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From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: many of these issues I bring are small, yet each issue is just that… an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and focus on the larger issues… a larger, more profitable practice along with more family time. 

“Medical Specialists & the Brain-Chiropractic Research”

What does Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, dementia and cognitive disorders have to do with medical specialists or primary care providers referring spine cases to you? The answer is absolutely nothing… and everything.

The “absolutely nothing” centers around the fact that you will rarely if ever get a referral for Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, dementia and/or cognitive disorders. You will however get referrals for mechanical spine pain (no fracture, tumor or infection) and the reason you will get those referrals is because you will be smarter than every other spine care provider for mechanical spine pain than those medical specialists will ever have had a relationship with. I have shared with you previously that a DC in Texas walked out of the orthopedic surgeon’s office with 8 referrals with the following comment from the orthopedists; “I love chiropractic, I just haven’t found a chiropractor that wasn’t stupid and you are now the first.” The results were not only an immediate eight referrals but a host of others that followed.

The “absolutely everything” comment above centers around the fact that you get to verify based upon your knowledge base that you are an “evidenced-based practitioner” and your entire practice and how you function is consistent with the scientific literature. All of medicine is “wired through their entire academic and professional careers” to function in arenas that have been validated through the scientific literature with rare exception. Historically chiropractic has an upside down model because we’ve had very little scientific evidence and for over 100 years we’ve been functioning on results without a verified scientific reason why. This is the core of why medicine has not engaged chiropractic at a level that would be most beneficial to the public.

Although we do not have all the answers scientifically we now have enough to start engaging medical specialists and the entire medical community as to why chiropractic works and the reason as a result for the chiropractor to be the primary spine care provider. The caveat is that unless you, the chiropractor becomes “well read” and has the literature at your fingertips so that you can both quote and produce it you’ll be nothing more than perpetuating “the ol’ chiropractic one step to step BS paradigm.”

By attending seminars like we had in Las Vegas, New York or Florida previously you will learn more and more about the scientific literature and validation about chiropractic… AND HOW TO USE IT IN EVERYDAY PRACTICE. By going to the US Chiropractic Directory and reading articles such as “chiropractic, chronic back pain in brain shrinkage” (click here to accesss the article) or any of the 6 “Brain Function” articles listed on the left toolbar once you click “research” on the top toolbar it will help get you started on your journey of understanding how chiropractic works in a contemporary scientific setting. 

Please remember that this is just the start of your journey and the research is just starting to be published that will help you both understand what you do and verify to your referral sources that you are truly an expert and smarter than almost everyone else in the chiropractic field. The days of saying “the bone is on a nerve” has passed.
Welcome to being part of “the best of the best through clinical excellence.”



Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Educational Presenter, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Joint Partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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