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Friday, July 30, 2021

Pain: Villain or Hero?

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When we have pain the first thing we want to do is get rid of it.  I get it.  We're human.  

As Tony Robbins explains we are constantly on the search to reduce pain and increase pleasure. 

Many of us think of pain as a villain and it needs to be stopped.  I prefer to approach pain as a hero that communicates the genius of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, spine).

Pain & Chiropractic: the Real Deal

Pain is an after effect of a threat.

Pain is the cellular movement of rebuilding and waste excretion.

Is this a process you want to delay or stop with a drug?

Poor rebuilding sets us up for future injury and organ failure.

Skipping spinal care sets us up for future injury and organ failure.

Our goal is to assist the body so rebuilding and excretion are efficient and more comfortable the next time.

Stress and threats are a constant in life. Be prepared.

Chiropractic is the Fastest Way

to interrupt a pattern and introduce new learning.

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This life saving approach protects brain function.

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The brain learns from your history.

Repetitive stress rewires your brain.

Good habits also rewire your brain.

Chiropractic once a week for life (minimum) is

positive brain reinforcement.

All disease comes from an exhausted nervous system.

Stress and threats are a constant in life. Be prepared.

All disease comes from an exhausted nervous system.

The first thing I need to find out about is person  is how they view and  handle pain.  We go all the way back to childhood in developing our mental programming about pain.   If you were sick a lot as a kid, that shaped you.  If you watched elderly grandparents suffering, it shaped you.  If your parents were in the habit of self medicating, it shaped you.  Do you let the plentiful TV commercials about pain relieving drugs impact you?

If you have a fairly negative view of pain, you will have worse outcomes.  The nervous system takes note of your emotions and memories cataloging them so you can have a more chronic, hypersensitive response to the stresses in your life. 

First Step: Understand Pain as a Useful Body Function
We know pain is purposeful.  In the simplest example, a broken leg hurts in order to keep you from putting weight on it which would cause further harm.  Bone knitting itself back together is painful, but it is a necessary process. 

If you have ever been in a serious car accident, you don't feel much pain the first day and possibly the next 2 or 3 days.  But the next day after that you feel a full blown cascade of aches, pains, stiffness.  You can hardly move.  That delayed pain reaction is the genius of the nervous system.  Your pain level is low so you can get out of the situation and make it to safety. 

If you take a pain drug or consume alcohol or even coffee, the fight or flight response is stimulated and your pain levels are dulled. This is one way to trick the nervous system and extend healing time or lose healing time. 
Fight or flight stops most routine functions such as digestion and repair.  We can help ourselves out by calming that fight or flight response with chiropractic, rest, and nutrition so you can rebuild properly. 

Pain is an indicator that you have already initiated a healing response.  Swelling is a busy process of cellular delivery, cleaning up the injury site and sending in the repair cells. 

Chiropractors teach their patients that pain is a necessary part of the body's survival process.  Adjusting the spine doesn't directly stop pain, but it calms the fight or flight response so the rebuilding process can go on. 

Let's work with the body as a supportive partner.  Let's use chiropractic as a way to reinforce the strengthening patterns of the body and discourage the weakening patterns.

Pain is the hero of the day.  Pain alerts us to reconsider our life style and help ourselves do better in the future. 

Does life drain you or energize you?  Let's approach it with the chiropractic mind-set.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2021

God Bless America and Second Opinions


As we finish celebrating the remembrance of our independence this holiday weekend, I want to share my dream of a free approach to health care where people can ask questions without ridicule and find second and possibly third opinions regarding their health concerns.  

Health freedom is about deciding how you want to address your health challenges.  Whether you want to have a surgery or decline a surgery, it should be up to you.  If you want to resort to herbs over drugs, that should be up to you. 

One size does not fit all, and your quality of life is based on your choices.  While there are some areas that ban smoking, cigarette sales are still legal to adults in the U.S.  It's your choice. 

Other legal substances include alcohol, caffeine, and in some states marijuana.  It's your choice. 

Good, bad, or otherwise, it's your choice. 

That's why I want to see the second opinion upheld as an American right.  That means differing opinions should be published and debated.  But they all deserve a platform without censorship.   

You have the right to decide your approach to life.  

Chiropractic is a different approach to health.  I'm not here to repeat the same things you hear at other offices.  I will explain things from the view point of the nervous system, rather than spout off statistics about back pain, headaches, and carpel tunnel. 

No other profession dives into the nervous system and how it is perceiving your environment.  Many chiropractors do not do this.   Like I said, you have options. 

