The American Chiropractor’s “News Flashes”


Cover Stories
David Chapman-Smith
the-international-growth-of-chiropracticWhat’s ahead for chiropractic? In the following interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), David Chapman-Smith and Sira Borges, D.C., discuss the rapid growth of chiropractic in Latin America and worldwide. TAC: What are the roles of the WFC and FLAQ?Chapman-Smith:  Details of the WFC, whose voting members are national associations of chiropractors in eighty-six countries, including both the American...
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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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Gerard Clum, D.C.
over-34-years-in-service-to-the-professionDr. Gerard W. Clum, the profession’s most senior chiropractic college president in the world, received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1973. He was a member of the Palmer faculty and practiced in Davenport, Iowa, in 1974 before becoming a member of the founding faculty of Life Chiropractic College in...
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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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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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David Fletcher, D.C., F.C.C.S.S.(C)
nerve-first-approach“Nerve First” Approach by David Fletcher, D.C., F.C.C.S.S.(C)   Dr. Fletcher is a 1980 graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with a Fellowship in Chiropractic Sport Sciences. He trains and teaches thousands of chiropractors to interpret and communicate the power of chiropractic care, using CLA’s Insight scanning technologies. He continues to practice daily, while developing new strategies for...
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Interviews
Dr. Deane Mink
million-dollar-chiropractor-interview-with-dr-deane-mink  Dr. Deane Mink's M$C Profile PERSONAL Married to wife, Sue, for 15 years; 7 children:  Mark, 43; Debbie, 41; Mike, 39; Matt, 36; Mitch, 29; Cheri, 32; and Christie, 25; 10 grandchildren. Recreation and Leisure:  Fishing and/or netting shrimp almost every week; boating; weekends at Florida waterfront properties; season ticket holder for Univ. of Florida football team. "GO GATORS!" Professional...
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Bill Koch, D.C.
applied-kinesiology-demystified-interview-with-eugene-charles-dcWhen it was suggested that I do an interview with Applied Kinesiology practitioner and instructor, Dr. Eugene Charles, I was hesitant to accept the assignment.  Of all the well known chiropractic techniques, Applied Kinesiology was the one in which I had the least interest.  Throughout the years, I had seen numerous demonstrations of what had been represented to be AK...
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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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interview-with-leander-eckard-dc Dr. Leander Eckard attended his first year of chiropractic college at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in 1959 and 1960. He transferred to Cleveland College in Kansas City and graduated from there in 1964. Upon returning to his home in Spokane, Washington, he opened his first practice in late 1964. He practiced in the state of Washington...
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chiropractic-for-pregnant-women-interview-with-karen-gardner-bagnell-dcFor more than eighteen years, Dr. Karen Gardner Bagnell has studied the mechanisms of breech and transverse presentations, pregnancy and delivery. Dr. Gardner Bagnell has guest lectured at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia on the importance of Chiropractic care during pregnancy, labor and the post partum period, as well as at the...
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the-scoop-on-postural-adjusting-interview-with-burl-r-pettibon-dc-fabcs-frccm-phd-honAfter receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force Burl Pettibon attended Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, MO.  He graduated in 1956 and practiced in Tacoma Washington while developing clinics in other locations.  Dr. Pettibon was a department head for two years in the college that is now Palmer West.  He has guided The Pettibon Institute’s direction, continuing...
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Nutrition
Charles C.DuBois
five-reasons-why-incorporating-nutrition-will-launch-your-success-plus-one-tip-on-getting-startedTommy Thompson, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, and current United States Senate candidate is enthusiastic about wellness and prevention.   “Seven out of 10 deaths are caused by chronic diseases, and more than 75 percent of health care costs are spent treating conditions that are preventable,” Thompson said during an event held at Standard Process Inc. last year....
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Charles C. DuBois
standard-process-providing-the-tools-for-better-health-careThe American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews Charles C. DuBois, President of Standard Process, Inc., about his company’s efforts to “give back” to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of your company. DuBois: For more than 75 years, Standard Process has provided health care professionals with the best whole food supplements and herbal products for themselves and their...
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Stan Guberman, D.C.
how-to-make-your-practice-more-profitable-add-an-in-house-nutritional-center-to-your-practiceWe, as chiropractors, should begin or continue our thinking process into as many natural healing avenues, so that we can become known as the natural healing source in our communities. We should be known as the "go to guy" when a patient or community member has any question concerning what he or she has been ...
