DOCTOR’S LEVEL 1 NUCCA CERTIFICATION ACHIEVED

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DOCTOR’S LEVEL 1 NUCCA CERTIFICATION ACHIEVED

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GOOD KARMA TIME!

Helping Dr. Norris Golberg of KORU Chiropractic in Louisville, Colorado attain Level One in the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) Certification Program has been one of my greatest honors. The NUCCA technique is known as the most difficult and rigorous chiropractic discipline — as is the NUCCA Certification Program. Doctors and students of NUCCA are a rare breed of perfectionists in pursuit of the easiest, most predictable and consistent reduction/correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex (A.S.C).

WHY ARE WE SO RARE?

Our new patients are most pleased with NUCCA’s precision and its benefits, and then surprised to learn that NUCCA is not a chiropractic standard which is taught and practiced everywhere. That conversation is enormously important, but this article is a celebration of an achievement by an extraordinary doctor of chiropractic. Suffice it to say that competitive, market-driven economics and politics pervade all areas of life.

COMMITMENT TO GROWTH

For me, NUCCA training and practice, and its integration with other advanced chiropractic principles, requires commitment to lifelong personal growth. For me, that growth is in my ability to work with both sides of my brain, and become a scientist and an artist. Firstly, NUCCA practice requires detailed, technical focus upon the highest standards for pre and post- X-ray production, X-ray analysis and mechanisms of the NUCCA treatment procedure — and once that first NUCCA treatment is provided, taking post-X-rays (repeating two of the original 3 upper cervical pre-X-rays) and translating the post-X-ray analysis into verifying the calculations for correcting the Atlas Subluxation Complex (A.S.C) , or making any modifications indicated for refining that treatment procedure. Then, paying close attention while taking patient’s case histories, performing their physical examinations, diagnosing and providing them with my report-of-findings, accurate prognosis, effective treatment plans, and managing those plans through the diagnostic, corrective, stabilization, healing and wellness phases of care are different matters altogether. 

DOCTOR’S ACHIEVEMENTS

Here are Dr. Goldberg’s achievements from meeting the NUCCA Level One Certification Candidate Requirements:

An online examination passing grade of 80% demonstrating knowledge and applicable skills in:

  • Understanding of x-ray alignment procedures
  • Theory about distortion, magnification and collimation
  • Structural identification on x-ray
  • X-ray filtration
  • Proper x-ray technique and exposures, image quality
  • Patient adjusting steps and purpose of the individual steps
  • NUCCA Historical perspective
  • Use of NUCCA equipment for patient care
  • Leg check and Anatometer procedures
  • Neurological mechanisms of the cervical region
  • Patient positioning for cervical x-rays

 X-ray requirements for Candidates in Level One:

  • Four views of alignment films. Format can be found in the NUCCA textbook and past monographs. X-ray equipment must be aligned to NUCCA standards to participate in all three levels of certification.
  • Five pre-unanalyzed, consecutive sets of patient x-rays demonstrating necessary protocols for patient placement in all three views (Lateral, Nasium, Vertex).
  • Two consecutive sets of both pre and post x-rays, demonstrating necessary protocols for patient placement.

Critical points of consideration include proper exposures, the use of the appropriate filters, proper views of structures, (i.e. posterior arch on the nasal view), and minimal distortions (i.e. rotation and location of structure on the x-ray film).

Any submission provided for review, must be a current submission and the films taken must be within 30 days of the submission date.

Previously reviewed x-rays may not be resubmitted.

Once a doctor has completed and passed the online exam, alignment films, five consecutive pre x-rays, two consecutive pre and post films, they are eligible as a candidate for the second level of the NUCCA Board Certification process.

GOOD JOB — WELL DONE!

Our first step toward Dr. Golberg’s NUCCA Level One Certification was the alignment of his X-ray equipment — a daunting consideration for new NUCCA doctors. This required forty-hours of our time. Then there were the many hours of planning, design, construction, testing, critique and practice using the lead, NUCCA X-ray attenuating filters we made specifically for Dr. Golberg’s X-ray machine. There were hours-and-hours of studying the NUCCA textbook, coaching and refinement of his patient X-ray positioning and X-ray technique, of coaching and practicing the eight-step NUCCA corrective procedure, and the extensive self-assessment process required for achieving the NUCCA X-ray production and analysis standards. Then, Dr. Golberg submitted and re-submitted his X-ray machine alignment X-rays and his patient X-rays to NUCCA for critique and certification, and passed the NUCCA Level One Certification online examination. All of this was accomplished while Dr. Golberg was providing the best care for his patients, successfully promoting and managing his clinic, serving his community, and being an excellent husband and father.

