Month: June 2007

Chiropractic Costa Rica and Panama Missions

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I was browsing through some web pages on Planet Chiropractic today and I came across a half a dozen pages that had links to photos that were taken during chiropractic missions to Panama and Costa Rica from May and October of 2000. Spanish chiropractic

All the pages are grouped together and if you want to browse through the images you can view the main page here… Chiropractic mission to Panama February 2004

There are five pages of indexed image thumbnails which link to photos from a CREW chiropractic mission to Costa Rica in 2000, and pages of image thumbnails for one of the many chiropractic missions to Panama.

We decided to keep the pages for historical archive purposes so others can view the estimated 200 photographs from this set that are available from those missions. Images are actually still captures taken from a Sony VX-1000 handheld digital camcorder. Amazing how image technology has changed in the last seven years. Looking at some of the photos now they really bring back some memories. The first page of the image archives shows photographs taken in a civic gymnasium in Panama City, Panama. There are some photos towards the top of the page showing the lines of people waiting to get into the gymnasium for chiropractic care.

You can check out some of these thumbnails to view those images directly…

people in line image one people in line image two people in line image three

Check out the photo pages (use the main link above for Panama February 2004) to see all the images.

Hundreds of chiropractors participated in CREW (Chiropractors Restoring Energy Worldwide) missions from 1997 through 2004. Chiropractors traveled from the United States, Canada, Spain, Australia, and other parts of the world to provide free chiropractic care to the people of Panama and Costa Rica during these very successful missions.

There are 15 to 20 related news articles in the chiropractic archives and you can access most of them from here: News Search Panama

“The Masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their minds and their religion. They simply pursue their vision of excellence at what ever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them, they are always doing both.” – James Mitchner

Giving away my chiropractic website

My first attempt at this post got back spaced and I inadvertently deleted all the content before I saved it. Lesson: incremental saves.

OK, you saw the title… I’m giving away a website. It’s late so I’m not getting into much detail now but I’ll update this as I move further along.

Simply, I spent about $3000.00 developing a site (Chiropractor Website) and numerous people have emailed me since saying they liked it, could they get one like it, etc…

Today I was doing some edits on a few pages and the thought arose to put the site into Creative Commons Licensing (see below) so other chiropractors could benefit from it.

Selling the template was an option but why not just make it available to chiropractors and students to use on their own domains without having to pay some internet company monthly fees to host a dog? Not that it’s perfect, it’s not, but it’s on par or better than much of the stuff I have seen out there.

Here are some key things…

  1. You’ll need your own domain name (costs less than $10 per year)
  2. You’ll require your own hosting. I’d recommend LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP)
  3. You’ll have to install the site yourself or hire someone to do so

I’ll provide links here for monthly hosting plans (for a website like this they will range from $4 to $7 a month) and I think we could get a group of volunteers together to streamline the website template so installation could be made easier. I know some hosting companies that would pay Planet Chiropractic a commission if you signed up for their hosting. That could be a win-win for those of you wanting to go that route.

If you look at the website you’ll see I have to pull lots of my chiropractic office info off of it but I plan to include nearly all the articles I authored, others I have permission to include, along with content from Planet Chiropractic and RSS feeds so that new articles can be added in an automated fashion.

I also have loads of professional photos of people receiving chiropractic adjustments, lying on tables, etc… which I own all rights to. I’ll include a package of those so your website will be ready to roll out with about an hours worth of effort.

Hows that sound so far?

What do I get from all this (other than you can’t out give the giver abundance and reward)?

  1. You continuing to support Planet Chiropractic
  2. You not emailing me looking for a website design for your office
  3. You agreeing to participate in kind so that students can have access to even better websites when they graduate

What do you say? I’ve got to run by my designs with my programmers so we can strip some items from the site template and make things easy to install, update, etc…

Want to know some cool features?

  1. All the basics right at the top of the page (Home, Location, About, Hours)
  2. All pages can be edited from an easy to use Admin Panel
  3. Can post Announcements to the homepage (like office closed for 4th of July)
  4. Patient testimonials display directly to the homepage

There is more (like Search Engine Optimized) but that we can address later. There are also some details I’d like to hash out like getting some standards for descriptions of subluxation, history of chiropractic, etc… I know some smart chiropractors will get together to help me hammer this out.

