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Degeneration Introduction of Decompressive Traction
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Written by Jay Kennedy, D.C.   
Tuesday, 30 September 2003 00:00

In my last article, I covered a general introduction and description of decompressive traction (spinal decompression) and its move into the chiropractic market.  In this article, I’m going to discuss the research literature and our clinical experience as it relates to both proper patient selection and reasonable outcome expectation.  The elimination of pain is typically the main priority in a chiropractic practice. It is how we, collectively, have built our reputation.  However, like all things in life, there is no 100% successful procedure, and it is simply dogmatic to believe that we are now doing all that ever needs to be done.  If we are rational in our approach, we regularly search for new or expanded means of offering an improved, cost effective outcome.  That is exactly what spinal decompressive traction can offer your practice.  Like all procedures, though, choosing the right equipment and understanding proper patient selection are the first steps.

The traction literature offers us numerous and varied protocols and procedures and that, perhaps more than anything else, contributes to its subsequent inconsistent performance and poor reputation.  Add to that the antiquated equipment of the past and enthusiasm for this modality diminishes.  We need to separate mechanized traction as just another mobilizing technique, whose outcomes are often more amenable to hands-on procedures, and focus on the specific job of decompression of the disc, whose outcome is improbable without mechanical means.  Decompression of the disc aims to create an enhanced diffusion, fibroblast activity and blood supply contact.  It is these phasic effects that are consistently mentioned as a source of healing. 

Ultimately, the inherent systemic health and healing ability of the individual is what is revealed with therapeutic intervention, and time.  As Byron said, “Circumstances don’t make the man, they reveal the man.”  This is an important, yet paradoxical, point to chiropractic and health care in general.  If a patient fails to improve, is it an inherent property of their constitution or the misapplication (or lack of application) of the proper therapy?  I have discovered that it is more a misapplication of the appropriate therapy and, in many cases, misapplication goes hand in hand with adequate product design.  Fortunately, today the research and subsequent product design has raised decompressive traction to a previously unseen efficiency and ease of application.  Not to mention that it doesn’t require a second mortgage to deliver it.
Decompressive Traction Systems are available to any chiropractor today for a fraction of the cost of previous devices.  By implementing and incorporating a specific, limited number of parameters, outcomes have been improved dramatically with a relatively short learning curve and modest equipment costs.

 

 Specific parameters of Decompressive Traction Therapy include:
 1)  a non-slipping, circumferential harness allowing the best possible focus of force application, as opposed to side-to-side harnesses, wrap-overs or ankle straps. 
 2)  The pull vector needs to be adjustable in angle and pull pattern must be graduated and stepped to elicit no an-ticipatory muscle guarding.

 

The pull pattern cannot be taken lightly. We are basically sneaking up on the body, with the intention of creating segmental separation without awakening the muscle-guarding giant that stands ready to limit our every move.  The equipment must be designed to incorporate all of the utilitarian functions that increase the probability of separating the spinal segments.  It appears, from numerous studies and reviews, that sufficient vertebral distraction is a key to creating decompression.  Thus, a focused restraint and specific positioning with slow, graduated force application limiting muscle guarding are key factors.

Chen, et al., showed that a decrease in disc pressure was related to distraction distance.  Paradoxically, in their study of forty-seven prolapsed discs, prior to therapeutic traction application, 62% had negative pressure and only 19% had positive pressure.  64% showed a further reduction with traction.  Ramos and Martin showed initial pressures in three surgical candidates to be +60 to +70 mmHg,, which reduced to negative ranges when a threshold traction tension was reached (about 60 lbs.).

Proper patient selection is paramount.  A patient’s poor fitness/posture, loss of local muscle control, and past trauma added to pain sensitization deep into the disc ultimately spell a clinical nightmare!  Certainly, these patients warrant a multifaceted approach.  And, obviously, we must know when our intervention will be of limited value and referral is necessary.  Improving signs and symptoms from a reasonable trial of the two most potent mechanical spinal treatments, manipulation and decompression, can help us determine this. 

Degeneration Introduction of Decompressive Traction

We are basically sneaking up on the body, with the intention of creating segmental separation. Sufficient vertebral distraction is a key to creating decompression.

The so-called sub-ligamentous, single level protrusion/ hernia, with limited degeneration, will show the best outcome.  The greater the annular damage or extrusion of the nucleus, the more nebulous the outcome.  Additionally, extensive degenerative changes and diffuse, central bulges—especially multiple levels—tend to reduce success.  Of course, the safety (first do no harm), ease of use and comfort to the patient make decompressive traction a viable passive therapy to try even in difficult cases.  As a chiropractor, I am convinced (as were Cyriax, Farfan, and Mathews, among others) decompressive traction should be seen as an obvious companion to manipulation and, in cases of sciatica, often the more reasonable approach. 

Henrik Weber, MD, writing on the natural history of disc herniation (Spine (19) 1994) points out the lack of concise answers for back and leg pain.  However, he points to research that suggests the evolution of a hernia (compressed disc) is associated with clinical symptoms, and the decrease in size is seen in many of the successfully treated patients.  Over 90% of patients have satisfactory outcomes from herniation at one-year follow-up with conservative treatment including traction.  Deyo, et al., suggest, from their review, traditional type traction is of limited value except that sciatic patients treated with it had a greater chance of avoiding surgery.  (Not an inconsequential outcome!)  Could you imagine what the outcomes could have been if they had access to the much improved products that are now available.  Minimize the misapplication and your results will improve exponentially.

