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GodFather of Fitness
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Written by TAC Staff   
Monday, 06 August 2007 12:28

Jack lalanne is often called the "godfather of Fitness" and has assisted millions in achieving better health through exercise and healthy decisions. Jack admits it was not always this way.

Jack LaLanne believes in daily, vigorous, systematic exercise and proper diet. "My top priority in life is my workout each day." Jack LaLanne lives by what he says to others, and he has been doing it for over seventy-five years.

 Jack Lalanne and his wife Elaine Lalanne

Having achieved such feats as doing 1,033 pushups in twenty-three minutes; swimming handcuffed from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco…twice; maneuvering a paddleboard thirty miles for 9½ hours non-stop from Farallon Islands to the San Francisco shore throughout his youth; and, as recent as age sixty-six, towing ten boats in North Miami, Florida, filled with seventy-seven people for over a mile in less than one hour, this modern day superhero is promoting a new type of chiropractic clinic as he, himself, is, in fact, a chiropractor. This new model chiropractic clinic is targeting the baby boomers for continued health, by including exercise and strength training, in addition to chiropractic adjustments in a program called Stay Fit Seniors

Turning ninety-three in September 2007, Dr. LaLanne discusses some of the concepts surrounding Stay Fit Seniors in an exclusive interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC).

TAC: Dr. LaLanne, how did you become so interested in Physical Fitness in the first place?

LaLanne: A health lecture, Gray’s Anatomy, the YMCA and a Chiropractic Degree were the foundation of my seventy-seven year career in Physical Fitness. When I had to drop out of school for six months due to ill health at the age of fourteen, my mother took me to a health lecture that changed my life. There was one phrase I heard there that rang through my head and that was, "If you obey nature's laws, you can be born again."


After that, I bought Gray’s Anatomy and read it cover to cover, joined the local YMCA, and discovered a set of weights that were only being used by two older men. Lifting the weights, I began to develop exercises for different parts of the body and, before long, I had a gym in my backyard. Men who could not pass the physical for the police and fire departments heard about me—the young man who was putting muscle on everyone who came to him.

During that time, I had visions of becoming a medical doctor, but I wanted to help people before they got sick. So, in 1936, I opened the first modern health club in the United States in downtown Oakland, California, paying $45.00 a month rent. And, at night, I attended Oakland Chiropractic College and obtained a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Many of my students were sent to me from MD’s, therefore, I was reluctant to put my chiropractic into practice, because, in those days, chiropractors and MD’s were not exchanging patients like they do today.

 "Seniors are demonstrating decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels while increasing muscle mass and more"

TAC: Tell us about the services and products Stay Fit Seniors offers chiropractors and how or why they are offered.

LaLanne: Stay Fit Seniors is a new innovative exercise program for those sixty years or older that combines exercise and chiropractic care. The program is offered at chiropractic offices throughout the country and is free to seniors who pay for chiropractic treatments. Two chiropractors out of New York, Dr. Roger Russo and Dr. Tony Lauro, came up with the concept and, when I heard about the idea, it was something I totally could endorse. The program is intended as a means for a healthy life style and consists of a seven station thirty-minute Hydraulic Circuit training routine which creates minimal stress on the joints. The first fifteen minutes of the routine is designed to improve flexibility and warm up muscles and the second fifteen minutes delivers muscle strengthening. The circuit training is free to patients of an attending chiropractor. More information is available at STAYFITSENIORS.COM.

TAC: Now, not many people ever knew that you are actually a chiropractor. Can you tell our readers about some of the ways that this type of education may have helped you?

LaLanne: The study of chiropractic helped me continue to learn about the workings of the muscles, bones and nerves of the body, which, in turn, helped me develop the leg extension machine and the weight selector pulley machines.

 Swam from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf, for a second time, handcuffed, shackled and towing a 1,000-pound boat.

TAC: Did it ever hinder you in gaining access to circles of health care givers?

LaLanne: No.

TAC: What kind of results are being seen with the exercise programs in conjunction with chiropractic?

