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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

You Won't Appreciate the Sun Without the Rain

 My blog posts seem to be so negative at times.  But I figure, happy people are doing so well, that they are not scouring the internet looking at health care blogs.  

Then I have a huge hope that folks want to take a more proactive role and try to learn more about themselves each day.  I'm a dreamer.....

But the realization is, we do not appreciate good health until we've come through some kind of challenge that knocked us off our feet for a while.  

When folks come to me they are usually in some kind of a crisis state in which they are upset, fearful, impatient, annoyed, or all of the above.  The first step is to swim through the emotions because a hyped up brain cannot problem solve. 

That's what we do.  We calm the nervous system so it can get back to the everyday work of homeostasis, rebuilding, digesting, etc. 

After the rain storm, thunder, and lightning, it is a welcomed sight when the sun returns, especially with a rainbow. 

If you've come through the storm of pain, just remember, it's darkest before the dawn.  You will feel worse before you feel better.  That's just how the body returns back to balance.  

If you don't understand the body's language, you tend to resort to approaches that are harmful.  And folks convince themselves it is necessary in the short term.  But, the short term becomes long term.  I'm not a fan of that. 

If we translate our pain correctly and make choices that are in sync with normal body responses, we actually feel more empowered, and connected to the innate intelligence that is always working for us 24 hours a day. 

Everything the body does is correct for the situation.  Even if you don't like it.  Let's understand the situation and partner with the brain and body. 

Brain First * Body Follows
Brain First is Body Freedom 

Learn the 5 Signs
Learn the 4 Challenges
Learn the 3 Routines
Learn the 2 Reasons
Learn the 1 Big Idea

--Dr. Lisa

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Overthinking Got Us Into This Mess

You don't have arthritis.

You don't have rheumatoid arthritis.

You don't have hypertension. 

You don't have hypothyroidism.

You don't have depression. 

You don't have an autoimmune disease.

You don't have diabetes. 

You don't have an infection. 

You don't have (dare I say it?) cancer.

Whoa......what am I thinking?  Don't I know this is all real? It's in the medical textbooks, Robbins Pathology, and the Merck Manual. 

What is it about words?  What makes them so special?  How we use these words can take us down a long and winding road of disappointment. 

What does diabetes mean?  "sweet urination"

What does arthritis mean? "arthrites" of the joints, "itis" disease

What does hypertension mean?  "hyper" above, beyond

      "tension" a stretched condition

Cancer in Latin means crab or creeping ulcer, because the swollen veins around a tumor look like the legs of a crab. 

If you really "break it down," these terms are just descriptions of normal body responses when there is stress.   Diagnosis and prognosis are truly meaningless.  If you get hung up on them, you put your body into a fear response that is unproductive. 

You don't have a disease.  How did you receive it? By mail? By telegram?  by UPS?  By proclamation?

You don't have a disease.  You have a nervous system.  Simple as that.  You have a body, a brain, and an opportunity to live ambitiously. 

You have a nervous system.  That is the only true statement any doctor can say to you.  

You have a nervous system assessing your environment.  

You have a nervous system responding to your memories and emotions. 

You have a nervous system. 

Your body responses change every day...every minute.  Your blood sugar goes up and down all day long.  Your blood pressure goes up and down all day long.  Blood vessels move and remove substances all day long. Tumors grow and shrink constantly.  

Responses change and fluctuate.  Your nervous system responds. 

You have a nervous system.  

Be nice to your nervous system.

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--- Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Coach

Liberating Your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas

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Saturday, June 04, 2022

Don't Fear Breaking Some Eggs to Make an Omelette (Rewiring the Nervous System)

I just finished my day at the office.  The place is quiet now and I have charts scattered all around that need to be filed.  After everyone has left, I sometimes sit there in a daze.  Am I just tired? Could be.  A lot of the time I am absorbing what folks are dealing with in their lives. Their pain is a vibrant collage of so many fears, concerns, and disappointments.  I absorb much of these tensions so I have to sit still and let my mind swim around it all. 

In the mainstream world, chiropractic is a watered down treatment for back pain (which is a pathetic attitude toward a profession I love and the people it helps).  My focus on the spine over all these years, is actually centered on the person living within the spine.  

