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 Professionally, I was the key force behind solidifying the newly activated Gonstead Clinical Studies Society College of Fellows. It has gone from 30 years of a “title” only to an organized, fully functioning College whose goal/purpose is to collect office based clinical research, extend and coordinate the educational continuum of study and the progression of clinical competency of the new Chiropractic student to the top levels of clinical practice; to validate emerging clinical concepts and applications to patients; and to input the Society's Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference. I am happy to see that the Meeting of the Minds conference has continued to provide the Society’s Diplomates and experienced practioners with contemporary input from within and without our Society. The meeting was originally conceived of, organized and moderated by myself for the past 12 years. In 2017, I will remain active overseeing the implementation of the activities of the College of Fellows and continuing to refine them.   

Gonstead Clinical Studies Society College of Fellows

Above:  ​Dr. Martin sits in the audience of 14th annual Gonstead Meeting of the Minds Conference that he started and directed from 2004 to 2014, with Dr. Jack Rosser, one of the Clinicians at the Gonstead Clinic when opened.

The College of Fellows in a Clinical Discussion Session

Kind words from Dr Jerry Menedez, new director of the Gonsetad Meeting of the Minds

 Who was Dr. Clarence Gonstead?

In the early 1960's word was spreading throughout the world that there was a chiropractor in a small farming community in Wisconsin to whom people of all ages, and walks of life, were flocking. Who was this man and what was his method? The man was Clarence S. Gonstead. He became a chiropractor in 1923 following a personal experience with chiropractic that had helped his body heal from a painful, crippling rheumatoid arthritis. With a background in mechanical engineering, he came to apply the principles of this discipline to the evaluation of the spine. As part of a life long study of the spine, he would often fly his private plane to Indianapolis to dissect, study, stain, photograph spines at the Lincoln College of Chiropractic.

Based on his studies, he developed the "foundation principle" to explain how a joint fixation/mis-alignment in one area of the spine created compensatory bio-mechanical changes and symptoms in another. He was a pioneer in the chiropractic profession, developing equipment and methods of analysis that used more than one criteria to verify the precise location and nature of the vertebral subluxation (A subluxation is a specific spinal bone that is fixated or "stuck" resulting in nerve disturbances and interfering with the ability of the body to recover and maintain health). 

A Unique Application.  Considering his system, in light of current knowledge, it is surprising that the concept of adjusting the spine only if and when there is a fixation, has not been universally accepted. Gonstead stated in the 1940's, "Therein lies the uniqueness of my work - The Gonstead Technique has a specific application on the affected segment or segments only." His approach is often summarized by the phrase he coined, “Find the subluxation, correct it, and, leave it alone”. The common sense, evident in his work, is often also stated in most other fields as: "If it isn’t broke, don't fix it."  


Longevity. Is it only genetics, or is some of it up to you?  Staying active is one of the important ways to stay young as you age. The New England Centenarian Study, conducted in Boston, found that longevity does indeed run in families. You are four times more likely to live past 90 if you have a parent that is a centenarian. But is that the whole story? Hardly. There are lifestyle changes you can adopt now to add years to your life. 

Try these: ·        
1. Eat a healthy diet ·  2. Get sufficient sleep ·  3. Exercise 30 minutes at least five days a week ·  4. Don’t smoke ·   5. Keep your mind alert and engaged ·   6. Stay optimistic ·   7. Socialize regularly ·   8. Lose excess weight ·    9. Drink plenty of water ·   10. Get appropriate chiropractic check ups ·   11. Avoid risky behaviors (addictions, sky-diving, etc.) Many factors influence life expectancy. Fortunately, some are under our control. Do you want to live to be 100? Then start making some changes so you can get there!

Go to http://www.agingresearch.org/calculator and take the quiz. It's never too late to start changing bad habits… good luck!