LaLanne: Results are fantastic as long as the patient continues to exercise. As chiropractic corrects subluxations, these corrections are stabilized and strengthened through resistant training exercise. Seniors are demonstrating decreased blood pressure and cholesterol levels while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Seniors are experiencing a healthier attitude about living.

TAC: How intense is the screening of the senior citizens prior to placing them on an exercise program?

LaLanne: Seniors are asked, if they are under any medical restrictions, not to exercise; if there are no restrictions they are asked to perform movements similar to those used on the exercise equipment. During the exercise, they are prompted to check their pulse rates every seven minutes to ensure that they are performing the exercise safely.

TAC: What is the most common problem you see among chiropractors today?

LaLanne: I’d like to see them get more into proper nutrition.

TAC: What is the biggest problem or challenge you see in the chiropractic profession today?

LaLanne: Trying to tap into the 90 percent of the population that does not utilize chiropractic services. Almost half the new patients coming to Stay Fit Seniors have never been to a chiropractor before.

TAC: Can you think of one change that a chiropractor can do to significantly impact his/her practice’s growth immediately?

LaLanne: Use themselves as an example for their patients. In other words, they should be in as good a shape as they want their patients to be. Also, perhaps implement a nutritional program for their patients.

TAC: Do you have any recommended marketing strategies that chiropractors can do to attract new patients and to keep current patients?

LaLanne: Stay Fit Seniors Program, along with a new nutrition program.

TAC: Where do you see the future of chiropractic headed?

LaLanne: I see it continuing to improve. The happier chiropractic patients are, the more they will tell their friends and then more people will start using chiropractic services.

TAC: Any final words for our readers?

LaLanne: The medical professions today all agree that, if you're sixty, seventy, eighty, or ninety, you can still build muscle through resistance exercises.

You may contact Stay Fit Seniors at or Phone 1-800-385-1141.

The Palmer Academic Health Center
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Written by Palmer Chiropractic College (PCC)   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:57

The new, three-story building taking shape on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa, is impressive from the outside, but it’s what will happen on the inside that has administrators, faculty and students buzzing on Palmer’s main campus, The Fountainhead of the chiropractic profession. The Palmer College of Chiropractic Academic Health Center will be a unique feature in chiropractic education.

"Because this facility is affiliated with a first professional educational institution, with quality patient-centered care taking place within it, and with a focus on employment of and contribution to scholarship in the profession, it is truly an academic health center," says Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Dean of Clinics Kurt Wood, D.C. The Center has approximately 50,000 square feet of space devoted to a community outpatient clinic facility and a learning resource center for clinical chiropractic education. It will set a new standard in the delivery of clinical chiropractic education as well as quality chiropractic care.

The Palmer Academic Health Center, with its progressive clinic facility, will further enhance the clinical education that students receive at Palmer College of Chiropractic, and offer expanded chiropractic clinic services in the Quad-City community, comprised of Davenport and Bettendorf, in Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline, in Illinois. The new Center is scheduled to open in July 2007, and will include:palmercollegewflags

  •  Community outpatient clinic facilities
  •  Clinical learning resources for students, faculty, alumni and researchers
  •  A philosophy devoted to best practices in clinical education and patient care
  •  Digital radiography (X-ray) services
  •  Chiropractic rehabilitation and sports injury services
  •  Workers compensation and personal injury services
  •  Visitor center

Dr. Wood’s excitement for the new facility is palpable as he describes how it will benefit Palmer’s students. "We are gearing Palmer’s clinical education to prepare our graduates for contemporary chiropractic practice," he says. "The Palmer Academic Health Center facility allows us to shift from a supervisory model to a mentor model of internship. The students will be taking part in all aspects of patient-centered care and management, guided by our faculty clinicians. Our focus will be on best practices, which are made up of three equal parts consisting of evidence (what the scientific literature is telling us), clinician experience and patient expectations."

