Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic Mis­sion to India Helps Thou­sands

A feel-​good story appeared in the March 8, 2006 issue of the Gwin­nett Daily Post of Geor­gia that reported on a mis­sion to Shiv­puri, India to ren­der chi­ro­prac­tic care to the peo­ple of that area. The story noted that in the span of 10 days, the Amer­i­can team of four doc­tors and 19 interns esti­mates they cared for about 5,000 peo­ple, total­ing 10,000 visits

Included in the mis­sion was Dr. Den­nis Rat­tiner, pic­tured right, of Lil­burn Geor­gia who was on his sec­ond mis­sion to India. The mis­sion began when Dr. Louis Leonardi, a chi­ro­prac­tor in Atlanta, went to the Indian town to study a form of local med­i­ta­tion called “agni­ho­tra.” In an attempt to thank the com­mu­nity, Leonardi set up a chi­ro­prac­tic table and offered free adjust­ments. The arti­cle reported that each day the lines grew longer until Leonardi called Rat­tiner and other chi­ro­prac­tors to assist him.

Also present on this mis­sion for the first time was chi­ro­prac­tic stu­dent intern, Maria Rai­mondo. Rai­mondo was one of 19 stu­dents from Life Uni­ver­sity in Mari­etta and Parker Chi­ro­prac­tic Col­lege in Dal­las, Texas who were along on the trip. She com­mented, “Chi­ro­prac­tic is a for­eign con­cept to peo­ple any­way and try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate even through a trans­la­tor was difficult.”

Although Rai­mondo tried to men­tally pre­pare her­self for the trip, the story notes that she was not pre­pared for the cul­ture, or con­di­tions of the patients who came for help. She said, “What we saw were dif­fer­ent men­tal­i­ties, clothes, beliefs and it was so over­whelm­ing and yet eye-​opening.” The patients from the Indian vil­lage of Shiv­puri and sur­round­ing areas were suf­fer­ing from ail­ments such as polio, rheuma­toid arthri­tis, can­cer, dia­betes, neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions, stroke, pain syn­dromes, migraines and degen­er­a­tive disc disease.

In com­ment­ing on com­par­ing his most recent trip to the first time he went to India on a chi­ro­prac­tic mis­sion Dr. Rat­tiner com­mented, “One big dif­fer­ence (between this trip and the last one) was there was a lot more media atten­tion. Indian politi­cians and the media were inter­ested in find­ing out how chi­ro­prac­tic could be a part of the Indian cul­ture.” He summed up what he liked best about the expe­ri­ence, “The best part for me as a chi­ro­prac­tor was not only see­ing amaz­ing mir­a­cles at my hands but this time I was able to give the expe­ri­ence to the student.”

Ran­dom Article

The May 2001 issue of the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics (JMPT) car­ried a report of a study on the effect of

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