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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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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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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-five-minute-stress-evaluation Stress as a Specific Diagnosis Stress provokes a very exact physiological response by the body. Unfortunately, the term "stress" is so commonly used, it seems to have lost significance as a specific diagnosis. Everyone in our modern, fast-paced society seems to be "uptight" because life is so stressful. But, as clinicians, we should never lose sight of the fact that the...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
orthitics-for-work-bootsMany people wear special footwear at work.  Occupational health guidelines and employers often require the use of protective work boots.  When fitting patients for orthotics, ask what type of footwear is worn throughout the workday, as well as during recreation and relaxation periods.  An orthotic designed for work boots can be very helpful.  While generic insoles and off-the-shelf foot supports...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
ankle-sprains-and-active-supportAnkle sprains are common injuries, because the ankle is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking.  This can be particularly important for patients who participate in recreational activities and sports that require running and jumping.  Proper evaluation and management in the early stages of an ankle sprain are very important in preventing chronic instabilities.  With appropriate...
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John J. Danchik, D.C.
lower-extremity-conditions-and-postural-supportHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 37 year-old male presents with a report of pain in his lower back and right hip. Further discussion elicits a history of previous right hamstring strain during high school soccer, along with several episodes of ankle sprains. He has had arthroscopic surgery to evaluate recurrent left knee pain and stiffness, which found no specific...
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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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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
the-rights-and-wrongs-of-orthotic-selection Why is there so much disagreement in the field of professional foot orthotics?  When I read articles and research regarding support of the feet and lower extremities, I am constantly reminded that there are two major camps.  Each side seems to make a strong argument.  If I tell a podiatrist about the types of orthotics I find to be...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
chronic-facet-syndromeHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 46-year-old female presents with recurrent, sharp pain in her low back.  These episodes usually resolve within a few days, but she is concerned that they are becoming more frequent.  Using a Visual Analog Scale, she describes the usual pain level in her lower back as around 35mm.  She doesn’t recall any injury to her back, and...
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Practice Management
Dr. Miles Bodzin, D.C.
design-your-own-drip-education-system I always say it is better to keep a patient for lifetime than it is to keep getting new ones. This is one of the techniques I have used for nearly fifteen years, to build a practice full of 300+visit patients. After all, if you are really seeing people for lifetime wellness care, you should have tons of people with...
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Evan Zang
the-sky-isnt-falling-but-the-economy-may-well-be  These days, consumers, feeling the rising squeeze of lost jobs, stale investments, and eroding assets, have made it a challenge for physicians to stay afloat. Even seasoned health care practitioners, across the country, are seeing up to 20% fewer patients than just 2 years ago. Billings are down for many physicians, as much as 50% in some cases, as existing...
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Claude Cote
going-paperless-in-2012-great-tips-on-how-to-choose-your-new-system To the benefit of chiropractors, there are more and more full automated paperless systems available for their practice. This rapid growth in the chiropractic software industry is due to the high demand of the product, which is great for chiropractors because it keeps prices down.  With all these choices of software systems, how can you make sure you choose...
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Dr. Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A.
technology-for-accountability-whos-in-charge-and-who-benefits If someone offered me $44,000 just for doing what I knew I needed to do anyway, I’d be the first in line. Now, this is precisely what the government is doing. And, in August, they told us who will certify the electronic health records (EHR) software systems making DC’s eligible for incentive payments. Does that grab your attention? It sure...
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Steven Visentin, D.C.
focus When doctors help high numbers of patients consistently for years with excellent results, other doctors want to know their secret. What is the one factor high-achieving doctors have in common? After three decades of interviewing the best, the one commonality I found in this group of ultra-high achievers is focus. I grilled a doctor about his huge...
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Claude Cote
opening-a-new-office-how-to-lower-your-expensesAt a glance, opening a new practice seems easy.  But in reality, opening a new chiropractic office can be a significant financial challenge.  Opening a new office is exactly the same as opening any other kind of business.  You will have to rent office space, buy equipment, set up a marketing plan, hire employees, and the list keeps going on,...
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Radiology
Paul Sherman, D.C.
a-case-of-radish Discussion:     RA/DISH is a disorder involving two conditions: rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), which is also known as Forestiers disease or ankylosing hyperostosis.1,3,5 RA is considered the most common inflammatory arthritide.1 It is a systemic connective tissue disorder that primarily affects the synovial lined joints.1 It is characterized by an inflammatory, hyperplastic...
