Month: October 2008

October 2008 Month End ChiroNews Round Up

By Daria Belov

It’s Halloween 2008, time for scary movies, unhealthy candy, and even some last-minute Halloween costume ideas, for those of you that have waited up until this point to decide on your costume. After all the Halloween parades, parties and other festivities settle down, don’t forget there’s still a President to elect this coming Tuesday. Not only that, depending on where you live, it’s time to turn the clock back on November 2 (Sunday), for daylight savings time. We’re wrapping up the month here at planetchiropractic.com with a review of ChiroNews posted during the last 30 days. Wishing a thankful November to you all!

hatchet mary zena pocahontas girl halloween custome(photo: she is either Hatchet Mary, Xena, Pocahontas, or a combination of the three – remove ax before adjustment)

The month of October 2008 began with news that Palmer chiropractic College had received an HSRA Grant Award to establish a practice based research network. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration awarded a grant for over $310,000 to the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research.

On October 3rd Dr. Michael Dorausch took a look at Internet search traffic related to the vice presidential debate, which took place on October 2nd. Times have certainly changed since our television dominant society with three of the top searches being related to watching the VP debates online.

On Saturday, October 4th, there was news from the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point California. Organizations including the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and businesses including planetchiropractic.com sponsored and attended an autism awareness fundraiser. The poker tournament and casino night was MC’d by 7 time Tour de France winning cyclist Lance Armstrong and author Jenny McCarthy.

In early October there was a blog post visiting the defunct Colorado College of Chiropractic and a more in-depth view of political terms appearing in web site search results.

Chiropractors were reminded of the importance in joining alumni associations and holistic health care organizations. That news was followed by political summaries that showed chiropractors gave more money to Democrats in 2008 which was followed by a chart breakdown of individuals in Congress that received chiropractic donations during the same period.

October marked some of our best advances made in relationship to posting and responding to chiropractic classified advertisement. A Surefire Way to Separate You from Your Money showed yet another 419 scam e-mail involving international IP addresses. Classifieds ads in October became equipped with reCAPTCHA technology, which is helping to digitize printed works.

Big news for those with muscles, Miss Muscle Beach 1948 received a 60 year anniversary award during a bodybuilding ceremony in Venice Beach, California. The 1948 award-winning fitness enthusiast publicly thanked her chiropractor and talked about the importance of regular chiropractic care for maintaining one’s longevity and good health.

New chiropractors received a recipe for failure, with a warning to watch out for the latest gadget sales pitches targeted at the chiropractic industry. Ironically, the news was followed days later with reports of spinal decompression tables entering the market as bank repossessions. That was followed by news that more than 30 chiropractor businesses were posted for sale within a single day, showing evidence that it’s a buyers market when it comes to chiropractic practices and equipment manufacturing.

There were two letters from presidential candidate Barack Obama, one related to a universal health care plan, and the other Obama’s thoughts on Chiropractic and Medicare.

The chiropractic blogs section featured a post in early October with updates related to playing and downloading chiropractic audio MP3 files. A new MP3 plug-in was installed during the weekend of October 11th and new chiropractic audio was added to the web site.

The month was rounded up with a blog post poking fun at dangerous choices for chiropractor Halloween costumes and a news summary of Halloween office ideas and happenings from 2008 and years prior.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable weekend, Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

planetc1.com-news @ 1:09 pm | Article ID: 1225483796

5 dangerous choices of chiropractor Halloween costumes

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Depending on the chiropractor, chances are they’ll show up in the office this Halloween Friday in some sort of Halloween costume. I know that my staff will be dressing up, and I’ll probably be taking advantage of the Friday opportunity to dress casual, showing up as a surfer, or something else easy and comfortable to wear in the office.

I’ve joked before about Halloween costumes that wouldn’t be a good idea for chiropractors to wear, and I thought I’d expand on that list with some photos. Leave now if you lack a sense of humor.

Here’s my list of five Halloween costumes that probably wouldn’t be well-suited for chiropractic practitioners…

1) Edward Scissorhands

Unless the only thing your chiropractor is doing on Halloween is shredding old patient files, the Edward Scissorhands costume is probably not the best choice.