What's the point of nutrition if your nervous system can't digest the food and nutrients you take in?

What's the point of exercise if your nervous system's hyper-vigilant state makes you prone to injury?

It seems as if people are so addicted to stress they wouldn't know health if it kicked them in the backside. 

That's why I hope I am offering you something different.  I may sound bizarre.  I may not make sense.  But I will ask you to consider ideas that go against ages of conventional thinking. Why? Because you deserve a second opinion. 

Considering all the whistle blowers, class actions lawsuits, and therapies coming in and out of favor, you deserve a second opinion. 

You deserve to know what contributes to health changes.  Why is your body reacting a certain way?  We address it from the view of the nervous system.  

Imagine your nervous system is like an air traffic control tower.  The controllers inside the tower are constantly assessing the environment, sky and ground, and directing the traffic very carefully. That's your nervous system.

If you don't like something the body is doing, start at the nervous system.  

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

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Monday, July 05, 2021

I've Been Wrong My Entire Life: Why Do I Stop in the Middle? (Part 3)

 Brain First / Body Follows

In my continuing series (Part 1Part 2) about the ideas I needed to give up in order to live better, I am asking myself, if the body self heals for the little things, how come we don't trust that for the big things?

I realize this is a different walk for each of us and some people are at a very rudimentary level. That's why people reserve chiropractic for their back pain and don't apply the same principles of healing to other issues in their lives.  That's why my most important job is to expand their comfort level about self healing. This includes helping people trust the process.

The things we were taught as children and young adults, the information handed down to us from past generations, and this includes our formal education, will contain errors that we just accepted as common sense.  Everyone meant well, but I see the negativity in it.  

If we are self healing, and when I say that it means we have the ability to rebuild our resilience, then why do we have so much disease?  

First thought, we only have disease because we name everything that seems like a break down or a mistake.  We believe the body goes rouge.  I no longer follow that mind-set. 

Everything the body does is appropriate for the situation.  It's time we took a closer look at our situations.  When the body goes into a protective situation raising blood pressure, diverting blood from the digestive tract, and switching the brain into primal memories of survival, it's not wrong.  

When the survival event is over, the body shifts into a state of rebuilding.  That, too, is not wrong. But we call these states diseases and feel compelled to rely on interventions that delay the rebuilding.   Quite frankly, we turn to poisoning the body with drugs.  These drugs switch us back to survival mode again and the body burns through so much energy.  This is a repetitive cycle where many people find themselves unable to "catch up." They rarely get back into the rebuilding stage. 

And the next thought is to evaluate how we repay our bodies.  How do we assist the rebuilding?  Do we rest or put in more overtime at our jobs?  Do we seek out organic nutrients or do we interrupt the rebuilding process with a Tylenol? (Pain meds rob us of nutrients and especially glutathione which is very essential to life.)  Do we recharge our brains with chiropractic care or do we ignore the nervous system keep exhausting it?

Most of our health education is a half thought with no completion.  That's why I say I've stopped in the middle.  The disease model doesn't recognize the genius of the nervous system and often hinders it. We don't go to the actual finish line of appropriate rebuilding.  We do an about face and return to the stresses that wear us out. 

Even my chiropractic college studies never ventured into how to care for the nervous system.  Funny, huh?  It's tragic.  Occasionally we were taught about the feedback loops within the body via hormonal output, nerve signalling, etc., but not in a way that made it useful in our care of the patient.  We never made it to the finish line.  It's as if we stepped off the path and walked back to the starting line.  Are we afraid of something?

The brain has no reference point for a new experience, so we block it out, ignore it.  Some of us give up on the idea of vibrant health.  

This is especially concerning when we focus on body responses as symptoms of a possible disease plunging us in the dark hole of desperation.  And we tend to "manage" our brain's half attempt to heal and rebuild because stress is going to put us right back in the fight or flight response. 

I'm also scratching my head at the incongruencies of my education.  We know a fever is good, but we still freak out and want to turn down the response, which delays healing.  We are told our bodies snuff out cancer all the time, but then sometimes it blows up into a malignant tumor? We call it anaplastic cell replication, but do we really understand it or must make assumptions that it must be bad?  Why do some people forgo conventional treatment and go into spontaneous remission? Hint: understand the genius of the nervous system.  And why do we ignore the phenomenon of remission?  Why do we give it lip service?  Why do we then call it a misdiagnosis?  (I think we are not as knowledgeable as we believe.)

