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Cover Stories
Susan Blackard, R.N., N.D.C, M.H.A., F.N.P.C
whats-your-solution-the-real-skinny-on-our-obesity-epidemic-no-pun-intendedIs there any one contributor to chronic health conditions more prevalent and dangerous than obesity? National obesity rates among adults has doubled since 1980 alone, yet it seems to be overlooked and misunderstood more often than any other disease catalyst. The explosion of weight loss products and the plethora of theories behind weight gain have seemingly done nothing more than...
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William H. Koch, D.C.
adventures-in-practice We have all grown up with the dramas of medical practice, depicted in popular TV programs.  There was Dr. Ben Casey doing brain surgery, and also the fatherly Marcus Welby, M.D., who practiced medicine in a small town, providing each patient with a level of patience, competence and benevolence that everyone would love to have from their doctor.  Who can...
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TAC Staff
addiction-a-unique-chiropractors-pursuit-of-the-sourceInterview with Jay Holder, D.C.Dr. Holder is the first American to receive the Albert Schweitzer Prize in Medicine from the Albert Schweitzer-Gesellschaft, Austria. Dr. Holder is Adjunct Professor, St. Martin's College, Milwaukee; held appointment to the faculty at the University of Miami, Center for Addiction Studies and Education and held appointment as post graduate faculty at numerous chiropractic colleges including...
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a-man-with-insightHe was a popular, charismatic high school student. A national AAU karate champion. An inexperienced, undersized member of the school’s wrestling team. How did Dr. Patrick Gentempo Jr. become one of the most influential minds in today’s chiropractic world? Well, being undersized and inexperienced may have actually helped. “I injured my neck in a wrestling practice and my mom took...
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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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Don Oyao, MA.,DC.(USA)ND., MA Sp.Chiro Sci(Australia)
hall-of-famers-metallica-swear-by-chiropractica What do rock stars and Olympic athletes have in common? No, this isn’t the lead up to a punchline. Both share a need or desire for chiropractic care to enhance their demanding performances. Having been a team doctor for six Olympic competitions, my latest “gig” with Metallica has shown me that intense activity, endurance and strength are sought by both kinds...
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Interviews
Paul White, D.C.
optimizing-the-well-being-of-the-patient Nutri-West was founded in 1981, a small nutritional supplement company offering a limited, but effective line of its own products. The company was the creation of a successful Wyoming chiropractor and nutrition expert, Dr. Paul White, and his wife Marcia. Their children, Tony, Michele and Tiffany, have been actively involved with the business since they were very young and know...
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great-technique-plus-great-nutrition-program-leads-to-outstanding-results-interview-with-peter-heffernan-dcDr. Peter Heffernan has been in practice 37 years in the same location in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He built a 100-patient-per-day practice within one year of graduating from Logan College of Chiropractic in September of 1975. By the end of his second year in practice, he had built a 500-patient-per-week practice. “We did a 90-minute pre-care class educating patients and families...
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Terry Schroeder, D.C.
humble-dc-to-lead-team-usaIn 1900, men's water polo became the first team sport introduced at the modern Olympic Games. The rules of the game were different in Europe, so in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis the Europeans refused to participate. As a result, the USA won the gold, silver and the bronze. Ironically, this is the only gold medal that the...
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Rick Markson, D.C.
million-dollar-chiropractic-features-dr-rick-marksonEach article in the MILLION DOLLAR CHIROPRACTIC series (M$C) focuses on the top surveyed issues facing chiropractors today.  Recruiting new patients, retention, profitability, marketing and staffing are each a determining factor in the growth, potential and success of the practice. The subject of this issue’s profile is Dr. Rick Markson, an extremely successful chiropractor who has practiced in Florida for the...
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changing-times-interview-with-gary-tarola-dc-dabcoDr. Tarola earned a BA degree from Marshall University, 1973 and was a Suma Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1976. He began private practice in Fogelsville, Lehigh Valley, Pa. in 1976. He obtained Diplomate status in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 1983. He was a post graduate faculty member of several chiropractic colleges. From the late 1980’s through 2005,...
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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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Nutrition
Lynn Toohey, Ph.D.
is-hormone-replacement-therapyDuring the third week in July of 2002, The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that a large scale clinical trial on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) had been halted five years into the study.1  Researchers at 40 clinics across the country had recruited 16,608 healthy volunteers, ages 59-79 (not at high risk for either heart problems OR breast cancer),...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-new-lifestyle-chiropractic-exercise-nutrition-a-wellnessPhysical Activity and Good Nutrition It’s a sad fact that chronic disease accounts for seven of every ten U.S.  deaths, and for more than 60% of medical care expenditures.  The prolonged illness and disability associated with many chronic diseases decrease quality of life for millions of Americans.  The chiropractic profession long has taken the stance that, with proper intervention and education,...