2) Freddy Krueger (photo courtesy costumzee)

Aside from scaring the heck out of the majority of people visiting someone’s chiropractic office, my instinct says having six-inch long razor blade fingernails while palpating someone’s back, is not too smart.

3) Michael Myers – Halloween (photo courtesy buycostumes.com)

Hey, the jumpsuit is a nice idea for casual Friday, but the ginormous kitchen knife is probably a comfort killer for anyone coming in to receive a relaxing spinal adjustment. Kind of difficult to comfortably lay face down when you know someone’s got a big blade in their left hand. Gives new meaning to the often heard complaint “doc I’ve got this knifelike pain in my shoulder blade.”

4) Captain Hook (image courtesy buycostumes.com)

This one isn’t so scary as the others and the one bonus is that stainless steel hook could be used to remove that massive blade stabbed into the spine by Mr. Myers. Other than that, not too functional to go about correcting spinal subluxations with a hook for a hand.

5) Wolverine (from X-Men)

This costume wouldn’t be too hard to pull off. Find yourself a jean jacket, flannel shirt, old motorcycle jacket pair of jeans, big belt buckle, oh and six razor-sharp retracting claws, and you could pretty much have this costume mastered. For pretty much the same reasons as those mentioned above; razor-sharp hands, claws, butcher knives, and scissors, are probably not the best among choices for chiropractor Halloween costumes. Something soft and cuddly like the Easter Bunny would be a better choice.

Thanks to Susan Esparza, Jennifer Kushell, and Carrie Hill for costume idea input.

Halloween Mischief and The Office

By Daria Belov

Tomorrow is Halloween and hopefully your chiropractor won’t be wearing any of these five dangerous choices of Halloween costumes. And by the way doctors, being lazy and pulling out your old clinic stethoscope and dressing like a nutty surgeon or MD, is probably a bad choice as well. For those that practice on Friday, hope you’re planning to have some good fun on the 31st.

Dr. Michael Dorausch first mentioned his tips on Halloween costumes for chiropractors back in 2006, and the link above has an updated version which includes some photographs for those of you that didn’t know who Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger was.

Not all chiropractors participate in Halloween activities and even less offices decorate their chiropractic businesses during the week of Halloween. For those that do, here are some Halloween decorating tips from the past and present.

Last year, Santa Monica chiropractor, Dr. Ken Gee Ehrlich, had a pumpkin decorating contest at his chiropractic office. They had a stereo system for a first-place prize and gave away lots of other cool stuff. Dr. Ken Gee said the office purchased about 50 mini pumpkins and let patients take them home to be decorated. You can see the winning pumpkin from 2007 here.

While many chiropractic offices limit the amount of candy being given out, Dr. Michael Dorausch of ADIO Chiropractic in Los Angeles has held contests, with and without candy, for several years. The photo below shows a 2006 Guess How Many contest held in the office, which included prizes such as iPods, digital cameras, and DVD players. Ironically, the daughter of a local dentist, won more than a thousand pieces of candy one year.

guess how many candies Halloween contest

In 2007 Dr. Dorausch says the office decided not to go with Halloween candy and instead did treats like pretzels and other less unhealthy items. This year to the office offered up a selection of items for people to choose from. While there is candy in a jar, there is none being giving away for a Halloween contests. The pretzels are back and patients report they make a great snack.

Like Dr. Rick Wren mentioned back in 2000, this year the office is taking photos of little goblins, princesses, ghouls, and pirates, that want to show off their costumes. Photos will be voted on and prizes will be awarded.

While it may be a little bit late for planning, chiropractic offices can join the festivities with Halloween style sign in sheets (there’s lots of free Halloween clipart throughout the Web), Halloween coloring pages for kids, Halloween cookies and muffins (if you’re okay with the sugary stuff in your health-care facility), and of course trick or treat candy.

If you are hosting Halloween festivities in your chiropractic place of healing, take some photos and send them to us, we’d love to share them in a November Halloween wrap up. Have a safe and festive Friday everyone!

planetc1.com-news @ 1:14 pm | Article ID: 1225397704

Non Spooky Wednesday Chiropractic Ads for October 29, 2008

By chiropracticclassifieds.com

Whether you are seeking Chiropractic Equipment and Supplies for Sale or Job Seekers and Practices for Sale (32 Chiropractor Businesses Listed), this post is a round up of the most recent advertisements placed in the Classifieds section on Planet Chiropractic. Featured are selected ads that were placed before midweek of October 29, 2008.

