Category Archives: April 2013


Hummus: Health Benefits and Tasty Homemade Recipe
By Eric Zielinski, DC Student

Even though the chickpea has been cultivated for more than 7,000 years and variations of hummus have been made for much of that time, the health benefits are oftentimes overlooked. With ingredients including freshly squeezed lemon juice, fresh garlic, tahini, and chickpeas, hummus contains several vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for a healthy diet.

The main ingredient in hummus is the garbanzo bean, also known as the chickpea. Like most legumes, they have been heralded for their fiber content which has been linked to normalized blood lipid regulation. HummusA recent study has also shown that we can obtain health benefits from garbanzo beans that are consumed at much smaller amounts over a shorter period of time. In this study, it took only one week of garbanzo bean consumption to improve participants’ control of blood sugar and insulin secretion. Equally important, only one-third of a cup of the beans per day was needed to provide these related health benefits.

Between 65-75 percent of the fiber found in garbanzo beans is insoluble fiber, and recent studies have shown that garbanzo bean fiber can be metabolized by bacteria in the colon to produce relatively large amounts of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), including acetic, propionic, and butyric acid. These SCFAs provide fuel to the cells that line the intestinal wall. By supporting the energy needs of intestinal cells, the SCFAs made from garbanzo fibers can help lower risk of colon problems, including your risk of colon cancer.

The nutrients in one cup of cooked chickpeas are as follows: molybdenum (164 percent of daily value); manganese (86 percent); folate (71 percent); fiber (50 percent); tryptophan (44 percent); protein (29 percent); copper (29 percent); phosphorus (28 percent); iron (26 percent).

Mama Z’s Hummus Recipe
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 8

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and whole
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 (19 ounce) can of garbanzo beans, drained
3 tablespoons of tahini (sesame-seed paste)
3 tablespoons of lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 tablespoon of honey
2 tablespoons of purified water, or as needed
1/4 cup of Spanish olive oil, divided
1 tsp. of Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon of chopped, fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried

1. Combine into food processor or blender: garlic, sea salt, garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, honey, purified water and two tablespoons of oil. Process until smooth. Spoon into a 16 ounce container.
2. Put herbs on top and drizzle two tablespoons of olive oil over the top.
3. Freezes or refrigerates well.

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Thank You, Dr. Sid

Thank You Dr. Sid
From a Future DC Who Hadn’t Met You
Timothy Zittle, DC Student

Today, my gratitude again goes out to someone that I never had the chance to meet. While from his physical attributes, this man might have been viewed as just another ordinary individual (with the exception of some epic hair), his passion and vision vastly separated him from anyone else in this world. I, for the longest time, have overlooked this in the light that I was never personally affected directly by this person. I could not have been more wrong. While I never heard his voice or had him call me “boy”, I never shook his hand nor received a service from his overwhelming generosity, I am without a doubt a huge benefactor from the work he started.

Thank you, Dr. Sid Williams. While I must confess that I began that march to attend your commemorative service on March 8 purely out of an obligation to attend for school credit, my view was changed over the course of the ceremony to that of an admiring observer. In trying to justify my thoughts, I asked myself, “Well, how could I have known that he was all of this?” In return, I realized that it did not matter what I knew, or even what I thought I knew. You were a fantastical character in the sea of humanity, someone always with lofty thoughts and ideals of just how things could be. Thank you for not heeding the inhibited mindsets of others who would have kept you from creating the greatest chiropractic university that this world has ever seen. facebook_-1015505170Thank you for the fight you fought to keep this profession alive and well. While never meeting you personally, these are the ways in which you have indirectly directly affected my life. I am saddened by the fact that I will never know you as some others have over the course of your life, but I vow to carry on your legacy to my future patients and chiropractors to come.
P.S. That horse could definitely have been whiter.

Life After LIFE

Life After Life
Manifesting My “Ideal Practice”
By Erin Clifton D.C., Class of 2011

Being a chiropractor takes perseverance. The act of loving what you do, however, positively_chiropractic_mediummakes the “work” easier to handle. I vividly remember sitting in your seat, walking your halls and experiencing the same test anxiety. I also remember feeling somewhat unprepared to graduate and open an office.

