Month: March 2011

Common Doctor of Chiropractic Prerequisites

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

What courses do I have to take in order to be accepted into the chiropractor program? Can I get my pre-chiropractic education at my local community college? I’ve already taken biology, organic chemistry, two social science courses and a psychology class, what else is required to get into chiropractic school? I already have a Masters degree in exercise physiology, can I start chiropractic training right away, or will I require other coursework? These are the types of questions I receive from patients, student e-mails, and other people I meet thinking about a career in chiropractic.

chiropractic office adjusting room

I am not operating a chiropractor college, and I don’t have all the details related to today’s educational requirements for admission into the DC program, but I’ll share what I’ve got. I receive about an e-mail a day on my chiropractor salary article, and about twice as many related to advice about chiropractic schools. As always, I advise contacting chiropractic schools directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information, but I went through some materials I have on chiropractor education, and listed here are general prerequisites I believe all students will be required to have.

– 6 semester or 9 quarter hours of English Language Skills

– 3 semester or 4.5 quarter hours of Psychology

– 15 semester or 22.5 quarter hours of additional Humanities or Social Sciences

– 6 semester or 9 quarter hours of Biological Sciences (The Biological Science requirement must be met with two or more courses with unduplicated content, and include pertinent, related laboratory.)

– 12 semester or 18 quarter hours of Chemistry (At least 3 semester or 4.5 quarter hours of chemistry must be general or inorganic chemistry, at least 6 semester or 9 quarter hours must be organic chemistry and/or biochemistry and 3 semester or 4.5 quarter hours of another chemistry class accepted by the admitting institution with unduplicated content.

– At least 6 semester or 9 quarter hours of the chemistry courses must include pertinent related laboratory work which covers the range of material presented in the didactic portions of the courses.)

– 6 semester or 9 quarter hours of Physics with unduplicated content (of which one must include a pertinent related laboratory that covers the range of material presented in the didactic portions of the course) or 3 semester or 4.5 quarter hours in physics (with laboratory) and 3 semester or 4.5 quarter hours in either biomechanics, kinesiology, statistics or exercise physiology.

Another question I get is… Can I complete my prerequisites for the doctor of chiropractic program at my selected chiropractic school?

Some of the schools offer sessions where you can complete course hours and DC degree prerequisites. For example, Life University offers two five-week sessions where you can complete 20 quarter hours of science prerequisites per quarter. For the educationally motivated, you can take all eight classes in the accelerated program, and you can complete all the signs prerequisite courses in two quarters. Prerequisite education can go a lot faster than you may think.

Finally, here’s a resource of related articles in the areas of education and chiropractor schooling.

Things you may consider when choosing a chiropractic school

Chiropractic as a Mid Life Career Change

Can You offer Advice about Chiropractic Schools?

Paying off your chiropractic student loans

Questions About Practicing Chiropractic

Chiropractic 101: An Aspiring Chiropractor

Prospective Chiropractic Student Has Questions

Summary of Chiropractic Employment Resources

Chiropractic Questions From Pennsylvania

Also, find chiropractors practicing near you, and see if you can visit their offices. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to practitioners and learn more about the field. Ask where they went to school and see if they have any advice they can offer. That shouldn’t stop when you’re in school either, I’d continue moving forward and meeting with as many in the field as you can, for example when you’re on spring break. Most importantly, have fun! @ 11:31 am | Article ID: 1301423533

Bridgeport College of Chiropractic Serves the Needy

by Frank Zolli, DC

University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic Clinics Brings Chiropractic to Medically Underserved Communities

As part of the clinical training program at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic (UBCC) students are required to perform clinic services at one of two facilities operated by Optimus Healthcare. Optimus is an organization dedicated to improving access to affordable, accessible and quality primary, preventive, oral, and behavioral healthcare services for the uninsured, underserved and medically indigent population of the Greater Bridgeport community. Optimus Healthcare has become a wonderful partner with UBCC in bringing chiropractic to the underserved in our local communities.

spinal nerve distribution lumbar

Both facilities, Bridgeport Community Health Center and Park City Primary Care Center are multi-disciplinary and located in the city of Bridgeport, CT. Here interns are able to evaluate and manage a variety of case types and conditions.

