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Editor’s Note: September 2009


September 1, 2009
By Maria DiDanieli

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"If you plan to face tomorrow, do it soon,” wrote Gordon Lightfoot. I hope you all have had a wonderful summer, with plenty of opportunity
to enjoy yourselves, spend time with family and friends, and generally
rest up. But September has come to call us back to task, snapping us
into more serious schedules and requiring our renewed energy and
commitment.

"If you plan to face tomorrow, do it soon,” wrote Gordon Lightfoot.

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer, with plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourselves, spend time with family and friends, and generally rest up. But September has come to call us back to task, snapping us into more serious schedules and requiring our renewed energy and commitment.

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Many people use at least some of the slower weeks of July and August to reflect on personal and professional development plans for the coming autumn and winter months. These activities might include new and hopeful business strategies, continuing education events and courses, projects in the home, office or lab, and self-improvement initiatives. For some, renewal of faith in self and redefining one’s goals and aspirations might have been key, with previously unknown possibilities slowly, but inevitably, opening up before them. Whatever the specifics, this time of year presents us with an opportunity to face challenges anew, armed with strengthened visions for the tomorrow that we and our families, friends and colleagues will share in.

Although one always wants to devise initiatives and strategies with thought, and care for the end point, unwarranted hesitation in carrying these out can be damaging. That is, I hope you’ve planned carefully, but, now, grab on and move forward. Remember to have faith in your potential as doctors of chiropractic – your potential to heal, to discover, to learn and to lead – and in each other’s suggestions comments and criticisms.

In this, our research and continuing education issue, Canadian Chiropractor features an interview with Dr. Martin Descarreaux, professor and chiropractic researcher at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). Dr. Descarreaux talks about how being involved in a university-based chiropractic program has positively impacted his research and that of colleagues and students in the UQTR program. You will also find notices and announcements regarding various continuing education events, courses, etc., that the coming months offer to DCs. (For more of these, please visit the Events Calendar at www.cndoctor.ca)

Dr. Sean Batte talks about working with high-performance drivers, discussing their biomechanical and nutritional needs. Financial advisor Mike Magreehan presents some portfolio strategies in a bear market – strategies that are, in fact, practical within a variety of economic climates. Brandi MacDonald asks whether your staff is an investment or an expense. And Dr. Barbara Sturm calls to mind the merit of asking existing patients for referrals.

As always, I hope this issue will inform and inspire you regarding practice strategies, clinical work, education, research and other developments within the profession, as well as give you a glimpse into how your colleagues are contributing their skills and knowledge. The chiropractic profession’s dynamic clinical, educational and research environments are coming together into a whole that is, to use the cliché, much greater than its parts. But the tomorrow that is shaping up before us is at least as dynamic as the professions – and their members – that are competing to succeed within it. Those who survive, and succeed, must become, and remain, active, informed, connected and confident.

Congratulations, DC, on the time you have spent renewing yourself – and your vision – and carefully planning for the success of your endeavours. Now, comes the important part . . . doing it, and soon!

Bièn a vous,


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