Well, here is my reality and journey. In some aspects I will probably gloss over some of the hardships. While this is unintentional, it occurs to me this whole process is a bit like childbirth – over time you remember the great things and forget the painful ones.

When I was in school, I was definitely not the smartest person in my class. I had to work really hard to get decent grades. Having that work ethic, however, definitely pays in practice. I was focused on getting the most out of school. I surrounded myself with other serious students, attended various clubs, lots of seminars and tried to job shadow in a local chiropractic office once each quarter. I used these experiences to formulate my vision board “ideal practice.”

I met my practice partner, Dr. Sarah Prater-Manor, while in school. She later called me to interview for the PEAK intern position at Ferguson Family Chiropractic. She knew how dedicated I was to pregnancy and pediatric care healthy babies are happy babies SEPIAsince we had attended the ICPA modules together. As we began the intern training it became apparent there was some connection for us. There would be instances where we would finish each other’s sentences, or just moments where one person voices exactly what the other was thinking. We first started talking about sharing space to reduce overhead, but it soon transitioned into a full-fledged agreement to practice together.

This was no small undertaking. I have to warn you to not take opening a practice with another doctor lightly. There are so many details to figure out and so many legalities to get untangle. The only reason this works for us is because we have full-transparency and honesty in all of our dealings and we are always in full communication. There are strengths she has I do not and vice versa. We are stronger together than the sum of our individual parts and we keep each other focused and moving forward.

After I graduated and moved back to Michigan we held bi-weekly meetings. Remember all of those documents you had to create in school? Keep them around because they become very handy. There are also forms, policies and procedures to create. Start writing a list of what you think you need now and what your overhead will be and keep adding to it as you go through school.

We finally settled on a location in the tiny town of Stockbridge, where I grew up. There was no chiropractor in this tiny town of 5,000. We were staying with my parents and as people found out I was a chiropractor they kept asking if I would adjust them. Don’t worry Dr. McCoy, I didn’t. Stockbridge has this quaint little town square with old-fashioned storefronts. Every-time I walked past this particular space, I felt drawn to it. One time I even turned to my husband and said, “I’m supposed to do something here on the square someday.” Finally, I called up the real estate agent to ask how much rent was and to look at the place.

It was a cute space, but literally an empty box. Dr. Sarah was a little dubious about opening in Stockbridge. As we were mulling over our choices I received a phone call. It was the owner of a recently vacated office next door. It turns out her husband was at the local barbershop and overheard another patron talking about Shopfronta chiropractor looking for space to open an office. When he found out my name he told his wife, who asked her son to call my brother – whom he went to school with – and get my number. Don’t you love small towns?

Just like that, there was a sense of magic to Dr. Sarah and I working together, there was magic to this place. It’s this sense, a feeling deep in your core, when you know you are on the right path.

So, here we are, right on the square with our gigantic front windows looking over the beautiful town hall, green space and gazebo. Our place is focused on family wellness care and people feel the different type of energy in our place. We specialize in pediatric and pregnancy care and our conversations revolve around health and function. Dr. Sarah loves adjusting the pregnant moms in our practice. My passion is working with children with neurosensory issues. It’s such an amazing feeling to absolutely love what you do. Prepare yourself as much as you can now so you can bask in that feeling versus spending your time feeling scared.

What’s the number-one best thing you can do during school? Figure out how you are going to communicate about chiropractic. If someone randomly asks you “what is chiropractic?” can you answer confidently without a waver in your voice or stumbling over your words? Can you do the same with “subluxation”? How will you explain to parents why you need to check their children’s spines? This is how you will attract patients and change your community. What you do and how you show up matters – for yourself, for your practice and for chiropractic.

