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Friday, December 08, 2023

You Can Get Over Your Trepidation of Arthritis

There is no such thing as traumatic arthritis.  Come to my office and I can explain why.  

Bone on bone is a myth. Visit my past blog posting here.

I'd like folks to give up the idea that there is a disease called arthritis.  

Let me tell you what these fancy words really mean to me.

Arthritis, as you have been taught, means painful joints. 

"Ar" is the root for "fit together."  So, it pertains to the bones that form moveable joints of the body. 

The word arthritis resembles, to me, "authority." You allow an authority to tell you how the rest of your life is going to be.  I've heard it too many times and I'm floored.  People are depressed over it.  People get really messed up with this authoritarian response from a doctor. 

Rheumatoid arthritis to me is ruminating arthritis.  This is a person who ruminates over life choices.  

"Rheum" means watery fluid, flow, pertaining to the inflammation of the synovial fluid of the joints.  Ruminate comes from the Latin for turn over and over in the mind.

Ankylosing spondylitis to me resembles: bending over to grab your ankles and let people talk down to you.  Maybe I'm grasping at straws.  Sorry, another pun there. You feel lower than other people.   

Ankylosis comes from the earlier words meaning fusing into one bone.  The spine becomes stiff and looks like one bone according to Xrays.  If you see someone with an advanced problem, they are so bent over all they can do is look at the ground.  Very sad.  Life is limited when someone feels so badly about himself or herself. 

(Spondylo just means spine.)

Psoriatic arthritis describes joint pain also paired with scaly itchy skin. "Psori" is the term for "mange, itch." 

As the letter p is silent, it sounds like "sorry" arthritis.  So to me it means a person is sorry and pathetic. Someone here feels sorry for himself or herself.  I understand that joint pain is not observable by others when they look at you,  but the skin changes makes people feel very vulnerable and unattractive. Hence, the sorry state of their feelings.  What came first?  The lack of confidence or the skin rashes?  Do scientists study it that deeply before they create an immunosuppressive drug that carries many risks to long term health?

Also, when I was looking up these word origins I noticed "lepra" is another word for psoriatic arthritis.   The root is "lep," to peel. 

So, in conclusion, I know pain is not fun.  It hinders life enjoyment.  As chiropractic is enhancement of the brain through the spine's special extension of the brain, we can modify how you perceive pain. 

Ask me how to customize your chiropractic care using the Brain First Protocol. 

See you at the table.....the chiropractic table.

Don't wait. 

Monday, November 06, 2023

Chiropractic Is Not About What Goes Away - It's About What You Become

The #1 reaction in life is to find pleasure and avoid pain.  This is how we are wired.  It is a survival mechanism.  

I could go into detail about the nervous system's interpretation of stimuli and how it catalogs them for certain physiological responses, but, no.  You live it everyday. My hope is that you understand it is all an amazing process that the best AI cannot copy!

So, let's get to the topic of pain.   It can be horrible, demoralizing, and debilitating.  In severe cases, pain is a part of a life threatening response such as a heart attack. 

In all cases, pain is serving a purpose.  The body's repair and rebuild phases are very palpable and 'kinetic." You feel the movement of blood, inflammation, and nerve endings. You feel a bone reknitting itself back together.  You feel intestines cramping, etc. 

You visit the chiropractor because you don't want to go through it alone.  Yep, it's that simple.  The chiropractor is your life coach.

I had a little boy in the office a few days ago and I pointed to the vertebrae on the spine model and told him they were like switches that turned on a person's super powers.  How simple!

As we determine how your body is processing between the protection stage and rebuilding stage, we plan how to support the body so you don't burn through your energy reserves. 

When you are fully energized, you can accomplish so much!!

Let's look at what you are achieving rather than focus on what you think you are lacking.   

You are not lacking.  We just need to rearrange the furniture in your mind. 

A preoccupation with symptoms robs your brain of precious energy.

