Fisher pointed out, “Constant atypical manipulation of the immune system with lab-altered viral and bacterial vaccines containing many different additives may well be harming an expanding number of children, who are biologically vulnerable to vaccine-induced chronic inflammation and neuroimmune dysfunction.”

The cause of autism is still hotly debated, with much of the scientific discussion politically charged with high financial stakes and legal liability. While the arguments rage, we need to focus on the needs of the children and their families. The phenomenal success of DAN! to help children recover simply by restoring normal cell function is a wakeup call that must be answered. Autistic children respond to this regimen because of an apparent vulnerability to toxins in the environment.

Restoring normal, healthy life on the cellular level is something we could all use, regardless of who we are, how old we are, or what medical condition we may or may not have. For autistic kids, the removal of poison metals, the addition of key nutrients and normalization of gastrointestinal health allows integration to begin. Sensory integration, communication, and behavioral and educational integration illuminate the path out of the foggy depths of autism into the bright fields of wholeness.

The biomedical approach not only makes sense, it restores the miracle of normalcy. “Bio” means life, so bio-medicine means “life medicine.” I raise my glass of organic carrot juice to toast the simple joys of life returning to thousands and thousands of children and their families. L’chaim!


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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Having no symptoms is not healthy at all

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Monday Morning Message…

Adaptability

When I was doing my orientation last night I asked the people a question I asked them a million times. How do you know if you are healthy? Well you know all the typical answers. The silliest and most common is that I know that I am healthy if I feel good. All those people that have dropped dead “never sick a day in their lives” blow that theory out the window. Well what is it then? Being healthy is being able to adapt. Healthy people can adapt to pollen. Less healthy people have hayfever. Healthy people can adapt through the flu season. Less healthy people get the flu. Healthy people get a fever when their body is fighting off infection. Less healthy people take meds to drop their body temperature. Healthy people throw up when they eat poison food. Healthy people can adapt to quite a bit of emotional stress in their lives without getting ill. The ability to adapt is the key to measuring someone`s health.

Last few weeks we have had some “bad” weather where I live. While adjusting people this week I have noticed that they are more subluxated then usual because their bodies have been forced to adapt to the change in weather. Most of the people I adjusted seemed to be very subluxated in their upper thoracics. I was trying to figure out if that was because their bodies tighten up when they go out in the cold or if they were all shoveling snow or if it was a combination of the two. Many of the people were sick. Some of the sick people cancelled their appointments and stayed home. Some sick people came in twice as often to get adjusted so that their body can work the best it possibly could so they could get well.

People have choices to make when they are “sick”. Many people don’t think that they have a choice at all. They still think that they have to do whatever their MD tells them to. Some don’t people don’t get as far as going to the the MD in the first place. It’s their choice. They also get do choose about how they are going to deal with their symptomatic child. That’s the part that frustrates me.

The information and stuff that I have given them during each visit and over time will hopefully help them realize that they choice is theirs and that the body is amazing and that they should allow their bodies to adapt without inteference. Sometimes I get annoyed when they make decisions other than the one I would make especially when it comes to the care of their children.

Having no symptoms is not healthy at all. People go to all lengths to try to remove their symptoms because they are afraid to experience discomfort.

Think for a minute about emotional health. Being healthy is not being able to feel nothing. Being healthy is being willing to feel life and knowing that you can and have to adapt to situations outside of your control and choosing to change the things that are inside of your control.

Being alive is more of a gift if you don’t try to live dead (aymptomatic). Being healthy allows you to move forward each day knowing that innates last name is intelligence. So go out there and adapt.

Lot to think about – Sharon

FOCUS PHILOSOPHY NIGHT
February 24, 2006- 7:00pm

JAY HANDT
PATTI GUILANO
JOIN US FOR DINNER BEFORE AT THE RESTAURANT AT THE HOTEL AT 6:00 PM
Howard Johnson Hotel – Route 611 Bartonsville, PA (exit 302 off I-80)
(570) 424-6100 for Reservations (ask for Focus Rate)
Contact Sharon Gorman at (570) 350-4091
COST: Suggested fee is the price of one office visit. We will be passing the hat to cover expenses.