Home Birth

Home Birth
What’s the Risk?
By Carla Gibson, DC Student

In 2005, the largest study of planned home birth for low risk pregnancies in North America was completed and published in the British Medical Journal. Despite the fact this study concluded “planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States,” many medical professionals still believe the safest place to have a baby is in a hospital. While parents who choose home birth are sometimes viewed as radicals who put their babies at risk just to spite the institution of medicine, most parents who choose home birth are intelligent people who have done vast amounts of research. Dr. Pamela Stone, FICPA, CACCP, a 2000 Life University graduate and Vice President of the Georgia Birth Network says, “Most pregnant women…don’t realize that home birth is an option for them…. Once they begin to do the research, many women choose home birth because they realize that birth is a natural process, and giving birth in the comfort of your own home allows the woman to relax homebirth4much more and have a better experience. There isn’t the pressure of meeting hospital expectations, and studies show that home birth with a trained midwife is quite safe.”

When considering home birth, it is important to choose a competent, trained midwife. The midwife understands birth as a natural event, yet can also clearly identify factors indicating the hospital as the safest choice for mom and baby. By monitoring the pregnancy properly, any complications that develop prior to the planned home birth are recognized and a referral is made to the appropriate provider. The midwife is also trained to know when transfer to a hospital during a birth is appropriate. In the study mentioned above, a scant 6.4% of the original 7,286 mothers enrolled were referred to other providers due to complications that no longer made them a candidate for a home birth (e.g., medical complications, pre-term labor, the presence of twins, etc.) Of the 5,418 mothers who were still in the study when they gave birth, 12.1% were transferred to hospital intrapartum or postpartum. Of those, 83.4% were transferred before delivery, highlighting the fact that proper care can still be made available, even when the mother begins her labor at home.

Opponents of home birth often cite the drastic complications that can occur during birth as a reason to plan to birth in the hospital. As the study shows, however, events such as maternal hemorrhage, retained placenta, and neonatal respiratory problems are rare. Out of all the births in the study, 0.6% experienced maternal hemorrhage, 0.5% experienced retained placenta and 0.6% experienced respiratory problems of the newborn. Out of all the births in the study, there were no maternal deaths and the intrapartum and neonatal mortality was 1.7 deaths per 1000, which is the same as in low risk hospital births.

In addition to choosing a competent birth attendant, becoming educated on natural birth and the various medical interventions offered in the traditional hospital setting can help parents become wise consumers of their birth care options. “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth” by Henci Goer is a valuable resource, Homebirth2in which Goer explains the course of a natural birth and the various interventions commonly offered in a hospital setting and circumstances under which they may be necessary. For example, it is common for the “bag of waters” to be broken during a hospital birth to speed up labor. It is also common for the mother to be offered pain medications when she seems to be suffering, even though her birth may be progressing quite normally and the birth may be imminent. Both of these common interventions are avoided during a home birth because they each have the potential for dangerous side effects to the mother and baby. Goer encourages parents to have a birth plan no matter where they are giving birth and explains how the choice to accept one intervention, such as the epidural or the water breaking, can lead to a “cascade of interventions” ending in an unplanned surgical birth. Surgical birth (Caesarean section) has a host of risks and complications for the mother and the baby, the effects of which can last years into the future.

“Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin is also a must-read for understanding natural birth. Homebirth1Though she is the only non-MD in history to have an obstetric maneuver named for her, Gaskin remained somewhat of a folk hero known primarily in midwifery circles and as a “hippie midwife” based on her first book, “Spiritual Midwifery”, and her reputation for attending births on The Farm, a commune in Tennessee. However, in 2003 she published “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth”, which showcased her thirty years of research on natural childbirth. Gaskin gives a clear explanation of how the body works in childbirth and why it is so important for the birthing mother to feel safe and supported during labor. Again, no matter what setting is chosen for the birth, this book provides a solid foundation in how the body works and cry to prepare for a safe and satisfying birth.

Meet Clay Thompson

Meet Clay Thompson
Thompson Technique Founder
By Yamila Cruz-Martínez, DC Student

J. Clay Thompson, DC, PhC was the man behind the Thompson Technique, but how did he get into chiropractic and become one of the most recognized names in the profession? Clay Thompson realized early in practice that traditional adjusting methods and tables caused fatigue for chiropractors and at times, discomfort for patients. His understanding of biomechanics and Newtonian physics helped him to develop a system of analyzing full-spine subluxations and adjusting them with a low-force method.

clay_j_thompson_01During his high school years, he worked at a machine shop and later studied engineering through an international correspondence course. In 1936, while working at John Deere, Thompson suffered a severe blow to the head, and shortly thereafter experienced the onset of diabetes. He sought out medical doctors for help, but his condition progressed, and he was diagnosed as terminally ill. Clay’s father, Dan, advised him to go to a chiropractor. Although skeptical, Clay followed his father’s suggestion and went. Within 16 days, all of his symptoms had disappeared. This sparked a fascination with chiropractic and almost ten years later, Thompson made the decision to study chiropractic at the Palmer School of Chiropractic (PSC). Even before graduating, he was part of the faculty where he grew a strong friendship with the school’s founder, BJ Palmer.

