The Neo-Vitalistic Lens
Neo-vitalistic thought accepts on an a priori basis that all living beings are self-conscious, self-healing and self-evolving. This understanding respects and embraces a systems approach to life, realizing that a change in one part of the system changes the entire system. These perspectives empower the individual, and the society, to marshal resources for healing and happiness on a new and intensified level. Neo-vitalism stands with science in offering a paradigm that encompasses a broader perspective of health and healing.
In this presentation Dr. Riekeman relates how neo-vitalistic perspectives are consistent and congruent with emerging systems theory science and the traditional principles upon which the chiropractic paradigm was constructed. He will contrast 18th century French vitalistic concepts with 21st century neo-vitalistic perspectives illustrating the power of the contemporary model.
Dr. Riekeman will conclude with a discussion of real-world manifestations of neo-vitalistic thought at play in the health care environment of 2017.
Advances in Neuroscience, Part 1
Drs. Haavik and Holt with share this presentation as well as the Part 2 presentation on April 9 reviewing their research history and demonstrating the body of knowledge that has been amassed over the past 15 years and the implications of this research in the practice of chiropractors. Together they will bring the latest in neuroscience research enriching the value and clinical utility of the chiropractic approach to health and well-being. This is a translational lecture bringing current basic science research findings to the adjusting table of the chiropractor for the benefit of his/her patient.
The Chiropractor and the Cardiologist
Dr. Heather Wolfson, a chiropractor and Dr. Jack Wolfson, a cardiologist practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Each has brought their concepts, background, education and training to the other and in so doing they have multiplied their individual and collective effectiveness in each discipline.
Dr. Heather Wolfson, will discuss the opportunities and challenges that she as a chiropractor experienced in her professional relationship with her husband, Dr. Jack Wolfson including what she learned from him and what he learned from her.
Dr. Wolfson, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), will discuss the best strategies in communicating with physicians to achieve a win-win-win outcome–a better circumstance for the patient, the chiropractor and the physician. He will also relate his path from a traditionally oriented interventional cardiologist to that of an integrative cardiologist who employs sound nutritional approaches with dietary and environmental toxin avoidance, not medicines, to prevent and address cardiovascular disease.
Advances in MRI Imaging; Image Guided Adjusting Technique, Part 1
Dr. Scott Rosa, a pioneer in the application of weight-bearing MRI technology involving phase-contrast imaging to assess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow before and after upper cervical adjustment, will discuss his background and experience in applying these technologies in his practice using the Atlas Orthogonal (AO) upper cervical adjusting procedures. Dr. Rosa will provide the rationale for the application of the MRI related approaches as well as an extensive series of images detailing the ability to observe altered CSF flow-before and after AO adjusting and the impact that these corrections have had on the patients involved.
The Chiropractic Continuum—Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Dr. Phil McMaster, president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Auckland, New Zealand will discuss the interface of our foundational perspectives in chiropractic with the demands of the evidence-informed environment of health care in 2017. Dr. McMaster will explore the process of expressing our conceptual approach to health and well-being using the language, metaphors and framework of contemporary health care thought.
The Biology of Belief Revisited
Internally acclaimed author and lecturer, Dr. Bruce Lipton, will revisit his now decade old first edition of The Biology of Belief. Dr. Lipton will update the audience on how his views have been reinforced and strengthened by the science that has emerged over the past decade. He will bring together the perspectives of his first and second editions to illustrate the power of the individual to influence health, happiness and well-being in their life and in the lives of those around them.
European and North American Updates
The Rubicon Group is pleased to bring you regional updates on the status of the profession, in particular the education environment, from Europe and North America. Drs. Christina Cunliffe and Adrian Wenban, of the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and the Barcelona College of Chiropractic respectively, will brief the audience on the continued growth and expansion of the profession in Europe. A similar update will be presented for North America by Drs. Edwin Cordero, president, Sherman College of Chiropractic and Guy Riekeman, president of Life University. This front-line update will provide insight and perspective that will assist the profession in Austral-Asia in appreciating current trends and patterns of interest.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Epigenetics and the Chiropractor
Dr. Lipton, former University Wisconsin Medical School Associate Professor and Stanford University researcher, will discuss the realities of gene controls relative to health and disease with an emphasis on the epigenetic factors that give humans the ability to alter gene expression. Dr. Lipton will address epigenetic controls as powerful enabling mechanisms that can assist the patient and practitioner in escaping the perspective that they are a “victim of their genes” and therefore powerless to alter their impact. The understandings offered by Dr. Lipton of genetic mechanisms will reflect his text, “Spontaneous Evolution” in the context of contemporary quantum physics principles as he contrasts them with Newtonian principles. A broader understanding of this information adds a new depth of awareness to the impact of how our thoughts, behaviors, habits and routines can be harnessed to heal or endured into deeper levels of dysfunction.
Advances in MRI Imaging; Image Guided Adjusting Technique, Part 2
Dr. Rosa will build on his presentation offered on April 8, 2017 as he takes the audience through a series of case studies related to altered CSF flow as a result of Atlas misalignment. Dr. Rosa will discuss the possible links between altered CSF flow and degenerative neurologic disorders as a mechanism for the results seen with Atlas subluxation reduction and correction.
Advances in Neuroscience, Part 2
Drs. Haavik and Holt, having reviewed the published literature base to date in Part 1, will explore their current research efforts, the results of yet-to-be published pilot studies and next phases of studies building on projects that have gone to publication. Their emphasis will be on the central nervous system changes that have been documented to result from chiropractic care as they opine on the broader implications of their results and pending research.
The Adelaide College of Chiropractic-An Update
The Rubicon Group is proud to welcome Dr. Pat Sim of Adelaide, South Australia, as he brings the member programs of The Rubicon Group and the attendees of the 2017 Rubicon Conference up to date on the latest development in the emergence of the Adelaide College of Chiropractic. This presentation will focus on the curricular and programmatic elements that will serve to fill a need in chiropractic education in Australia that has heretofore remained unaddressed. Dr. Sim will review in detail the efforts related to collaboration with The Rubicon Group in general and the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in particular. The interface with the Australian Tertiary Education Standards Quality Agency (TEQSA) and the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia will be thoroughly discussed. Dr. Sim will explore the needs of the Adelaide College of Chiropractic and the opportunities for involvement on the part of the profession in Australia.
The Rubicon Group and You
In closing, the member institutions of The Rubicon Group, will address their hopes and aspirations for the profession globally. The mission of The Rubicon Group will be discussed in detail as the plans for the future are offered to the audience.