Some days I'm truly blown away at the trials my practice members are working through.  I'm thankful that they have the knowledge about chiropractic's profound impact on brain balancing.  Their commitment to chiropractic care helps them problem solve with a clear mind and a strong body. 

Much of the time, they need a boost in their confidence.  The mainstream attitude is that the body develops problems, it's sick, and is prone to falling apart.  This negativity does not help the situation. 

And the idea of prevention is just as bad.  It reinforces the "body/bad" concept.  It is a constant brain washing that we should be on the lookout for sneaky disease so we can address it early on. Prevention is not even the right word to use.  Prepare to intervene early is more descriptive.  The mind-set of prevention is still an expectation of break down rather than looking at body responses as a genius system of appropriate reactions.  I followed this faulty line of thought regarding prevention, too.  Yuck.  No more.  

I have moments of sadness when people talk to me as if they are imprisoned by their bodies, imprisoned by their problems.  They believe there is only one path to trod.  They don't realize there are options because they are trained to assume there is only one option. 

So, I end my day looking to replenish myself, so I can be ready for the next day's opportunities.  Because I tell my practice members that their experiences are signs of rebuilding and returning toward homeostasis. 

There are times when life throws us fast flying dodge balls and we get hit hard, smack in the face.  Despite being stunned, it is a time of self discovery. 

All health experiences are opportunities for self discovery.  This is an entirely different language.  We don't say disease, treatment, or prognosis.  We say: rebuild, replenish, appreciate, and coordinate, etc.

If this sounds too strange to you, that's ok.  This type of approach requires the prefrontal cortex to be ready to learn and understand the new language.  Someone in pain, fear, frustration is working from the limbic dominant part of the brain.  It takes a while to shift gears. 

Remember Chiropractic Principle #6:  There is no process that does not require time.   (Read all 33 Principles)

The important part is we can make the time meaningful.  No one is spending the time alone.  There is support and there are ways to ease into a new direction. 

Dare to Thrive

The #1 Reason Everyone Needs Chiropractic Care

--- Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Coach

Liberating Your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Diagnosis Hypnosis


In 1999 I bought the centennial edition of the Merck Manual.  I was getting ready for my outpatient internship and thought it would be a cool purchase. It was a waste of money.

It also came with a facsimile of the very first edition.  It was much thinner, of course.  There were fewer diseases back in 1899.  


Doctors and others have documented funny symptoms for centuries.  The body hasn't changed in a millenia. Why is the current Merck Manual 3500 pages long? (The original was 192 pages.)

If you're in the emergency room, triage is boiled down to a small number of life endangering symptoms, not thousands. 

When I was in my master's program, we had to memorize a lengthy list of psychological diagnoses. It was overwhelming and confusing.  Even the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychological Disorders) has 947 pages.  Someone's life being impacted by stress is much more important than what's printed on page number 527. 

What's the point?

The point is, while we are arguing on what kind of fancy name to give someone's presentation, the person could care less what category of illness best describes the situation.  The person wants empathy and a solution.

Now, I'm going to go out on a limb here and throw all of this extraneous knowledge away.  Stick with me for a minute before you go back to watching Tik Tok videos of car crashes. 

The basic things people need to stay alive are: 




Comfort from the elements

In order to obtain these things we need to work together in a community.  To meet these goals, we each have to pursue our individual talents so we can help each other. 

How did we get so complicated?

This question has put me in the middle of a challenge to get rid  of what I call Diagnosis Hypnosis.

Regardless of a diagnosis given, we have to give the body what it needs to rebuild tissues and maintain homeostasis otherwise the body reaches a state of exhaustion and possibly death.  The famous endocrinologist, Dr. Hans Selye, describes this in General Adaptation Syndrome.  

Whether a person succumbs due to cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, or some type of brain death the body reaches a point of final exhaustion. 

What does this have to do with chiropractic?

The founding of chiropractic is based on The 33 Principles of Chiropractic.  (Ralph Stephenson, DC) One of the principles emphasizes that all processes require time.  Another principle notes there is limitation of matter and limits of adaptation.  (Great thinkers at different times in history)

And because I get all kinds of questions from people.

