The Role of Science

Encountered this thought-provoking anonymous quote:

The role of science is not to provide everlasting truth;

but rather, to provide a modest obstacle to everlasting error. 
– Author Unknown

Quoted by Nansel and Szlazak in Somatic Dysfunction and the Phenomenon of Visceral Disease Simulation: A Probable Explanation for the Apparent Effectiveness of Somatic Therapy in Patients Presumed to be Suffering from True Visceral Disease.

A couple of searches lead me to a reliable source of the quote

“The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.” 
― Bertolt BrechtLife of Galileo

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Highlights from Homecoming 2013

NUHS inaugurates its sixth president, Dr. Joseph P. D. Stiefel

NUHS inaugurates its sixth president, Dr. Joseph P. D. Stiefel | Photo from

National University of Health Sciences Homecoming 2013 was wonderful.  I was blessed to be invited to participate thanks to the generous offer of Bart Green, DC, MSEd, DACBSP. Three days of continuing educational lectures, from basic science (neurology of food addiction) to ethical considerations of practice; delicious food and fine dining; impressive ceremonial events—the weekend was full of many memories.  I felt impressed to share some of them with you, so I’m taking some time to do so.

The most inspirational event of all of Homecoming was clearly the Inauguration Ceremony of the new President Joseph Stiefel.  The two talks that touched me deeply were the Ceremonial Address given by visiting president Joseph Brimhall from University of Western States, and President Stiefel’s speech following his inauguration.

Wisdom from President Brimhall

The message from President Brimhall was two-fold: first, Wisdom is the application of knowledge to create a better world, to make the world a better place, to learn what is of value. He quoted a poem from T.S. Eliot’s 1934 play The Rock:

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

Source: Post by gruseom, YCombinator discussion board 

Second, in the storm-winds of the changing healthcare landscape, in the uncertainty of the current economic challenges, we must not stand back, afraid; we must work together to not only survive, but to thrive.  On this note, he shared the inspiring thought:

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass;
it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Source: Vivian Greene quotes,

President Brimhall concluded his remarks with the following insights:

  1. Today matters; the choice you make today will determine if the world is—or is not—a better place tomorrow.
  2. People matter; “every person in this room matters,” said President Brimhall.

This resonated with me profoundly.  To these inspiring words, I feel to add that each person has unique gifts, individual contributions to make; therefore, each of us has the responsibility to make decisions and take actions today so that the world will be a better place tomorrow.

Esse Quam Videri!

Update [24 Mar 2016]: Removed unfulfilled promises of future posts (sorry!). Mild formatting changes; added “Wisdom from” to President Brimhall heading.

Health Awareness Day at Whole Health Center – Aurora


Health Awareness Day at Whole Health Center – Aurora

I am a chiropractic intern at a whole health clinic in Aurora, Illinois. Our clinic is offering a Health Fair to the Aurora Community next Wednesday.  We are offering five services for five dollars.  Please call today to schedule your appointment.  Details below.
Title: Aurora Community Health Awareness Day
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Time: 11:30 am — 6:00 pm
Services Include: Cholesterol test, Blood pressure, BMI / Body Composition, Foot scan and Postural Analysis
Cost: $5.00
Location: 1055 N Farnsworth Ave, Aurora, IL 60505
We are located one mile south of I-88 tollway on Farnsworth Ave; south of Indian Trail Rd, north of Sheffer Ave, next door to AutoZone.
Contact: Sonia Joubert,, 630-898-7979

If you go: Please call 630-898-7979 to schedule your appointment.

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Chiropractic Safety: Outcomes of Usual Chiropractic; Harm (OUCH)

This just in from André Broussard, D.C.:

Walker et al selected 183 adults with back or neck pain in Perth, Australia.  Then, in twelve (12) chiropractic offices, patients received typical chiropractic care (92 patients) or a fake chiropractic treatment (91 patients).  Each patient was followed across two (2) office visits.

After the randomized trial, each patient was evaluated with a battery of paper forms, including the “Numerical Rating Scale, Functional Rating Index[1], Neck Disability Index, Minimum Acceptable Outcome Questionnaire, Oswestry Disability Index,” and asked their overall evaluation of the treatment.

References, Additional Reading

  1. See also Feise, Ronald J, and J Michael Menke. “Functional rating index: a new valid and reliable instrument to measure the magnitude of clinical change in spinal conditions.” Spine 26.1 (2001): 78-87.
  2. See Study protocol: Walker Bruce, Losco Barrett, Clarke Brenton, Hebert Jeff, French Simon, Stomski Norman. Outcomes of usual chiropractic, harm & efficacy, the ouch study: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial Trials. 2011;12:235+.