These facilities address the healthcare needs of the public who might not otherwise be able to afford care. This provides interns, functioning under the supervision of licensed chiropractic physicians, the ability to see patients with conditions they might not ordinarily see in private practice or the campus based UB Clinics. As a result, they are able to expand their education and skills in a manner that allows them to grow and appreciate their strengths and abilities.

Working in conjunction with medical physicians, nurses and social workers, our interns learn the value of being part of a healthcare team. They also learn to appreciate how this team concept helps deliver a higher quality of patient care.

From the chiropractic practitioner point of view, they are facilitating the other members of the healthcare team to learn about chiropractic. Once seen as an isolated, misunderstood profession, the work of UBCC faculty and interns are providing these professionals practical knowledge and experience about the benefits of chiropractic care and how chiropractic is an effective, integral part of healthcare. @ 8:54 pm | Article ID: 1301370867

Chiropractic Symbol California 1946

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The history of chiropractic-past feels to be fading away as we move more into our digital world. Many practitioners and chiropractic-students no longer have access to historical information, as our analog items deteriorate, and slowly fade into nonexistence. Personally, I find historical archives fascinating, whether they be of a chiropractic nature or not. I don’t recall liking history class when in middle school, but I find my love for studying all sorts of historical events, has grown over the years. Symbols and logos are a representation of thought during the time of their creation, and as an example we have this 1946 chiropractic logo.

Chiropractic Logo 1946 California
Chiropractic Logo from 1946 Chiropractor Publication
The chiropractor logo shown, or chiropractic symbol if you prefer, is from the cover of a 1946 publication by the California Chiropractors Association (CCA). It’s an example of post-World War II art. It was likely created in the earlier 1940s, but I will have to conduct a bit more research, in order to confirm. The publication date on this image was 1946. Harry S. Truman was president of the United States at that time and outside the state of California and a several others, the practice of chiropractic was illegal in much of the US.

It’s a fairly simple symbol but I find the words and images quite interesting. There’s a background of the state of California with four stars representing cities where the CCA operated. From north to south those cities are Sacramento (the state capital), San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. During the 1940s, Los Angeles was the central hub for California Chiropractor activity. Los Angeles hospitals were funding chiropractic research, and there were two active colleges of chiropractic in the Los Angeles area. One was LACC, which in 1946 was located at 920 Venice Blvd. (operating today as Southern California University of Health Sciences in the city of Whittier), and the other was Ratledge College of Chiropractic on Olympic Boulevard (which was later purchased to become CCCLA).

The bird in the image appears to be a falcon or an eagle perched upon a staff, along with two intertwined serpents or snakes below it. The snakes seem more symbolic to the practice of medicine and they were removed in the symbol by the next decade. The three words inside the triangle read STRENGTH – HAPPINESS – HEALTH. That resonates with me just fine. Below the term health are two hands positioned as they would be when giving a spinal adjustment.

There are more historically related posts and photos available on the blog, and we’ll continue providing historical topics of interest in the news, from time to time (more likely when I’m not in the office). @ 10:19 am | Article ID: 1301159975

Grouse Grind Hike at Grouse Mountain Vancouver

A 2.9 km (1.8 miles) trail length with a 933 m (2800 feet) vertical rise makes Grouse Grind in Vancouver BC a perfect one hour (ish) cardio workout.

When mentioning to a client, that I was traveling to Vancouver for Canada Day and some hiking, he said “you’ve gotta do the Grouse Grind hike at Grouse Mountain.” I’m glad I listened to him as it was the perfect start to my Vancouver hiking weekend. Hop on bus 236 to Grouse Mountain and join me…

Grouse Mountain Bus Route236 Grouse Mountain Bus to Grouse Grind from downtown Vancouver was a good choice. I opted to use the Metro transit system (Translink <- site has lots of maps) while staying in Vancouver, versus renting a car. I’m glad I did. The transportation system in Metro Vancouver was spectacular for getting to all my destinations. To hike Grouse Mountain, I boarded an early morning bus near the Marriott Hotel in the Coal Harbor area, with the 236 dropping me off within a few hundred yards of the Grouse Grind trailhead.

