Month: August 2008

WordCamp San Francisco 2008 Best Eva!

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Returned home today from the 2008 San Francisco WordCamp which took place at the Mission Bay Conference Center. This was my third WordCamp event and for me it was the best of them all.

The facility was fantastic, the speakers were awesome (more detailed post coming on that later this week), bagels and coffee were great, there was an abundance of stickers and buttons, T-shirts galore, geniuses to hang out with, and I was surrounded by an incredibly open hearted community of individuals. I came home so charged up and I wasn’t expecting that.


This was one of the first photos of the day taken, and there were plenty more. Photos taken from my camera have been uploaded to a WordCamp Flickr Group page. While the 2007 WordCamp was lots of fun, this one really rocked my brain with some new insights and positive inspiration.

Thanks to all the volunteers that worked so hard to make this event such a huge success!

Humanity mission reaches 10-year mark

This article originally appeared on Friday, August 1st, 2008 in the print version of The Rivertowns Enterprise local newspaper. It features Chiropractor Anita Morgenstern of of Hastings, NY and her mission of serving New York and all of humanity. A spectacular piece by author Dina Sciortino on Chiropractic Humanitarian Anita Morgenstern.

Constant Watch on Fraud and Scams

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

I’m on a roll. Turns out the subluxated fraudbag that targeted e-mails at the classified ad community has been doing so on other web sites as well. We received an e-mail yesterday from someone that was selling a motorcycle in a US state that was contacted by the same individual e-mailing users on our classifieds site.

Thanks to the participation of the community we were able to post information about the suspected fraud. While it’s frustrating for those seeking to sell items to others, it’s motivating to receive e-mails from people that have gained from reading the information we’ve collectively presented. You guys rock!

I got into this in major detail just last week with my 1000 mentions of fraud and phishing but I’m on a roll and I intend to continue posting this info (even if it only helps one other person).

On the topic of fraudulent e-mails when purchasing classified items posted online, here is some communication that should raise flags…

Thanks for the mail and the content is well understood, the information has been receiveed, the check will be mailed out by tommorrow by my creditor and i will notify you with the tracking number of the payment….please note that the check will come with excess funds which will be used for the shipping and handling of the item,all you need to do once u get the check is to take it to bank and cash it instantly and then withdraw the excess funds and have it sent to the shipping company that will be contacting you once the payment is been received by you.

Notice the mention of excess funds, third parties, and shipping companies? This has scam written all over it.

Here is more from the same individual…

Thanks for the mail, the payment will be mailed out by monday, hope u understand that the check is going to come with excess funds so all you need to do is to get the check cashed deduct the funds for the item and then have the rest funds wire to the shipping company that will take care of the pickup of the item, thanks and i hope these is clear to you.

OK, sometimes I have bad spelling too, so that might not be a dead giveaway. But the mention of excess funds and the request to wire money to a shipping company is classic fraud language.

Regardless of what web sites you use for classifieds and / or auctions, pay attention and stay alert to the possibilities that often times the first person contacting you is the fraudulent scammer. They watch for items to be posted on web sites and they move quickly, hoping to separate you from your items before you catch on to what they are up to.

10 Years After Chiropractors Graduation

Chiropractic schools across the nation are graduating students this time of year. There are Homecomings and Lyceum’s in Iowa, South Carolina, California, and other US states that are home to chiropractic colleges. Educational institutions that teach chiropractic typically hold graduation ceremonies two and three times throughout the year and summer appears to be the popular time for most chiropractic graduations. While graduation from chiropractic school is a big event for most any doctor of chiropractic, today’s date marks 10 years since the graduation of my August 1998 class.

Palmer California License Renewal Seminar Series 2008-2009

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Received word today of the Palmer West schedule for chiropractic education seminars in late 2008 and early 2009. Here’s what I have…

Palmer College Presents: California License Renewal Seminar Series 2008-2009

ON CAMPUS: Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus – San Jose, California

Sept. 6, 2008 — Medicare
Sept. 27, 2008 — License Renewal Series: Pediatrics PracTise 1
Feb. 21, 2009 — License Renewal Series; Advanced Extremity & Spinal Technique
March 7, 2009 — License Renewal Series: Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab, Provocation and Motion
May 30, 2009 — License Renewal Series: Diagnostic Imaging for the Chiropractor (10-hour)

Nov. 15,2008 — License Renewal Series: Diagnostic Imaging for the Chiropractor (10-hour) – Sacramento
Nov. 22, 2008 — License Renewal Series: Advanced Extremity & Spinal Technique – San Bernadino
Feb. 28, 2009 — License Renewal Series: Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab, Provocation and Motion – Sacramento
March 21, 2009 — License Renewal Series: Diagnostic Imaging for the Chiropractor (10-hour) – San Diego

Earn up to 12 hours per weekend, unless otherwise noted. CE applied for in select states. Contact your state board or Palmer Continuing Education for more information.

Search the PC Seminar Database for additional details.

To register, call: (800) 452-5032 –

20 years later in Elk Grove

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Dr. Steven Hansen of Elk Grove California was recently interviewed for a Planet Chiropractic news article. After the interview was nearly complete he was asked a few more questions about his chiropractic practice. Dr. Steve got into the topic with great detail so we decided to include his shared information as a separate post. The following is from Dr. Steven Hansen…

Steven B. Hansen, D.C.

