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Magazine for alumni of National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL.

Transcript of Vol. 47 #3 - 2011

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    Passionate Advocate for ChiropracticFrank E. Strehl, DC, DABCI, died peacefully onOctober21 after a long and heroic battle with lung cancer abattle through which he fought courageously at everypossible level while still fully engaged in work and lifeand service to others. So dedicated was he to thechiropractic profession that he traveled to Portland,Oregon, just a month before his death to attend theannual meeting of the ACA House of Delegates, whichhe served as the Northern Illinois delegate since 2003.

    In addition to the House of Delegates, Dr. Strehl was amember of the ACAs Long Range Plan Committee,Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)Committee, Wellness Committee, Bylaws & EthicsCommittee, and was a former president of the ACAsCouncil on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders. In 2003,he was presented with a Presidential Award at theHouse of Delegates meeting for his work on behalf ofthe Internal Disorders Council and the ACA.

    Dr. Strehl was the honorary chair of the NUHSPresidents Alumni Advisory Council and was an NUHSlecturer on gynecology andwomens health since 1997.He was awarded the Presidents Medallion at NationalUniversitys 2010 Homecoming for his more than 30years of contributions tomultiple facets of the profession.Dr. Strehl was also honored by the NUHS chapter of theStudent American Chiropractic Association (SACA),which collected video tributes to the popular teacherduring Dr. Strehl AppreciationWeek, October 17-24.

    Dr. Strehl grew up in Indiana where he earned a BAdegree in biology from Taylor University in 1973 after

    which he went to work for the Indiana Public HealthDepartment of Grant County. He completed graduateschool at George Washington University School ofMedicine in anatomic pathology and performed over300 necropsies before going on to become a necropsysupervisor at Litton Bionetics.

    While attending graduate medical school, Dr. Strehlfirst began thinking that there must be a better way toprovide health care. Someone suggested thechiropractic profession to him and after evaluatingseveral schools, he selected the most academicallydefined schoolNational College. He received a BSin human biology in 1979 and doctor of chiropracticdegree in 1980, and later completed the diplomateprogram through the ACAs Council on Diagnosis andInternal Disorders that expanded the scope of hispractice into natural internal medicine.

    Dr. Strehl was featured in a January 2009 article in ACANews on DCs as Primary Caregivers. He said hepursued a fairly standard chiropractic model focusedon musculoskeletal conditions until after earninghis DABCI. That was when I found my calling, hesaid, a decision that led to a highly successful primarycare practice.

    Besides writing hundreds of articles for variousmedical journals, he served on the Editorial ReviewBoard for Natural Medicine Journal. Through hismedical practice, Strehl Natural Health, that hehad maintained inWheaton, Illinois, since 1981, andhis research, he became aware of the need for


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    new treatments and therefore formulated a varietyof custom natural supplements that are availableto this day.

    Known as constantly optimistic, zealous for lifeand consistently humorous, Dr. Strehl sharedhis outgoing personality from 1995 to 2003 ashost of the lively weekly interactive radio showDoctor on Call. The program focused onbroad-spectrum health care and included visitsfrom a wide range of health care experts, whichDr. Strehl saidwas like a free office visit for the caller.

    Dr. Strehl is survived by Nellie, his wife of 37 years,a son Matt Strehl, and many other relatives, friendsand colleagues. Donations would be appreciatedto the American Chiropractic Association, Dr.Strehl Benefit Fund, 1701 Clarendon Blvd.,Arlington,VA, 22209.


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    The shadows of 2011 are growing long, and soon wewill make an entrance to a new year 2012. It seemsonly a very short while ago that we were all worriedabout entering this century with all its negativeexpectations, but more than a decade has flown byand we find ourselves in a new era of concern political concern, economic concern, joblessness,unimaginable national debt (numbers we cannot evenbegin to comprehend), seemingly never-ending war inone part of the world or another, impending failure ofU.S. currency it seems to go on and on. But one wayor another, 2012 is upon us and we will step throughthat door on January 1 and begin the process again with every intention of making things better.