Let's modify your outlook.  Let's understand the logical processes of the body's response to stress.  Let's give your brain a chance.

Come in and get adjusted.  Let's wake up your super powers!!

Your Spine is a Security Guard - That Sometimes Works Too Hard

One very important consideration when dealing with pain is how your brain perceived stimuli before, during, and after a stressful event.  What else was your brain preoccupied with at the same time? 

Whether you suffer an injury or feel an unexplained flare up, your brain is deciding how much Fight or Flight is needed to get you through the ordeal.  

Interestingly, most flare ups are a rehashing of old memories. Your emotions were "stamped" into the brain. That is the talent of the limbic system.  It shapes how your brain decides to respond with future pain signals. Most of the time you are not injured.  The pain came from the brain, rather than the body part you are focusing on.

You think you "over did it" but it was probably a normal movement.  I used to say your body wasn't prepared for that movement at the time.  But now I say, your body was perceiving a similar fight or flight response and chose to recreate the response.  Yes, it is pain, but your brain chose it.  

Injuries should be fully repaired in a matter of months. We assume the process is incomplete and put the blame on the "old injury." The emotional memories from the limbic system set the stage for the type of pain you continue to feel chronically.  


Nervous System Re-Visiting

It's not the injury.

It's Your Limbic Lens.

Fight or Flight “Seals the Deal.”

Past or Present. But you can release it. YES!

The Adjustment is your Pattern Interruptor.

What part of your nervous system is chock full of stored memories that are resurfacing to cause you discomfort, pain, and anxiety? 

Childhood Nervous System ** Young Adult Nervous System

Unfortunate Events Nervous System ** Self Confidence Nervous System

The Little Voice Nervous System ** Respect Authority Nervous System

** Un-Balanced Relationships Nervous System **

** Doom and Gloom Nervous System **

** Your New and Improved Nervous System **

How is your spine perceiving the world?

How are your perceptions being stored in the brain?

Your spine is a stubborn security guard protecting the brain. 

As your chiropractor, I teach you how to properly train the security guard.  

I use the Brain First Protocol.

Come in, get adjusted. 

See you at the table.  The Chiropractic Table.

--Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Advocate

Sunday, October 29, 2023

What If I Didn't Grow Up The Way I Did?

 I've been fascinated with Dr. Harvey Bigelsen's work which is now being carried on by his sons, Josh and Adam. I'm feeling a little jealous. 

Dr. Harvey Bigelsen (SUNY Buffalo Medical School) was a trauma surgeon in the Vietnam War.  He had a high success rate with his patients until he came back to the States to practice medicine.  Once nestled in the monopolistic health system, his hands were tied, so to speak.  There are a lot of frustrating rules to follow.  Not that he was a rule breaker, but if you read his books or listen to his interviews, he clearly explains why the typical health care modalities are insufficient in giving people their lives back. 

So, his sons grew up in a home that was far away from the current medical system.  They had no exposure.  They were asked by an interviewer what did it feel like when they learned there were much better ways to get healthy. They said that "ah ha" moment never happened.  They had no idea that most of us in drug free health approaches were refugees from a lost system.  

I felt very lost when I was a mental health therapist watching people suffer under a system that often made them worse. I had to leave.  I felt the same frustration working as a consultant in a nursing home.  

When Dr. Harvey's sons said they did not have that kind of disappointing experience, I was in awe!  

I wish I grew up that way.  I am middle-aged now and feel I barely scratched the surface of what makes us great.  After years of adding to my education, I now have a lot of unlearning to do. What if I didn't grow up the way I did?  I was lucky to learn about the body systems when I was a little kid in grade school, but I veered off that path of understanding when I was immersed in the medical view point.  You learn how wonderful the body is, until you learn the opposite.  

People just accept that sickness is a part of life.   They stop short.  They never search.  You don't search for something unless you really think you can find it. 

