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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
clear-scoliosis-case-studyCLEAR Scoliosis: Case Study by Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.   THE PATIENT PRESENTED in 2008 with a 48 degree right thoracic Cobb angle. It was initially diagnosed in 2005 at 25 degrees. The patient had a history of birth trauma. The scoliosis previously was treated with traditional Chiropractic Care. The standard CLEAR Scoliosis examination was performed. Her X-rays revealed...
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Fabrizio Mancini, D.C.
interview-with-fabrizio-mancini-dcFabrizio Mancini came to the United States in 1978 from Colombia, South America.  His dream was to become a doctor to help alleviate the suffering of others.  His journey began in Dallas as he studied pre-medicine at the prestigious University of Dallas where he was preparing to be a neurosurgeon.  He later discovered the chiropractic profession and enrolled at Parker...
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Dr. Terry Yochum D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R.
interview-with-terry-r-yochum-dc-dacbr-chiropractic-radiologist-a-author-of-the-essentials-of-skeletal-radiology“This July will see the publication of the third edition of Dr. Terry Yochum's textbook, The Essentials of Skeletal Radiology.  It's hard to express the importance that this work has had in raising the profile of the chiropractic profession.   Before Dr. Yochum's text, there had never been a chiropractic textbook published by a major publisher.  The text is now one...
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L. John Faye, DC
still-going-strongDr. L. John Faye graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1960, having completed both chiropractic and naturopathic undergraduate courses. He has practiced as a chiropractor ever since. The first fourteen years, he was in Southampton, England, and then returned to Canada for ten years. After nine years in Canada, Dr. Faye was the first chiropractor ever appointed...
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the-state-of-the-chiropractic-professionAs The American Chiropractor celebrates its 30 Year Anniversary, our panel of leaders look back on just how far the chiropractic profession has come and what lies ahead.     Dr. Louis Sportelli President of NCMIC Dr. Sportelli has served in many capacities throughout his 47-year career in chiropractic. He is currently serving as President of NCMIC Group ...
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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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Interviews
George Goodheart, D.C.
muscle-testing-a-manipulation George Goodheart is a second generation Doctor of Chiropractic and graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1939. In 1964, Dr. Goodheart began making a series of revolutionary observations about muscle function and health and disease that evolved into applied kinesiology. By stimulating various neurological receptors and observing excitatory and inhibitory responses of muscles to manual testing, Dr. Goodheart was...
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John K. Maltby, D.C.
meet-the-new-president-of-the-icaAfter the dust had settled and the ballots were tallied, on April 15, 2005, the International Chiropractors Association had elected a new president in a landslide vote.  Who is this doctor who inspired such an impressive mandate by the oldest national chiropractic organization in the world, and what is his vision for chiropractic?  Find out, in the following interview between...
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the-unlikely-defender-of-the-subluxation-interview-with-gary-jacob-dc-lac-mph-dipmdtGary Alan Jacob, DC, LAc, MPH, DipMDT completed his baccalaureate studies in Philosophy of Science. He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1978 and the California Acupuncture College in 1981. He was the first DC and the 12th individual to receive the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy in 1991 from the McKenzie Institute International. In 2003, he...
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Karl Parker, D.C.
dr-karl-parker-shares-his-dream-for-chiropracticAfter a controversial change of leadership at Parker College of Chiropractic 7 years ago, which stunned the entire United States chiropractic community, Dr. Karl Parker, son of the late Dr. James Parker, was summarily “relieved of his duties” as President of the college, an institution founded by his late father, leaving the former PCC President and heir apparent to the...
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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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William Koch, D.C.
restoring-energy-balances-in-the-body-a-straight-chiropractor-re-thinks-acupunctureInterview with Dr. John Amaro   John A. Amaro DC, L.Ac., FIAMA, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl.Med.Ac., is an internationally known author, lecturer and practitioner. He began his practice of Acupuncture and Chiropractic in 1971. He has led 13 diplomatic Acupuncture study tours of The People's Republic of China escorting more than 500 doctors and practitioners. He has personally studied acupuncture in nine separate...
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Nutrition
David R. Seaman, DC, MS, DABCN
an-easy-way-to-add-nutrition-to-treat-your-patients-in-pain Low back pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit all physicians in the United States and it represents a substantial financial burden on society (1). The most common treatments are pharmaceuticals, which are either prescribed or self administered, and manual care, which is delivered largely by chiropractors. Nutrition is not generally considered in the treatment of...