Who will get to use this? All chiropractors will have access to the finished template and all associated files. There will be no commercial use meaning no web design or hosting companies can sell the website. Chiropractors, of course, will be able to use the site to actively promote their practices.

You likely have questions so go ahead and email me with your thoughts and I’ll address them in future posts regarding this project.

So far, expect the licensing to be as follows…

Creative Commons License
Chiropractor Website by
Planet Chiropractic is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Based on a work at

Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at (they are not yet)

OK, let’s roll out some chiropractic websites!

Local Chiropractor Search Pages

The local chiropractor pages on Planet Chiropractic are getting more visitors every month. This post explains how to get listed so those searching in your state can find you.
side-posture-chiropracticThe pages offer listing of chiropractic office information, school addresses and contact info, as well as organization and association resources. There is a webpage for each of the 50 states in the USA and each state page is directly accessible via major search engines. For example, web surfers seeking chiropractors in Ohio would land on the Chiropractors Ohio page.

While there are no schools of chiropractic in Ohio there are state associations and listings for chiropractors in the state, on the page. Currently, all of the pages are hard-coded html and they are updated manually by members of the website staff. If you are a chiropractor practicing in the USA you can have your listing added by sending an email to…
[email protected]
(don’t change the subject heading or your message may go into spam box). Include all information such as clinic name, address, phone and website. Allow 2-3 weeks for your location to be listed.

If you are someone searching for a chiropractor or chiropractic school information in your state, you can browse the main state chiropractic page.

Planet Chiropractic RSS on your iPhone

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s good news for tech folks, an even greater news for chiropractic tech folks, the greatly anticipated Apple iPhone goes on sale Friday. According to reports on several websites, and the presence of a new URL,, it looks as though the Apple iPhone is going to have its own RSS interface.

RSSWhile techie iPhone owners will likely be quick to add feeds for sites such as engadget and (Apple has a popular RSS feed titled: Apple Hot News Ticker), tech minded chiropractors will have access to not only one, but three forms of RSS content coming from Planet Chiropractic.

Using a Web browser, an RSS enabled e-mail client, RSS reader, and soon possibly your RSS enabled iPhone, chiropractors can access the freshest information on topics such as Chiropractic News, the latest posts to Chiropractic Blogs, and up-to-the-minute postings to the chiropractic classified ad system.

While reading news and viewing blogs via RSS is a pretty spectacular feature to be enabled in the iPhone, the potential for platforms such as classified advertising via RSS is humongous. Forget for a moment chiropractic classifieds and imagine the potential for any classified ad system that enables their content in RSS feeds. An end-user could subscribe to a niche market RSS feed and view it on their iPhone, via the Apple-designed RSS aggregator.

One potential scenario I could think of would be ticket sales. Someone could post tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers playing at the Staples Center to a classified ad system that supports RSS. The iPhone user would be subscribed to a “tickets for sale” feed and could potentially have the information almost instantly. No doubt there will be many great ways to use RSS on a mobile handset such as the iPhone.

RSS technology will continue to improve and it looks as though Apple will be the first to capitalize on the many opportunities RSS brings to the mobile market.

It will be interesting to see how Apple’s inclusion of an RSS reader will affect third-party vendors and established RSS services such as FeedBurner, owned by Google. We may be seeing advertiser supported feeds in the not to distant future. Apple anticipates that it will sell an estimated 15 million iPhones by the end of 2008.

You can get more information about RSS and read about how we are using the popularly expanding protocol at Planet Chiropractic to deliver content on the cutting edge at @ 12:19 pm | Article ID: 1183058401

Potential Content is Everywhere

Yesterday I posted an article to Planet Chiropractic News titled Live Subluxation Free or Die Hard. The article was about Bruce Willis, his 4th Die Hard film (opening tomorrow), and chiropractic.

People sometimes ask where I get this stuff. Do we call an agent for Bruce Willis? Did someone from his promotional office call us? Nope. Most of the time, nearly all the articles I tend to cover come out of the ether.

