Dr. Gerry Clum discusses the astounding costs and consequences of health care, including the challenges arising as a result of people living longer lives.

Why you should watch

Gain an understanding of how the Octagon reimagines the notion of health and proposes the changes we must see in current health care philosophy and practices in order to create and sustainably maintain our health care system.


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Gerard W. Clum, D.C., a 1973 Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate, has served as a faculty member at Palmer College of Chiropractic, a founding faculty member at Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) and the first president of Life Chiropractic College West. He presently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) and as a member of the Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC).

The Octagon

The Octagon at Life University was created to foster dialogue and exchange on important social, political and conceptual issues based on Life University’s Eight Core Proficiencies. The Octagon creates an environment where questions and issues from every avenue of life can be embraced, discussed, debated and acted upon. As with most things in life it is not constrained by a lack of desire or need but only by limited human and financial resources. It is the intention of the University’s president, Dr. Guy Riekeman, for the Octagon to tackle important and controversial matters that will have long range impact and the potential for application in other fields. The Octagon does not seek to be reckless in its work but it does seek to be fearless in its charge, prepared to confront matters that frustrate society in a meaningful way. The Octagon can best be described as a think tank to promote world changing discussion related to healthcare and the human condition.