Winter 2009, Volume 2, Issue 1
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Veterans Administration
Interview with
Clinton "Chip" Gowan, DC
Chip Gowan is the staff chiropractor at the Kansas City Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital, where he treats patients and supervises interns from Cleveland Chiropractic College on their rotations. Dr. Gowan, who was among the first chiropractors hired by the VA after inclusion was mandated by Congress, also serves as the Vice President of the College of Military Chiropractic Physicians. In this Health Insights Today interview, he describes the ways chiropractic is being integrated into the health care system serving our nation’s veterans. Read full article »
Widening the Circle of Compassion

Developing a strong sense of connection with others is important for everyone, especially health professionals. Connection leads directly to compassion, where we wish for the health and happiness of all beings and help in whatever ways we can to make that a reality for the individuals in our care. Doctors who have experienced illness, especially serious illness, can gather strength from its hard lessons and bring an unstated but profoundly empowering spiritual dimension to all interactions with patients. Read full article »
Where East Meets West
Acupuncture, like chiropractic, is a natural health care method commonly used most for physical pain but capable of delivering other benefits as well. Provided by chiropractors, medical doctors and licensed non-physician acupuncturists, this ancient Asian healing art has spread like wildfire across the Western world in the past few decades. Download PDF of article »
President-elect Barack Obama with Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, prior to laying a wreath in Chicago on Veterans Day, 2008.

Vegetable gardening may be the human activity that delivers more wide-ranging benefits than any other. It involves exercise in the open air, delivers nutritious and tasty vegetables, is environmentally friendly, saves money and offers a centering and grounding antidote to the electronic hum that increasingly permeates modern life. Read full article »

From Military Medic to Chiropractic Student
Interview with Valerie Tolen
For Valerie Tolen, chiropractic is the next step in a health care career that has already included stints in distant outposts as an Air Force medic. The lessons she learned from her work in military medicine form the basis of her service-oriented worldview, which manifests as a deep desire to work in underserved rural areas and to build a holistic primary care chiropractic practice in which prevention plays a central role. Read full article »

Change in the Military,
Change in the Society

Because the military includes men and women from all parts of the country and all walks of life, it is America’s melting pot. Its command structure ensures that when a major policy change is fully implemented, it can spread more quickly than in other sectors of society. Since the turn of the 21st century, chiropractic services have been available to increasing numbers of service members and veterans. President-elect Obama has now endorsed fuller integration of chiropractic into the DOD, VA, Medicare, the U.S. Public Health Service and any expanded national health program enacted by the new Congress. Read full article »

Acupuncture in the
Air Force
Interview with
Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH

Richard Niemtzow is the first full-time acupuncture practitioner in the U.S. military, treating patients at Andrews Air Force Base, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Pentagon, and serving on-call with the White House medical unit. Originally trained as a radiation oncologist, Dr. Niemtzow’s passion for acupuncture has led him to research and develop ear acupuncture methods for difficult to treat dry eye and dry mouth conditions, in addition to breakthrough “battlefield acupuncture” techniques for non-drug relief of acute pain. Read full article »

Adding nuts to your diet won’t help you lose weight, but it may well be good for your health. Spanish researchers writing in Archives of Internal Medicine report that for people on a Mediterranean diet, adding nuts was better than adding more olive oil in terms of decreasing heart disease risks associated with metabolic syndrome. This is especially true when a small number of nuts are used as a replacement for a snack of chips or crackers. Read full article »