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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Would You Stop a Miracle in Progress?



(This is one of my favorite blog posts from 2009.)

I am trying to do a better job communicating how the nervous system is the miracle that makes us who we are. I became a doctor of chiropractic so I could help people release nervous system blockages that steal health. The biggest blockage I see is a poor awareness with plenty of fear. I want to remove these blockages.

I adjust people so they can release the mental and physical stresses that wear down nerves and block the power of innate intelligence. I went to chiropractic school and happened to learn tons of other stuff that doesn’t help me adjust people. In fact, it just confuses people. I like learning new things, but in my quest to make use of it this extra knowledge, I have wasted too much precious time. I have prevented people from experiencing the miracles that occur when spinal tension is released. I won’t do it anymore.

Many chiropractors concentrate on how the nervous system helps muscles and joints. I am moved to take it farther. My focus is on how the nervous system affects personal empowerment and self-worth. 

We all have a God given innate intelligence that helps us heal and thrive. It is the same nonphysical force that allows a seed to remain dormant all winter and then germinate when the right conditions are present. Within us, our innate intelligence works in concert with the nervous system regulating important functions that keep us alive. Personality and life choices are influenced by the nervous system. Because the spine is so intricately involved with the nervous system, daily stress on the spine changes how we participate in life. 

Please, don’t let people miss out on the chiropractic experience. Don’t decide who needs to go to the chiropractor. Don’t judge by someone’s age, healthiness, or sickness.

Pain or pain-free.

Disease or disease-free.

It does not matter.


When I get adjusted regularly, I think better, I get more done, and I am a more loving person. 

• You are a living miracle because of innate intelligence. 
• The miracle of the adjustment is that it can influence human potential.

Don’t get bogged down by any other “chiropractic/medical jargon.” Nurture the miracle by getting adjusted and making it a regular habit. 

P.S. Don’t interrupt miracles.

Adjust your self-empowerment
---Dr. Lisa
Your Health Freedom Advocate

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Your Inflammation Doesn't Like the Weather

It's getting cold out. How do you like the sharp drop in temperature? Do your joints ache more than usual? Are you moving a bit slower?

We like to blame the weather and our bodies "typically" respond to the changes. But, should you feel bad just because the weather shifted? I bet your inflammation is talking to you.  Scientist agree the barometric pressure changes and makes it uncomfortable inside the joints.  But, the inflammation living there is the problem. This is the inflammation that never goes away because of dietary induced inflammation. Certain foods create an inflammatory response, a stress reaction because the body thinks it is in crisis. The immune system attacks insulin and free radicals as if they were foreign invaders. The body just doesn't want them around. If you are tired and exhausted, your immune system is too. Your immune system can't keep up the fight.

Think of inflammation as an uninvited neighbor.  It moves in and takes over.  Don't let it become a part of you. 

When you take the neuro-digestive-stress test, we can get a better picture of the situation and unleash the TNT protocol so nothing slows down the healing power of your adjustments.

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

Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

You're Not Getting Adjusted Enough

My kid is 13 and a half, I can publicly write about his early days.  I don't think his friends read my blog.  

I adjusted him during his first week of life.  I would have adjusted him sooner, (as in day 1) but I was enthralled with his baby-ness.  I was getting to know him, I was staring at him, holding him, watching him sleep as we were trying to put more finesse in the whole mechanics of breast feeding.  (It takes close to a week in reality. It's a good thing babies are well nourished in utero.) 

By the way, that is not a picture of him in the upper corner, but it is an example of what he had to deal with as an infant with a touch of jaundice.  

I specifically remember at one point while in the hospital around the third day, he was acting too lethargic for my liking.  I knew he needed to be adjusted.  I think it was his 2nd adjustment because I adjusted him a couple of days earlier before we were headed back to the hospital.  To me it was stressful to keep putting him back in the bassinet under the lights, only holding him to feed him.  I wanted him to be sound asleep each time before setting him back down. Over all it was not an ideal way to live the first week of your life.  

So, when no one was looking, since it's nice to not have distractions, I adjusted him.  The immediate change in his body tension was evident.  His skin took on a better, brighter color.  His facial expression was much more relaxed.  I was literally watching the life speed up and circulate through his body.  