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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
metabolic-syndrome-inflammation-and-the-aging-processMuch of anti-aging medicine is currently focused on hormonal replacement, especially those hormones that decrease with aging. However, relatively little attention is placed on reducing the levels of hormones that increase with aging.  In particular, the hormones associated with increased systemic inflammation are elevated levels of insulin and eicosanoids. The primary cause of the rise of these hormones is due to...
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Lynn Toohey, D.C.
our-toxic-water-and-nutritional-helpWater is essential for life and we need to replenish our supply of it everyday. But what happens when that basic life force becomes a toxic assault? Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other chemicals pollute our water supplies, and now even "second-hand drugs" have hit the news and become a concern. In actuality, antibiotics, birth control pills, beta blockers, contrast agents...
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Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
the-truth-about-weight-loss-and-obesityThe Truth about Weight Loss and Obesity by Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.   Why Diet and Exercise Do Not Work and How Our Profession Can Spear-Head the Obesity Epidemic How many patients and or loved ones do you treat where there is a direct correlation between their weight and their physical condition(s)? There are many instances when patients come into my...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
why-magnesium-for-the-chiropractic-patientBack in 1992, Elin referred to mag-nesium as the fifth, but forgotten, electrolyte.1  This is not surprising, as magnesium’s importance is rarely mentioned, perhaps due to our culture’s obsession with calcium.   One would never know that magnesium plays a crucial role in bone metabolism, for it is never mentioned.  Even certain researchers do not consider magnesium when studying osteoporosis.  Alexandersen,...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
inflammation-pain-and-alzheimers-disease-condition-based-careAlzheimer’s is a devastating disease that we should try to prevent, not only for ourselves, but also for our families.  Patients with Alzheimer’s disease lose cognitive function, emotional expression and memory, which essentially prevents them from experiencing the spice of life. It is no surprise to read that most patients enter a chiropractor’s office looking for relief from various conditions,...
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Orthotics
John J. Danchik, D.C.
triathlete-troubled-by-tarsal-tunnel-syndromeby John Danchik, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C   History and Presenting SymptomsA 31-year-old male athlete presents with burning pain and paresthesias affecting the ball of his right foot and toes, and extending along the sole of his foot.  He is a competitive triathlete, but doesn’t recall any specific injuries to his right foot.  These sensations are worse at night, and are aggravated by...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plastic-deformation-back-pain-in-a-walkerHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 48-year-old male presents with persistent pain in his lower back region. He describes his back pain as an aching tightness, which has been progressively worsening over the past six months. On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his current level of pain at around 35mm to occasionally 45mm. He is unable...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
asymmetrical-pronation-linked-to-juvenile-injury History and Presenting Symptoms A 28-year-old male presents with recurring episodes of moderate low-back pain which always respond well to chiropractic adjustments, but eventually return. He recalls no specific back injuries, and cannot identify any triggering activities. On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his low back pain currently at about 50mm. He has been able to avoid...
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John Danchik, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C
ankle-pain-limits-runners-health-goals  History and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 32 year-old female who has been building up a running program for weight loss and wellness.  She reports a recent onset of pain around her right ankle and heel, which is becoming worse as she gradually increases the length of her longest runs.  She plans to participate in a 10-mile run in two...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
shin-splints-in-an-amateur-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 28-year-old graphic artist who has been running regularly for the past ten years.  She reports the recent onset and gradual worsening of pain in the front of her right lower leg, which is now limiting her physical activity routines.  The leg pain is described as an “aching soreness” that has been getting progressively...
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TAC Staff
call-for-action-an-open-letter-to-the-chiropractic-profession Dear Chiropractic Colleague: This profession-wide "Open Letter" has been issued for a most urgent reason. Ignore it at your own peril Comprehensive and far-reaching "National Health Reform" legislation is rapidly moving forward in Congress. It is abundantly clear, that the legislation under consideration could substantially alter America’s health delivery system in dramatic and perhaps unexpected ways. Depending on the detailed legislative provisions that are...
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Practice Management
David Foster, DC and Joseph Labriola, DC
outsourcing-your-chiropractic-billing-a-collectionsAre you losing the “battle” with insurance reimbursement?  I say “battle” because that is what it has become. The insurance industry’s fiduciary responsibility is to their stockholders and profits, not providers. They have internally mandated that they will create systems that will increase profits and limit payment to all health care providers, especially chiropractors.  Why chiropractors? According to James J. Mathis,...