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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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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
understanding-eicosanoids-and-dietWhat is the Zone? The concept of maintaining drugs within a therapeutic zone is well known to physicians.  Below that therapeutic zone, the drug is ineffective, and above that therapeutic zone, the drug is toxic.  The same concept can be applied to the hormones generated by the food you eat.  There are two hormonal systems that are controlled by the...
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Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.
enhancing-the-benefits-of-nutritionIn our culture, we are finding that most patients are open to new ideas and desire to explore alternative therapies to answer their healthcare needs.  Such progressivism is great, but that openness has spawned an enormous and sometimes  unwieldy explosion in alternative healthcare products, procedures, and professions in the market today. In the vast ocean of health products, from...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
your-lifestyle-tells-your-genes-to-express-diseaseMore and more research is demonstrating how our genes determine the types of diseases we develop and our degree of susceptibility to a given disease. This issue should not be taken lightly, particularly when making specific suggestions to patients.  For example, most have probably heard the “urban legend” that grilled meat causes colorectal cancer. Is this true? The answer is...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
morning-heel-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 56-year-old male who reports severe pain on the bottom of his right foot when he begins to walk in the morning.  He also notices pain under his right heel when he has been standing for a long time (greater than one-half hour).  Over-the-counter pain medications help somewhat; but his condition does not seem...
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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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joint-pains-bother-fitness-seekerHistory and Presenting Symptoms This female patient is a 51-year-old small business owner and exercise enthusiast.  She reports pain in the front of her left knee over the past several months, especially when exercising at the gym.  She has no obvious swelling or discoloration and denies any specific injury.  She reports that she takes over-the-counter medication for relief, but is worried...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plantar-fascitis-and-orthotic-supportThe classic presentation of plantar fascitis is “a sharp heel pain that radiates along the bottom of the inside of the foot.  The pain is often worse when getting out of bed in the morning.”1  This can occur in runners or other athletes who repetitively land on the foot.  Another susceptible group is middle-aged persons who have spent much time...
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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. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
small-businesses-keeping-up-with-online-presence The world of marketing is changing. It is not the same as five years ago, ten years ago, or even one year ago. Because of this, it is imperative for us to begin to look at all of our marketing efforts and avenues, and make changes accordingly. Change should be made not only in the way we target...
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Practice Management
Daniel Dahan, D.C.
compliance-departmentIn an effort to help you maximize all your services, Dr. Daniel Dahan has identified 7 departmental areas in your practice, which need to be addressed.  Each of these areas is being dealt with sequentially in The American Chiropractor. By following the suggestions given, your office will not only maximize its potential, but also delineate areas of weakness that need your...
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Chris Tomshack, D.C.
your-practice-in-2012-a-blueprint-for-constant-change-and-growth Way back in 1997, I realized my wildly successful practice was, in fact, broken. And it all began with a simple question posed to me by a former high school classmate.   “Chris, where’ve you been?” At the time, I had no answer. All day I had been busy. I saw a ton of patients, and each of their lives were improved...
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Michael Failla, D.C.
streamlining-your-data Recently I have talked to a number of doctors about the types of software that they are using in their offices and it has become apparent to me that many of them have taken a piecemeal approach to creating a paperless office. They are using one program for billing, another for scheduling and yet another for doctors notes. Often these...
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Dennis Perman, D.C.
self-esteem-the-missing-link-in-practice-success-and-satisfactionThe most important things in life come from inside out – happiness is inside-out, love is inside-out, health is inside-out, and indeed, success in chiropractic practice is also inside-out. So, what do you need inside you to experience the level of success and satisfaction in practice that you desire? There are many qualities that figure into this equation – discipline, creativity,...
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Peter Fernandez, D.C.
how-to-choose-a-hot-town-in-which-to-practice-starting-a-new-practice-ixIn the last article, "How to Choose a ‘Hot State’ in Which to Practice," I advised you, the start-up doctor, to drive the country with your spouse looking for the climate, geography and type of people you prefer in choosing a place to live. Having found your ideal area of the country, I recommended that you...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
ten-easy-steps-to-a-successful-screeningChiropractors all over the country conduct health screenings.  Some are successful, some are not.  The ones who are not successful typically fail because they do not properly prepare for success.  The following ten steps will help ensure success the next time you conduct a health screening. Step # 1–Set Yourself Up to Succeed Think about your community, the demographics of your...
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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.
multiple-myeloma HISTORY   This 60-year-old male patient presents with head and spinal pain. DIAGNOSIS   Note the diffuse osteolytic "punched-out" lesions affecting the bony calvarium which has been called the "raindrop skull" of multiple myeloma.   DISCUSSION Osteolytic Defects. The radiologic hallmark of multiple myeloma is the sharply circumscribed osteolytic defect. These radiolucent lesions have been historically...