I was pleased. I had enough of this unnatural environment and was ready to get home.  He was so much perkier after that adjustment and we were soon to be discharged from the hospital.  

Here's the point.  The first few days of life were already stressful for a new person. The entire birth process is made more stressful than it needs to be.  A happy baby floating around in warm fluid has to suffer through the horrible swaddling of a dry, scratchy blanket right at birth.  What else do we do to make a baby's life traumatic?  Yes, a lot of adjustments are needed to calm down a shocked nervous system.

That goes for the rest of us.  Infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults experience loads of brain stimulation that is more distressing than soothing.  The challenges are always there.  They are just different. So, get adjusted.  

Stress never takes a day off.  And your spine doesn't take a day off.  Give your spine and nervous system a life saving reboot on a regular basis. 

Just a reminder:  Here's what happens when the spine is under stress and what can happen when the adjustment frees up the spine. 
(Image: DrSchulter.com)

What happens when you are subluxated:

Cortisol increases
Blood sugar increases
Leptin decreases & belly fat increases
Hormones become dysfunctional
Hypothalamus becomes dysfunctional
Thyroid becomes dysfunctional
Adrenals become fatigued
Metabolism slows
Blood pressure increases
You can't sleep
You have no energy
(and more...... not enough room here.......)

What happens when you release subluxations with adjustments:

Decreases pro-inflaming cytokines (bad guys)
Increases pro-regulatory cytokines (good guys)
Increases CD-4 helpter T-cells (good guys)
Blocks TNF (bad guys)
Decreases CRP (bad guys)

The Adjustment Influences the Prefrontal Cortex of the Brain
(the conductor of the whole brain)
movement coordination
thinking focus
behavior goal directed tasks
decision making memory attention
intelligence
pain processing emotional response to pain
autonomic function (just about everything)
motor control eye movement spacial awareness
fall prevention muscle strength
pelvic floor control mental rotation of objects

The Potential to Heal Is Waiting the be Unleashed!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Always a Fan of Natural Heath Care

This is what Health Insurance buys you.


This is the door way to actual health.

You're never too old to learn more about 
your body's greatness.
I am still learning and in awe. 

I'm still surprised when people have a great response to chiropractic care.  Their lives change so much for the better.  Why am I still surprised?  Because sometimes I lower my expectations.  I see a lot of sick people.  I see a lot of sick people who never gave chiropractic a chance.  Give yourself a chance. 

I Won't Give Up, If You Won't Give Up

***Just a quick note here: I took this post from my other blog: Chiro-Cook.  

If you read my last blog post (here) you saw the statistic that only 10% of people like to cook.  That means 90% are eating out or popping some colorful packaging into the microwave.

You already know eating out exposes you to inflaming seed oils, lots of sugar and chemicals. The stuff tastes good as you deform your tastes buds to only like junk,  and you want to eat more.  The same goes for that instant food you're eating at home.  

Meanwhile, the population is getting sicker.  I don't see the pharmacies going out of business.  It's starting to get me down.

But I won't be deterred and I won't let you be deterred.  Cooking better food at home to save your health is very doable and not as time consuming as you think.

My kitchen demonstrations can get you started on the right path.  There's no reason to feel intimidated.  A tasting party will introduce you to organic, chemical free food prep that is convenient and beneficial for your health.  

Don't worry about starting at the beginning.  Think back to your early days with piano lessons.  Once you mastered Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, you were well on your way to more sophisticated pieces. 

Let's set a date and so you can see how meal solutions are healing solutions.  



Check out WildTree's fabulous recipes.

I'm Ready for a Truce: Meet Me Half Way?

This boggles my mind.  Over 20 years in two different healing professions and I have been perplexed by the attitude of people.

So many people just keep piling on the stress.  They are addicted to excuses and abuses.  Some days I wonder, why even bother?  I could just sell cigarettes and booze.  Really!  It's human nature to be stuck in our ways.  I get it.  But we've gotta grow in our minds and hearts, living each day better than the day before. 

