Month: October 2007

Massage Chairs and Mattresses

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The mail keeps coming. I often wonder if other chiropractic offices receive as much mail as I do. I have to assume that they do. For such a small industry, it’s amazing how much marketing material and product advertising letters and postcards chiropractic offices receive each day. Today alone, I received no less than four pieces of mail related to products someone is trying to sell to chiropractors. Products included mattresses, probiotics, massage chairs, and software.

First piece of mail was for a mattress company called isleep and it was a postcard offering free educational materials to help educate my patients. They were also offering an educational sleep seminar on a PowerPoint presentation that is reportedly a $199 value (of course I’d be getting it for free). Pieces of marketing material like this typically end up in the trash and I’m not even sure why they are sent out. Am I supposed to be marketing mattresses for some company that is sending me postcards?

Next up was a probiotic company called BioGaia. I’d never heard of them and this was the first piece of mail I can recall receiving from this company. The front of the card says that their product calms and protects against digestive distress. On the other side is a photo of a blonde girl in a short red top and it looks like she’s not wearing a bra. Text above the image says that this product strength and natural immune defenses. Again, I’ve never heard of this product, but it is apparently one of the most clinically validated probiotics in the world. Checking the back page I see this product comes in three convenient dosage forms. There are probiotic drops for babies, probiotic straws, and probiotic chewable tablets. Of course I can get free samples and recommendation pads so that I can push this product on my clients.

I also received a mini brochure from a company selling massage chairs. I’m reminded that massage chairs help reduce back pain, relieve sore muscles, and promote relaxation. Don’t people know that you can get massage chairs at places like Costco? I have a feeling the company pushing this massage chair on me wants me to become a distributor, let’s take a look inside the brochure. Yes indeed, there is a Healthcare Professional Program which allows me to get massage products at 50% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Promotions like this are good examples of how some chiropractic organizations have become nothing more than a front for things such as multi-level marketing, as this company has endorsed by two chiropractic groups. There’s no intention or desire to provide chiropractic care, just jam more product down the throats of consumers, and make some money while you’re at it.

Lastly I received a letter for a free demonstration of electronic billing software (I think). It’s a two-page letter, and I’m not even sure what the company is trying to sell. It looks like chiropractic software that creates notes, updates billing, and integrates EMR, scheduling, and practice management. I am asked to try a free demonstration right now and they’ll prove it. Prove what? Someone needs to work on the ad copy for this company. I really am looking for some great electronic billing software, but pretty much everything I’ve come across in the chiropractic industry, sucks eggs. I’d love to see something that runs on Linux but I’m not holding my breath. If someone thinks they’ve got a product that will enable a chiropractic office to go completely paperless, and runs on operating systems other than Windows, I’d like to know about it.

That should be enough mail bashing for the day, I may actually get a worthwhile piece of mail someday soon.

Body Systems and Professional Educational Events

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Among the postcards and faxes I received in my chiropractic office yesterday were three pieces of information for upcoming seminars and events directed at health-care professionals. I received a postcard from the National Association of Certified National Health Professionals (try saying that real fast) with information about an event that’s going to be in the Los Angeles area during the month of November. According to the postcard, this program emphasizes on the practical aspects of maintaining homeostasis in the body and maximizing health. The seminar is expected to address issues related to organs, glands, tissues and structures of the human body. Event is that the Doubletree Hotel which is near LAX airport. I don’t have a web site but if you’re interested you can contact the CNHP at 1-800-321-1005 for more information.

I received a fax regarding two chiropractic events taking place in November and both are hosted by Schofield Chiropractic Training. The first event takes place in Elmhurst, New York and it’s scheduled for the weekend of November 3. The second is scheduled for the following weekend, which is November 10, and it will take place in Anaheim, California. I will be attending the Anaheim seminar and staff from Planet Chiropractic will be conducting a number of interviews with chiropractors visiting the Southern California area. If you are attending the event and you’d like to participate in our spotlight on chiropractors coverage, make a connection with someone from our office on Friday or Saturday of that weekend. Details such as hotel information for both of these conferences are available on the seminar and events pages.

Viva Las Vegas! I love going to Las Vegas, especially since I can get Internet access almost everywhere. I don’t gamble so it’s just a bright and shiny place for me to hangout at. A number of my California friends have purchased luxury homes in Vegas so if I get lucky (I guess I am gambling) I may have a sweet house to hang out at instead of staying in a hotel room for this next event. I am there for a conference in December and one of the faxes I received was from Karl Parker seminars and it looks like there’s going to be and international chiropractic appreciation mega-event on January 10-13 of 2008. Not sure yet if I’ll be able to attend this one but it looks fairly fantastic. According to the fax, is the largest seminar program in the chiropractic profession featuring over 55 dynamic speakers, who will be presenting over 125 classroom hours of instruction.

