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Categorical Index

Balance

Life is always about balance. It is certainly about having ‘enough’, but that isn’t usually the problem. The problems come when what you have, what you are , is unbalanced. Organization is critical to life, and a breakdown in the relationship between...

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Beginning to Look at the Food We Buy

The best way to know about the quality of the produce you eat is to grow it yourself. In these busy and challenging days, this isn’t always possible. There are some ways to better understand the produce at your grocery store although there are some caveats...

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Pain Is a Small Piece of the Story

Michael Thomas, DC Each day I hear similar stories from my patients. I began to hurt two days ago, one might say. Others say, I have been feeling foggy in my head for a couple of weeks but the pain just started yesterday. Chiropractic has come to be associated with...

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A Precious Jewel In Our Midst

Michael Thomas, DC Folks come into the office for some particular reason. They have neck pain or low back pain, sciatica or dizziness. If they are new to the office, they have heard that chiropractors can help these problems, or that I helped someone they know with a...

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The Moment of Adjustment

Autonomic Modulation and the Tensegral Array Michael Thomas D.C. (Note: this paper was published in the April 2013 newsletter for Quantum Spinal Mechanics) We have done a fairly good job of explaining what goes on up to the point of the performance of the adjustment...

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Injuries and Alignment

Michael Thomas, DC My wife Lexi, fell and hurt her knee recently. The next day, after walking on it around campus at school (she is finishing up a mathematics degree at the University of Florida this term), the two of us piled into the car for a trip to Atlanta. I was...

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A New Year and a Moment of Reflection

I am in the midst of my nineteenth year as your Chiropractor here in Belleview. Like everyone else, so much has happened over the years. Life has unfolded for all of us. Just before Christmas I received an offer that made me examine whether I wanted to continue in...

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No Place Like Home

Michael Thomas, DC When Dorothy clicked her heels together in the The Wizard of Oz, she fervently wished to go home again. There is no place like home, she repeated. Many of us feel a relief when we get home from our days activities and feel comfort in being back...

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Embracing the Elephant in the Room

Michael Thomas, DC Dr. Gregory, the founder of NUCCA, often said he didn’t care how the spine got adjusted, -even if someone was adjusting the big toe-, if it resulted in correction on the post film. The outcome defined by the post film has become the gold...

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Health Care or Disease Care?

Michael Thomas, DC Keeping oil in your car’s engine is easier than rebuilding a blown engine. In the same way, staying balanced, staying in adjustment is easier on your life than waiting until you have an acute problem. Most people will tell me that they knew they...

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The Glass is Half Full

Michael Thomas, DC How much does our attitude change our health? We have come to accept that we must drink enough water, eat various nutritious foods, get enough sleep, get off the couch a few times a week and move about if we want to be healthy. So how much does our...

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Healthcare Choices

Michael D. Thomas, DC You receive this newsletter because you are a patient in my office or because you have an interest in this method of healthcare. Less than 8% of people go to Chiropractors in the US so you are not an average person! Whether you made us your first...

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Dr. Thomas has a YouTube Channel!

I have made a few short videos that discuss upper cervical chiropractic. What is it? How does it work? Will it work for me? What is the adjustment like? I hope to add to these videos over time as new questions arise. You can copy the link below to find my channel!...

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Tipping Point

I want to lay out a concept for you that helps to explain the power of the adjustment in your life. I’ll try not to get too complicated, but I need to paint a picture that isn’t yet discussed much in our society. I will work to give you a perspective that...

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Being “In” Adjustment

Michael Thomas, DC People often ask me, “When should I come back?” This is a fair question and an important one. Some people only return to the office when life has become too difficult again. “”Doc, that pain has returned and I can’t...

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How Are You?

How are you? It’s a question that we ask others when we first greet them, and we in turn are asked many times a day. “Oh fine”, is a common answer. “Okay.”, is another. We know that most people don’t really want to know how you...

