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Chiropractic on NPR Radio

By |February 28, 2010|Media|

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From WNYC (radio) the Leonard Lopate Show on Feb 19th was about chiropractic. Leonard interviews Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D, Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and James N. Dillard, M.D., D.C., C.Ac. who used to run Columbia Med School’s CAM clinic.


Why We Really Need Healthcare Reform

By |February 27, 2010|Health Care Reform, News|

Why We Really Need Healthcare Reform

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SOURCE:   LA Times ~ January 31, 2010

By David Lazarus

As the prospects for meaningful healthcare reform grow murkier by the day, it’s helpful to remember why we started this discussion in the first place. It wasn’t so we could socialize the U.S. healthcare system, and it wasn’t so we could create death panels, or make it easier for insurance and drug companies to practice their trades.

It was so we could help people like Hollywood resident Lisa France, 42, who does her best to stay healthy. She exercises regularly, does yoga, does Pilates. She has no medical problems to speak of and no preexisting conditions.

But when France recently applied for individual coverage offered by Anthem Blue Cross, she received a letter saying that her monthly premium would be 25% higher than expected because she sees a chiropractor from time to time. (more…)

Congressional Chiropractic Supporters Send Recommendations to Defense Secretary Gates

By |February 26, 2010|News|

February 23, 2010 ~   A bipartisan group of Congressmen, who are also chiropractic supporters, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urging him to consider several recommendations to improve clinical trials that the Department of Defense (DoD) will conduct to examine the effects of chiropractic for active-duty military. Chiropractic care is a benefit provided to the Armed Forces at more than 50 military treatment facilities (MTFs). (more…)

Chiropractic Care Expansion on Insurance Coverage Proposed

By |February 26, 2010|News|

Source Michigan Policy Network

A new state legislative proposal brought forth in Michigan by the senate, if passed, would create new boundaries for insurance coverage pertaining to chiropractic and optometric services. Senate Bill No. 969 was introduced on November 5, 2009 by Senator Richardville. This is inclusive to bills 968 through 973. These bills all call for the same type of change in insurance coverage, however they entail different aspects of the insurance field. The new bill is meant to expand the role of chiropractic service in the state of Michigan, and will allegedly have no fiscal impact on the State or local government. To address this fiscal impact, the cost of insurance for state and local employees would be increased by an unspecified amount. The areas under consideration for amending include motor vehicle personal and property protection, the Prudent Purchaser Act, the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act, the Workers Disability Compensation Act, disabilities insurance policies, and group and blanket disability insurance. Under the new bill, any coverage for these specific policies would be subject to the Public Health Code as of January 1, 2009. Anything not covered in the Public Health Code after that time would be required for them out of their own pocket. (more…)

Chiropractic Care Included in 2010 Olympic Vancouver Winter Games at On-Site Polyclinic – A First for Olympic Athletes

By |February 25, 2010|News|

Source Southern California University of Health Sciences

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, include chiropractic care inside the Olympic Village Polyclinic, a multi-disciplinary facility offering comprehensive healthcare and medical services.

While DCs have historically been included on the Olympic medical staff, this year’s events mark the first time that DCs from the host country will be treating athletes and officials from around the world directly inside the Polyclinic.

“This is an historic event not only for the chiropractic profession, but also the athletes who will now have access to the care that will help them prepare their bodies for competition,” states Michael Reed, DC, MS, DACBSP, and team USA’s medical director (USOC). “These athletes train hard and endure significant physical demands. Sports-focused DCs, along with other members of the sports medicine team, are specially skilled to assist them in reaching peak performance.”

Chiropractic care has experienced several major moments in Olympic history, dating back to Leroy Perry, DC, who provided chiropractic care to athletes representing Antigua during the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada. During the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY, George Goodheart, DC, became the first official chiropractor appointed to the U.S. team.
With each subsequent Olympic Games and Pan American Games, the U.S. teams — along with a growing number of other national teams — have included at least one doctor of chiropractic on their medical staff.

“Inclusion inside the Polyclinic is another major milestone for the chiropractic profession, and we are grateful to the host city of Vancouver, the head of medical services at the Polyclinic, Jack Taunton, MD, and to Robert Armitage, DC, who helped make this possible,” says USOC Director of Sports Medicine Clinics, Bill Moreau, DC, DACBSP.

Evaluating Soft-Tissue Neck Trauma

By |February 24, 2010|Diagnosis, Education|

Evaluating Soft-Tissue Neck Trauma

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After neck injury, a careful neurologic evaluation must be conducted, and every examination should begin with a thorough case history. (See Table 1). Note any signs of impaired consciousness, inequality of pupils, or nystagmus. Do outstretched arms drift unilaterally when the eyes are closed? Standard coordination tests such as finger-to-nose, heel-to-toe, heel-to-knee, and for Romberg s sign should be conducted, along with superficial and tendon reflex tests.

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