I love learning about health.  I love to read and soak in any kind of health information I can get my hands on.  It has to be natural.  No drugs.  No surgery.   I also read the book, Change or Die.  The author researches why 95% of heart patients are too frozen in their minds to change their behaviors, even when they are told they will die if they don't change their life styles.  

I also apply a lot of these healthy concepts to my life. I take a ton of Standard Process supplements, I eat a low carb diet, and I get adjusted all the time.  I don't use an alarm clock to get up.  I don't own a microwave.  I don't drink coffee.  I do a lot of things that would label me a fanatic. But I am living the difference compared to my life style 20 to 30 years ago.  

I find it so inspiring and I can't abate my passion.  But I can't tell others what to do. I can't use scare tactics because people would call me a blubbering idiot.  I have to let you live your life.  It's a free country.   So, here I am trying to be a motivational teacher, but my students aren't earning A's.  

I know you guys are passionate about other things more than healthy habits.  I know people who are crazy about taking car of their cars.  I am not one of them.  In fact, I hate taking the time out to go to a service station, sit around and wait for an oil change, or repair.  Because I am trying to be as flexible as I am with office hours, I find it to be a real pain in the butt to take time out for my car.  But I don't want to break down in the middle of the country.  I don't want to ruin my car and buy a new one prematurely.  

I know people who like to garden.  I know people who like to fix things.  I hate both.  I can't stand buying gardening supplies, digging in the dirt, and weeding.  I don't plant flowers.  I don't decorate my yard.  I just don't like it.  But I know other people who are good at it.  They eat, breathe, sleep the next growing season.  

I don't like to fix things.  I make a real mess.  I lose parts.  I break things while I am trying to fix things.  I hate deciphering instructions.  I hate putting things together.  I don't have to patience.  

So I get it.  I know what it feels like to hate doing something that is good for me.  

So can we come to a truce?  

While I am challenging myself to try something new (Thank you, you tube.  I can replace a door knob and install a new sink.)  can my peeps meet me half way and take a new look at the approaches we can implement to give you more energy, lose weight, and reduce some of those nasty risk factors hanging over your head?

You're not alone.  I know life is a challenge most days.  I know I'm telling you things your friends and other doctors don't agree with.  

Let's add more TNT to your chiropractic care.  Let's make your nervous system take better care of you.  Let's transform your fears to cheers.  

All change comes from a shift in thinking.  Let's do some shifting together.  Let's revisit your nagging concerns and make a little shift. 

The world is stressful.  It's dirty.  The environment is damaging us.  Our food is not nourishing.  People are at each other's throats.  Let's find a balance to take the strain off of our lives.  

Let's put a little more emphasis on the chiropractic approach.  

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

--Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate

Friday, September 15, 2017

Foods That Inflame - A Pattern You Can Change.

In the latest handout of the week, I have been giving practice members information on the Pattern Wheel of Wellness.  


You can pick up your handout at your next visit. 

We know we can only change a problem by changing our patterns. 



One of the patterns includes the types of of macro-nutrients we are consuming. 

To reduce systemic inflammation, which causes metabolic syndrome, you eat the foods that do not inflame. 

Check out The Deflame Diet, by David Seaman.  I like his make it easy approach to meeting your health goals with food. 
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What Can I Eat?
Read the Deflame Diet (2016) Deflame.com

These foods will not inflame your body:

grass fed meat, wild game tubers/roots (potato, yam, sweet pot.)
meats nuts (raw or dry roasted)
wild caught fish omega-3 seeds (hemp, flax, chia)
shellfish spices of all kinds
chicken olive oil,
omega-3 eggs avocado
cheese dark chocolate
vegetables bacon
salads (leafy greens) red wine, stout beer
fruit coffee, tea (green tea is best)
coconut oil butter, cream





These foods INFLAME:

refined sugar
refined grains
grain flour products, including whole grain flours
refined omega-6 seed oils: soy, corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut etc.
trans-fats
*legumes/beans (unless they are soaked for 3 days and pressure cooked)
*whole grains (unless they are soaked for 3 days and pressure cooked)
(* Read Chapter 16)







The Heart of the Matter: You're Only Getting Half the Story (Part 4)

Sorry.  I procrastinated on providing part 4.  (You can go back to Part 1 here.)
I promised to write about the poly-pill study, which seems to me to have faded away over time.   It is an approach that pretty much insults the patient.  Let's put 5 or so meds into one pill to improve compliance.  

