The primary purpose in preparing this work for distribution on the internet was to provide a concise course of instruction to doctors of Chiropractic interested in a practical method of training in preventive medicine, internal disorders and nutritional therapy.
The contents of the 22 sessions provides a broad variety of subjects and focuses on a cause and effect strategy with emphasis on the prevention of disease and early identification of a patients health problems. Certainly, the material does not pretend to be a comprehensive work; very few diseases or specific syndromes are discussed in detail, and only disorders most commonly seen in a lifestyle health and wellness specialty are presented. The course is well credentialed with numerous documented scientific references accompanying each individual course session.
The sessions on specific diagnostic modalities encompass basic and often brief explanations of the procedures and interpretations. The slides and accompanying text notes are meant to supplement the many excellent encyclopedic textbooks on general medicine and chiropractic methods. For the novice physician interested in practicing preventive medicine and nutritional therapy, often those heavy and very detailed specialized textbooks are not so beneficial. Given a patient with a common complaint, or perhaps a not so common complaint, how does he or she arrive at a correct assessment of the patient's health quotient? How does the clinician arrive at a specific diagnosis; assist and treat the patient in a practical and cost-conscious manner; and then hopefully, guide the patient on the unending journey to health and wellness? Indeed, this course material addresses these questions.
By following the patient over the course of their illness and serving the patient in a mode of preventing disease over a life time, the chiropractic physician can learn the natural history of the patients disorder and the spectrum of complications that may attend it, and thus, without question, continually guide them on a journey to health and wellness.
A course of this magnitude must give not only the scientific capabilities and technological advances of modern medical science but also to other aspects of the doctor-patient relationship such as the patients attitude towards illness; what role their lifestyle plays with illness; and of course, the cost-benefit trade-offs of investing in natural health care. Each must be intelligent and pragmatic, as it is often paid for by the patient when third-party payers deny alternative therapies and preventive medicine.
The clinical strategies suggested in this course are specifically directed toward a concept of patient wellness and a service directed to increase the functional capacity of the patient during and beyond active periods of therapy. The strategic focus of patient care throughout is threefold: determine the cause of the patients symptoms; attempt to identify the seriousness of his or her overall health; and further, assess the patients degree of wellness. In essence, an attempt to rule out potential pathology and organic disease is made and the question asked, Is the patient salvageable? Indeed, would the time, effort and money spent provide an outcome worthy of the discipline required? From this, further determinations are made relevant to the signs and symptoms that might be related to either nutritional deficiencies or functional problems. Clinically, this is accomplished by conducting a thorough physical examination, ordering various laboratory tests and performing indicated x-ray studies. Not infrequently, the technical facts obtained by these procedures will reveal the primary or major component of the patient's health problem.
Patient control is essential in a preventive medicine lifestyle practice, demanding considerable, if not strict, patient compliance to major lifestyle changes that include diet, exercise, avoidance of tobacco products, alcohol, and recreational drugs, among others. Without superb patient cooperation, the therapeutic results will prove to be minimal, at best.
Of course, the degree of benefit to the clinician will be directly related to the effort the chiropractic clinician devotes to learning the material, and most importantly, the extent and effort that the clinician applies the material in a day to day practice.
Although it has been prepared for the doctor of chiropractic, the same methods and philosophy taught in the course can be applied by all health disciplines. Although few in number, physicians holding degrees in medicine, osteopathy, naturopathy, dentistry and oriental medicine have attended live lecture presentations, and have skillfully learned to employ the techniques and procedures presented in the 22 sessions.
Certainly, It is our desire that the doctors who read, study and employ these concepts will enhance their clinical skills and patient management; affect an improved state of well being in their patients and will offer them a gratifying and enjoyable way in reaching their professional goals. And finally, that they may prosper financially, despite the unfriendly and chaotic climate of the ever changing health industry.
Course 201: Introduction to Chiropractic Internal Disorders
Course 202: History Taking
Course 203: The General Physical Examination and Associated Pathology
Course 204: Diseases and Examination of the Pelvis and the Management of the Hypersensitive Patient
Course 205: Future Expansion
Course 206: Multi-channel Blood Chemistries, CBC, Thyroid Panel, TSH
Course 207: Additional Blood Tests and Tumor Markers for the Internal Disorder Patient
Course 208: Future Expansion
Course 209: Cardiovascular Disease - Prevention, Diagnosis - Management
Course 210: Electrocardiography and Phonocardiography
Course 211: Future Expansion
Course 212: Chronic Degenerative Disease
Course 213: Pediatrics
Course 214: Spirometry and Lung Disorders
Course 215: Geriatrics
Course 216: Urinary Disorders and Hair Biopsy Assessment
Course 217: Immunology and Allergy - Part I
Course 218: Allergy - Part II
Course 219: Common Diseases Affecting the Arterial System
Course 220: Evaluating Vascular and Venus Disorders by Instrumentation
Course 221: Future Expansion
Course 222: Facts of the Neoplastic Processes and Examining the Cancer Patient
Course 223: Malignant Diseases, AIDS and there Management and Treatment
Course 224: Upper Gastrointestinal Disease
Course 225: Lower Gastrointestinal Disease
Course 226: Drug Reactions, Reports, and Clinical Documentation
You can earn any of the following Certificates by completing the sessions associated with the Certificate
Certificate of Cardiovascular Disease and Diagnosis - complete sessions 6, 7, 9, 10, 16
Certificate of Diagnosis in Pediatric Disease - complete sessions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 13
Certificate of Diagnosis in Geriatric Disease - complete sessions 6, 7, 10, 14, 15
Certificate of Diagnosis of Immunological Disorders - complete sessions 6, 7, 17, 18
Certificate of Diagnosis of Circulatory Disorders - complete sessions 4, 6, 7, 10, 19, 20
Certificate of Diagnosis of Neoplastic Disorders - complete sessions 2, 6, 7, 22, 23
Certificate of Gastrointestinal Diseases and Diagnosis - complete sessions 6, 7, 24, 25
Certificate of Internal Disease Diagnosis - complete all 22 sessions
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