    Before we get there, lets take a moment for reflection the good and the bad, the happy and the sad. Onthe good side:

    There were good times with continued growthand expansion of our chiropractic medicineprogram at St. Petersburg College in Pinellas Park,Florida. We saw completion of the biochemistrylaboratory on our Lombard campus thanks to thegood graces of Standard Process and theirpresident, Charlie Dubois, LLD (h.c.). We finished complete rehabilitation of alldormitories with Buchholz Hall being finalizedjust recently for occupancy in January. We are pleased that growth of the student bodyat National, including the chiropractic studentnumbers, has continued even while most otherschools saw a decline, and despite the factthat National remains the only institution thatrequires the baccalaureate for entrance to thechiropractic program.

    Our naturopathic medicine and orientalmedicine programs continue to show growth. We enjoyed a fine celebration of our 105th yearof existence during our homecoming in June ofthis year, and the Lombard campus continued tobe an oasis of restful beauty in this busy part ofthe country.

    During our most recent meeting of the NUHS Boardof Trustees:

    We said goodbye to Drs. Rick Dietzen, AudieKlingler and David Taylor, all of whom haveprovided outstanding service to NationalUniversity. Elected to the board were Drs. Jane Richards,Greg Hollstrom and Ken Dougherty, colleagueswho will serve diligently, as do all our trustees. Forall this service to National, we are grateful. The board also approved purchase of a new7,000-square-foot clinic building close to theFlorida campus, a clinic that will be integrated toinclude chiropractic medicine, allopathicmedicine, and likely oriental medicine. This willbe a place for our interns and residents toexperience outstanding clinical experience.

    More news on the happy side: We received full accreditation for our master ofscience degree programs in acupuncture andoriental medicine, and full accreditation ofour program in chiropractic medicine at theFlorida campus. We moved into a new building in Florida thathouses the clinical sciences division of the DCprogram there. Our training and assessment centers in bothLombard and Florida are now completely outfittedwith digital systems that allow us to observe andrecord interaction with our interns and theirstandardized patients. To add to the happiness is the outstandingparticipation by practicing chiropractic physiciansin our Master of Science in Advanced ClinicalPractice degree program. Our graduates haverepeatedly told me that this program has been agame changer for them.

    On the bad side of this year were formal complaintslodged against NUHS with the Council onChiropractic Education (CCE) by the InternationalChiropractors Association (ICA) and the GeorgiaCouncil of Chiropractic (GCC). It is the contention ofthese organizations that our CCE accreditation shouldbe revoked because we use the term chiropracticmedicine, which the GCC refers to as an oxymoron.We responded to this complaint and CCE ruled in ourfavor. The complainants have now appealed thatdecision. I continue to be amazed at the regressiveattitude of some in the profession who apparently failto recognize that our profession along with those ofallopathy, osteopathy and naturopathy are all part ofthe larger whole referred to as medicine. We shallprevail in this inane argument against rational thinking.

    Sadly, we also lost some great friends this year: Our own unique and special Dr. Frank Strehl,chiropractic physician, internist extraordinaire,ACA delegate, faculty member at NationalUniversity of Health Sciences and honorary chairof the Presidents Alumni Advisory Council,passed away after a gallant fight. What a sad andunexpected loss to all of us. Dr. Shellee Handley, former clinician and mostrecently our dean of institutional analysis, was lostin a completely unexpected accident during amotorcycle ride she enjoyed every autumn. Lincoln alumnus, Dr. Bob Book, who for manyyears practiced in Grand Cayman, and who wasperhaps the first chiropractic physician to enjoythat privilege, passed away in Florida.

    We miss those colleagues and we share the grief oftheir families.

    Despite the undesirable things that happen and oursadness over the loss of friends and colleagues, this hasbeen another good year for our alma mater, which isreason enough for counting and appreciating theprivileges we enjoy. Still, there is more. We still havethe blessing of helping others who are in pain, or inpoor health people who often have sought helpfrom others with no success only to be bles