The best practices philosophy permeates all aspects of the Center, whether they are in clinical education or patient care. "Our students and patients will have access to the best that technology has to offer," Dr. Wood says, "including digital radiography, the latest practice management software and a full-service rehabilitation and sports injury department. Because we want our students to be successful in a contemporary chiropractic practice setting, the clinic will be paperless. We want our students to be exposed to electronic records systems and office software products so that they can make intelligent, informed and objective choices for their practices. It’s our responsibility as an institution to give them the tools they need to make the best practice decisions."

Another unique component of the Palmer Academic Health Center is the learning resource center which, in addition to having the latest multi-media resources for clinical education, will also feature a simulated patient testing center for intern development. "This facility will have two-way mirrors and recording equipment so that interns can come in, go through a mock exam with a simulated patient, and not only be evaluated by a faculty clinician, but also be able to view a tape of the encounter for self-evaluation," Dr. Wood says. "This allows us not only to conduct clinic competency evaluations, but also to work with students one-on-one to develop their patient communication and clinical skills. This is a key component in their future success. Our students will be more confident of their abilities because of this unique feature."

The progressive elements of the new Center will benefit patients in the Quad-City community as well as students, faculty, researchers and alumni of Palmer College. "The new Palmer Academic Health Center will set standards in health care, assuring that people will view it as a resource for the community," says Dr. Wood. "We will continually raise the bar so that we are always setting the standard for others to follow."

Visit or call 800-452-5032.

Parker College of Chiropractic
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Written by Parker Chiropractic College   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:55

ParkerCollegeAfter thirty-one years of Parker Seminars, experiencing exceptional growth and success, Dr. James Parker’s colleagues urged him to establish Parker College of Chiropractic. A group of twenty-seven students made a leap of faith in September 1982. They were the first students to enroll at Parker College of Chiropractic. Parker College’s curriculum—both basic and chiropractic—continues to be integrated with the teachings of Dr. Parker. From that first small band of students, now more than 4,700 Parker alumni practice in all fifty states and live in twenty-four countries." The 25th anniversary of Parker College is an extraordinary milestone," says Dr. Fabrizio Mancini. "Dr. Jim’s vision and passion brought Parker College into existence."

New Programs Offered

In January 2007, the Parker College School of Massage Therapy opened to serve the growing demand for highly qualified massage therapists. The composition of the massage program is similar to the doctor of chiropractic program; both combine classroom instruction with hands on lab and clinical experience. The 600-hour program is structured so that students who plan to practice in Texas may test for their Texas license and begin working while completing the remainder of the coursework. This certificate program was specifically designed so that graduates will be fully prepared and qualified to sit for the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Parker Clinic Abroad Program, First in U.S.

Chiropractic Schools

Each trimester, a group of Parker students studies at the Universidad Estatal del Valle de Ecatepec (UNEVE), located in Mexico City, Mexico. "We also recognize not all learning takes place in the classroom," says Dr. Mancini. Students develop their chiropractic skills by serving as interns for four hours a day in the University’s public clinic and the local hospitals. "We have added another international education opportunity for our students. Interns may now elect to participate in our Costa Rica program—inside the Olympic Committee, serving all athletes of that country," Dr. Mancini adds. These experiences provide a total immersion of the culture, language and health needs of the country while promoting international chiropractic growth.

After Clinic Hours Program Underway

After Clinic Hours, sponsored by the Parker Alumni Association, is one of the newest programs initiated by the college this year. This program provides Parker students with opportunities to visit and learn from field doctors in an actual clinic setting. Parker alumni open their practices to students "after clinic hours" and, through lively, interactive sessions, the students gain first-hand working knowledge of life after chiropractic college.

Continuing Education Serves All of Chiropractic

Since the opening of the college, Parker has ventured in several different learning disciplines. Currently Parker College of Chiropractic is the only chiropractic school to have an on-site Animal Chiropractic Program and Clinic.