I rejected that broken down idea when I saw my grandmother suffering.  I didn't want to follow in her footsteps. 

How do we reverse course? It starts with your brain.  

Brain First / Body Follows

What your brain learns and experiences, it repeats back to you in your body.  

Chiropractic helps sort it out and teach your brain patterns that are compatible with life ---

---- a vibrant life.  

How does that work?  Ask me to teach you the Brain First Protocol.



If You Care, It Shows

When I was in 6th or 7th grade I bought my first guitar. I saved up a huge pile of quarters for months.  My grandma would slip me a five dollar bill every now and then.  It was about $125 including tax.  I had my eye on the display at Kmart. Finally the day came when my new guitar was placed in it's cardboard box and I took it home. 

Being a kid.  I had no idea of the quality of the wood, or how the type of assembling gave the guitar its unique sound.  At that simple age, I was proud I could afford a "starter" guitar.  I enjoyed it. 

This is much like the folks I meet who believe they are doing great with the "one a day" style vitamins.  The ones advertised all over the TV.  They are "starter" pills.  I did the same thing when I was in my 20s.  I took  a CVS vitamin once and day and felt proud that my urine was yellow.  I knew I wasn't up to snuff if my urine was pale looking.  It meant I missed a dose of my great store vitamins. 

Just like my Kmart guitar, these cheap pills are just that, cheap.  However, a beginner's guitar is not dangerous to health.  Synthetic vitamins are horrible. 

Now that I hang out with more people who play guitar, I know more about quality.  You don't buy the cheapest instrument at the department store.  You actually go to a music store that specializes in stringed instruments.  You may even go straight to the crafter who builds guitars. 

This is the same with nutrition companies.  As you learn more about quality, you go to specialists.  You can even visit their farms and production plants. 

If you think you deserve the best quality nutrients, especially knowing how drastically poor our food supply is, you will go to specialists.  You won't listen to corny commercials during your favorite Monday night sit-com. 

In fact, the high quality supplement companies do not waste their money on fancy TV commercials.  They have more important things to do, like inspecting raw materials and planting regenerative crops. 

As we get older, we get smarter, right? More experience means you give yourself more options. 

Yes, I carry my favorite supplements in my office.  And I take them myself, for my own health.  

Oh no, I'm trying to get more money out of you by selling supplements.  

It's a free country.  You can go to the drug stores and buy what you want.  Ask the counter clerk for a copy of a quality analysis of your favorite supplement.  I bet the clerk can't even find the phone number for customer support.  Ask which farm you can visit. The store clerks are not invested in the products.  They just stack them on the shelves.

I have a new guitar, a Taylor Mini Special Edition.  It's got a great sound. It took a while to decide it was time for a new guitar.  Actually I haven't had one for many years.  I don't have my beginner guitar any more.  With all my moves, I have no idea where it ended up. 

With my new guitar I'm committed to play more, get better. 

When it comes to chiropractic, which is Greek for practice of the hands, cheir + praktos, you want to to support your adjustment with top notch nutrition.  I use my hands to adjust the spine.  You also practice with your hands the lifestyle habits that support your chiropractic care. 

Your body is reorganizing itself all the time.  Your nervous system is busy guarding and guiding bodily functions.  It deserves your thanks.  It deserves reimbursement.  Energy out = Energy In.  Pay back what stress takes. 

Just as I am inspired to be a better guitar player with a nice instrument, I hope you are inspired to understand how profound chiropractic and nutrition can be in your life. 

When you know how well designed your body is, you are more inclined to take better care of it.  Simple idea, but it can give you great mileage.  

My battle begins everyday when I have to first tell people that they are not diseased, they are not aging, and they are not falling apart.  You are built like a fine stradivarius.  We are not as flawed as we have been taught, but that negativity goes deep.  This belief does great damage to our brain's ability to handle stress.  Let's reverse the trend of misleading information.  