As stated earlier the literature tends to paint a poor picture of traction methods.  We’re attempting to change that.  I contend that when done in a codified manner, with clear intent and indications, decompressive traction is a vital addition to a chiropractor interested in that multi-faceted approach.  Few therapies can lay claim to the direct, phasic effects of axial decompression, both physiologically and neurologically.  I have used it for years as a diagnostic tool to judge potential outcomes.  Leg pain patients typically “centralize”; patients intolerant, or unresponsive to manipulation can still be offered a viable treatment option, prone or supine; and, of course, much of this relates to the cervical spine as well.  Today there is no excuse why decompressive traction shouldn’t be part of your chiropractic artillery.  With dramatic product improvements and a price within reason, the most powerful adjunct in your arsenal is often available for the price of a good adjusting table.

Dr. Jay Kennedy has been practicing Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) in Western Pennsylvania since graduating Palmer College in 1987.  In the last eight years, he has owned and operated several decompression systems treating over 2000 patients on them in his multi-disciplinary clinics.  He lectures extensively and has authored various articles on axial decompression. You may contact him by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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Wednesday, 30 July 2003 00:00

American Chiropractic Association
Dr. Harris Makes Major Contribution to National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund
Chiropractic philanthropist Dr. Bill Harris contributed $10,000 to the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund (NCLAF) through his Foundation for the Advancement of Chiropractic Education.  Dr. Harris has, through the years, made numerous and substantial contributions to worthwhile chiropractic causes.  Dr. Harris viewed ACA’s “Simple Justice” film, featuring Dr. Carl S. Cleveland, III, at the Parker Seminar in January.  You too can view the film on ACA’s Web site at
http://www.acatoday.com/hot_topics/simplejustice.shtml.
NCLAF contributions may be sent to National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund, PO Box 75359, Baltimore, MD 21275.

Chiropractic in the Media
The much-anticipated June 2003 issue of Prevention magazine has arrived.  ACA arranged an interview this year between Prevention magazine and a chiropractic patient who was given her life back, thanks to chiropractic care.  Her story appears on page 85.  The article also provides ACA’s toll free number and tells readers to call the ACA to find a doctor of chiropractic near them.  Prospective patients have already begun calling us to locate ACA members in their communities.
An article in the July 2003 issue of Muscle & Fitness: Hers magazine titled, “Turn Your Back on Pain,” contains an informative quote from ACA national spokesperson Jerome McAndrews, DC, and offers a nice plug for chiropractic from the author of article.
Over the past month, ACA has also secured positive coverage for chiropractic in Natural Health magazine, Detroit News, and San Antonio Express-News.

International Chiropractors Association
ICA members elect new leadership team
The voting members of the International Chiropractors Association have chosen Dr. C. J. Mertz as the Association’s President for the next two years.  Dr. Mertz, from Dripping Springs, TX, becomes the 14th President of the ICA, an organization founded in 1926 by Dr. B.J. Palmer.  Dr. Fred H. Barge, was elected Vice President, and Dr. Christopher Quigley of Boston, MA, was elected ICA’s Secretary Treasurer.  The newly elected officers and Board members took office immediately upon the conclusion of the 2003 Annual Meeting.

Dr. Fred Barge passes on
The International Chiropractors Association was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of one of their very dear leaders, Dr. Fred H. Barge, who passed away on Wednesday, July 2nd, of a sudden heart attack at his home in Onalaska, WI.  Dr. Barge was ICA’s president from 1988-91, served on the ICA Board of Directors for several years and, in May of this year, was reelected as Vice President by an overwhelming majority.
A legend in his own time, Dr. Barge was internationally recognized as a speaker, teacher, mentor, clinician and author.  One of chiropractic’s greatest philosophers, he is as often quoted as D.D. Palmer, B.J. Palmer and R.W. Stephenson.  A man of immense integrity, Fred will be remembered as much for his outspokenness as for his written words.  He was never afraid to speak his mind and he did so with courage and conviction.  He had a passion for chiropractic and believed implicitly in the power of the adjustment.
Taking his volunteer responsibilities seriously, Dr. Barge served on several of ICA’s Committees and played a key role in many of ICA’s successful programs.  The ICA’s very successful pediatrics program was started with his guidance and support; he helped launch ICA’s profession-wide newspaper, The Chiropractic Choice, serving as the Editorial Chair; he played a primary role in the success of both of ICA’s International Symposiums and, most recently, he was responsible for laying the groundwork for ICA’s newest Council on Chiropractic Philosophy, developing the syllabus for the Diplomate in Philosophical Standards of Chiropractic and putting together the profession’s landmark Conference on Chiropractic Philosophy held this past May in Kansas City, MO.
The ICA would like to hear from anyone who has any “thots” they want to share     about Fred.  Send your “thots” to
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  There can never be “enuf said” about Fred Barge.  Wherever he is, we are sure he is smiling.  We love you Fred and we will miss you.
 
World Chiropractic Alliance
WCA joins Coalition in support of HR 2560
The World Chiropractic Alliance has joined forces with other members of the Chiropractic Coalition—including  the ICA and FSCO—in support of “Chiropractic Medicare Freedom and Benefit Protection Act,” recently introduced in the House by Congressman Don Manzullo.
The bill, HR 2560, establishes chiropractic as a separate health profession under the Social Security Act, and clarifies the scope of chiropractic services that may be furnished under the Medicare program.  It states that chiropractors are the ONLY health care professionals qualified under that program to furnish those services.  This would prevent MD’s, DO’s, and physical therapists from providing, and being compensated for, chiropractic care.
For more information about the bill and how to help ensure its passage (including a sample letter of support to send to your Representatives),  visit the WCA website,
www.worldchiropracticalliance.org, or the Coalition website, www.chiropracticcoalition.org.

WCA Board passes resolution on intra-professional cooperation
The World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA) International Board of Governors (IBG), meeting during the annual WCA Summit in Washington, DC, re-confirmed the organization’s goal of working cooperatively with other chiropractic organizations whenever possible.
In a formal resolution that was enthusiastically endorsed by the Governors, the WCA stressed that it is “committed to intra-professional cooperation in advocating for the needs of the profession, and works with and encourages an open door toward all other chiropractic organizations.”