Through its continuing education department, Parker College extends its high standards of the teaching and learning process to DC’s and CA’s. Chiropractic assistants may utilize on-line training and attend on-site workshops to aid in running a more efficient office. Parker College also provides continuing education opportunities to enable DC’s to gain expertise in areas of interest. "Many of our classes provide immediate benefits for DC’s and CA’s. They return to their offices and practices with information and skills they can use first thing on Monday morning," says Dr. Mancini. "The classes are also relevant and challenging—giving participants further options when treating patients."

Recent continuing education courses include instruction in Laserology, Animal Chiropractic, Command Spanish, and Scoliosis Correction.

The Legacy Continues

"Dr. Parker was keenly aware of the law of abundance and fully believed that our compassion to serve must be greater than our compulsion to survive. It was his passion to serve others that guided his work, first as a field doctor and then as an innovator in the chiropractic profession. That legacy continues at Parker College as we move forward in the next twenty-five years," Dr. Mancini concludes.

Visit or call 800-266-4723.

Western States Chiropractic
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Written by Western Sciences Chiropractic College   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:53

Being a successful chiropractor can mean different things to different people. Should success be based solely on the amount of income earned in a given year or the number of vacations taken in a lifetime? Is it determined by total income generated divided by hours worked and multiplied by vacations taken? At Western States, our students and alumni have a more reflective approach to defining success.

All applicants to the WSCC DC program are required to write essays describing their experiences, thoughts, goals, and ideals about the chiropractic profession. In virtually every essay, the main reasons given for wanting to join the profession were family, lifestyle, and a desire to help their communities. Western States provides opportunities for students and alumni to realize all of these descriptors of success.

WSCC provides clinical experiences both on-campus and off. One of the College’s major off-campus sites is dedicated to treating the uninsured and underserved in our community. Recently, the College received a Collins Foundation grant, which WSCC is using to provide direct access chiropractic services for patients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the Portland area. We feel that it is extremely important and empowering for students to experience the positive impact they can have within their communities.

WSCC students are encouraged to develop extra-curricular lifestyles away from the classroom. One way to achieve this objective is through sports. There are many opportunities for students to demonstrate their athleticism by participating on teams like soccer, basketball, hockey, softball, and baseball, to name a few. We also provide opportunities for participation in the Hood-to-Coast Run and the Rose Festival Dragon Boat races.

On campus, many events involve family members of WSCC students. Each quarter, the Associated Student Body holds a "Back to School B-B-Q and Book Sale;" this is a great opportunity for spouses, significant others, and children of WSCC students to meet and create additional bonds and sources of community. For the students of WSCC, this event facilitates connectivity between upper and lower quarter students with whom they can share resources. Students also participate, plan, and develop other opportunities for gatherings, like the Holiday Gala, Student ACA Idol, Halloween Parties, Valentine’s Day Dances, and Golf Tournaments.

Business courses are integrated into the WSCC curriculum; students are provided skills and preparation for the demands of managing a small business—their private practices. Students create their own business prospectus; some students go on to use these when they apply for a business loan to start their own practice.

The Career Services department is about to undergo an exciting expansion. More in-depth services are being added for students and alumni. A central location will be created to assist individuals looking for practice opportunities, demographic information, resumé building, interview skills, and the like. We are thrilled to increase the services available to our alumni and students.

Student dedication to the academic program pays huge dividends when taking the National Board examinations. WSCC students routinely rank at the top in performance scores. It is also rewarding to see graduates of Western States paying off their student loans with equal success; currently the College student loan default rate is 0.0. This is an achievement to be celebrated by all.

As a college, WSCC sees successful alumni as involved members of their communities and the profession. We are proud of all the alumni who serve on nationally recognized organizations such as the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, the Commission on Accreditation for the Council on Chiropractic Education, American Chiropractic Association, local and state associations and jurisdictional licensing boards.

At Western States Chiropractic College, alumni and students—who have a healthy balance of home and work, participate in their communities, are achieving their personal and professional goals, and are genuinely fulfilled—are considered models of success.

Visit or call 800-215-3716.


