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Chow Down and Help Defeat Hunger in WisconsinSubmitted: 01/28/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


WAUSAU - For 30 years Feeding America has put food on the table for families in need in Wisconsin.

Recently we asked you to help out. You may have seen the promotion we've been running all month long with Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley and his wife Courtney Finley, alongside Newswatch 12's Kailey Burton, asking you to donate to the Defeat Hunger Bowl.

"What that is, is to help us restock our shelves after the busy holiday season so we can put food back on our shelves and help it get out to those in need, " said Patti Habeck with Feeding America, Eastern Wisconsin.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin supplies food to shelters and food pantries in 36 counties, from the Northwoods past Milwaukee. Each year they help feed 330,000 people.

"That's 105,000 children. Its 33,000 seniors, and a lot of families that just need that extra help, and that's what these donations do. They just give families a little extra help," said Habeck.

Saturday, January 26th, you can join Johnsonville Brats and Coca Cola at the Walmart in Wausua from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and chow down for a cause. A brat and a drink will be $2 with all proceeds going to Feeding America.

"You know a little bit, a $2 donation goes a long ways, to helping someone out. Sounds like a little bit when you're giving a couple cans of Chef Boyardee, but for someone that's a whole day's worth of food," said JP Doyle, Manager at Wausau's Rib Mountain Walmart.

It's not too late to give a food donation either! You can drop off cans and boxes of dried food, in the Defeat Hunger Bowl bins at your local Walmart. They'll be taking donations until the end of January.


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WAUSAU - During a national push to prescribe fewer painkillers, a new Wisconsin proposal appeared that it would let chiropractors prescribe prescription drugsâ€"including painkillers.

After speaking with one of the bill's authors, that notion is not at all true. 

John Murray, the executive director of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, which supports the bill, said it was never the bill's intention to include narcotics, or any drugs not related to neuro-muscular skeletal healing. The bill is in its early stages, having had a co-sponsor hearing on Tuesday, and future drafts of the bill will not have that broad language. 

"It is the position of the WCA that going forward that was never the intention and that's not the intention going forward to have opioids and highly addictive schedules to be part of this," Murray said. 

What the bill is meant for, he said, is to allow chiropractorsâ€"with 60 credit hours of additional education and hours of clinical trainingâ€"to be able to prescribe non-narcotic pain medication, such as muscle relaxants or steroids. This they could do instead of referring their patients out to a medical doctor for such prescriptions, as all chiropractors do now. He said this would make it more convenient for the patient and better that they see the same doctor for a medication instead of two. 

"It's not that we think referring out to other providers is a bad thing," Murray said. "But there are situations in which a patient comes in and has something that a chiropractor with proper training could treat in the short term with some pharmaceutical intervention."

Not all chiropractors agree with this bill despite its clarifications. 

Dr. Scott Bautch, D.C., of Bautch Chiropractic in Wausau, wants to stay true to being "the non-drug option" to health care. 

He would rather continue referring his patients out to medical doctors.  He presented on behalf of the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin, which does not support the bill, at the bill's hearing in Madison on Tuesday. 

"I'm going to counsel people on what they eat, I'm going to counsel people on how they move, I'm going to counsel people on what they think," Bautch said. "But if we need to have help with something your body can't heal, I'll refer you out. In my 33 years plus of practice, I've not had a problem. And if I've had to send a patient out because the pain was so unretractable, it's not been a difficult situation at all. If I call them that day, I've had patients that we call, and they get them in in an hour."

Murray says it's up to each chiropractor in the state to decide how they want to practice.

"We have great respect for chiropractors who want to work that way," Murray said. "But there are chiropractors in the state who want to have those extra clinical tools and practice that way. It's about freedom of practice."

The bill still has a few legislative steps before, and if, it becomes law.


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