|Dr. Sid & Life University
By Sharon Gorman, D.C.
I've gotten several e-mails and calls from chiropractors and from chiropractic students about what is happening with Life University. I had some of
the patients that are now students call and say "What should I do?" I've told them all the same thing and I thought I might share some lessons I've learned about Dr. Sid by being affiliated with him and Life since 1979. It ain't over 'til it's over!
When I was in school the local Atlanta news show did a week long expose on Dr. Sid and the alleged wrong doings at the college. I remember distinctly Dr. Sid getting up in front of the entire student body at assembly and explaining to us that there were going to be very positive effects caused by the programing. Quite frankly we students thought that he was crazy. Well maybe he is a little crazy. It would drive the most sane person a little crazy to deal with all the adversity that that man and his partner Dr. Nell have survived over the year. My experience has always been that they always come out smelling like a rose. Not everyone might agree in every instance yet if you listen to Dr. Sid he absolutely turns the most negative crisis into a positive experience. Well you might be thinking that he practices positive thinking. He won't let the negatives penetrate his consciousness. He sees things the way that he wants them to be not always as they appear to those of us who are looking from the outside. I think he focuses on the solution not the problem. He is not willing to give in to the fact that things don't always go his way. He doesn't doubt that every situation, as impossible as it seems, will turn out in the favor of chiropractic and the truth. He doesn't question God's will, he lives it even when it is not his will. He KEEPS on going no matter what. He has had to give up worrying about what we think of him, he doesn't have time for that. He must muster up strength even when his strongest allies question his ability to persevere. I never question his abilities. As long as he is still in the drivers seat I will continue to support Life University.
I want to have my students as close to this man as I can get them. I want them to see this man in action. I want them to learn how to turn every situation to their benefit. I remember Dr. Sid said many years ago that you can always trust your enemies even more than your friends because you know what their next move will be, you can never be sure of your friends. The situation at hand has been in the works for years, maybe more accurately stated, decades. The battle might even outlive him. It is a condition that exists in our profession. A difference that exists that most of us have accepted and have learned to happily co-exist with as a reality. The true problem comes into play when one group judges themselves as superior and tries to control the other group. It is only natural that they hit Dr. Sid's headquarters first. If they win there then the smaller camps will fold easier or just put up their white flags. Fortunately when one group attacks another group the group that is attacked wakes up, they unite under a common cause and they brace themselves for battle because when questioned they are forced to show their true colors and stand together for what they think is "right." I hope you are pissed. I AM! I hope we can forget the little differences and get clearer on our purpose so that we can proceed with the Freedom to continue to practice what we believe chiropractic is all about. Sure I think that we are right and they are less right yet I would not desire to regulate their right to practice as they choose, as it seems, they are trying to regulate our practice.
I know I usually try to stay neutral and in the realm of a philosopher yet when pushed I push back. I believe that if we chiropractors stop standing for something than we will fall for anything. If we don't stay distinct as ChiropractORS we will be swallowed up under the realm of allopathy. It is what makes us different that has insured our survival. Chiropractic has gotten where it has because it gets sick people well and keeps people functioning to their maximum potential. Please don't turn our beautiful art into another therapeutic protocol in our continued quest to not feel anything and live a numb existence by simply turning health care into the quest to remove symptoms. If our goal is to remove symptoms than we can't compete with the symptom treaters, the medics have drugs and surgery and thank God someone is handling what they are handling yet realize that is not my purpose as a chiropractor. I don't want to misrepresent myself to the public as a pseudo medic. I don't want to replace any other approach to health whether I feel they need to be improved or not. If I wanted to be better at their game than them I would have been a medic and learned their trade and tried to change them from within.
As a chiropractor I have a different philosophy to bring to the world. I've got a big job. They treat from outside in and I work from inside out. My educated doesn't have to name people's diseases. I couldn't possibly do that as well as the medic. My time and energy needs to be concentrated on teaching people about the principals that chiropractic are based and on delivering the goods. I need to be a master of something and not a jack of all trades. I am a master adjuster. I have a purpose and I have enough to do without incorporating other diagnosing and treatment methods.
The truth will always survive. I can see something very good coming out of all of this. I can see chiropractors who choose to keep chiropracTIC alive cleaning up their act. Those that have sold out for the mighty dollar will come back together when they wake up to the importance of what is really important in life. A Purpose, a purpose that has been the spark in our life that has made the drive to work and the opportunity to serve the biggest honor that has been bestowed upon us. I am not excited to go to work because there will be opportunity for the people to experience less low back pain as a result of going to work. I'm excited because of the implications on our society as we create a new consciousness wherein the public is given the opportunity to select lifetime chiropractic care for the expressed purpose of living a life filled with more aliveness as a byproduct of choosing to remove their subluxations before the effects are suffered. I offer them a freedom of choice and I will do whatever I can to assure the legality of continuing this practice.
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Dr. Sharon Gorman is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College. Upon graduation, she associated with her mentor Dr. James Sigafoose. She opened her own practice in June of 1985 and in 3 months was seeing over 100 patients a day. Within 4 years, she had established four chiropractic practices seeing combined over 5000 patients a month. Now, married with 4 children, she still practices part time and manages 3 successful practices. She is a speaker at Dynamic Essentials, New Beginnings, Parker Seminars and is the founder and hostess of the Focus Philosophy Weekends. Visit her website at: www.focuschiropractic.com