Congratulations to Dr. Goldberg. And thank you for this opportunity for me to “pay it forward” from my NUCCA mentors and my mentor’s mentors to you.

ACHIEVING THE NUCCA-CERTIFIED X-RAY EQUIPMENT ALIGNMENT

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Why Did We Perform a NUCCA X-ray Alignment?

The silver-lining from our recent black mold evacuation, is finding a new chiropractor who is committed to providing the best NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) care, who has the best X-ray equipment for doing so, who is eager to engage in the NUCCA certification program and is willing to share that equipment with us black mold refugees.

Who Will Replace You?

For years, patients have asked me, “who will replace you when you retire?” “Will this person be able to diagnose, treat and get the results that you do?” Originally I had been screening chiropractic students and new chiropractors for my internship program in hopes of training them to become Boulder Chiropractic Clinic associates. That plan was postponed when our clinic was flooded, black mold infected, and we were forced to evacuated it.

Fortunately, we found Dr. Norris Golberg of KORU Chiropractic in Louisville, who has the X-ray equipment required for our National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) X-ray examinations. He had opened his office 2 years earlier and was committed to becoming an excellent NUCCA doctor.

How to Become an Excellent NUCCA Doctor?

Dr. Golberg committed to enter Level 1 of the three-level NUCCA certification program — the first step of which is NUCCA X-ray alignment. For accurate NUCCA X-ray analysis and diagnosis, the doctor must use an X-ray machine which is aligned so the central ray of the X-ray field intersects the center of, and is perpendicular to, the X-ray sensor. Additionally, the head-centering calipers, alignment mask or glabella bar, and chin-centering slot must be perfectly centered upon that central ray. By using a NUCCA-certified X-ray machine, patient placement and  X-ray technique, the doctor will produce images, the features of which may be identified, measured and interpreted with accuracy to a fraction of one degree. And this is just the beginning.

What About the Video?

This video is about the whys and hows of the alignment of Dr. Golberg’s X-ray machine. It represents 40 hours of our time, making the adjustments needed for the alignment, achieving and submitting the alignment-proving images to NUCCA, and NUCCA’s certification of that alignment. For the sake of time, it leaves out many of the details. We hope you appreciate the importance of this project for producing the best clinical outcomes for our patients.

We’ve Moved & Let’s Turn This Crisis Into Opportunity

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Best of Health and Wellness to You!

We hope you and your loved ones are well. Karen and I, and those we love are very well and eager to get past today’s environment of fear and hysteria. Like most, we are weary from enduring the long, intense and conflicted narrative about the evils of germs and demands for masking, social distancing, disinfecting, and the belief that vaccination and surveillance are the only solution. The story reported by the media outlets promotes what is profitable for the allopathic medical industrial complex. It says little to nothing about improving the health of the body’s terrain to strengthen its innate immunity and its natural capacity to manage disease. It’s all about about fighting disease.

How We Define Health Sets the Narrative

In times like these it is important for us to be reminded of the true definition of health. Health is not just the absence of disease symptoms. It is the optimal functioning of all natural systems. Obviously, when we are truly healthy and well individuals our immune systems are most equipped for preventing and fighting-off infection. But we do not live in isolation. Our individual health is dependent upon the health of society, which is dependent upon the health of our environment.

Our Health Comes from Nature

Our health comes from Nature. However, that deeper conversation would shine the light on a very “inconvenient truth” about how far Earth’s human population has strayed from its fundamental, unalienable birth-right to health and wellness. In stead, people are led to believe that health comes, not from Nature, but from violating Nature’s laws of health and immunity with special interest-driven medical care. Just do your own gut-check and see if you inner voice agrees that mandated social isolation and the treat of surveillance-administered compulsory vaccination with fast-track drugs developed and approved without sufficient health and safety testing by market-driven special interests is natural.

Great Vacuum Begging to Be Filled

Very little authentic health and wellness is taught in our systems of education or is disseminated by print, broadcast and internet media. Instead, humanity’s drive to exploit and poison Earth’s air, water, soil, food, airways and community has been normalized. Public health has been reduced to living competitive and alienating lifestyles, to eating the USDA’s recommended standard American diet (SAD), to market-driven drug advertising. Culturally, the best disease-prevention is early detection and allopathic medical management of disease. Coming from our corrective chiropractic background, we perceive a great vacuum begging to be filled. Let’s hope this crisis catalyzes the widespread acceptance of refreshing, life-supporting knowledge about the abundance of Nature’s health-giving intelligence and the relationships between Earth’s health and the health of all of her inhabitants.

