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Cover Stories
Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
achieving-longevity-through-a-healthy-and-drugless-lifestyle    Through the family practice, dr. Eric plasker helps chiropractors grow their practice and become life-style leaders in their community Dr. Eric Plasker is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College and former owner of two highly successful family practices, where he practiced for 16 years. In 2000, he founded The Family Practice, a personal coaching company that offers marketing and patient...
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Allan Dyer, B.S., M.D., Ph. D.
decompression-where-it-all-beganDr. Allan Dyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and is a doctor of Internal Medicine. He was also awarded a Ph.D. for his graduate studies and pioneer work in Transthoracic Cardiac Defibrillation. During his career as a senior administrator and Deputy Minister of Health, he instituted the hospital services quality assessment, generic drug...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
nutritional-alternatives-to-prescription-drugsby Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C. Prescription drugs are used to treat disease. They WORK by blocking a human enzyme system or by filling specific receptor sites, thus directing the body’s biochemistry. Their specific need and even dosage can be pinpointed by the use of various laboratory testing.However, nutritional supplements (whether protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, or minerals) do not, by themselves,...
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National University of Health Sciences (NUHS)
innovative-educationNational University of Health Sciences (NUHS) prides itself on providing students with the most complete academic and professional education for a career in the health sciences. For over 100 years, the university has led the chiropractic profession with academic excellence, dynamic faculty members and innovative leadership. Integrative Medicine Since 2000, when National changed from The National College...
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Dr. Eric Plasker, D.C.
fitness-and-chiropractic-a-critical-niche-for-your-practice-and-the-chiropractic-profession The fitness and nutrition industries are poised to take a leadership role in health care. They have all the research that demonstrates their role in achieving optimum health and prevention of sickness and disease. These elements of a healthy lifestyle are being sought after by the public who are trying to decipher between the good and the bad, the real...
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TAC Staff
products-a-software-to-help-you-work-with-insurance-to-get-paid Oftentimes, the tools used will determine the possibility for success in accomplishing any task. Making the right decision with regard to the documentation software, record keeping and other products you use will have a tremendous impact on the heights that your clinic may be able to reach. Use this market review to get to know some of your options.     Acom Product...
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Interviews
TAC Staff
8-top-table-company-representatives-tell-us-whats-newWe interviewed eight representatives from the leading manufacturers of chiropractic tables to find out what’s new and what makes each company unique. From new, electronic features and tables made for specific techniques to tables that adapt to any technique, these companies, with a combined experience of almost 300 years, have something for everyone. Lloyd Table Company Lloyd Table Company is continually striving...
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Thomas G. E. DePuydt, M.D.
finding-common-grounds-and-goalsThomas DePuydt is an M.D. who specializes in Sports Medicine, and recognizes the importance of taking an integrated approach to treating musculoskeletal injuries. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. DePuydt discusses the “paradigm change” which he sees taking place in modern day medicine. TAC: Give our readers some background information about yourself. DePuydt: I grew up in Northern Michigan wanting to...
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Boyd Williams, D.C.
a-practice-based-on-purpose-passion-and-never-ending-trainingDr. Boyd Williams is a 1987 graduate of Northwestern Chiropractic College who practices in his hometown, Rochester, Minnesota, with his wife, Cindy, a 1996 graduate of NWCC. Beginning his practice as a sole practitioner in 1988, Dr. Williams became a certified Chiropractic Sports Physician in 1991 and the first sports chiropractic diplomate in Minnesota in 1994. Then, he enthusiastically set out...
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TAC Staff
defining-food-enzyme-nutrition-an-interview-with-howard-loomis-dcHoward F. Loomis, Jr., DC has been the leader in the clinical application of plant enzymes and is the person responsible for bringing food enzyme nutrition to the forefront of the health care field.  After graduating from Logan Chiropractic College in 1967, he entered practice in Missouri and practiced there for 26 years.    In 1980, he was introduced to the work...
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Dr. Paul Pugsley
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-dr-paul-pugsleyOriginally from upstate New York, Dr. Paul Pugsley moved to California during grade school. After meeting his wife, Marilou, in undergraduate college, the couple decided to attend chiropractic school in Atlanta, Georgia, at Life Chiropractic College. In their last year at Life, Paul and Marilou had their first of five children. After graduating, Dr. Pugsley and family moved back to...
