Now if I were over in Italy (technically, San Marino) I think I would probably would be sitting at an outdoor cafe sipping a cappuccino and observing sacro-iliac movements on the local females! Not Dr. Kevin Leach, nope…he is busy reading and studying and sent me the excerpts you will see below at the bottom of this e-mail from the new Lee Iacocca book. Great reading!!!
Not so great reading is a junk science article that Kevin sent me that I listed below about cold water causing heart attacks and reasoning that the Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea following their meals and the ‘temperature’ of the fluids play a major role in pathology of the cardiac system.. As our healthy fast foods infiltrate those countries, it will be interesting to see if a warm fluid or cold one is best to consume while downing that Big Mac!!!
While on the subject of suspicious studies, you may want to check the latest Dynamic Chiropractic and you will see the DACBR’s got their version of Chiropractic Radiology Standards published and accepted with the same old “red flag” rules. We were really pulling for the ICA version (www.pccrp.org ) I know we have rehashed this subject ad nauseum but HOW DO YOU KNOW THERE IS A SPINAL PATHOLOGY, ANOMALY, OR CONTRAINDICATION to adjusting unless you film the patient? Also, how do you know what direction that vital atlas has displaced? Guess I’ll sell my x-ray unit and buy some lucky dice!!!
Now a nice study was published in JMPT March/April 2009 Vol. 32, Issue 3 titled Interexaminer Reliability of a Leg-Length Analysis Among Novice and Experienced Practitioners Holt, Russell, et al. This study was performed at the New Zealand Chiropractic College with 50 participants ages 18-55. Tests were prone- legs straight and with knees flexed. They found “substantial agreement” and concluded: “This study revealed good interexaminer reliability of all aspects of leg length analysis protocol used in the study.”
Those of you who are insured by NCMIC, should check out the latest issue (Summer 2009) as you will find the “red flags enforcement” which deals with credit card fraud in medical offices and our need to be compliant by 8-1-09 check out www.nbac.com for the info. In the same issue there is an interesting case of a step-mother suing her DC stepson for malpractice. OUCH. Their conclusion, don’t take shortcuts with anyone…fellow DCs, next door neighbor, family…Hey, I made my mom sign an informed consent!!!
This past Monday things were a bit busy as both the waiting rooms were filled, the consultation room was packed, and two patients were waiting on the front porch. (Hey, free chicken dinners packs the office every time!) Dr. Cox brought back an egg with writing on it and said someone wanted to see me. The writing said ASRA, don’t break me!, so I knew it wasn’t the local MD! Turned out Dr. B.J. Kale and his young clinic director Dr. Tron Malachowski stopped by as they were later going to meet local Pleasanton resident, Dr. Shawn Dill for dinner. Great seeing both talented UC docs. I did call the restaurant and told them to remove the chairs so these knee chest docs would have to kneel while they dined!!!
One of the top UC researchers and instructors we have in the profession is Dr. Robert Brooks. I’m forwarding what he sent me regarding what is happening in NUCCA news: The recent edition of the NUCCA News electronic newsletter (sent to more than 600 chiropractors) recently broke news of the Council on Upper Cervical Care and gave a call for membership in the council. If you haven’t seen the NUCCA News you may wish to access it online at <http://www.nucca.org/newsletter/index.php> The Upper Cervical Research Foundation is devoted to developing and facilitating comprehensive research to investigate the relationship between the biomechanical and neurological balance of the upper cervical spine and its profound effect on human health and well being.
The new patient we saw Tuesday afternoon came in with an interesting problem, for the past six months every time he would drink wine or beer, he’d get a sharp headache pain spreading from the right C-1 region to the right eye. I call it the “Homer Simpson Syndrome.” Anyway pre adjustment his blood pressure was 175/112 (we checked it twice) and immediately post adjustment 144/95. Guess that Dickholtz guy knows what he’s talking about!!!
Those of you who didn’t sleep through my Upper Cervical Evolution talk (both of you!) may recall that I wrapped up the talk showing you the “world’s oldest subluxation” as I showed pics and told the story of a man whose chest was run over by a car at age three. Photos of him from age 5, through the army in WWII, until recently showed this 80 y/o man with a massive tilted pelvis…and probably a 77 y/o subluxation. I’ve attached a letter and photo he sent me yesterday and it is nice to see that…it is never too late for Upper Cervical!!!
The strange thing about practicing Upper Cervical is that you get the most interesting cases one after another (as mentioned below at the Liboiron chiropractic clinic in Texas.) Last week we had a consultation with a 24 y/o man who has been diagnosed with MS and has been legally blind as a result of the condition for 6 years…all following a head trauma. Today we had a man from Afghanistan whose son developed a very high fever at two months and is now at age 13 in a wheelchair, legs curled in, arms tonicallly contracted, cannot speak, cannot crawl or walk, and according to the local Children’s Hospital the MRI shows a film/membrane over the brain inhibiting its capacity to fire. Life gets more curious every day in an Upper Cervical clinic! I would implore all precision oriented chiropractic students to seriously look at being a UC specialist and Rock the World with miracles every day!!!