First of all, we're already too lazy to look at the dietary aspect of health, so might as well dump all the so-called medicines into one pill so we don't have to take responsibility for our own health.  

That's me being sarcastic.  We already know these drugs make the heart less healthy, so I  won't be considering this with a fair and balanced eye.   

The researchers admit the volunteers had a reduction in blood pressure and cholesterol, but we need to look deeper to see if health is improved.  (Blood pressure went down 3 points, and cholesterol 4 points.  See the Deflame Diet, Chapter 16)

It's still a "one size fits all" approach. If you have a bad reaction to a medication, how do you figure out which one is affecting you?

If you take a pill and keep eating your damaging diet, you will still have inflammation attacking your organs.

Oh, and nevermind that the authors of this proposal have applied for a patent in the polypill.  I am all for entrepreneurship, but, I won't be a buyer. 

See you at the table.
The adjusting table.

--Dr. Lisa

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Heart of the Matter: You Are Only Getting Half the Story (Part 3)

Need to read part 1 and 2?  Start here.


After watching the 2015 documentary film, The WIDOWMAKER, I felt compelled to blog about other information regarding heart health to round out the discussion.  


The film addressed technology for the problem of death due to sudden cardiac arrest, but it did not delve into the long occurring breakdown in health that got people into trouble in the first place. 

So, I offered 6 points of information and covered 1-3 in my Part 2 blog post.

What's Missing?
1- We need to talk about the nervous system
2- We need to talk about collateral arteries
3- We need to discuss why animals don't get heart attacks
4- We need to stop talking about cholesterol and change the subject to inflammation
5- We need to talk about the Jupiter study
6- We need to talk about the Poly-pill study


As a chiropractor, I offer people natural ways to maintain their health.  In fact, anything unnatural adds more stress to the body which is ultimately problematic and illogical.  These natural ways allow them to achieve health with their own efforts (with the exception of chiropractic:  someone else has to adjust the spine, but it is still a natural approach) giving people a sense of empowerment and accomplishment. 

When someone is in the midst of a health crisis, things are pretty scary and the level of anxiety pushes someone into a vulnerable state of helplessness. 

When someone is in an emergency situation, the trauma team at a hospital intervenes.  A life is saved with technological advancements, but the patient now has the daunting task of finding new life style habits to prevent a recurrence.  I don't believe it is daunting because the freedom and sense of personal achievement is powerful in healing. On the down side, the medical establishment turns to a slew of maintenance prescriptions that need constant monitoring for side effects. 

I do not prescribe drugs.  I don't want to.  As a consumer of health products, I am aware of the limitations of medicine and the risk of chemicals in the body.  I am also aware of the limitations of a body riddled with tissue damage.  When your tissues are drowning in the acidic soup of inflammation, the true source of inflammation must be addressed, and drugs only add to the fiery soup. My goal is to educate people on what is actually needed to stay alive and thrive. 

My dad died in his sleep from a coronary occlusion. But how am i sure of that?  The autopsy found the blockage, but was it really his nervous system strangled under inflammatory conditions? It was a long time ago when he was constantly given a clean bill of health after running a few minutes on a treadmill once a year.  His numbers were perfect according to his doctors .  He was taking blood pressure medication along with bile acid sequestrants. I can't remember how low his blood pressure was under medication, but his doctors were pretty happy.  

Now I blame his love of margarine for his death in his early 70's.  But I need to consider multiple factors affecting the state of his nervous system.  He was exposed to a lot of chemicals on the job that could have made his arteries stiff.  The bile acid seqestrants interfere with nutrient absorption, so I believe he lost minerals like magnesium and B vitamins that are critical for heart function. 

According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, we're no better off than 20 years ago.  Some websites state heart disease has decreased, but it is still the number one cause of death. And what about quality of life?  

