Month: September 2009

Thousands in Dallas receive Southern Hospitality at Parker Seminars

Parker College of Chiropractic News

September 30, 2009 (Dallas) — Parker Seminars played host to more than 1,500 chiropractors, chiropractic assistants, massage therapists, and chiropractic students from all over the world. The seminar included Parker traditions along with many new events, speakers, and topics where attendees discovered, shared, and celebrated the profession.

Dr. Mancini - president of Parker College of ChiropracticHelping each other live a better quality of life was one common theme that kept appearing throughout the seminar. Dr. Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic, presented the keys to a healthy body, mind, and spirit. He explained that in order to maintain a healthy body you must exercise regularly, eat healthy, and receive chiropractic adjustments frequently. The key to achieving a healthy mind is de-stressing by ridding the negative parts of your life. To maintain a healthy spirituality Dr. Mancini told the audience to believe in a purpose that is higher than themselves.

Dr. Mancini encouraged the audience to put health at the top of their priorities by living what they are promoting so that they are living a life congruent to the chiropractic philosophy. He advised them to educate their patients about nutrition and exercising regularly by setting an example. “The patients are watching more of what you do instead of what you say,” said Dr. Mancini.

Parker Seminars partnered with several of the chiropractic industry leaders to present Parker College of Chiropractic students with 10 scholarships totaling 37,250 dollars. Scholarship sponsors included Chiropractic Economics who gave Janna Cottingame and Taryn Lowery 5,000 dollars each, Standard Process who allotted 5,000 dollars to Carol Watkins, Chiropractic Leadership Alliance who gave Jacob Hansen and Mary Sue Branch 3,750 dollars each, Performance Health – Biofreeze who presented Lindsay McIinnis with 3,750 dollars, Pro Solutions who gave 3,750 dollars to Paul Stadler, Erchonia who allotted 3,750 dollars to Erin Spindler, Douglas Labs designated 2,500 to Dan Sullins, and B&D Enterprises gave Ashley Posa 1,000 dollars.

The Parker Alumni Association held the Parker Annual Homecoming and Class Reunion where they honored chiropractors by presenting awards and recognizing alumni who have made a tremendous difference in the chiropractic profession.

Parker College of Chiropractic student scholarship sponsors and recipients
photo of the Parker College of Chiropractic student scholarship sponsors and recipients
Dr. Larry Markson, 40-year Parker Seminars attendee and author of Talking to Yourself is NOT Crazy (Change Your Inner Dialog – Take Control of Your Life), spoke during the general session. Dr. Markson believes that if you tell yourself something you want, you will receive it. He explained to the audience that everything about success is in your head. “You can have it your way if you open your mind to concepts and ideas that will make you successful,” said Dr. Markson.

A roast and toast celebration was held for Dr. Mancini’s 10 year Anniversary as president at Parker College of Chiropractic. The event included roasting, toasting, dancing, drinks, dinner, and networking. All proceeds from the celebration will be used for student scholarships.

This year members of the DFW community also attended for the Whole Body Health and Wellness Seminar and Fair, which included health care information like bone density testing, body fat testing, blood pressure screening, pain relief footwear, and a variety of wellness products. Dr. Ian Smith, well known for VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club and the creator of The 50 Million Pound Challenge was one of the featured speakers that gave insight into what he calls “The Advantage.” This is how each individual can take control of their personal health, show how small changes can assist in preventing or controlling diseases that cut life short, and provide insight on making healthy choices in order to reach the goals of a longer, happier, and easier life.

Dr. Smith advised the audience to ask themselves, “What kind of fuel am I putting into the greatest machine ever?” said Dr. Smith. Dr. Smith provided tips to use in order to obtain a better quality of life including eating enough colorful food, putting in thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day, watching your glycemic index, and exercising your mind.

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Parker College of Chiropractic, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 9:08 pm | Article ID: 1254370145

San Francisco and San Diego CE Credits from CCA

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The California Chiropractic Association is doing it again, FREE continuing education for CCA members in the state of California. The events take place in October and November and are going to be held in San Diego and the San Francisco Millbrae areas. Celebrating 81 years, the CCA held 12 hour California relicensing seminars this summer as well. Get the highlights here on both seminars and be sure to contact the CCA directly for specific details on these continuing education events.