Get acquainted with your intelligent brain and body so you can see real improvements in your health. 

Learn the basics of the Brain First Protocol. 

Treat yourself like you would treat a valuable and beautiful stradivarius. Because you are valuable and beautiful. 

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Saturday, October 07, 2023

What's Up with Concussions?


(Image: Queensland Brain Inst)
Again, I watch another news story about the increase in concussions.  And I wonder, what has changed?  What has changed in us?  We have always played hard, and fallen hard.  Is it possible our current traumas are more forceful?  I don't think so.  

Perhaps car accidents are more impactful with higher speed limits and a looser attitude toward driving under the influence...

Perhaps children are playing sports in a way that is too adult-like.  There's pressure to perform.  There's pressure to get a scholarship. Are kids playing more forcefully than when I was a child?  After all, we play for the thrill.  And to win.

I want to throw out some different hypotheses.

1- We are built differently.  I'll say we are weaker.  What are we made of? We are made of chemicals.  The protein matrix of our bones, muscles, and tissues are full of poisons.  We have a load of pesticides, solvents, preservatives, drugs and injections in our systems.  Besides having a lot of environmental pollutants, it is awful knowing our food supply is deliberately poisoned.  Our food is not food.  (I bet scientists already have proof of this but won't tell us.  I bet there are findings on blood work or Xrays that haven't been taught in medical school so they are ignored.  You hear the term "artifacts" bandied about often.  It's too easy to say, "Oh, it's just a meaningless artifact."  Is it meaningless?

2- Our brains are terribly wired.  Our brains are already damaged by our life styles. A brain can be so wrapped up in stress that it can't handle the new stress of an injury.   Our brains are then in a super high level of nervous system overload. The autonomic nervous system is so fired up with draining stress hormones that an injury pushes it over the edge.  When the body is already at the brink of collapse and then an impromptu accident is especially taxing.

Most of us appear to be functional.  We have no idea how burdened our nervous systems are, because we are used to it.

"Toughen up!"   Don't look weak.  Don't ask for help. 

How do you know if your nervous system is on the brink of collapse?  If something threw your life into a tail spin right now, would your brain and body be able to handle it?

Would you have a mild injury to recover from , or would you end up disabled?

The Brain First Protocol will shed light on this. 

Chiropractic is the Foundation of the Brain First Protocol. I'll teach you why.

The whole point of chiropractic is to adjust the spine so it can unwind the stress of your life, giving you a refreshed energy to live the whole human experience  --- regardless of pain, whether you are in pain or not in pain.   

The brain is constantly reorganizing itself.  Chiropractic enhances the process. 

-- Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate

Monday, October 02, 2023

So, You Think You're In Control ?

 The Brain Decides & Delegates. 

It is Your Friend, not Your Enemy.  

I Teach Why. 

A Brain at work is not a Disease.

It's the Design.

You have Intelligent Design.

You can decipher it or disparage it.  Which one sounds healthier?

(Sometimes we misread our body's signals and add more fuel to the fire.)

Everyday your nervous system is learning new patterns, new wiring based on your exposures as you live your life. 

 You are totally unique.  Your patterns are all yours. 

Your brain is constantly reorganizing your body's responses based on the environment: your internal environment and external environment.  

This is the genuine magic of the autonomic nervous system.  

It takes care of your survival needs.  

Your limbic system regulates the survival responses -- Fight or Flight.

But, your pre-frontal cortex helps you decide how you want to move forward in life.  The pre-frontal cortex helps you stop a fight, for example.  That discerning part of your brain is what kept you from hitting your brother in the face when he made you mad.   

We may not have control over our immediate nervous systems responses, but we can choose to change the stress levels.  

The Brain First Protocol gives us the opportunity to respect the Fight or Flight response and the balance that allows our body to rest and repair. 

Is Your Pain a Villain?  Read More Here.

Brain First * Body Follows

Chiropractic works in sync with your

Intelligent Design