4- We need to stop talking about cholesterol and change the subject to inflammation
Author, David Seaman, states in his book, The Deflame Diet,  cholesterol is "an 'innocent bystander' being unjustly blamed for clogging arteries."  He also cites recent studies that show inflammation is the culprit in atherosclerosis, not cholesterol.  Cardiovascular researchers know this is the case and the old view is no longer substantiated in the literature.  (See Chapter 20 of The Deflame Diet)  There are so many other authors out there who have already covered this topic I don't feel the need to give my readers a science lecture. 

Chronic inflammation is an underlying cause of heart and vessel dysfunction.  But you have to learn about it on your own because the medical establishment still tells you to eat low fat.  Processed food and soft drink manufacturers give money to health associations.  They will all tell you to eat anything in moderation so the money keeps flowing.  

The most inflaming foods are sugar, grains and seed oils which tends to add up to 60% of the average person's diet.  Asking someone to change 60% of his or her diet can create quite a panic, so there needs to be some type of emotional preparation.  Still, freeing someone from an inflammation catastrophe has numerous benefits in addition to improving heart health.  

5- We need to talk about the Jupiter study

Statin medications are the doctors' favorite for reducing cholesterol.  But, actually measuring if patients are better off is very difficult to prove.  I recently listened to talk by David Diamond who had to evaluate his health status.  Fifteen years ago  he was overweight and had terrible lab numbers.  He has improved all his heart disease risks by eating a low carb high fat diet and has never taken a statin medicine.  I liked his approach with the audience.  I liked that he was straightforward about the carbohydrate problem regarding overall heart and blood sugar health. I am impressed that he is a neuroscience researcher.  He understands the brain and mental function.  His critics complain he is not a heart expert, but they are missing the point that the brain and heart need the same nutrition for health.  He certainly knows how chemicals damage the brain!

He also has been critical of statin studies that poorly state their case of effectiveness yet media talkers brag about a number that is really insignificant yet blown up as major breakthrough in managing heart conditions. 

Read here: a summary of his objections to the Jupiter drug study. 

What I find interesting and helpful is really delving into the meaning of cholesterol since low cholesterol sets people up for poor health increasing their risks of infection and cancer.  Older people who have higher cholesterol in actually in better health, so it is seen as protective. As far as the damage to the brain, this is right up Dr. Diamond's alley.  Here in this link he reiterates his years of work in a rebuttal after other professionals complained of his debate with another doctor on a radio program. 


Dr. Diamond has never taken a statin and 15 years later he has had no heart attacks.  Imagine that!  What I find comical is that his doctors didn't like the fact that he used a low carb high fat diet to regain his health.  Here is a video of one of his entertaining talks.

6- We need to talk about the Poly-Pill study in Part 4.
I'm sorry that I'm taking so long to write this.  It takes a while to gather the information, even though it is readily available on the internet.  If you read David Seaman's The Deflame Diet, you will learn about the poly-pill study of researchers who want everyone over the age of 55 to take a daily pill that contains 2  blood pressure meds, an aspirin, a B vitamin (synthetic, of course), and a statin.  They did a 12 week study and took out a patent on their idea.  I'll let you know about this in Part 4.

Thanks for reading. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Heart of the Matter: You're Only Getting Half the Story (Part 2)

(Did you miss Part 1? Read it here.)

The Documentary, The WIDOWMAKER, takes a look at the challenging aspects of heart disease treatment.  Sadly, death from sudden cardiac arrest is still the number one killer of Americans.

From my perspective as a chiropractor and as I watch many people suffer from chronic heart disease, I know there is a great deal of helpful information that is barely talked about when it comes to long term health and quality of life. 

What's Missing?
1- We need to talk about the nervous system
2- We need to talk about collateral arteries
3- We need to discuss why animals don't get heart attacks
4- We need to stop talking about cholesterol and change the subject to inflammation
5- We need to talk about the Jupiter study
6- We need to talk about the Poly-pill study

1- We need to talk about the nervous system


A burdened nervous system cannot protect the heart and damage can go on unabated.  The real problem begins when the parasympathetic system is off the job.  The vagus nerve is crucial in keeping heart activity balanced.  When the vagus nerve is working poorly, the effects of stress overpower the heart.   Hypertension, diabetes and smoking greatly reduce the protective effects of the vagus nerve.  When the vagus nerve is weakened, it cannot counter the affects of the sympathetic nervous system's response to fight or flight events (stress).  