Future 2006 Dates: MARK THESE 2007 DATES!
MARCH 24 JUDY NUTZ CAMPANALE and DICK PLUMMER
APRIL 14 ANITA MORGANSTERN AND MICHAEL O’HALLLERAN

Chiropractic Classifieds Best Practices

I have been reviewing chiropractic classifieds on the planet chiropractic web site since the 1990s. The classified section is a popular feature on planet chiropractic and it is used by thousands in the chiropractic profession. While many may visit, not all ads get viewed equally. This post is about ways to improve your listings so that more people can potentially view what it is you’re trying to promote and or sell in the classified section.

I am just going to address one section of the classifieds, chiropractic practices for sale in the US, since that tends to be one of the most popular categories visited. Thanks to my install of synergy, I am viewing the page on an additional monitor, which allows me to write about the page without having to switch back and forth in my browser.

The titles of practices for sale will change from the time I wrote this, so if you’re visiting the classified page or click on the image below you’ll probably see something different from what I’m writing about here, but the concepts will still apply.

When someone views this section (US practices for sale) on planet chiropractic classifieds we get information on the ads such as date posted, subject, location, and photo. (I’ll discuss photos in another post) For each ad there is then about 500 characters (word count) of content before the “more”tag.

As I am viewing the page, in the subject section, I see the following as the top six headlines…

Wellness Based Practice in Chicago
Affordable, growing practice for sale
Principled Practice – Honesdale, PA
Centreville Virginia Practice
Awesome Family Wellness Practice
Practice for Sale

Now remember, there is a location tag next to each headline, so the ad for the practice in Chicago has the location of Chicago, Illinois. The ad for “practice for sale” has a location tag of Clearwater, Florida. That is the ad I want to address.

Here is a clipped screenshot with some of the information on my screen. Notice the subject and location tags at the top of the image. When browsing the web page you will see those tags, but when searching from Google, MSN, or other search engines, you may only pick up on the information in the subject headline or content in the description.

chiropractic practices for sale

While most of those headlines were well done with good information it’s important to remember that not all people coming to the classified ad pages are browsing. Many first-time visitors to the web site are coming via search engine queries. The user that has a practice for sale in Clearwater would significantly increase the odds of their ad being viewed through a search engine query if they would have titled their headline… “Practice for sale Clearwater Florida” or “Chiropractic Practice Clearwater Florida” instead of the general headline they used.

The same ad is not using all the available space in the description area, which will also affect the odds that the ad will be found using a search engine such as Google or Yahoo. A good practice is to include as much relevant detail as possible. When placing a chiropractic practice for sale ad you should be thinking about what you would be seeking if you were the one trying to locate a practice in a particular area.

From some of the ads I see on the screen now, relevant content I’m viewing in various ads includes: practice volume (how many patients are being seen), type of practice (personal-injury clinic or wellness office), techniques patients are accustomed to (diversified, activator, Gonstead), location distance from other major cities (New York, Philadelphia, Chicago), etc.

In summary, when posting a practice for sale ad…
1) create the most relevant headline you can (include location if possible)
2) include the city and state in the location area
3) include as much relevant information in the description area to increase your ads potential of being found via search engine queries.

Happy Selling, Buying and Browsing!

Still Have a Burning Desire

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Monday Morning Message…

Still Have a Burning Desire!

About 20 years ago I was on my way back from a DE meeting in Atlanta. I was so excited so I grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and wrote A BURNING DESIRE. I am sharing it with you today. I actually pulled it off of Planet Chiropractic where it was posted several years ago.

This past weekend I spoke to the Saturday Night Live group in Fort Lauderdale. My intention was to update A BURNING DESIRE but after reading it I didn’t think that it should be updated at all. I did notice a few things that I want to share with you. First of all I noticed I was sort of long winded. After 20 years I have figured out how to say most of what I need to say much more concise than I used to. I also noted that I am a lot more politically correct than I was 20 years ago. Guess I figured out that it doesn’t help anyone or anything to judge people or alienate them.

More importantly in the last 20 years I have become more urgent with my message. First of all I have figured out that I am not going to live forever and I have a lot of God’s work to do that I haven’t gotten to yet. I have also seen what happens to people if they don’t continue with regular chiropractic care and I have seen how the quality and sometimes quantity of a families life is enhanced with regular care. I also see the aggressiveness of the pharmaceutical industry to win over the bodies and minds of people. My message is more important than ever and so is my BURNING DESIRE!