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Kendall Co. Salute To Veterans Steak Fry – Events Event, Religious & Charitable – Yorkville, IL Patch

Kendall Co. Salute To Veterans Steak Fry – Events Event, Religious & Charitable – Yorkville, IL Patch

To all veterans in the Fox Valley (Aurora) area and other Chicagoland Western suburbs.
Title: Kendall County Salute to Veterans July 19 in Yorkville
Where: Kendall County Fairgrounds, 7200 E Highpoint Road, Yorkville
Date: July 19, 2013
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Tickets for non-military are $30 with profits going to Chicago Honor Flight
“The program will … include the presentation of colors by the Plano American Legion and entertainment by the Legacy Girls, an Andrews Sisters review.”
Ticket Requests: Voicemail line 331-725-7564
Photos from previous Kendall County Salute to Veterans: link

Hebert et al 2013 Compehensive review of serious adverse effects of SMT or CMT

In answer to Andrew Schafer‘s question, “So does this study give the stats on how many of the “providers” were licensed chiropractors? How many of them were PT’s DO’s MD’s?” Also addressing Sarah Graef‘s question, “[T]he abstract states ‘Adverse events consisted of cauda equina syndrome (29 cases, 38% of total)’, how is that possible?”

I extracted the following numbers from the full-text copy of the article:

DC ? DO Other Total
CES 15 10 2 2 29
Herniation 8 14 0 1 23
Fracture 8 3 1 1 13
Other 8 0 0 4 12
Totals 39 27 3 8 77

From this table, I created the following three charts:
Hebert et al 2013-Manipulation Provider by Adverse Outcome Hebert et al 2013-Distribution of Adverse Outcomes, All Providers Hebert et al 2013-Distribution of Provider Types, All OutcomesAs expected, the majority of providers were DC’s, because chiropractic physicians perform over 95% of all SMTs annually.

Providers listed as “Other” include one (1) of each of the following:

  • Napropath: Adverse outcome=CES
  • “Doctor”: Adverse outcome=Herniation
  • “Lay manipulator”: Adverse outcome=Fracture
  • “Traditional Healer”: Adverse outcome=Other
  • Physiotherapist: Adverse outcome=Other
  • Physician: Adverse outcome=Other
  • Chinese Kong Fu practictioner: Adverse outcome=Other

Alma Did Judge Righteous Judgments

Some notes from my personal scripture study this morning, following Lesson 21 in Book of Mormon Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 13–14

What had Nehor been teaching the people? (See Alma 1:3–4.)

3 And he had gone about among the people, preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down bagainst the church; declaring unto the people that

  • every priest and teacher ought to become popular; and
  • they ought not to labor with their hands, but
  • that they ought to be supported by the people.

4 And he also testified unto the people that

  • all mankind should be saved at the last day, and that
  • they need not fear nor tremble, but that
  • they might lift up their heads and rejoice; for
  • the Lord had
    • created all men, and had also
    • redeemed all men; and,
  • in the end, all men should have eternal life

“Testified,” above, is an interesting word; he feigned witness to a lie.

What was the effect of his teaching? (See Alma 1:5–6.)

5 And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that

  • many did believe on his words, even so many that
  • they began to
    • support him and
    • give him money.

6 And

  • he began
    • to be lifted up in the pride of his heart, and
    • to wear very costly apparel,
  • yea, and even began to establish a church after the manner of his preaching.

In short, his teaching emboldened the apostasy and watered the roots of sin.

Why do you think Nehor’s teachings were appealing to so many people?  Which of these same teachings have you heard in our day?

His teaching appealed to the natural man; without a firm testimony of the nature of God and our relationship to Him, viz. we are His children with intrinsic worth and divine potential–without a firm testimony of these truths, one stands vulnerable to feelings of decreased self worth.  In the contemporary vernacular, “you don’t feel good about yourself.”  Then, along comes a man who says, “Don’t worry about it; everything will be fine.  You will be saved.  You may feel crumy now, but just wait; God will save you.  Repent?  Oh, no, you don’t need to *do* anything; God loves you so much, He will save you with your sins.  Don’t worry; God loves you.” Subtly, the truth is woven with lying threads.  Superficially, the argument appears rational, logical.  However, upon reflection, and with the essential perspective of gospel light, the deception is revealed, and the enemy in uncovered.  If God were to save all men with their sins, would He be a just God?  If Christ did save us from our sins, if He is the means of salvation, what then of His commandment to repent?  Not alone did the prophets teach repentance, but the Master himself: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17); and “… I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Matt. 9:13; cf. Mark 2:17; Luke 5:32); also, “…the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).  The Savior Himself preached repentance.  The teachings of Nehor reject this fundamental principle of the gospel, claiming repentance is not needed, that one need do nothing, and he will be saved, for “the Lord had redeemed all men; and, in the end, all men should have eternal life” (Alma 1:4).

I know that if a man will “keep the commandments of God [he] shall be saved” (Mosiah 12:33).  This salvation comes in and through the Savior Jesus Christ, and in no other way.  I know this because I have tasted of the sweet fruit of His forgiveness, mercy, and love.  I have felt a remission of my sins, which came only after humble repentance.  I know the holy scriptures are true, they are the word of God.  And I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Kingdom here on earth, preparatory for His return.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.