A physical or emotional stressor triggers adrenaline, this causes heart cells to break down glycogen for energy that then releases lactic acid.  The lactic acid doesn't allow calcium in the cells and the heart muscle cannot move.   Swelling occurs and heart cells die. The pressure of the swelling is what causes nearby plague to rupture.  This is a very short version to explain how the heart loses control.  

When the sympathetic nervous system is reacting to stress, it is doing it's job correctly.  The lack of vagus nerve involvement means heart tissue has been beaten up for a long time without proper maintenance.  

Chiropractic care has been shown to improve the function of the vagus nerve, the pre-frontal cortex of the brain (virtually everything) and the limbic system (emotions and mood).  

2- We need to talk about collateral arteries
The heart has numerous smaller collateral arteries that act as a "back up system" to the larger coronary arteries.  Dr Pascal Meier, a lead author on a study of collateral arteries (European Heart Journal 2011) said people with higher numbers of these collateral arteries have lower mortality even if they have coronary artery disease.  Dr.
Thomas S. Cowan of the Weston A. Price Foundation says coronary arteries don't show up on angiograms, but they are there.  If you wonder why people with a 90% blockage in a coronary artery have no pain,  it's because they have collateral arteries in place doing the work.  But also be aware of this:  the worst enemies of collateral arteries are smoking, diabetes, and high stress. They are smaller vessel so they suffer damage sooner.  This is similar to the study on smokers having more back pain.   Capillaries at the spine of smokers become damaged preventing oxygenated blood from getting delivered to the spinal joints.  So take care of those collateral arteries.

3- We need to discuss why animals don't get heart attacks
Mattias Rath, MD, wrote the book: Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks but People Do.  The short version is humans unlike the rest of the animal kingdom do not manufacture their own Vitamin C.  Cardiovascular disease is really scurvy of the heart and Vitamin C is protective.   Proper intake of vitamins and other nutrients are critical to maintaining heart health. Dr. Rath was good friends with Linus Pauling who asked Dr. Rath to carry on the message about nutrients and health. It is interesting to note Dr. Rath has been involved in a number of lawsuits alleging his information about disease is misleading but has been issued apologies at times by the British Medical Journal and a German court had said his free speech rights have been violated.  

The information in topics 1, 2, and 3 should help us understand the amazing workings of the body.  We don't have to fear our own bodies.  They work very well when treated with TLC.

A balanced life with chiropractic, nutrition, rest, purpose, and pleasure add up to a positive recipe for wellness.  

But, some people struggle with feeling well and under anxious conditions, they are thrust into the world of the prescription merry-go-round.  And that takes us to topics number 4, 5, and 6.  

Continued in Part 3.

The Heart of the Matter: You're Only Getting Half the Story (Part 1)

I watched the documentary, The WIDOWMAKER, a 2015 documentary chronicling political and financial positioning of stents and the coronary heart scan.  

The repeat question through the movie was how do we stop people from dropping dead from a silent heart problem?  People are dying without any warning symptoms.  Sudden cardiac arrest is still the number one cause of death. (http://www.sca-aware.org/about-sca)

It was an eye opening film about the challenge of heart disease. It showed how the invention of the stent became a booming business for cash strapped hospitals.  Doctors, hospitals and medical device manufacturers make loads of profit from the stenting procedure. 

The problem is there is no change in later outcomes.  Life span is not increased. Compared to people on medications without the procedure there is no difference.  (And I would add, quality of life may not be any better) The stent industry was being attacked for looking only at financial gain and not patient well being.  It has been shown that stents do help people with severe chest pain, but, in my opinion, the patient is still responsible for his or her own health habits hoping to not cause anymore clogging of coronary arteries.  Focusing on the patient's own self care was not the intent of the documentary.  Diet and fitness were barely mentioned.

The film also noted that a future bypass (if needed) cannot be performed where there is a stent, so it is a concern to people who develop new blockages. The film doesn't attempt to tackle the  question regarding restenosis or additional clogging.  It does seem if you talk to enough people in your own community that people go in for repeat procedures.  Since the thesis of the WIDOWMAKER was to only address sudden death, an entire conversation related to long term health was not included.  

