Month: March 2007

Adderall Drug Controversy Continues

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Controversy surrounding the prescription stimulant medication Adderall has been in the press frequently this past week.

Adderall, a prescription amphetamine, typically prescribed for children and adults with ADHD, is becoming more popular for its off label uses. Among the many side effects for those taking Adderall, a decrease in appetite, insomnia, increased anxiety and irritability are all potentials.

pills pills pillsMany college students in the United States are well aware of Adderall’s recreational use. The potent brain stimulant has become popular for exam taking with some college kids apparently believing the drug will help them better concentrate and prepare for tests. There has long been controversy around the stimulants “cocaine like” affects on the body and health-care officials have warned against its use in anything other than its prescribed category.

Most of the news in the press lately has been around the actions of an Illinois medical doctor who reportedly has been prescribing Adderall to more than 800 overweight children and teenagers in order to get them to lose weight. According to news reports, the medical doctor has had great success with his patients losing weight while taking the drug, even though none were diagnosed with ADHD.

According to news reports, the effects of Adderall on non-ADHD patients have not been studied. Taking Adderall for weight loss seems like a rather radical and short-term solution to many critics. What about the long-term effects on the brain and neurotransmitters? Does popping pills provide one an easy out to changing nutritional habits and seeking a more healthy lifestyle? Are there other potentially life-threatening effects that have not surfaced yet?

According to various news and FDA reports, known side effects from Adderall can run from an increase in blood pressure and heart rate to slight risks of sudden death. Some critics feel it is morally and medically questionable to prescribe such a potent neurological stimulant for people trying to lose weight, especially young kids and children.

There is probably little argument that Adderall is effective in decreasing appetite just like marijuana is reportedly effective at increasing it. Maybe medical doctors will begin prescribing marijuana for kids who are too skinny and need to put on a few pounds. You may be thinking that’s crazy, marijuana is illegal and dangerous. However, if you’re living in my part of the world, you’d likely meet people thinking differently.

Here in Venice California, marijuana clinics are opening up at a greater rate than Starbucks (or at least that’s how it appears) thanks to California State marijuana legalization laws. According to current California state laws, no one can get medical marijuana without first seeing a medical doctor. Once you’ve seen your doctor and have your marijuana card, you’ll have access to marijuana cookies, pot brownies, THC lollipops, and all kinds of other creations containing the sweet leaf ganja bud.

On the topic of drugs that help people lose weight, cocaine is reportedly very effective in helping one lose weight and decreasing one’s appetite. Crystal methamphetamine is reportedly very effective in helping one lose weight as well. Certainly no medical doctor is going to suggest someone take cocaine or crystal methamphetamine for weight loss. The question is why. The obvious answer would be because the drugs are illegal in the United States. But what if they were not illegal (like the marijuana situation in California)?

Although I’ve said it a thousand times before, I’ll say it a thousand times again… drugs are drugs whether pushed or prescribed.

Here are some related articles found in the recent press…
ADHD drug use for youth obesity raises ethical questions
Adderall for overweight teens
Prescribing a problem: Part Two

Related Adderall Articles on Planet Chiropractic
Cocaine, Adderall, and Ritalin
Move Over Ritalin – Adderall is Twice as Potent
ADHD Drugs Outselling Antibiotics in Kids @ 7:27 am | Article ID: 1175189290

Adjusting Kids

By Sharon Gorman, D.C.

Monday Morning Message…

Adjusting Kids

Kids are so much fun to adjust – most of the time. They look forward to seeing you. The look forward to the unconditional love that we give them. They love the stickers and treats we give them. They love that feeling that they feel in the office they might not feel anywhere else. In my office they are special. Well to come to think of it everyone is special yet they feel the unspoken word even more. They feel how honored that we are that they allow us to adjust them.

When a child doesn’t want to get adjusted I don’t take it personal. I never push. When you push someone they push back. I encourage the parents to keep bringing them and after a while they decide that they want to do it too. At this point they feel that it is their idea.

I always warn them when they are sick that the adjustment might hurt a little that day because their body is in the middle of a battle and they are a little tender. I never lie to them and they grow to trust me. They look forward to getting adjusted.