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Jeff Cronk, DC
using-x-ray-digitization-to-enhance-your-credibility-and-quality-of-careThe theory behind evidenced based practice is scientific knowledge gathered through good research. Clinical examination procedures can lead to clinical consensus and standardization with regard to diagnosis, decision making and treatment guidelines. X-ray digitation fits into this model, since it is a clinically accurate way to objectively assess spinal stability and spinal motion segment integrity loss. Two or more doctors can...
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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
sacral-fracturesCase History:  This male patient was working on the roof of his garage when he slipped and fell 12 feet to the concrete pavement of his driveway.  He has sharp pain over his proximal sacrum. Does he have a fracture? Diagnosis:  Note the fracture through the anterior surface of the second sacral segment creating an acute offset of its anterior cortical...
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andrewcheeseman
digital-x-rayThe technology used in conventional X-ray film is 100 years old. There are not many technologies that do not evolve and improve in 100 years, and the X-ray field is no different, although many doctors have not yet made the technology jump in this area. In the last 10 years alone, we have seen the development of affordable technology in...
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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.
vacuum-phenomenon-DISCUSSION The vacuum sign (of Knuttson) is an important early radiographic finding.1 Essentially, this represents collections of nitrogen gas in nuclear and annular fissures and presents as an area of linear radiolucency in the disc space.2  Studies have shown this to be a common sign of disc aging and degeneration, with an incidence of two to three percent in the...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
simple-effective-home-traction-for-the-cervical-lordosisIn our March article, we discussed how the physical properties of tight, contracted, paraspinal tissues create resistance to the corrective forces of your adjustments. Last month, I showed you a great example of how one case of scoliosis was successfully managed using simple blocking techniques to introduce sustained stretching forces into the spine. In this article, I want to discuss...
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Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
how-to-use-spinal-nerves-to-turn-off-pain-instantly Before I became a chiro-practor, I read many books about chiropractic. My limited understanding (a fantasy, really) was that chiropractors put some kind of secret pressure on spinal nerves that turned off pain instantly. After going to dozens of chiropractors and practicing for many years, I realized that this was, indeed, a hopeless fantasy. I never saw anything that...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
foot-problems-and-athletic-injuriesFoot position and alignment are important factors that must be considered in our active population. As we encourage more of our patients to walk, jog, and exercise, we need to be prepared for the "side effects" of our recommendations if any foot problems exist. For example, a 1998 study of runners found that those who pronated more while running had a...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
preventing-injuries-requires-more-than-a-strong-corePreventing Injuries Requires More Than a Strong Core by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   Whether we are confronted with developing an exercise rehab program for a male patient (who is sedentary, overweight, and experiencing low back pain) or developing a strengthening program to fine tune a professional athlete, some emphasis must be placed on the core musculature. With...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
a-runner-with-the-wrong-orthoticsA Runner with the Wrong Orthotics by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   Today the doctor of chiropractic has many choices when choosing the type of Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers, or custom-made orthotics, to use in his office. We must first and foremost use orthotics from a company that also supports our profession. Secondly, these orthotics must be custom made,...
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Dr. Dennis Woggon & Dr. Josh Woggon
the-importance-of-good-formWhat Scoliois Can Teach Us about Postural Rehab  Manifestation of any health problem is not a spontaneous event; before the clinical onset, precluding factors exist.  Although these factors are unique in each patient, understanding how they contributed to the malady is the first step in reversing it.  Regardless of the specific disorder, the crux of the issue is mal-adaptation: the body...
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Techniques
Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-sphenoid-pattern"Gentlemen, damn the sphenoid bone!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), opening an anatomy lecture at Harvard Medical School I don’t know what Holmes was complaining about; perhaps he was frustrated at his inability to adjust the sphenoid (he was an MD after all). For most of my chiropractic career, I limited my practice to correcting spinal subluxations. While developing Koren Specific Technique (KST),...
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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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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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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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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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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
our-three-brains-and-the-emotional-component-of-healthThree Brains? … Normally we think of the brain as singular! However, that concept changed when Neuroscientist Paul MacLean, Ph.D., identified three different parts of the brain: the Reptilian, Mammalian and Neocortex Brains. Each is distinctly unique and radically different from the other in chemistry, structure and behavior. MacLean describes the three brains saying, "Stated...
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