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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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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
can-chiropractic-care-help-scoliosisAccording to Dr. Charles Lantz, “Full-spine chiropractic adjustments with heel lifts and lifestyle counseling are not effective in reducing the severity of scoliotic curves”.  (JMPT 2001 Jul-Aug;(6):385-93, Lantz CA, Chen J.) In an article published by Dr. Mark Morningstar, et al, the abstract states: “In this study, we investigate[d] the possible benefits of combining spinal manipulation, positional traction, and neuromuscular reeducation...
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National University of Health Sciences (NUHS)
innovative-educationNational University of Health Sciences (NUHS) prides itself on providing students with the most complete academic and professional education for a career in the health sciences. For over 100 years, the university has led the chiropractic profession with academic excellence, dynamic faculty members and innovative leadership. Integrative Medicine Since 2000, when National changed from The National College...
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John L. Stump D.C., Ph.D., Ed.D.
stroke-a-different-perspectiveStroke…  A Different Perspective by John L. Stump D.C., Ph.D., Ed.D.   In May 1999, upon returning Sunday evening from one of his many trips, John Stump and his wife went out for dinner. Arriving home they decided to begin packing for the upcoming lecture he was scheduled to do in New Zealand. He glanced at the clock; it...
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TAC Staff
adjusting-table-shopping-guideWe contacted all of the major adjusting table manufacturers in the chiropractic profession for information and prices on their best selling tables.  We ended up with over a dozen of the best tables you can get at prices that vary from the top of the line to the most cost-effective.  All of the tables and companies featured here offer a...
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TAC Staff
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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Interviews
Ken Murkowski, DC
dr-dick-versendaal-a-pioneer-of-modern-chiropractic-wellnessDr. Dick Versendaal is one of the last living doctors of chiropractic who studied under Dr. B.J. Palmer. Today, he still practices with the “big idea” in mind.    In a Q & A session with Dr. Ken Murkowski, Dr. Versendaal talks about his past and present.  Also revealed are some of the interesting beginnings of Contact Reflex Analysis® (CRA), as well...
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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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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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the-amazing-chiropractor-series-interview-with-terry-schroeder-dcDr. Terry Schroeder is the USA’s only four time Olympian in the sport of water polo.  He was a member of Team USA during the Olympic boycott in 1980.  After the boycott, Terry re-focused and dedicated himself to pursuing his Olympic dream. In 1981, he was named the team captain. His leadership helped the team to consecutive silver medals in...
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TAC Staff
can-cloud-computing-really-save-you-thousands-annuallyInterview with Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A., F.I.C.C. His vision to elevate the profession and increase chiropractic access The American Chiropractor recently heard about a new Electronic Health Records (EHR)/practice management software product from Future Health that the company has decided to give away free. Like many of you, we wondered, “What’s the catch?”  So we sat down with Future...
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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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Nutrition
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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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
brain-drain-due-to-silent-inflammationThe mind is the last frontier of medical science. Your brain contains thousands of unexplained mysteries. Researchers remain humbled by its complexities as they try to pinpoint the exact areas of the brain responsible for how you speak, experience love, learn to hate, and express creativity. Because of the complexity of neurological function, your brain is very sensitive to silent inflammation....
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John Brimhall, DC
the-road-to-complete-wellnessDr. John Brimhall has been referred to as “The Father of Wellness Care in Chiropractic”.  The much-lettered Doctor began a stellar career, which has now spanned more than three decades, with a single degree, a cum laude Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, in 1971. Since that time, he has become an author, lecturer, formulator of over 50...
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Mark Percival, D.C., N.D.
coral-calciumdebunking-the-debunkingWith the FTC filing law suit against Bob Barefoot for false and misleading advertising, and the discovery of lead in one coral calcium brand both happening in June, coral calcium has been severely wounded.  Others jumped on the anti-coral bandwagon and suggested coral was no different from cheap calcium carbonate or limestone–that it was just an overpriced calcium supplement.  ...
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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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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
chiropractic-and-prescription-drug-use-restless-leg-syndromeAn important part of every case history, and even ongoing case notes, should be knowledge of the patient’s prescription and over-the-counter drug use. This has always been important because drugs mask symptoms and physical findings that are important in making an accurate assessment of the need for chiropractic care. However, at the dawn of the 21st century, prescription drug abuse...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
low-back-pain-leads-to-lifestyle-changes History and Presenting Symptoms A 41-year-old male presents with a history of recurring episodes of mild to moderate pain in his lower back. He states that his back pain just seems to come and go, with no specific triggering activities. He does not participate in any competitive or recreational sports, and recalls no injury or trauma to his back. He has...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
awkward-gait-in-a-young-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is an eight-year-old boy being brought in by his parents, who are concerned about his awkward style of running. He has no symptoms or painful limitations, but his mother and father are both worried that his inefficient gait could...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
understanding-the-mechanism-of-plantar-fascitisAs chiropractors, our primary focus of care is the chiropractic adjustment. Based on our education in science, art and philosophy, we decide how and where to apply the chiropractic adjustment. Our treatment of a patient’s condition is based on the reduction or stabilization of the resulting subluxation complexes. We listen to our patients’ concerns and answer their questions, but we...
