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Editor’s Note – December 2007


December 31, 2007
By Maria DiDanieli

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Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values."
Had His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama been addressing chiropractors directly with these words, they could not have been more pertinent to the profession, or more reflective of its course over the past year.

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values."

Had His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama been addressing chiropractors directly with these words, they could not have been more pertinent to the profession, or more reflective of its course over the past year. Like his visit to Canada this past fall, almost every outreach made by the 72-year-old Tibetan-Buddhist leader is as controversial as it is historic. For our nation, it is certainly one of the things that will be remembered when looking back at 2007. For chiropractors, 2007 marked 100 years of serving the Canadian population – this history, too, has unfolded under the halo of controversy. When we look back at chiropractic's centennial year, what will we see?

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As each month has passed, chiropractors have moved further beyond traditional practice settings to interface with the world at large.

Developments in research, practice networks, and community and global outreach, have served to navigate chiropractic further into the radars of governments, health institutions, academic circles and the general public, moving ever closer toward the coveted epicentre – inclusion within our health-care systems. However, despite this movement, DCs have retained their formidable drive to bring relief and wellness to as many patients as possible – a definite sign that their traditional values surrounding love and healing have not been abandoned in the quest for development and recognition.

This issue, we invite you to visit our newly renovated website, www.cndoctor.ca, and join us in our review of the past year in chiropractic across the country.  We will hear from various chiropractors and how they have gone beyond their practice walls to bring chiropractic to their communities. Several provincial association presidents have written to give us their views on the past year as well as their vision for the future. We will also hear from Drs. Jean Moss and Normand Marchand, presidents of the two chiropractic education programs in Canada.

On our printed pages, this month, Dr. Denis Tondreau, a chiropractor who was deployed to Afghanistan, has returned and offers us his story. Speaking for the CCRF, Dr. David Leprich reminds us how chiropractic research will serve to bring the profession's benefits to more patients in the future. Dr. Stephen Silk, chairman of the Chiropractic Awareness Council – Ontario, announces new research that will abate fears surrounding upper cervical manipulation and stroke.

As 2007 comes to a close, on behalf of myself and the team that produces Canadian Chiropractor – Drew McCarthy, Diane Kleer, Christine Livingstone, Barb Comer, Colleen Cross, Krista Misener and all at Annex Publishing & Printing – many thanks to our sponsors for an exciting year, and congratulations to those of you who have contributed informative, as well as entertaining, editorial.  Thank you, as well, to our Editorial Advisory Board for guiding us in the preparation of each issue.

Most of all, we would like to extend blessings and appreciation to you, our readers, for your interest, your enthusiasm and your input.  We look forward to continuing our relationship with all of you in the coming year.

Bien à vous,


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