12 FREE hours of CE!
What CCA has for these two weekend seminars…

100 Year Lifestyle Weekends: October 17-18 in San Diego, California. Event offers free continuing education credit for CCA members. On the weekend of November 14-15 in San Francisco/Millbrae there is another free CE CCA member event.

CCA’s 100 Year Lifestyle Weekend featuring Dr. Eric Plasker includes 8 hours on Saturday, with training to help you learn how you can guide your patients to not only survive, but to thrive into their extended years! Each seminar has been approved for 12 hours of continuing education credit from the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

On Sunday (both events), earn 4 hours of Adjustive Technique to complete your 12 hours of FREE continuing education. Event registration will also include lunch with a tradeshow showing off the latest gadgetry and high-tech equipment and chiropractic on Saturday.

These classes are also applicable as credit hours for those doctors who are CCA 100 Year Lifestyle certification registrants. Class hours that are applicable toward the CCA 100 Year Lifestyle Certification program have the certification logo listed. See the PDF link for more details on that.

I’ve been notified that seating is going to be limited so don’t hesitate and getting registered. These dates will come up quickly and it’s a great opportunity to get your continuing education credits taken care of, if you’re practicing in the state of California.

To open up and download the detailed seminar PDF form CLICK HERE and make sure you have proper software installed for viewing PDF documents. You can also call (916) 648-2727 EXT. 120 OR 141 and tell them you want to attend.

Here is some info related to the events…

Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C. — Join CCA for an 8-hour overview of the CCA 100 Year Lifestyle program with renowned wellness guru Dr. Eric Plasker. The public is being given advance notice of their longevity potential our grandparents never had. As doctors of chiropractic, you are uniquely positioned to guide people to not only survive, but to thrive into their extended years. You’ll learn how to implement revolutionary strategies and skill sets for establishing and maintaining a functioning wellness practice. These 8 hours will apply to the 100 Year Certification Classroom Seminars – The 100 Year Lifestyle Overview.

Dr. David Benevento, D.C. — Join CCA’s immediate past presdient on integrating functional evaluation testing with diversified adjustive technique. Lower and upper back, lower and upper extremities will be reviewed.

Dr. Grace Syn, D.C. — Dr. Grace Syn’s dynamic presentation showcases the art of chiropractic through cranial adjusting along with the three main models of chiropractic techniques: segmental (diversfied), postural (CBP and mirror imaging) and tonal (upper cervical toggle recoil).

* Be sure to contact the CCA regarding any specifics related to these relicensing seminars. @ 1:38 pm | Article ID: 1254343144

Classifieds Maintenance Until Thursday Oct 4

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Below is an old post (from 2009). It’s just a place setting as we are working on some classified database speed issues.

This may take a few days (or more). We will be back!

I was just about ready to finish my two months blogging vacation when some schmo replies to a posted classified ad with fraudulent looking questions. Hmpff!

Fortunately, the chiropractor receiving the email was quick to stop the attempt of separating him from his xray item and he (the chiropractor) emailed me.

Here we go, another scam artist to add to the list (especially for those of you webmasters maintaining classified ad websites), this time the name is Cesar Diego.

Hello seller, how are you doing today? Got hold of your ad about selling your item and i am highly interested in purchasing it and will like you to get back at me with answers to this few questions;
Whats its current condition?

Whats your final asking price?

What are your preferred modes of payments?

Will be expecting your response in due time, have a blessed day.THANKS

Cesar Diego
[email protected]

Better writing skills than Helene Dido and many others, but still spammy scam send a check or money order scam nonetheless.

2010 Have A Heart Chiropractic Campaign Announced

Oklahaven News

Oklahoma City, OK — “Oklahaven” Children’s Chiropractic Center is excited to announce the annual “Have-A-Heart” campaign. This worldwide event will be held during Valentine’s week, February 8th – 14th, 2010. The purpose of this event is to increase the awareness of the healing power of chiropractic for the very sick children and to benefit “Oklahaven”.