Many of them remind their parents it is their day to go to the office because they are looking forward to it.

Almost every month I have the honor of adjusting a baby that is less than a month old. Most of their moms got adjusted through their pregnancies. I am a very wealthy woman.

When I am adjusting a child I can feel God looking down smiling at me. I smile back, it is the least I can do. I smile a lot.

Focus Philosophy Night
APRIL 14th, 2007 7:00pm
Join us for dinner at the hotel at 6:00pm

Anita Morganstern & Michael O’Halleran
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 at for more info.

Future 2007 Dates: May 5th with John Madeira — June 16th TBA — July 28th with Armand Rossi — August 18th TBA

San Diego Chiropractor Website

Some tips on what NOT to do to get your chiropractic website recognized.

Last week I was browsing some chiropractic websites (something I do frequently) and I came across a site I had not seen before. It was odd because I had just navigated away from one of my websites and I thought for a moment I was on some subpage inside of my site that I had forgotten about creating. The reason I thought that was because there was a photo of me (and a patient) at the top of the websites homepage.

Now, it’s flattering that someone wants to show off my photo, but in this case my head was cropped from the image so only my arms, hands, and the person I was checking were visible.

Los Angeles Chiropractor
Why would anyone want to remove my face from this photo?

Now, this would not be a big deal at all except for several factors. Let’s see… 1) The image is owned by copyright by planetc1, LLC 2) No permission was asked by either the San Diego Chiropractor or whoever put together their website. 3) The individual photographed signed an agreement to allow use of photos by planetc1, LLC and has not agreed to have her face on some chiropractors website homepage. 4) Myself, the woman in the photo, the photographer, and his girlfriend spent a whole afternoon taking photos, and it cost me a whole bunch of money. 5) it’s just plain rude to use someone else’s images without asking permission, placing a link to the original photo, or at least giving them credit.

OK, so this happens 1,000,000 times per day and perhaps there is little that can be done to stop it. I am not crazy about people stealing content from Planet Chiropractic and I’ve certainly seen worse than this. What bugs me is not so much the violation of copyright, but the fact that no one attempted to ask permission to use the photo. I get emails all the time from people wanting to reproduce stuff found on some website I own. The difference is they ask permission, link back to our homepage, promote our website, and say thank you when they do. I’m cool with that. In fact, I have hundreds of photos like this which are all high quality images and I’d happily share them with others.

I don’t know this chiropractor and I have not yet heard back from him regarding his chiropractic website. According to his website, he has offices in San Diego and La Jolla. Until I do, perhaps I’ll write a few dozen articles about chiropractic in San Diego and find some great chiropractors to feature on Planet Chiropractic who practice in the area. We’ll start with this San Diego Chiropractor and I’ll add more as I locate them.
I’ll update this post as I get more info. 😉

Chiropractor Sid Williams Dedicates Life West

Here’s a piece of chiropractic history for your audio listening pleasure. The 16 minute MP3 file features Dr. Sid E. Williams, founder of Life Chiropractic College in Marietta Georgia, giving a dedication speech in Northern California.

On Friday, July 28, 2000, Dr. Sid Williams gave a dedication speech for the opening of the West Coast campus of Life Chiropractic College. It was a hot and sunny day in Hayward California and there was a large crowd of chiropractors, students, faculty members, and chiropractic supporters attending the event.

Nearly 7 years later, Life Chiropractic College West, is considered by many as one of the top chiropractic schools in the nation. Much of that credit goes to Dr. Gerry Clum for his outstanding leadership, and to the faculty at Life West for exuding passion in what they teach.

Listen to the mp3 audio presentation here…


Note: The audio player for this blog was updated on Oct. 11, 2008.

I searched the Planet Chiropractic web site and found an article from the Monday following the event. The article “The Gerry Factor & Life West Photos” talks about many different chiropractors that came to support the opening of the school. There was a rich and diverse group of chiropractors in attendance, including world recognized chiropractor such as James Sigafoose, Lou Sportelli, and Reggie Gold.

Doctors Ned and Sid Williams

Drs. Ned and Sid Williams wave to those in attendance at the Life West dedication.