The coronary artery scan has been available for a number of decades but has been ridiculed by doctors who didn't see the value in it.  It is a CT scan of the heart.  Blocked arteries are able to be viewed and graded for it's calcium content. As a screening tool, it was hoped it would alert doctors to people at risk so they didn't become a sudden death victim.  Doctors remarked the information wasn't helpful and they didn't know how to treat a patient in that situation. Some argued that a low cost scan is not as lucrative for hospitals compared to the surgery.  More recently the heart scan is now being accepted as part of the screening process, but in my view, it's forcing more people to go on risky medications. 

Overall, the movie was informative as a historic detailing of the two health care interventions. It did not provide any clear notions on what creates and maintains health. And, death from sudden cardiac arrest is still the number killer of Americans.

So, at the heart of the matter is how do we obtain a fuller perspective?  You are only getting half of the story.  If you are a watcher of documentaries like this, you probably know that they are a simple way to learn about a topic.  It should spur you on to do your own research.  

On a lazy Saturday night, I actually enjoy watching these types of documentaries.  These films show me there is enough global interest in empowering people with health information. But, I know there are a lot of gaps that need to be filled. 

The tag line of the movie is  "Watch this film, it could save your life."  But I believe you need more than this film.

In Part 2 of my blog post, I will share with you the other half of the story.   (Visit Part 2 Here)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Life Saving Information Costs You Nothing; Doing Nothing Costs You Everything

Life can be so simple yet we tend to stumble through it because we're  in disbelief that simple works.

Are you your own complication?  Do you stand in your own way? 

The best advice to calm a child in the midst of a tantrum is almost ridiculous. 

Easy tips to save money are obvious, but people pay tuition for classes to learn about it. 

How many times have you heard a piece of sensible information but were embarrassed that you couldn't figure it out for yourself? You know, the times you slap yourself in the head.

Time to get serious:

It costs nothing to hear life saving information.  Especially at my office.  I'll tell you the truth.  If you're stumped by poor health, I'll let you know what you need to do to you take care of your own body. 

Now here's the kicker: 
You have to take the action necessary  to take care of your body.  Yep, still simple.  

But now the bargaining begins.

-- Naw, I'm not really that bad off.  I'm good for the next 5-10 years. I've got time. 

-- I just don't think I can change my schedule around to incorporate better habits in my life. 

-- If it's not included in my insurance plan, I won't be doing it. 

--  It's tolerable (the pain, irritation, etc). And anyway, it runs in my family.  I expect to feel this way.

-- I never heard that before in my life, why should I believe you?

--I've felt this way for so long, I just can't imagine what better might feel like. 

-- Oh, shoot, you really have to pick apart my life like that?  It's unrealistic to expect me to do that with the pressure and demands of my ___________.  (Fill in the blank.  Go ahead: my job, my children, my spouse, my parents, my car payments, my home inspection, my vacation plans.....) 

Not to be a downer, but I've heard folks lament over their regrets that they put their health on the back burner.  I've spoken to people who are so sick they don't believe any minor change in lifestyle will make a difference.  Other folks have been so surprised by the positive changes in their lives, they said, "Why didn't I come in sooner?"

I've told my own story how I thought I knew what health was, yet I was on the path to depression, degenerative arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, even diabetes or cancer. But I nipped it in the bud early on so, who's going to believe me?  (Watch my apology video)

I know we've all watched our "old" relatives suffer lengthy battles before dying.  And we accept it.  They were up there in years.  That's not me.  I have so many years ahead of me.  And who doesn't really feel relief that their loved one passed on and the suffering was over?  Watching the suffering is also over.  Who still carries that silent guilt?

But we are at a great disadvantage compared to the world our grandparents grew up in.  We have more stress, more toxins, more risks.  We are also staggering around with worse health. We all believe we are doing healthy things, but we're not.  We have to revisit health advice that is wrong.  Chronic disease from weight gain is on the rise.  Diabetes as an epidemic is expected to explode in twenty more years.


And folks just want to talk about their achy back. (Please, don't. This chiropractor has bigger plans for your future)  I need to reframe something for those who want to really understand:
Your joints are the window to the rest of your body.  If you have joint inflammation, the rest of your organs are inflamed. They are not independent of the other.  

