F4CP July: National Billboard Advertising to Include Texas
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018 04:46 PM

In advance of September’s National Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness month, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), along with a number of its Group Member State Associations, will be placing six billboards across the U.S. One of these will be located in Austin, TX, from September 3 – 30 on I-35 South as well as in Orlando, FL – Los Angeles, CA – Des Moines, IA – Detroit, MI – Nashville, TN.

The billboards' message will read: “Back Pain? See Your Chiropractor” along with the logo of the state association. The call-to-action will direct the public to the Foundation’s Find-A-Doctor Directory, where patients can search for a doctor of chiropractic in their local area.

This, and other information, can be found in the July F4CP report.

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Virginia Jablonski’s Passion for Chiropractic – The Back Story

Let's Make History Together!

Along with Standard Process, the F4CP is thrilled to sponsor professional endurance athlete Colin O’Brady and his bold goal — to climb the highest peak in each U.S. state in a record-shattering 30 days or less. Like other challenges Colin has met, this feat will take a mountain of determination, strength and heart. 

A lifelong user of chiropractic care and Standard Process supplements, Colin is fueled by passion and excellence that inspires others to embark on their journey of leading healthy lives and pursuing their biggest dreams.

Explore the great outdoors with Colin when he reaches your state. Hike a trail together or cheer him on at the base of the peak. Everyone’s invited to take part in this history-making adventure!  For more information, visit: www.colinobrady.com/50hp

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Update Your Find-A-Doctor Directory Listing

As a member of the Foundation, you receive a listing in the Foundation’s Find-A-Doctor Directory.

With local, statewide and national marketing promotions directing past, current and future patients to the Foundation’s Find-A-Doctor Directory, please take the time to ensure your listing is up-to-date.

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An Athlete’s Life Forever Changed by Chiropractic

Dr. Gregory Shepard was no stranger to chiropractic care growing up. His mother had worked at a factory, and with frequent low back pain, she was a regular chiropractic patient. So, when Dr. Shepard suffered a neck injury while he was in high school, it was no surprise that his mom had him seen by a doctor of chiropractic (DC) rather than a medical doctor in the emergency room. 

Fast forward, after spending the previous four years in the Chicago White Sox's minor league system, Dr. Shepard was playing the 2000 season in the Northern Professional Baseball League in Elmira, New York and was chasing down a line drive hit in the left field gap when he slammed into the wall at full speed.
“A collision of that nature today would render a full medical evaluation to be performed on the athlete, but that wasn’t what happened in my case. I had a serious neck injury, a concussion and felt like I was moving through my regular game-day motions on autopilot – but I never received a full evaluation.”– Dr. Shepard

When Dr. Shepard woke up the day after his run in with the wall, he couldn’t move his right arm, his head was locked and in an upward position tilted toward the left and he had no range of motion in his neck. His first instinct was to open the phone book and search for a DC who was open for appointments on a Saturday morning.

 During his appointment, the DC examined him, took x-ray images and went over the results the same day. As expected, Dr. Shepard had a torn ligament in his neck – a diagnosis his team orthopedist had initially suspected and recommended surgery for.  The DC gave Dr. Shepard two options: “You can have surgery to repair the torn ligament, or you can consider a lifetime of chiropractic care.”

Dr. Shepard’s main concern was simple: he wanted to know which option would return him to play faster.  According to his DC, regular chiropractic care would allow Dr. Shepard to get back on the field, whereas moving forward with a surgery could end his career as a baseball player. It’s no surprise that Dr. Shepard declined the surgery and opted for chiropractic care.  When Dr. Shepard got off of the DC’s table, his arm had regained motion, and he could turn his head more than he could when he first came in.

For the next few weeks, while the DC treated Dr. Shepard daily to help restore his body’s strength and functionality, Dr. Shephard asked many questions about chiropractic and how it worked – he couldn’t believe how fast his body was healing.

“I honestly think my doctor of chiropractic was getting tired of all of the questions I asked him about the science behind chiropractic because at one point he said to me, “You have a great background in sports, as well as exercise science, I think you would make a great doctor of chiropractic yourself.” And, those words never left my mind.” – Dr. Shephard

When Dr. Shepard had finished playing baseball, he kept tossing around the idea of pursuing a career in chiropractic. In 2011, Dr. Shepard ultimately decided it was time to start a new chapter in his life, and he enrolled in chiropractic college.

On Chiropractic Founder’s Day in 2015, Dr. Shepard graduated from chiropractic college and is now a practicing DC in the State of Nevada.  He references the happy look on patients’ faces as being the most rewarding part of his career, stating:
“I would have to say seeing patients get better is my favorite part – they come in and can hardly walk, and I get to watch them walk out smiling and praising chiropractic care. I am exhausted at the end of the week – but it’s always a great work week. Not only do I love the physical components of being a doctor of chiropractic, but I love that I get to work with my community to showcase the value of chiropractic care.”

