Ep 28: Dr. Paul Dougherty on Chiropractic in the APHA and the VA Outpatient Clinics

There are new opportunities opening up every day for integrated chiropractic professionals and with those opportunities, there are an increasing number of non-traditional chiropractors out there. And though many chiropractors may feel they are precluded from certain positions, Dr. Paul Dougherty has broken through many perceived boundaries. He is truly blazing new trails for the profession. He is a faculty member at New York Chiropractic College and also a clinical faculty member in Department of Orthopedics at University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Dougherty serves as a clinician and research scientist at the VA (Veterans Health Administration) Outpatient Clinic, and chair of the American Public Health Association Chiropractic Section. This episode was recorded live in our studio.

Dr. Dougherty talks about the pros and cons of practicing chiropractic in a salaried system, the model of the VA clinics for the civilian world, advantages of an integrated EHR and the clinical trials he's running including those involving clinical prediction rules, functional MRI and psychosocial factors of back pain.

Episode Sponsor by our friends at IHCPR: Integrative Health Care Practice Resources

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Ep 27: Lifesaving Chiropractors - DC’s Who Have Saved a Life

When we are measuring the impact chiropractors have by their presence in the health care system, and not just in spine care, but our presence overall, there may be something missing. Many chiropractors have had a dramatic effect on the public's health by being properly trained in diagnosis and emergency procedures. By being a portal of contact for a patient who is discovered to have a life threatening condition, the chiropractor may be integral in starting the chain of survival much sooner than the natural history. Or, the chiropractor may actually perform an emergency procedure that leads to an immediate change in a patient's ability to survive.

When the lawmakers and stakeholders sit down to carve up the medical allocation pie, there are some large pieces that get allocated to hospitals and emergency care, some large pieces that go to prescription drugs, some smaller pieces that go to specialties like obstetrics. By the time they get around to even thinking about chiropractic care, the pie is pretty well carved up. The justification for this frequently is, well, chiropractic is a nice thing to have. But it's like massage - not a necessity -- more of a nicety.

This episode's stories illustrate that lives have depended on a chiropractor's quick actions. Some of the doctors who told their stories are listed below:

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Ep 26: Australian Chiropractor Dr. John Reggars on the Crossroads of Science Vs. Subluxation

American chiropractors are frequently directed to countries in Europe and Scandinavia for examples of science based, well integrated chiropractic. Many people assume Australia's 3700 chiropractors must be practicing in a similar situation. What is chiropractic like down under?

Dr. John Reggars is a chiropractor in Australia who is mad as hell about the current state of affairs. The profession is at yet another crossroads with a history of making the wrong decision and he wants people to stand up and declare their intolerance for the fundamentalist anti-science. His article titled "Chiropractic at the Crossroads - or are we just going around in circles?" is sure to ruffle some feathers both down under and around the globe.

In this episode of On The Other Hand, Dr. Reggars speaks with Dr. Brett Kinsler about what has him as mad as hell and why he won't take it anymore!

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