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Next New Beginnings
April 17, 18 & 19, 2009

Helping one another

by Dr. Jim Dubel

A holy man was having a conversation with God one day and said, ' God ,
I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'

God led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.

In the middle of the room was a large round table.
In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew,
the stew smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished.

They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms
and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful.

But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

God said, 'You have seen Hell.'

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one.

There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water.

The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons,
but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The holy man said, 'I don't understand.'

It is simple,' said God . 'It requires but one skill'.

You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.'

As it is in our Chiropractic practice and life itself, we need to feed & help one another in order to be successful!

I encourage you to join us at New Beginnings in April 2009.
We share philosophy, fellowship, success and have fun....
Remember, that I will always share my spoon with you....

All My Love, Loyalty and Friendship....
Jim Dubel

Down and Dirty

Dr. Bobby Braile

I was researching chiropractic articles for the Now You Know newsletter when I came across a beauty!  This article was from our friends at National College in their "Journal of Chiropractic Medicine". The title of the article is "A proposed protocol for hand and table sanitizing in chiropractic clinics and education institutions" and can be seen here.

This article describes the possibility of many different microbes that can be present on your hands and adjusting tables.  The way they describe it, even I wouldn't want to lay down on "their" tables. They then look into all sorts of guidelines for other professions and extrapolate them for chiropractic.

The scariest part of the article is the conclusion of their article where they put forth their proposed guidelines for our profession. They include the following excerpts:

Hand sanitizing - The article recommends, "Hand sanitizing with an alcohol-based gel should be recommended as routine in chiropractic health care facilities." They have fairly elaborate instructions for this and recommend that this, "should be performed between each patient contact in practice". Obviously these doctors are high volume guys.  I might agree with this in their cases as they probably spend their day waiting on patients while sitting around with their thumb up their butt!! I hope they do wash before they see patients!

Table sanitizing and disinfecting  - Here is what they say about this, "Although face paper should always be used, application of a CDC or Environmental Protection Agency–approved sanitizing wipe or solution should occur between each patient treatment at a minimum, on the table to face, chest, and hand pieces of the table surface." They continue, "It is essential that hand, facial/head, and thoracic sections should be wiped and allowed to air dry, which can exceed 45 seconds. This drying process is part of the disinfecting process and should not be aided with use of a towel or paper wipe." Using this method I believe you could cut the drying time down if you practiced in a desert climate area like Arizona or Nevada. Sorry Florida doctors, you may only be able to see one patient each shift as you wait the rest for the day for your wet table to dry.

Cloth chiropractic treatment tables - To this they suggest, "There is no acceptable way to adequately sanitize cloth-covered treatment table surfaces. To our knowledge, no other health care provider groups employ the use of cloth on treatment surfaces. The use of these coverings should be discontinued immediately."  I guess you guys with cloth tables are just screwed. Damn, I just bought 20 cloth chairs for my new office. Does that mean I can't do sitting cervicals?

Probably the most scary part of this article is the final section I've reprinted below.

National guideline adoption - "Acknowledgement at the professional association level that these procedures should be routine will serve to facilitate awareness and increase compliance within the chiropractic profession. It is suggested that the professional groups and associations such as the American Public Health Association's Chiropractic Healthcare Section facilitate the dissemination of this information and support a movement toward the adoption of a national guideline on hand and table sanitizing. In addition, it is recommended that the Council on Chiropractic Education, the profession's national accreditation agency, as well as state boards strongly consider mandating these measures. Lastly, future guidelines should focus on enhancing compliance with hand and treatment table sanitizing procedures."

Now keep in mind that nothing in this article, or any they reviewed showed any evidence that going to a chiropractor increased the risk of infection. There have been NO STUDIES that show that chiropractic care creates a situation of higher risk to infection. In fact, there have been several studies that suggest the exact opposite, without scrubbing between patients.

This is a case of some scary individuals in our profession with nothing better to do than to tell those of us in the trenches what they think we need to do. We, as principle chiropractors, need to stand up to this pseudo-science nonsense and dictate what good care really is.  We have let it go too far with record keeping, as now many experts and state boards consider the majority of chiropractors to be keeping inferior records. (Don't get me started here as I could write volumes on this rant.) If these people have their way, your state board could bring you up on sanitary charges.

Now I'm not suggesting we have our offices be filthy. But I am suggesting some common sense. If there has never been a problem, let's not look to create one. Innate made germs for us to live with. Chiropractic removes interference to innate so we can better deal with them and adapt. Enuf Said!

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