Here is a brief clip from the article… July 28th, 2000 marked a monumental day for chiropractic in the new millennium as Life Chiropractic College West celebrated the opening of it’s new campus in Hayward, California. The event was attended by many great chiropractors from around the globe and was toped off by a fantastic weekend packed full of philosophy with the west coast return of Dynamic Essentials.

Find out what graduates of Life Chiropractic College West have to say about their education on the planet chiropractic school review pages.

Connecticut Chiropractic Council Legal Action Fund

Content provided by CCC

The information below has been provided by the Connecticut Chiropractic Council. It is being posted here to Planet Chiropractic in an effort to get more chiropractors worldwide informed as to what’s happening in the state of Connecticut. There is a PDF file at the end of this post which is available for download. The PDF as more information as to how you can help support the Connecticut Chiropractic Council and their efforts.

Connecticut Chiropractic Council LogoAs some of you may already know, the Connecticut Chiropractic Council received a letter from American Specialty Health Networks, Inc. (ASH), alleging that the CCC has been involved in improper activities aimed at undermining ASH’s recruitment of DC’s under its service contract with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has advised the CCC that it has commenced an investigation into the same or similar subject matter. We do not know whether the investigation is a result of a complaint by ASH. In any event, the FTC has already made a request for the CCC, and some of the CCC’s members, to provide the FTC with a significant amount of documents and information regarding ASH’s campaign in Connecticut.

While the CCC denies the allegations made by ASH and does not believe that it has engaged in any wrongdoing, it has become necessary to raise money quickly to pay for the CCC’s legal fees so that it can protect the interests of the CCC and its members. Please send your contributions to the CCC’s Executive Director, Tom Paterna. If you have any questions, call Tom at (203) 410-1692.

Adobe PDF document: CCC Legal Action Fund @ 10:39 am | Article ID: 1174682385

HPV vaccine: risks, informed consent and a chiropractic miracle

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

I attended elementary school way back in the early 1960s. Things were different back then, we only had black and white television, and there were only three channels to watch on TV. We were also only given 3 vaccines that I recall. There was one smallpox and a couple of polio vaccines, one live and one dead.

It was during the cold war. Duck and cover drills were routine so we would be ready to survive a Russian nuclear attack at a moment’s notice. When the bell was rung in a certain pattern, everyone jumped under a desk or crouched in a doorway with their eyes shut tight, except for the unlucky curtain monitors who first had to pull the curtains closed to protect the rest of us from the blast.

vaccine preparationWe have thoroughly redefined what protection means in the past 35 years. Instead of just 3 vaccine doses, kids are urged to get 56. Which brings us to the new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for girls only (so far).

It is truly a first for several reasons, the first vaccine said to fight cancer, the most expensive vaccine ever sold, and the most heavily promoted vaccine ever in history. The HPV vaccine is also racing to the top of the federal charts that tally the number of reported adverse reactions.

“The Centers for Disease Control collected more than 500 complaints since the vaccine’s approval last June,” reported Kim Mulvihill, M.D., for CBS news in San Francisco.

“These young girls are experiencing severe headaches, dizziness, temporary loss of vision, slurred speech, fainting, muscle weakness, tingling and numbness in the hands and feet and joint pain. Some have lost consciousness during what appears to be seizures,” wrote Vicky Debold, R.N., Ph.D., of the National Vaccine Information Center.

“Investigators dismissed the total of 102 Gardasil and placebo-associated serious adverse events, including 17 deaths, that occurred during the clinical trials, claiming that they were unrelated,” according to Christiane Northrup, M.D.

For some reason, Merck, the maker of the vaccine, was allowed to use a “placebo” that contained the same kind of reactive aluminum hydroxide found in the vaccine. This means the placebo was not really a placebo. Other troubling details from the safety trial data were dismissed as being irrelevant, including the alarming fact that five women vaccinated in the trial later gave birth to babies with congenital abnormalities.

For some background on the actual risks associated with a cervical cancer diagnosis, this information appears on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: “Cervical cancer occurs at an average age of 54; however, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (or CIN), the precursor lesion to cervical cancer, most often occurs in much younger women. For a woman with CIN, her likelihood of survival is almost 100 percent with timely and appropriate treatment.” No wonder so many parents question the need for the HPV vaccine.