A BURNING DESIRE

FOCUS PHILOSOPHY NIGHT
February 24, 2006- 7:00pm

JAY HANDT
PATTI GUILANO
JOIN US FOR DINNER BEFORE AT THE RESTAURANT AT THE HOTEL AT 6:00 PM
Howard Johnson Hotel – Route 611 Bartonsville, PA (exit 302 off I-80)
(570) 424-6100 for Reservations (ask for Focus Rate)
Contact Sharon Gorman at (570) 350-4091
COST: Suggested fee is the price of one office visit. We will be passing the hat to cover expenses.

Future 2006 Dates: MARK THESE 2007 DATES!
MARCH 24 JUDY NUTZ CAMPANALE and DICK PLUMMER
APRIL 14 ANITA MORGANSTERN AND MICHAEL O’HALLLERAN

My stats for January

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Monday Morning Message…

I just figured out my stats for January. I had my best January since I’ve been in practice. I had my fourth highest month ever. The reason I mention this is not only to brag but I tell you in hope that my success will motive your success. January is generally not one of my best months, at least I used to think. I guess it is easier to believe otherwise now that I have evidence that it doesn’t have to be one of my worst months of the year. My point is that after you are in practice for a while you start making all of these judgements on how things should go and that we usually have these prophecies become self fulfilling prophecies. Some beliefs about our practice and ourselves propel us forward but some of them limit us.

My first mentor in Chiropractic was my Uncle Howard. I would call him early in practice when I would doubt myself. He would always help center me. We all need people in our lives who do this for us. Anyway I called him one day when I was not having a good day. I hadn’t had a new patient all day and I was slow enough to be wondering why I was so slow. I got on the phone and started to tell him my tale of woe. He cut me off pretty quick because he had to brag about his practice. He told me that he already had several new patients that day and he didn’t know where they were coming from. Then he told me that he had a packed house for his last new patient orientation and that he was having the best year in practice even though he was in practice for 25+ years. I couldn’t wait to get off the phone. After I made an excuse to get off the phone I sat in the back room and I was stewing.. I didn’t want to hear that – at all. I wanted some sympathy or at least some empathy. I had a whole list of things that was wrong with that conversation and with him. Instead of being mad at the CA’s or patients (I was convinced it was about them before I called him) now I was mad at him.

Then it hit me and I actually stopped and laughed out loud. I was obviously ready to get over my pity party or I wouldn’t have chosen him to call. I would have chosen someone who would have agreed with me and would have been able to play I can top that with negative stories about the weather or the road work outside their office or their CA’s or patients. That conversation would have not served me. My Uncle Howard served me that day. I felt bad about those bad things that I thought about him just a few minutes earlier and got up from behind my desk and went back to work. I worked even harder. I realized that the bump in the road was temporary and I had no more time to waste because I had a lot of work to do. I have God’s work to do.

Pick your friends and your phone calls wisely.

Love, Sharon

FOCUS PHILOSOPHY NIGHT
February 24, 2006- 7:00pm

JAY HANDT
PATTI GUILANO
JOIN US FOR DINNER BEFORE AT THE RESTAURANT AT THE HOTEL AT 6:00 PM
Howard Johnson Hotel – Route 611 Bartonsville, PA (exit 302 off I-80)
(570) 424-6100 for Reservations (ask for Focus Rate)
Contact Sharon Gorman at (570) 350-4091
COST: Suggested fee is the price of one office visit. We will be passing the hat to cover expenses.

Future 2006 Dates: MARK THESE 2007 DATES!
MARCH 24 JUDY NUTZ CAMPANALE
APRIL 14 CLAUDE LESSARD

The true healers of disease

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

The man known as the father of medicine is quoted as saying, “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.” He also said, “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”

That was Hippocrates, who walked upon the planet four or five hundred years before another famous healer named Jesus showed up. Jesus is said to have talked about healing forces of divine love inside every one of us that miraculously make us healthy. This kind of talk was apparently not popular with certain leaders of that era. I guess some things never change.

In the intervening two thousand years, physicians pretty much forgot Hippocrates’ advice about studying the person, replacing it with a fascination for disease. Disorders of every variety have been amply described, named, treated, defeated, rediscovered, renamed, and so on. The rationale behind it all is the notion that disease eradication is a noble and achievable goal that results in better health. Is this true? What would Hippocrates do?

If health is what we are after, perhaps we should build up our natural healing forces as a top priority. Battling disease in order to gain health is like flailing against the walls of a dark closet with a flashlight to defeat the darkness. Turn on the flashlight, the darkness disappears without a fight. Where to? It just vanishes. And what of so-called diseases in the body when health is powered up, do those vanish too? Yes, although some conspiracy theorists believe old diseases are loaded into black helicopters at midnight and flown to secret government laboratories in Maryland to be stored in freezers for possible future use.

