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Records Show JFK’s Assassination Aided by his Bad Back
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 08:24 AM

Camelot, a shining time of promise led by John F. Kennedy, the nation’s youngest president brought to an abrupt and bloody end in 1963. While conspiracy theorists debate who pulled the trigger, there’s another culprit that often goes unmentioned: Kennedy’s lifelong struggle with back pain. It was his habit of wearing a tightly laced back brace that may have kept him from recoiling to the floor of his car after the assassin’s first bullet struck him in the neck.

“The brace was a firmly bound corset, around his hips and lower back and higher up,” said Dr. Thomas Pait, a spinal neurosurgeon who co-authored a paper about Kennedy’s failed back surgeries and other treatments such as manipulation under anesthesia.  “He tightly laced it and put a wide Ace bandage around in a figure eight around his trunk.  

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Presidents Holiday Message 2018
Written by Andrea Howard   
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 01:19 PM

While everyone appreciates a gift at this time of year, we all know the true reason for the season. The holidays are also all about spending quality time with family and friends. So, forget about Amazon or a trip to your local shopping center. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift, why not give the gift of chiropractic through the Texas Chiropractic Association?

Here’s a few suggestions:

 

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Time for a Cultural Change
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017 08:12 AM

Health systems need to do a better job of defining shared decision-making and getting doctors to use it. In school doctors are told to get rid of ambiguity and figure out what the “right” answer was for a patient’s problem. We buy into this myth that there is a right answer, but two people can choose differently and both be right for the same problem if it aligns with what’s important to them. We need to start a culture where conversation starts with what the reasonable treatment options are and why might people choose one over the other.

Healthcare professionals want the best care for their patients. This is not about a profession being the villain, but a question of attitudes. Are we achieving what could be achieved for the people we seek to serve?

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Drug Firm Founder Pleads Not Guilty to Opioid Conspiracy
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 08:33 AM

A pharmaceutical company founder accused of leading a conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe a powerful opioid pain medication will fight the charges against him and believes he will be vindicated.  John Kapoor, of Insys Therapeutics Inc., pleaded not guilty in Boston’s federal courthouse.  Kapoor, 74, and other Insys executives and managers are charged with offering kickbacks to doctors to write large numbers of prescriptions for the potent opioid that’s meant for cancer patients.

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Surgeon General's Take On Healthier Communities
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Friday, December 08, 2017 07:38 AM

“Healthier communities tend to be more economically prosperous and more prosperous communities tend to be healthier,” said Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH.  Adams argued, “Health insurance coverage is one part of the equation, but it’s not going to solve the problem if we don't focus upstream." 

Adams focused on the interplay between the economy and wellness. He noted, for example, that in some areas of the country, jobs remain open because employers can’t find individuals who can pass a drug test to fill the posts. "We've got to make sure that communities are more prosperous. So that people don't lose hope. If they can see that there’s an opportunity to go to something else besides self-medicating … ultimately that's the most upstream that we can go." The impact of the opioid crisis on the economy is an example, noting that many of the overdoses are “deaths of despair."

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