“It is through the amazing generosity and support of people all around the world that allows us the opportunity to help children with their journey back to optimal health. I am extremely hopeful that our expanded campaign efforts to businesses in your community this upcoming year will not only increase the awareness of our mission, but allow us to provide more children with the chiropractic care they so desperately need,” says Dr. James O’Dwyer, Director of “Oklahaven” Children’s Chiropractic Center.

Oklahaven Children's Chiropractic Center
The prestigious award, “The Golden Heart” – the giver of life, is given to the college and whoever sells the most hearts. Past winner, Dr. Howard Berg, said, “It allows the community to see that you do contribute to something greater and that chiropractic makes a difference in children’s lives. That’s huge.”

To learn more about “Oklahaven”, sign up for the 2010 Have-A-Heart campaign, or to make a donation please visit

Founded in 1962, “Oklahaven” Children’s Chiropractic Center is a 501(c)3 charitable institution dedicated to making sick children well through a natural, medication-free chiropractic lifestyle. The Center specializes in the treatment of neurologically disorganized children, including failure to thrive, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, ADHD, and the autism spectrum. Children throughout the world come to “Oklahaven” to seek chiropractic care. The Center continues its work through the generosity of individuals without federal, state or United Way funding.

Oklahaven Children’s Chiropractic Center
4500 N. Meridian — Oklahoma City, OK 73112 (405) 948-8807 @ 1:12 pm | Article ID: 1253736744

Chiropractic Awareness Day Officially Proclaimed as September 18th

Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization News

Davenport, Iowa (September 21, 2009) — History was made on Friday, September 18th in Davenport, Iowa – the birthplace and fountainhead of the Chiropractic profession. Doctors, chiropractic students, members of the Davenport City Council and the public were all on-hand to witness the first ever Chiropractic Awareness Day of Davenport, Iowa in the courtyard of the B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence in Davenport, Iowa.

Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization (NPCO), working with the City of Davenport, Iowa, celebrated the first ever Chiropractic Awareness Day September 18th at 12:00pm on the historic Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport in conjunction with Palmer’s Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day is celebrated annually within the chiropractic profession in recognition of the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895 by D.D. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Now, every year on September 18th, Chiropractic Awareness Day will be recognized and celebrated in the City of Davenport.

Quad City Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
Pictured are: Quad City Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors (in red), Palmer College of Chiropractic President Dr. Donald Kern, Vickie Palmer, Non-Profit Chiropractic Organization President Joshua Heines (with scissors) and Aldermen Gene Meeker and Bill Boom — Photo taken by Shelley Vermeulen
President of NPCO and current Chiropractic student, Joshua Heines, approached the City of Davenport, Iowa over the summer to petition September 18th as Chiropractic Awareness Day and received the official Proclamation in mid-August. NPCO’s goal of bringing Chiropractic awareness to the general public was the motivation for Heines to work hard towards having Chiropractic Awareness Day proclaimed in Davenport, Iowa, the birthplace of the profession. “The more awareness about Chiropractic we can bring to the public, the more lives we can help with Chiropractic care,” states Heines.

In the short thirty minute ceremony on September 18th, Davenport, Iowa Alderman Gene Meeker (representing Mayor Bill Gluba) read the proclamation for Chiropractic Awareness Day and said that he, and all the members of the City Council, were proud to have a day to celebrate the Chiropractic profession and involve the local community in events to raise Chiropractic awareness. Other speakers included NPCO President Joshua Heines, Palmer College of Chiropractic President Dr. Donald Kern and Vickie Palmer (granddaughter of B.J. Palmer).

“This is a day that the citizens of this community can be proud that the healthcare profession that began here in 1895, Chiropractic, now contributes to the healthcare of communities all around the world. With NPCO’s similar goal of raising Chiropractic awareness in the general public, each year Chiropractic Awareness Day will be a day dedicated to educating the local community on the background, history and importance of Chiropractic healthcare contributing to a healthy community,” stated Heines.

