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Life’s Vision Begins New Era

Life’s Vision Begins New Era
Justin Schutrumpf, DC Student

July 26th through 27th marked Life Vision. If you had been anywhere on Life’s campus or connected on social media, you should have seen and heard about this event. Life pulled out all the stops in bringing a no-holds-barred philosophy jam to Marietta, complete with a star studded line-up.

There is a need in chiropractic for Life Vision. There can never be too many reasons to bring more chiropractors together and refine our purpose and mission. Why just another seminar where we sit around and talk about philosophy and quote green books? We all know the small outspoken majority from Dynamic Essentials, New Beginnings, Reach the World/Get the Big Idea, the International Chiropractors Association, etc.; however, that is only a small percentage of the profession, carrying the majority. The reality of our profession is that a large majority of practitioners are merely floating along with no definite major purpose, feeling they have no home.

The foresight of Drs. Guy Riekeman and Sharon Gorman is to create a new tribe in chiropractic. Life Vision is not competing with any other event or aforementioned seminar in chiropractic. The goal is to bring together the best speakers from several camps and draw in those who don’t have a definitive home in chiropractic.

The line-up featured several hallmark speakers in the chiropractic profession. For the first time in decades, Dr. James Sigafoose returned to Life’s campus. “Sig”, as he is affectionately called by those who follow his work, has been teaching chiropractors for nearly 50 years on how to be successful, not only in practice, but in all areas of life through an abundant and purposeful mindset. The list of amazing speakers also featured; Dr. Jim “Outlaw” Dubel, founder of New Beginnings, hailing from New Jersey; two high-volume Long Island chiropractors, Drs. Andy Forelli and Ray Omid; Dr. Eric Plasker, founder of the 100 Year Lifestyle; past chairs of the Life University Board of Trustees, Drs. Rebecca Ray and Chuck Ribley; one of Puerto Rico’s largest-volume chiropractors, Dr. Eddy Diaz; and Life University’s own Drs. Guy Riekeman, Sharon Gorman, Cathy Wendland-Colby, and Drew Rubin. Several students were also invited to speak, including Jane Brewer, Savy Irby, Lauren Oberstein, Samantha Brooks, and one cantankerous staff writer—yours truly.

Life Vision

Tickets were made available through several student clubs and organizations for the modest price of $25. The excuses to miss this event were many, but the few willing to dedicate themselves to their future by getting out of your own way now were treated to an unforgettable experience.

Life University’s Five Star Program

Life University’s Five Star Program

One of the elements of the Student Life’s mission is to recognize outstanding achievements by student organizations. To help accomplish this, Student Services is introducing the Five Star Program, centered on recognizing student organizations that actively participate in the Life University community. Additionally, this program seeks to encourage student organizations to attend events that are beneficial in the areas of organizational enrichment, team-building, networking, and service. Organizations can earn points by participating in various events and activities in the following categories: Student Services programs, events and workshops, campus community events, service events, and organization-specific events. For more information please contact student services at (770) 426-2700.

Fall 2012 Quarter’s Five Star Organizations:
Alpha Delta Upsilon (ΑΔΥ)
Better Half of Life
Functional Nutrition
Innate Enterprise
Network Spinal Analysis
Salsa Club

Wellness Center Spin Classes

Wellness Center Spin Classes
Pat Banks, Director

For those looking to add some variety to their workout, spinning may be the exercise to consider. Created in 1987 by world champion cyclist Johnathan Goldberg, spinning is an aerobic workout that involves pedaling a stationary bike while using different techniques, speeds and incline levels. The benefits of spinning include lung and heart strengthening, as well as abdominal, hamstring, calf, and quadriceps sculpting. The wide variety of challenging and fun spin workouts help minimize the possibility of boredom. Attending an indoor cycling class can help you burn more calories by being motivated and pushed by an instructor. Research conducted on subjects who attend indoor cycling classes show that you can burn 7.2 to 13.6 calories per minute. Throughout a 40-minute class you can burn around 475 calories. Results vary based upon your age, gender, and intensity level. Come join us and Spin for Life.

Socrates Cafe – Kelly Milano, DC Student

A Year Later

On January 11, 2010 Socrates Café officially opened for business. For those who have been around for a while and remember the old café with its greasy food, and its dingy, outdated interior, the new café came as a very welcomed campus addition. It gave students a well-lit, updated atmosphere with better food options and much more space. A year later, the café is thriving. Quite often throughout the day it is hard to find a spot to sit as the entire café is full. The patio has become a place where drum circles entertain on sunny days. The evenings are a perfect place to study, with the sounds of the water and the glow of the firepit light the night.