 
The American Chiropractor's Seminar planning handbook
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Wednesday, 30 July 2003 00:00

The following list has been designed to be your Seminar Planning Handbook, so be sure to hold onto this information as a tool for selecting and planning your seminar experiences.

Associations

American Chiropractic Association
2003 ACA House of Delegates Meeting, September 16-20, 2003, Albuquerque, NM.  Call 800-986-4636 for additional information, email
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Federation of Straight Chiropractors and Organizations (FSCO)
The FSCO provides The Foundation Seminars throughout the year at different locations coast to coast.  Continuing education programs in cooperation with Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic.  Call 800-521-9856 for dates and locations, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.straightchiropractic.com.

Florida Chiropractic Association
FCA National Convention & Expo 2003, August 15-17, 2003, Orlando, FL.  Attendance 2,000+ and a 400 exhibit expo.  License renewal credits for DC’s, CA’s, CCPA’s, LMT’s and X-ray Techs.  Call 407-290-5883 for additional information,      email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.fcachiro.org.

International Chiropractors Association
International Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics. November 7-9, 2003, Lake Tahoe, CA. Call 800-423-4690 for additional dates and locations, email
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New York State Chiropractic Association
2003 Fall Convention. With Joseph Keating. September 19-21, 2003, Rye Brook, NY.  Call 518-785-6346 for additional information or see
www.nysca.com.

Texas Chiropractic Association/TCCO
Designated Doctor Impairment Rating Training,, October 10-11, 2003, Austin, TX. 16 CEU.  Call 512-477-9292 for additional information, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.chirotexas.com.

Wisconsin Chiropractic Association
2003 Fall Convention, October 2-5, 2003, Wisconsin Dells, WI.  Call 608-256-7023 for additional information or see
www.wisconsinchiropractic.com.

World Chiropractic Alliance
International Summit. April 29-May 1, 2004, Pennsylvania. Three days of exciting presentations and activities for subluxation-based doctors. CE Credit available. Call 1-800-347-1011 for additional information or see
www.worldchiropracticalliance.org.

ACA Rehab Council
Annual Educational Program, with Dr. Dave Juehring, Dr. Jeffrey Tucker and Dr. Terry Shaw, March 6-7, 2004. Dallas, TX.  CEU for all states applied through University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic.  Call Dr. Donald Fedoryk at 908-722-9075 or email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional dates and locations or see www.ccptr.org.

Access Workshop
With Dr. Robert Wiegand.  The Access Workshop teaches practitioners how to rapidly develop exceptional levels of perception.  The Access Workshop has been providing enhanced awareness training for somatic practitioners since 1983.  The workshop presents a cutting edge, neuro-physiological approach for rapidly developing exceptional perception skills. Call 215-674-9108 or email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for  dates and locations or see www.accessworkshop.com.

Acu-POWER Emotional Technique
Dr. James V. Durlacher, DC, DIBAK.  Acu-POWER is an alternative technique, which eliminates fears, phobias, anxieties, addictions, etc.  A minimum of 50% of all people seeing doctors have a significant emotional component to their physical problem.  You will have a 95-97% effectiveness rate with your patients.  Call 480-827-2044 or email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for dates and locations, or see www.freedomfromfearforever.com.

Activator Methods International, Ltd.
Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique classes are approved for 12 CE hours for each seminar.  Call 1-800-598-0224 for dates and locations or see
www.activator.com.

Active Release Techniques (ART)
With instructor Michael P. Leahy, DC.  Each month ART trains 100 doctors to be the best in the world at the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue disorders.  Don’t be left behind!  Call 888-396-2727 for dates and locations or see
www.activerelease.com.

Advanced Muscle Palpation
Dr. Nicholas Spano is a regular speaker for the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association.  The seminars are approved for CE credits through Life University.  Call 570- 265-2225 for dates and locations or see
http://home.flash.net/~unsublx8/.

Applied Kinesiology
For more information contact The International College of Applied Kinesiology-USA by calling 913-384-5336.

Bio-Geometric Integration Seminars
Dr. Sue Brown and BGI seminars will empower you with this integrative approach to the philosophy, science, & art of chiropractic, building bridges between osseous, tonal and postural approaches.  BGI I and BGI Osseous are approved for CE Credit in most states.  Call 630-690-6080 or email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for dates and locations or see www.bgiseminars.com.

Chiropractic Leadership Alliance
“Journey into Healing,” with Deepak Chopra, MD; David Simon, MD; Patrick Gentempo, JR., DC.  On October 9-12, 2003, in The Chopra Center in Carlsbad, CA.  Together, we will explore such topics as: Mind Body Immunity, Nature´s Codes of Intelligence, Healing the Heart and Imbalance to Disease.  Applied for 22 hours of CE credit in all states.  Approval Pending.  Call 800-285-2001 or see
www.subluxation.com.

Directional Non-Force Techniquetm 
Taught by Christopher F. John, DC.  August 15-17, Toronto, Full Spine; September 20-21, Los Angeles, Low Back/Thoracic; October 17-19, Philadelphia, Full Spine.  Call 310-657-2338 for additional dates and locations or see
www.nonforce.com.

DMX-Works, Inc.

DMX Innovator, Fall 2003, in Cayman Islands.  Call 800-839-6757, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for dates and locations or see www.dmxworks.com.

Dr. Alan Creed Seminars
Boost Your Practice—Bridging Techniques, Styles and Technologies, October 25- 26, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Nov. 15-16, in Dallas, TX.  Eligible for 12 hours CE Credits from Texas Chiropractic College. Call 305-365-3818, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional dates and locations or see www.dralancreed.com.