We Are Grateful

We are fortunate to serve as members of a large community which values Nature’s systems of health, wellness and  innate immunity; and the unity of mind, body, spirit, community and environment. We care for our body’s nervous systems, which control and regulation of all our systems, and which connect us with the needs of our internal and external environments — to our intimate relationship with Earth.

WE’VE MOVED!

Our new address is:

956 W. Cherry Street, #102
Louisville, Colorado 80027

Dr. Norris Golberg and KORU Chiropractic are our new hosts.

Why Did We Move?

In 2019 our clinic was severely flooded with water. Murphy’s boiler leaked into our floor, walls and front desk. The Buddha Tai kitchen wall and ceiling leaked into our wall, floor and desk. The building’s plumbing directly above us leaked into our wall and floor. Water overflowed form the building’s front-side gutters into our bay window, walls and ceiling. All these floods happened almost simultaneously, causing considerable water damage.

How Bad Was the Water Damage?

Not only were our walls, floor and front desk, deformed and discolored, but black mold appeared on an outside wall and on some of our clinic’s furnishings. We’ll report more on this in upcoming website posts. In short, we underwent black mold inspection, mitigation (demolition, removal of black-moldy materials, black mold treatment and cleaning, re-inspection and then reconstruction.

Wasn’t the Problem Fixed?

Not quite. It was somewhat temporarily fixed. The mold was removed and the extensive damage repaired. But the building’s management failed to correct the underlying causes for the water flooding and black mold infestation. Then, our black mold-sensitive patients still complained about having mold-exposure reactions when visiting our newly black mold mitigated clinic. So, we abandoned our facility of 21 years, along with its wonderful NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) certified, X-ray facility. Then we began looking for a new home.

Where Did We Look?

Our depleted clinic finances required us to explored opportunities to work within local X-ray-equipped chiropractor’s office. However, X-ray machines required for NUCCA practice are highly specialized. The standard chiropractic X-ray equipment would require expensive upgrades for us to take and analyze the upper cervical specific NUCCA X-rays.

Then we found Dr. Bulcher, a new NUCCA doctor in Fort Collins. He invited us to use his office and  X-ray equipment. After one month commuting to and from Fort Collins we found the travel too difficult for us and our patients. Then, after a more extensive search we found Dr. Ty Carzoli, an upper cervical specific doctor in Denver. He contemplated making the necessary NUCCA modifications to his digital X-ray equipment and analysis program and the commute time and effort required for us and our patients. His solution was to refer us his good friend Dr. Norris Golberg, an enthusiastic new NUCCA chiropractor in Louisville. Dr. Golberg has a NUCCA-compatible digital X-ray suite, and his office is just 5 minutes from our home. So here we are!

How Was the Transition?

Here we are with Dr. Golberg and his assistant Stephanie

Stephanie, Dr. Golberg, Dr. Groover and Karen

At first meeting we liked Dr. Golberg and agreed to help him develop his NUCCA practice. He and Dr. Groover invested 40 hours to testing X-ray machine alignment and the aligned it according to NUCCA standards. Then they achieved NUCCA X-ray certification by taking the required NUCCA X-ray alignment images and submitted them to NUCCA. Now the doctors are further refining the machine’s X-ray image quality by designing, building and testing custom lead X-ray-attenuating filters that precisely fit the clinic’s X-ray machine. Dr. Golberg studied the NUCCA text book and he took and passed the NUCCA Level’s 1 and 2 certification examinations. He is now engaged in submitting his new-patient X-rays to NUCCA for the completion of his Level 1 of certification. Drs. Groover and Golberg are collaborating on their difficult cases and the KORU Chiropractic staff and patients has been most friendly and helpful.

COME AND SEE US AT OUR NEW HOME!

We have updated our website, website appointment scheduler, the NUCCA website and Google with our new location. Our phone number, email and website address remain the same:

Drop by at our new location for and informal “hello”. Call us or go online to schedule your first or next appointment:

  • Free introductory (in-person, video or phone) consultation
  • New patient initial evaluation
  • Established patient follow-up visit
  • Established patient new regional evaluation
  • Established patient reevaluation
  • Rehabilitation

MANY THANKS!

Thank you to our patients and friends of our clinic for supporting us through this transition. Thank you to the doctors who have helped us evaluate our clinic-location options. Thank you Dr. Golberg and the KORU Chiropractic staff for taking us in and for your inspiration. And thanks to all who have contributed to Boulder Chiropractic’s 21 years of existence.

Best of Health and Best of All Worlds to You All!