Older doctors will admit they saw tons of tumors on cadavers in medical school, and know these tumors were not the cause of death.  How do we explain these examples?  I think we stop our thinking process and just rely on old opinions. 

I'm not saying we don't have emergencies and close calls with death. But our modern system of technology and drugs accelerate the ultimate exhaustion of the body.  

If you recall an older blog post about the BBC documentary of an autopsy, the volunteer who donated her body had very thin walls of her heart muscle.  Her lungs were also filled with fluid that the pathologist remarked was long standing and probably made her out of breath just to take a flight of stairs.  It didn't matter what disease label the doctor gave her.  She ran out of time replenishing her tissues.  

(I can't quickly find this older post.  I wonder if I wrote a blog post or mentioned it on Facebook. It's called Obesity: the Post Mortem by the BBC)

The nervous system is key to all body function. I've had to continue learning this in depth on my own.  Chiropractic is an important tool for nervous system care, but your understanding of it must come first. Your brain chooses your pain.  You need to properly translate your brain's actions. This requires us to go further in our understanding.  Keep up your journey.  Don't just stop in the middle of the road. 

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

One Sided Science Stops You From Asking Better Questions


You've heard the saying, "The science is settled."  But in reality we know scientists take a lot of short cuts.  Some things cannot actually be fully tested according to the scientific method and we should be honest about it.  Therefore, the science is not settled and you should be allowed to ask all kind of questions even if they sound absurd.  

For example, when is a virus harmless and when is it not?  We're still in the hypothesis stage and the scientific investigations have not been fruitful at all since they have been incomplete.  All we have are opinions.  When the opinions becomes mainstream, we get ourselves into trouble.  We tend to get lazy.

We have yet to agree on what causes heart attacks... or cancer.  

We have no absolute proof that high blood pressure causes strokes. That's why we only say "risk of stroke."

We get stuck in our thinking when these ideas become mainstream. 

That's why I am asking should we call certain body responses disorders or diseases?  Why should we assume it's all negative, or a mistake?  

Does the body actually go into "stupid mode" and attack itself?

We have layered so much stress on our lives, we actually convince ourselves that our bodies go rogue.  

It's probably a good idea to step back and re-evaluate what we consider set in stone beliefs about the body. 

Again, why do we force babies to sleep a certain way?

What causes cavities?  If you have one cavity in a tooth, why not in all 32?  What makes that one tooth different when the environment inside the mouth is uniform?

What makes a bacteria good sometimes and bad at other times?

Just asking for a friend. 

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

More Podcast Episodes Released.

 Anchor FM hosts my Podcasts.

Also check out You Tube for the Brain Snob Videos.  

Slightly different topics on each format.

*** Your Body is Not Wrong, Your Goals Are

*** We've Been Robbed

*** Learning vs. Dis-learning: Inspiration or Stagnation

*** Master Your Brain or It Will Master You

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Pain Is A Trap

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Having spent my life immersed in a world of the destructive mind-set of the disease model, I have decided it is time to face actual clarity.

I thought I was entering the world of natural health.  Using chiropractic and nutrition to heal from within. 

This quote from B.J. Palmer probably doesn't get much attention.  I can't remember the last time I recall reading it.  He is right about un-brainwashing the public and that includes myself.  I have to un-brainwash myself, and I can put some of the blame on my chiropractic college.  

I spent years studying diseases, their signs symptoms and pain.  I'm supposed to get people out of pain.  That's the mainstream belief.  For twenty plus years as a chiropractor I have said to my practice members, you are the healer.  You are the only person who can get yourself out of pain.  

Does it fall on deaf ears?  I say it to everybody and then I tell them I help their bodies work better so they can heal themselves.  That's fine.  There's nothing wrong with assisting someone.  Especially with the adjustment.  It is a profound way to assist the brain's ability to asses and respond so healing is efficient. 

Then we get sucked into our busy lives.  We dive into multiple fight or flight activities that delay healing.  We feel as if we have hit a plateau.  Medicine likes to call it MMI, maximum medical improvement. 

This leads me to my statement that pain is a trap. No one likes pain.  You are allowed to say, "I don't like what my body is going through right now."  But we have to understand the purpose of pain, and it is most likely a rebuilding stage that you can support.  

Much of our supportive activities delay healing.  Drugs put you back in the state of fight or flight.  Ice actually delays the new cells of renewal and replacement. 