What causes arthritis?

Why are my feet cold?

How do I get rid of itching and rashes?

What supplements get rid of indigestion?

What exercise will get rid of my muscle pain?

How do I lose weight?

People mostly want to "get rid of" something.   That is the diagnosis hypnosis.  

We have choices. We can focus on discomfort or fear with a strong urge to stop it in its tracks.  Or we can take a moment to discover what programming the body has chosen to initiate because it encountered stress.  The body is being protective.  If we stop the process, we allow the stress to do more damage.

Imagine driving to your house and your car becomes stuck in the street flooded with dirty water. You notice the water is coming from a fire fighter spraying a hose.  You wouldn't tell a fire fighter to roll up the

hose and leave.  Sure, you've diagnosed a flood and blame the fire fighter for making a mess.  But you don't realize there's a fire because most of it is extinguished.  You don't see the smoldering wood in the back of the house, but the fire fighter does. 

Simple analogy.

What did I do with the Merck Manual?  I used it as a bookend. It stands up by itself. 

How do I use chiropractic to help someone obtain air, water, food, and comfort from the elements?

Spinal adjustments re-engage the pre-frontal cortex of the brain. Too much stress programs the limbic system to dominate.  Stress happens on a daily basis.  Sometimes it's manageable.  Sometimes it's overwhelming. The limbic system suspends the rebuilding process and normal metabolism. This leads to weak tissues that are unprepared for future stress. 

Adjustments help the brain shift gears from protection (fight or flight) to rebuilding. 

If your brain is balanced, you can manage your life effectively. 

Don't let a diagnosis overwhelm you.  Take the time to understand the body's wisdom as it responds to a stress, traumatic event, etc. Reduce the stresses you have control over and get adjusted to "even the scales" of nervous system actions. 

Diagnosis hypnosis can perpetuate stress, with a fear response. 

Expose yourself to a positive hypnosis: a better balanced brain with chiropractic. 

The #1 Reason Everyone Needs Chiropractic

--Dr. Lisa

--Your Health Freedom Advocate

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Follow the Leader: Your Brain is the Leader

Why I Need to be a Chiropractor...

What I See is Unacceptable


I went through a very liberating experience as an 11 year old. Revisiting it with my adult mind, I can only imagine how well or poorly we hang on to childhood memories.  A child is still learning  how to  handle stress.  Hopefully kid problems are manageable and age appropriate.  Sweating out a spelling test is manageable.  In my case, I didn't know how to verbalize my worry and ask my parents for help.  

Luckily, I resolved the issue on my own and moved forward with confidence.  When I was in 6th grade my mom lost both her parents one month apart.This was my first experience with grief.  Knowing my mother was dealing with her own broken heart, I was unsure how to cope.  Then, in my own thoughts, I convinced myself I was  going to die next. 

Every body sensation made me paranoid.  While noticing a visible vein on my calf, I was adamant it was going to kill me.  I don't remember how long I carried this anxiety, but I found relief in a box of old books. 

Someone gave us a crate of their unwanted junk, but I discovered a treasure.  I peered into an old textbook that explained why I didn't have to be scared of my own body.  It was perfectly written for my reading level with easy to follow diagrams.  It was a health book that taught me how the body systems coordinated with each other to keep me alive and active. This was fascinating information that was not taught in my school until junior high. 

All my fears dissipated.  My obsession disappeared and I lived my life as a typical kid once again. 

When I was 15 years old, my grandmother moved in with us.  Watching her health fail under the "guidance" of the medical system was an eye opener for me.  Surely 41 years later (Yes! 4 decades.) I wouldn't be seeing the same malpractice going on, but look around you. It's worse.  I am determined to avoid the poor  quality of life that my dear grandmother endured. It's not acceptable to me. 

I also have a special soft spot in my heart to help people with mental health challenges.  I quickly grew disillusioned with the dis-empowering mental health system as a therapist. 

Chiropractic became the missing link that ties together the profound mental and physical interplay so often ignored by both disciplines. Sadly, even chiropractic ignores this.  

