Archive for January 2010

Government Health Care for Everyone: Buyer Beware

January 29, 2010

[originally published in KCN, February 2010]

As our nation waits on pins and needles for our elected officials to craft a “health-insurance- plan-for-everyone,”  those who are super-excited by this proposition need to understand that it will not be “free.”  We will all directly and indirectly pay for it.  You can be sure of that.  And the scary thing is, we are looking to the federal government to craft this utopian health insurance plan… when their track record in the insurance business is down right lousy.  Can  you say “Medicare?”

My Health Care Reform Proposal: “The Goldilocks Plan”

January 22, 2010

[originally published in Kitsap News Group’s 2010 Balance Sound Fitness and Health Guide, January 29, 2010 / cartoons provided by]

As we look to our elected offiicals in D.C. to come up with a health care plan we all can agree on, something tells me that the 2000-plus page storybook they are pushing needn’t be so long.  At the risk of oversimplifying the matter, there is much wisdom to be gained from a childhood story we are all familiar with — and one that is considerably shorter:  “Goldilocks and The Three Bears.”


Chiropractors in the Military?…hold your salute for now.

January 15, 2010

[originally published in KCN, March 2001]

“The Department of Defense is on record [regarding the commissioning of Doctors of Chiropractic in the Armed Forces to provide chiropractic care] as opposing such action….  To employ chiropractors, who have a limited and narrowly focused  scope of practice, is believed to be a manpower and financial expenditure that would be of little benefit to the beneficiaries of the military health care system.”  Besides, as the statement points out, “The treatment of musculoskeletal ailments…is currently well covered by physicians and physical therapists.”

So goes a statement that’s all too common to the ears of our profession — this one was issued in 1991 by the then Secretary of Defense, Richard Cheney’s Deputy Assistant Secretary, Edward Martin, M.D.


Spinal Column Radio Launches!

January 1, 2010

Our much anticipated “radio-style” chiropractic podcast is now on!  “Tune it in” at, and listen to Dr. Lamar talk about the topics he writes about here on this blog.

This "Old-Fashioned Radio Microphone" icon will take you directly to the podcast the article is about. This one will take you to "Episode 000"

Keep an eye out for the “Old-Fashioned Radio Microphone” icon in the articles appearing throughout our Blog, as they will link you directly to the Spinal Column Radio podcast for that article’s  topic.

Click on the the microphone icon in this post to go directly to our very first episode entitled “Episode 000 — podcast chiropractor for hire!” In this episode you will learn the who, what, and why of Spinal Column Radio.

It’s fun, informative, and thought-provoking — all at the same time…. “infotainment” at its finest!

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