This one went like this… I was running on the beach in Santa Monica Sunday afternoon. As is typical, a million things felt like they were downloading into my brain. Sometimes I feel like Johnny Mnemonic, a wifi version, and someone is dumping a constant stream of data, heating up all my synapses.

Alright, running along, and I hear a plane going by. It was one of those advertising planes pulling a long banner for all the tourists visiting the beaches to watch (and for me apparently). The banner read… Yippee-Ki-Yay, Mother Fu… Live Free or Die Hard.

The “live subluxation free” popped in my head instantly, an opportunity to talk chiropractic. The fact that the film was coming out this week made the content timely, another plus. Then bang, another idea… Bruce Willis has mentioned chiropractic before, surely he got adjusted during the making of DH4.

Running home I was already on to thinking about something else, that’s where many ideas end or get put into archive mode. Monday morning the idea came back so I contacted a friend of mine who has worked on the first 3 Die Hard films. He gave me some trivia and I also located some current information related to Willis getting adjusted and that he was still doing his own stunts.

So we had a movie coming out, an actor who supports chiropractic, an opportunity to say thank you, and a chance to put it all together = news post.

There you have it. What’s next? A few minutes ago I was adjusting someone that was wearing an adidas sports top. I said “do you know what a-d-i-d-a-s stands for?” All day I dream about spines!

Independence Day comes early for chiropractic classifieds

We were waiting until July 4th of 2007 to release the latest news regarding the chiropractic profession’s number one ranked online classified ad service.

If you haven’t been on the website lately you may notice something different, there are no fees for posting ads. That’s right, freedom from paying fees to post chiropractic related classified ads. Certain sections of Planet Chiropractic turned nine years old this past month and we wanted to do something to celebrate the event. While ads for things such as Associates, private equipment sales such as adjusting tables, and substitution services, were always free, we’ve now opened the gates to everything else in the classified section.

pony adjusting tableThe photo to the left is an example of an ad currently posted in the private party section… “selling a classic Lloyd Pony Adjusting table with Cervical, Thoracic and Lumber Drops. Newly re-upolstered. These are no longer being made, so you can’t get one unless you find one used, like this.”

That means that as of today, chiropractic practice for sale ads are free. Chiropractic offices seeking associates is free. Selling your x-ray equipment or other equipment from your chiropractic office… free. Did we mention that commercial listings for the best chiropractic software, chiropractic Internet services, practice management products, and listings for commercial vendors such as Lloyd and Leander are free? Just in case you’re wondering, all listings for all categories are now free of charge to post and view.

It doesn’t stop there. Earlier this month we announced the addition of Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds for all ads posted to the website. The inclusion of classified ads RSS feeds has resulted in a number of other chiropractic related web sites displaying the advertising content that gets added to our classified ad system. What does this mean?

The addition of RSS means that a chiropractor or someone wanting to sell or promote a chiropractic product or service only has to post a single ad, and that ad can be displayed on any website, e-mail application, mobile phone, PDA, or electronic device that supports the technology we are using to deliver chiropractic related advertising.

This makes things very simple for the person posting advertisements. It also makes it very simple for anyone that owns or hosts a chiropractic website. Using something as simple as a JavaScript, a webmaster could add all the most recent advertisements made to their website, something that will likely increase traffic to their web page when people are searching terms appearing in the ads. All advertisements update automatically so there’s nothing to do after the script is put in place.

Thank you to all of you that have been using the planet chiropractic classified ad system since 1999. Can you believe we’re into our ninth year of delivering classified ads electronically?

OK, here are some direct links to some of the most popular pages…

Check out this article (RSS added to classified ads) for more information about the RSS feeds that were added.

Is the service perfect, nope. Do we continue working on it, you bet! Thank you for your support!

World's oldest man born September 1895

The world’s oldest man appeared in news articles last week (Monday, June 18, 2007) after he received an official certificate from the Guinness World Records, verifying him as the world’s oldest male.

According to report on Yahoo! News, Tomoji Tanabe is currently 111 years old, born on September 18th, 1895.