Grouse Grind Trail Baden Powell TrailThe Baden Powell Trail and Grouse Grind trail signs are nearby the trailhead. Once you’ve reached the Grouse Mountain parking lot, it’s easy to locate the Grouse Grind Trailhead, since lots of people seem to be heading in that direction. If you don’t see it at first glance just ask around or visit guest services.

Grouse Grind Trail Posted SignsAttention Hikers – New closing and opening times for the Grouse Grind trail will be posted and take effect (see photo). I am sharing the above photo because I discovered (unfortunately later) it’s really important to pause before heading up on the trail and go over your hiking plans (especially when traveling as a group).

I am an avid and active hiker, and living in Los Angeles, I most frequently hike Mojave/Colorado desert (like hiking to the rock of faith) and mountain terrain over long distances. Don’t let the seemingly short distance of the Grouse Grind fool you, it can be extremely dangerous, if proper preparations are not made and precautions not taken.

Hiker Responsibility Code Grouse MountainFollow the Hiker Responsibility Code and know your limits. On the day that I hiked, the weather on the mountain had changed dramatically for the worse (and it was July!). By the time I had reached my return to the parking lot, there were several paramedic vehicles at the trailhead, with emergency teams racing up to make rescues. Stay safe and have a plan.

Notice to Hikers Grouse MountainThe Notice to Hikers regarding exclusion of liability and assumption of risk appears at the main fence and along the trail (once that I noticed). This sign alone should be enough reminder for people to review their safety essentials and hiking plans and to take the climb seriously. I put my camera away at this point, and didn’t take it back out, until I reached the top.

Downhill Travel Prohibited Grouse GrindDownhill Travel Prohibited was the first thing I saw when I reached the top and that was where my disappointment set in. My intention was to return the way I came, but that apparently wasn’t permitted (although I saw people doing so), so I decided to explore the Grouse Mountain area (it was raining) before returning to the parking lot on the sky tram.

Grouse Mountain Grouse Grind SkyrideThe Grouse Mountain Grouse Grind Skyride will return you back to the parking lot, but there is a fee, I believe it’s $10 one-way. I encountered numerous people at the top of the trail that didn’t know downhill travel was not permitted and also didn’t know there would be a fee to use transportation back down the mountain. I don’t mind that there is a fee, but hopefully there is now some sort of sign clearly posted, near the beginning of the trail.

Grizzly Bear British ColumbiaWatch out for grizzly bears on Grouse Mountain. You won’t see any grizzly bears along the trail (at least I don’t think you will) but if you have the time while up on the mountain you can take a walk over to the grizzly bear habitat (it’s fenced in). There is also a lumberjack show in the summer time, which is nearby the grizzly bear area.

Grind Timer Program Grouse MountainThe Grind Timer Program on a Grouse Mountain TV screen was a very cool sighting for us techies. I noticed a marker at the trailhead where it looked like people were activating timer chips. When I got to the top and saw this display I discovered what the purpose was for. What an excellent way to measure one’s performance for hiking the Grouse Grind. Notice the posted times are from about 43 minutes to 52 minutes. Depending on your endurance and your pace (and the amount of people ahead of you) you could finish in under 30 minutes (extremely fit) or take more than an hour and a half to complete the near two-mile all uphill hike.

Canadian Flag Grouse MountainCanadian Flag at Grouse Mountain underneath where the aerial tram boards to take you back down to the parking area. Look for the huge flag on your exit and take the tramway back down (don’t forget anybody from your party up on the mountain).

Hope you enjoyed the trip. In my next hiking post (it may be a while) we will visit Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and a trip through a Vancouver rainforest to Norvan Falls.

Vancouver Canada Travels

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Back in July of last year, I was in Vancouver for Canada Day, along with a few days of hiking and visiting chiropractors. One of the photos from the trip appeared in my 2010 iPhone review photos and a few appeared on my Michael Dorausch blog related to beer drinking (some great microbreweries in Vancouver). I found a bunch recently still on my phone.

4wd mitsubishi delica4WD Mitsubishi Delica

I’m posting this photo of a Mitsubishi Delica four-wheel drive vehicle since I think they’re really cool. I saw a few in the Vancouver area and I only recall ever seeing one in the US. Not a common vehicle here, I guess they’re a lot more popular in Canada, and in Asia.