Logan College of Chiropractic
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Written by Logan Chiropractic College (LCC)   
Monday, 04 June 2007 14:47

For Logan College students to gain knowledge and skill; for Logan graduates to better serve their patients and for the community to benefit from chiropractic care, the college must grow and progress. Over the past 18 months, Logan College of Chiropractic has succeeded in expanding the scope of chiropractic education and care in the patient and health care communities.

If you step onto the Logan suburban St. Louis campus today, you’ll easily notice the college’s physical growth. From the 47,000-square-foot William D. Purser, DC, Center to the new Gateway Plaza, Logan has created an infrastructure that promotes integrated, progressive learning for students, health care professionals and the community alike.

The Purser Center is a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art educational facility that opened on the Logan campus in April 2007. It features a 1,500-seat main hall which can be divided into two smaller classrooms for lectures and continuing education seminars. The building lobby is large enough to accommodate graduations, homecomings and college-related banquets, other student, postgraduate and alumni events, business conferences and community activities. The facility is equipped with sophisticated wireless technology and supports distance learning. A naturally sloped, outdoor grass amphitheatre is also part of the project’s design.

The $21.7 million project is the largest capital improvement program in Logan history.

Last fall, under the direction of Vice President of Academic Affairs Patrick M. Browne, Logan launched its new Master of Science degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation under the broader identity of Logan University. The degree is designed to offer a specialized advanced degree option for sports injury management. It requires 50 hours of course work including classroom, lab and clinical experience taken over a five-trimester period (approximately 20 months). This program is open both to students admitted to the DC program who wish to earn concurrent MS and DC degrees, and to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to enroll in the master’s-level courses. Practicing DC’s can also be admitted to the program. As Logan continues to expand its range of degree offerings, the college will utilize the official nomenclature of Logan University for all masters-level programs.

Logan College’s master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation affords students numerous opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary clinical settings with professional, collegiate and high school sports teams in conjunction with the college’s state-of-the-art BIOFREEZE® Sports and Rehabilitation Center, which opened in February 2006, and was designed specifically to treat athletic injuries. Logan established its first-ever clinical rehabilitation program, under the direction of Dr. Laney Nelson, a nationally known figure in the world of chiropractic sports injury care and rehabilitation, to ensure that the college continues to play a major role as a leader in determining the future course of chiropractic education and training.

This on-campus center is dedicated to reversing physical damage to the human body caused by stress and injury. It offers state-of-art holistic rehabilitation treatments, based on the concept of assessing and lowering a person’s biological age versus focusing on the limits of their actual chronological age. The center’s "biological age" approach to wellness combines physical rehabilitation, nutrition and comprehensive wellness assessment and treatment in a thorough 4-step program. This center also serves as a health and wellness resource for chiropractic physicians, other health care professionals, corporations, small businesses, schools, community groups and other organizations, one that will heighten the quality of life in the St. Louis metropolitan region.

Logan’s expanded grant and research efforts recently netted the college its first federal monies. A $234,000 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant will fund Logan’s Musculoskeletal and Obstetric Management Study (MOMS). The grant has a non-competitive renewal over three years, totaling $750,000.

According to Dr. Rodger Tepe, Dean of Research and Development, internal funding from Logan College has been supporting this project since 1998. The result has been a successful and on-going collaboration between Logan College of Chiropractic and Washington University School of Medicine’s clinics at Barnes-Jewish and Missouri Baptist hospitals. Under the direction of Logan faculty member Dr. Clayton Skaggs, MOMS has developed solid interdisciplinary relationships among chiropractic physicians, medical physicians and nurses in hospital-based clinic settings serving the health care needs of pregnant women in the St. Louis community.

Bottom line, all of this research is motivated by a single purpose—to help identify and provide solutions for musculoskeletal problems in pregnant women. The MOMS project is a step in this direction, a step in which an interdisciplinary team (including chiropractic and medical physicians) works together to treat and prevent pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain.

Visit or call 800-824-3234.



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