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Of all the health care fields that are classified as alternative, chiropractic is by far the largest and most popular. As Bruce Springsteen would say, chiropractic was "Born in the U.S.A."

Chiropractic is the most widely disseminated indigenous system of healing in the United States. The public, third party payers and the federal government accept chiropractic; it is no longer the marginal profession that it once was thought to be. At present chiropractic is both alternative in that it approaches health care from a completely different perspective and mainstream in that it has gained popular acceptance.

The upcoming monthly articles written by different local doctors of chiropractic will discuss the characteristics of the profession that contribute to its distinct perspective and approach to patient care.

Appearing the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Tribune's HealthBeat section, this is the fourth in a series of articles on the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic. We have established some continuity at this point, covering the birth of chiropractic, chiropractic history in Crawford County and the educational process necessary to become a doctor of chiropractic.

I am turning the remaining articles over to the very capable hands of my fellow doctors of chiropractic who make up the Crawford County Chiropractic Association (CCCA). An organization should have a reason for being. During the formative period of our organization we had discussions about this subject and developed a mission statement: "It is the mission of the Crawford County Chiropractic Association to advance the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic in our local community. We will direct an emphasis toward public education and participating in special community events to accomplish these goals. We will be advocates of a patient's rights to choose chiropractic care. We will make specific efforts to encourage the public's growing acceptance of basic principles to advance the chiropractic paradigm of health care in our community.

It is important to be able to transfer the ideas in a mission statement into real life, to make the rubber meet the road, as the saying goes. This Meadville Tribune opportunity is one way to do that. We also have donated a number of books to the libraries in town. We are financially supporting one of our local chiropractors, Clyde Faust, who will be taking a mission trip to South America this summer where he provides chiropractic adjustments to the locals who have never heard of a doctor of chiropractic.

We also are going to be heard on a local radio talk show where we will be able to expand upon ideas and answer specific questions from listeners. And finally, we plan to have a public information booth at the Rotary Grand Prix race this year. I am delighted that we have been able to accomplish a number of goals before the first anniversary of the formation of our organization.

We in the CCCA strongly believe that the Crawford County area is underserved by our services, and many people do not fully understand the benefits of chiropractic adjustments. Our Tribune articles will address different chiropractic principles and how those principles apply to your daily life. These articles will change the way you think about chiropractic.! It is impossible to learn about any subject and not be changed in some way. I have enjoyed our chiropractic conversations and I hope to be speaking to you again soon.

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