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In Tune

  When a musician picks up a guitar, he or she first checks the tuning before beginning to play a song. Each string must be properly taut, and more, they must be in proper tension with all the other strings. This is because the strings resonate with each other....

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Turning Life Off Is Not Turning Life On

If you suddenly had a painful splinter in your finger there are a number of options available for you.  You could do nothing, let it fester, and allow your immune system to gradually decompose it through phagocytosis.  You will heal eventually.  It may take some...

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Happy New Year

“What is to give light must endure burning.” Viktor Frankl The winter solstice signals the yearly extreme of the darkness of night as well as the minimum of day. From this point in the calendar, the light of day will now grow with each revolution of the...

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Another Unreasonable Request for Christmas

Another Unreasonable Request for Christmas Michael D. Thomas, D.C. It is the Holiday time of year.  The weather is cooling off, even down here, and there is an air of festivities and perhaps a hint of goodwill in the air.  Challenging times demand more of us just to...

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The Big Idea

Michael Thomas, D.C. What I wanted to write about today is an idea.  In Chiropractic we have called it The Big Idea!  This big idea is present not only in Chiropractic, but we have certainly based our work upon it.  The idea is that life is sufficient unto itself. ...

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What Happens When I Go Out of Adjustment?

We are pretty amazing creatures. We begin inside our mothers, too tiny to even see with the naked eye. After we are born, we stick around, most of us, for many decades. We end up with 70-100 trillion cells inside our bodies. This conglomeration of separate little...

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Happiness is a Choice

Michael D. Thomas, D.C. Recently, I was standing in line at a local store when an older woman walked in, saw several of us standing near the cashier and looked uncertain as to what she should do.  I told her she was fifth in line.  She sighed, and I said that maybe it...

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Primary Care

Michael D. Thomas, D.C. In Florida law, chiropractors are primary care, portal of entry physicians. Its a mouth full!  What it means is that you can come and see us directly by making an appointment  You don’t have to see your medical doctor (who is also primary...

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Brain Fog

Michael D. Thomas, D.C. Brain Fog doesn’t show up on most lists of diagnoses or in medical texts.  Every day however, you folks come into my office and talk about it.  I hear people say they cant think clearly; they are forgetful, discouraged, depressed.  It was...

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Why Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Work?

Michael Thomas, D.C. I don’t know how you can touch me behind the ear and fix my low back pain and sciatica, but I don’t care- it works!  Its all voodoo or magic to me! These are comments I frequently hear as I go about my days adjusting all of you as you...

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Radiation

Radiation The very word makes people fearful.  These days there is some real cause for concern, but how much concern?  And what do we do about it?  Fear without knowledge is a scary spiral into panic.  So let’s talk a bit about radiation.  What does the word mean? ...

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Power Up Your Life

You haven’t heard from me in a couple of months.  I decided when I began this newsletter that I wouldn’t put one out if there was nothing burning inside me to say.  It isn’t that there aren’t lots of things to write about, but I want to only send you a...

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A Testimonial from a new patient.

Trish came to see me recently and her story is below.  She and her husband run Story Book Meadows an equine assisted experiential learning center for personal growth and development for individuals and groups.  It is a faith based, non-profit ministry dedicated to...

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Video Testimonial

One of my patients has filmed a bit of another patient’s visit and put it up on You Tube. It turned out nicely and I wanted to share it with you. Thanks to Micheline! Actually, Micheline has her own website and it is becoming more interesting every day. You can...

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Gravity in Your Life

Dr. Thomas published this article in his January 2011 email newsletter. We are well into the new year. I can hardly believe we are half way through January already! Many of us are feeling unmoored. As I talk with folks who come into the office, many feel adrift in a...

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Have an Unreasonable Christmas!

The inclement weather this month has caused a few of my patients to remark that they are tired of being cold and are going to move to Florida As I write this on the 12th of the month, we have already had one significant cold snap and are gearing up for another one....

