169 Clinical Nutrition Has an Anniversary, Too
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Dynamic Chiropractic – July 29, 2004, Vol. 22, Issue 16

Clinical Nutrition Has an Anniversary, Too

By G. Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN
After receiving an e-mail from Dynamic Chiropractic informing me that this issue would mark the 500th time DC has gone to press, it got me thinking about how long I have been here. After a bit of digging, I determined that my first article was published on June 20, 1990. Dynamic Chiropractic has come a long way since then, because that article would not get published today. In fact, many of the articles back then were large on dogma and short on evidence. DC really has gone from a tabloid to a publication about which the entire profession can be proud.

In a sense, this is an anniversary for both Dynamic Chiropractic and myself (one column a month for 14 years, plus a handful of reviews and an occasional extra article on a non-nutrition topic, adds up to just about 200 columns). Almost all of my articles from the past 14 years are now available on my Web site, catalogued by both topic and title (I removed some of my early clunkers). It also includes every one of my Food for Thought commentaries (including "How to Pick a Chiropractor") as well as nutrition tables I have made and used for lectures, articles, and textbooks.

As the practice of chiropractic continues to evolve, the issue of "wellness" and what is needed to maintain it has also evolved. There are now reams of data showing that food, and to a lesser degree supplements, really can affect a person's health and well-being. Although my column only appears once a month, it is rare not to find at least two articles on nutrition in every issue of DC (not counting my monthly submissions). Fourteen years ago, nutrition articles in DC that I did not write numbered maybe 10 a year. Twenty-two total articles a year then versus 50-60 today reflects both the growing importance of nutrition, and the realization by the editors of DC that chiropractors are in a unique position to educate the public in an area that can truly affect wellness.

I would like to thank Dynamic Chiropractic for continuing to grant me editorial freedom in the topics about which I choose to write. I would also like to thank the readers for their great support over the years. I promise I will do my best to seek the truth and keep writing about topics that will help us educate our patients and be better doctors.

G. Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN
Brea, California


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