After 20 years in practice I thought I had it all figured out. I had a very successful practice and many loyal patients. Then I was involved in an auto accident. I was hit from behind and suffered from whiplash. Initially I thought, “no big deal, I will just get adjusted and heal up.” Long story short, I developed pinched nerves in my neck and an MRI revealed 2 herniated disks and one torn disk. My right biceps muscle atrophied (withered) 1/2 inch and became significantly weaker. I experienced headaches for the first time in my life and had constant neck pain. Two and 1/2 years went by and over one dozen different chiropractors and several different chiropractic techniques, to no avail. I actually considered retiring. As if this were not enough a close family relative who for the last 20 years I have cared for, had a neck injury and the epilepsy that went away after I begin caring for him returned and despite my best efforts I could not get him stabilized.

Also during this time I had a great long term patient develop throat cancer and die shortly after. There were several more patients who for one reason or another frustrated me with regard to lack of healing or frequent flare-ups. So I begin to pray, asking God for answers. Then I began to search the internet, calling up old friends, and going to seminars looking for answers. The answer came at a re-licensure seminar in Las Vegas.

A Doctor was giving this very awkward looking adjustment in the reception area with about 20 people standing in line. I stood in line to receive what would be my first biocranial adjustment and a life changing event for myself, my family and my patients. My first biocranial hurt immensely. So did my second and third. Then on my eighth biocranial “IT” happened. Relief of neck pain, no more arm numbness or weakness. No more headaches! And a surprising bonus, my wife and I felt less stressed out by our kids and life in general, we were just happier. This would be a recurring theme reported by dozens of patients. As it turns out Biocranial releases stress and torquing on the brain and spinal cord and the entire nervous system and hence the entire body and mind functions better.

During my healing process it became clear that if I wanted to become a true world class healer I needed to address all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. I needed to make available to my patients the opportunity to participate in “living health” Chiropractic techniques, Exercise strategies that WORK!, nutritional products that are effective and affordable, and ongoing support, assistance and advice on achieving and maintaining a state of “living health.”

After hundreds of hours of research it all came together. Hansen Chiropractic is now Peak Performance Chiropractic offering 20 years of chiropractic experience, a state of the art strength training, rehab and fitness center are one on one with a certified trainers and get this, awesome results are achieved in thirty minutes workouts per week.

Superior results to increase strength, stamina, flexibility, neck and back stability, fat burning and osteoporosis reduction/prevention. Stress reduction is also a major goal in the Living Health puzzle, so we added Massage Therapy, whole food nutrition is also very important since most people eat fast food, packaged food and lack adequate amounts of raw fruits and vegetables. I also provide weekly, “Mind Expansions”, i.e. patient handouts covering various topics to achieve and maintain Living Health. You can be assured that I am relentless in my quest to stay on the cutting edge of providing outstanding HEALTH CARE.

I expect only one thing in return, SPREAD THE WORD! I truly enjoy caring for people. I want to be used up. I do not want to waste my God given potential. So, PLEASE step up and tell your friends, family and co-workers about what we do. It literally could change their lives.

Meet a Chiropractor – Steven Hansen of Elk Grove

California is a place where chiropractic care appears to be growing increasingly popular and there are doctors of chiropractic practicing in many different parts of the state. Some practice in or nearby coastal communities such as San Francisco, Monterey, Oxnard, Huntington Beach, Oceanside, San Diego, and others, while others opt for the northern borders of Mexico, and even the southern borders of Oregon. Then there’s the inland chiropractic locations like Riverside, Victorville, Bakersfield, Modesto, and Fresno. One California chiropractor on the list is Dr. Steven Hansen of Elk Grove.

6 Card Monday

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Here are six different chiropractic business cards from two chiropractors I know quite well. Five of them belong to Dr. Steve Visentin (related Dr V posts include couples massage workshop, digital pedometer postcards, and automobile accident checklist) and the one on top left corner belongs to California chiropractor, Ralph Andrade.

6 Card Monday

Dr. Ralph’s card reads “Live, Laugh, Love” followed by the name of his practice, Andrade Chiropractic, and the office phone number, which is 209-832-1996. The back of the card is not shown in the above photograph but there are large black letters that read Be Thankful!

Dr. Steve shared a number of his business cards when a group of us were in Arizona recently. The two cards showing pictures of Dr. Steve were both taken inside his chiropractic office. He has large murals on the wall and he had custom-made signs developed that fit his practice philosophy. The one on the left reads “Body Work Ahead” and it’s fairly easy to see in the above photo. The card in the upper right hand corner reads “Drug-Free Zone” which includes an image of two people walking and a message below that says “Healing Is Always an inside Job.”

The business card below that is in Spanish and the text at the top reads EXAMEN GRATIS. The card below that reads “After years of neglect, aligning your spine will take time. Give yourself time to heal. As you realize you’re feeling better, decide to correct your spine as fully and completely as possible. Be consistent with care, because your health depends on it.”

The last card on the bottom left is written in Ethiopian. I didn’t get a chance to ask doctor V. what that card said but I’m assuming you have something to do with receiving an evaluation with presentation of the card. I think it’s great to see a chiropractor taking such steps to better serve people within a community.

Got cool chiropractic business cards? Send me a photo (or link to a photo in the comments) and maybe I’ll get a post written about it. The two chiropractors mentioned above are great individuals and I feel confident recommending either one of them for anyone that may be seeking care in their areas.