Dr. Mally’s Extremity Adjusting Techniques
International Conference on Carpal Tunnel.  September 13-14 in Dallas, TX; September 20-21 in Orlando, FL.  Each 12-hour course includes hands-on technique instruction in addition to examination, diagnosis, biomechanics, X-ray and
research abstracts of the related injuries and syndromes.  Call 800-779-HAND (4263) for additional dates and locations or email
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Foot Levelers, Inc.   
2003 Fall Mega Conferences has a panel of nationally distinguished presenters.  This series consists of 33 seminars throughout 24 states, from Boston to San Francisco, presenting practical information you can put to immediate use on topics such as injuries, rehab, clinical application, and adjusting techniques.  20 hours of CEU´s are available for each three-day event.  September 26-28, in Los Angeles, CA; Oct. 17-19, in Newark, NJ; Nov. 14-16, in Chicago, IL.  Call 800-553-4860 for additional dates and locations or see
www.footlevelers.com.

The Gonstead Seminar
Call 800-842-6852 for information or see
www.gonsteadseminar.com.

Graston Technique
Graston Technique Basic & Module II, September 6-7, in Newark, NJ; September 13-14, in Lombard, IL; September 20-21, in Las Vegas, NV.  Approved for CE credit.  Call 866-926-2828 for additional dates and locations or see
www.grastontechnique.com.

Harrison Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) Seminars
CBP Annual Convention with Dr. Dan Murphy, Dr. Don Harrison, Dr. Deed Harrison and Dr. Chris Colloca, September 26-28, 2003, in Jackson Hole, WY.  Scientific methods in subluxation evaluation and correction.  14 hours of CE, spon-u sored by National University.  Call 1-800-346-5146 or see
www.idealspine.com.

Holder Research Institute
Torque Release Technique with Dr. Jay M. Holder is CE approved by Parker College.  Call 800-490-7714/305-535-8803, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for dates and locations or see www.torquerelease.com.

IMPAC Synergistic Seminars
Application of the ArthroStim adjusting instrument and VibraCussor soft tissue instrument with Dr. Alan Creed and Dr. Jeff Rockwell. January 15-18, 2004, in Las Vegas.  Call 800-569-8624 for seminar dates, topics and locations, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.ImpacInc.net.

ITM-Vivatek
Call 1-877-VIVATEK (848-2835) for dates and locations, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.vivatek.com.

Jtech by Zevex
Become a Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator, October 18-19, in Dallas, TX, and December 6-7, in Miami, FL.  Expand your practice with this functional capacity evaluations training & certification seminar.  CE approved through SCUHS for 14 credits. Call 800-985-8324, Ext. 296; email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.zevex.com/physicalevaluation/education.

Leader International/Leander Health Technologies
Bridging the Interdisciplinary Gulf and Making MD’s Your Advocate, with John J. Triano, DC, PhD. in Orlando, FL, FCA National Convention, August 15-17.  Dr. Triano will teach attendees how technique practice allows the average practitioners to position themselves as the “experts” to other providers.  CE approved 4 hrs in most states.  Call 800-635-8188 for additional dates and locations or see
www.chiropractictables.com.

Mastering Chiropractic with Certainty
MC2, A Tonal Model for Upper Cervical Toggle Recoil, with Dr. Steve Hoffman, on October 25-26, in Tampa/Clearwater, FL.  Experience a practice without contradiction by combining the most important elements of Philosophy, Science and Art of Chiropractic.  Call 760.943.7040, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional dates and locations or see: www.masteringchiropractic.com.

The Morter B.E.S.T. Technique
Basic. September 6, 2003, Harrisburg, PA. Call 800-874-1478 for additional dates and locations, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see  www.morter.com.

NMT:  The Feinberg Technique          
Neuro Modulation Technique Seminars, with Leslie S. Feinberg, DC, September 19-21, 2003, in San Diego, CA.  See your licensing board to see if NMT Seminars meet CE criteria.  Call 541-720-1383, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional dates and locations or see www.nmtseminars.com.

Network Spinal Analysis (NSA)
Dr. Donald Epstein teaches NSA.  Call 303-678-8086 or email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or see www.innateintelligence.com.
 
Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Seminars
Seminar locations throughout the US.  CEU’s are cosponsored by University of Bridgeport Chiropractic College for several states.  Call 800-888-4638 to have a schedule mailed to you or visit
www.netmindbody.com.

Neuromuscular Reeducationsm Seminars
The soft tissue injury solution taught by Peter J. Levy, DC, September 13-14, in New York, NY.  Approved for CEU credits in all states but Oklahoma.  Call 805-687-2111, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional dates and locations or see www.neuromuscularreeducation.com.

Noromed, Inc.
Outcome Assessment of the VSC, with Dr. Mark van Hemert, and Surface EMG and Dynamic ROM Applications in Clinical Practice, with Dr. Jeffery Cram presenting on various dates & locations.  Approved for 12 CEU´s by the National University of Health Sciences.  Call 800-426-0316, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for dates and locations or see www.noromed.com.

Pro-Solutions for Chiropractic
Advanced Chiropractic Symposium, with Dr. Maurice A. Pisciottano and a panel of nationally distinguished presenters, November 8-9, 2003, in Atlanta, GA.  Approved for CE credits through Logan College.  Call 877-942-4284, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional dates and locations or see www.pro-adjuster.us.

Quantum Energy, LLC
Dr. Paul Yanick. December 15, 2003, Vail, CO.  Call/fax 845-340-8606 for additional dates and locations or see
www.quantumenergy.com.

The Roth Institute (Division of Wellness Systems, Inc.)
Matrix Repatterning seminars, Toronto, September 19-21, 2003; Cozumel, February 18-20, 2004.  Approved for CE credit through Logan College of Chiropractic.  Call 877-905-ROTH (7684), email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional dates and locations or see www.MatrixRepatterning.com.