70+ pound custom made labrador back and neck warmer(photo: custom made labrador back and neck warmer – batteries not required)

Highly Qualified Naturopathic Doctor/Chiropractor — Highly motivated individual with a versatile background seeking a practice that fosters growth. Utilizes multiple disciplines and is proficient in all of them. Currently working in Santa Barbara and is looking into job opportunities that may lure him away. Please post your best offer.

Reno, Nevada — Live where other people go for vacations. Looking for an associate who wants to transition to ownership. Associate must be well spoken, professional in appearance and a very good manual adjuster. Good practice management skills are needed plus the willingness to learn additional solid practice management skills. Preference given to the experienced DC who can hit the ground running, but new grads who meet these requirements are definitely encouraged to apply. Our practice is a well known and long established practice [30 years] in a great new location with high visibility and traffic. The office is modern and well equipped. We enjoy a friendly and professional atmosphere with a great staff.

How to incorporate Electro-Diagnostic Testing — How to incorporate neurodiagnostic testing into your practice to provide a valuable diagnostic tool for the patient while increasing income for the primary doctor. Are you tired of referring your neurological testing out and making other people rich? You can now provide the same services in your office while generating additional revenue for the referring doctor. We are a physician-owned professional, billing and collections of over 10,000 neurological tests. Whereas other companies split the professional and technical and components, our services are billed globally by one provider. The sole provider would bethe referring physician and /or our company. We provide neurological consultations and/ or needle EMG studies and nerve conduction in your office. We will provide you with all the information and tools necessary to utilize our service to start profiting immediately.

Rural Chiropractor needed east of Dallas — Looking for a confident, motivated and friendly chiropractor to take over for a 57 year old family practice in Terrell and/or Greenville, TX (30 miles east of Dallas). I am the grand-daughter who has been working with/for her mostly-retired grandfather for the last 12 years. I’m relocating out-of-state. Great deal for a new or experienced chiropractor…% income with eventual buyout. Diversified/Activator/Extremity adjusting. Prefer a woman, however not a requirement.

USED DRX9000 — We have several Used DRX9000 machines available. The Staff at Global Decompression have been reselling Used DRX9000’s for the past 4 years, and we are very experienced with the systems. Our systems are always available, and received in 14 days or less – Guaranteed. 2005/2006 DRX 9000 Lumbar & Cervical Spinal Decompression Machines. Price is negotiable, and we ship worldwide.

X-Ray Suite, 2005 TXR 525 Unit & Processor etc. — New in 2005 TXR 525 xray unit w/ active standing bucky. All equipment is in perfect condition!! Package comes with Hope auto film processor, 10 rare eath cassets, flash marker, safety light, sheilding, lead wall, calipers, x-ray sign etc. Closed my office, Orig. paid $14,00 will sell to best offer.

Okemos Practice For Sale — Chiropractic based Wellness Center for sale in Okemos, Michigan. Well established Chiropractic base with increasing revenues over the past few years. Current DC willing to phase in new DC. Wellness Center also offers Massage Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture, Licensed Holistic Counseling, Reflexology and more.

Myovision 8000 for sale — Myovision 8000 static sEMG for sale. Hard case included, works great and in great shape. $2100

Cleveland, Ohio Position Available — Existing office needs hardworking doctor to take over patient care. Fully trained staff in place. Salary/percentage with malpractice/health insurance included. Send resume so I can pass it on to the doctor.

Bio Meridian MSAS Professional — Great way to add nutrittion and wellness into your practice. New, my unit is going for 18,000. Price includes training, all software updates. $6000.00 obo.

Office Share Marietta Area of Atlanta — Office share in great area on North Atlanta. West Cobb County. Wellness Clinic with Dr of Naturopathy and LMT. that generates Cross Referrals. Walk in Traffic. Great Community. Busy Shopping Center. This has been a solo practice DC since 1996. I work only 25 hours per week so there is a great opportunity for another DC to share space.