Pain free might actually mean you are back in a fight or flight situation. Repeated cycling in and out of fight or flight without adequate time to replenish and rebuild weakens tissues, and leads to tissue failure.  The disease model calls this chronic pain. I call it a severe situation of energy depletion that leads to exhaustion.  This is how Hans Seyle described stress theory and general adaptation syndrome. 

Pain without Process is a trap. 

If you look at pain as a dysfunction that must be stopped, you may be setting your nervous system up for more energy robbing reactions of the nervous system.  Pain is the body's attempt to rebuild and replenish after a stressful event.  Our actions should help the rebuilding process.  

All body responses are appropriate, purposeful, protective processes initiated by the brain. (Even if they are uncomfortable and cramp our style.) If we follow this outlook that the body is in a purposeful protective mode, we will choose supportive habits and interventions to complete the rebuilding replenishing process. 

That is why I prefer to shy away from the disease mentality.  It adds more stress, fear, and anxiety to a situation. 

The disease model is wrong to impose an assumption that the body is dysfunctional when all body responses are purposeful and protective. 

Pain without process is counterproductive.  Figure out why the body has taken on a certain process.  The body works hard for you everyday.  Give back with replenishing interventions and habits.  

Chiropractic, nutrition, and brain training: The BFA Protocol. 

I am un-brainwashing my own thought process so I can give you a better experience. Upgrade Your Journey.

Brain First / Body Follows

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Wednesday, June 09, 2021

New Member Orientation Video (2021 Version)

 Welcome to the office website.  Thank you for taking the time to watch my introduction to chiropractic for expanding your life experience. 

I look forward to hearing your personal story.  I speak a bit of the 4 life impacts that led me on my own health journey. 

1- Hitting my head at age 5.  How did that affect me in later years?

2- The death of two grandparents when I was in 6th grade and the anxiety that followed.

3- Later, in 10th grade, my other grandmother suffered a stroke. 

4- My demoralizing dissatisfaction working as a mental health therapist. 

Questions to ask yourself?

Are you falling through the cracks when it comes to your health care?

Are you aware of the 7 Living Principles that can explain why you don't always feel good?

What does chiropractic have to do with heart disease and polio?

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Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Healing: A Flawed Concept

Invitation to Upgrade Your Journey
I've been struggling with the right way to say this. Perhaps I've been too obsessed with words.  We've gone in the wrong direction when it comes to healing. There is no healing.  Just like there is no disease.  

I went to chiropractic college to learn how the body works. I've taken this knowledge in the wrong direction.  So have you.  We did it together.  The main theme of health care has not helped us.  We are not better.  We are not confident in ourselves. We live a false sense of security with our fingers crossed, hoping for the best.  When mishaps occur, we go into panic mode because we have never taken ownership of our bodies, minds, and talents. We have avoided taking that critical look at how we function as a society when it comes to our vitality and longevity. 

We are living in a fog. 

This all stems from my dislike of the word: HEAL. 

After all this time, I am at a crossroads.  It's come to a point where I can't have the typical conversation with my practice members because I am leading them astray.  I have to shift.  And I need to do it quickly.  There is no coasting on this one. 

If say, "we are self healing, and we have the ability to heal," it is no longer congruent with my latest experiences. 

If you need to heal, that means something is wrong.  But there is no portion of your body processes that are wrong.  If we have a wrong, that must mean there is a right. I no longer look at the body this way.  I no longer look at health this way. 

I teach people that they have the ability to heal and we use chiropractic, nutrition, and stress management to boost that healing.  What's wrong with that?  The problem is we are still separating functions apart as good or bad, right or wrong.  We are being so divisive within ourselves that we have this constantly nagging and insidious self attack through self criticism, fear, dancing between that false picture of good/bad, right/wrong, healthy/sick. 

If I take away the word "heal" from my vocabulary, what is there?

1- Your brain responds to events.
2- You replenish your body.  You have choices how to do it.

The body is constantly self regulating at the brain's direction.  We call some of this self regulation a disease, or a malfunctioning process. We set ourselves up for a negative downward spiral accusing our bodies of being faulty, mistaken, defective, problematic.

Diagnosis is always perceived as bad.  But I'm fatigued by that. Then we are just in and out of bad, over and over, feeling worse about ourselves as we get older.  The bad doesn't get changed back to good.  It tends to become "chronic," and we "live with it."  We make peace with bad and tolerate bad.  It boils down to less bad or more bad.   

What is my stance on natural healing approaches?  I'm all in favor for activities that do not poison or injure the body.  They help you replenish your body's reserves.  