The first ever Chiropractic Awareness Day ended with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Joshua Heines and Vickie Palmer, and tours of the B.J. and Mabel Palmer Residence. To get Chiropractic Awareness Day proclaimed in your city or to view the official wording of the Chiropractic Awareness Day proclamation, please visit

NPCO is an official 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing Chiropractic healthcare and education to people living within the harsh realities of poverty around the world. For more information on NPCO, please visit @ 9:52 pm | Article ID: 1253595197

Texas Health Care Leaders Discuss National Health Care Reform

Parker College of Chiropractic News

(Dallas, TX) — Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic, along with other Texas health care leaders met with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in Dallas, Texas where they examined the precise state of national health care reform discussions to determine how and where the chiropractic profession will be most effective in directing messages of concern and calls for inclusion in any reform program.

Healthcare Summit Dallas 2009The leadership of the chiropractic profession is united in believing that effective national health care reform will only achieve its maximum benefit for the people of the United States when joined with a progressive health system that focuses on comprehensive wellness care, healthy lifestyle choices, and disease prevention. This is critical because of the provider shortage and the unprecedented demands our aging population will place on the system.

Dr. Mancini proposed that the new health care system include three pillars vital to the health reform movement. The first is access, which aims to extend health care access to the estimated 45 million uninsured Americans that currently have little or no reliable access to comprehensive care services. Second is cost, which should reduce the current high cost of health care services and health are insurance coverage. The third pillar is quality, which will significantly improve the effectiveness of those health care services being delivered now and in the future.

Dr Mancini Parker Chiropractic Health Care
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic, and other Texas Health Care Leaders

Parker has joined other organizations in urging the call to action from the profession to represent chiropractic in the national health care reform debate. “It is essential that we all take part in this to make certain chiropractic is included,” said Dr. Mancini.

All chiropractors have been asked to help ensure that their interests and those of their patients are fully protected in any final legislation to emerge from Congress. The request has been to guarantee that essential services delivered by a doctor of chiropractic are included as a covered benefit under any national reform plan, that all plans allow for full direct access to the providers and health care pathways of their choice, and that any attempt to impose an MD-referral requirement for patients to obtain access to chiropractic care are defeated.

It is encouraged that every doctor of chiropractic, state association, student, and patient assist in representing chiropractic in the national health reform debate by contacting Members of Congress using American Chiropractic Association’s Legislative Action Center at or International Chiropractors Association’s Both websites have pre-prepared messages that can be used to send to Congress quickly and efficiently.

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Parker College of Chiropractic, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 11:35 am | Article ID: 1253471738

DC Thots on Swine Flu Pandemic Planning

By Darrel Crain, D.C.

It’s a flu-for-all out there. War has been declared on the swine flu by governments around the world. The H1N1 swine flu virus is most notable for its tendency to be drearily lackluster, tame and below average as influenza goes, but on June 11, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) pushed the hyper-panic button for the swine flu anyway, triggering a global chain reaction of emergency medical preparations.

A Phase 6 global pandemic alert, until that moment, stood as the highest possible red flag warning, reserved for massively monstrous and hideously harmful epidemics. WHO moved the goalpost? At some point earlier this year, the term ‘global pandemic’ was apparently redefined by the WHO on its Web site, resulting in a dramatic upgrade for the virus from puny pathogen to perilous pandemic.

The WHO’s definition originally stated that influenza pandemics cause “enormous numbers of deaths and illness,” but for reasons best known to WHO leadership, the part about death and illness was deleted. Taken together, the actions of the WHO this year seem intended to ratchet up fear about the new flu to just south of pure panic.

Panic did break out in a few countries, such as India, but with so many other fundamental problems to deal with, such as how to get food on the table, much of world’s population appears unconcerned about the whole thing.

All of which may explain why the WHO fires off alarming press releases every few days. A recent update warns that the H1N1 flu is spreading at an “unbelievable” speed. Not only that, a couple of turkeys in Chile just came down with the flu. Just in case anyone missed the urgency here, the WHO once again reminds us that all governments “must prepare for the worst.”

