When it rains, it pours

Sometimes, one can make the healthiest, most positive changes with the best of intentions and it will still backfire.  And what’s more is, unpleasant events often happen in waves.  (Pleasant events probably do, too, but the unpleasant ones are much easier to remember.)

That’s exactly what happened, and I’m not sure it’s over yet.

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And you give yourself away…and you give…and you give

Yes, that’s in honor of the hit song “With or Without You” by U2.

So sue me (grin).

I’m not a martyr.  I’m not someone to burn themselves out and say, “poor me, look at what all I do for everyone else!”  And yet that’s exactly what I ended up doing.  I didn’t intend to, not by a long shot.  But I did anyway.  Live and learn…

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Why Chiropractic Needs Abraham Flexner

Some of you already know where I’m going with this.  Half are starting to clap, while the other half is drawing up “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters.

Others of you don’t yet know who I’m talking about.  That’s okay.  I’ll explain.

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Chiro Cleanup – Part 6: Solutions – Part 2: The Muck *Stops* Here…

Since there’s so much about the NBCE, the CCE (until it started to wake up and join at least the 20th century very recently), and chiropractic education that many of my colleagues and I would love to see changed, let’s address that topic next.

The first item I’d like to bring to the table is the education.  The admissions standards and school curricula need a complete and massive overhaul.  It starts with admission.

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Chiro Cleanup – Part 5: Solutions – Part 1

A great quote states: “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.”

This, coupled with my philosophical policy that I shall not bitch about that for which I do not subsequently offer a solution, are the driving forces behind this entire series of Chiro Cleanup entries, especially this one.  Therefore, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, let’s “git ‘er done”.

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Chiro Cleanup – Part 2: The Muck Starts Here

To give this fantastic-but-often-misguided profession the fundamental overhaul that it so desperately needs, we’ve got to start where Doctors of Chiropractic are “born” – the schools.  Chiropractic education shares many (of the better!) traits with those of conventional medical schools; however, a large chunk of the time spent in chiropractic school resonates somewhere between a for-profit trade school (the cheesy ones advertised on late-night TV commercials) and a spiritual (if not religious) cult.

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Chiro cleanup part 1: a little stigma

Seems as though we have a little stigma on our hands.  Nope, it wasn’t your imagination.  We couldn’t possibly sweep all that dirty laundry under the rug, ya know.

In all fairness, it wasn’t entirely our fault.  The conventional allopathic medical profession had is share of imperfection (think pre-Flexner times), and we were achieving some success stories they weren’t.

Maybe our only downfall was that we couldn’t properly explain those successes.  Or maybe it had something to do with our chiropractic grassroots rising up into a homespun, mid-America cult with a little 1895 Jerry Springer to boot.

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