The 28,000 square feet of open space with indoor and outdoor seating, now employs 12 staff members plus some temporary help for the bigger events or for when people are on vacation. Run by Bon Appetit, whose company logo is “Food Services for a Sustainable Future,” the café boasts quality foods created from scratch as much as possible. According to their website, “Bon Appetite Management Company has become a model for what is possible in sustainable food service.” They were the first food service company to address the issues related to where and how the food is grown. In January, Bon Appetit reached its goal of contracting 1,000 ‘farm to fork’ farmers, a company initiative to buy locally.

Another aspect of Bon Appetit, Socrates Café and Life Univeristy is their commitment to recycling. Ron Williams, Assistant to the Executive Chef, is an avid recycler. He states that he first began recycling in 1994 in the workplace and it quickly became something he loves. Not only does he oversee the recycling done by the café, he also is actively involved in the recycling around campus. According to Williams, the school boasts a Somat machine in the café that recycles most of the material thrown into the garbage cans. (www.somatcompany.com) He states that the machine is able to mulch the plates, boxes, papers and leftover food into a useable mulch that is used throughout campus in the plants and trees. The garbage in the cans is sorted through and separated out daily, pushed down a conveyor type belt and into the machine where it is rotated at a high heat overnight. The heat dries out the materials and breaks them down into a sandy type composition that is put into the plants around campus. The Somat machine is able to decrease the waste produced by 50%, saving not only money, (up to $800 a month from the recycling companies alone,) but also to help do Life’s share in conserving energy and the environment. The machine is NOT currently able to process the cups and silverware used on campus, as it tends to jam the machine so to best recycle these items, put them in the blue recycling bins located near the garbage cans. There are also 35 new containers around campus for recycling of aluminum and plastic.

One issue that students have had with Socrates is that it closes down to convert the menu from breakfast to lunch. According to Williams, this time is necessary due to the very limited space within the café. He states, “Every corner of the restaurant is breakfast and lunch. Every corner is turned out and turned over.” All of the oatmeal containers are switched out for soups. The fruit bar is completely turned over to salads. The danish and muffins need to be fully switched to deli and grill items. Every square inch needs to be replaced. Bon Appetit determined that the best way to handle the transition is for a shut down during a not busy time, to help avoid risk and accidents and to make the transition as smooth as possible. During that time, Plato to Go is open for drinks, coffee and quick pick up foods. The prices in Plato have come down, with the grab & go sandwiches now being $.60 cheaper than before.

The café is currently open from 6:30am-9:30AM and 10:30AM-3:00PM Monday – Friday, with the seating area open until Midnight as well as noon-midnight on the weekend.  Plato to Go is open 9:00 AM-1PM and 3-6PM Monday-Friday.

For more information on Bon Appetit and their commitment to sustainability, visit www.bamco.com  Have a comment about this article? Come visit us on Facebook!

LifeSource – Jenn Roberts, DC Student


During the weekend of April 15th, LifeSource 2011 sponsored the Octagon event on Life’s campus. Attended by DC’s, CA’s, spouses, biochemists, functional neurologists and, unfortunately, very few students, the Octagon brought together experts in their field to pose their own definitions of subluxation and how to measure success in treatment of that subluxation.

Dr. Riekeman started the conference Thursday afternoon, after the Lyceum Park opening on campus by discussing the term subluxation, focusing specifically on nerve interference, including mechanical dysfunction, environmental toxins and thoughts & stressors. Dr. Riekeman also drew our attention to the fact that the Octagon is a dynamic, ongoing forum for thought and discussion to benefit understanding of chiropractic both externally and internally of our profession.

Dr. Triano discussed that while Vitalism asks ‘why,’ Reductionism asks ‘how;’ how the Vital Force is equal to the human soul. He stated that the goal of any DC should be to intervene both productively and predictably with the subluxation. He also pointed out that while the flutter of a butterfly wing can indeed cause a hurricane half a world away, we do not yet know which flutter set off the storm.

Drs. Haavik-Taylor and Goertz discussed research and statistics around subluxation and chiropractic and results experienced by patients and how that translated into statistical data. Dr. Goertz talked about what matters most to patients and the difference between somatic dysfunction and subluxation while Dr. Koch mentioned how ‘intelligence exists without scientific hypothesis,’ however the nervous system ‘is scientifically appraisable.’

Dr. Lipton spoke to the attendees about how the more energetically connected we are, the more we care… and that entanglement is equal to a change in the recipient. He also stated, “In order to be the master of your science, you have to DO your science.”

An attendee brought about an interesting question as to are we ‘mechanistic back crackers or are we Wholism, Holistic. The answer was that yes, we are more than just biomechanics. We need to bring the theory of subluxation into the classroom. We need a mutual starting point for the discussion.

