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Next New Beginnings - January 26 - 29, 2006

Five simple rules to be happy

Jim Dubel, DC

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, even though he is legally blind he is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and a shave perfectly applied, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, his nurse provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

"I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

"Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied.

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time ".

Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it "It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! .

Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing."

I wish more Chiropractors would understand that wonderful gift we have had bestowed upon us. Not riches as in money, cars, boats and other possessions. But in the understanding of that miracle that occurs each and every time we deliver a Chiropractic adjustment to remove subluxation.

A greater gift can not be received!

By either, the doctor who delivers the adjustment or the patient who receives the adjustment. Its all in how you arrange your mind!

May God flow from above down his bounteous strength to help you find in yourself, this understanding....

Happy New Year

All My Love, Loyalty and Friendship...

Jim Dubel

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Live simply .
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Free your heart from hatred.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

Are PTs Stealing Chiropractic?

by Bob Braile, DC

One of the hottest topics lately has been the movement of Physical Therapists into the area of “Spinal Manipulation”. In many states, there is a well organized, well funded push toward expansion of the PT’s scope of practice into an area that many DCs see as an encroachment into chiropractic. Over recent years this fight has changed dynamics and we need to understand the big picture here if we want to address this issue.

First, we need to clearly understand that the PTs think that our opposition into spinal manipulation is extremely hypocritical as they see our profession as having long been completely stealing what they do. They have a good argument here as one trip into many chiropractic offices would raise the same question.

I do remember years ago hearing our chiropractic leaders use a rational that our use of “ancillary procedures” was different than physical therapy in that our intent was to use these procedures to assist the chiropractic adjustment. Today this argument does not hold water as most chiropractors are not using physical therapy in their office to assist them in correction of subluxations. One look at the submitted insurance claims completely eliminates that old argument.

So, clearly, we have encroached into their area. This eliminates using any argument that Chiropractors and Physical Therapists should remain separate in order to not confuse the public. In fact, they have ammunition in their argument that any chiropractic opposition to Physical Therapists broadening their scope into spinal manipulation should be ignored as we have clearly stolen what they do.

What has been a successful argument for us over the years has been that we perform our services with the level of expertise commensurate with a doctoral degree. We have always made the point that we are doctors, and that anyone with less training represented a danger to the public if they attempted “spinal manipulation” without the level of training we had in chiropractic spinal adjusting.

Unfortunately, this defense is quickly dissolving. First, PTs are initiating doctoral degrees and will soon graduate professionals that have the same level of education as us, and are, also, primary portal of entry providers. Secondly, some of our schools offer less courses in “spinal manipulation” then they do, and some of our schools are not even identified as chiropractic schools anymore. This weakens our position while the Physical Therapists are continuing to strengthen theirs.

The arguments that we have successfully used for years are gone. The medical doctors, who have been unwitting allies to keep the Physical Therapists from being primary care givers, will also not have a reasonable argument as PTs get doctoral degrees. In fact, I believe that it is inevitable that Physical Therapists will become primary portal of entry providers and engage in extensive regimes of spinal manipulation. In fact, I predict that it will not be long before the MDs change sides on this issue and start a public relations campaign that says that Physical Therapists are safer and better trained than we are.

So what are we to do? It’s time we stop trying to stop others from doing “SPINAL MANIPULATION!” It’s time we start educating the public that what we do is not spinal manipulation and what we do is “specific scientific chiropractic adjustments.” It is also time we start educating the public that these adjustments are for correction of vertebral subluxations, and it is time to educate the public as to what subluxations are and what they can do.

The Physical Therapists are not going to start giving adjustments for the correction of vertebral subluxations anytime soon. To do so would require them and the medical establishment to acknowledge that vertebral subluxations do exist, they do affect proper function of the nervous system, and that correction of them does enhance health. In effect, they would have to acknowledge the chiropractic principle and say that they are practicing chiropractic, and this is something they collectively do not want to do.

In essence, our best, and last, defense is our core difference from the allopathic model. The procedure of spinal manipulation has never been unique to chiropractic. It is futile to try to stop others from doing it. However, our expertise is in correction of subluxations through specific “chiropractic adjustments” is exclusively ours. We are the only experts at subluxation correction. We are the only profession that adds this procedure to the vitalistic philosophy we embrace.

Ultimately, if we want to stop Physical Therapists from stealing chiropractic we need to recognize what we are, what makes us different, and then create a defense that protects that uniqueness, not a defense of common domain therapeutics such as “spinal manipulation”.


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