Chiropractors will recognize that date as the day D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, gave the first chiropractic adjustment to a gentleman by the name of Harvey Lillard, in Davenport Iowa.

On September 18, 2007 don’t forget to say happy birthday to Tomoji and to Chiropractic, as they’ll both be 112 years old.

I recalled seeing the article in some news wire last week but I passed it by and did not read it until receiving an e-mail from a chiropractor in Connecticut. Many thanks to Dr. Robert Shaw in Milldale, Connecticut, for forwarding the article to Planet Chiropractic.

Live Subluxation Free or Die Hard

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Bruce Willis, the man who starred in the greatest action movie of all time, is at it again, and he’s still doing his own stunts. The film, “Live Free or Die Hard”, opens nationwide in theaters this Wednesday, June 27, 2007. It’s the actor’s fourth in a series of Die Hard films, with the 1988 release recently being named “Greatest Action Movie of All Time” by Entertainment Weekly.

Popular entertainment destination,, had this quote regarding the actors chiropractic care he received during the making of Die Hard 4. “Let’s just say my chiropractor wasn’t surprised to see me. It was a lot easier to do this kind of stuff 20 years ago.” – Bruce Willis found jumping out of a car at 35 miles per hour during the making of Live Free Or Die Hard painful.

According to news reports, rather than rely on CGI effects for many of the films stunts, Bruce and and others on the crew of “Live Free or Die Hard” did many of their own stunts. A good friend of mine, Chris Boardman, who wrote and orchestrated on the first three Die Hard films, told me he believes Bruce did the stunt himself where he jumps spread eagle off of Nakatomi Plaza (Fox Plaza in LA) with the building blowing up behind him in the first Die Hard film.

Planet Chiropractic loves when celebrities and sports stars speak positively about chiropractic care. I’d suggest all chiropractors support Bruce by going to see this film (or other films produced by Cheyenne Enterprises, Bruce and co-founder Arnold Rifkins Los Angeles based company). With more than 80,000 chiropractors in active practice in the USA alone, collectively we could give him a big Thank You at the box office.

While he hasn’t stopped my my office just yet, the 52-year-old Willis has apparently been receiving chiropractic care for quite a few years, and he has spoken highly of those that have cared for him. Bruce Willis is one of many celebrity names to often appear on chiropractic websites as a supporter of chiropractic care.

Willis strikes me as one of those guys that supports a lot of stuff and does lots of good things, not for publicity, just because it’s stuff he wants to do. He was one of several actors to donate funds to Sean “Puffy” Combs when he ran the New York City marathon, raising over $2 million for children. Not surprisingly, “P-Diddy” received chiropractic care from his Manhattan chiropractor Drew DeMann, in preparation for the run.

While Bruce Willis may be a great actor and chiropractic patient, his Die Hard character, John McClane, is a better example of your typical American guy coming in for a subluxation removing chiropractic adjustment. Not when he’s all bloodied up after a day of fighting bad guys, but a guy that’s just finished a hard days work. The John McClane’s of the world go to work everyday, and their work takes an emotional and physical toll on the body, creating those spinal stresses we chiropractors refer to as vertebral subluxation. They often show up in chiropractic offices towards the end of the shift, leaving the work and sweat of the day on the chiropractors adjusting table. They love those chiropractic adjustments. By the way, if you’ve never been on a film set, let me tell you everybody works hard in the hours are seriously long. Back to back fourteen hour days are not uncommon when making action films like Die Hard, making regular chiropractic care during the production of any film, a great benefit.

If you’re reading this online, go see your chiropractor and tell them you’re going to see the film because you support those that support chiropractic. Thanks Bruce, we appreciate you.

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Dr. Michael Dorausch is a chiropractor practicing in Los Angeles, California. His ADIO chiropractic office is located nearby Sony studios in Culver City and he provides chiropractic care to a number of people in the film industry. @ 1:41 pm | Article ID: 1182804110

Unbalanced autism mercury vaccine trial coverage

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

More e-mails came in from parents regarding a vaccine related article (in my opinion, it was more of a freedom of speech related article) that was published last week on planet chiropractic, and distributed through various news channels across the Internet. The posting of the article brought to light some pretty eye-opening discoveries as I now have reason to believe that at least one major internet news distribution network was contacted in an effort to block the article from being distributed. The article did get distributed and it continues to circulate amongst those paying attention to the vaccine trials.

