Confessions of a Quackbuster

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Sunday, July 25, 2004

G. Douglas Andersen, DC - An Exceptional Chiropractor

G. Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN, is a chiropractor for whom I have much respect. He practices in Brea, California. More information about him is at the bottom.

Here is a selection of Andersen's articles & Letters to the Editor. While most of his articles deal with nutrition, I have primarily chosen those that have to do with his opposition to dubious practices within his profession. A couple others of interest are also included. I have attempted to place them in chronological order, so we can follow the development of his views.

His articles are well worth reading. They represent the views of a serious, reasonable, and respectable chiropractor. He is definitely not typical! If other chiropractors would listen to him, take his warnings to heart, emulate him, and support him, instead of persecuting him, they would receive more respect from the rest of the healthcare system.

Food for Thought - July 19, 1991

"20/20" Examines Manipulation under Anesthesia (MUA) - Nov. 11, 1991

Food for Thought, 1993 - Jan. 1, 1993

Another Perspective on MUAs - Jan. 15, 1993

Food for Thought 1994 - Jan. 1, 1994

Food for Thought, 1995 - Jan. 2, 1995

Flabbergasted - Dec. 4, 1995

Food For Thought 1996 - Jan. 1, 1996

Food for Thought 1998 - Jan. 1, 1998

Food for thought 1999 - Jan. 1, 1999

Proposed AK Experiment - 1999 - Sept. 20, 1999

Food for thought 2000 - Jan. 25, 2000

Questionable Interpretations of the Literature - The Lipoic Acid Example - Nov. 30, 2000

Food for Thought 2002: How to Choose a Chiropractor - Jan. 28, 2002
(or the Eight Warning Signs that You May Need a Different Chiropractor)
-- Letters in reply 1 , 2

Food for Thought 2003: Insurance - Feb. 24, 2003

Food for Thought 2004: Improving Our Public Relations - Jan. 29, 2004

Clinical Nutrition Has an Anniversary, Too - July 29, 2004

More about Andersen




Chiropractic Services (very interesting reading!)

About Dr. Andersen (Dynamic Chiropractic bio)

Dr. Doug Andersen began his practice in Brea, California in 1986, after graduating magna cum laude from Pasadena College of Chiropractic, with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology. and doctor of chiropractic degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from California State University, Fullerton. As a sports chiropractic specialist, he holds two postgraduate board certifications from the American Chiropractic Association, and is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner and a Diplomat of the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians. Additionally, he is a member of the postgraduate faculty of Southern California University of Health Sciences, in Whittier, Ca.

A certified clinical nutritionist, since 1990, Dr. Andersen has authored a monthly column on clinical and sports nutrition for Dynamic Chiropractic, and has also also written for other magazines, including Muscle & Fitness, Volleyball, Volleyball Monthly, Surfing, The American Chiropractor, and Today's Chiropractic. His published papers and abstracts on sports injuries and sports nutrition have appeared in professional journals; including Medicine and Science in Sports, Exercise, Journal of Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation and the Natural Medicine Journal.

In 1996 and 1997, Dr. Andersen won a national award for best peer review abstract at the Annual Sports Chiropractic Science Symposium, and in 1998 was appointed to the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal. He recently contributed chapters to the upcoming 3rd edition of The Principles and Practice of Chiropractic, edited by Scott Haldeman, DC, PhD, MD, and the recent Strength Conditioning and Injury Rehabilitation for Hockey by Joseph Horrigan, DC.

From 1990 to 1999 Dr. Andersen was employed by the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) as the medical director for their two-man pro beach volleyball tour, and he traveled with the athletes on weekends in the spring and summer, coordinating all aspects of health care for the tour. He was also employed by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) from 1995 to 1999, treating the world's top surfers on four continents.

Dr. Andersen's knowledge regarding sports nutrition spread to major professional sports when in October 1998, he was invited to Wisconsin to consult with the Green Bay Packers and their strength and conditioning coaches on sports nutrition. He designed a hydration program, which solved the cramping problems the team had during their first six games.

From 1999 to 2002, as the team nutritionist for the Los Angeles Kings, Dr. Andersen watched as the team made the playoffs 3 seasons in a row - a first in the franchise's history. In 2003, he was named Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians. The USA Triathlon invited him to be a part of its medical staff for the 2003 World Championships in New Zealand, and in July 2004, he is again serving Team USA at the long course World Championships in Sweden.

Andersen G Douglas DC
916 E Imperial HwyBrea, CA 92821-5612
Phone: (714) 990-0824

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