“Pronouncements about pandemic planning in recent years – and the plan itself – for all practical purposes redefined a pandemic as a horror-laden event in which mortuaries would be overflowing, with people dropping dead in the street and normal civic functions grinding to a halt,” remarked Hugh Pennington, professor emeritus of the University of Aberdeen.

Public health leaders around the world are cast as the lead actors in the unfolding pandemic drama, perhaps best entitled, ‘Much A-flu About Nothing’ (apologies to Bill Shakespeare). The usual playlist of tactics for manufacturing flu shot demand is in full swing, such as creating a sense of urgency and scarcity. Who gets the shots first? Will it be soon enough? Will there be enough vaccine to go around?

In Greece, the Health Minister has declared, “We decided that the entire population, all citizens and residents, without any exception, will be vaccinated against the flu.”

In South Korea, it is reported that elementary and secondary school teachers will take the body temperature of all their pupils at school gates every morning and sterilize each classroom daily.

The Associated Press reports that hundreds of public schools in the U.S. are “heeding the government’s call to set up flu clinics in the fall, preparing for what could be the most widespread school vaccinations since the days of polio.”

Leaders in the Obama administration are playing their role with gusto, announcing recently that 90,000 Americans may die this fall because of swine flu infections, while millions will be terribly sick and 300,000 will wind up in intensive care.

But here’s the part we should all be worried about: the declaration of a global pandemic for the H1N1 flu is only the latest sign that an insidious and far more dangerous disease has taken hold, an ominous epidemic that is plaguing the planet, the dreaded “Scientific Thinking Deficiency Disorder” (STDD).

The STDD epidemic is particularly devastating because it strikes first and hardest at medical leaders, causing extreme alarm and a massive collapse of rational thinking. Unlike normal disease outbreaks, the STDD infection is transmitted verbally. Each and every time a medical authority opens his or her mouth in public the situation gets worse. The telltale signs of STDD are rash and fever–a rash of hysterical and dire predictions accompanied by feverish plans to vaccinate every man, woman and child. Twice.

But there is an obvious gap in logic here, approximately the width of the Grand Canyon, being used to justify vaccinating as many as possible as soon as possible. Health leaders agree that the virus remains relatively harmless, so all the excitement is based on fear, the possibility that the H1N1 virus might mutate and become something else. Of course, this is a definite possibility, but the vaccines in production are being made from the pre-mutation, wimpy virus. If H1N1 mutates into something entirely different and deadly, the fast-tracked vaccines will be useless.

Not so, say vaccine defenders, who are of the opinion that inoculating with an H1N1 strain “close” to the mutated version will offer “some protection.” Scientific studies that have tried to confirm this very popular hypothesis have proven inconclusive, but the consensus of opinion is accepted as scientifically established. Translated, consensus means “Really important and powerful people believe this to be true, so you’d better believe it to be true too.”

It is also a matter of consensus among public health experts that flu shots save lives. Has any one of them have bothered to check official flu-related death statistics? The percentage of the population receiving the seasonal flu shot has risen dramatically over the past thirty years. A corresponding dramatic decrease in the death rate, plotted on a graph, would appear as a steeply sloping, downhill line. The actual graph shows a line just about as flat as a proverbial pancake, with a slight rise in the death rate for the elderly.

When the consensus says that the shot saves lives, but the data says the shot does not, who wins? As Vladimir Lenin once observed, “A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.”

The U.S. government climbed on board the pandemic bandwagon early on, writing big checks to a handful of vaccine makers faster than you can say “adverse reaction.” Critics claim we are seeing swine flu deja vu, a repeat of the 1976 swine flu vaccine debacle. Forty million people were injected with a fast-tracked vaccine that flu season, leading to 25 deaths and 500 cases of paralysis from Guillain-Barre syndrome. Thousands of legal claims were filed seeking compensation for vaccine-induced injuries, and taxpayers coughed up more than $1.3 billion in awards for death and damages.

Don’t worry, say CDC officials, be happy. The new pandemic vaccines will be just as safe as seasonal flu vaccines. This may suggest to you that the safety of seasonal flu shots has been thoroughly studied and established for pregnant women and young children, the two groups at the head of the line for the H1N1 flu shot.

