Chiropractic
Health, There Is a Cause
Written by Editor   
Monday, May 30, 2016 12:00 AM

Attributed to:  Harvey Watkins D.C.

One of Texas’ chiropractic pioneers, Dr. Harvey Watkins was the youngest Doctor of Chiropractic in Texas when he graduated Texas Chiropractic College in 1921 and the oldest DC in Texas when he passed away in 2006 near the age of 102. This article is an excerpt from several articles that he wrote over the years and provides a perspective of health from a very early Texas chiropractic practitioner.

 


Once upon a time we cured our patients.  When we told the Medical doctor such they would get mad.  Their view was that we cured no one.  All anyone could do was treat conditions.  So far as they knew, disease came from outside the body to attack it. This external disease was responsible for all pain and discomfort.

You see, none of them had taken the same philosophy class that I had 98 years ago* and learned the facts of life.  The instructor of this class, an old man of about 50 or more, came out to teach his class of 75 students sitting in front of him.  He looked us over for four or five seconds as if we smelled bad, and then he raised his right hand with his forefinger pointing up and thundered out ”THINK! Nothing just happens.  There is a cause for everything – so THINK!”  He then walked off and left us there to think for the rest of the hour.

As the years have gone by the importance of what that instructor told us has continued to take on more importance.  I understand why the MD says you can’t cure any disease.  It’s because he thinks it’s coming from outside the body.  I learned through my chiropractic philosophy, however, that the body is still in control – when given a chance.  

It seems as if we have forgotten that the body started out with just an ovum and a sperm that joined together, became one, and began to divide and continued division to slowly form a small pin-like formation from which  branches called nerves begin to form and extend out – the spine of the fetus.  It should be well remembered that the development of any organ or part of the body can occur only if the nerve supply is there first.  This means the nerve supply develops the part, controls its function, and maintains its well being.  Most of the nerves that control the organs of the body come from the spine.  The spine is made up of highly mobile bones which are put under all manner of stress throughout the entirety of life and are given little attention.

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Ignorance
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Organized medicine "will continue to develop programs to educate the public about the differences in education and professional standards between physicians and non-physician health care providers."  

How will you counter their bias and their ignorance of chiropractic?

Excerpt:  The AMA will continue to develop programs to educate the public about the differences in education and professional standards between physicians and non-physician health care providers.

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Tip of the Week: The Power of Referrals
Written by Lori Allen   
Thursday, May 19, 2016 09:16 AM

The most inexpensive, reliable way to increase your new patients is to get referrals from your current patients. It starts by just asking!  Many of your patients would happily refer friends and family members to your practice if the suggestion were made. The basis of a patient referral program is the organization of a conscious effort asking and encouraging patients to refer others.

Remember – the newness of the program and your excitement level will make the difference between an excellent referral program and an average one. 

The important thing when asking for referrals is to use wording that is not only tactful but also natural to you.  If you are comfortable saying it, then you will appear genuine and will get better results in return.  If you commit a script to memory that does not match your personality, your patients will sense when you switch into autopilot and begin mechanically talking.  

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Ask US First
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Organized medicine demands that "non-physician organizations should consult with relevant physician organization prior to the development of practice parameters.  They do not, however, offer the same courtesy to other organizations.

Organized medicine seeks monopolistic powers and denies that any other provider is on par with themselves.  

Excerpt:  Practice parameters should be developed and implemented in conjunction with relevant physician organizations.  Non-physician organizations should consult with relevant physician organizations prior to the development and implementation of practice parameters.

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Doctors Need to See the Forest, Not Just the Trees
Written by Editor   
Saturday, May 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Doctors have an interesting problem. They have an ingrained professional obsessive-compulsive habit; they fixate on the care of individual patients and on the science of healing. However, when physicians need to change their attention from healer to leader, from medicine to the business of medicine, from healthcare to the healthcare system, they falter. Stuck in silos, they fail to adjust their focus. They resist systemic innovation. Because they cannot flip, they flop.

This habit -- resisting change, staying focused on the trees instead of the forest -- means that significant system evolution often occurs without doctor voices, simply because doctors refuse to be involved. This results in error, inefficiency, and lost opportunity. Paradoxically, when flawed change is forced on the medical system, it burns out doctors. Thus, instead of working as a team, involving themselves from the start in building and growing, physicians become victims of change, reduced to painful irrelevance. Therefore, the failure to build functional healthcare and the miserable state of many health systems is, to great extent, because of the self-imposed isolation of physicians.

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