November 2003 Table of Contents


Changing Your Oil—Naturally

If only we paid as much attention to our bodies as we do to our cars?

10 Steps to Care

Planning gives you more control over selecting an assisted-living residence, eases stress, and helps you make a good choice.

A Learning Experience

Annual conferences help healthcare professionals discover ways to improve quality of life for people with SCIand rededicate themselves to the work ahead.

We Remember...

Especially on Veterans Day, November 11but also every daywe thank our veterans and active servicemen and -women and say a prayer for those who are no longer with us.

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Reasons & Remarks

Editor Cliff Crase shares reflections on a trip to Arlington National Cemetery that brought patriotism to life for a high-school senior and her classmates.

Diagnosis: MS

Many individuals with MS will eventually develop secondary-progressive MS, characterized by a steady decline in neurological function with or without acute attacks. In Part 1 of a two-part series, the National MS Society addresses the questions of why and how MS progresses. Next month: clinical studies in progressive MS.

Healing Options

Chiropractic is the nation’s third-largest healthcare profession after medicine and dentistry. Due to its popularity, including among people with physical disabilities, chiropractic should no longer be considered alternative medicine but a key component of our healthcare system that complements, not opposes, conventional medicine. In Part 2 of a two-part series on chiropractic healing (for an overview of Part 1, click here), Dr. Larry Johnston explains chiropractic procedures and shares comments from a chiropractor about the potential spinal-cord-dysfunction benefits of chiropractic treatment.

Living Well

Tom Sawyer knew how foolish it was to work harder than he needed to, and he knew how to enlist other people's help. Caregivers all need to have a little Tom Sawyer in them. In this month's column, Richard Holicky offers some tips on establishing your own caregiver support network. Remember: You don't have to be in this alone!

Sexuality & SCI

Ejaculation disorders—especially prevalent in men with SCI—can sometimes be overcome. In this month's column, Dr. Stanley Ducharme describes the problems and discusses some of the most effective approaches to treating them.

Travel Tips

In this month's column, Carol Randall reports on Avis Rent A Car's new, comprehensive accessibility program for travelers with disabilities—soon to be introduced in the company's top 100 markets. There's also news about an accessible B&B in Maine, an "ultimate-access" Florida villa, a new wheelchair-accessible van service in the Gulf Coast area, and a company that provides oxygen, durable medical equipment, wheelchairs, scooters, and more, in the U.S. and around the world. And if you're a wheeler who uses public buses for transportation, there's information about how you can be a study participant.

Just for Women

Are women fairly represented in SCI research? The answer is a resounding "no." In this month's issue, you'll find out why—and what can be done to change the stats. There's also an article on menopause and women with SCI.

Mobility & More

Wheelchair using veterans living in remote or underserved areas may be eligible for telerehabilitation for help with seating assessment. Read more about it in this issue, along with an article about two new ramps for scooters and wheelchairs (including a lightweight suitcase version) offered by Stepless (Guldmann).

People in the News

The DAV has named George M. Moore Jr. as its Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year 2003. Read about Moore in this month's issue, along with a story about Duane A. Osborn, who was recognized in the Congressional Record on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice.

News Beat

Can't get out? In some areas, you can order your groceries online, at Read about this service as well as a new patients'-rights Web site ( and a free newsletter to help officials implement election-reform measures—specifically the accessibility provisions included in the Help America Vote Act—in this issue.

Sports & Recreation

Highlighted this month are an Eastern PVA Striped Bass Fishing Trip (where the largest bass reeled in topped the scales at 54 lb), a 40-year-old veteran pilot who is attempting to circumnavigate the globe in just 60 days in a vintage Beechcraft Alice aircraft, a paraplegic swimmer who swam from Spain to Morocco (Africa) in just under six hours, an upset at the 27th National Wheelchair Softball Tournament, a project that provides refurbished wheelchairs and other sports equipment to people in impoverished countries, and a para and a quad who braved the wind and cold to climb Pikes Peak (Colorado). If you like wheelchair sports and recreation, you'll love our sister publication, SPORTS ’N SPOKES!

General Counsel

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled movie theaters cannot limit wheelchair users to only front-row seating areas. Read more about the case in "PVA in Action."


The United States' founding documents—the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence—are now much more accessible to everyone, thanks to recent renovations at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. See photos in "PVA in Action."

Government Relations

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced issuance of orders reflecting settlements with America West Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines, all of which violated the Air Carrier Access Act by failing to provide a stowage space for standard-size folding wheelchairs inside the cabins of their aircraft. Details can be found in this month's "PVA in Action."

Research & Education

The Paralyzed Veterans of America's Spinal Cord Research Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded new and continuing grants totalling more than $1 million in Fiscal Year 2004. You'll find a brief description of each funded grant in this month's "PVA in Action."

And Finally...

A Canadian reader shares his long, hard fight since becoming paraplegic 38 years ago in a country he says is not as helpful and accommodating to paras as the U.S.

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