Early on I thought I had taken a solidly different approach to health care by focusing on how the body works to make it as efficient and optimal as possible.  Yet I continued to fall back on the dialog that there is a line in the sand that differentiates good health from bad health, when in actuality, it is all purposeful. 

Change the terminology today and see how your life shifts:

Purposeful response       Replenish  

Rather than focus on body symptoms, let's reinterpret "events," that your brain is responding to with a purposeful intent. 

Symptoms grab your attention. Yes. But knowing how you got there, helps your brain get out of fight or flight, so the parasympathetic/vagus can concentrate on replenishing.

Your pre-supportive activities determine the ease of this transition from fight or flight to vagus.  

How different is this line of thinking?  You tell me.  And if you want to upgrade your journey, dial in to Brain-Sense Tele-Health Self Discovery Sessions. 

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Monday, May 31, 2021

What Your Pain Really Means - Will You Dig Deep Enough?

 Brain First / Body Follows

When I was in chiropractic college, I was taught to take the patient's "chief complaint" and get the details.  After that, I explain the goal of chiropractic is to reach the brain by adjusting the spine so the brain can expand its reach through the mind-body systems.

And then I get the questions.  What about the  ____________ (fill in any physical problem someone is preoccupied with)?

I was told I have to live with ____________________ (fill in the blank).

But, how can "my" ___________ be related to "my" ____________?

I placed my in parentheses because people really take a profound ownership of something labeled as a dysfunction. 

When the questions take me in circles, I know people are impatient, frightened, and just at the end of their rope.

The fight or flight response doesn't have time to work through the issue.  It has a one track mind. In fact, the fight or flight response pulls blood flow and oxygen away from the problem solving pre-frontal cortex.

The fight or flight response assumes all the shaking bushes are bears and responds with the same solution to run.  There's no time to look and change course as needed.  The limbic system will not change course if everything is perceived as a bear.

We also add things to our lives that prolong the fight or flight response so healing is delayed. (Caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, medicines, sugar, processed foods, etc.)

When folks are impatient, frightened, and at the end of their rope, it takes a some serious energy to slow down so the real problem can be addressed. 

It takes energy to slow down.  Sit with that for a bit. 

Chiropractic gets you to the place where your brain can work on healing and self improvement.  It gets you out of the prolonged over-stimulation of modern life. 

The adjustment calms the fight or flight response so the vagus (rest and digest) can do the work of rebuilding.

Fight or flight does serve an important purpose.  But we don't want to exhaust it. 

Step one: Unwind the Fight or Flight response.  We can't follow through with anything else until we do this. 

The chief complaint is not the original problem.  Deep down inside you know that. The chief complaint is a brief snap shot of a systemic response to life events.  All responses are orchestrated by the brain. 

Brain First / Body Follows. 

If you're going in circles, you're in Detour Healing. 

Get adjusted and train your brain. 

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

I've Been Wrong My Entire Life: Why Is My Body Rebelling Against Me? (Part 2)

"Brain First / Body Follows"

Why is my body rebelling against me?

I asked myself that question in 2003 when I was pregnant.  I had high blood pressure and the doctors (I had more than one) were freaking out because I was not interested in taking a blood pressure medication.

I don't typically get into a panic over my health, but the medical establishment has a one track mind.  There is no room for discussion or different experience.  

Why was my body rebelling against me?  Already a chiropractor who understands the body is self healing, I needed to figure out where I was missing something.  I was faced with a disconnection.

My searching on the internet helped me find the answer I was looking for.  Now, you have to remember there is no single answer so I used that term loosely.  A combination of new behaviors helps you feel more empowered.  It requires sliding old stuff off your plate to make room for new and exciting activities in your life.

During my search I came across Dr. Tom Brewer and the pregnancy diet he focused on for his many decades caring for pregnant ladies. I purchased an ebook for $15 and printed it out.  It was a thick tome, probably 50 pages of his published research and an easy to read how to manual. 

I was totally immersed in his career.  He used nutrition by prescribing everyday foods to help women avoid the problems of pre-eclampsia.  

Sounds boring to most, unless you are the one trying to make sense of your body rebelling against you.  I had such chronic fatigue my entire pregnancy that I thought it would never go away.  I was laying on the bed crying one day to my husband.  For someone who has tons of energy and never had a health problem, my pregnancy was kicking my butt.  The leg pain, back pain, rib pain were tolerable, but exhaustion was taking over my mind.  

Funny, nearly 20 years later I realize now that I had a similar course of intense tiredness when I was in my early twenties.  Boy, if I had recalled that experience, I could have made the connection and taken better care of myself.  I was disconnected.