Speaking of secrets, there is one secret about disease your doctor probably never told you. Perhaps because it was never properly explained in med school, or else it was buried by the memorization of a jillion symptoms and diseases. This is the secret: disease has only one cause. Just one. Wonder what it is? Abnormal cell function.

Understanding this basic principle can change your life by changing how you work to restore your health. Since disease is the abnormal function of cells, it follows that recovery is a process of restoring cells to their normal function. Healthy cells make healthy organs, healthy organs make healthy life systems, and this adds up to a healthy human body. Of course, innate coordination free of interference is needed to keep the miracle happening, as well as a healthy mindset and lifestyle to sustain it.

Dr. B.J. Palmer, called the developer of chiropractic, is said to have described this same principle of life in slightly different terms. He declared there are two diseases, “too much, and too little.” This may be more familiar to you as the famous toxicity/deficiency (or purity/sufficiency) rule that predominates in many natural healing disciplines.

The medical world is coming around to recognize the importance of the toxicity/deficiency framework. The prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) polled its readers to name the greatest medical advance in the last 150 years. Did the advent of antibiotics win that honor? No. How about vaccines? No. Was it anesthesia, the discovery of DNA’s structure, X rays, Viagra? No, none of these. According to the BMJ, the greatest medical advance in the last 150 years is better sanitation. This simply means clean water and sanitary sewage disposal.

The funny thing is, the other greatest single contribution to human health in the last 150 years in my view, improved nutrition, is also non-medical in nature. These two conditions, standards of sanitation and standards of nutrition, to this day are the primary factors that determine human health across the globe. Inexplicably, a delusional notion persists in the medical industry that the greatest advances in medicine in the last couple of centuries have, in fact, been medical in nature. But that is not to say medicine has not advanced at all.

Only one hundred years ago the final curtain was falling on the era of the traveling medicine show. The last Patent Medicines were being sold between acts of entertainment from the back of the last medicine show wagons at the edge of town. Professional medical men had spent years campaigning against the traveling minstrels, complaining that the homemade brews in those little bottles they sold were mostly alcohol and did little to help people, and in some cases made them worse.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was thus born to smash the Quackery Cartel and rid us of the public nuisance of snake oils, potions and false miracle cures. These efforts have apparently paid off, because the many snake oils, potions and false miracle cures available today are government regulated and are considerably more profitable. At least now when the wagons pull out of America’s living rooms every night after selling patented medicines between entertainments on television, they don’t leave horse droppings.

Yes, the era of modern medicalization appears to be in its twilight years. People today are seeking the kind of doctor described in ancient times, a doctor who finds out about the person in his or her office, not just the symptoms they bring with them. People are educating themselves and asking tough questions. Is this treatment nontoxic? Will it improve my health on a cellular level? The cool part is that more and more doctors are thinking the same way.

Benjamin Franklin wrote of such doctors, “He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.”

At last, regard for Hippocrates’ wisdom has come full circle. After two and a half millennia, we finally realize that he had the last word when it comes to enjoying a healthy life, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”


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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Chiropractors prepare for 2007 Van Halen tour with David Lee Roth

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Rumors have been circulating for quite some time now that Van Halen would be reuniting with David Lee Roth in the near future. As it turns out, the rumors are true.

Van Halen officially announced on their web site yesterday (February 2, 2007) that the band would be reuniting with Diamond Dave (David Lee Roth) for a 2007 North American summer tour.

This author has not attended a Van Halen concert since a Madison Square Garden appearance in New York City, back in the early 1980s. Van Halen’s announcement to reunite with David Lee Roth and tour America is a mammoth event, to say the least.

Specific dates have not yet been named but the band is planning to do a 40 city tour of the country. It will be the first time since 1984 that David Lee Roth will be performing on the road with the band. Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang (age 15) will be replacing original bass guitarist Michael Anthony. Van Halen is expected to be inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York on March 12, 2007.

The band’s 1978 debut release, titled Van Halen, is regarded by many as a milestone in the Rock ‘n Roll music industry. With the release of their first album, the band hit the Rock ‘n Roll scene like a sledgehammer. It was if overnight Eddie Van Halen’s now infamous intro guitar solo, titled eruption, spread across the nation and then the world.

