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Friday, April 22, 2011

The Body Knows Something We Don't

Here is my latest Citizen article in the April 19th edition.
Sometimes the results we want are not the results we need. I was reminded of this recently when my son was home from school recovering from an illness.

The parent in me wanted him to get over it quickly so he could be a happy energetic kid again. I also hoped I didn’t have to modify my work schedule too much. But as it is said, “Life happens.”

As a chiropractor, my hope was to adjust him so he could get a good night’s sleep and then wake up feeling better. When that didn’t work according to my expectations, I adjusted him again since he was still lethargic and tense.

Back in the early days of chiropractic it was very common for the chiropractor to stay up with a family in their home and adjust a sick person numerous times throughout the night. The purpose was not to provide quick relief, but to assist the body as it cycles through the immune response.

I remembered the paradoxical lesson taught to me by other chiropractors that an adjustment will lower a fever or do the opposite and bring it on if that is what the body needs at that moment. Waiting it out with my son, I adjusted him five times in five days.

When it comes to the nervous system, it just gets right to work summoning the glands and organs to get busy. It doesn’t ask our permission first. But, being sick doesn’t always mean we should impulsively respond to symptoms because we might interrupt an important function of the body.

It isn’t far fetched to hear of someone vomiting soon after an adjustment. When stress is removed from the nervous system a fast release of toxins can occur. Some people are so tired after an adjustment that they have to immediately take a nap.

At times it can be more impactful to reverse our thinking. We have become so technologically advanced that we want to use pills, injections, and therapy machines all the time. But the nervous system never needed upgrading and we’ve forgotten that.

Borrowing John Gray’s famous saying, health care can be like “Mars and Venus” trying to have a conversation. The nervous system has its priorities but our emotional side doesn’t want to sit quietly and listen.

Chiropractic can be the marriage counselor teaching us to be more patient. The nervous system is only as good as the messages it is communicating. Lifestyle stress can send the nervous system an overabundance of demands.

As in any relationship, the wrong things can be said at the wrong time causing irreparable damage. Or the opposite can happen. Sometimes the damage festers below the surface when there is no communication.

My son needed to have a stronger immune response. The fever was necessary so his body could keep pathogens from spreading through his body. The adjustment didn’t make it quick, but made it just right. It’s a good lesson for me as I help others manage their stress.


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Saturday, April 09, 2011

The Super Seven Principles / The Chiropractic Advantage

The founding fathers of chiropractic wanted to bring health freedom to young and old. This is a far cry from the current mind-set that chiropractic is a band-aid approach to injuries. With this limiting outlook, 80% of the public is deprived of profound life experiences.

How should we look at chiropractic? I guess it depends on how we look at our own lives and what is valuable in our minds.

For some chiropractic is a quick service with a cheap co-pay. For others it is an opportunity to improve their lives when faced with illness and disability. For some it is life saving. And then, for many, it is the only way to approach life.

Chiropractic follows everlasting principles will always be consistent, unlike many health care approaches that are based on the popular science of the day whether it is correct or not.

I feel very strongly about this because of the needless suffering I still see every day. I know I have a passionate membership who go out and tell their loved ones to take a look at the chiropractic advantage. And I thank you for being a part of my mission.

Without making chiropractic complicated, I've taken the natural principles of chiropractic which are based on human physiology and created my Super Seven Living Principles. It will answer the questions people ask about chiropractic such as:

Do I have to keep going forever?
Will it help my pain?
How long does it take?

When you have a health issue you are facing, ask yourself how you would take of yourself as you read this list?

The Super Seven Living Principles of the Chiropractic Advantage

1. The power that transforms egg & sperm into a person cannot be equaled.

2. Our gift of internal power is energized through the nervous system.

3. Stress is always occurring and the nervous system is always counteracting.

4. All body responses are logical as the nervous system encounters stress.

5. The nervous system forms patterns as we face stress and make choices.

6. These patterns reinforce strength or weakness in the body.

7. Chiropractic adjustments re-set neurological patterns and boost brain activity.

Go set the world on fire!

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

--Dr. Lisa
Your Health Freedom Advocate


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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Chiropractic's Mental Illness Cure

I gave a talk this week on the depression trap. I spoke on chiropractic's early history of chiropractic mental hospitals. No drugs were used! Probably there was a lot of kindness, empathy and of course...adjustments! Plenty of adjustments!

This article, Chiropractic in Mental Ailments, published in 1957 used the word "cure" because it was highly successful. The statistics showed nearly a 99% rate of improvement. A judge who saw inpatients in his courtroom, tried to pass new laws to include chiropractic in all hospitals.

Because this article used the word "cure" I see nothing wrong with using the word today. We know the scary history of psychopathic drugs and Peter Breggin, M.D., spent his career speaking out on the brain damage caused by medicine's psychiatric treatments. Read his blog. I am always bewildered why folks submit to damaging their own brains.

In the 1957 article, a physicist states very clearly that people are in mental distress when their nerves are physically irritated. It is not in their mind. It is in their bodies! Why should people feel bad about themselves and feel as if they really have little control, especially when told to snap out of it!

The recent discovery that the limbic system extends into the spinal cord absolutely changes how we look at emotional health. It is more physiology than psychology. The spine actually fuels the brain like a windmill generating nerve energy. A lifetime of spinal restrictions is going to have a negative effect. Spinal care is critical for total health.

The group I was speaking to was completely astonished when I showed them old photos of chiropractic mental hospitals located all over the country. Look here for the photos.

They were also astonished when I said I never learned this in chiropractic college. I sought out this information on my own because of my own interest in promoting mental health in a way that is empowering.

Sadly, these hospitals are gone for numerous reasons. Drugs seemed to be the quick fix and chiropractors in the 1960's through today decided to put themselves in the limiting box of back care. To me this does a terrible disservice to those who are suffering with mental stress resorting to prescription pills that steal their freedom.

For more information, ask me for a consult. I will post future speaking engagements in my newsletter.

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

--Dr. Lisa
Your Health Freedom Advocate