Archive for February 2013

May I Have Your Attention Please? Part I

February 22, 2013

depressed kid[originally published in KCN, March 2003]

Imagine for a moment a medical disorder — a medical disorder primarily found in children.  This medical disorder is unique, however.  Because unlike most disorders that have lab work-ups, special imaging, fancy tests, or good old-fashioned doctor procedures to verify their diagnoses, this one has none.  The only bit of evidence that exists to support it are the various observations and interviews that the doctor (hopefully) conducts with the involved parties.  In essence, it’s a diagnosis that is totally opinion-based.  Now imagine that the number one treatment for this diagnosis, primarily found in children, that lacks any “hard” clinical evidence for its existence, is a drug very similar to cocaine.  Sound ridiculous?  Well, it’s not.  As a matter of fact, it’s happening every day.

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Healthcare’s Black Sheep

February 15, 2013

640px-Black_sheep-1 This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic - Jesus Solana from Madrid, Spain[originally published in KCN, January 2003 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

Chiropractic is different.

Visit one of us, and I’m sure you’ll have no problem drawing this conclusion on your own.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing that we’re different.  After all, for many that consult our offices, that’s exactly what they are looking for — something different,  something other than medicine.

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E.R. D.C.

February 8, 2013

65898_emergency_room[originally published in KCN, November 2002]

They say that the popular television drama “ER” is based on actual Emergency Room experiences.  That’s probably why it  seems so realistic and has allowed the show to remain at the top of the ratings.  So don’t be surprised if they write in a part for a chiropractor to stand alongside of Noah Wyle.  Well, actually, I would be very surprised.  But it’s not as far fetched as it sounds.  It’s happening everyday at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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The 8 Second Adjustment

February 1, 2013

[originally published in KCN, September 2002 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

Rodeo Cowboy cartoonThe crowd is tense.  Excitement is in the air.  The gate springs open, and out pops a wild bucking bronco with a cowboy clutched atop.  As the bronco tries with all of its might to rid itself of this odd, restrictive force it senses on its back, the brave cowboy tries with equal might to hang on like glue — body being bumped, jerked, and whipped in every direction imaginable — all while trying to look “good” during this brawl between man and beast.   As the second clock speeds along, the music from the PA system blares, the crowd cheers, and the announcer keeps it all going full throttle.  In what seems like a blink of an eye to the fans — but more like days to the brave cowboy — the eight second buzzer sounds, signaling that his ride is over, and his score awaits.  Hopefully the rescue cowboys will be along soon for an easy dismount.  Of course, the other option is being bucked off, slammed to the ground, and possibly stepped on.  Ahh yes, the rodeo is in town!  And while it only comes once a year to Kitsap County, to the cowboys (and girls) this is just another day at the office.  For while the fans that night will only see these cowboys perform once, chances are, their calendars are booked for two, three, maybe four, different rodeos that week.  How do they do it — again, and again, and again?  For many, the answer is chiropractic.

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