What are the risk factors for cervical cancer? According to the CDC, “Experts agree that infection with certain strains of the HPV is one of the strongest risk factors for cervical cancer, but the most important risk factor for developing cervical cancer, at least from the point of view of what we can do about it, is the failure to receive regular screening with a Pap smear.”

Which brings us to the pincushion question. Who decides which of the many thousands of potential human disorders gets elevated to superstardom, is declared “vaccine preventable,” and so gets its own vaccine? And whose idea was it to focus on something sexually transmitted and rare this time around?

There is also the Aluminum hydroxide question. It is injected along with most vaccines, including HPV, because it creates a “response.” If your arm could talk, here’s what the response would sound like, “Ow! Are you crazy? Get that poison crap out of here!”

“Vancouver neuroscientist Dr. Chris Shaw just finished his research that shows a link between the aluminum hydroxide used in vaccines, and symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), and Alzheimer’s,” according to the International Medical Veritas Association.

Our health leaders at the highest levels need to start asking better questions. How about, “What must we do to address the greatest health risks facing the greatest number of people?” Injecting aluminum into our people for any reason is simply a very bad idea.

Health researchers recently became confused when they discovered that parents with more education vaccinate their children less. One researcher was at a loss to explain this paradox. He theorized that moms are probably too busy these days with their careers and don’t have time, or they just forget, or else they read some cockamamie story on the Internet. A fourth possibility apparently escaped him, moms are making informed choices and expressing their inalienable right to medical freedom.

I’m figuring the poor American Medical Association (AMA) is annoyed because there are too many parents snooping around, asking questions and defying medical authority. Rest assured the AMA is not taking this thing lying down, having expressed what I feel is a strong opinion that parents should be stripped entirely of vaccine exemption rights for their children. It’s my opinion that the AMA apparently believes medical doctors are the only ones smart enough to make such a decision, regardless of state law.

That reminds me of the story about the March of Dimes poster girl from the 1950s most of us never heard. Author Eleanor McBean wrote, “Little Winifred Gardella had been treated for polio by medical doctors for two and a half years, and the best they could do was to release her as a hopeless cripple wearing crutches and leg braces — with no hope for the rest of her life. Her picture was used on the March of Dimes posters to jerk more donations from people…After she left the medical hospital, her mother took her to a drugless doctor, Dr. Lewis Robertson (chiropractor), who treated her with special drugless methods and had her well and walking in less than six months.”

In order for parents to make the best decision for their child, they need access to unbiased information free of unscientific hype generated by drug companies. Dr. Joseph DeSoto of the National Institutes of Health explained this principle eloquently in a recent editorial in the Charleston Daily Mail.

“Medical ethics require that patients have autonomy in their medical decisions, with informed consent. They have a right to know what they have, what the prognosis is, what the proposed treatment is, what the alternatives are, and what the possible side effects are prior to any treatment. Indeed, a patient has a right to say no, even if by refusing treatment they might die. I as a medical professional cannot overrule their decisions.”

Back in my day in elementary school, we were taught never to trust Russian science. Even though the Russians could take out my town with a missile shot from halfway around the planet, they had no real science. That is because all “scientific outcomes” over there were ideological, decided upon ahead of time by politics. The scientist’s role, I presume, was to fudge the experiments so the results would match.

Today in America we live in a modern, free world and things are very different, sort of. While it is true that our scientific outcomes are also decided upon ahead of time, at least the decisions are mandated by genuine, hardworking, corporate money.

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 @ 6:10 pm | Article ID: 1174623074

Better access to chiropractic care for military veterans

News from the Chiropractic Coalition

Scheduled for Thursday, April 26th
The Chiropractic Coalition’s Legislative Day 2007 has been scheduled for Thursday, April 26th, with a host of key legislators on the agenda, along with an important Medicare Round Table at which senior Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) representatives will be present to answer individual doctors’ questions. The 2007 event will be held at the Executive Room at the Washington Court Hotel, conveniently located on the US Senate side of Capitol Hill at 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington D.C. Registration and continental breakfast open at 7:45 AM, with the day’s program kicking off at 8:45 AM with a detailed briefing on the Coalition’s 2007 legislative agenda and objectives.

