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Springdale Chiropractor Frazetta
Wants to Give Back
PENNSYLVANIA: When his father died in March, Sebastian Frazetta searched for a way to honor his memory.  Frazetta’s father, Michael Frazetta, was a World War II veteran. Over the last few years, as Michael Frazetta required more care for dementia, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs covered his health care needs.
Frazetta is a chiropractor with a practice in Springdale. He decided he would honor his father while saying “thank you” to the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Any veteran who returns from Iraq or Afghanistan can receive one month of free chiropractic care at Frazetta Family Chiropractic.
“I want to give back to the veterans because they took care of my dad,” said Frazetta.
The idea came to him while he was going through his father’s medals, pictures and journals from the war.  Michael Frazetta wrote letters to his mother that detailed how great it was where he was stationed and his mother wrote similar letters about home. In reality, Michael Frazetta was in heavy combat in Germany and Italy throughout the war and his mother was very sick at home.
“It got me thinking that there are probably soldiers today doing the same thing,” said Frazetta. “It made me wonder what I could do. Then I thought that, in this economy, it will be tough for returning veterans and I didn’t want them to sacrifice their health because of costs.”
Michael Frazetta was proud of his military experience—he was a staff sergeant in the Army who served overseas from April 1943 to January 1946.
The program will never expire. Any veteran who returns from Iraq or Afghanistan, regardless of when it happens, can take advantage of the free month of care, Sebastian Frazetta said. “It could be five years from now. The important thing is that it will be one month of free care for each soldier. It’s open to anyone who can physically get to my office.”
There are no obligations tied to the program. A veteran can come in as many times as he wants during the month.
“My dad would want me to do this,” said Frazetta.
Pittsburgh Tribune

Multidisciplinary DC And His Calling
FORT WAYNE, IN:  Dr. Peter Jakacki is the true personification of combining chiropractic and allopathic medicine. First trained as a chiropractor and working in the field for 6 1/2 years, Jakacki then went to IU School of Medicine. He and another chiropractor admitted the same year were the first chiropractors the school had ever admitted. Four years later, Jakacki graduated first in the class, the other chiropractor second.
Both areas of medical practice were God’s leading, he said, maintaining, “God didn’t lead me to do this to shed one for the other.” At age 47 he’s doing what he loves: delivering babies; treating ear infections; counseling patients on diet and nutrition; and doing chiropractic adjustments to pregnant women, factory laborers and growing children. Between stitching cuts and well-baby checks, “I still adjust 10 to 15 people a day,” he said.
He may do an adjustment on a hospital patient who has been in bed for days. The standard treatment is to “medicate them with pain meds, or to ignore it. It’s nice to be able to adjust or work on someone’s back, work out the knots, work out the neck and face, to alleviate their headache manually when otherwise you wouldn’t be able to.” he said. Pregnant women get out of alignment due to the growing baby and hormonal changes on muscles and ligaments. A day after a woman delivers, he usually adjusts the mother.
Chiropractic has its place – and its limits, he said, noting, “I’ve had cases in which if I wasn’t able to intervene using the right medicine, the right medical intervention, the baby would have died. I’m thankful every day I have those medical tools available.”
Jakacki says, “There is a … move and education of the public to push toward natural and holistic health care. The move toward integrative medicine will have to originate with the people. If it’s not demanded by the people, medicine will not do it”.

Judge Reserves Decision On Chiropractic Lawsuit
EDMONTON, CANADA: A judge has reserved decision on a motion by the Alberta government to be dropped as a defendant in a proposed class-action lawsuit over chiropractic care.
A government spokesman says the lawsuit offers no reason why Alberta has been included as a defendant, so lawyers argued that there is no reason to continue against the province. The claim by Sandra Nette also names chiropractor Gregory John Stiles and the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors.
The lawsuit alleges that adjustments to Nette’s upper neck ruptured arteries, which in turn disrupted blood flow to her brain and caused several paralyzing strokes. Her lawyer, Philip Tinkler, says the government can’t just wash its hands of the matter.
He suggests the province should actually be speaking out against the type of chiropractic treatment that he claims left Nette paralysed.  
Source The Canadian Press/Edmonton/

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