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Joe Mershon
chiropractors-on-tv-national-tv-campaign The fastest way to affect public opinion is through television.  Shows like CBS’ Two and a Half Men, in which one of the lead characters is a chiropractor, show that the profession has, indeed, entered the mainstream of American culture… albeit with a less than ideal portrayal of a chiropractor, it’s a start.   So how do you use this mega-tool to...
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Nutrition
Dr. Frank J. King, Dr. Brice Vickery & Dr. Paul Yanick
nutrition-techniquesTAC:  Please describe a “nutritional maintenance program” for your patients who are generally healthy. King:  Homeopathy offers much to proactively build health.  While nutrition works on a biochemical level, homeopathy works bioenergetically, correcting nerve interferences throughout the whole nervous system.  Contemporary biofeedback response tests, like AK, leg length and electro-acupuncture tests, work very well to confirm which homeopathic remedies an...
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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
micro-miracles-discover-the-healing-power-of-enzymes Enzymes are the essential building blocks of life, the natural chemical catalysts that regulate all of the metabolic processes in your body—from digestion to immune function to tissue repair to hormonal balance to the rate at which you age. The 3,000 enzymes in the body regulate the thousands of daily biological tasks that keep the human organism healthy and...
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Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.
allergies-hay-fever-a-sinus-relief-fast-solutions-with-homeopathyAn estimated 35 million people in the U.S. have sinus problems or sinusitis. Sinusitis refers to any kind of inflammation or irritation of the sinuses. Acute sinusitis commonly follows a cold or allergies and can last for up to three weeks, at which time it becomes defined as chronic. Homeopathy helps naturally overcome the underlying causes of sinus and allergy symptoms,...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
the-omega-6-mobileonly-diesel-vehicles-should-eat-n-6sAs discussed in previous columns in The American Chiropractor, our consumption of omega-6 (n-6) fatty acids is excessive and pro-inflammatory. In a recent TAC article, I discussed how most Americans have been corn-oiled. It takes some eighteen cups of corn to make just one...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-five-stages-of-pregnancy-part-iiiLactation and Depression Once the joyous day arrives and the healthy and happy baby has been delivered, it is time to address the postpartum nutritional requirements for both the mother and the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics has long advocated the use of breast milk as the primary food source for full-term infants.  In 1997, this advisory was extended...
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Lynn Toohey, D.C.
detoxificationWe all know that detoxifying is good for us, but how do you choose a good protocol to follow?  When we remove toxins that have built up over years, it is just as important to consider things we DON’T do as well as the things we DO. A good detox program (there are thousands out there) should be written by...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
increased-running-increases-pain History and Presenting Symptoms A 33-year-old female presents with ongoing pain and discomfort in her left lower leg, which responds only temporarily to anti-inflammatory medications. She has been running regularly for the past six months, but develops left leg pain whenever she tries to increase her mileage. She ices her leg for fifteen minutes after each run, and...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-knee-pain-in-a-tennis-playerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 48-year-old real estate broker, who is also the president of the local Chamber of Commerce.  She reports pain in the front of her right knee, over the past several months, especially when playing tennis.  She denies any specific injury, and has no obvious swelling or discoloration.  She reports that she takes ibuprofen for...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
upper-extremity-conditions-and-orthotic-support History and Presenting Symptoms A 43-year-old female presents with persistent pain in and around her left shoulder, accompanied by tightness extending into her middle back region. Upon further discussion, she recounts a history of a right carpal tunnel syndrome that was treated surgically, with only partial improvement. She has also had several episodes of left elbow tendinitis. She denies any...
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John Danchik, D.C.
the-aging-footHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 64-year-old female presents with recurring, unresolving episodes of moderate pain in her lower back and left knee.  She recalls no specific back or knee injuries, and states that these problems have developed over the past couple of years, getting more noticeable in the past six months.  On a 100mm Visual Analog Scale, she rates her...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
is-your-little-leaguer-pitching-too-muchShoulder injuries are common in sports. The category of rotator cuff injuries has numerous names ranging from painful arc syndrome, bursitis of the shoulder, or rotator cuff tears, to just name a few—all usually present with decreased range of motion and pain in the shoulder area. There are three groups of people who are most vulnerable to these types of...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
high-arches-in-a-yoga-instructor History and Presenting Symptoms A 44-year-old female patient is a yoga instructor, who reports the recent onset of pain under her left heel. The foot pain is most noticeable in the morning when she first starts to walk. When her foot bothers her, she notices that her entire back is stiff and less flexible during yoga poses. In...
