Archive for the ‘animal’ category

Plastic Rats

June 28, 2013

plastic rats[originally published in KCN, May 2008]

The word “Plastic” means different things to different people.   We all probably relate to the countless plastic products and materials that we have come to rely on.  Everything from drinking cups to dashboards — rain gear to baby toys — traffic cones to sunglasses.  Still others might reach for their wallets to show off their “plastic.”  And sometimes  plastic is the perfect word  to describe something that is fake or artificial.  But ask a scientist, engineer, or artist to define the word plastic, and you just might be in for an answer that you have never heard before.  For these professional fields have definitions of plastic that revolve around a material’s ability to change in shape — much like plastic does when it is heated.  Specifically however, when “plastic” is used in the biological sciences it refers to an organism’s ability to “exhibit adaptability to change or variety in the environment.”

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Arthritic Rats

June 14, 2013

800px-Street-rat[originally published in KCN, December 2007]

Chiropractors have long known that spinal adjustments can help stave off, slow down, and sometimes reverse the devastating effects of osteoarthritis — but it took a group of rats to prove it.

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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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A Grizzly Adjustment

November 2, 2009

Listen to Interview with the “Bear Chiropractor!”

Grizzly Bear[originally published in KCN, September 2000]

Now I’ve heard that neck pain can be a bear —but can a bear have neck pain?  Apparently so.  Just ask Fred.  Fred, by the way, is a long-time resident of Montana’s Grizzly Discovery Center — that’s right, Fred is a grizzly bear.

Dr. Gale Ford, veterinarian and executive director of the center, told Dynamic Chiropractic (one of our popular trade publications) that Fred’s neck was most likely injured rough housing with one or more of his playmates.  Much to Fred’s frustration, Dr. Ford’s initial treatment, which consisted mainly of antibiotics, offered no relief for his aching neck.  Not giving up on her 700 pound, hairy patient, Dr. Ford did what she considered to be the next “logical” step — she called a chiropractor.
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