A lot of chiropractors in practice focus on pain and whiplash, being a focus of many, received some attention at Octagon. Dr Damadian discussed Chiari Syndrome and Cerebellar Tonsillar Ectopia as well as the amazing results experienced by patients once they had their atlas adjusted. Patients experienced a reduction in headaches from occlusion of CSF movement and arterial flow to the brain, nausea and vomiting, pain and numbness and black outs among others. Dr. Damadian, inventor of the MR Scanner, (more commonly known as MRI,) demonstrated how results are different in MR pictures depending on whether the patient is recumbent or sitting/standing; the more evident injuries were visible in a standing/sitting scan.

Dr. Carrick spoke about the relationship between science and philosophy and how once you answer a philosophical question it becomes science; the theory of Science = True & False while Philosophy = Sense & Nonsense and about errant a priori concepts upon which conceptual questions can be developed.

We discussed politics and its relation to improving or impinging patient care and comparative effectiveness and that the ‘absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence’.

Another point mentioned by staff at the Octagon was how few students were repeat visitors every day – only three signed in and out on the registration sheet. Fellow students remarked Saturday evening at a gathering I attended how they didn’t know it was happening. As students of chiropractic it is our duty to learn, be focused and pay attention. Ignorance is no longer a viable excuse for missing data and details. The Octagon was published on the front page of the Vital Source newspaper, on all of the televisions in the cafe as well as communicated several times by student email. And while I know there were a lot of events during the same weekend, DE, a BGI (biogeometric integration) seminar, a Pierce Results seminar, the Gonstead Extravaganza and a few others, many of us were still on campus.

And while attendance of the conference excused us from class, I know whole-heartedly we are still responsible for the material, but to some that acted as an excuse for not attending any of the forum. To that I say, what about Thursday night and Saturday? Or when classes ended for the day Friday. The more we attend, understand and breathe in about philosophy, the physical attributes in technique as well as the biggest concept, subluxation, the better DC’s we will be when in practice with our own patient base, or the better our research will be, should we follow that tract.

The Octagon is an ongoing event we were fortunate to host this time on our campus. Hopefully it will be back on our campus for the next session

Factoids: Did you know…

• 45-50% of people experience whiplash symptoms 17 years after of the injury

• A ten mile car cash is equal to catching a 200lb bag of cement dropped from a second story bldg.

• 4-30% of neck injuries are missed by other practitioners, which leads to permanent ‘neurologic sequela’.

Faculty for the Contemporary Scientific Paradigm that is Octagon:

Dr. Bruce Lipton, PhD, Conference Chair.

Dr. Gerry Clum, DC, Conference Host

Dr. Fred Carrick, DC PhD

Dr. Ray Damadian, MD

Dr. Joe Dispenza, DC

Dr. Christine Goertz, DC PhD

Dr. Heidi Haavik-Taylor, DC PhD

Dr. David Koch, DC

Dr. Scott Rosa, DC

Dr. Peggy Samples, PhD

Dr. Rob Scott, DC PhD

Dr. Jay Triano, DC PhD

Liquid Rootz – Kelly Milano, DC Student

Band Review

If you’ve ever been at Joels Tavern and been lucky enough to hear Liquid Rootz, you know what a great band this is! The band was formed in the summer of 2009 and has grown into a unique combination of contemporary music with an island twist. Another thing that separates this band from other bands on campus is that it represents virtually every program of study that Life University has to offer. The original members, Tui Osborne (Exercise Science), Benny Mateialona (Business) and Colton Cariaga (Business) have added Arthur Driver (Business) and Marc Chianese (graduating from the DC program this quarter.)  While the group has created 12 original songs and is in the process of recording their first album, they also do a lot of cover music at their shows.  Tui states, “Most of our inspiration comes from just being together a lot, hanging out in my man cave garage, having a few brews while listening to great artists on the radio and just enjoying each other’s company.”  Lead Vocalist, Tui, believes that, “we stand out because of what each person brings to the table music-wise in terms of cultural backgrounds; I grew up around reggae, Arthur and Ben grew up around rap/hip-hop and Marc and Colton listened to more contemporary stuff and rock, so we try to have a touch of each genre in our songs.” Each member brings their own unique flare to the group, and when meshed together, the sound is Liquid Rootz! Make sure to check them out at any of their local venues – Joel’s Tavern, Red Sky Tappas, Party Chic, The Vineyard Winemarket and V2 Room and be sure to find them on Facebook at Liquid-Rootz.

Toxic Soap On Campus – Carley Edwards, DC Student

Do you know what’s lurking in the soap dispensers?

