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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Watch The Ball Drop Live Online - New Years Count Down 2009 am PST
It's New Years Eve 2009 and hopefully you've got your jello shot recipes complete, and are ready to watch Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host the world's biggest party, streamed live from Times Square in New York City. While New Year's is celebrated throughout the world, cities like Sydney, London, Chicago, Montréal, Las Vegas, and of course New York City, host extravagant events. This years Times Square Rockin' New Year's special has reportedly been scaled back, but the 2009 New Year's ball will still drop, and you can watch it live on TV and over the Internet.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chiropractic Searches include Candace Michelle and Ron Paul pm PST
Chances are you have a web site, but do you take the time to regularly check log files and statistics to see what kinds of terms are being searched that bring people to your website? For a site about chiropractic you may expect searches like back pain, headaches, scoliosis, and even spinal decompression to be popular. Over the years I found that's not always the case, and sometimes the most popular searches are for terms that may appear to have nothing to do with your primary topic. If you're not checking your log files, you may never know if that's the case for your site or blog.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

New Years Countdown Chiropractic Classifieds am PST
The countdown to New Year's Eve 2009 is drawing nearer each day. We expect light posting of chiropractic classifieds during the days leading up to January 1, 2009. Unless chiropractors are posting classifieds during their time off from practice, consider this the last classified advertising round up for 2008. Wishing you all great health, abundance and prosperity in 2009!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

After Christmas Sales and Business Holiday Hours pm PST
One of the biggest shopping days of the year is the day after Christmas. This year you may find that staying home and taking advantage of online shopping deals may be just as rewarding as fighting crowds at local department stores and malls. Online, many stores are planning to open access to after Christmas sales the day of Christmas. For Malls & department stores, 2008 after Christmas sales shoppers may have to brave the cold, and get up plenty early, since some major department stores (like JCPenney) will be opening at 5:30 a.m.

USPS Holiday Hours - UPS & FedEx Holiday Schedule am PST
Time has nearly run out on getting packages delivered via the 3 major shipping services in the United States. The United States Postal Service (USPS), United Parcel Service (UPS), and Federal Express (FedEx) all have holiday hours with altered delivery schedules during the next few days. All three services are running today, with packages being delivered late into the evening hours on Christmas Eve, but Christmas Day is a postal holiday, a UPS holiday, and a holiday observed by FedEx. Here are some details on holiday hours for the three different delivery services.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Track Santa in 3D - Norad Santa Tracker pm PST
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for all those savvy kids tracking Santa via NORAD and Google Earth. Yes folks, Santa can be seen on radar, and you can track Santa from home. Each year the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa's journey across the globe on Christmas Eve, and this year with the help of Google Earth, kids and their parents will be able to track Santa in 3-D.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Winter Solstice 2008 - Shortest Day of the Year pm PST
The shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere is upon us as December 21, 2008 marks the winter solstice for those living north of the equator. For many cultures the winter solstice marks the recognition of rebirth. It is a time for festivals, gatherings, and various winter solstice traditions and celebrations across the globe.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas pm PST
From what I'm seeing in search results regarding weather conditions in my hometown of Long Island, New Jersey, and all over the northern East Coast, it looks like road conditions are quite hazardous, and schools have been closing all over. If you hadn't already seen it, there was even enough snow in Las Vegas this week to shut down the airport, and locally here in Los Angeles County there were snow in Malibu and plenty of snow falling in Lancaster. Many schools across the US are out today and will be closed for the remainder of the holidays, reopening in January 2009. With school closures comes family travel, and we at are wishing everybody safe and healthy travels this holiday season.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Winter Solstice Chiropractic Classifieds pm PST
We are only days away from winter solstice and both the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays are growing ever nearer. The latest ads are online and have been newly placed since Sunday, no signs of chiropractors slowing down yet. However, this may be the last chiropractic classifieds summary for 2008, depending on how many advertisements get generated during the week of upcoming holidays. All the best to everyone!

Time Person of the Year 2008 am PST
President elect Barack Obama has been named the 2008 Person of the Year by Time magazine. Person of the Year (formerly Man of the Year) is an annual issue of the Time newsmagazine that features and profiles a person that "for better or for worse, ...has done the most to influence the events of the year."