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Thanksgiving Note from Dr. Thomas

Happy Thanksgiving! I trust you are all getting ready for the holiday season and enjoying the cooler weather. With Fall also comes the drumbeat of warnings about influenza and the need to have a flu shot. I have not written much about vaccinations up to this point....

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Health and Gravity

Years ago I had found a quote from Roger Sperry, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology in 1981. This quote captures so much of the reason why the upper cervical adjustment can really change lives.  I could never find the reference for it (where he actually...

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Are You Holding Your Adjustment?

When you come in to see me I will often ask you if you are holding your adjustment.  Some of you know and others don’t.  Everyone has their own signs and symptoms of being out of adjustment.  Some people feel ‘fine’ and then they don’t.  An...

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Possibilities

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. No one can count the apples in a seed. Anonymous

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NUCCA Synopsis and list of published papers

Chiropractors have long had difficulty getting published in the peer reviewed, indexed literature.  Some of this difficulty lay in the political animosity between chiropractic and medicine and some in the lack of educated individuals (researchers, etc.) that had the...

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Peace Comes From the Inside

I recently found this quote in my files.  It reminds me that peace does not come from external events but rather from within each of us.  The world does not bring us peace.  Peace comes into the the world through us. We are the eyes and the hands and the legs that...

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Experience the NUCCA Difference

Michael Thomas, D.C. Our bodies have the innate ability to heal themselves. We are self-healing organisms. A surgeon can cut us open and remove tissues or repair torn tissues with sutures, but it is our bodies that do the healing. In order to heal us, our bodies must...

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Self-care is the best kind of medicine

This article was originally published in the Ocala Star Banner, July 5, 2009 OTHER VOICES Self-care is the best kind of medicine By Michael D. Thomas Guest columnist Published: Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 6:30 a.m. We will spend an estimated $3 trillion dollars this year...

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A Brief Look at Biedermann et al., and the “KISS” Syndrome

 Note:  This paper was originally published in the The Upper Cervical Monograph, Volume 7, number 2, September 2009.    A Brief Look at Biedermann et al., and the “KISS” Syndrome.   Michael D. Thomas, D.C.   There is a developing body of literature on...

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Truncated Fractals in Organic Structure

Note:  Again, these are notes for myself to understand the topic.  It is not a finished paper and this piece is mainly quotes from various papers. Truncated Fractals in Organic Structure The word ‘fractal’ was coined by Benoit Mandelbrot. Mandelbrot is an intuitive...

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Central Pattern Generators: quotes and notes

Note: the following represents my attempts to educate myself regarding central pattern generators and are primarily quotes I have saved that have served that purpose. I am putting this onto my blog because I am working with several other people to understand how we...

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Interview with W. Heath Quigley, M.S., D.C. (part 2)

MDT: Let me tie up a couple loose ends. When did Clear View close down? WHQ: In 1963. MDT: And were the primary reasons that insurance was starting to come in, that medications were starting to come in? WHQ: No. They’d already come in. That brings up an interesting...

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Interview with W. Heath Quigley, M.S., D.C. (part 1)

A Talk With W. Heath Quigley, M.S., D.C. (10-19-01) Michael D. Thomas, D.C. Interviewer’s Note: I met Dr. Quigley only moments before beginning this interview. In my introductory remarks to him, I attempted to allay any fears he might have about his words being...

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Celebrating Diversity

  Celebrating Diversity Dr. Michael D. Thomas Each one of us is made of about ten trillion cells, all of whom work together to form the body that we recognize as ourselves. While there are great similarities between each of us, there are also significant...

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Upper cervical adjustments may improve mental function

  J Manual Medicine (1992) 6:215-216 (c) Springer-Verlag Clinical Note Upper cervical adjustments may improve mental function M.D. Thomas and J. Wood Palmer College of Chiropractic Clinic, 1000 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa 52803, USA Summary. This report...