Having an inventive mind, Thompson developed a side posture table with the headpiece mounted on an auto jack from a Ford Model T while he was studying at PSC. Not only did he create that particular table, he also designed the head clamps used in the Palmer Clinic’s x-ray department and the visiograph to complement the neurocalometer. After graduating, Dr. Thompson continued working with the head piece of the table, and on July 30, 1954, was granted a process patent for the drop headpiece. BJ introduced it during Pre-Lyceum and the chiropractors were trained in its use.

drrobWith Palmer’s encouragement, Clay developed the Thompson Segmental Drop Table, and made it clear the table could be used with other techniques. The segmental drop system enables adjusting with less force, which benefits both the patient and chiropractor.

Another key part of the Thompson Technique is the Derifield Leg Check Analysis. This leg check technique is part of the analysis for many chiropractic techniques and was established by the work of Dr. Weldon Derifield, with the help of his father, Dr. Romer Derifield. It is based on a neurological imbalance that affects the musculature of the legs, resulting in their contraction and creating the appearance of one leg being shorter than the other when observing the patient in a prone position. The feet are observed in extension and then in flexion.

Thompson Technique is one of the most used techniques in chiropractic. If you would like to learn more about this technique, you can go to the Thompson Club every Wednesday from 11:00am-­1:00pm in room 109 of the Center for Undergraduate Studies. Also, if you are interested in becoming a Certified Thompson Practitioner, or just want to get to know the technique, you can attend the seminars taught by great friend of J. Clay and current president of the Thompson Technique Foundation, Dr. Rob Jackson. The seminars are only $99 each for students, and you’ll need to attend three seminars to get certified. The remaining 2013 seminar is November 23-24, hosted at Life University.

Missing the Major Premise?

Missing the Major Premise?
The Major Demise of Chiropractic
Justin Schutrumpf, DC Student

The Major Premise in chiropractic and the first principle states, “A Universal Intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all of its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence.” Or not…. “But I donʼt care much about philosophy and just want to get through school, so what does it matter to me?” What matters is that if you miss the Big Idea in chiropractic, all else fails. When we make a departure form this simple principle, it leads down a road to the destruction of the chiropractic profession. Without our ideals, constructed by men and women who laid down their very lives to promulgate chiropractic, we are merely primary-care bone crunchers, floating listlessly in the healthcare debacle. From this stance, to focus only on detecting and correcting vertebral subluxation is arbitrary at best, ushering in the “need” for drugs, surgery, colonics, tanning beds, botox, mattresses, and every other thing under the sun to justify our social acceptance as doctors to the general public.

A failure to understand what defines chiropractic is a failure to be able to identify oneʼs own self as a chiropractor. In a saturated market during economic downturn, conformity is not a viable marketing campaign. There is a reason Dr. Ralph W. Stephenson, DC, PhC made this the keystone of chiropractic philosophy when compiling his “Chiropractic Textbook”. Universal Intelligence is not something unique to chiropractic, it is a universal principle that bridges nearly every spiritual teaching and all facets of life, with the exception of the views of mechanism and atheism. This self-evident truth is seemingly the most complex for so many in chiropractic to accept on a fundamental level.