Sacro Occipital Technique Organization (SOTO)–USA
SOTO-USA Clinical Symposium, with John Upledger, DO, October 9-12, in Washington, DC.  CE Credit available through New York Chiropractic College.  Call 336-760-1618, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     for additional dates and locations or see www.SOTO-USA.org.

Segmental Drop Adjusting
Featuring The Thompson Technique, with Dr. Wayne Henry Zemelka, sponsored by Footlevelers,  August 23-24, Baltimore, MD; September 27-28, Pittsburgh, PA; October 18-19, Albuquerque, NM; November 22-23, Charleston, SC; Dec 6-7, Dallas TX.  Call 1-800-553-4860 to register, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional dates and information or see www.drzemelka.com.

Toftness Post-Graduate School of Chiropractic
Toftness System of Chiropractic.  Call 715-268-7500, email
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The Trigenics Institute of Myoneurological Medicine
Module 1–Upper & Lower Extremities & Basic Clinical Applications, September 5-7, New York, NY; Module 2—Head & Spine Intermediate Clinical Applications Sport Applications, September 26-28, 2003.  Application for CE approval is underway.  Call 888-514-9355, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   for additional dates and locations or see www.trigenicsinstitute.com.

Total Body Modification Technique
Dr. Victor L. Frank, founder, and a panel of nationally distinguished presenters.  CE approved for re-licensing credit for most states through the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic.  Call 801-571-2411 for dates and locations or see
www.tbmseminars.com.

The Vickery Method (TVM)
Brice E. Vickery leads this ongoing website educational opportunity. Call 803-644-0607 or email
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Myo-Logic Diagnostics
Bulletproof Seminars, with Dr. Gregg Friedman, DC, CCSP, FIACA.  Learn how to quickly and easily examine & document using HCFA & AMA guidelines.  Show them the evidence, “bulletproof” your claims & get paid!  6 hours CE credit approved by Lincoln College of Postprofessional, Graduate & Continuing Education.  Call 800-768-7253, Ext. 2, for additional information or see
www.bulletproofseminars.com.
 
ACA Council on Nutrition
With Dr. Low Dog, Dr. Chi, Dr. David Brady, Dr. Jeanne D’Brant, Dr. Overton, Dr. Robert Marshall and Dr. Duterme.  24 hours of CE credit through Northwestern Chiropractic College.  April 22-25, 2004, in Dallas, TX.  Call 540-635-8844 for additional information, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.councilonnutrition.com.

Anabolic Laboratories
Chiropractic Nutritional Program. September 6-7, at National University of Health Sciences, Nashville, TN; September 13-14, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, PA.  Call 1-800-445-6849/4032 for additional dates and locations or see
www.anaboliclabs.com.

Bio Active Nutritional, Inc.
Call 800-288-9525 for dates and locations or see
www.bioactive-us.com.
Biotics Research Corporation Contact Reflex Analysis-Extravaganza, with Dr. Dick Versendall.  October 31-November 2, 2003, Houston, TX.  20 hours CME through TCC.  Call 800-231-5777 for additional information, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.bioticsresearch.com.

Daniel Chapter One
The Founder of BioMolecular Nutrition.  Call 1-800-504-5511 for dates and locations or see
www.danielchapterone.com

King Bio Educational Services
King Bio Educational Services provide seminars in the contemporary applications of homeopathy for the chiropractor. 
Certification is available through the Natural Medicine Institute.  CE credits approved by Logan, Texas and Connecticut.  Call 800-543-3245 for additional dates and locations, email
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Loomis Institute of Enzyme Nutrition
Howard F. Loomis, DC, FIACA. Approved by the State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board.  Seminar attendees are eligible to receive 12 CEU’s from National University of Health Sciences.  Call 800-662-2630 for additional information, email
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Nutri-Spec
Call 800-736-4320 for dates and locations or see
www.nutri-spec.net.

Standard Process
Mastering Natural Healing at Sea, with Michael Robbins, DC.  22 CEU’s sponsored by Texas Chiropractic College (applied for in all states–D.C. only).  May 9-18, 2004.  To book your cruise and register for the seminar, contact Tedd Washington at Cruises Only, 800-463-9708 or see
www.standardprocess.com.

Future Perfect, Inc.
Chiropractic Pediatric Conference, u with  Drs. Teri & Stu Warner, plus 10 speakers.  October 10-12 in Los Angeles, CA. 
Call 877-295-5437 for additional information or see
www.ChiroPediatrics.com.

International Chiropractors Association
International Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics. November 7-9, 2003, Lake Tahoe, CA. Call 800-423-4690 for additional dates and locations, email
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International Chiropractic Pediatric Association
ICPA Extravaganza, April 30-May 2, 2004.  All seminars approved for CE’s by Cleveland Colleges, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Parker College, Life University.  Call 800-670-5437 for additional dates and locations or see
www.icpa4kids.com.

The Baby Adjusters
With Drs. Jennifer & Palmer Peet.  CE approved through Life East & Life West.  Call 1-800-824-3031 for additional information or email
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Bodyblade/Hymanson, Inc.
National Athletic Trainer’s Association Annual Conference, June 15-19, 2004.  Call 800-772-5233 for additional dates and locations, email
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Fernandez Consulting
Learn how to get all the new P.I. patients you want, how to streamline P.I. office procedures, and how to win in court, with Dr. Peter Fernandez.  October 24-26, 2003, in Atlanta, GA.  Call 800-882-4476 for additional information, email
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National Board of Forensic Chiropractic
Individual Instruction in Forensic, Disability & Impairment Rating, in Manning, SC, with Dr. Preston Fitzgerald Sr. 120 CE hours.  Call 803-435-5078 for dates and locations, email
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Cleveland Chiropractic College
Cleveland Conferences with Mark Victor Hansen.  Submitted for 20 hours CE by Cleveland Chiropractic College.  October 9-11, Los Angeles Expo 2003.  Kansas City Campus:  Call 816-501-0125 for additional dates and locations; Los Angeles Campus:  Call 323-906-2108, email
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Life Chiropractic College West
Homecoming, October 16-18, 2003.  Big plans are in the making for Life West’s 20th anniversary.  You can reach the Continuing Education and Postgraduate Department by calling 510-780-4508 for additional dates and locations, email
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Life University
Homecoming, October 9-12, 2003.  Call  770-426-2753 for additional dates and locations, email
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Logan College of Chiropractic
Homecoming. Jun 10-13, 2004. Contact the Alumni Office for Details 800-782-3344, email
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New York Chiropractic College
NYCC Alumni Day Fall 2003, November 1, 2003, Depew, NY.  Call 1-800-434-3955 for dates and locations, email
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Northwestern Health Sciences University
Homecoming and Winter Gathering, February 5-7, 2004.  CE credits applied for in all states.  Call 952-885-5446 for additional dates and locations or see
www.nwhealth.edu.

