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removing-interferenceDr. M. T. Morter Jr. is an internationally recognized authority on health.  He is a past president of both Logan and Parker Chiropractic Colleges.  In his nearly forty-five years as a practicing chiropractor and health care specialist, Dr. Morter has developed the revolutionary Morter HealthSystem, which is based on his Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique.   B.E.S.T. has been at...
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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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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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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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second-generation-chiropractor-in-the-trenches-for-broad-based-educationDr. Richard G. Brassard was appointed president of Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) in 2004, following several years of association with TCC as a member and chairman of the Board of Regents. He is a 1965 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Jerry Brassard. He is licensed to practice in both Texas...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-piezoelectric-sensor-the-heart-of-the-proadjuster-patient-care-system Technique + Business = Results. Within this simple equation is the formula to business success. If you see your practice as a business and implement the most innovative, forward-thinking techniques, you will undoubtedly achieve the results you’re after. In this lesson, I would like to discuss the methodologies of the ProAdjuster patient care system. The business principles we teach our...
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Interviews
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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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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TAC Staff
reflecting-on-the-past-and-focused-on-the-future-interview-with-dr-patrick-gentempoDr. Patrick Gentempo is the CEO of Action Potential Holdings, Inc. and is arguably one of the best-known figures in the chiropractic profession today. He has acted as cofounder and chief executive of well-known entities within the profession. These include the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA), Creating Wellness Alliance (CWA), and Chiro Finishing School. CLA has brought critical technology to the...
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Tim Emsky
turning-the-tablesEmsky founded CERT Health Sciences in 2001 after spending more than six years managing and operating back clinics that provided spinal decompression therapy. After his experience with these clinics and getting feedback from other doctors, Emsky saw a need for a table that improved patient comfort as well as accommodated a wider variety of patients. Emsky led a team of...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
chiropractors-on-tv-do-it-yourself-tv-advertisingThe 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 promote...
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Steven Visentin, D.C.
marketing-machineMarketing Machine Interview with Steven Visentin, D.C.   The American Chiropractor recently heard about an e-book written by Dr. Steven Visentin (SV), Blow Your Head Off: Practice Building Secrets. Dr. Visentin graduated  from the National College of Chiropractic and decided to practice in  Denver, Colorado, for its excellent quality of life.  Unfortunately for him, many other chiropractors had the same idea and the...
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Nutrition
David R. Seaman, DC, MS, DABCN
diet-and-supplements-for-athletesThe general goal with diet and supplements for athletes should be to promote an anti-inflammatory state so body better responds to the wear and tear generated by heavy exercise 1-3. With this in mind, diet and supplement recommendations can be uncomplicated. Humans have historically lived on health-promoting foods, including wild game (land animals, fish, and birds) and vegetation in the form...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
drug-free-approach-to-hypertension The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates approximately 73 million American adults age 20 and over have hypertension, also known as the "silent killer," because only 60 percent of adults who have hypertension are being treated for it, and two-thirds of those don’t have it under control! The AHA defines hypertension as a systolic blood pressure (BP) of 140 mmHg or...
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Paul Yanick, Ph.D.
innate-enhancement-via-oral-chelation-and-ionic-detoxificationOur modern day environment has drastically disturbed the body’s ionic balance, critically important for innate intelligence and communication.  Excessive positive ionization, a result of water, food, and air pollution, causes what Albert Krueger, MD (the late University of California (UC), Berkeley, researcher) termed “positive ion poisoning.”  Russian scientists (supported by over 5,000 scientific studies) report that systemic ionization with negative...
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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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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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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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Orthotics
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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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
leg-length-inequalityHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 42 year-old male presents with recurring episodes of moderate pain in his low back and right hip.  He denies injuring the region and cannot identify any precipitating activities or events.  On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his low back pain as varying from 25mm to 60mm, while the right hip pain is usually around 30mm. ...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
metatarsal-stress-fractureHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 32 year-old personnel manager who has taken up running for stress reduction and weight control. She has been running for six months, and has been progressively increasing her mileage. She is experiencing recurring and worsening pain in her right foot, also increased low-back tightness. She recalls no specific injury to her foot or...
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Dr. Paul B. Bindell, D.C.
audit-proof-your-practice The curse is that insurance companies use computers to burden and audit you. The blessing is greater because the computer protects you from audits, minimizes paperwork and eliminates 95% of paper filing.   Doctors praise Electronic Health Record (EHR) computers. When audited, those doctors produced high quality SOAP records that matched the bills. The only loss was a small amount of...
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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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news-of-the-profession Chiropractic in Military Medicine Chiropractic services are offered at several United States military bases and veterans healthcare locations. An article in the June 2009 issue of the journal Military Medicine discusses, in an effort to increase awareness and improve interdisciplinary collaboration, when to refer patients for chiropractic care. The article titled "Chiropractic in US military and veterans’ health care" by Drs....
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Practice Management
Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
can-a-value-added-strategy-boost-revenueThe answer is simply yes.  The key is to provide more services, not bill more for the same old services.  The future of our profession is bright.  Technology is adding a new paradigm to the 21st century.  Professional athletes are getting results and honoring chiropractic like never before.  Often, this is done by adding new technologies to your clinic.  How...
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Michael Failla, D.C.
the-healthcare-stimulus-package-navigating-the-buzz The Healthcare Stimulus Package: Navigating the Buzz by Michael Failla, D.C.   There has been a great deal of buzz lately about the government’s healthcare stimulus package. And, as Doctors of Chiropractic, the plan is of great interest…as well as great confusion. The promising news is that this package could potentially provide reimbursement payments to qualifying chiropractors of up to $44,000 over...