New Condition SEMG & Thermogram — Insight Millennium Next Generation Subluxation Station for sale. New condition, barely used and all orginal packaging. This unit sells new for well over $12,000! Includes static and active EMG, thermograpy, 5 bags of extra EMG contacts, extra EMG wires, operating software, manual, alcohol sponge, and hard padded carry case. Entire package is in perfect condition and perfect working order. Great deal for the new grad or seasoned doc that needs a second machine for screenings. $5700.

Northern Kentucky Practice For Sale — Turn key fully equipped office in fast growing area of Northern, Ky. available for purchase.

The above content is of a time sensitive nature. Individual advertisements may no longer be available if ad has expired or user has deleted their post. Visitors can browse and view all active classifieds and/or subscribe to the classified RSS feed, which updates with the latest advertisement posted, several times per day.

planetc1.com-news @ 10:41 pm | Article ID: 1225345329

32 Chiropractor Businesses For Sale and the Changing Economy

By Daria Belov

Checking my Google feed reader over the weekend I was stunned to see more than 30 chiropractic businesses had been listed for sale in classified ads posted on planetchiropractic.com. I don’t know if it’s a sign of our changing economy or just a popular time of year for chiropractors to begin listing practices for sale. I know I’ve never seen 30+ practice listings posted in such a short time before. Checking today I noticed the current number of businesses listed for sale in the United States tops 780. That’s a whole bunch of chiropractic offices.

chiropracticclassifieds - practices for sale - Oregon Texas California MontanaTake a look at the screenshot, it shows 32 new items in my RSS feed reader for chiropracticclassifieds (I get the RSS feed from here). They were all posted within a matter of days and it looks like all of the practices are being handled by a broker. I checked the classifieds listing for practices listed in the United States, and there were more than 780 businesses currently on the list. I can’t say that the current new listings are any way related to our changing US economy but I suspect the number of listings is going to increase before this year is out.

It’s really pretty amazing to see this many small business listings appearing in so many different areas. Just among the 32 that were in my feed reader, were locations such as Encinitas California, Laguna Hills California, Culver City California, Beverly Hills California, San Diego California, Santa Monica California, Arcadia California, and others. There was a practice listed in Bend Oregon, Rosenberg Texas, Woodlands Texas, Denver Colorado, Fort Collins Colorado, Yakima Washington, Spokane Washington, Mount Vernon Washington, and Renton Washington.

Prices and collections for the business listings were in all sorts of ranges. A Spokane Washington practice was listed for $400,000, while a Beverly Hills business was listed for $299k. Some offices, like the Beverly Hills office, include physical therapy and a fully staffed massage department, while others list as diversified practices with decompression and rehab services.

A Clark County Washington chiropractor’s office states year 2007 collections over $850,000 and a practice sale price around $598,000. A Laguna Hills chiropractic business lists $1.7 million in 2007 collections with a practice sale price of $987,000. An East Bay San Francisco cash practice lists collections of $400,000 for 2007 with a motivated selling price of $175,000.

It looks like a buyers market for those seeking to invest in ownership of a chiropractic business. There are businesses listed for as low as $50,000 (San Diego California) and others listed in the millions. It appears that most everything listed recently is on the West Coast, but a brief browsing through practices for sale pages, returns results of offices in Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida, New Jersey, in many other Eastern and Midwest states. For those seeking something further west than California, I noticed a clinic for sale in Kaneohe, Hawaii and Waialua, Hawaii.

Maybe we’ll get some feedback from chiropractors, brokers, and/or others involved in the buying and selling of chiropractic businesses, with tips on how best to navigate the sale of a chiropractic office for a smooth and trouble-free transition. The best of well wishes for those selling their businesses, and to those looking to start fresh in one of these many areas. May all your chiropractic office dreams come true.

planetc1.com-news @ 9:33 pm | Article ID: 1225254812

I'm Voting on California State Propositions

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I don’t know about the rest of the nation, but there’s been a lot of discussion going on in the state of California related to a number of propositions coming up during this year’s election day. I put together a brief list below of how I am voting for each of the 12 propositions related to the state of California. If you have any reasonable information related to any of these propositions that you feel I should know about, feel free to share them.

Proposition 1A. Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train — voting no — Pretty much everything I’ve heard regarding this rail system sounds like it would be a major waste of money for the state of California.