No idea why we don’t have these in the US market but they appeared to be a perfect camping vehicle to me. The crystal lite roof on top was a bonus. Only thing I can think of in the US that comes close to these are modified conversions of Ford vans (think they’re referred to as Sportsmobiles). I imagine they’re way more expensive than getting one of these imported four-wheel-drive camping vans. For now, I’ll stick to 4×4 adventures in my Jeep.

Granville Bridge Plaque VancouverGranville Bridge Plaque – City of Vancouver

The Granville Bridge Plaque is showing signs of weather, but the views from this point are pretty magnificent, it’s worth visiting the area on foot. We put in about 30 miles of walking around the city of Vancouver, and it was a really enjoyable experience, especially since there were so many great places to eat and drink at.

The names on the plaque are showing quite a bit of wear from the weather (especially the names in smaller fonts at the bottom) but I love finding signs like these when traveling. Thousands of cars cross that bridge daily but few people probably know who designed and supervised its construction. Bridges are just cool in general (bridges in New York City are among my favorites).

custom foot orthotics signCustom Foot Orthotics sign

I forgot the name of the district where I saw this custom foot orthotics sign in a chiropractor’s window. It was really close to where the torches were for the Olympics in Vancouver and I was in the neighborhood on Canada Day so the office was closed. I can’t recall seeing an office in the US advertising foot orthotics in the window, but I don’t doubt their existence.

Other than those two signs (I noticed later that chiropractor sign is separate) I don’t think there was anything else on the windows as far as advertising went. Looked like a clean office in a business district. I would definitely go back to visit since pretty much everything we experienced in Vancouver was lots of fun. Oh, I just remembered the neighborhood, it’s Coal Harbor. Go visit the chiropractor there before you go walking all over the city.


LA Marathon Photos 2011

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Everybody loves a marathon (except maybe preachers and priests because people can’t get to Sunday church service) and the city of Los Angeles is a perfect place to run one.

road closed la marathonRoad Closed LA Marathon

The LA Marathon (as well as other city marathons) often results in massive road closures. It takes huge effort and coordination to organize an event like this. Congratulations to Marathon organizers and volunteers for their dedication to putting on this annual event.

Honda LA Marathon 2011 finish lineHonda LA Marathon 2011 Finish Line

It was a huddled mass of medics, TV crews, media personnel, and marathon volunteers waiting for the first runner to cross the finish line. My camera was getting soaked, and I hadn’t brought along any towels or plastic to cover it, so I feared my photography would be done before the first runner broke the tape. In the city of sunshine, the rain was pouring down hard.

Markos Geneti Finish Line LA MarathonMarkos Geneti crosses the Finish Line at LA Marathon

I was watching the big digital clock, while I love LA played through the loudspeakers in the downpour, and at two minutes and 6 seconds the huddled mass broke from the shelter of the photo bridge, to get a closer look at runner number one coming down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

It was two minutes earlier than I had expected to see someone and it wasn’t Wesley Korir. By the time I wiped my rainsoaked lens with a Starbucks napkin (not recommended), Markos Geneti was blazing through the finish line tape.

Markos GenetiMarkos Geneti Wins LA Marathon

26-year-old Markos Geneti of Ethiopia set a new course record by crossing the finish line with a time of 2:06:35. It was the fastest marathon time ever run in California and it was his first marathon. Geneti won $125,000 plus a 2011 Honda Insight EX Sedan. His fastest mile recorded was a 4:44 for mile 23.

Nicholas KamakyaNicholas Kamakya of Kenya (photo left) had crossed the finish line by the time I had turned my attention from Geneti. With his right hand to the asphalt of Ocean Avenue, Nicholas Kamakya paused for several moments.

Kamakya (also age 26) completed the LA Marathon with a time of 2:09:26. It was a fast marathon time, but nearly 3 minutes shy of the record-setting time of Markos Geneti.

In planet chiropractic’s LA Marathon Guide it was mentioned that runners should be prepared for wet weather. With rain already falling in the early hours, few seem prepared (including myself) for the mass downpour and driving winds that persisted throughout the day.

It was as if the elite runners were racing against the storm, with weather and winds increasingly growing stronger, as each of the elites crossed the finish line. The worst of the rain and wind came for those not making the two hour and 30 minute mark.

