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article imageOp-Ed: Congressional recognition goes to Chiropractor College — again! Special

By Jonathan Farrell     Sep 3, 2015 in Health
San Jose - The students and faculty of Palmer College of Chiropractic had much to celebrate this summer. The college was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” presented by the office of Congressman Mike Honda.
He is the U.S. Representative in Congress for California's 17th District of which Palmer College of Chiropractic’s San Jose campus is a part of. The recognition was presented during a special resident-appreciation event on Aug. 13 at Elena Gardens, a 168-apartment community in San Jose for low-income families and seniors, where Palmer’s San Jose campus maintains one of five community-outreach clinics.
“We’re so grateful to Palmer for providing such a valuable service that benefits so many of our residents,” said Casey Ortal, Elena Gardens resident-services director. In addition to Elena Gardens, Palmer’s San Jose campus maintains outreach-clinics at other locations throughout Santa Clara County. And Palmer has maintained clinics in association with the Salvation Army and CityTeam Ministries.
Serving people in need in places like Belovida at Newbury Park, Markham Plaza and Vista Park is critical. "These are among the most underserved," said Sangalang. And, because San Jose as the third largest major city in the State of California, Palmer College helps provide a "safety net" of services to people and families who have little or no access to health care in the San Jose metropolitan area.
"I have referred many people to the outreach that Palmer College does," said Evangeline Sangalang. A community organizer and advocate, Sangalang believes in the work the college and its staff does. "I told Congressman Honda's office about their work and I am so happy the congressman and his staff awarded them this honor," she said.
At age 62, Sangalang has been suffering from scoliosis for many years. She admits at first she was skeptical about chiropractic medicine. Yet when the pain got so bad and doctors could do little to help but give more pills or consider more surgery, she was willing to seek an alternative.
Chiropractic is based upon the fundamental premies that the body heals itself. And, that any technique or approach employed must be one that allows the body to heal naturally.
With the help of chiropractic Sangalang said she is doing much better. "I can drive now, I have full-range of motion and I am able to sustain my energy and physical stamina throughout the day."
Evangeline Sangalang believes strongly in Chiropractic care.  I am willing to be the poster-patient....
Evangeline Sangalang believes strongly in Chiropractic care. "I am willing to be the poster-patient." she said. "I think chiropractic is beneficial because it can help to reduce pain and restore health naturally, without pills or surgery."
Courtesy of Evangeline Sangalang
Most important for Sangalang, "I can avoid more surgeries," she said as she mentioned. "My scoliosis began after giving birth to triplets." Up until she started with chiropractic care, "doctors gave me pills for pain and did surgery."
Through her community work in San Jose, Sangalang has continually seen the outreach Palmer College has done to promote better health and well-being to the greater community. "The work they do with the Veterans group makes a profound difference; really it's huge," she said.
The award recognized Palmer College for “supporting wellness and health care for the seniors, homeless and other underserved groups.”
This marks the second year in a row that Palmer’s California branch campus has received special recognition for its outreach program. Headquartered in Davenport, Iowa Palmer Chiropractic College was established in 1897 by Daniel David Palmer, the founder of chiropractic approach to health. In the 1980's the west coast campus in San Jose was launched.
For nearly 30 years, (the West Coast Campus) has provided complimentary health-care services through its network of community clinics, in the San Jose area. It has maintained off-site residential facilities in association with Ecumenical Association Housing (EAH) and Emergency Housing Consortium (EHC). Palmer College works with EAH seniors, low-income families, and others whose financial challenges often result in limited access to health-care services.
"It is really wonderful that Palmer can go out to patients, rather than have patients come to them," said Sangalang. "So many of these people are not able to go to a doctor's office. And, they probably would never see a doctor if it were not for the outreach. Palmer College really makes a difference."
Sangalang said that it is the dedication of faculty like "Dr. Andre, that really inspires the students and graduates." Palmer was awarded recognition last year in February for this work. But people in the community such as Sangalang felt it very beneficial that Palmer be recognized again.
“It’s been an honor to be a part of the outreach program all these years, and I’m proud of the interns for serving as ‘ambassadors of the chiropractic profession,” said Andre KnustGraichen, D.C. A graduate of the college himself, Dr. Andre (class of 1984) has worked in the San Jose campus outreach program for more than 25 years. He accepted the award on behalf of the Palmer outreach clinics at the ceremony-event that Thursday.
Sangalang believes that the honor Palmer College received (now twice) is more about chiropractic care itself. As an approach to health, "chiropractic is so under-rated, she said. It really should be the first line of defense before any thought of pills or surgery be considered."
To learn more about Palmer Chiropractic College of San Jose, visit the Facebook page.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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