Proposition 2. Standards for Confining Farm Animals — voting yes — Even though I eat those chickens, cows and pigs, I feel bad that they are confined to such tight quarters. I believe that farm animals should be allowed to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up and turn around. Wouldn’t any chiropractor?

Proposition 3. Children’s Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program — voting no — As if we don’t already waste enough money on hospitals. I suspect this will go through, even though I have no interest in seeing it do so.

Proposition 4. Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy — voting no — This one’s been a tough decision for me. Reason I’m voting no is I don’t see that we should have to change the California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minors. I don’t have any girls though so I can imagine parents having many different thoughts on this issue.

Proposition 5. Nonviolent Drug Offenses, Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation — voting no — There’s no way I’d want to see more money being allocated towards more drug treatment programs. Drugs are drugs, whether pushed or prescribed, and we’ve got to change our attitudes towards them.

Proposition 6. Police and Law Enforcement Funding. Criminal Penalties and Laws — voting yes — I’m all for supporting the Po Po in the state of California. Lets get them some more funding.

Proposition 7. Renewable Energy Generation — voting no — I don’t trust the language on this one. Sounds a bit fishy in a wasting taxpayer dollars kind of way.

Proposition 8. Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry — voting no — I’ll be honest, I’ve seen some of those Christian commercials and paused to think about this one, but the reality is I really couldn’t give a rip who someone decides to marry. I’ve taken care of many same-sex couples in my chiropractic office and it really sucks that they don’t get the same rights as married couples in the state do.

Proposition 9. Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole — voting yes — I don’t have a lot of details on this one from what I’ve read so far it looks like I’ll be voting yes.

Proposition 10. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Renewable Energy. Bonds — voting no — $5 billion in bonds paid from the state’s general fund to help research sound like a really bad idea to me. Going alternative has got to be a really lucrative industry and I imagine privately owned companies will compete to bring us the best products and services available.

Proposition 11. Redistricting — voting no — I’m currently voting no on this proposition but I’m not completely decided. Maybe someone else has more information.

Proposition 12. Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008 — voting yes — I’ll be voting yes for $900 million in bonds to be issued to provide Farm and home aid for California veterans. I believe most veterans get a raw deal (at least that’s what it appears like to me) and we should be doing all we can to provide for them after their years of service to our state and country.

How did I do? 🙂

Proposition 8 and others on California State Propositions

By Michael Dorausch, DC

Voting yes on Proposition 8 would eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. It’s a hot issue here in Los Angeles, one I have been hearing people talk about more frequently as we get closer to election Tuesday. We’ve really been trying to avoid the discussion of politics in the office, but the topic on at least a few of these propositions has come up more than once during adjusting hours in our chiropractic clinic. Are things this crazy in your state?

California-State-Proposition-8As far as I know there are 12 propositions on this year’s California State ballot. Proposition 1A deals with a high speed passenger train to be built, and Proposition 2 is for increasing standards related to confining farm animals. The first is related to transportation, state jobs, and air pollution, while the second pushes for certain farm animals to be allowed to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up and turn around, during the majority of the day. No one’s brought up either of those two propositions in the office, but I did joke about Proposition 2c, which would require chiropractic care for all farm animals. (I’m voting yes on two)

Proposition 4 relates to notifying parents and possibly other adult relatives when minors seek to terminate a pregnancy. No one’s brought that one up in the office and I don’t think I’d entertain any discussion if it were.

Proposition 8 would eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. This one’s been a super hot issue and I’ve been seeing signs and bumper stickers on cars, as well as lawn signs, promoting voting no and/or voting yes (depending on whose lawn or car you’re looking at) on this proposition. This one came up today in the office at least twice. I have to say that in all instances related to State propositions no one has asked me how I’m going to vote, they’ve just either brought up their position on the issue while in the office, or reminded me to take a look at the issue. Actually nice to see people are so involved in these ballot measures.

I don’t watch much television but I hear there’s lots of commercials running relating to Proposition 8. There’s commercials featuring people arguing both sides of the issue and it’s probably the biggest proposition on this year’s ballot. I really don’t understand it since I thought it was already a law in the state of California that same-sex couples had a right to marry. Perform a Google search if you are seeking more information related to proposition 8 polls.