The biggest news of the event is that it’s free. That’s right, this program is free of any registration fees and it’s in Las Vegas! I didn’t notice any information posted on the chiropractic conference page but I’m sure something will be there before the January event. I didn’t get any information about location but there was a photograph of the Riviera Hotel on the fax so I’m assuming that’s where the event is going to be taking place. I did make out a toll-free number at the bottom to be 888-437-5276. If anyone from the seminar program is reading this I’d recommend you put a phone number or web site at the top of the fax and maybe include some hotel information. I may know a few thousand chiropractors that would be interested in attending such an event. Nice to know where it’s going to be at and how we can get more information.

In case you’re wondering, it’s free to post chiropractic continuing education, seminars and events to the Planet Chiropractic events pages. Here is a link to the registration page.

Bill Maher and His New Rule on Big Pharma and Health-Care

A video clip of Bill Maher and his thoughts on America’s pharmaceutical industry.

If you believe you need to take all the pills the pharmaceutical industry says you do, then you’re already on drugs.

Bill Maher talks about that time in the campaign where all the candidates are presenting their health care proposals. In the video Maher states… But none of the plans address the real problem. We won’t stop being sick, unless we stop making ourselves sick.

The government isn’t your nanny… this guy is funny. Check out the video and pass it on to a friend.

Pumpkin Contests and Halloween Decoration Ideas

Not all chiropractic offices decorate or celebrate during the time of Halloween. Our chiropractic office in the beach cities of Los Angeles has been decorated with different themes year after year. We used to have candy guessing contests but this year we’ve moved away from the sugary sweets and are focusing more on a theme for the day.

Does this fur coat make me look too fat?

I just had to share this photograph. Clicking on the image opens up a new window with a much larger sized version of this photo.

BooBerry on Seca Scale

This is Booberry (we mostly call her Boo), the most tiny of miniature poodles. She weighs in at just under 2 pounds and likes to get on the scale to prove it. Whenever I’m in the bathroom brushing my teeth Boo hops up and hangs out on the scale until I’m done. I can’t recall the last time I weighed myself on that bathroom scale, but Booberry is diligent, and she checks her weight daily. I suppose she’s just another blue-eyed Southern California girl that’s watching her figure.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Vetoes Senate Bill 801

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has stepped forward on behalf of sound public policy and acted in the best interests of the chiropractic profession and the public by vetoing the dangerous and disruptive Senate Bill 801. This legislation would have dramatically revised the way in which the chiropractic profession is regulated in the nation’s largest state, and would have placed a measure on the June 2008 election ballot for consideration by statewide voters, with election costs funded by the state’s chiropractic licensing fees.

Halloween Candy for Chiropractors

The idea of candy eating chiropractors is not one that would be very popular for a number of reasons. When it comes to eating and chiropractic, it’s more likely for you to hear your chiropractor speak of Sun Chlorella, Super Greens, Mangosteen Juice, or some other product loaded with phytonutrients, probiotics, and/or immune boosting nutrients.

Why Chiropractors should support Ron Paul

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’m getting more e-mails regarding the Ron Paul Revolution article from yesterday than pretty much anything else I’ve received comments on over the past 10 years. I’m going to repost a number of the e-mails I received since last night but I’m removing all names and e-mail addresses. If anything posted here is discovered to be protected by copyright or lifted from another web site, let me know and I’ll delete it, or source link the information.

You’re welcome to leave comments below. All the information I’m listing here was received in my e-mail inbox during the past 24 hours…

From Tennessee: Good evening! I just say your blog post regarding Dr. Ron Paul and wanted to drop you a quick note in reference to your request for information about Dr. Paul:

Most informed people understand that homeopathic medicines as well as chiropractic and acupuncture are helping millions and that our government is basically trying to outlaw all three because that isn’t where the big money is. I have worked in the chiropractic field in years past and can tell you that most chiropractors are not living nearly as high on the hog as most MD’s are. They are in chiropractic because they believe in it and I have seen TONS of folks helped drastically by chiropractic when main-stream medicine just wanted to drug them or perform un-needed surgery on them. Any who scoff at such ‘alternative’ treatments are flying the face of eons of natural healing. Something that Dr. Paul doesn’t believe the government should be outlawing or regulating at the behest of big pharma and the AMA – both of whom want to stiffle any competition to the status quo. Dr. Paul has stated that he doesn’t believe our government or any of its agencies should be basically outlawing herbal and natural medicines and has also stated that that herbal supplements and such should not be regulated.

From Milford, Connecticut: The current system of third-party payers takes the decision-making away from patients regarding their treatment options. “Alternative” treatments such as chiropractic and accupuncture are most times not covered by the plans offered by big HMO’s. Dr. Paul’s plans encourage the patient and the treatment providers to determine the care that the patient receives – not the government or the HMO’s.

From a chiropractor in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania: You a little slow in getting this? Im a DC in Bloomsburg, PA and Ive been on the Ron Paul bandwagon since 9-11. Anyway this is what his website says regarding healthcare.