“There is no study of the vaccines on pregnant women–no randomized clinical trials,” according to researcher Tom Jefferson of the independently funded, highly regarded Cochrane Institute. And according to the printed insert for one brand of 2009-20010 seasonal influenza vaccine, “Safety and effectiveness of Flulaval have not been established in pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children.”

According to a study released at the 2009 American Thoracic Society International Conference, children with asthma who received FluMist (the up-your-nose flu shot) experienced a three-fold increased risk of hospitalization. I wonder what other surprises are in store for us once the safety studies finally are done?

One clinical trial is underway, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). The folks there are currently recruiting pregnant women for a randomized trial–randomized, but not placebo controlled. Is this more evidence of deficient scientific thinking? The trial’s design cannot possibly establish vaccine safety, because there is no control group for comparison of outcomes. The NIAID study will simply compare using one brand of flu shot over another. Any safety problems common to both vaccines will never show up in this kind of incomplete analysis.

This is called cigarette science, producing studies just right for industries dying to have some good news to talk about. This is akin to comparing one group of pregnant smokers with another group of pregnant smokers, while meticulously documenting zero difference in health between the two groups. The point of the whole exercise is in the headlines at the conclusion of the study, “Smoking cigarettes found perfectly safe for pregnant women and their babies.”

Dr. Marie Paul Kieny, director of vaccine research at the WHO, explained what is known and not known about the safety of the pandemic flu shots this way: “It’s not to say they would not be safe, they may be very safe but there is no data for the time being to demonstrate safety.” Translation, “We know squat about the shot.”

The following draft statement from the federal government’s Vaccine Advisory Committee admits we are embarking on a risky medical experiment involving millions of human guinea pigs: “The need to actively monitor vaccine recipients for vaccine adverse events is critical given that the vaccine candidates will all contain a new antigen and may be combined with adjuvants that are not part of licensed vaccines in the U.S.”

If you were not panicked before, now may be a good time. The ranks of our medical leaders have been overcome by another infection, the ominous “Cover Your Assets Syndrome” (CYAS). Government planners, vaccine manufacturers and all medical personnel involved at any level of the swine flu shot effort now share a blanket of absolute legal protection against any and all claims of vaccine-caused death or damage. This has been extended to cover any problems caused by antiviral drugs. Does anyone else wonder why these people need all this legal immunity if the shots and drugs are as safe as we have been told?

Around the world rumors are swirling about forced vaccination, forced quarantine and other draconian measures. In the U.S., for the time being we are assured by leaders in the CDC that state laws regarding vaccination will prevail. Even so, the lines of authority are blurred considerably in the middle of this pandemic exercise.

Anti-terror laws created under the Bush administration were enlarged to include bio-terror and pandemic responses. Language in these laws, as well as emergency powers law under consideration in various states, spells out alarming suspensions of certain constitutional rights. The Massachusetts senate just passed a bill declaring emergency authority to bypass protection from: illegal search and seizure; illegal arrest without warrant; government price controls; “involuntary transportation” (kidnapping anyone?); forced vaccination; forced quarantine; $1,000-a-day fines for non-cooperation; threat of jail for noncompliance, and other scary stuff. Sounds like a party I’d just as soon skip.

With all this talk around the world about forcing healthcare workers, without exception, to receive the pork shot or lose their jobs, and forcing the shot on citizens under the threat of losing of civil liberties, a groundswell of unrest and defiance is building. A few polls of nurses and doctors indicate many would refuse the shot. Online petitions are proliferating, declaring stark opposition to forced vaccination or quarantine.

One question is being asked by many people, why are highly intelligent public health leaders around the world so focused on flu shots to the exclusion of exciting new science that confirms vitamin D supplementation has the power to vastly reduce all influenza-like illness no matter what its cause?

The following suggestions offered by Tom Jefferson make a lot of sense: “We need a more comprehensive and perhaps more effective strategy in controlling acute respiratory infections, relying on several preventive interventions that take into account the multi-agent nature of infectious respiratory disease and its context [such as personal hygiene, adequate food, water and sanitation].”