The Van Halen sound was unique and the band established themselves as the leaders of the US hard rock scene of the early 1980s. Millions of kids picked up guitars with the desire to learn to play like Eddie.

Van Halen released 11 studio albums from 1978 through 1998. Every record released broke the top 20 spot on Billboards top 200 music chart. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Van Halen is on the list of Top Selling Artists of all time, holding position number 19, having sold more than 56 million albums in the United States.

Van Halen is among the seven rock groups that have had two records sell more than 10 million copies in the United States. The first was their self-titled debut and the other was their new years eve release (which had a huge MTV debut) titled 1984. The other six bands to sell two records at sales of more than 10 million copies are the Beatles, Eagles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Pink Floyd.

A tour like this for the veteran rock and rollers is going to require intense stamina and optimal physical as well as emotional health for all band members and crew. Many of today’s chiropractors grew up listening to the rock ‘n roll sounds of this Mega rock ‘n roll act and I’m sure we can locate at least one in each of the 40 cities that would volunteer to be on hand to ensure Van Halen is in top condition for each performance. There is a possibility that the band will tour with their own chiropractor, but if that’s not the case, it’s best to be prepared for the summer events.

We at Planet Chiropractic want to congratulate the Van Halen family and David Lee Roth on their decision to reunite for the 2007 tour. Bring the trucks, the tour buses, the stacks of amplifiers, the M&M’s (no brown ones please), and all the personnel you’ll need. We’ll bring the chiropractors.

Hey Van Halen… were glad to see you’re back!

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Chiropractic College Begins New Journey

Palmer College of Chiropractic Media Relations

Palmer Destination Success: A Journey From Within

A group of students on Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus are taking steps to make their dreams of practice success a reality. While they’re at it, they’re hoping to help their fellow chiropractic students and new graduates achieve practice success as well. Their road map to success is called Palmer Destination Success. The program kicks off with its first seminar–A Journey From Within–on March 31, 2007.

The only program of its kind, Palmer Destination Success began as an undertaking inspired by students, for students, to serve chiropractic. This program is now being executed with the involvement of College resources and personnel. Beginning with a vision from students, Palmer College of Chiropractic administrators and business faculty have taken a hands-on approach with the student team to tailor a program to fit the needs of 21st century chiropractic and beyond. This leading-edge program will cultivate chiropractic leaders and strengthen the future of the profession and its place in the wellness movement. Palmer Destination Success will help students and new doctors develop the critical-thinking skills and abilities they need to build, grow and maintain a successful practice.

The Palmer Destination Success committee, which includes students and key Palmer staff and faculty members, has chosen a roster of the best motivational and practice management speakers available and planned a top-notch seminar to kick off the Destination Success program. The event will be held Saturday, March 31, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Lyceum Hall on Palmer College’s Davenport, Iowa, campus.

This one-day event will give attendees an opportunity to network with chiropractic students and chiropractors from across the country. Organizers plan for this to be the first annual seminar on Palmer’s Davenport Campus dedicated to excellence in the development of entrepreneurial mindsets to enhance chiropractic business skills for students and new doctors.

For the low cost of just $40 for students or $95 for field doctors, Palmer Destination Success: A Journey From Within includes:

Internationally acclaimed speakers
A jam-packed Practice Strategies Expo
Lunch and afternoon reception included with every registration
Prizes and drawings for in-demand chiropractic products and services
An early-bird (by March 23) registration drawing for a JVC 61″ big screen HDTV
Free admission to velvet-rope evening entertainment at the River Music Experience “Redstone Room” in the heart of downtown Davenport

Leading speakers featured at the seminar include Bob Proctor, an internationally acclaimed master coach for entrepreneurs and best-selling author. He also is a lecturer, counselor, business consultant, entrepreneur and teacher of positive thinking, self-motivation and maximizing human potential. Proctor has served as the host on “The Secret,” and has appeared on “Larry King Live” and “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”

The event also features Bob Doyle, the creator and facilitator of the Wealth Beyond Reason program, a powerful multi-media curriculum on the law of attraction and its practical application. Doyle’s message focuses on the science of the law of attraction to help people more purposefully activate the law in their lives and attract wealth, success, great relationships and anything else they desire.

Palmer Destination Success 2007 also includes chiropractic mentors and master motivators, such as Drs. Breck Beasley, Matt Harris, Cheryl Langley and Frank Sovinsky.

More details and registration information for Palmer Destination Success: A Journey From Within are available online at http://www.palmerdestinationsuccess.com/ .

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