Elvis Presley once sung a song “I forgot to remember to forget” and to this day I’m still trying to figure out what that means! The reason I brought that up is that many UC docs who have been in practice 2, 3, 4 + decades forget about all the dramatic recoveries they’ve seen as the years go by. Last week I was discussing with a patient of mine, who is a psychologist, the unusual cases we’ve attracted over the past month. We have two infants under 7 months with seizure disorders; a three y/o who is legally blind, unable to walk; 24 y/o male with MS resulting in blindness…. and wanted her to understand the BIGNESS of Upper Cervical. She said, “You don’t need to convince me, I not longer have my migraines. But the thing that totally convinced me about Upper Cervical was the patient Diane _ _ _ _ that I sent in to you about three years ago. She had Lou Gehrig’s Disease and completely healed once her neck was corrected!” I forgot!!!
Did you ever think, if only the public knew what we knew, how could they ever think of not bringing their kids, spouse, parents,…in for UC care? Physically and emotionally you are such a different person when you are neurologically clear. Sadly we have presented such a confused message to the public that the word ‘chiropractic’ conjures up so many images that it confuses people and makes them not partake in this wonderful profession…so safe, so effective! Anyway, typical of public perception of our profession, cuts are coming:
Chiropractic Cut from Coverage
Alberta, Canada Albertans will no longer be able to claim chiropractic care starting this summer,after the government delisted chiropractor services from its provincial health plan.The cut will save approximately $53 billion per year.
Delisting chiropractic services seems to be the trend in Canada, with both British Columbia and Ontario making similar decisions in the recent past. It is anticipated that seniors and people with low incomes will cancel appointments.
The Edmonton Journal
“It is likely that the US will follow the same thinking regarding chiropractic services if national health care reform is instituted.” “That would save $176 million in medicare payments to chiropractors per year in the USA.”
British ad regulators pan subluxation-based
Last October, the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)
ordered the Ideal Spine Centre in Blean, Canterbury to stop claiming
that a program of periodic spinal checkups throughout life would have
an impact on resistance to disease. [ASA Adjudication, Oct 15, 2008]
clinic is run by Christian H. E. Farthing, an Australian-trained
chiropractor who began practicing in the United Kingdom in 2000.
During ASA’s proceedings, Matthew McCoy DC, Director of Life
University, Marietta, Georgia provided a review of “vertebral
subluxation” and its application within chiropractic. He also
referenced various trials that he said showed chiropractic and
subluxation had an impact on wellness and quality of
Dr. Kevin Smith forwarded an e-mail from Dr. Joe Ierano that has the usual “wasting money on unproven methods” tripe but the bottom part of the e-mail has some very favorable statistics you may want to use to show that what we do is “AT LEAST” 50% less expensive. In this economy, that is HUGE!!!
Dr. Hubbard is being a busy man. He will be teaching a Blair Intermediate/Advanced seminar in Fort Worth, TX at Dr. Mike Thompson’s office. The class is July 18,19 with 16 hrs. CE and you can contact Brandon Harshe 214-422-1867 or firstname.lastname@example.org for registration. Make sure you wear a NY Giant jersey as Todd is a big Dallas Cowboy fan and has been getting a little ‘uppity” lately!
Speaking of seminars, Dr. Rob Kessinger has a KCUCS Adjusting seminar coming in Davenport, Iowa July 24,25 (see attachment) The Isle of Capri is the name of the hotel and attached gambling boat where he will be holding this seminar. I wonder if they all use clockwise torque if the boat will rotate in the water???
Speaking of Knee Chest technique, anybody have a spare table for sale? Dr. Nick Tedder is looking for one:Can you put in your next newsletter that I am looking to purchase a used knee chest table; Kale or KCUCS! My contact info is:
Nick Tedder, DC
Last week I’d mentioned the DACBR’s (chiro radiologists) got their “no analytical x-rays” policy published, which it the antithesis of how an UC doc practices. Dr. Ian Bulow, UCHC in Pittsburgh, wrote me that he had a woman who wanted to start care but was concerned about x-ray exposure. Her brother-in-law is a rad tech. Here is what I wrote him:
Anyway, according to the ICA X-ray guidelines 2007 (primarily authored by Harrison of the Biophysics technique) states that a standard set of cervical x-rays is on average 100 millirems (mrem) Acceptable exposure per year is 5000 mrems. You have digital, so your figures are probably lower. If you want the whole study check out www.pccrp.org To put that exposure amount in perspective, a coast to coast plane trip is 10 mrems.
Ok, now some good news. Dr. Jake Hollowell, Life West grad in my office who is perfecting his Sicilian in preparation for running the soon to be opened UCHC clinic in Sicily, told me about an interesting case of his. He spoke to a Fibromyalgia Support Group and the head of that group became a patient. About three months into care she has finally rid herself of all medication, is feeling fantastic due to the atlas corrections, and no longer wants to go to the group meetings because all they talk about is medication there. Anyway she went to Southern California to bid farewell to her father who is suffering from dementia and so many other health problems she felt her father would probably have to be placed in a nursing home or may be near the end of his life span. Her friends said she looked fantastic, so she decided to take her father to see Dr. Frank Conley in Canoga Park, CA. Frank attended many of Dr. Muncy’s seminars and is very exacting in his work. Get this—two weeks into care and the man’s dementia is 90% better!!!
Dr. Hollowell has another patient who was very reluctant to start UC care but did so to keep from having to sleep in the doghouse! At his wife’surging, he started care and the headaches quickly resolved. The man noticed that his persistently high blood pressure plummeted 30 points and has stayed normal. Seeing the cardiologist three to four times last month and rebuffing the doctors idea of taking the medication “even though he didn’t need it”, the man finally tossed the medication to the MD and said, “You take it!”
As we continue to hear about the Swine Flu, every now and then a scientist will put these “disasters” in perspective. Attached is an article from a newspaper, the Herald, in Australia sent to me by that super UC advocate Greg Buchanan. (YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE HIS – IS YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT? Could this be a silent epidemic? brochure in your office which has the site www.upcspine.com on it so your patients and perspective patients can get a very thorough explanation of UC and a referral directory for their friends and family located in other cities.)
I think most of us seasoned UC docs have all dreamed of having a multi-technique UC clinic, as nobody can be an expert at all the methods…jack of all trades, master of none! Dr. Drew Hall is the president of the Blair Society but took in an intern on the Life West Preceptor program who happens to practice knee chest. Debbie Benlien started her first patient and here is what Drew wrote:
debbies first patient
came from a screening and the lady has had wrist arthritis for 15 years……… to the point where she was grimacing in consultation holding her wrist the whole time headaches for 5 years , nervousness, and a whole host of other problems…….
Anyway she adjusted her axis knee chest and the lady came out of the rest area with a gigantic smile on her face…. Her headache was gone….
comes back second visit……….graph as straight as can be, no wrist pain…… headache better…. nervousness gone…and needless to say very happy……
Not bad for your first adjustment……….