I’m actually looking forward to next week, maybe after the elections we can get some news related to things like NFL football, reasons to be thankful, and Black Friday 2008 shopping ideas.

planetc1.com-news @ 9:22 pm | Article ID: 1225167781

Maildesk Weekend Inbox Recycling

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I believe the last time I covered postcards and the other mail coming to my California chiropractic office was earlier this month. There’s another stack on the desk and I’m posting information here before sending everything to the recycle bin.

(photo: iPhone loving chiropractor Russell Kun and Butler Pennsylvania Chiropractor Ram Parikh. Picture was taken during attendance at a educational conference)

Stuff in the mail: I received a postcard from the International Chiropractors Association of California (notice that’s chiropractors and not chiropractic) in regards to a seminar taking place in Los Angeles on November 15. Hotel location is the LAX Four Points Sheraton (9750 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045). Event is taking place on a Saturday and it is a personal injury insurance related seminar.

It’s not clear according to the postcard but I’m guessing that the seminar is only $99, since there is a sentence that reads “ask us about our $99 seminars” underneath their address information. For those doing personal injury in Southern California, this looks like it could be a good Saturday event to attend (I’ll be in Las Vegas).

Dr. Kyle LeBlanc has sent me mail from St. Louis, Missouri. Upon opening it I see the headlines Create More Time, Receive More New Patients And Give Yourself a Raise! After that there’s 6 pages of small text that I’m honestly not going to bother reading. Must be for a seminar taking place in Los Angeles because the words Los Angeles, California and November 15th & 16th are in bold on the last page. Personally, I dislike multipage mailings like these. Postcards work much better in getting my attention.

The Southern California University of Health Sciences (that’s a Chiropractic College in case you’re wondering) has sent me two different postcards along with a brochure mailer. I give the school credit for being consistent with their continuing education marketing efforts. I get a lot more mail from this school than I do from Life West and Cleveland Chiropractic College (2 schools where I’ve attended lots of continuing education programs).

The first postcard is regarding the 2008 interdisciplinary symposium on sports injuries of the extremities. I just noticed it takes place on October 25 and 26 so I’ve missed out on that since I was at Barcamp Los Angeles (number six) all day today. It was a 13 hour continuing education event which included four hours of technique. It’s likely this event is held more than once a year so if you’re interested contact the alumni association for more details. 562-902-3337

The second postcard are received from SCU was a general list of events taking place during 2008. Pretty busy to get all this information on one oversized postcard, but nice to get everything in one glance. What’s odd though is that nearly every seminar listed on the card has already taken place. Out of about 19 events that I can count, there’s only one still upcoming, an all in one day CEU program taking place on the chiropractic campus in Whittier California. Contact the school for more information at 562-902-3379.

The brochure from SCU (when did they start calling it that?) was specifically for the sports injuries symposium so I won’t cover that again since the event was yesterday and today. I like postcards, a lot more than the brochures, much easier to read. I also think they stand out better amongst all the mail being sent to the office.

I’ve got a supersized postcard from a chiropractic software company called Practice Studio. For years I’ve had a really hard time getting good information about billing software for chiropractors, I always hear someone tell me a horror story (not about this particular product but all software billing products). Here’s the funny thing for me.. I’ve been a practicing chiropractor for more than 10 years. This postcard reads Chart Notes a Pain? Need an integrated EMR / PM System?

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what EMR stands for. Electronic management reports, electronically managed reports, extraterrestrial multiplying radiographer? I’m assuming PM stands for Practice Management but I could be wrong. Maybe they should make a special postcard for retards like me. I do like the picture of the touchscreen, seeing lots of that lately from software billing companies. I’m really looking forward to touchscreen marking of x-rays. That’s going to be sweet.

NVIC Says Government Denies Gardasil Risks

NVIC News

WASHINGTON — The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is calling on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to publicly release the study design, data and names of principal investigators involved in a statement this week maintaining that Gardasil vaccine is safe with no serious side effects. NVIC will also be calling on the newly elected President and members of Congress to remove the nation’s vaccine safety monitoring system from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and place it in a separate entity reporting directly to Congress to restore trust in the nation’s public health laws based on federal mass vaccination policies.