With a time of 2:29:59, 29-year-old Los Angeles resident Brian Whitehead, made it with a second to spare (the LA resident finished 20th overall). Then the sky opened wide, unleashing rain and heavy winds, forcing hundreds of runners into hyperthermia, while they battled on to the finish. 23,542 runners had registered for the 2011 race, making it the 6th largest total in LA Marathon history.

Several of California’s top runners train in Mammoth Lakes. Taking second place in the women’s division, 27-year-old Amy Hastings finished her first marathon with a time of 2:27:03.

Amy Hastings LA MarathonAmy Hastings of Mammoth Lakes at LA Marathon

Hastings marathon debut has qualified her for the 2012 US Olympics Trials Marathon. She finished 31 seconds after the women’s division runner, Buzunesh Deba, who passed her on mile 21. Twenty three year old Buzunesh Deba finished with a time of 2:26:34, also winning cash, and a Honda sedan.

2011 LA Marathon results for all runners should be available via this link. Congratulations to all the finishers, organizers, and volunteers!

2011 Los Angeles Top Doctors Award

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Congratulations, you have been chosen to receive “The 2011 Los Angeles Top Doctors & Dentists Award”. That is the news that arrived at my Los Angeles office in September and again in November. The mail came from TopDoc Los Angeles, and FOX Los Angeles “Coming Soon” was predominant on the upper right side of the page, how cool. According to the letter, I had been chosen to receive “The 2011 Los Angeles Top Doctors & Dentists Award” for my achievement in the medical field. I was also invited to participate in the filming of a Top Doc Los Angeles television commercial segment, which was to air on FOX Los Angeles.

TopDoc Los Angeles
TopDoc Los Angeles

Top Doc Los Angeles mentioned there was no cost to receive the award, but being extremely busy serving patients in October and November, I never did get around to contacting the television show coordinator. According to the letter, the award selection process was interesting, as it appears it was a combination of being chosen by peers, or due to popular ranking by patients on leading healthcare rating websites.

I find the concept interesting. The winners, which included medical doctors and dentists, would be introduced to Los Angeles residents on a Top Doc commercial segment that would run on Fridays during the Doctor Oz Show (I’ve never seen it). According to the letter, the concept of the promotion is to introduce top doctors and dentists to LA residents to make it easier for them to select the right health care professional. According to the letter, a limited number of healthcare providers in each county and community receive the award.

I don’t think promotions like this one are at all uncommon, especially when you practice in a major metro area, maybe not so common in rural America. I also figure major metro areas like San Francisco, New York, San Diego, and so on, have large numbers of doctors and dentists to select for such programming. If you are a chiropractor receiving award nominations or notifications for television programming in your area, I’d love to hear from you. @ 12:52 pm | Article ID: 1300650767

End of Days For Chiropractic Profession?

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Is it time for chiropractors to begin marketing themselves as manual therapists in order to fit in to some medical model? Is the profession predominantly in favor of peddling muscle relaxers and other pharmaceuticals while performing colonics and doing foot baths? Have the colleges gotten so far out of touch with the rest of the industry that churning out student failures has become the primary business model? The doom and gloom train has left the station but someone forgot to send me a ticket.

Chiropractic Education for a Healthier Generation
Chiropractic Education for a Healthier Generation
Only three months in and it’s been quite a year for this hands-on (do you still use your hands?) branch of health care. The push continues for titles that include the term medicine, physician, and quite likely pharmacology and/or pharmacologist. Let’s throw phlebotomy in as well, along with colon specialist, nutritional guru, and orthopedist (sorry if I left someone out).

The medicine thing and professional inconsistencies has been going on for a long as I can remember, but the announcement that Los Angeles Chiropractor School CCCLA was closing their doors after 60 years, had me feeling part of my professional history was dying just a little bit. Then we have this prescribing hubbub in New Mexico from some individual or entity that wants to begin peddling pills to consumers and everyone goes into an uproar. And to top it off there is there’s this apparent circus going on in our educational institutions.

Are students really being ripped off with little to no education in the field they are supposed to practice in? The e-mails I receive and stuff I see posted about the industries schools (go read it for yourself) has me wondering where the schools and colleges are recruiting these filler individuals from. I use the term “filler individuals” because they’re the ones that filled the classroom while the rest got an education. You all knew they’d never amount to anything, but they qualified for loans, and in turn kept everyone’s expenses down in the process. That’s likely the case for every industry so don’t take me as harsh, just trying to be realistic.