Palmer Colleges and The Palmer Institute for Professional Advancement
The Fountainhead Experience, October 10-12, 2003, Santa Clara, CA;  February 20-22, 2004, Port Orange, FL;

Palmer Chiropractic Lyceum, August 12-14, 2004, Davenport, IA.  26 hours of continuing education credits.  Call 866-592-3861 for additional information or see www.palmerlyceum.com  The Palmer Institute offers around 100 seminars per year for continuing education.  Call 1-800-452-5032 for dates and locations, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.palmerinstitute.net.

Parker College of Chiropractic
Homecoming & License Renewal, September 18-21, 2003, Dallas,TX (Parker College Campus).  Call 1-800-266-4723 for additional dates and locations or see
www.postgrad.parkercc.edu.

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic
Lyceum, May 27-30, 2004.  Approved for CE credit by various state boards.  Call 800-849-8771 or 864-578-8771, Ext. 1229, for additional information, email
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Southern California University of Health Sciences—Postgraduate Division
Radiographic QC, with John Bassano, DC, DACBR.  September 20, 2003, SCU Campus.  Seminars and courses in Rehabilitation, Sports, QME, MUA, Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Management, license renewal for chiropractic and acupuncture.  Call 562-902-3379 for ad- ditional information, email
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Texas Chiropractic College
Low Tech/No Tech Rehab, October 4-5, 2003, Pasadena, TX.  Call 800-533-9822 for dates and locations, email
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Western States Chiropractic College
Chiropractic Orthopedics #4, August 16-17, 2003, Portland, OR.  Call 800 215-3716 for dates and locations, email
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American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
ABIME Certification Review and AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 4th and 5th Edition Training Course, October 18-19, 2003, Chicago, IL.  ABIME Certification Exam, October 19, 2003, Chicago, IL.  Call 800-234-3490 for additional dates and locations, email
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Back to Basic Golf Academy
With Dr. Raymond Trottier and Dr. John Danchik.  CE approved by NYCC.  Call 603-279-6348 for additional dates and locations or see
www.backtobasicsgolfacademy.com.

Breakthrough Coaching
Live Your Vision!  Develop your Vision and Strengthen your Purpose.  October 25, 2003, Newark, NJ. All seminars approved for CE through UBCC.  Call 800-723-8423 for additional dates and locations, email
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Bruce Parker Consulting 
Practice Freedom System #1, with Dr. Bruce Parker, August 15-16, 2003. Chicago, IL.  How to Immediately Increase New Patients/How To Convert Pain Patients to Wellness.  Call 866-612-6224 for ad- ditional dates and locations, email
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Chiro Advance Services
With Heidi Farrell, Dr. Reggie Gold, Dr. Ken Savage and Dr. Lou Corleto.  October 10-11, Minneapolis, MN.  Dedicated to teaching and inspiring chiropractors and their teams to lead a subluxation-based practice.  This means not dictating by what insurance “will” cover, but rather by what the people need for ultimate health.  Learn what it takes to simplify your communication, market your practice and attract more “families” for lifelong chiropractic care.  Call 715-635-5211 for additional information, email
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Chiropractic Cornerstones
Judy Campanale, DC, Dick Plummer, DC, September 13, Miami, FL; September 19-21, Chicago, IL.  Developing and building tomorrow’s practices today.  CE credit approved by Sherman College and also with individual state board approval.  Call 800-537-2607 for additional dates and locations or email
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Chiropractic Equity Offices Seminars
CEO-Neurologic Based Chiropractic, with Dr. Richard Barwell, DC.  CEO is the first and only chiropractic support company with procedures designed to bring the power of the adjustment and its direct effect on the CNS into daily practice.  Learn how EEG studies have changed today’s practice.  Tired of the pain based practice?  Find out how to move patients out of pain consciousness.  Don’t miss these NEW concepts.  November 21-23, 2003, Orlando, FL.  Call 321-868-5690 for additional information or email
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Dallas Humble, Inc.
Power Practice University, October 2-4, 2003, Las Vegas, NV.  It’s approved for 12
general CE hours through Logan College.  Call 800-282-1947, Ext. 100, for additional dates and locations, email
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David Singer Enterprises
Seminars are held every weekend at various cities throughout the country.  Call Sally at 1-800-326-1797 for dates and locations, email
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EON Systems, Inc., Home of The Practice Solution 2000
TPS 2000 Training Seminars, for clients to learn all the aspects of TPS 2000.  Call 800-955-6448 for information, email
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The Family Practice, Inc.
Call 866-532-3327 for dates and locations or see
www.thefamilypractice.net.