When Dr. Shepard is not practicing, he can be found playing baseball in an amateur league, teaching baseball players how to hit better, or working with a group of high schoolers to educate them about the benefits of chiropractic care. 

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 Virginia Jablonski’s Passion for Chiropractic – The Back Story

At the turn of the century, Virginia (Ginny) Jablonski was employed as an executive protection agent, a physically demanding occupation. Around this time, Ginny began to experience a major decrease in her energy level and ability to exercise. Her competition shooting scores were going downhill and no one could figure out the root cause of the problem. 

During Ginny’s first consultation with a medical doctor in Beverly Hills, California, who spent time extensively interviewing and examining her, she was told by the physician that she was just a “typical Type-A who was burned out and needed time off.” The doctor handed her a prescription for hydrocodone.  

Right away, Ginny said “I am not going to take that. My job requires that I carry a gun and I drive a car.” The doctor replied, “More than 80 percent of Los Angeles is driving around on more medication than this.”  Ginny left the office feeling insulted, frustrated, humiliated and desperate – she wanted a diagnosis, she wanted answers.

By mid-2001, Ginny was forced to retire from her job due to chronic pain and fatigue. The only person who understood what Ginny was going through was her husband.  With the pain taking such a toll on her life, Ginny opted to volunteer in her community and spend time with her rescue horses, which provided her great comfort. 

By July 2009, after multiple misdiagnosis’ – the only accurate diagnosis’ she received were seronegative rheumatoid arthritis and degenerative joint and disc disease.  Eventually, her rheumatologist gave her a Fentanyl lollipop – literally a lollipop with Fentanyl as the main ingredient – and basically said “This is your only help.”

Presenting her husband with the Fentanyl lollipop and 25 microgram Fentanyl patches she had been prescribed, Ginny’s husband went to the internet and searched the FDA’s website to learn more about the potential side effects of the opioid drug. He said to her, “This can cause you to stop breathing, Ginny. You could die from this.”  With nowhere else to turn, Ginny began taking the prescriptions and her husband sacrificed many promotions during his career to work from home and care for her.

Not once did any medical doctor mention safe, effective, drug-free pain management options outside of traditional medicine. Ginny and her husband had put 100 percent of their trust in the medical doctors. 

Over four years, Ginny’s prescription was increased from 25 micrograms of Fentanyl per hour to 112 micrograms an hour. On top of that, she was prescribed Dilaudid – another opioid medication – to offset the increased spikes of pain. As her dosage increased, her quality of life declined. Ginny slept more, interacted less with the outside world and when she was up walking around she often used a cane for support.

As Ginny sat in front of her pain management doctor in August 2013, she questioned the recommended increase in dosage from 112 to 125 micrograms based on her weight of 115 lbs. Her doctor replied to her, “Don’t worry – I have surgeons and judges on more medications than this.”  Her doctor’s statement was far from reassuring. She knew then that she might die and was terrified of the medication. But even still, with her pain levels consistently fluctuating between a 7 and a 9, she left that day with the prescribed 125 micrograms of Fentanyl per hour.

In September 2013, the night before Ginny’s 47th birthday, she took 8 milligrams of Dilaudid before bed. That night she experienced her soul leaving her body. Although it felt tempting to give up, she knew she had to come back to life and accomplish something important. Ginny woke up around 1:30 am screaming that she had just died. She had a conversation with her husband about the experience and voiced that she no longer had faith in her doctors.

Ginny made an appointment with her doctor and informed him that she feared the Fentanyl would kill her and she wanted to decrease, and eventually discontinue, the medication. The doctor said while he did have patients who very rarely decreased their Fentanyl dosage, he didn’t have a single patient discontinue their prescription – and he didn’t recommend it. 

She began consulting with various complementary and alternative doctors.  Ginny was open to try anything that would help wean her off of the Fentanyl.  By January 2015, Ginny had successfully discontinued all medications. 

Ginny has friends who are currently in medical school, as well as nursing school, and they have each been told by their professors to never recommend chiropractic care because it is dangerous, but Ginny knows differently.  

She is incredibly passionate about sharing her story and helping others understand the dangers associated with prescription opioids and the higher quality of life that individuals can experience when seeking safe, effective and drug-free pain management approaches, including chiropractic. In fact, Ginny credits her ability to share her story to her doctor of chiropractic.  Today, she lobbies to change the American Medical Association’s stance on pain management to include more safe, effective and drug-free complementary and alternative medical approaches.

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Source:  http://www.f4cp.com/hosted/e-newsletter/2018/july/issue.html#shepard