Next New Beginnings -
April 20 - 23, 2006
What If ?
Peter J. Kevorkian, DC
people knew what you knew about chiropractic, what type of decisions
would they make? Would they follow the recommendations that you gave
them? Would they bring their children? Would they continue care for a
lifetime – regardless of finances? Would they refer others?
in practice fundamentally comes from the patient / practice member
understanding the unique service of chiropractic. Once they do, they
would make the best decisions for themselves and their family. Telling
the story, patient education, is the key. It is the most critical link
for a family wellness practice. It needs to begin with the first
encounter with the office and then continue regularly throughout care.
Most important though, is a regular workshop/ health talk / lecture. In
this medium the chiropractor and / or the chiropractic assistant can give
the entire chiropractic story from start to finish.
are many lecture programs available to use in chiropractic but
fundamentally there are four concepts that need to be covered.
is the concept of “Health”. Our society has a perverted viewpoint of
health. They view that health can be purchased in a health food store or
a health care providers office. In reality health is a birthright. It is
an internal job of the body working properly. Dorland Medical Dictionary
states that: “health is a condition of optimal physical, mental and
social well being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmities”.
The absence of disease is what many of our patients believe is a
condition of health. Health is a body that is FUNCTIONING properly. It
may or may not have a symptom. The key to health is function. Whereas we
have no way of measuring “optimal function” it is important that we take
steps to care for our health by being responsible to all parts of our
well being, physically, mentally and emotionally.
is the concept of “Innate Intelligence”. People need to develop
confidence and faith in their bodies. By understanding the magnificence
of the bodies design, taking responsibility for ones body becomes a
natural process. Our body’s make every drug and every chemical it should
need in a lifetime. It makes an entirely new human being in a matter of
nine months from two tiny cells. It needs no help just no interference.
Gaining the appreciation of that concept (reducing and eliminating
interferences) is the single greatest gift we give people in our
workshops. The magnificence of life’s design does not need to be helped –
it only needs to have interferences removed from it.
is the concept of Vertebral Subluxation. The brain and nerve system
control the FUNCTION of all the organs and systems of the body. This
system is very delicate it has the consistency of wet spaghetti or Jell-O
so nature protects it with bone (the vertebra). The delicate nerves make
a connection directly or indirectly from the brain to every cell in the
body. If there is damage to any part of that system, the brain cannot
control the function of the body properly. A condition of the spine
exists when the vertebra have lost their proper alignment or motion and
place an irritation on the delicate nerves and reduce the FUNCTION of the
body. The causes of vertebral subluxations are in multitudes. Any stress,
physically, mentally or emotionally that the body cannot fully adapt to
can create vertebral subluxation. The causes of subluxation must be made
very real to our patients. They begin with the birth process and continue
throughout a lifetime.
fourth and final concept is Chiropractic. Chiropractic is the correction
of vertebral subluxations. The unique service is to analyze the spine and
provide a specific force to the body to reduce the vertebral subluxation
complete educational program, people have a foundation upon which to
understand the miracle of chiropractic. People are then given the
opportunity to participate in chiropractic wellness care for a lifetime.
If people knew what you knew about chiropractic, what type of decisions
would they make?
Your Honor, It’s A Philosophy, Science
Brian L. Solofsky, DC
“Our Masterpiece”, volume XXXIX BJ wrote: “The results of these
procedures are insistently and consistently taught in PSC (Palmer School
of Chiropractic) classes and clinics. The regrettable feature is that
many students, for many diverse reasons, overlook, forget and do not
follow such in their practices once they leave The PSC. This is not the
fault of there being no, “chiropractic IS TO establish itself as an
accepted science and the profession establish itself as a truly
scientific profession”, all of which HAS BEEN DONE and WAS “done in our
own centers with our OWN personnel.”