Our rich philosophy gives us the reasoning and “why” to apply art (technique) and science in chiropractic. The philosophy is the only aspect of the triad that has remained a constant, due to its inherent verity over the past century. Art has the ability to be modified and evolve to be congruent with the more we know, using the philosophy as a road map. Science, used to refine the art, is a system of measurability and repeatability, develops how to keep it happening the same way, until it’s either disproved or improved. Philosophy is not something to be touted, repeated, and hidden behind as a defensive mechanism or used as an excuse for a lack of knowledge of the art or science. Philosophy is literally the love of wisdom, not the act of repeating principles and quotes merely to hear them echo. It is something that must be understood and honed continuously. When we accept the Major Premise as the foundation of how we study the function of the human body, how we deliver chiropractic and how we lead our lives, it adds a level of depth and significance. If we so choose, from this place we can achieve great feats of success and abundance.

The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity:
Countering Negative Self-Talk
Lisa Stafford, DC Student

Under the burdens of responsibility, it is easy to lose focus and view the world around you through a filter of negativity. College students, dealing with the pressure of juggling classes and life, are particularly prone to the insidious effects of pessimism, which often contributes to feelings of exhaustion and burnout. A study conducted by Reichel, Neumann, and Neumann, identified this as a common phenomenon on the college campus: “college students may… experience the burnout phenomenon due to learning conditions that demand excessively high levels of effort and do not provide supportive mechanisms that would facilitate effective coping.” The pressure to excel drives many individuals to critically assess themselves, decrying their faults in a manner that tears down their self-esteem and feelings of confidence. Negative self-talk, is a derisive and dangerous practice to fall into. Negative self-talk is the habit of constantly berating oneself, whether verbally or by allowing unspoken words of self-contempt to stream through your thoughts. image 2 - Self TalkCalling yourself “stupid,” saying “I’m not good enough,” or repeatedly declaring you cannot achieve something, is a corrosive practice that undermines your will and determination to succeed. Negative self-talk also decreases our ability to cope with stress, which can invariably affect our emotional and physical health over time.

In contrast, positive words and thinking are powerful and infectious. When we find ourselves slipping into a pattern of negative thinking and self-talk, it is important to make a conscious effort to counter those destructive words with positive, uplifting ones. Words are powerful, and the things we say are often a precursor to actual events. The things we declare both verbally and internally are frequently a self-fulfilling prophecy, either for our benefit or our detriment. What you think influences your feelings, actions, and the things you attract into your life. Therefore, it is important to replace negative self-talk with powerful ways of speaking, thinking, and being.

One means of countering negative self-talk is by taking an inventory of the things in your life that you are grateful for. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. Having a grateful attitude expands our capacity for love and generosity, raises our energy level, and helps us to connect with what is good and positive in our lives. It makes us more conscious of the fundamental things that are linked to our wellbeing, happiness, and contentment. When we sit back and think of all the things we have to be grateful for, it is impossible to contain the need to express our appreciation and thanks by engaging in some specific action.

A very practical way to express or gratitude is by making a gratitude list. Making a daily gratitude list is a small but powerful expression of thanks that we can do privately or share with others. This is something we can do for a few minutes every day, which will help us to take stock of our lives, and identify the gifts and blessings we may take for granted. Making a gratitude list is a tangible reminder of how fortunate we are. When you are depressed or frustrated, looking at your gratitude list helps to put everything into perspective. Whether you are grateful for the love of your family, the beauty of the changing seasons or for successfully making it through finals – there is nothing that cannot be included on your gratitude list.

Another way to circumvent negative self-talk is by incorporating an empowering mantra into your daily routine. Mantras are words or a phrase, repeated internally sometimes in a prayerful or meditative state, that shifts our consciousness. image 1 - Negative Self TalkMantras have been used for thousands of years originally in Hinduism and Buddhism, and are an effective tool that harnesses the power of words to shape and transform our thoughts. It is important to remember that our words initiate our thoughts, and the thoughts we focus on become reality. Our mantras should reflect the happiness, success, love, and abundance we seek in our lives. Your mantra can be as simple as saying, “I am capable of accomplishing anything!” You can be creative, and adapt your personal mantra according to your circumstances and goals.

Surrounding yourself with positive people is another way of offsetting negative self-talk. Enthusiasm is contagious. It is difficult to be cynical when your time is spent with friends who embrace life with exuberance, and are optimistic, cheerful, and encouraging. Spending time in the company of sanguine individuals, who share your vision and dreams, will help to alter your perspective, outlook, and internal dialogue for the better.