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Practice Management
TAC Staff
qaa-advice-from-the-expertsExpanding on Dr. Mark Sanna’s regularly featured Practice Management Tips, this issue we’re adding some bonus tips in celebration of our annual Practice Management issue! That’s right; we’ve asked twelve of the biggest names in chiropractic practice management to share some of their most frequently asked questions and their advice and insights for achieving success in practice and in life!...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
increased-public-awareness-education-new-patients You love chiropractic.  You want to share the benefits of chiropractic with the whole world.  You would like to add a few new patients a week to your practice.  Accomplish all this and more through a performance workshop presentation.  Offering a performance workshop to businesses is a cost-effective way to share the benefits of chiropractic, establish yourself as the...
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Tom Owen III, D.C.
thoughts-on-sailing-and-chiropracticThoughts on Sailing and Chiropractic by Tom Owen III, and Todd Osborne, D.C. Sometimes there are situations in our lives that desorient us   My father, Dr. Thomas Owen, has often made the statement, “Every principle in business and in life can be related to flying an airplane or sailing a boat.”  Growing up we spent a large amount of time sailing in the...
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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
your-credibility-under-constructionHow important a role does credibility play in the marketing of your chiropractic clinic? Surprisingly, answers will vary depending on whom you talk to in our profession. A doctor who uses gimmicks, freebies, and deeply discounted fees to lure patients to his or her practice may have one perspective, while another doctor who utilizes a marketing...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
practice-management-tipsQ: What differences did you see in your health growing up as a child in a chiropractic family? A:  Neither I, nor my two sisters was ever vaccinated, something that was practically unheard of in the 1960’s.  Mom and Dad tell the story of finding a pediatrician who would falsify our paperwork so that it indicated that we had been vaccinated. ...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-power-of-visualizationIf you envision money falling from the sky, would it? Probably not; although, it’s a nice mental image, isn’t it? Seeing is only the first step. The next step is to take aggressive action toward achieving your goal. I associate the concept of seeing with the word visualization. Suppose that you earn $2,000 per month and you want to...
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Radiology
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mri-spine-protocolsYour pateint has radicular pain in the lumbosacral distribution that is status post-motor vehicle accident and you order a lumbar MRI. The report rendered by a board certified general radiologist concludes mild disc bulging at L5-S1. However, upon further review by both a neuroradiologist and yourself (once you have been certified and trained to interpret MRI), you realize the general...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.
os-odontoideumCASE HISTORY This young adult patient presents with neck pain following an MVA.  You note an abnormality in the upper cervical spine at C1 & C2.  Is this a fracture?   DISCUSSION Anomalies of the odontoid process are considered uncommon (1) and are usually discovered by the principle “traumatic determinism.”  This means that the underlying condition predated the injury and is not caused by...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-upper-thoractic-hump-pattern“Doctor, I’ve been worried about my hump. Will it get worse? Can you fix it?” Unlike the better-known dowager’s hump, the upper thoracic hump (see photos and illustrations) is more common and is found in younger as well as older people. Patients are concerned about their humps and are very motivated to get them fixed. They should be. Along with its unattractiveness,...
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herniated-discs-a-advanced-imaging The patient enters your office and has significant pain radiating into an extremity. Being responsible, you adopt the policy of the insurers and treat the patient conservatively for 4-8 weeks and the pain doesn’t diminish; you then refer the patient to the imaging company for an MRI. In the report, there are minimal findings, so you continue to treat with...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
erosive-osteoarthritisHistory: This female patient complains of pain at the base of her thumb. An X-ray reveals what? Diagnosis: Observe the sclerosis and osteophytes at the base of the first metacarpal, which represents erosive osteoarthritis. Of incidental notation is congenital fusion of the capitate and the hamate (carpal coalition). EROSIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS General considerations: This is a distinctive clinical and radiographic variant of degenerative...
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Andrew Cheesman
digital-x-ray-do-i-need-one-in-my-officeSo, you are considering “transforming” your practice? Or maybe starting a brand new or satellite office? What are some of the things you should keep in mind in making decisions on just what your practice will offer? What should it look like? What kind of vibe would you like it to put out? And how does the decision of installing...