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The Doctor’s Office

The Doctor’s Office Michael D. Thomas, D.C. People are presented with many, many options today when they begin to look for healthcare. It can be bewildering, and because it is such an important matter, it can be frightening. When illness strikes a person, they...

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What Would Jesus Do?

What Would Jesus Do? (9-16-01) Michael Thomas, D.C. I was in the local natural foods grocery store the other day. As I stood at the checkout, a woman I know came up to me and asked me if I was all right. I told her that I was still shaken by the events of the week. I...

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A Chiropractor’s Letter to his Nephew

A Chiropractors Letter to His Nephew Uncle Michael, I was thinking about being a doctor. My mom was telling me a little about chiropractic and I was wondering if you could write me and tell me how school was and then what you do in general. I am really interested and...

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To Forgive Is Divine

  To Forgive is Divine Dr. Michael Thomas It is said in our prayer that God forgives us just as we forgive others. Jesus forgave those who were involved in his execution. Forgiveness is a very radical act. The word radical has come to have a scurrilous...

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The Unseen Order

  The Unseen Order Dr. Michael Thomas Scientists find themselves in a dilemma. The scientific method has evolved over hundreds (thousands!) of years as the best way we have figured out to systematically understand our universe. But now that we have come so far,...

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The Undiscovered Country

  The Undiscovered Country (1-20-2002) Dr. Michael Thomas There are many blessings in life. One of the greatest blessings I have known is to have a partner to walk with through life. I heard a pastor speak to a newly wedded couple on the television the other day....

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The Sacred Moment

The Sacred Moment Dr. Michael Thomas Author’s Note: This article may not seem much like health-care advice. But I will tell you this: health comes from the word ‘whole’. It’s root meaning is the same as ‘holy’. Wholeness is health. Life is sacred. What if...

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The Heart Still Calls

The Heart Still Calls Michael D. Thomas, D.C. This world we live in can feel more brutal and confusing by the day, sometimes by the hour! The complexity and intensity of our lives calls for redoubling our efforts just at the point where, in many of our lives,...

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The Best Stress Management Program in the World

  The Best Stress Management Program in the World Dr. Michael Thomas To believe in Jesus and the teachings of Jesus is a wonderful thing. As many of us have found however, it is quite another issue to actually live by these teachings. This Jesus was a radical...

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Prayer Angels

  Prayer Angels Dr. Michael Thomas It was getting on toward the end of the day last Thursday when one older couple came in to the office for a visit. I immediately noticed that the husband was doing much better than he had been. He was watching the activity in...

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Make Peace With What Is

  Make Peace With What Is Dr. Michael D. Thomas Its been a rainy weekend. I had made plans all week to finish moving our endless stuff out of our old house and be finished with it but the weather had other plans. It has rained in buckets. We haven’t had...

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Leaping and Sleeping

  Leaping and Sleeping (5-26-2002) Dr. Michael Thomas For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven. After many tumultuous years in our youths, my wife and I have settled down to a fairly routine life. We have had the same routines...

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Expectations

  Expectations Dr. Michael Thomas When I was a boy, I swam competitively. My coach taught me a way to improve my performance by using my mind on the night before a big event. He told me to imagine that I was standing on the blocks, calm and strong. Then I would...

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Do Not Be Anxious

  Do Not Be Anxious Dr. Michael D. Thomas It was the second Tuesday of the month and a gorgeous Florida morning. Bonnie and I dropped our son John off at school and headed downtown. We were due to get on the air at Daystar radio at nine o’clock. Were always a bit...

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Biting Off More Than We Can Chew

  Biting Off More Than We Can Chew Dr. Michael Thomas We had a visit this weekend with my sister, her husband and their children. They came up to visit us for a few days. They have recently returned from a stint as missionaries in Brazil. As we sat around the...

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We Ask Too Little

  We Ask Too Little. Authors Note: I am changing this story a bit to protect the privacy of those involved. She came to see me one day in the office. She moved slowly, tentatively. I am in constant pain, she said as she slowly descended to the chair, with a...