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Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
desire-and-direction Who doesn’t want to do better? regardless of whom you talk to, most people want to be in a better place than they are today. As you may have guessed, for many folks, enhancing their financial status is their number one concern. But, for other people, improving their health and improving their relationship with their spouse/family is what’s most...
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Peter G. Fernandez, D.C.
murphys-law-3-when-starting-a-practiceDoing your own remodeling… will cost you more. Murphy's Law” is an old adage that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". When you start a new practice you’ll experience many examples of Murphy laws.  I’ve opened over 3,000 new practices. Just when I think I’ve heard them all, a new twist on Murphy’s Law...
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Gregory M. Kingsbury, D.C.
looking-beyond-statistics-how-to-buy-a-chiropractic-practice Buying an existing chiropractic practice should be the most efficient and fastest way to financial success. For the new graduate, associate practitioner ready to branch out, or an experienced D.C. looking to expand, the benefits are numerous and the potential pitfalls many. For the last twenty-eight years, we have assisted hundreds of chiropractors in their quest to purchase the...
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Dr. Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A.
electronic-health-record-identification-and-incentive-payments In all my recent meetings with government officials, including several trips to Washington, D.C., and participation in numerous reform initiatives, like the regional White House Forum on Health Care Reform, major buzz surrounds the electronic health records portion of the economic stimulus plan. To date, much has been discussed about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and...
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Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.
results-rule-in-practice-managementOur patient base is changing for the better!  Accep-tance of alternative medical modalities is a result of a number of positive and negative variables.  First, our culture is dogged with chronic conditions, many of which are given absolutely no hope of resolution through traditional medical treatment, and many have become progressively more discontented with traditional allopathic treatment.  Additionally,...
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Radiology
Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
gout-versus-osteoarthritis-which-is-it Case History This 60-year-old male complains of sharp pain in the great toe. He has a family history of gout and is worried he has developed gout. What’s your diagnosis?   Diagnosis: Degenerative Osteoarthritis Of The Great Toe.   General Considerations Degenerative Osteoarthritis   Foot Of all forefoot articulations, the most commonly involved articulation is that of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The radiographic signs are distinctive but, on...
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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.
posterior-arch-fracture-of-the-atlasHistory This young adult patient has had a motor vehicle accident with a “whiplash” type injury.  Painful hyperextension of the cervical region is experienced by the patient.   Figure 1. Note the unilateral fracture of the posterior arch of the atlas. Discussion The radiolucent unilateral defect in the posterior arch of this patient’s atlas represents a complete acute vertical fracture. Fractures of the posterior...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
pending-spondylolysis-andor-spondylolisthesis-whats-it-all-meanCase History This 18-year-old female gymnast is complaining of unilateral left-sided lumbar spine pain at the L5 level.  Standard plain film radiographs show no evidence of pathology, pars defects or spondylolisthesis.  Because this patient’s pain did not respond to conservative treatment, an MRI scan was performed for further evaluation.   Imaging Findings of this Patient Observe the area of bright (white) signal intensity seen...
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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.
fracture-of-the-wrist-affecting-the-young-and-oldCASE HISTORY: This 8-year-old fell and hyperextended his wrist. Diagnosis: Torus fracture–distal radius. FRACTURES OF THE WRISTDistal Radius Fractures. The distal radius is one of the most common sites of fracture in the wrist. Care must be taken to search all projections for these fractures, many of which are often subtle and obscure. In the...
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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.
transverse-process-fracturesDiscussion Transverse Process Fractures Transverse process fractures are the second most common fractures of the lumbar spine, with compression fractures being the most common. They occur usually secondary to a severe hyperextension and lateral flexion blow to the lumbar spine from avulsion of the paraspinal muscles. The most common segments to suffer transverse process fractures are L2 and L3. Radiographically, the fracture line appears...
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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.
multiple-myeloma HISTORY This 65-year-old female patient presents with acute symptoms of right-sided radiculopathy, paresthesia and pain in the right upper extremity. There has been no trauma. DIAGNOSIS Observe the gross osteoporosis about the entire cervical spine. There has been pathological collapse of the C5 vertebral body, which is uniform in configuration. This is very characteristic of a malignant...