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Las Vegas Trade Shows January 2009 pm PST
While many folks are focused on getting their holiday shopping and shipping done before the end of this week, there are those that have had the additional task of getting packages shipped to Las Vegas, in preparation of conferences and trade shows taking place the first week of January. Las Vegas is the place to be for conferences in January, with megatrade shows like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Adult Movie Awards & Expo (AVN), the Affiliate Summit Conference West (ASC), Wordcamp Las Vegas, and even Parker Chiropractic Seminars.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday Health News: December 15 am PST
Changes in breast cancer rates, a widening gap in colon cancer death rates amongst blacks versus whites, drug companies using ghost writers, questioning the safety of asthma medication, time for 2009 Medicare decisions, and the immune system a night, those of the health topics for Monday, December 15th, 2008.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Almost Xmas Chiropractic Classifieds pm PST
Monday morning is the 15th, which means we're only 10 days away from Christmas 2008, and a week away from Hanukkah. Never know what's going to happen with classified advertising, there may likely be less ads placed during the next two weeks. That certainly wasn't the case for the past two weeks, with more than 800 chiropractic offices now for sale, and over 700 jobs available in the chiropractic field. Advertisements appearing below are simply a round up from recent posts made to the chiropractic classifieds pages.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

2008 Heisman Trophy Winner pm PST
The question of who will win the 2008 Heisman Trophy has finally been answered with a ceremony taking place in. From the time college preseason football begins to the conference title games, the Heisman race is run, and this year's predictions have been tight. Sports commentators, journalists, and college football fans all share their opinions for who they think best deserves the Heisman award, but there can be only one Heisman Trophy 2008 winner.

2008 Charlotte Rocket City Dallas & Honolulu Marathons am PST
Marathons taking place this weekend across the United States include the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville Alabama, the Thunder Road Marathon in Charlotte North Carolina, the White Rock Marathon in Dallas Texas, and the 2008 Marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Alabama Marathon and the North Carolina Marathon took place today, Saturday December 13, 2008. The 2008 Dallas Marathon and Honolulu marathon events are scheduled for Sunday morning, December 14th. For those running and volunteering, we put together a list of marathon sites, along with links for marathon results and photos. Here is to running and being healthy!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Daschle on Health-Care: We Have a Sickness System pm PST
Presidential elect Barack Obama announced earlier this week that former Senator Tom Daschle would be his Health and Human Services Director and he would also be heading a new White House office on health-care reform, making this a priority in the new administration, since health care is such a major part of the US economy and it is the single leading cause for personal bankruptcy.

New York Chiropractic Council Honors Local DC pm PST
A local New York Chiropractor has reason to smile, recently being honored by fellow chiropractic colleagues, in the city of Tarrytown, New York.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Many Saying No to Flu Shot for 2008 2009 Flu Season pm PST
News reports are out this week claiming that more than half of US adults surveyed have no intention of getting a flu shot this year. In a survey conducted by the Rand Corp. only about 30% of adults surveyed said they had already received a flu vaccination this year, with 17% planning to get a flu shot before the season ended, and 53% saying they would not be getting a flu shot this flu season.

Top 10 Natural Products Used among Adults in 2007 am PST
Earlier this month, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Center for Health Statistics released findings on the use of complementary and alternative medicine by people in the US. The findings came from a 2007 National Health Interview Survey, with information gathered from more than 23,000 adults aged 18 and older and over 9000 children age 17 and younger. In the survey, people were asked about natural health products they've used in the past 30 days. Here is a summary of the top 10 most popular natural products for 2007.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Daschle to get Health and Human Services nod from Obama pm PST
Former Senator Tom Daschle will be announced Thursday as President-elect Barack Obama's nominee to head up the Department of Health and Human Services, according to Democratic sources. It has been previously reported that the former US South Dakota Senator would be Obama's choice, but an announcement date had not been set. Daschle has reportedly stated he is excited about the possibility of serving a role in health care leadership, assisting Obama's efforts to change the nation's health-care system. Chiropractors that remember Senate bill 614 and HR 3447 are likely excited as well.