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athlete-back-on-the-ice-thanks-to-chiropractic-careHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient, a 24-year-old male semi-professional hockey player, reports a recent right hamstring “grab” that just does not seem to be improving. His history includes several injuries to the same hamstring muscle during his collegiate playing career with mixed attempts to stretch and rehab. He also describes varying levels of pain in his lower back and left...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-knee-pain-in-a-tennis-playerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 48-year-old real estate broker, who is also the president of the local Chamber of Commerce.  She reports pain in the front of her right knee, over the past several months, especially when playing tennis.  She denies any specific injury, and has no obvious swelling or discoloration.  She reports that she takes ibuprofen for...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
leg-pain-in-a-ball-playerHistory and Presenting Symptoms An 18-year-old baseball player presents with aching pain and tightness in his left lower leg.  He describes a collision injury during a game four days earlier, which resulted in pain and bruising in the front of his leg after sliding into second base.  Despite repeated icing, the area still feels swollen.  He describes this as “shin splints.” Exam...
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Practice Management
Mark Sanna, D.C.
breakthrough-coachings-million-dollar-The American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews Dr. Mark Sanna, CEO of Breakthrough Coaching, about his company’s efforts to “give back” to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of your company. Sanna: Breakthrough Coaching’s mission is to leave a legacy in the creation of a generation of chiropractic philanthropists whose vision is to see chiropractic receive widespread public...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
get-unlimited-referrals-from-lawyersGet Unlimited Referrals from Lawyers by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   An orthopedic surgeon in a suburb of New York City gets 50+ referrals from lawyers a month. A neurosurgeon in southern Florida gets 40+ referrals from lawyers every month. A physical medicine specialist in Kentucky gets 50+ referrals from lawyers every month. Why can’t you? You can....
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
create-your-future-use-of-an-effective-business-expansion-planning-calendarLet’s face the facts.  Although the average chiropractor does see an occasional “walk-in” new patient, this is more the exception than the rule.  We, as chiropractors, consider that there is a minimum number of new patients that we need to see each week in order to be satisfied that our practice will continue to grow at the expected rate. The...
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Stanley Greenfield, R.H.U.
its-1000-pm-againIn the August issue, I did an article entitled “It’s 10:00 P.M.”.  It was based on an old public service announcement, saying, “Parents, it’s 10:00 P.M.: do you know where your kids are?”  I took a little liberty with that theme and stated it this way: “Mr. & Mrs. D.C., it’s August; do you know where your money is?” I...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
the-keys-a-principles-for-successThe Keys & Principles for Success by Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C.   Make Clear Cut Goals "If you don’t know where you are going, how do you know how to get there?" Goals are like maps, they help us set direction in our personal as well as our business lives. There are many similarities between business and war. In both cases,...
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tomowen
practice-equity  Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, once said about his basketball franchise, "Everyone has thousands of entertainment choices and we don't want to create any excuses for them to go and spend their money somewhere else." This is the way every chiropractor must think in a 21st century, service oriented, practice.   Consumers have more choices for which they can choose...
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Radiology
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.
intertrochanteric-fracture-of-the-proximal-femurIntertrochanteric Fracture Of The Proximal Femur by Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.   CASE HISTORY This elderly female patient slipped getting out of the bath tub. She heard a crack and felt immediate pain. DIAGNOSIS Fractures around the proximal femur are relatively uncommon in young to middle-aged patients with a sharp increase in...
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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.
osteolytic-metastatic-carcinomaOsteolytic Metastatic Carcinoma by Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.       CASE HISTORY  This adult male patient complains of back pain, especially at night, and it awakens him from sleeping. Diagnosis: Osteolytic metastatic carcinoma of the left L-3 pedicle and vertebral body. This is the "one-eyed pedicle" sign or the "winking owl sign" 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.
erosive-osteoarthritisHistory: This female patient complains of pain at the base of her thumb. An X-ray reveals what? Diagnosis: Observe the sclerosis and osteophytes at the base of the first metacarpal, which represents erosive osteoarthritis. Of incidental notation is congenital fusion of the capitate and the hamate (carpal coalition). EROSIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS General considerations: This is a distinctive clinical and radiographic variant of degenerative...