Americans are justifiably concerned over the government?s escalating intervention into their freedom to choose what they eat and how they take care of their health.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in order to comply with standards dictated by supra-national organizations such as the UN?s World Food Code (CODEX), NAFTA, and CAFTA, has been assuming greater control over nutrients, vitamins and natural health care providers to restrict your right to choose the manner in which you manage your health and nutritional needs.

  • I have been the national leader in preserving Health Freedom.
  • I have introduced the Health Freedom Protection Act, HR 2117, to ensure Americans can receive truthful health information about supplements and natural remedies.
  • I support the Access to Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 2717, which expands the ability of Americans to use alternative medicine and new treatments.
  • I oppose legislation that increases the FDA?s legal powers. FDA has consistently failed to protect the public from dangerous drugs, genetically modified foods, dangerous pesticides and other chemicals in the food supply. Meanwhile they waste public funds attacking safe, healthy foods and dietary supplements
  • I also opposed the Homeland Security Bill, H.R. 5005, which, in section 304, authorizes the forced vaccination of American citizens against small pox. The government should never have the power to require immunizations or vaccinations.

From Phoenix, Arizona: I didnt know who he was till I started seeing articles on, I started reading some, I started to realise I agree with him, I realised he was different, honest and wasn’t a clone politician. I recently donated and signed up to a meetup group here in Phoenix. Someone recently made this and I think it will give you a very good view of him.

From somewhere in the USA: I am an avid Ron Paul supporter. I am also a life-long believer in chiropractic. I am definitely a lay-person in both regards. That said, however, I believe that there is no candidate better for the chiropractic profession to support than Ron Paul. As a constitutionalist, he wants the federal government out of the medical profession. This is a very good thing in my opinion as I truly believe that the AMA is responsible for too many witchhunts. I also believe that the “medical industrial complex” is thoroughly corrupt and leads to ever higher costs for both patient and doctor. Ron Paul supports people’s freedom to choose the type of care that they would like. He does not believe people are brainless sheep that need to be protect by a nanny government. If Ron Paul’s positions were law in the USA, I would not be traveling to Mexico or Europe for the treatments that I want/need. I could also just read labels like herbal teas for bronchial coughs and cranberry juice for cystitis. I could have read a label and chosen to take some extra vitamin D to prevent multiple sclerosis. I could consult with a nutritionist, homeopath, chiropractor or medical school doctor or someone promoting targeted colostrum or even someone selling snake venom! But it would be my choice, I wouldn’t have to be concerned with the government deciding for me. This is huge. This is why I don’t live in the USA right now. I had my babies at home with midwives (one in Germany, one in the US) they saw a chiropractor before a medical doctor and we didn’t do unnecessary tests or vaccines for hepatitis b the first day of life!

Having watched the government violently take control of the medical care of teenagers, like the teen with cancer that was taken from her home and ordered to take either chemo or radiation cancer treatments instead of the alternative treatment she and her parents thought would be best, I decided to leave. Having been essentially stalked by a neurologist because as a newly diagnosed ms patient, I was fresh meat for drug studies, I decided to leave. Having eventually read of the studies on cannabis and its potential neuroprotective qualities that apparently don’t exist in the USA, I decided to leave. Having read of the special investor report on the ms market (only costs $10,000 to download), I realized that even if they found the cure for ms tomorrow, I would never know because real cures don’t make money, treatments do. So everybody needs to stay on their copaxone or rebif or whatever and even if it keeps getting worse, at least they are ‘doing something’–stabbing the monster! The same special reports are available for the other chronic disease markets. I wonder how many diseases have been cured and the cures buried with their discoverer’s because they weren’t politically correct. I met many supposedly terminal cancer patients on the shuttlebus to Tijuana, they talked of Hoxley or Hulda Clark or IV Vitamin C. Even though chiropractic has become officially tolerated–at least for sore backs and car accidents, this hasn’t always been so. Besides, there is a whole lot more to chiropractic. It would be nice if we were allowed to talk about it! Ron Paul as a physician understands the problems with medical insurance medicare and would like to see medical care local again—between doctor and patient, not government, drug companies, doctor and patient!

You will, I’m sure have many letters from more qualified people addressing why Ron Paul is better for chiropractors, but I doubt anyone will respond that feels more passionately about options in medical treatment than I do and that is why I support Ron Paul.

Another e-mailed me this: I was so happy to find your blog about Ron Paul! With some research, I think you’ll agree that he’s exactly what America (and chiropractors) needs right now. He’s a champion of personal liberties. This is a compilation of his writings. If you click on the “healthcare” link, you’ll find out why we’re all so excited about this revolution!

And finally, if you think the world is not getting more interconnected, I received an e-mail from “the guy” I took a photo of when walking down Mill Street. For that, Brett Rayno at least deserves a link…


Thanks everyone for the enlightenment!