Presentations will include appearances by top policy makers as well as practical briefings on how to most effectively communicate with your Members of Congress. Among the invited Congressional guests are Rep. Bob Filner of California, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada and many more.

“Congress will always be a vitally important battleground for the future of chiropractic,” said Coalition Legislative Day Organizational Chairman Dr. Donald Hirsh. “Every doctor of chiropractic, student, family member and patient has a stake in the outcome of the Coalition’s legislative efforts and everyone interested in the future of chiropractic is not only welcome, but needed at this key lobbying event.”

The member organizations of the Chiropractic Coalition, including the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO) and the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA) will be promoting an agreed legislative agenda that includes Medicare improvements, better access to chiropractic care for military veterans, commissions for doctors of chiropractic as military officers, chiropractic inclusion in the TRICARE program for military dependents and retirees and other key initiatives.

In the new Congress, the chiropractic profession will be facing the traditional battle for scarce federal funds, a struggle complicated by the massive new spending generated by the Medicare prescription drug benefit, revenue deficits and a crushing national debt. The Chiropractic Coalition is determined, among other goals, to educate policy makers on the stark contrast between the Medicare drug spending issue and the importance of expanding access for all federal beneficiaries to the cost-effective, natural care choice available through chiropractic.

“This event is about influencing policy makers, not trying to impress each other,” said Dr. Hirsh. “Our entire emphasis is on the effective mobilization of hundreds of DCs, students, CAs and family members on behalf of key chiropractic legislative initiatives, as well as educating policy makers in general about the unique role chiropractic has to play in providing safe, highly cost-effective care for consumers of all ages.”

The Washington Court Hotel is located near the Union Station METRO stop and is convenient to Reagan National Airport, Washington’s Union Station as well as all Congressional office buildings. Guest rooms are presently available by calling the general reservations number at 1-800-321-3010 or 202-628-2100.

The Chiropractic Coalition was founded in November 2002 by three major chiropractic organizations, the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA) and the Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO). The mission of this cooperative effort is the promotion of chiropractic science and practice as a separate and distinct, drugless and non-surgical approach to health that mobilizes the body’s natural healing abilities, without intrusion into the realms of other professions.

The group’s stated mission is “to protect and support the interests of chiropractic consumers and chiropractors through effective and aggressive unified legislative and regulatory efforts, legal action, and public education” and to “promote chiropractic worldwide as a clearly defined, separate, and distinct profession while protecting the chiropractic consumer’s right to have full and direct access to chiropractic care for the correction of vertebral subluxation.” @ 6:46 am | Article ID: 1174582024

Vitamin envy and spin doctors

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

In the brave new world of medicine, spin doctors are emerging as the most powerful of doctors. While the clinical doctors are busy trying to stave off the suffering and premature death of their patients using drugs and surgery, the spin doctors are busy capturing market share for their corporate clients.

Vitamins have come under attack again with a new hit piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), January, 2007. According to the article, individual antioxidants are probably less than effective at promoting longevity, and may even shorten your life. Considering that antioxidants can only work well if the whole team is playing, why did they even expect one antioxidant alone to be capable of doing the whole job itself?

Suppose we hired the finest quarterback in professional football to play in a game alone. In a normal game with the whole team playing, the ball gets snapped and he jumps back, fakes left, steps right and then drills a perfect bullet all the way into the end zone. But what if no teammate was in place to catch the ball? Or suppose his wide receiver was there in the end zone but just too tired to remain standing? And would the quarterback even have time to pass the football without a sturdy lineup of well-conditioned teammates blocking for him with all their might?

Vitamin envy, that’s what I call the perennial effort to discredit vitamins. The idea that nutritional supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle can safely provide significant health benefits and actually reduce the need for medical intervention is very unpopular with the pharmaceutical industry.

Speaking of safety, the newly published 2005 report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers once again did not attribute a single death to taking vitamins. This means taking vitamins is safer even than eating food. If you were a drug company executive gazing out of your skyscraper window, would you feel a bit envious knowing that billions and billions of vitamin pills are sold year after year, without causing a single death?