I have become a critic of just about everything in the health arena.  Frankly, the body is not complicated.  Nature is not complicated.  Our educated arrogance has made a mess of things. 

It's been 22 years since I graduated from chiropractic college and I still haven't been able to make sense of the world.  If you have had any similar experiences you will be asking the same questions.  

I went to college for a long time because I wanted to be qualified to perform in three specific professions.  I started out as a teacher, next, a mental health therapist, and finally, chiropractor.  After all this, I realize what I was taught does not match up with life experience.

How about you? 

When I attempt to reconcile this, I have trouble explaining it to others who are still tightly snug in their comfort zones of ideas that are incompatible with the real world. 

Here's where I stand: Chiropractic is the most profound way to re-calibrate your brain once you understand what the brain does and what it needs. 

I need to be a chiropractor to alleviate the frustration and stagnation people are suffering through. 

I don't want to see people fall through the cracks and that's exactly what happened to my mental health clients, as well as my grandmother.  

A lot of what we rely on as conventional wisdom has not served us.  You can use your own life as an example.  Ask the hard questions and be willing to accept a new answer.  

What isn't matching up? Pain syndromes.  For all the folks I know who rely on medications, they don't get better.  They are stagnating, or getting worse. 

This is the wrong approach.  So, why does it continue with such fervor (as I am bombarded with numerous pharmaceutical ads during a TV show)?

Remember, you can't fool mother nature, and you can't fool the brain.  The brain's activities are deliberate for the situation. It works hard to assess and respond to the environment.  How do we support the logical functions of the nervous system?  Most of the time we ignorantly get in the way. 

Pain medications put the body in fight or flight.  There's no tissue repair going on.  It's suspended.  On the other end of the spectrum, tranquilizing medications that just plainly shut you down. 

Then we throw in to the mix our inadequate food supply, misconceptions about healthy diets, lousing timing of our daily activities that stress our natural body rhythms, "workaholism," worldly pressures, etc.  I'm not trying to depress you.  We do have alternatives. We can make peace with our stress.  It just takes a little detour in our thoughts to make a better plan. 

I am a chiropractor that treats the nervous system as the leader that it is.  The nervous system is in charge.  It's time to work with the nervous system, and not foolishly assume we can manipulate the body.    It's time to stop judging body responses as wrong, or dysfunctional.  All body responses are logical.  

I follow the body's lead.  I use chiropractic as a tool to enhance what the body is already doing.

Sounds weird?  Is that the opposite of your life-long programming?

Hang in there.  You are in for a brand new ride. 

The #1 Reason Everyone Needs a Chiropractor

--Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Advocate  

Liberating your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas

Saturday, April 02, 2022

"My Nerves Are Shot"

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It's a common way to describe your stress, pain, challenges, etc.  I've felt that way for most of February 2022.  So, here's my story. 

For the last 3 months of 2021, I was caring for 2 family members who had health issues, and recent medical interventions.  It was nothing life threatening, but long recoveries ensued. This took up much of my time and it was quite the juggling act. 

When your schedule changes this abruptly, you function on pure adrenaline.  As you try to be as flexible as possible, you concentrate on the most pressing issues at hand, and let other things go by the wayside.  

"Getting through the day" becomes the mantra that take over. 

Think back to a time when you've been on this kind of a schedule.  You're running on pure adrenaline, as the saying goes. 

Until your nerves are shot. 

What does that really mean?

Running on fumes, is another saying. 

There is so much energy expenditure, you do reach a point when you need to pay the piper.  When you take from your nervous system you have to give back.  Chiropractic helps you give back. 

I remember my freshman year of college.  I began to stay up late so I wasn't missing the fun with my new friends.  How long did that last before I slept through a morning class?  We used to laugh and say, "Something's gotta give."  You burn the candle at both ends and you crash so to speak.

When you take from the nervous system, it will demand something back.  It will demand down time in order to recover and rebuild.  This is generally what we call pain and disease.  

For me, things began to settle down after three months.  My brain didn't have to stay in fight or flight anymore.  The hyper-vigilance could end.  It was time for catch up. 