Why do our public health leaders seem to ignore the fact that the flu doesn’t kill, secondary infections do, and much can be done without drugs and vaccines to face this reality head on? For those of us living in the 21st century industrialized world, a plague of chronic diseases is killing us, not the potential threat of infectious disease.

What if we instead spent billions on putting together the pieces of the autism puzzle, which currently affects one child in 96 in some states? What if we made a high priority of figuring out why one of every six children has a learning disability? What if enormous sums of money were spent educating people, from a very young age, that cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and many other chronic diseases are not primarily medical conditions, but largely the result of daily lifestyle choices?

The answer is, it just might be a whole lot better than the flu-for-all to which we have all been invited. What if they threw a pandemic and nobody showed up? @ 12:34 pm | Article ID: 1252524911

Parker College of Chiropractic Dedicates Lab in Memory of Chiropractor

Parker College of Chiropractic News

September 3, 2009 (Dallas, TX) — Parker College of Chiropractic held a dedication ceremony commemorating the naming of the Dr. Alfred Zimmer States Diversified Technique Lab on Parker’s campus in honor of the memory of Dr. States, a man who dedicated his life to chiropractic and Parker College of Chiropractic. Family and friends of Dr. States attended the dedication along with members of the community, students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Dr. States Lab Dedication(photo: Family and friends pose with Dr. Mancini in front of memorial painting)

The lab is filled with Dr. States photos, awards, degrees, and other pieces of memorabilia. A large painting of the stages in Dr. States life produced by his daughter, Marian McCallister, hangs on the wall. Adjusting tables also fill the lab, which will be used by students at Parker College.

Dr. States passed away in January 2009. Dr. States practiced in Chicago, Illinois, for 27 years before moving to Highland Village, Texas to work at Parker College. He taught students for more than 19 years and was chairperson of the Department Analysis and Technique. He became the first Professor Emeritus at Parker College.

People who were very impacted by Dr. States spoke about what an inspiring man he was. Dr. Ron Wells, faculty member at Parker College of Chiropractic, explained that Dr. States was one of the professors who taught him before becoming a faculty member at Parker College. Dr. States continued to teach him throughout the years as his mentor. “Everything Dr. States did exemplified the best of the best,” said Dr. Wells. “He loved this college and chiropractic and I’m a better man for knowing him.”

Another Parker College faculty member, Dr. Marty Hall, explained that Dr. States was a truly significant chiropractor who started a lab book that became a standard technique used by chiropractors around the world. “The actual meaning of the word technique is a true art form and Dr. States understood that completely,” said Dr. Hall.

Dr. States was a published author of several books that are used in classes at chiropractic colleges around the world. He was well known in the chiropractic field having lectured in Japan, Europe, and every state in the United States with the exception of three.

In 2005, Dr. States became an alumni award recipient and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his overall contributions to Parker College and the chiropractic profession. Alumni remember him for the yellow rose he gave students that showed exceptional proficiency in his technique labs. “He was a friend to all of his students,” said Dr. Terry Yokum, one of his students.

“This lab will always bear his name and continue to honor his presence at Parker,” said Dr. Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic.

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About Parker College of Chiropractic — Parker College of Chiropractic, located in Dallas, is one of the country’s leading educators of healthcare professionals with an international student enrollment. Founded in 1982, this private, non-profit educational institution prepares men and women to become doctors of chiropractic. Parker College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the bachelor of science and doctor of chiropractic degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Parker College of Chiropractic. The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Parker College of Chiropractic is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321. Tel: 480.443.8877. For additional information about Parker College of Chiropractic, visit the college’s website at @ 12:14 pm | Article ID: 1252091702

Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research Receives Federal Grant Award

Palmer News

Palmer Receives HRSA Grant Award to Study Co-Management of Older Adults With Low Back Pain by M.D.s and D.C.s

(Davenport, IOWA) — The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a three-year grant for approximately $1.3 million to the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) for a study called Co-Management of Older Adults With Low Back Pain by Medical Doctors and Doctors of Chiropractic. Throughout this project, PCCR researchers will be collaborating with researchers at the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program; the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa; the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; the University of Iowa Center on Aging; and the College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.