An adjusted spine can open up a ton of healing for all body systems, but you need to learn how that happens and how you can support it. 


And most of all, I want folks to realize that this progress is within your own reach.  You can do it without an extra college degree.  You have most of the tools in your own house.....along with my office.  You don't need permission from your insurance company because you don't need fancy procedures to be successful.  

But you have to act soon.  The body always strives to heal until it can't. The tissues can get to a point of no resiliency and there's a point in time when emergency procedures do not work. 

People live with artificial hips, knees, stents, pins, because they still have that spark of life buzzing along and keeping them going. They might call it "making due," with what they've got, but I want that spark to no longer be impeded by interference and stress. 


So here's what you do. 

(1) get the information you need to hear ---at no cost.   
          Also watch the office orientation video
(2) take my short questionnaire that shows your health patterns and (3) I will use my "pattern decoder" to explain what your body needs to be strong and energetic. 

Do you know someone who is suffering with negative health issues?  Good.  You need to come in for the consultation.  Do it for yourself, then you can explain it to your friend.  (Friends listen better to friends.)

P.S.  We don't treat disease, instead we give the body what it needs to thrive. 


See you soon!
--Dr. Lisa
Your Health Freedom Advocate

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Tools - Your Tools

As a practice member, you are part of an elite group.  And, yes, that means a lot of people look up to you.  Don't let that added pressure make you nervous.

Why are you in a special group?  Because you have learned somewhere along your path that there is no life without your innate energy flowing along your nervous system to reach each organ, cell, and tissue. 

You are here to keep your brain/body connection in it's best possible state. 

It is an ongoing job because life is busy and the body is always responding to the environment.  

But we have excellent tools to keep it manageable and easy.

I have tools and you have tools:

1- I have my hands that deliver the adjustments to your spine.
2- I have the membership program so you can efficiently receive your maintenance adjustment weekly or more often as needed. 

Your tools: 

Since you want your adjustment to have a powerful effect on your health, your organs and tissues must be able to receive the nerve energy we unleash with the adjustment.  How do you maintain your tissues?  With nutrient energy from whole food concentrates.

You have the ability to impact your own diet:
         3- Balance your Macro/Micro-Nutrients for optimum health
                 The Macro      (my fave is www.dietdoctor.com)
                  10% Carbs (Veggies and Fruit)
                  30% Protein
                  60% Fat (healthy fat course, a must for nerve tissue and                                  brain protection, etc) 

               The  Micro
               Nutrients from Standard Process Whole
               Food Concentrates (This makes up for the loss of nutrients
               in our modern day food supply.)

I've got some other handy tools in the office to help you discern what nutrient combinations would help you the most. 

So get ready, and fire up your adjustments like a Fourth of July Celebration.

Hey....it's around the corner.

See you at the table.
The adjusting table.

--Dr. Lisa
   Your Health Freedom Coach




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hey, Men! Is the American Heart Association Giving You Low - T ?

Not to pick on men, but I'm pretty sure guys might listen more to topics on testosterone rather then heart health. 

But heart disease is a big problem, and low-T is a hidden partner in crime. 

So, just to let you know, the American Heart Association wants, you guys, to eat less fat, use seed oils,  and eat more whole grains.  

What does that mean?  If you look at Chapter 8 of The Deflame Diet, by David Seaman, DC, MS, it will explain why Low-T is associated with autoimmune diseases and a pro-inflammatory state.

Three culprits cause dietary induced inflammation: grains (refined and whole grains), seed oils, and sugar. 

What does this have to do with brain-based chiropractic?
We want the chiropractic adjustment to send nerve energy to thriving tissues.  Can your organs, blood, cells, etc., receive the adjustment and use it?

Let's perk up your body's soft tissues with good nutrition.  Inflammation is a big battle.  The adjustment helps reduce inflammation, but a poor diet is like pouring constant poison into a river.  

Would you throw money on the ground?
Of course, you wouldn't do that.  So we don't want to waste an adjustment either. Your adjustment is like money.  Let's get the biggest bang for your buck that you can. 

See you at the table.
The adjusting table.

--Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Coach