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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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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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Rehabilition
Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
rehab-for-busy-schedulesThere have been various recommendations over the years in our profession about the recommended number of repetitions and sets of exercises that patients should perform.  To judge for yourself what numbers are best for those in your care, you need to consider several factors — not the least of which is the hectic, fast-paced lives many of your patients already...
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Dr. Stephen Kaufman, D.C.
can-frozen-or-painful-shoulders-really-be-unlocked-in-minutes-even-after-years-or-decades-of-pain-and-immobilityOn 2002, at a seminar in Denver, a doctor in his 30’s stated he had had only 90° shoulder abduction for ten years. After applying this technique, his arm immediately rose to almost full abduction of 160°. In Oregon, a doctor had had severe pain and limitation of motion for over thirty years. In front of...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
high-school-athletes-and-structural-managementrDid you know...?  • All high school athletes in this country must undergo a physical exam prior to participating in their sport. That exam, however, is a medical exam (eyes, ears, nose and throat). (See Fig. 1)   Eyes______________________________ Skin (Non- communicable)_________________  Ears (Otoscope) ___________________ Epilepsy __________________________________ Lymph Nodes _____________________ Nervous System ___________________________  Thyroid __________________________ Speech ___________________________________ Nose _____________________________  Nutrition __________________________________  Tonsils ___________________________  Height ______________ Weight ______________  Teeth ____________________________  Vision ____________________________________  Heart _____________________________  Hearing __________________________________  Blood Pressure ____________________  Orthopedic _______________________________  Lungs ____________________________                  Feet...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-core-workoutThe Core If you were to ask which muscle group you could focus on to provide your patients with the greatest benefits in the shortest amount of time, it would be the core. What is the core? The core consists of all the muscles in the abdominal and lower back areas. This includes the abdominal muscles: rectus abdominus, internal and external...
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Dr. Joe Ventura
oh-baby-my-back-hurtsAs if the prospect of morning sickness, constipation, rashes and changes in hormone and wardrobe weren’t daunting enough, 80% of pregnant women will develop back pain and almost 100% will develop poor posture. The pain can last up to three months past the delivery date. Typically pain is experienced in the following areas: Hip Joints Low Back Mid-back Neck Shoulders TMJ or Jaw joint Unfortunately, the poor...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
dueling-paradigms-why-every-chiropractor-should-embrace-postural-rehabilitation-concepts The seventies and eighties brought huge changes to chiropractic. In the early years, chiropractic was founded around a paradigm of restoring normal spinal alignment (structure), thereby allowing the patient to return to a more optimum state of health (function). Many more traditional chiropractors continue to view patient care strictly within this "structural" paradigm. Consider this from the International Chiropractors...
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Techniques
Robert C. Gordon, D.C.
clinically-justifying-mua-in-the-field-of-pain-managementFrom a clinical standpoint, MUA has never been questioned as an alternative to correcting fixated articulation, and shortened muscles. But, as a procedure performed by the chiropractic profession, it is questioned constantly. Manipulation Under Anesthesia or medication-assisted manipulation has long been used by the orthopedic, and osteopathic professions to correct joint fixation. Chiropractic physicians started using this technique in the late 80’s as...
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David Jackson, DC
techniques-diversity-of-art-and-scienceChiropractic is an incredibly diverse profession, boasting more than 100 different techniques (one list puts the number closer to 120 and one online source even claims there are 200). Some are extremely well known, such as Diversified or Atlas Orthogonal Technique. Others possess a smaller (but often extremely loyal) following, such as the McTimody Technique or the Columbia Technique. Most doctors...
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Peter J. Levy, D.C.
go-to-the-source-of-subluxation-with-neuromuscular-reeducationAre you looking for a way to improve your skills?  Get patients better faster? Build a large referral base? Have a cash practice? Charge what you’re worth? Read on!!! What is the answer to the ongoing problems with insurance companies, work comp, personal injury and the volumes of paperwork and billing required?  How do you, the practitioner, actually get someone better quickly...
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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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Tedd Koren, D.C.
dont-limit-the-subluxationUsing different terminology, D.D. Palmer (chiropractic), A.T. Still (osteopathy) and Samuel Hahnemann (homeopathy) all recognized life as a triune of matter (physical), energy (emotion) and consciousness (intelligence) and viewed dis-ease as the result of disharmony amongst them. There is no purely physical or purely mental illness—all physical illness includes emotional symptoms and all emotional illness includes physical symptoms. Physical...
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Kirk Eriksen, D.C.
the-orthospinology-procedureI have had the opportunity to lecture on the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic to various crowds and venues for more than 10 years. The attendees have ranged from several hundred to intimate one-on-one seminars of a half dozen. However, “Chiropractic ’06” will present a unique opportunity for myself and other technique experts to share with an international crowd...
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