It has been estimated that between 70 to 85 percent of Americans suffer back pain at some point in their lives, and it is one of the most common reasons for medical physician visits. Approximately eight percent of U.S. adults see chiropractors each year, primarily for back pain. Clearly, patients are seeking care from both doctors of chiropractic and medical doctors. However, there is little research on this topic.

“Currently, there are few examples and little scientific study of care coordination between medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic for low back pain, and nothing that specifically targets adults above the age of 65,” said Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Palmer’s vice chancellor for Research and Health Policy and principal investigator of the study. “This study will begin to address this critical gap in the literature.”

The long-term goal of this study is to enhance human health by improving quality of care through the use of a comprehensive, feasible, accessible, effective, team-based approach to healthcare delivery for sub-acute and chronic low back pain. Specifically, the study will evaluate the extent to which Medicare patients are using chiropractic and medical services for low back pain; further develop a multi-disciplinary model for patient-centered collaborative care between medical doctors (M.D.s) and doctors of chiropractic (D.C.s) in an older adult population with sub-acute or chronic low back pain; and conduct a pilot study to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of the collaborative care model.

“This grant will allow us to study Medicare beneficiaries with a history of back pain in order to determine who was treated by doctors of chiropractic, who was treated by medical doctors, and who was treated by both,” said Fredric D. Wolinsky, Ph.D., the John W. Colloton Chair for the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. “This will be the first-ever examination of the co-occurrence of treatment for back pain from a national perspective.”

Added Andrew A. Andresen, M.D., program director for the Genesis Quad Cities Family Medicine Residency Program: “We are looking forward to participating in this collaborative project. It is important to research these types of innovative ways to improve care of our patients with low back pain.”

This latest grant award brings the total of federal funds awarded to the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research over the past 10 years to more than $28 million.

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Lori Leipold, Media Relations; Palmer College of Chiropractic
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Go Green Go Chiropractic KY License Plate

Kentucky Chiropractic Association

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — If you live in Kentucky and are proud about the care you give to your body and to the planet, you can show everyone by purchasing a new specialty license plate.

“The Go Green Go Chiropractic marketing initiative helps Kentucky Chiropractors and patients unite in their efforts to spread awareness of the unique benefits of Chiropractic,” The Kentucky Chiropractic Association, Inc. said. “The license plate makes a statement that we’re proud of Kentucky’s Chiropractors and the people who are treated by and support them. It also will encourage people who see it to find out what Go Green Go Chiropractic is all about.”

Go Green Go Chiropractic KY License Plate

“The entire motivation behind getting a specialty plate like this was to unite the Chiropractors in Kentucky around something positive.” Jonathan Boggs, legal counsel for the Kentucky Chiropractic Association, Inc.(the “KCA”) said. “We had some difficulty getting the design approved because the Kentucky Transportation Department didn’t understand how Chiropractic was ‘Green.’ That confusion shows just how important a plate like this is: the public at large have no idea how unique Chiropractic is and how our healthcare choices affect the world around us.”

Sales of the plate benefit the Kentuckiana Children’s Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of Children by providing a foundation for healing through integrative Chiropractic care. Counselor Boggs noted, “The members of the KCA specifically chose not to have any identifying marks on the plate, or to have the donations go the the KCA because the plate isn’t just for our members, it is for all chiropractors and chiropractic patients in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and we hope to spread the ‘Go Green Go Chiropractic’ initiative worldwide.”

The stunning Go Green Go Chiropractic specialty license plate design contains a spine and growing plant and the slogan, “GO GREEN GO CHIROPRACTIC” all in an attractive mixture or green and white.

“The license plate makes a statement that we’re proud of Kentucky’s Chiropractors and the patients they serve for their commitment to the health of our environment.” — The Kentucky Chiropractic Association, Inc.

If you are a public, private, or governmental Chiropractic organization and would like more information on how you can “Go Green Go Chiropractic” in your area, please call 1-(877) 937-3522, e-mail [email protected], go to or write: The Kentucky Chiropractic Association, Inc, 415 Cardinal Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. @ 10:10 am | Article ID: 1251825050