Fernandez Consulting
Learn how to get all the new P.I. patients you want, how to streamline P.I. office procedures, and how to win in court, with Dr. Peter Fernandez.  October 24-26, 2003, in Atlanta, GA.  Call 800-882-4476 for additional information, email
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Karl Parker Seminars
Annual Show, September 25-28, Las Vegas.  CE approved by Texas Chiropractic College.  Call 888-4DR-KARL (437-5275) for additional information, email
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Kats Management
Dr. David Kats and Keith Maule.  Kats u  Management seminars cover a wide variety of topics aimed toward growing the chiropractic office.  Topics include procedures, insurance, CA training, marketing, new patients, current health care issues, and more.  September 6-7, Columbus, OH; September. 13-14, Chicago, IL.  Call 800-843-9162 for additional information and locations, email
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The Masters Circle, Inc.
Super Conference 2003:  Chiropractic in Action, with Dr. Guy Reikeman, Dr. Patrick Gentempo, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Carol Ann Malizia, Bill Esteb, and a special presentation by Jack Canfield.  CE credits given through Life Chiropractic College West.  November 6-8, 2003, Las Vegas, NV.  Call 1-800-451-4514 for additional information, email
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Patient Media, Inc.
The Patient’s Point of View, with William Esteb.  September 18, Seattle, WA.  Call 800-486-2337 for additional information, email
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Personal Chiropractic Consultants
Volume Practice Seminar, with Dr. Tom Morgan, September 20, 2003, Atlanta, GA.  Call 770-748-6084 for additional dates and locations.

Practice Perfect, Inc.
Practice Perfect Extravaganza Seminar, with Daniel Dahan, DC, President; Rafath Quraishi, MD; Robert Lupo, DC; John Turner, DC; and a complete staff training modules by Judy Monroe.  November 13-15, 2003, Las Vegas, NV.  Contact 888-67-DAHAN, email
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Ultimate Practice Systems
Guidelines to an Ultimate Practice, with Dr. Timothy Gay.  Session III, September 6, Costa Mesa, CA; September 13, San Diego, CA; November 18, Sacramento, CA.  Call 866-797-8366 for additional dates and locations, email
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The Upledger Institute, Inc.
Call 800-233-5880 for information or see
www.upledger.com.

Ward Success Systems
Ultimatecoaching, with Dr. Charles Ward.  September 5-6, Woodcliff Lake, NJ; September 12-13, Seattle, WA; September 19-20, St. Paul, MN.  Call 925-855-1635 for additional dates and locations, email
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American  College of Addictionology & Compulsive Disorders
Certified Addictionologist Program Seminars, approved for CE by some boards.  Call 800-490-7714/305-535-8803 or email
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Chiropractic Philosophy Roundtable
Dr. Ron Festa and Dr. Chris Lee.  Join for a night of fellowship and stimulating discussion on spreading the word of chiropractic family wellness care.  Seating is limited.  November 15, 2003, New Kensington, PA.  Call 724-335-5210 for additional dates and locations, email
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Realeyes Communications, Inc.
Wellness Cruise of Southern Caribbean, with Dr. Coren Lundquist and Parker Team members.  Seminars approved by Parker Chiropractic College for CEU’s.  February 28-March 6, 2004.  Call 1-888 737 3937 (1-888-RELEYES) for additional dates and locations or see
www.realeyes.com.

Electromedical Products International, Inc.  (Manufacturer of Alpha-Stim® microcurrent and cranial electrotherapy stimulators)
American Academy of Pain Management. September 3-7, 2003.  Call 1-800-FOR-PAIN (367-7246) for additional dates and locations, email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.alpha-stim.com.

Koren Publications, Tedd Koren Patient Newsletter
Dr. Tedd Koren Seminars.  CE approved by Palmer and Life.  Call 800-537-3001 for additional dates and locations or see
www.korenpublications.com.

Lakeside Chiropractic Seminars
Winter:  The 10-Minute Ortho/Neuro Exam, with Dr. Jeffrey Miller, DC, DABCO, FACO, December 6-7, 2003.  Approved for CE through Logan College of Chiropractic.  Call 704-892-4966 for additional dates and locations, email
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Candida/Yeast & Homeopathy
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Written by Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.   
Wednesday, 30 July 2003 00:00

In recent years, Candida (“yeast”) has become a household word among many health conscious people, producing over one hundred common and elusive symptoms prominent in our society.  The broad range of symptoms can include fatigue, allergies, immune weaknesses, difficulty thinking, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, constipation, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, cravings, mold sensitivity, skin disorders, headaches and mental and emotional disorders such as sensitive emotions and mood changes.  Results, however, using both drug and nutritional therapies, have been varied, with a high percentage pattern of recurring symptoms after treatment.

Many patients with Candida problems wander around with chronic, elusive health problems, most of which are either undiagnosed or resistant to treatment. The savvy chiropractor, equipped with a few homeopathic formulas, a probiotic, and a basic Candida diet (low yeast, low sugar and low carbohydrate), can significantly influence this epidemic that has been affecting and confounding our society.

Through our twenty-five years of treating yeast disorders, we have discovered homeopathy to be of tremendous value in their successful correction.  Although homeopathy is not a cure-all, it is commonly the key to the actual cure!

Homeopathy works deep within the nervous system to activate our body’s natural, innate ability to heal.  Other treatments, whether conventional or nutritional, often fall short of true correction because they do not correct the malfunctions within the energetic control systems of our body.  Without this deeper homeopathic correction, Candida or any other condition may commonly recur—or simply not respond.  Homeopathy equips the chiropractor with the ability to correct nerve interferences deep in places where the hands cannot.

The following generic homeopathic formula names could be possible solutions for fully correcting all the possible causes to chronic candidacies.  They are listed to help you think like a homeopath and find the potential solutions homeopathically.

