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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. 

--Dr. Lisa

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Liberating Your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas

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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. 

--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

Saturday, January 01, 2022

When Chiropractic Lost Its Magic


I just re-listened to a story about Dr. John Carver's father adjusting a dead man.  This is not a new story.  It happened decades ago.  The problem is I had to remind myself about it.  Luckily another chiropractor had re-posted it Facebook.  It's sad how these marvelous stories get buried.  

His father was on a home visit to see a dying man.  He arrived just as the medical doctor signed the death certificate.   

This sounded like a time before EMS, police and investigation of foul play.  It was just a sick man who died at home. 

Then Dr. Carver and his son (who was too young to be a chiropractor but enjoyed accompanying him on home visits) entered the dead man's room to pay their respects. 

You know what happened next.  Dr. Carver adjusted the man and he lived another 14 years.  In fact, the man proudly displayed the death certificate in his shop.  It was quite the conversation starter. 

Did the chiropractor go visit someone because of back pain?  No.  That's the brainwashing of today.  Chiropractic is not about back pain.  He visited a dying man because the man's nervous system needed balancing. That's it. 

That's the magic of chiropractic. 

Chiropractic is the key to the mind-body lock.  The magic is actually in your nervous system. 

Chiropractic did not lose it's magic.  But it seems we don't respect the genius of the nervous system as it coordinates the body. 

If you want to unlock this mysterious process, chiropractic helps us access the brain. (It's really not mysterious.  We just can't accept simple things.  We have a tendency to make things complicated.)

The magic has not been lost.  But you have to reclaim it.  

Get under chiropractic care.  Discover the rewarding and meaningful way to enhance your life. 

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Stop Being an Expert on Your Disease


Is a Diagnosis a Badge of Honor?  This might be a touchy subject, but there should be an open discussion regarding the ownership people take over a diagnosis given to them by a doctor.  

Folks come to me and tell me what they already have.  I try to pull people out of that mind-set.  I find it very depressing.  They are so accepting of someone else's title or label lavished upon them. I prefer they ignore that kind of identity. 

This is what I often hear:
They inform me that they have arthritis. I say, "so what?"
They have bone on bone.  My response, "I don't care."
They have an autoimmune disease.  Again, I don't care. 
I already know I have sciatic.  Me: Oh really? You do?
There's a knot over here.  Me: Nice... but I'm not really impressed. 

They are telling me what they think I want to hear. 
I don't want to hear that.

Then I get to hear about all the treatments they have tried.  Some work for a while.  Some don't work at all.  Some treatments made them worse. They probably will go for the latest new surgical technique and the saga goes on and on.  

They just know the current scenario they are in and they live whatever kind of story the Mayo Clinic website tells them.  

If you're going to repeat what everyone else has said, where is the new health?  Where are you going to go?  If you allow the textbooks to predict your future, we're in a heap of trouble. 

If you are an expert on your disease, you are not living --- you are just existing. 

You need to be an expert in yourself.  You need to be an expert in your brain's perception.  You need to put more faith in your nervous system instead of a broken medical system. 

You are not a disease.  I shouldn't have to state the obvious.  

If you are looking for something different, it's time your language was different. 

Welcome to Brain Based Chiropractic. 
Welcome to a world that responds to your brain and not the old, tired textbooks.
Your brain has a better perception of what is possible, if you let it thrive. 

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Feed Your Brain
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You don't have to be an expert in your disease.  Be an expert in you!
See you at the table.....the adjusting table. 
--Dr. Lisa

Saturday, December 04, 2021

The Smart Surrender

Get Your Confidence Back!
Looking back on my journey, I've come to the conclusion that no one is interested in the mind/body connection.  Some of you may be the exception.  So, you may relate to my story.  This connection exists whether you acknowledge it or not.  Why live by default when you can make it remarkable? So, I say, give this connection your attention because it will save your life.

When I was a mental health therapist, I thought we were working with the mind.  Turns out not. We were working with manipulation.  That's why I didn't last there too long. The mental health profession actually ignores the mind and the body.  Funny I would say that after all these years.  The mental health field was very good at taking away your dignity. Most of us in the profession had no intention of doing that, but it is a system that belittles people and gives up on them. 

I see BOTH the mental health field and the rest of mainstream medicine letting us down. I went to school to learn about the mind.  I did that.  Then I went back to school to learn about the body.  Checked that off my list, too.  Our knowledge about the body isn't that impressive either. (Disappointing sigh.)

The link between the mind and body is still ignored.  I thought chiropractic college would honor that link and I would find fulfillment.  And there was failure again. Chiropractic college let me down. 

I've seen enough mainstream medicine, mental health care and even modern chiropractic to know we've always cut ourselves short.  We've dropped the ball. We've cheated ourselves. And my journey continued.

I eventually stumbled across the more organized ideas of neuroplasticity and psychoneuroimmunology.  And then I finally realized something.  I knew it instinctively all this time. I had the understanding a long time ago.  I was probably born with it. (You do, too. Reclaim it today.)  

Why did I think I needed some type of formal education to confirm this?  Early programming, of course.  That little birdie inside of you that says you need acceptance and approval from some kind of authority. 

I wanted acknowledgment of some sort.  There's a foolish idea that your "diamond in the rough" talent will be fostered and fulfilled through higher education.  (Sarcastic laugh.)

Many of my peers said to just get through it, get the degree and then go do what you want to do.  Shocked by their comments I wanted to believe I could glean great clinical pearls from my professors' experiences. 

You can't go out into the field without some kind of degree, and the certification that you jumped through the hoops.  And did these hoops help me find what I was searching for? Somewhat...and I've made my peace with it because I have a job to do.  People need their confidence back. 

I can only do what I know best, what resonates with my soul.  

You can partner with your mind and body or you can be one big cantankerous hindrance to your mind and body. 

Sad to say this, but most holistic healers have no idea what it means to partner with the mind and body. It took me a while to get out of that trance, too. 

So, how's your journey going?  I just laid it bare here with my confession. Are you ready to upgrade your journey?

Whatever you're dealing with, we can partner with your brain and body rather than feel like we're at battle.  Even if you are using "natural remedies" and it feels like a battle, I have an alternative for you. 

There is no battle that needs to be won.  You only need to be a partner. 

I teach that. 

Can't wait to hear from you. 

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

--Dr. Lisa

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