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Rehabilition
Mark R. Payne D.C.
building-your-practice-on-a-strong-foundationBuilding Your Practice on a Strong Foundation by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   In keeping with this month’s focus on practice management and coaching, I wanted to take a slightly different twist with this article. While I make no pretense at being a practice manager or coach, I have started and operated two successful practices in my career plus...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
step-by-step-rehab-centerAbout 83 million people in the U.S. (42% of the adult population) used at least one alternative therapy in 1997.  Usage among those 35-40-years-old is even higher, at 50%. The estimated number of visits in 1997 to providers of “unconventional therapy”  (629 million) was greater than the number of visits to all primary care medical doctors nationwide (386 million)....
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Jeffrey Tucker, D.C.
fascial-release-using-the-deep-muscle-stimulation-to-improve-neck-shoulder-pain  Fascial therapy has become a very popular technique over the past several years. Fascia is the term applied to all of the connective tissues fibers and glue of the human body. Many tools to perform fascial therapy have gained popularity amongst Chiropractors, physiotherapists, personal trainers, and massage therapists. In addition to our hands (ART, myofascial release), key instruments used for...
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Dwight Whynot, D.C.
to-rehab-or-not-to-rehab If you are not performing rehabilitation in your clinic right now, you should consider doing rehab in the near future because it is these types of CPT® codes that are getting doctors paid better by the insurance companies. The insurance companies pay better because the patients not only get better faster, but the patients stay better longer.     Table 1—Case Management...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
joint-rehab-and-exercise-tubingCurrent research describes the advantage of early, progressive rehabilitation exercise for many types of joint conditions.1-6  These benefits include: restoration of range of motion; decreased pain and swelling; decreased neural inhibition; quicker return of muscle function; and improved performance in sports and all daily activities.  Some studies even speculate that early rehabilitation programs may reduce the number of joint re-injuries.7-9 Contemporary...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
managing-fhp-in-the-elderlyI recently got some great questions from a doctor in south Florida who frequently encounters aging patients with large forward head translations, yet have pronounced, sometimes even hyperlordotic, cervical curves. We've all observed this posture, common among elderly patients, but many doctors aren't aware it needs to be managed differently than the typical case of FHP associated with cervical hypolordosis. Typically,...
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Techniques
Howard F. Loomis, Jr., D.C., F.I.A.C.A.
what-do-you-have-to-see-before-you-know-what-to-do-the-significance-of-pottengers-saucer  Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) cannot be separated. A deviation from normal in one has consequences in the other. Beginning with my February 2010 column, I have been describing a five-minute Source of Stress examination that can be done in your office any time you need to determine when a visceral dysfunction may be responsible for perpetuating structural misalignments and...
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Burl R. Pettibon, DC, FABCS,FRCCM, PhD (Hon) and Sharon Freese-Pettibon, B.A., C.T.
prehabilitation-the-gift-that-keeps-on-givingIt would appear that D.D. Palmer was correct when he said that nerves are involved in all diseases; he just didn’t have the research in his age to prove it. As time goes on and research continues, the information coming out clearly substantiates his hypothesis.   The brain’s ability to change its neural network connections and behavior in response to new information,...
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Jay Kennedy, D.C.
decompression-deception-and-the-magic-machine  It is important to recognize that as we approach nearly twenty years since the initial entrance into the Chiropractic market of Decompression systems, we are still faced with the marketing of magic decompression machines, being somehow different than traction devices based upon mechanisms and pull patterns. For many people, logic, reason and basic physics, though compelling, can’t really compete with...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body-part-three-locating-and-correcting-emotional-subluxationsIf the body is sick, the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick, the body and spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick, there will be no will to care for the body or mind. – J.R. Worsley Posture of subluxation (POS) In Parts one and two we discussed how some...
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Donald Epstein, DC
somato-respiratory-integration-exercises-to-relieve-stressA patient calls in the middle of your weekend feeling great distress about their experience under your care; what do you tell them?  You have a patient who seems to be so unresponsive to care, you feel lost.  You are looking for your practice members to take more responsibility for their health, wellness and healing processes.  If you have ever...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-panic-patternFight or Flight Life has its scary moments and, in a life or death situation, the proper reaction may make the difference between, well, life or death. Fortunately, we are “hard-wired” to improve our chances of surviving dire emergencies with our “fight or flight” or “acute stress” response. How does it work? At the sign of danger, we have two options:...
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