Archive for May 2013

Chiropractic for Blood Pressure?

May 31, 2013

909106_-_beep_beep_blood_pressure-[originally published in KCN, June 2007]

Have you ever played the game Word Association?  You know, the game where someone says a word, and then the next person responds with a word that has some sort of association with it.  For example, if I said “dog,” you might say “cat.” If I said “chiropractic,” you might say “back pain” or “spine.”  What you probably wouldn’t say is “blood pressure”  — unless of course your name happens to be George Bakris, M.D.

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Your Healthcare has been Doctored

May 24, 2013

[originally published in KCN, June 2013]

Doctored BannerRecently a film producer compared the chiropractic profession to a “beaten wife.”  To paraphrase, he said, “During the course of the making of my film, I was astounded by how large groups of chiropractors contacted me saying, ‘Please don’t make them mad, Jeff.’”

The film producer I’m talking about is Jeff Hays.  His movie is entitled “Doctored.”  And the “them” he was referring to is Political Medicine.

“It’s time for chiropractors to stand up and make their own voices heard,” he said in response to a question regarding why the successes of chiropractic have been suppressed and not gotten out to the public. (more…)

Baby at 37,000 Feet

May 17, 2013

Baby at 37,000 feet[originally published in KCN, June 2011]

On a flight home, chiropractor Kevin Donka settled into his seat.  Behind him was a mother with her baby.

As the flight took off, the baby — as many will — began to cry.  The mother did everything in her power to quiet the little one… but to no avail.  The child simply would not calm down.  And then something happened that every parent fears while flying — the child’s cry catapulted to a full-tilt shrill.  Again, the mother tried and tried but the child could not be comforted.

At about minute ten of the full-blown wail, Dr. Donka began to think to himself, “Maybe I should offer to help.  Maybe there is something I can do.”

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Now Hear This!

May 10, 2013

Now Hear This - TomLamarCartoon.com[originally published in KCN, September 2006 / cartoon provided by TomLamarCartoon.com]

September 18th will mark the 111th anniversary of the first chiropractic adjustment delivered by our founding chiropractor, D.D.Palmer.  So, the question for all of you trivia buffs is, “What was the first chiropractic patient adjusted for?”  If you answered “lower back pain,” you’re wrong.  You’re also wrong if you answered “headache,” “neck pain,” “shoulder blade pain,” or “sciatica.”  The correct answer, just might surprise you, for  the first chiropractic patient presented with a condition that chiropractors tend not to be associated with these days:  hearing loss.

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The Lumbago Top Ten

May 3, 2013

[originally published in KCN, March 2006]

Question.  What do construction workers and nursing home workers have in common?  Delivery drivers and police officers?  Auto mechanics and farmers?  It’s a real stumper, isn’t it?   And while you search your brain for a common denominator for these seemingly dissimilar jobs, let me give you one that’s unlikely to roll off your tongue anytime soon:  they all made the American Chiropractic Association’s list of the “Top Ten Back Breaking Jobs.”  What’s more, these jobs, along with three others I didn’t mention, share something else in common:  they weren’t awarded the number one spot.

Top 10 Back Breaking Jobs

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