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Eric Kaplan, D.C.,N.D.
purpose-principles-policies-the-3-psTo succeed in Life, in Practice you must have purpose. Being a chiropractor is not a purpose, it is a job. Your purpose is your reason for being, doing. Your office should have a written statement of purpose. Everyone needs to be on the same page. An office on purpose is an office that will succeed. The purpose of these...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
case-management-flow-sheetsManaged care, multi-provider practices, and increased medicolegal regulation require thorough clinical documentation.  At the same time, the realities of business and reimbursement constraints necessitate that this documentation be as efficient as possible. Case management flow sheets are an effective means of templating patient evaluation, care, and the procedural approach that a practitioner would ordinarily use in case management.  With a minimal...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
improve-billing-department-efficiency-with-four-management-techniquesTo operate your billing department effectively and efficiently, you need to recognize that billing and collections require good management. Following are some techniques that can improve your billing efficiency and help you get paid. 1. Establish expectations with your patients, your payers, and your staff. A common problem practices face is getting patients to pay their bills, deductibles or copays. Although...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
rules-of-time In this time of an economic downtrend, I see so many of my peers depressed. If money is your key to happiness, your life, like Wall Street, will have continual ups and downs. The most valuable commodity in your life is time. Time is more valuable than money. Ask any dying person how much they would pay for one more...
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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.
c2-to-c3-congenital-block-vertebraDescription. When two adjacent vertebrae are osseously fused from birth, this joined unit is called a congenital block vertebra. Embryologically, this is the result of failure of the normal segmentation process of the somites during the period of differentiation at 3-to-8 fetal weeks.1 The block vertebra, by itself, is clinically insignificant. As there is no motion allowed at the fused...
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Dr. Terry Yochum D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R.
lung-pathology-or-pseudo-lesionIn the pre-antibiotic era, the only treatment for pulmo-nary tuberculosis was rest and or lung resection of the diseased segment.  Secondary or re-infection tuberculosis most commonly occurs in the lung apices.  This patient had surgery with resection of her right upper lung due to pulmonary tuberculosis.  To fill space left empty by the resected lung tissue and to avoid huge...
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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.
vertebra-plana-what-is-the-real-cause History This 12-year-old male patient presents with neck pain, following heading a soccer ball. Discussion Eosinophilic granuloma is the least severe but most common (60-80%) of all the histiocytoses.1,2 Peak incidence comes between the ages of 5 and 10 years and 75% of cases occur in individuals less than 20 years of age. Symptoms primarily are localized pain and swelling of less than...
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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.
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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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
mris-herniated-discs-survey-results-and-the-chiropractic-team Being a principled, subluxation-based or structural-based chiropractor is not mutually exclusive to being responsible for diagnosing your patient accurately. If the patient has a radiculopathic or myelopathic clinical presentation, the question is, "Why?" This has nothing to do with your practice paradigm; it has to do with your patient’s well being and what the cause is for that nerve pressure....
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Rehabilition
Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
compression-counterstressing-traction-in-the-professional-office Last month, I discussed the Dakota Traction™, a simple home device for use in restoring the cervical lordosis. This time, I want to discuss a simple extension traction procedure for use within the professional office. In-Office traction has two key advantages over home traction: It helps insure some degree of compliance, especially during the early phase of care, and...
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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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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. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
are-knee-injuries-really-knee-injuriesAre Knee Injuries Really Knee Injuries? by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.   We see patients in our offices daily with arthritic knees—sometimes bilateral, other times affecting only one leg. Some patients can point to an old football injury or car accident as the probable cause. But, frequently, they cannot tell us why their knee hurts, only that...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
getting-hip-muscles-back-in-balance The hip muscles form a vital link in the lower extremity kinetic chain by transferring ground-reaction forces from the legs to the trunk during gait.  These muscle groups supply coordinated propulsion and provide balanced stability for the pelvis and spine.  However, through repetitive use patterns and after injuries, it is not unusual for some of these muscles to develop shortening...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
postural-rehab-the-problem-with-physics-why-we-failLast issue, i documented the ineffectiveness of traditional adjustments to substantially change spinal structure. I would like to explain one key reason why adjustments, typically, produce very little structural change. Once you understand how the laws of physics sabotage your adjustments, you’ll be well on your way to making the best corrections of your career. The problem with physics is...
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Techniques
Ted Koren, D.C.
are-you-missing-an-important-subluxation Doctor: "You feel tired much of the time, don’t you?" Patient: "Yes, I feel exhausted all the time. How did you know?" Doctor: "Your femur heads are anterior. Most of your energy is being used to hold your body up." One of the most fascinating subluxations is of the femur heads. The femur head is ball-shaped and located at the top of...
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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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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.
medical-manipulation-or-chiropractic-adjustingChiropractic can be practiced either empirically or mechanistically. How could that be? Why is it important? Chiropractic’s approach to healthcare is similar to the empirical approach of classical homeopathy, classical osteopathy and other “holistic” healthcare systems. That approach, to balance or harmonize the individual within him/herself and to balance or harmonize the individual to his/her Source (soul, spirit, Tao, God), is...
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Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
case-history-gall-bladder-attack-responds-instantly-to-chiropractic-care Marjorie was a 62 year old chiropractor’s wife who presented in my office with classic signs of acute cholecystitis- a gall bladder attack, along with the presence of gallstones. She had severe right-sided abdominal pain, radiating into her right shoulder, as well as excessive belching, nausea and bloating. She had been up most of the night. Examination revealed exquisite abdominal...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
why-are-dcs-so-sick Accidental Discovery I discovered Koren Specific Technique (KST) in the best tradition of empirical healthcare: by accident. D.D. Palmer had Harvey Lillard. I had a seven-foot-high piece of heavy laminated furniture. I was blindsided as it crashed down on me, almost cutting off most of three fingers. Luckily, my head was in the way or I would have lost my...
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