Everyone knows that washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of germs, but what if you’re washing your hands with toxic chemicals? The soap dispensers on Life’s campus are filled with several cancer-causing, allergy producing chemicals. Just open up the dispenser and see for yourself. The bright pink container labeled KimCare contains ingredients such as Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, PEG-7, Fragrance, and Red 33.

Propylene Glycol (PG) is found in antifreeze, airplane de-icers, paints, enamels, engine coolants, and more. It is also found in food, medicine and cosmetics. The Material Safety Datasheet cites that PG has been related to skin, liver and kidney damage. According to The Environmental Working Groups website, Skin Deep, PG correlates with cancer, allergies, reproductive toxicity and neurotoxicity. Some claim that PG is safe in small doses, but how many chemicals do we come into contact with daily? Skin Deep declares that women use an average of 12 personal care products daily containing 168 different ingredients and men use an average of six products with 85 different ingredients.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) is an inexpensive foaming agent found in several personal care products. SLS causes skin and eye irritation in human studies. This irritant increases with concentration. Even worse, SLS is contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies 1,4-dioxane as a carcinogen and irritant. This chemical is classified in the state of California to cause cancer. Even the FDA has urged this chemical be removed from products, yet it remains due to the fact that there is no actual law banning the chemical. Canada and the European Union have taken initiative and had this chemical banned or restricted for use. The EPA has 1,4-dioxane listed as a hazardous air pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Skin Deep lists 1,4-dioxane as a known carcinogen related to organ toxicity. It is also an immunotoxin, reproductive toxin, allergen and occupational hazard. SLS is listed as the second ingredient on the soap being dispensed in all of the bathrooms on campus. SLS is not the only ingredient in the soap that is contaminated with 1,4-dioxane. PEG -7 is as well. PEG’s are not safe for injured or damaged skin. Do you ever wash your skin with cuts on your hands?

Disodium EDTA is a neurotoxin linked to cancer and organ system toxicity. It is cytotoxic and genotoxic. EDTA is considered a persistent organic pollutant (POP) that has been used as a pesticide, has a detrimental impact on human health and the environment, and has the ability to accumulate in human tissue. POP’s have been linked to breast cancer, neurobehavioral disorders and even diabetes and death. Those who are obese tested with high levels of POP’s. EDTA may be listed under several other names including acetic acid and most things beginning with ‘disodium.’

Red 33 is a synthetic dye made from petroleum or coal-tar sources. Red 33 has also been tested positive for mutation. The FDA prohibits the use of Red 33 around the eyes. Do you wash your face in the sinks at school? How about while at the gym?

Fragrance seems like an innocent ingredient but it is really just a mask disguising an ugly chemical: phthalates. The health effects of phthalate are endless and are found in plastics, adhesives, glues, personal care products, children’s toys, paints, and pharmaceutical drugs. Children are even more vulnerable to phthalates than adults. Studies have been done linking children with allergies to those with large amounts of phthalates in the home. There may even be a link between phthalates and autism. Phthalates lead to precocious puberty in females and are endocrine disruptors that can cause birth defects. When fed to rodents, phthalates caused liver and testicular damage. The Journal of Pediatrics found that low birth weight babies are related to exposure to phthalates. Some research has even been done on the correlation between phthalates and ADHD. Former President George Bush signed The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act restricting the use of phthalates above a certain level in children’s toys.

The same soap that is being used all over campus is also being used at Bright Life, the daycare center on campus. In addition to the soap dispensers, there are hand soap dispensers from Wal-Mart containing yellow 5. Yellow 5 is banned in Norway, and was banned in Austria, and Germany. The UK called for a voluntary phase out of the chemical a few years ago due to its link with hyperactivity in children. Since 1985 The American Academy of Pediatrics stated that the side effects of Yellow 5 include allergies, tumors, and asthma.

Something else to be aware of is that Propylene glycol, SLS, PEG-7, and EDTA are all skin penetrators, meaning that they actually help other chemicals penetrate deeper into the skin.

I posted a comment on Life’s Facebook page asking about whether a particular ingredient was used in the soaps on campus and this was the response I received: “Hi Carley, although the soap on campus contains some questionable ingredients, triclosan is not one of them. Our soap provider appears to offer a Green Seal certified product that we will explore using.” Obviously the ingredients used in the soap dispensers on campus are not ‘questionable.’ They are toxic and carcinogenic and lead to long-term health problems. If there are safer alternatives available, why isn’t Life using them? It may be more costly, but what is the price on our health and that of the environment? When will change be integrated to make Life a greener campus? Until then, I will continue to bring my own soap into the bathroom.