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The Mr. Rogers Standard
“Am I the best I can be?” Mark Studin 2018
I have been thinking for quite some time of what to write for my 1000th Quickie Consultation as this is a milestone I want to remember and it has to be special. To that end, I have been thinking a lot of Fred Rogers lately (of Mr. Rogers neighborhood). His message was simple; every child is special, and he made children, no matter where they came from, no matter their background, no matter how infirmed or bullied, no matter from a broken household or a diverse family or of a traditional family… Every child is special, and every family is special.
You are special, and I mean that in the most respectful manner. There are much too few practicing chiropractors in the world and the ones that do, make a huge difference in the lives of the people we serve. Yes, you spend too much time on each encounter sharing stories about your life and that of your patients, yes you don’t take a hard enough line with lawyers attempting to screw you, yes you allow too many IME’s to take advantage of you and yes, you don’t educate your patients enough, and I yell at you often for all of the above. However…
All of those flaws are what makes you perfect and although I aspire to motivate you to be MORE PERFECT just remember this:
Take the best neurosurgeon in the world and the worst adjuster (me) in the world. I promise you, if the patient is not a surgical candidate, I, the worst adjuster in the world will do a better job (better results) for that patient than the best neurosurgeon. In addition, I will hold that patient’s hand, find time to talk to them for as long as necessary (short of being a psychologist), lay my hands on their spine or affected region and based upon how many times are required to see that patient, create a special doctor-patient relationship that goes beyond the physical act of adjusting.
Mr. Rogers also taught us to stand up in what we believe in. He was quoted before Congress when fighting for his PBS Show:
STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN
'If we in public television can make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.'
In 1969, President Nixon threatened to cut all funding for PBS — essentially displacing “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Facing a skeptical Congress, Fred Rogers (a Peabody award winner) testified to save PBS, explaining how the show provided children with gentle, less violent content than the cartoons of the time. By modeling kind behavior, children learn to manage their “inner drama” and “the kind of anger that arises in simple family situations.” “I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique,” he testified. “I end the program by saying, ‘You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.’ If we in public television can make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.” That testimony secured the network with 20 million dollars in funding. It just goes to show, sometimes speaking up can make all the difference.
Mr. Rogers was reluctant to address Congress, but he did because of his cause; the mental health of our children nationally was too important to leave behind by not being heard, no matter the forum. Speaking up is critical. It is not only your 1st Amendment right as an American, but your duty in a free society to continually exercise that right to honor those who have sacrificed so much to allow us to speak freely. It is critical to speak truth to power to maintain that balance in society without fear of retribution. It is vital not to allow the oppressor to prevail when you are in the right. My mentor taught me that if 1 in a crowd of a million is the only one that is right, that 1 is the majority. That is also why your vote is critical in every election. It does not matter to me whom you vote for as long as you vote, which is the ultimate speaking truth to power. Not voting is disrespectful for those who have sacrificed so much for our right to vote in a free election.
In our myopic world, I have you speaking truth to lawyers, insurance companies, IME’s and Peer Reviewers that have altered the facts and work to suppress your opinion, strive to channel your fees to them and hurt you and your family both in reputation and financially. I am often not polite in motivating you to speak your truth to power (when you resist) in these instances, but it is our job to maintain that level of balance in this sect of society using the laws of our great nation that were set up to protect us all.
You are special to your patients, and you are special to society that needs you to create that balance in a sterile healthcare community. You do not need a 100-page CV; you do not need to collect $2 million a year, you do not need to see 300 patients per week, you do not need to teach in professional schools, you do not need to get published; you just need to be you. You do not need to do anything spectacular other than being your self and strive towards happiness and balance with your family life. It is in that balance you will find your ultimate happiness. Snuggling up to the checkbook that has big numbers will not give you happiness because the numbers cannot hug you back no matter how you spend them.
To quote Fred Rogers “You do not have to do anything sensational for people to love you.”
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
Adjunct Associate Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Post Graduate Faculty, Cleveland University-Kansas City, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Graduate Medical 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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