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Chi­ro­prac­tors Give Good-​will Adjust­ments in Panama

A story reported in the April 01, 2002 North­west Florida Daily News reported on a chi­ro­prac­tic mis­sion to the coun­try of Panama where tens of thou­sands of Pana­ma­ni­ans got chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments. In this mis­sion project 32 chi­ro­prac­tors closed their offices for a week and spent their own money to help peo­ple in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try. The chi­ro­prac­tors paid for their air­fare, room and board, but the Pana­man­ian gov­ern­ment sup­plied their trans­porta­tion once they were in the country.

The group, known as Chi­ro­prac­tors Restor­ing Energy World­wide (CREW), was in Panama for its sev­enth human­i­tar­ian visit since the pro­gram began in 1997. The munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment of Panama City spon­sored the mis­sion. Dr. Michael Dorausch, a CREW mem­ber and Los Angeles-​based chi­ro­prac­tor, said the group was “received with open arms.” Dorausch said, “We pro­vided care in civic gym­na­si­ums, gov­ern­ment offices, pri­vately owned fac­to­ries and bus ter­mi­nals, retire­ment cen­tres, orphan­ages, mal­nu­tri­tion homes and prisons.”

Panama City Mayor Juan Car­los Navarro, who is a Dart­mouth grad­u­ate and recip­i­ent of a master’s degree from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, wel­comed the chi­ro­prac­tors in order “to offer one a bet­ter qual­ity of life.” “The peo­ple in Panama embrace chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ing,” said chi­ro­prac­tor Dr. Karen Hum­bert. “It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck,” she said. “When we’d walk into the gym­na­sium, the Pana­ma­ni­ans would applaud. It gave me goose bumps. I felt hum­bled because what comes so nat­u­rally for me is appre­ci­ated so much. We had sev­eral instances where peo­ple got tin­gles in their legs that had been par­a­lyzed for a while. And I had one case where a patient had chronic prob­lems for years but after being adjusted he could lift his left arm for the first time in a year.”

The chi­ro­prac­tors’ mis­sion to Panama also cared for the country’s top-​ranked pro base­ball team. Dr. Dorausch recalls, “I received a call for us to come and meet and adjust the team. We did it right on the base­ball field.”

On March 9, the last day of the CREW mis­sion, Mayor Car­los Navarro showed his country’s appre­ci­a­tion by pre­sent­ing CREW orga­niz­ers Drs. Luis and Lina Ocon with the key to the city.

Ran­dom Article

Under the pos­si­ble head­ing of “it would be funny if not true”, is a new report in the July 19, 1999 Amer­i­can Medical

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