If vitamins could be patented, pharmaceutical companies would be making and marketing vitamins like there was no tomorrow. A doctor’s prescription would be required for the ones at sufficiently high doses, and each pill would go for fifty bucks. Mark my words, when they outlaw vitamins, only outlaws (and doctors) will have vitamins.

In other vitamin news, many of us were surprised this week to wake up and discover that diet soft drinks have magically become health and wellness products, at least according to soft drink industry leaders. Never mind that the artificial sweeteners used in these beverages are known to be potent neurotoxins, or that soft drinks are a major contributor to our epidemic of osteoporosis. Apparently, all it takes is adding a microscopic pinch of vitamins and suddenly the stuff is healthy.

Too bad the word “wellness” gets continually corrupted with corporate marketing nonsense such as this. Medical corporate marketing is even worse, amounting to a mass disinformation campaign that misleads the public into believing that our multiple epidemics of chronic disease are caused by random bad luck, faulty genes, or else a lack of medication.

Chronic disease is lifestyle-induced, and can only be corrected with lifestyle intervention. The development of chronic disease requires years of dedicated self-destructive behavior. In many cases, the individual has been unaware the entire time that they were creating their own health problem. This is why it is so vital that children learn at a young age that lifestyle choices affect their health profoundly.

The principle of wellness is the daily miracle of natural laws in action. Just as the health of a rainforest depends on the health of the individual trees, so does the health of the body depend on the health of the individual cells.

There are three factors under our control that have a tremendous influence on our health. What kinds of thoughts occupy our mind? What things do we eat or otherwise put into our body? How well and how much do we keep our body in motion?

“The evidence is overwhelming that physical activity and diet can reduce the risk of developing numerous chronic diseases, including CAD [coronary artery disease], hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and several forms of cancer, and in many cases in fact reverse existing disease,” according to the Journal of Applied Physiology in January, 2005.

The disorders listed above account for the vast majority of preventable death each year in modern, industrialized countries, and yet modern medicine typically focuses only on treating the symptoms. Such an emergency response is appropriate when the body is broken and failing, but it can be likened to putting out a fire in your house. Here’s the question: the day after the firemen arrived to smash in the doors and windows and drench the whole house with water, should you call them back with their fire hoses and axes to rebuild everything? At that point don’t you need carpenters, roofers, plumbers and painters instead?

I am told that the human species on this planet is collectively so sick with chronic diseases that we belong on the endangered species list, and yet anthropologists who have studied hunter/gatherer societies have documented a universal lack of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and stroke in those populations. Do those people have better genes? This is doubtful, considering that the human genome has not changed in the last 40,000 years.

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness,” wrote Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby.

The latest published “evidence” in JAMA casting doubt on the importance of nutrition supplements only proves that research is neutral, the key is what question is being asked. Suppose they had asked a better question, “Do people who use antioxidants as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise enjoy a higher quality of life and greater longevity with a reduced need for medical intervention?”

The spin doctors will continue to manipulate our fears to sell us a bill of goods, but that does not change the principle that we are genetically designed to create wellness. If our cells are not quite up to optimal health, our body is striving to make it so. The question asked by wellness is this, “What can I do every day to help my cells, tissues, organs and whole body move in the direction of optimal 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 @ 6:33 pm | Article ID: 1174451653

New Jersey Chiropractor Gives Chiropractic Talk

The audio presentation here features Dr. Bob Sottile and a new patient orientation chiropractic talk that was recorded ~ 1990.

Dr. Bob Sottile was a chiropractor practicing in the state of New Jersey, from the 1970s to the 1990s. He was incredibly active in the chiropractic community, and was particularly influential in the development and increased awareness of chiropractic care in the state of New Jersey. Additionally, he was a warrior for chiropractic in the area of philosophy and politics. Along with several of his colleagues from New Jersey, as well as chiropractors in other states, he successfully petitioned, and worked diligently to see the creation of Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) in Marietta, Georgia. Two of his three children became chiropractors, both graduating from Life Chiropractic College. Dr. Bob’s oldest son became a financial consultant and moved to the State of California, where he lives with his wife and four children. Their children have received regular chiropractic checkups and adjustments since they were born.