Below are some excerpts from e-mails the chiropractic website received from parents.

Thanks for noting unbalanced autism mercury trial coverage.
re: Vaccine Related Autism Cases Killed in Press

THANK YOU! for recognizing the media bias permeating coverage of the federal Autism Omnibus Proceedings.

I have read many of these articles. Most are regurgitated AP press releases marred by misinformation, but others use carefully crafted rhetoric to smear parents.

Some of the worst coverage has been on the ABC news website, which has had 2 articles in which most of the comments following completely contradict the TV station’s screed. NBC falsely stated that the MMR shot contains mercury; it does not.

The most balanced coverage came from Sharyl Atkisson of CBS News. Atkisson has taken the time to read the science and understand the subject matter.

Again, thank you for writing; we parents of children with mercury-induced autism really appreciate your consideration.

Thank you for the story: Vaccine Related Autism Cases Killed in Press

As a parent with a child affected by autism I always get the feeling from the national news that I am making things up and just wanting money or someone to blame my childs autism on. I don’t.

I know the truth. My child was damaged by vaccines. For people to say he wasn’t is just some folks trying to make themselves feel better.

It is important to note: My family is not one of the petitioners of the proceedings started this week in DC.

What families want is for the public to understand that we had typical children and lost them due to something mandated by the government. What families want is for science to show the truth and for future generations not to be hurt the same way. More than anything what families want is an apology for having their lives turn upside down due to constant battles and an apology to their children who lost the potential they were born with due to one size fits all medical care.

Thank you for making families like mine feel respected and important. It means so much.

Re: Vaccine Related Autism Cases Killed in Press

Thank you so much for writing on this topic! It is so true that much of the Cedillo case is being protrayed with much bias and blatant fear mongering from the likes of AAP and CDC. The cases are about children being injured by MMR and/or Thimerosal and not about the future of the vaccine program. Though the two may be intertwined, the outcome should be based on the medical evidence and science to back up the processes of how our kids became autistic.

Please keep posting as this 3 week case is the culmination of years of research and the outcome is so critical for every child, regardless of a current autism diagnosis.

Elmwood Park, IL

Thank you to everyone that has sent e-mails. Wishing you and your families all the best of health!

A fish out of water

by Darrel Crain, D.C.

Water, water, everywhere?

A fish out of water and a human without water are not so very different. A fish can survive outside water for a few minutes, while a human being can last only a matter of days without fresh drinking water. Our need for water is more immediate than our need for food, because we can live for thirty days or more without eating. Only air is more critical to short term survival than water.

“Without water anyone will run into problems pretty quickly. Their blood volume will shrink and their water and electrolyte balance will be upset. Eventually the body will just go into shock,” says Professor Martha Stipanuk of Cornell University, quoted in the Guardian newspaper.

We must not forget that we never get any “new” water on planet Earth, we earthlings drink and swim in the same stuff over and over. Humans are said to be about 65 percent water; yes, the very same water that has percolated through numerous creatures, including dinosaurs and dogs, bugs and birds, popes and pirates. The very same water has floated over the deserts of the world, and fallen on rainforests, mountaintops and oceans; it has flowed downstream in creeks and rivers both fast and slow for an incomprehensibly long time, always running back to the sea.

Most of the water on our planet is saltwater, about 97 percent. That leaves only 3 percent left as freshwater, two-thirds of which is currently frozen solid in glaciers and ice fields (global heating notwithstanding). This means only about 1 percent of all the water on the planet is left to meet the needs of every single living plant and animal on the face of the earth, including the humans.

Humans require about two and a half quarts of water per day, although the average person in the United States is said to use 125 gallons daily. The average American household uses 107,000 gallons of water per year, and only two percent of the homes in the U.S. go without running water.

