Before Logan University’s Viscero-Somatic Center (VSC) opened in August 2015, David Beavers, DC, MEd, MPH, chair of the VSC, had a vision for it.
“Much of chiropractic in general is moving away from the concept of ‘total health,’” he said. “This Center is an effort to reintroduce that connection by using chiropractic and nutrition together to address total health.”
Dr. Beavers explained that the viscerosomatic connection traces back to basic embryology in that the internal organs and their condition of health affects bodily reflexes and vice versa. So, often, if external treatments are not helping enough, it’s time to also look at internal health.
For a common example, if the left arm is tingling and/or numb, it may be a sign to check the heart. This, said Dr. Beavers, is just one well-known example and barely scratches the surface of the many similar connections.
“Often, recurring issues are a result of poor nutrition and lifestyle habits with reduced spinal health, but health screenings and recommendations do not dig deep enough or lend themselves to a complete lifestyle shift,” said Dr. Beavers. “Often it takes a detailed diagnosis and motivational interviewing to help guide patients toward improved total health.”
At its core, the VSC uses nutrition and enzymatic nutrition with chiropractic care to address biochemical and biomechanical imbalances of the body, such as concurrent low back pain and digestive issues, or mid back pain and asthma. The Center’s interns often use comprehensive blood studies and DEXA scans for patient analysis for both full body composition and osteoporosis.
“Treatment may just be a matter of simply changing the foods people eat, adding certain supplements, starting an exercise program and using functional nutrition,” said Dr. Beavers. “But we look at everything and request that patients record foods consumed, water intake, stress, exercise and sleep for seven days—basically, how everything comes in and goes out. This isn’t just a simple three-day food diary.”
Patients of the VSC include those who may need more in-depth nutritional and lifestyle analyses as these relate to internal health issues, especially in the case of a recurring problem.
“We’re not a weight loss clinic,” said Dr. Beavers, “but we are a health clinic. And in the process of getting healthy, most patients will end up losing weight.”
Logan University is proud to announce the first scholarship recipients from the Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan Scholarship Fund
. The recipients, announced at Logan’s recent Spring Symposium, are Camille McClendon of Hazelwood, Mo., Rebecca Sutphin of Raleigh, N.C., Jedidiah Farley of Orem, Utah and Amari Kimble of Memphis, Tenn. Each chiropractic student was awarded $2,000.
Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan is a permanently endowed scholarship program to benefit students in Logan’s Doctor of Chiropractic program. Gifts to the Forever Logan Scholarship Fund provide benefits in two ways: half of the donation is awarded right away to deserving students while the other half is placed in a special long-term endowed scholarship fund. Interest generated is awarded in chiropractic scholarships, leaving the principal in the fund to grow untouched. As this fund grows and the interest accumulates, larger scholastic achievement awards can be made.
Trimester 6 student Rebecca Sutphin says the award, “makes me feel revived. It helps me to know I am on right path and doing what I need to do to be successful.”
Special Assistant to the President for Advancement, Stacey Till, MSEd, said “This year’s $8,000 in awards came from just four generous donors. My hope is to see donations grow the endowed fund to the largest endowed scholarship fund in chiropractic, providing chiropractic scholarships to Logan students for generations to come.”
Chair of the Forever Logan campaign, Arlan Fuhr, DC, a 1961 Logan alumnus (’61) appreciates the long-term endowed aspect of the program. “It allows me to leave something behind that will never cease.”
To make a difference in the lives of Doctor of Chiropractic students now and forever and become a donor to the Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan Scholarship Fund, contact the Office of Advancement at (636) 230-1749 or at Alumni@logan.edu
Logan University’s Joseph Howe, DC, DACBR, fellow ACCR, associate professor and Roberta Sclocco, PhD, fellow, have received awards for their work in the field of radiology.
Dr. Howe was honored with the Association for the History of Chiropractic’s Lee-Homewood Chiropractic Heritage Award, which is given to living pioneers who have made outstanding contributions to the chiropractic profession.
“Dr. Howe was instrumental in the evolution of chiropractic radiology as a specialty,” said Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC, professor, chair of Logan’s Department of Radiology. “He is well-deserving of this award for his contributions in implementing this specialty, as well as in maintaining the highest standards in education, clinical practice and research throughout his long and productive career.”
Dr. Sclocco received an Abstract Travel Grant from the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), the primary international organization dedicated to using neuroimaging to discover the organization of the human brain. The award is funded by the National Science Foundation and serves to reimburse travel expenses for trainees attending the OHBM’s annual Human Brain Mapping Meeting.
At the 2016 Meeting, Dr. Sclocco and her colleagues—hailing from universities and academic medical centers located all over the world—presented a study entitled “Employing ultra-high field (7T) functional MRI,” reporting on the specific human brainstem autonomic nuclei involved in the processing of cardiovagal outflow to the heart in a deep pain model.
“The importance of Dr. Sclocco’s research work lies in the soaring worldwide epidemic of chronic pain,” said Dr. Kettner. “Translation of this knowledge into the clinical setting could guide more effective non-pharmacologic chronic pain treatment utilizing acupuncture, spinal manipulation and meditation.”