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A Friend

  A Friend Dr. Michael Thomas I recently returned from a visit with a friend. I hadn’t seen him in a couple of years and I was very happy to finally be able to talk with him again, face to face. I had to drive almost six hours to get to his house and that...

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Can Chiropractic Help?

  Can Chiropractic Help? A Sightseeing Tour Through the Nervous System Michael D. Thomas, D.C. Life is not all smooth sailing. When a problem occurs in our lives that we can’t take care of by ourselves, we try and figure out where to go to get some help. Many...

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Waking Up to Choice

Waking up to Choice Michael D. Thomas, D.C. ‘Well! What are you?’ said the Pigeon. ‘I can see you’re trying to invent something!’ ‘I-I’m a little girl,’ said Alice, rather doubtfully, as she remembered the number of...

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Self Care Is Safe Care

Self Care Is Safe Care Dr. Michael D. Thomas Most of us have grown up with a certain attitude toward our healthcare. We have been told that only the “experts” can understand the workings of our bodies. We have also been told in many, many ways that when...

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What is Alternative Healthcare?

What is Alternative Healthcare? Michael Thomas, D.C. More and more, there are articles discussing alternatives to the care given by the medical doctor . This wide diversity of alternatives can be very confusing. The following article will attempt to touch on some of...

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Taking Back Our Souls

Taking Back Our Souls Michael D. Thomas, D.C. Healthcare. Today, this word harkens images of the body politic more than the personal in these times of economic “bottom line” decisions. We think of governmental legislation and HMO’s and insurance...

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The Ritual of the Removal of Interference

The Ritual of the Removal of Interference Weeks had passed, and a certain man found himself weakening. A mysterious electricity seemed to have possessed the back of his right thigh and calf. Sometimes it even bore into his foot. This terrible pain howled deep within...

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The Evolving Heartbeat of Humanity

The Evolving Heartbeat of Humanity Dr. Michael Thomas There is a very old story about a frog and a scorpion. Both were perched on the edge of a river, and both wanted to get across to the other side. As the frog got ready to jump in and swim across, the scorpion asked...

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The Power of the Heart

The Power of the Heart Dr. Michael D. Thomas There is a very special place at the junction between the great vessel that returns blood to the heart (the superior vena cava) and the filling chamber for the right ventricle, (called the atrium). In this tiny place, a...

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Interview with Steven MacDonald, D.C.

A Talk With Dr. Steven N. MacDonald An Interview by Dr. Michael Thomas (this interview originally published in NUCCA News) Dr. Steven MacDonald is one of the hardest working people in the NUCCA organization. He is currently the Chairman of the Education Committee. Dr....

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Interview with Marshall Dickholtz, Sr., D.C.

A Talk with Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Sr. By Michael Thomas, D.C. (Interview originally published in The NUCCA News in 2000.) Dr. Marshall Dickholtz, Sr. is seventy six years young. He has the energy of at least two thirty eight year olds and he shows no sign of slowing...

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Interview with Robert Brooks, D.C.

A Talk With Dr. Robert Brooks by Michael Thomas, D.C. You seem to live and breathe chiropractic. (laughter). Chiropractic is a natural for me. Chiropractic is embedded in what I consider to be a non-interference philosophy. At the age of four and a half, my mother...

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Book Review: Practical Shooting: Beyond Fundamentals

(this paper was originally published in The Upper Cervical Monograph, May 2001) Book Review: Practical Shooting: Beyond Fundamentals Written by Brian Enos [1990, Zediker Publishing, P.O. Box 426, Clifton, CO 81520] Michael Thomas Anyone who has been involved with...

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A Shift in the Prevailing Winds (Thomas and Scholten)

A Shift in the Prevailing Winds An exploration of current issues in the practice of upper cervical chiropractic Michael D. Thomas, D.C., Jeffrey N. Scholten, D.C. (This paper was originally published in The Upper Cervical Monograph, September 2004) Prologue: This...

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