This past week I was on
trial in a six-year malpractice case. The bad news is that the judge
allowed an Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgeon to be the expert witness
against me, not a Chiropractor. This Orthopedic claimed that chiropractic
and osteopathy are very similar and we use the same physiotherapies, of
which I use none. He made further claim as to his knowledge of
chiropractic based on the fact that he employs chiropractors in his
office, and is their supervisor. BJ stated that, “we are nothing
medical”! The more a chiropractor utilizes medical procedures and works
with medical practitioners, the more they will be judged under medical
standards. This orthopedic actually referred to us as, “chiropractitioners”?
After a morning of
motions on our part that were denied, and an afternoon of jury selection,
we were sent home. Opening arguments began a 9:30am, the next day. The
Plaintiff and his wife did their testifying. Then came the Osteopathic
Orthopedic Surgeon. Under cross-examination my lawyer was able to get
this expert (a drip under pressure) to agree that there was a difference
in technique, philosophy, and science. He agreed that we attend different
schools, take different boards, use different techniques, and have
different philosophies. He admitted to never having attended a
Chiropractic College, Chiropractic Seminar, or even read one publication
of Chiropractic literature. I can only imagine that made him unable to
testify as to the standard of care in a ChiropracTIC office.
The attorney for the
plaintiff then rested his case. The Judge called for a break and sent the
jury out of the courtroom. The judge then questioned council for the
plaintiff as to where his Orthopedic stated that I deviated from the
standard of care for a ChiropracTOR. Then the judge ordered both
attorneys into his chambers. My attorney emerged stating that the judge
persuaded council for the plaintiff to drop the charges against me. My
only offense was my philosophy, science, and art. My defense was the
documentation of performed history, examination, X-rays, analysis,
recommendations for care, and adjustments.
“One know of no ways of
SCIENTIFICALLY researching any ONE-philosophy, science, or
art-independent of other two, and come out with an over-all conclusive
and factual knowledge of HOW man was systematically organized; WHAT
organized him; WHY he was produced as is, and for what purpose; Why he is
here at all, BY himself, FOR himself, internally and externally to act
and react, receive and reject environment as it helps or hurts him, his
present and future. As well say there is ONLY day, no night; all cold, no
heat; all sea, no land. These and many more factors are one composite
invisible, indivisible whole.” Our Masterpiece!
Whose standard do you
practice under? Is it the latest scientific journal, your last philosophy
session, a chiropractic technique, the insurance company, your state
board or your Guru? What is innate without the body? What is the body
without innate? And, “What are they together”? As J. Clay Thompson once
said to me, “Brian, just let innate guide you, follow the light!
Time for a Yard sale!
Louis Corleto, DC
sure by now everyone has experienced moving from one place to another, a
new home. Of all of the things that come up during this process like
–packing, cleaning, preparing rental trucks, recruiting help from friends
and family or professionals, I feel one of the most profound aspects of
this reality check is how we “collect” & “store” so much stuff under one
roof. It seems to be proportional: if we move from a smaller place to a
larger place we collect and store more “stuff”. We never fully realize
how much stuff we have stored until we “move”.
This is when we go through the process of
deciding why we kept it in the first place. Is it still worth keeping?
Does it serve a purpose, should we sell it, donate it, or trash it?
During the healing process a very similar
situation takes place. In my opinion and experience it is directly
proportional: the more stuff we store in “our home” (with in the body)
the more stuff we store in our house (outside of the body).
As we CHOOSE to heal, or move forward,
(which means better feeling and not necessarily feeling better) we will
become aware of the “things” we have stored in our bodies. They might
show up in the form of tension in muscles, joints, organs- pains in
parts, decreased ability to breathe deeply, etc.
So when we choose to “move” we and we
alone need to decide to take them with us to our “new home” or get rid of
them. You only have to give yourself permission- ALLOW IT. You can feel
it is important to “pack it” or realize it no longer serves you and trash
You can even “return to sender”. As the
process of moving continues, be as authentic as possible about the “need”
to “keep” or release the old stored “stuff”. Re-member the more old stuff
the less room for new experiences. Getting adjusted regularly allows you
to integrate once and for all the “old stuff” and tap into the courage of
letting go. Now YOUR new home is free and clear!!!.
Keep Setting YOURSELF