The drug thing got defeated, subluxation docs cheered while others cried in their hydrocollator towels, but it will come up again. Seems like pharmaceuticals and prescription rights are a regular cyclic battle amongst practitioners, lawmakers, and other branches of health care. I don’t know about the rest of you, but if my practicing in one of the nation’s largest metros offers any clue, our younger generations don’t seem to have any interest in taking medications (be it over-the-counter or prescribed) unless it’s absolutely essential to their survival. Maybe we’re freaks here in Venice Beach, but they actually prefer getting adjusted (at least that’s what they tell me).

The news of Clevelands Los Angeles campus took me a little bit by surprise, and like I said I am a bit saddened, but it’s not like the signs were not on the wall. Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for the entire Cleveland family. Even Carl Cleveland III is way underappreciated for what he’s done and continues to do. I wouldn’t be writing this if the family hadn’t put their lives in jeopardy to serve and educate others. I’m hoping that the Los Angeles Alumni Association continues to have a presence and that the lifetime alumni plaque finds a new home.

I’ve had many thoughts about the college since news of its closing; with concerns about students, historical archives, patients being served at the clinic, and the future of the profession in its West Coast city. There’s been a conversation amongst local chiropractors visiting my office since last year, there is undoubtedly a shortage of hands-on adjusting the spine chiropractors in the city of LA. Trust me, if you want to serve a lot of people, and aren’t a complete douche bag, building a practice in Los Angeles is ripe for the picking. It’s only going to grow, especially as older practitioners continue to die (a fact of life), and current practitioners continue fumbling with manipulation gadgets and other things that keep chiropractors from actually ever touching anyone. And I’m not trying to rile up you activator folks, I’m talking about the unattended therapy practitioners, and those afraid to be more than a mechanical massage therapist.

I went back in the archives to find this piece on being a minor cog in the wheel of medicine. Dr. Sid Mouk really knows his stuff, and what he wrote about then, appears to be just as valid today. Schools that have a constipated thinking of anemia regarding potential new students haven’t seen my e-mail inbox. They’re considering a career, they e-mail me about salaries, they call my office seeking out the best schools, and by and large they want to make a difference in the world (just like some of you did or are currently doing). Hello? Does anybody actually work in the admissions department? Why are these kids calling my practice?

Don’t tell anybody, but I’m actually having a blast at what I do. It only occurred to me in January that I entered my 16th year, and it feels like it’s not even been half that (except I am getting those goofy old chiropractor calloused hands). I do miss the schooling (I don’t miss those god-awful chairs we sat in), I do miss staying up into all hours of the night chatting philosophy with students and other practitioners, but I don’t miss my student loans. Thankfully, someone taught me how to adjust the spine, and instilled a thinking in me that I should be paid for it (it’s okay by me if you want to give it away), and I’ve pretty much continued along that path. Serve a quarter million adjustments and thoughts of student loans and the cost of going to school fades long into the distance. It boggles my mind when I meet 10+ year supposedly successful practitioners that haven’t paid back their student loans, but they give 10% of their income to the church of Scientology. I’m joking, sort of, or maybe not.

Are you still reading this? Here’s a few more things. I’m hoping we can preserve some history of the profession in the city of Los Angeles. It’s not the first school to close its doors, I think there’s been three or four SoCal closures during the past hundred years (we can’t even keep a pro football team, which forces me to travel). I even discovered there was once a chiropractor school for surgery in downtown LA. I’m still researching the origins of that.

I’m not going to bitch about Southern California University of Health Sciences (my chiropractor went there and he’s about as straight as you get), I’ll openly refer students there, and I hope they get an excellent education and choose to practice in the State of California (maybe not all of them, but at least enough to replace the retiring ones). I’m also secretly excited about the new leadership at Life West, I thought that place was serving a bit too much Kool-Aid, but I think they’re going to get back on the TIC.

I still believe all prospective students should visit at least four different schools before making that choice, but I’m confident an excellent education can be had, at a greater number of institutions (even if they’re not strong on philosophy and don’t use the S word), but I’m a friggin positivity-minded fanatic. Better have some philosophical fuel in your tank if you’re going to endure 4+ years in a school of mechanized therapeutics.