NVIC (www.nvic.org) was founded in 1982 and worked with Congress on the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury ActThe CDC and FDA are alleging that the vast majority – if not all – of the approximately 9,000 HPV vaccine adverse events, including 27 deaths, reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) are not causally related to the Gardasil vaccine based on internal analysis, including review of medical records of girls and women vaccinated in HMO’s participating in the federal Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) Project and other closed government operated databases.

“Transparency in government is essential to trust in government and replication is the hallmark of good science,” said NVIC co-founder and president Barbara Loe Fisher. “Parents of young girls and women cut down in their prime – some of them paralyzed or dead within hours or days of getting Gardasil vaccine – deserve better answers than a whitewashing of this vaccine’s very serious side effects. Until there is an independent confirmation of these unverified findings by individuals and companies without financial ties to the government or industry, it is not credible.”

* In June 2006 NVIC questioned the quality and quantity of Merck’s pre-licensure Gardasil vaccine safety data in girls under age 16 and, in 2007, issued three reports analyzing serious Gardasil adverse events reported to VAERS;
* In 2007, Merck lobbied in many states for Gardasil vaccine mandates but failed in most;
* During 2008, about 20 percent of all vaccine adverse event reports to VAERS were related to Gardasil even though it is not a mandated vaccine like most others;
* Last week, reports that Merck’s Gardasil sales are falling dramatically and are not offsetting similar declining sales of other drugs associated with safety concerns prompted Merck to lower profit projections and layoff employees.

NVIC (www.nvic.org) was founded in 1982 and worked with Congress on the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The non-profit watchdog group advocates for safer vaccine policies and the legal right for Americans to make informed, voluntary decisions about vaccination.

planetc1.com-news @ 1:58 pm | Article ID: 1224881921

Money and Jobs and People Buying Stuff

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Taking a look at 14,653 different key phrases that accumulated since the beginning of this month, it’s interesting to see how many of the top 10 are related to chiropractors making money, employment in the chiropractic industry, buying or selling chiropractic items, and getting some chiropractic education. There is also 2 related to the upcoming presidential election, in one search for a sexy girl that seems to appear month after month.

So in checking key phrases for the month of October, it’s clear that chiropractic is at the top of the list. To the best of my knowledge, the majority of searches for the term chiropractic results in visitors landing on the planetchiropractic.com homepage.

If we look at key phrase reports ( like this one from early October and this one from June ) we see that the same search term has consistently been at the top of the list.

What I found interesting was the increase in search traffic for chiropractor salary and chiropractic salary terms. It’s easy to think that these are related to changes in the US economy but I don’t have any specific data to back that up with.

I’m personally pleased to see the term planet chiropractic appearing more frequently in search logs. Ad the .com and it shouldn’t be that difficult to find us.

No idea how long the www.obama.com searches will continue to appear in log reports. I think the traffic to our chiropractic web site related to that term will continue to dwindle during the next few months, regardless of who wins the presidency of the United States. Reason being is we were getting traffic because this article related to presidential websites was ranking as high as number one when searches were made for the www.obama.com term. Besides that, the Obama campaign has either purchased the web site people were seeking, or has paid to have traffic redirected to the candidates official site.

The information on chiropractic salaries appears more economically related when I see that searches for chiropractic jobs and chiropractic classifieds are both appearing prominently in top 10 listings.

The term chiropractic seminars is a common popular one, but searches appear to be higher in the month of October, then I noticed during the summer months. Time to get that continuing education taking care of since holidays are quickly approaching.

Has been more than 2 1/2 years since Candice Michelle graced the cover of Playboy magazine, and we featured a few articles related to her and her chiropractor husband since that time. I have a strong assumption that most people searching out that name are not seeking information on chiropractic services but they end up on the web site nonetheless. It’s amazing how much more search traffic the names of attractive women get online, when compared to commonly used search phrases typically seen in other industries. I believe the term Beyoncé drove more traffic to our site in a single day, when compared to any other persons name.

The last search on the list, who won the vice presidential debate, is likely no longer getting much traffic, but it was a directly targeted page around the time of October 2, 2008. Sometimes keyphrases just turn out that way, other times they are intentionally created and targeted in hopes of increasing search related traffic.

I’m looking forward to seeing what searches appear in the top 10 for the month of November.