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Rehabilition
Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
children-and-rehabilitationChildren, like adults, often need to do some exercises as part of their chiropractic treatment.  But, how safe is exercise for children, especially exercise with resistance?  How much weight is appropriate for a growing body?  And which exercises are most effective?  Because of these and similar questions, doctors of chiropractic may hesitate to recommend exercises for their younger patients.  Let’s...
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John K. Hyland, D.C.
avoid-rehab-overloadMost of us know that exercises are an important key to full recovery of spinal function. Unfortunately, I have found that the more knowledgeable doctors are in rehab procedures, the more likely they are to overwhelm their patients with exercises. The result is frequently a long laundry-list of exercises given to each patient. This often includes stretches for all of...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
avoiding-rehab-overload-the-variablesOne of the underlying principles in physical rehabilitation is that the body responds positively to the increased stresses placed upon it.  This is the whole reason for asking muscles to lift more weight, for asking tendons to pull more tension, and for asking joints to undergo more movement.  We have a mechanism for developing and improving our physical capabilities when...
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David Rick, D.C. and Alan Oolo Austin, D.C.
rapid-rehabilitation-of-a-hamstring-strain-a-case-studyHamstring Strain Discussion Hamstring strains are an extremely common occurrence in the sport of soccer. The hamstrings span two joints and are, therefore, subject to stretching at more than one point. Therapies for this type of injury have traditionally involved different forms of physiotherapy and soft tissue techniques. Dorman2 reported on 140 hamstring injuries and found that they usually occurred either quite early...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
extension-traction-good-for-discs Chiropractors have long used spinal traction methods to relieve abnormal pressure and bulging of the IVD. The more popular methods have employed long axis traction and/or flexion distraction to relieve IVD (intervertebral disc) pressure. Consequently, many doctors are reluctant to employ extension traction methods which seem so radically different. I'm frequently asked if extension traction is good for injured...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
how-to-measure-successful-curve-restorationOne of the things that we have been discussing in past issues is the cervical lordosis.  There are probably few clinicians who have not drawn an association between the loss of cervical lordosis and headache.  This clinical observation is also supported in the scientific literature.1,2  But, of course, we’d like a quick, easy, accurate and inexpensive method to measure the...
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Techniques
Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
your-present-technique-works-better-than-you-think-it-does Today we have a lot of procedures and techniques available to help our patients. As chiropractors, we try to figure out what is the best approach for each of our patients and apply our skills to assist the body in its natural healing process. So, what is the best technique for your patients? The answer, of course, is...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
but-i-feel-fineHow did you know that? Picture the scene. I’m checking people during a recent Masters Circle seminar using Koren Specific Technique (KST). I had just given a talk. The line of doctors and CA’s waiting to be adjusted was long. As I expect, people are having incredible responses. But what’s often most fascinating is the ability to tell them what...
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Arlan Fuhr, DC
where-when-and-when-not-to-adjustToday, with more and more studies concluding that the standard methods of chiropractic analysis are unreliable and not reproducible, many doctors of chiropractic are looking for a way to analyze the spine and extremities that can give them assurance.  Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) utilizes a protocol incorporating leg length analysis, pre- and post-adjustment, to determine exactly where, when and...
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R.B. Mawhiney, DC
preventing-sids-sudden-infant-death-syndromeOH, NO!!! PLEASE, LORD, NO!!! She has stopped breathing! CALL 911!! HURRY!!! This happens up to five thousand (reported) times a year in the United States. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has become a scourge to young and old parents, alike. I have raised three children and have suffered through many nights wondering if I should shake my child to see if it’s...
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Loren Marks, DC
contact-reflex-analysisWe are living in the midst of a “Wellness Revolution.”  Patients, primarily the baby boomers, are seeking greater levels of natural health care as they age. They are wealthier and more educated than their parents and are willing to spend more to attain a level of health that allows them to be stronger, healthier and more resistant to disease. The insurance...
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Deed E. Harrison, D.C.
thoracic-kyphosis-part-iIn my experience, there is a general lack of appreciation of both the need for radiographic views of the thoracic spine and the influence of the thoracic spine on whole body alignment and health potential. It is for these reasons that I offer this particular series of articles introducing my thoughts on the thoracic kyphosis to readership of the The...
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