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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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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
compression-fracturesHistory: This 60-year-old male patient presents with acute lower thoracic pain after a fall while skiing.  Axial flexion compression force occurred during this fall.  The radiographic examination demonstrates how many compression fractures?  Are these compression fractures benign or malignant? DISCUSSION Compression fractures of the lumbar spine are the result of a combination of truncal flexion and axial compression.  The extent of 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.
prostate-osteoblastic-metastasisHISTORY   This 60-year-old male patient presents with a history of prostate cancer with surgical removal. Note the metallic clips in the pelvic basin consistent with prostatectomy. There are multiple "snowball" areas of blastic metastasis scattered throughout the pelvis and proximal femora. This radiographic appearance is consistent with osteoblastic metastatic carcinoma from the prostate gland.     DISCUSSION   The sacrum and bones of...
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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.
fractures-of-the-clavicleHistory The young patient fell on an outstretched arm while playing football. Discussion The “S” shape and normal overlap with the upper ribcage renders the clavicle a difficult structure to evaluate on straight anteroposterior projections.  The optimum view is anteroposterior projections with 15 degrees cephalad tube angulation.  Weights (10-15 pounds) may be held to aid in detecting undisplaced fractures.  The exposure factors should be...
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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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Rehabilition
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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Edward G. Holtman, D.C.
all-tendinitis-is-basically-the-same-no-matter-the-locationEven though all health professionals realize that the most common cause of tendinitis is muscle over-use and/or abuse, few have concentrated sufficient and proper rehabilitative effort on the involved muscles. Also, the treatment of tendinitis in all areas of the body is fundamentally the same. Yes, the exercises vary, but the basic treatment principal is the same! Unfortunately, there is no one...
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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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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
one-simple-approach-to-exerciseIn our last article, we discussed a couple of different methods of cervical extension traction for the rehabilitation of cervical lordosis.  In this article, we will discuss extension exercise in the context of rehabilitation of cervical lordosis. Loss of cervical lordosis and loss of cervical motion have both been associated with cervicogenic headaches.1,2   Cervical extension traction and cervical extension exercises...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
is-stretching-beneficialStretching has been part of sports for a long time. First, it was a mainstay before any exercise activity and was usually referred to as "calisthenics," involving activities like jumping jacks, push-ups, knee bends, or sit-ups, to name a few. Then a new trend developed, "stretching after activity." This actually made sense to give the athlete the opportunity to stretch...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
iliopsoas-muscle-pain-in-a-dance-instructor History and Presenting Symptoms A 25-year-old female presents with a combination of recurring pain in the lower back region and pain and tightness in the front of her right hip. She is very frustrated by her condition, since she has already had six weeks of physical therapy for her hip pain (with only a little relief), and she...
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Techniques
Tedd Koren, D.C.
head-banging-thumb-sucking-kst-and-chiropracticHead banging has been reported in 3.3 to 15.2 percent of "normal" children,2 but is more common in children with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, schizophrenia, autism, otitis media, teething, decreased visual acuity and certain genetic syndromes.3 The medical approach The medical profession considers head banging a relatively harmless way of releasing tension: "If the sound...
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Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C.
is-conservative-care-right-for-your-cts-patientsPublished research shows treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are mixed and often conflicting. In general, there are a number of accepted treatments for CTS that range from invasive (surgical and steroid injections) to non-invasive (manipulation, splints, topical patches, laser light) or combinations of all of the above. The American College of Rheumatology states, “Despite the prevalence of CTS...
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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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M.T. Morter, Jr., B.S., M.A., D.C.
new-brain-science-old-school-thinking-a-closer-look-at-the-best-technique  Almost 50 years ago, I entered Logan College with a master’s degree in science education.  Although chiropractic was described as an “art and a science,” I was most interested in the science.  I was taught that the science of this profession evolved and revolved around the concept of encroachment of a nerve in the spine, specifically the intervertebral foramen (IVF). ...
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Randy B. Reed, D.C., C.C.S.P.
i-cant-believe-its-not-traction  After spending the better part of the last 6 years developing a seminar for Continuing Education Credits and speaking to over 2000 Chiropractors, Neuro & Orthopedic Surgeons, Osteopaths, and Physical Therapists on “Axial Decompression and Core Rehab for the Lumbar Disc Patient”, I am still amazed and intrigued by the one question that mainly chiropractors ask me.  I am asked...
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Ted Koren, D.C.
adjusting-disksAn alternative to spinal surgery Sometimes the most difficult cases are not due to subluxations of the vertebrae but to subluxations of the disks. As Richard Van Rumpt, DC, developer of directional non-force technique (DNFT) said decades ago, “If the disks are subluxated, the vertebrae won’t hold.” Is it possible to adjust disks? Yes, it is possible to easily...
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