Americans Choosing Alternatives to Traditional Medicine pm PST
An estimated 4 out of 10 adults in the United States, and one in nine children are turning away from traditional medical approaches, and choosing alternatives when seeking care for health problems, like chronic pain. That's according to the recently published results from a National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

NFL superstar Jerry Rice named chiropractic spokesman pm PST
Widely regarded as the National Football League's (NFL) greatest wide receiver, and one of the best players in NFL history, Jerry Rice is now speaking on behalf of the chiropractic profession. An advertising campaign featuring the 10 time All-Pro wide receiver, is appearing on newsstands now, with the publication of the December 15 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Gene Giggleman Appointed President of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association pm PST
The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) named Dr. Gene Giggleman, dean of Academics at Parker College of Chiropractic, the newest president of the organization. The AVCA is a group of veterinarians and chiropractors working together within their disciplines to expand and promote the knowledge and acceptance of animal chiropractic to their professions, the public, and governments.

3 Chiropractic RSS Feeds pm PST
RSS, or really simple syndication, has been evolving since the late 1990s. Its growing popularity has been significant since around 2005, when icons for RSS feeds began appearing more frequently on websites and blogs. RSS feeds are not just for articles and blog posts and there's many different ways feeds are being utilized on the web today. We began incorporating RSS feeds for our news and classified advertising in mid-2006. This past weekend someone asked me about accessing RSS feeds for classifieds and it reminded me to address the topic.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

December 7th is Marathon Sunday am PST
This weekend was a time for marathons, half marathons, 10ks, and other foot races, all across the United States. From the Memphis marathon to the Las Vegas marathon, runners across America hit the asphalt for 26.2 miles, raising money for charities, and achieving personal health and fitness goals nationwide.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Unhealthiest States for 2008 pm PST
The 2008 round up featuring the healthiest and unhealthiest states in the nation, has been posted online and is available for public view. 2008 health rankings, for determining how healthy / unhealthy a state is, feature components such as air pollution, prevalence of smoking, occupational fatalities, infectious disease, binge drinking, and many more. Where it is your state ranking on the list of unhealthy US states?

December 4 Ads Chiropractic Classifieds am PST
Chiropractic jobs and practices for sale continued to be popular searches in the classifieds for the month of November. Today we round up recent classifieds placed for digital x-ray systems, Brican media systems, gait analysis systems, cervical intersegmental traction units, subluxation stations, several used x-ray units, and others. As always, the ads listed below are simply a summary of advertisements placed this week, there are many more available on the chiropractic classifieds pages.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2008 pm PST
Tonight is a big night for television on CBS. Not only will the 2009 Grammy Nominations be airing at 9 p.m. Eastern (with a live concert event), the once a year chiropracticly approved postural event, better known as the 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, will be airing at 10 p.m. Eastern time, featuring the Victoria's Secret Angels and musical guest R&B recording artist Usher.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Instructions to post an ad on planet chiropractic pm PST
When you look at a web site day after day, sometimes things that seem obvious to you, are not so obvious to others. I'm aware there are lots of usability issues with the website, and we are working with designers and usability professionals to make some improvements for 2009. Sometimes you have to go back to basics, and go over things step-by-step. I received an e-mail earlier this morning from a chiropractor wanting to post a classified ad, and they were a bit confused about the steps. I threw together this quick tutorial to hopefully make things a bit easier for everyone seeking to post their first classified advertisement.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

From Zero to 136893 in 10 Years pm PST
December 2nd, 2008 marks the 10 year anniversary of the launching of as a destination for chiropractic information on the Internet. On that first day in 1998 there were zero visits to the newly created chiropractic domain name, and more than 3650 days later, those numbers have thankfully grown higher. Being that we are reaching our 10 year launch date anniversary, I chose to screenshot the websites log files for the month of November, as a historical snapshot. While this is a potentially bland post, it may help you learn something about basic site statistics.

12th Annual Chiropractic Food Drive Donating to North Texas pm PST
The Center for Academics at Parker College of Chiropractic organized the 12th Annual Food Drive in conjunction with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). Parker College participates in the annual food drive as a way to show their support for the surrounding communities. "Parker College has such a great history of donating large amounts because of the generosity and service mentality," said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini, president of Parker College of Chiropractic.

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