Enough of my rambling, go listen to Ian Grassam and put some purpose in your life. @ 11:32 pm | Article ID: 1300516355

Life Chiropractic College West on Medicine in Chiropractic

Life Chiropractic West News

Dr. Brian Kelly, president of Life Chiropractic College West, states, “Life Chiropractic College West opposes in the strongest possible terms the inclusion of medicine and, or surgery in the chiropractic profession.”

Dr. Kelly adds, “The practices proposed in the legislature in New Mexico are dangerous to the public as well as to the identity of the chiropractic profession. There is no mechanism to adequately train chiropractors in this area and give them the clinical experience to responsibly utilize the broad range of drugs available to a primary care physician. Furthermore, there are no national credentialing standards that apply to this area of clinical activity by chiropractors. In and of itself these deficiencies pose a threat to the public of New Mexico.”

Life Chiropractic College West
Life Chiropractic College West

Chiropractic training, while broad in its primary contact training, does not have a focus on these practices as they are reserved for the art and practice of other professional disciplines. “This is a misguided attempt to enter the practice of medicine” Kelly concluded.

Life Chiropractic College-West is committed to the highest professional standards of teaching in the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic, preparing doctors of chiropractic for 21st health care.

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Currently over 400 students from across the United States and abroad are enrolled, and over 4,000 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by approximately 150 senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,500 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California. The college and Health Center maintain a Web site at @ 9:22 pm | Article ID: 1300335762

Palmer Partners To Provide Chiropractic Care To Underserved Patients

Palmer College Chiropractic News

Palmer College of Chiropractic and Community Health Care, Inc., partner to provide chiropractic care to CHC patients
Davenport, IOWA — Through a unique research project to study the effectiveness of chiropractic care in medically underserved populations, the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) and Community Health Care, Inc. (CHC), headquartered in Davenport, have joined forces. The joint project is called “Back-to-Health in the QCA.”

In September 2010, the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they are using to fund a research-focused initiative placing a chiropractor into the Davenport-based Community Health Care, Inc., system of primary health care clinics. The grant is supporting a research program to study the effects of chiropractic care on low-income and underserved populations in the primary care setting. On Feb. 15, 2011, a doctor of chiropractic began providing care to patients as part of a collaborative team that also includes physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical providers at Community Health Care’s downtown Davenport clinic.

Patients experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain
The main goal of “Back-to-Health in the QCA” is to form a multidisciplinary spine care team made up of doctors of chiropractic, medical doctors, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers that will focus on providing the best possible care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain. “Palmer is committed to best practices in patient care as well as integration with other healthcare providers,” says Maria Hondras, D.C., M.P.H., a PCCR faculty member and principal investigator for the study. “This joint venture provides the exciting opportunity to establish a much-needed community-college partnership between Community Health Care and Palmer. While our organizations have cared for generations of Quad-Citians in facilities just six blocks apart, we now have the ability to initiate and evaluate a collaborative approach to patient care through this partnership.”

Through this project, a Palmer doctor of chiropractic from the Palmer Community Clinics will provide selected Community Health Care patients with back and spinal care. Patients experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain will be referred to the doctor of chiropractic by a member of the collaborative team on-site at the Davenport clinic. The addition of chiropractic services will offer patients a new alternative for treating pain. “This project is a new and innovative way for health care providers to collaborate in our community,” said Tom Bowman, CEO of Community Health Care. “CHC welcomes this partnership and the opportunity to learn about new approaches to serving the health care needs of the community.”

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is headquartered on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, and is the largest institutional chiropractic research effort in the world, promoting excellence and leadership in scientific research. The PCCR has the largest budget for research in a chiropractic college, receiving grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Since 2000, these federal grant awards have totaled approximately $35 million.

The mission of Community Health Care, Inc. is to serve the Quad Cities with high-quality, affordable health care for all people in need. CHC offers a medical and dental home for patients of every age and every income by providing comprehensive care, coordination of services and a personal relationship with the providers. Preventive, acute and chronic medical and dental care are offered, as well as ancillary services including laboratory, X-ray, pharmacy, nutrition, health education and translation services. CHC is accredited by The Joint Commission and is the only primary care health provider in the area offering discounted services based on income.

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