The audio presentation here was recorded in a chiropractor’s office in Atlanta, Georgia (I believe ~ 1990). The audio was converted from a videotape recording that featured Dr. Bob Sottile giving a new patient orientation in the chiropractor’s office.

Dr. Bob Sottile talks about when you use chiropractic, why you use chiropractic, and how you use chiropractic. He tells a story of an experience he had while in chiropractic practice that changed his life. He talks about how he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to educating people on the truth about how you get sick, why you get sick, how you can prevent sickness, how you can get well. Physically, spiritually, and mentally.

The presentation is nearly an hour long and Dr. Bob spends the first half going over statistics related to the health-care system, and one’s personal health and wellness. Dr. Sottile talks about allergies, hysterectomies, open-heart surgeries, high blood pressure, and the biggest fallacy promoted in health care at the time (that germs cause disease). Dr. Bob states in the presentation, “I don’t want anyone here to become a statistic.”

Listen to the mp3 audio presentation here…


Note: The audio player for this blog was updated on Oct. 11, 2008.

The audio for this presentation was provided to planet chiropractic by Dr. Dean Sottile, a chiropractor in active practice in the state of New Jersey. Audio was converted from videotape and encoded into MP3 format for streaming purposes. For those interested, there are a handful of the original presentations available on videotape.

Chiropractic Blog Delivers Legendary Chiropractors Messages

By Michael Dorausch, D.C. staff writer

Chiropractic audio podcasts have returned to Planet Chiropractic. Our chiropractic website began doing audio presentations, featuring chiropractors from around the globe, in the late 1990s. Before people were popularly listening to mp3 file formats and podcasts, planet chiropractic delivered audio and video in formats such as Real Media (.rm), Windows Advanced Streaming Format (.asf), and QuickTime movie formats (.mov), with file downloads that could take up to an hour to receive, when using a dial-up modem service.

As audio and video codecs (used to encode and decode digital formats) continue to change and advance, so will our delivery of chiropractic multimedia. While still accessed by users every day, the static media pages at planet chiropractic have become stale, with many of the downloadable files, available only in the older digital formats. This has recently been posing a problem for some visitors using newer computer operating systems, as they sometimes don’t have the default software installed to recognize the old file formats.

This past week some upgrades were made to the planet chiropractic blog pages that allow for fairly basic integration of audio and video content into blog posts. This past weekend, we found it fitting that our first audio presentation posted on the blog pages, feature Dr. Ian Grassam, a great chiropractic warrior and teacher. Dr. Grassam fought political battles for chiropractic, and won most in the states of Michigan and Florida. Dr. Grassam was often the “chosen one” when there was a challenge to debate chiropractic principles and/or practices with medical doctors or political opponents. You can listen to a presentation Dr. Ian Grassam gave at a West Coast chiropractic conference back in 1997, the following link will take you to the audio blog page… Ian Grassam Chiropractic Audio 1997

On Monday, the post featuring Dr. Ian Grassam was followed by another featuring an audio presentation with legendary chiropractor, Dr. Bob Sottile. Dr. Sottile was a chiropractor practicing in the state of New Jersey, from the 1970s to the 1990s. He was incredibly active in the chiropractic community, and was particularly influential in the development and increased awareness of chiropractic care in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Additionally, he was a warrior for chiropractic in the area of philosophy and politics. The following link will take you to the audio blog page featuring Dr. Sottile… New Jersey Chiropractor Gives Chiropractic Talk

There are more than 100 hours of chiropractic audio and video, from the 1970s through to the present, on various videotapes, cassettes, and CD-ROMs, collecting dust in the closets of the planet chiropractic office. It will take a considerable amount of time and effort in getting the original recordings converted into the latest digital formats. Fortunately, several hours of audio have already made it to the computers so they should be making it online soon. Watch for more regular posts of audio content in mp3 format as well as some shorter video presentations, planned to be available in both a standard video format (ala YouTube quality) and higher-quality video formats (probably QuickTime and H.264 MPEG-4 video) on a chiropractic web site near you.

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If you have chiropractic audio and/or video content that you’d like to make available for others to experience through planet chiropractic, you can contact us via e-mail for more information. @ 5:28 pm | Article ID: 1173756510