In order to quench human water needs, ever-greater portions of river water are diverted to cities and groundwater is being pumped like there is no tomorrow. Within the last hundred years human activity has been using up the earth’s stores of underground water much faster than it can possibly be regenerated. About 340 billion gallons of water are used every single day in the U.S. for irrigation, agriculture, industry, fire fighting, street cleaning; virtually every need we have requires water at some point.

An African proverb reminds us, “Filthy water cannot be washed.” The earth has a remarkable natural filtration process, but even this marvelous recycling system is incapable of breaking down man-made toxins, so much of it remains in the water.

Water has an extraordinary ability to attract and carry traces of absolutely everything it finds in the environment. In water can be found microbes of every description, industrial and power plant pollutants, pesticides and herbicides, toxic cocktails leaching out of landfills, and 75,000 or so synthetic chemicals, including antibiotics and personal care products, just to name a few.

Fish are exquisitely sensitive to waterborne toxins, and this sensitivity is now being harnessed to help us monitor our water. Bluegill fish are now helping us assess our water safety by acting as “biomonitors” that provide instantaneous feedback about water quality as it is released from municipal treatment plants. Discharge water is continuously pumped through special fish tanks that register changes in the fishes’ breathing, heart rate, swimming patterns and (I am not making this up) coughing.

Brigades of bluegills have so far detected at least 30 toxic chemicals including cyanide, heavy metals, pesticides and petroleum products. In New York a bluegill biomonitor system reportedly detected a diesel spill in the water supply two hours before standard electronic devices registered the problem.

Ironically, municipal water as it comes out of the average kitchen tap would probably kill the bluegills straight off because of leftover disinfectant chemicals. To solve this minor problem, the lucky test fish get water that has already been de-chlorinated. Chlorine was first used in the United States to kill bacteria in city water in 1908 and is considered one of the great advances in public health. Unfortunately, chlorine’s toxic action against microbes negatively affects every living organism it contacts on some level.

Alternatives to chlorination, such as chloramines, are also being used, but the leftover toxic compounds are reportedly even worse. Now in a distinct class of toxins all their own, disinfection byproducts (DBPs) such as chlorine, chloramine and the others are being investigated for their relationship to developmental disorders and cancer.

What about well water? It is estimated that 48 million people in the U.S. obtain their drinking water from private or household wells. If you get your water from a well, you are basically on your own when it comes to ensuring your water quality.

Groundwater is susceptible to pollutants that are carried down through the soil with contaminated surface water. Pesticides, fertilizers, road salt, toxic runoff from mining sites, used motor oil recklessly dumped on the ground, septic tank seepage and toxic chemicals from underground storage tanks are included on the list of possible contaminants for water wells. Naturally, a prudent course is to periodically test the water from your well.

What happens if you find a problem? Investing in a water filtration system can be a wise choice regardless of the water’s source. Which system is best for a given circumstance? There is no simple answer. Wise water consumers will jump in with both feet and immerse themselves in a personal quest to learn how to supply the whole family with pure drinking water.

The long history of supplying civilization with safe water is rich with passionate and lively debate that continues to this day. Over the millennia serious problems have been overlooked from time to time, mistakes have been made. Who can forget the lead pipe system of water delivery in Ancient Rome that supplied a persistent dose of lead to the city?s inhabitants? I?m guessing that the water experts of the day assured the citizens that a little lead in the water was harmless.

Out here in the West where imported water is a fact of life we have a saying, “Water flows uphill towards money.” Ultimately, the quality of our water depends on the quality of the soil that grows our food and the quality of the air we breathe. This can be summed up in two words, wise stewardship.

“Man ‘despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments’ owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains,” according to an anonymous author.

When it comes to the health of our water supply, fish are the new canaries in coalmine. However, I do not suggest we all bring home a couple of bluegills to be biomonitors for our drinking water. In essence we are all bluegills, we are every one of us a biomonitor in need of pure water to keep us healthy.

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Dr. Darrel Crain practices chiropractic in Alpine, California.
Some of his other articles published on Planet Chiropractic include…
The doctor of the future & Thomas Edisons prediction
Pre-Medicine for Pre-Problems – a Chiropractic Report
Cocaine in the water

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