You’re Not From Here Are You!?!
by Judy Nutz Campanale, DC, FCSC, ACP
A person came into my office last week and looked around sort of shyly at the handful of various characters sitting in the front room and then around the front desk (I guess for a sign in sheet.) Our C.A. greeted the fellow and he said, “Oh, I don’t have an appointment or anything I just wanted to see how all this works. I’ve never been here before.” Well, no kidding!
We knew that the minute he walked in the door. We can tell when people are new in our office. They stick out like a sore thumb. Of course we are quick to welcome them, make them comfortable in our office, and get them started under care. There are times in all of our lives when we are the ones who stick out like strangers in a foreign land and it’s nice to be rescued.
People are not the only things that stick out though. Ideas can stick out and chiropractic is certainly one of them. We produce a monthly newsletter and a calendar in our office and the back of both are typically dedicated to sharing some way that I think we in chiropractic look at things differently. (They are available at www.strausschiropractic.com if anyone is interested.)
A few weeks ago, when I was preparing this month’s calendar, I thought Ahhh… September! The weather changes. The nights are cool and the sleeping is great (at least in my part of the world.) Life gets back to a regular schedule. The kids go back to school and to sports and to all their other activities. People get back to their fitness regimens at the gym and at their chiropractors.
How appropriate that Chiropractic Founders Day is in September. September should be National Chiropractic month! But wait… instead September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. No kidding. Look it up. It really is. September is also National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and National Guide Dog Month (2010 to present) and National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) and National Honey Month and Lymphoma Awareness Month and National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Preparedness Month and National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Leukemia Awareness Month and National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and National Yoga Month. But no, it is not National Chiropractic Month. That just doesn’t seem right to me. Am I the stranger in a foreign land? I’d like to see an effort spearheaded by the IFCO to get national recognition of Chiropractic in the month of September. With all respect to the Life Insurance people, the Guide dog people, the honey people, and the yoga people, it can’t be that hard.
Here’s another example of something that makes no sense at all to me. As a member of IFCO’s Executive Committee, I am often asked my opinion on a variety of situations and concerns that we have as an organization in lieu of a meeting of the entire board of directors. Recently, we discussed contributions to our Political Action Committee (PAC) fund. It is perplexing to me but not because there are so many restrictions. I get why there are restrictions. I just don’t understand why there are the restrictions that there are.
For example, contributions to the PAC fund can only come from individuals (no businesses or companies). So we can accept checks from people but only from personal accounts. Additionally, we can ask for contributions but only once a year and only from members, even though ANYONE can make a contribution ANYTIME they want (so long as it is from a personal account.) We just can’t ask people to contribute, except for once a year and only if they are members.
It makes me feel like a stranger in a foreign land. Although in the end, if the foreign land we are talking about is the political world maybe I’d like to just keep it that way. For now, I think I’m going to just write out a check to Advancing Chiropractic PAC from my personal checking account, mail it to the IFCO (at 2276 Wassergass Road, Hellertown, PA 18055), and hope that next September is National Chiropractic month. : )