Last week I wrapped up my e-mail by forwarding an amazing series of events in Dr. Tabetha and Gerard Liboiron’s Round Rock, Tx clinic which started with the son of an MD who was going to be booted out of the army due to severe arm pain (resolved with UC care) only to have that man refer his wife, who had miscarried 3X, in for care. She is now 26 weeks pregnant,… Anyway the local news picked up the story regarding Menieres and sight recovery cases under their UC care and did a brief TV spot on the subject. Here it is:http://ww2.kwtx.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?clipId1=3834565&at1=News&vt1=v&h1=On+your+Side:+Upper+Cervical+Care&d1=127233&redirUrl=www.kwtx.com&activePane=info&
Disregard the thoracic manipulation in the video, Gerard informed me that he slipped, fell forward, put his arms out to catch himself, and his hands just accidentally landed on T-5 (ha ha)
GOLDEN HEART AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Upper Cervical Oriented Director of Oklahaven, Dr. Bobby Doscher.
Oklahoma City, OK – “Oklahaven” Children’s Chiropractic Center is proud to announce the winners of the “Golden Heart” Awards. Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri and Fisher Chiropractic Center in Miami, Florida were the top participants in the 10th Annual Have-A-Heart Campaign. This worldwide event is held every February during Valentine’s Week to benefit “Oklahaven” and to increase the awareness of the healing power of chiropractic for the children.“I thank the chiropractic profession who has enabled us to continue our mission of restoring health to children and to spread the message of hope to searching parents. With everyone’s help, we are making a real difference in the lives of children throughout the world,” says Dr. Bobby Doscher, Director and C.E.O of “Oklahaven” Children’s Chiropractic Center.
Dr. Patrick Newhouse sent me a recent article on vaccinations the stats are pretty appalling. Check this out:
1. A doubling of learning disabilities, ADHD, and asthma.
2. A tripling of diabetes.
3. A 200% to 7,000% increase in autism in every state.
4. In 1970, autism affected four in 10,000 American children. Now it’s
5. In 1979, two-million children suffered from asthma. Today the
7. In 1997, ADHD was reported to effect 1.6 million American
8. From 1945-1969, juvenile diabetes (Type 1) afflicted one in every
9. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was so rare they didn’t even keep
Wanna see another great video promoting UC care? Check out:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twjfd7UHqLY and you will see a very concised explanation of Upper Cervical. Nice to know, according to the A.M.A., that we are “JUST AS EFFECTIVE AS MASSAGE!!!”
OK docs, I know you are all tired of my lame jokes and exhausting diatribes, but a lot of the chiro colleges spam filters block my weekly e-mails (everybody’s a critic!) when they are sent to the students. Therefore, those who aren’t on my list or their e-mails are getting blocked can now get the UC info by checking out Dr. Paul Hambrick’s site:Now, I’m proud to announce to you that starting today, you can read his weekly emails by going to http://www.uppercervicaldocs.com/blog/category/upper-cervical-forest/ I know to most of you this announcement is like getting a root canal, but I really do appreciate Dr. Hambricks efforts and maybe, just maybe we can get some of those full spine docs who are just seeing backache cases to read about the amazing things happening in the upper cervical world. Spread the word!!!
Greg Buchanan sent me a letter “supposedly” written by President Barack Obama on his policy regarding chiropractic. I’ve attached it so you can check it out. I expect to see a toggle table in the Green Room in no time!!!
If you wonder where Blair Society prez and raconteur Dr. Drew Hall has been, he has been working super long hours in his LA practice and turning Hollywood on to UC. One of his patients is a young star of a very popular TV series and 80% of her lupus symptoms have resolved. She is very excited about her new life. Recently Drew has provided care for an executive (second in command) of one of the largest movie companies, game show executive, … Today a movie and TV actress who has dozens of films to her credit will be starting care. Oddly enough, Drew still cusses like a sailor and they seem to love his candor!!!
When we talk to our patients about the three causes of subluxations —Thots, Toxins, & Trauma, it seems like we see vivid examples every day. Had a patient who has been under UC care for 10 years call today explaining that he dumped his mountain bike this weekend,–fractured his jaw, fractured his orbital bone, got a concussion…and still wondered why he needed to be re-x-rayed by us! Physical Trauma to the max! Next is an example of Emotional trauma! Had a patient come in this a.m. with a beautiful scan (almost) which was all green on the left and lower right but 3 huge red bars on the upper right (she is an ASR-but as you know, side of inflammation has little to do with patient’s listing.) Anyway, she stated that she was doing great, but during a school counseling session regarding her son last Friday she could actually feel her atlas subluxate as she was getting the news of her son’s less-than-stellar academic accomplishments!!!