While tackling the laundry, messy house, and the lonely dog, my body said, "What about me?"

This is when my nervous system was shot.  In reality, the nervous system is not shot, but it needs serious rebuilding.  How did I know?  I had a lot of pain in my hands.  

People have asked over the years about my hands.  They wonder if my hands hurt after adjusting a lot of spines.  I always tell them, no. But now I had to think about it.  I had achy sore hands.  Was this a foreboding of future problems? Well, I don't think like that.  Aging is not in my vocabulary.  It is not mentioned in my office.  I set all that negative talk aside and just accepted it for what it was: a time of rebuilding.  And cellular movement of this magnitude h-u-r-t-s.

Pain is a purposeful indication that the body is rebuilding.  Old cells moving out so new cells can move in is what I was feeling. Rather than panic and tank up on mitochondria damaging analgesics, I slowed down a little bit, modified my activities and realized it might take a month or more to pay back the piper. 

I had hand pain.  It was both thumbs, digits #2 each hand, and the thenar muscles. My hands were sensitive when I grabbed items or held onto the steering wheel of the car. 

I modified the way I adjusted people.  As a chiropractor I taught myself how to deliver the adjustment in multiple ways for the practice member's comfort as well as my own.  I now only use my tuning fork once or twice a week for no more than 90 seconds.  

I will emphasize that I modified my activities, I did not give them up.  If you lessen the demand on your joints, the body will lessen the function. 

When I was in chiropractic college we were taught about the problems of repetitive stain. It's a commonly attributed to carpel tunnel syndrome or standing for 8 hours a day on the job. 

Repetitive strain is not the problem.  Poor replenishing is the problem.  When you see in the news famous athletes dying young, and I mean in their 60's, I knew right away that they were not educated on proper replenishing. 

For my retired practice members who played a ton of sports in high school and college, I know, coaches ignored the importance of replenishing. 

Every time someone pops a pain pill, their healing - rebuilding -  replenishment is interrupted.  And then they are adding more stress to weakened tissues by covering up the warning signals telling you to rest.   That's like putting all your trust in a wooden bridge that has seen decades of weather and no type of repair. 

By mid-March I felt confident that my rebuilding stage was completed. The pain is now a memory that is not relived with any angst. 

I have a pain-map diagram in my office that I use to show people where they are in the 2 stages of nervous system function. 

It does a better job of describing that antiquated term, "arthritis," or what's going on with a herniated disc.   

The chiropractic adjustment helps you regulate your nervous system transition between fight or flight and rebuilding. 

I did not become a chiropractor to be a spine-mechanic.  We can take the power of chiropractic so much farther!  I am a brain programmer.  You are brain programmer, too.  You might be letting it happen by chance.  But I can teach you how to use your brain in a deliberate manner for your best, vibrant, life. 

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Sunday, January 09, 2022

All of a Sudden Nutritional Supplements Matter (Mini-Rant)


Ok, mini rant here ----

Stop scrambling to find out the Zn, Magnesium, Vit C, Vit. D. etc., combo to get over the current pandemonium over a so called novel illness.

Yes, by all means, get the nutrition you need. But....this is something you need everyday of your life, not just when the world is freaking out over an out-of-control media.  

Now-Rant over. 

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It's time to admit that mainstream medicine, or the medical industrial complex (whatever name suits you), has been leading us down the road of poor health for generations. 

For most of my grandmother's life when I knew her, she was over-medicated for problems associated with life style and terrible dietary advice from the "Public Servants."  Every once in a while the media talked about the elderly being on too many medications.  Here we are, it's been 34 years since my Grandma died and we are worse.  

I don't even want to quote the CDC's numbers.  A majority of people are on over 5 drugs at at time.  There's no plan to get better, folks.  Doctors can't win the battle over our poisoned air, water, and food.  Also doctors can't win in the food addiction department.  They just medicate you so you can tolerate your terrible life style habits. Personally I can't imagine tolerating life like that.  Medications just put you on a slow, miserable decline. 

Go to Google and type in "medication induced mitochondrial damage."

Find this article: 

Medication‐induced mitochondrial damage and disease