  • A constitutional enhancement formula—For the overall activation of our natural healthy functions.
  • Female discomforts—Specific for vaginal yeast infections.
  • Fatigue reliever—For general fatigue, burnout, and low blood sugar.
  • Allergy/food & chemical relief—For associated sensitivities.
  • Athletes foot formula—For associated skin fungus.
  • Skin irritations & itch—For associated symptoms.
  • Hair & nail formula—For nail fungus.
  • Allergies & hay fever—For associated symptoms.
  • Constipation—For associated symptoms.
  • Mental alertness—For associated symptoms
  • Stress control formula—For stress that causes elevated cortisol that can weaken the immune system, making it vulnerable to excess yeast growth.
  • Anxiety & nervousness—For associated symptoms.
  • Gonorrhea (Sycotic) Miasm formula—For inherited weaknesses which create susceptibility. TAC

For over fifty years, energy fields of the body have been measured through various instruments such as Kirlian photography.  Scientists have observed that imbalances and blocks within the energetic control patterns of the body occur long before organic disease may manifest.

Homeopathy provides us over two hundred years of time tested science for correcting the deeper causes of disease.  In fact, even inherited weakness passed down genetically for over a thousand years can be corrected with homeopathy.  There are Miasm formulas in homeopathy to help correct the genetic weaknesses that make us susceptible to certain diseases.

Homeopathic formulas have been developed over the past twenty years to correct the common causes underlying our susceptibility to yeast or fungal overgrowths in both females and males.  These overgrowths can cause Candida Albicans infections anywhere there are mucus membranes present, such as the reproductive system, intestinal tract, mouth, and respiratory tract.  Candida can go systemic or into blood and cells of our body, causing a broad spectrum of elusive symptoms. 

Homeopathy is a highly individualized healing art.  This distinctiveness is fundamental to its ability to correct the primary causes or malfunctions within us that allow manifestation of diseases.  The key to homeopathy’s great successes is finding all the formulas that correct the underlying malfunctions within us.  Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars; that is, whatever formulas sound similar should be considered as possible solutions to each individual’s symptom patterns.

Reflex response tests like Applied Kinesiology, leg length tests or acupuncture point testing devices are essential to discovering and discerning the formulas an individual could need—as well as not need.  These procedures are paramount to correcting the chronic recurring health problems plaguing our society.

Frank J. King, Jr., is a nationally recognized researcher, author and lecturer on homeopathy.  In addition, Dr. King is the founder and director of King Bio Pharmaceuticals, a registered homeopathic manufacturing company dedicated to completing chiropractic destiny with the marriage of homeopathy.  Dr. King offers, complimentary to all Doctors of Chiropractic, his turnkey procedural system for the high volume practice called, The Chiropractic Enhancer systemTM (CES).  It is so easy to use that you can successfully apply homeopathy in your practice using any company’s products in one day. Call King Bio Pharma-ceuticals, Asheville, N.C. 1-800-543-3245 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
CHIROPRACTIC ON THE STATE LEVEL Featuring the Florida Chiropractic Association
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Written by Florida Chiropractic Association   
Friday, 30 May 2003 00:00

Background

The Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA) began in 1931, and was established by Florida’s chiropractic pioneers, who attained state licensure for the profession.

As Florida’s largest professional chiropractic association, representing over 4,000 active members, the FCA enjoys the support of 80% of the practicing Florida-resident DC’s and several hundred out-of-state doctors who either hold Florida licenses or attend FCA conventions for license renewal in their home states.

Volunteer leaders in the profession representing all of the geographic areas of Florida are responsible for the mission, policy and direction of the organization, while a dedicated full-time staff headquartered in Orlando carries out the day-to-day operations. They, in turn, are aided by a variety of consultants who offer their specialized talents in areas ranging from government relations to association marketing. Together, they work to help educate, inform and assist FCA members in delivering only the highest quality of care to the citizens of Florida.

The primary function of the Florida Chiropractic Association is the protection and welfare of its individual members, regardless of philosophy, as well as education of the public concerning the chiropractic profession.

"The FCA wants nothing less than total parity—even the lead role—for chiropractic within the health care community, and complete and easy access to chiropractic for Floridians," says Debra Brown, CEO. "As the FCA has grown in strength and effectiveness, so chiropractic has been elevated in the state of Florida."

What this translates to is the achievement of many historic firsts in chiropractic, through FCA legislative victories in areas such as Medicaid funding for chiropractic, chiropractic insurance equality and the granting of $750,000 in state dollars to establish a Research Center in Chiropractic and Biomechanics at Florida State University, to name a few.

What's New?

And, recently, in some late-breaking news, it looks like they’ve done it again! According to a FLASH report prepared by Paul Lambert, FCA General Counsel, and Jack Hebert, FCA Director of Government Relations, "The FCA and its coalition friends were victorious in completely reversing [some of] the onerous provisions that the insurance industry had placed on [Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) legislation]. Although the bill is not perfect, it represents a compromise greatly in our favor as providers.

"The Florida Senate gave its preliminary approval to SB 1202, a series of new proposals targeting fraud in PIP automobile insurance. Originally this bill was a hated ‘wish list’ of denying and delaying tactics desired by the insurance industry, disguised as anti-fraud measures. Now, a series of amendments have significantly changed the character of the originally hated bill. The amendments, supported by a coalition including the FCA, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Florida Medical Association and other provider groups, dramatically changed the character of the legislation."

The report went on to say that only the day prior, the Florida House of Representatives passed an amended version of their PIP anti-fraud legislation. And that the House version is substantially different than the Senate version, in that it is far less broad in scope and is limited primarily to anti-fraud provisions. That bill was to have been before the House the following day for final passage, after which it could have moved to the Senate for its consideration. At that time, though, it was uncertain whether the Senate would consider the House proposal.

Anyway, you get the idea…. Those Florida folks really know how to coordinate their efforts on behalf of chiropractic! Congratulations, and keep up the good work!

For more information on current developments in this latest coup by the FCA, or on related activities, be sure to check out

www.FCAChiro.org. TAC

 
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