Dr. Brewer had a list of 13 food groups.  I hung it up on the fridge and wrote check marks each time I was successful.  Eat something, then mark it off. 

Next, I called him.  He was retired in New England and his phone number was published on the website.  He offered to answer questions.  He was my lifeline.  Sad to say it.  When I didn't have confidence in my local doctors he calmed me down after each weekly OB appointment.  Talk about an angel.  

I kept meaning to call him back up after my son was born, but eventually found out he had passed away in 2005 from an Alzheimer's type of brain degeneration.  

The diet kept my pain away.  I was pleased. I was still tired but overall I felt better.  My blood pressure remained high and that was the one problem the doctors couldn't get over. I had normal labs, normal urine, no swelling, no vision problems, no sickness, no palpitations, but my blood pressure was reason enough to receive weekly lectures. 

It turns out my body wasn't rebelling.  It was doing the right thing for the circumstance.  Increasing your blood volume, due to a growing baby means increasing blood pressure.  High or a number.  We can't forget all the other variables involved.  

The whole point of this blog is not to discuss issues during pregnancy but to demonstrate that not everything is a dysfunction or a disease, or something that needs radical intervention. It's not a reason to berate someone for a naturally process.  The blood pressure was serving a purpose.  My high blood pressure was not a reason to yell at me during my doctor visits. 

The healing response is a natural process, but I've spent decades calling what comes first a dysfunction with a complicated label called a diagnosis.  And then if you don't heal properly, it is a chronic dysfunction with an even fancier diagnostic label.  This, I believe now in my later years,  is very detrimental.  

I've learned through college courses and media repetition that a dysfunction of some sort comes first, then the healing kicks in.  When I say that to myself right now, I cringe.  What nonsense!  It all is purposeful function.  

We accept that a fever is purposeful.  Swelling is purposeful.  Vomiting is purposeful. Feeling tired and needing sleep is purposeful.   We can support these purposeful processes or we can interfere with them.  A lot of my training focused on overreacting to purposeful functions and then considering a radical intervention. 

The chiropractic profession mostly works to assist the body's healing process, but the negativity of naming everything to label the body as faulty still creeps in to my dialog with folks.  It's a bad habit that's well ingrained.  I'm working hard on changing that.

That's why calming the fight or flight response is the first goal with chiropractic adjustments of the spine. The parasympathetic state of the vagus nerve needs to be focused on rebuilding or re-balancing.  

We tend to disregard that parasympathetic/vagus process and keep overwhelming the body with stress.  When we reach the point of the extreme stress response of "Freeze or Faint," it is strongly reinforced that we are chronically sick, it's very unlikely to improve and to get used to it.  Not my cup of tea. 

Our bodies don't rebel against us.  We rebel against it. Everything the body does is correct based on the situation.  We've taken situations and distorted them with bad thinking. It has turned into a very un-serving, terrible approach to health and we say it is backed by science. 

Our worst enemies are (#1) toxins, and (#2) our erroneous labeling of normal and correct body response, and (#3) the unnecessary stress and self harm we put on ourselves.   

Improving your health takes a "hard core hobby-like mind-set."  Remember your favorite hobbies that put you in an intense and fanatic state because you were so self motivated?  That's the best way to address your life style and self care needs.  

With chiropractic, we calm the fight or flight and nurture the vagus (rest and digest) process so we can set the stage for new learning in the pre-frontal cortex.  It's all brain.  And if you're still preoccupied with your pain, remember, brain first, body follows. 

Keep up the good work!  You got this!

Look for Part 3.  Find out why I say there is no disease.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

I Cured Myself: I Bet You Want to Know How

 If you know my Lisa'isms or picked up my office handout titled: Dr. Lisa Lingo, or read the blog post Words That Block Healing, you know you that there is no such thing as a cure. 

Cure is a hopeful word.  Who doesn't want a quick fix?  But I thought I could catch your attention to let you know how I helped myself with a nagging problem with my left arm.  

By the way, if you think I sound like a broken record, (who still understands where that saying came from) it's because many of us are still "out of touch" with our own bodies.  We are disconnected. We've lost the most important relationship within. Trying to communicate that is quite the challenge for me. Some days I can speak about it with ease.  Other days I feel the intuitive side  is spot on, yet, there's a detour in my brain as I try to convey it to others. 

I've had a nagging pain in my left arm for years.  It's been at least four or five.  It's difficult to recall because it only bothered me at night or first thing in the morning.  It became more obnoxious when I tried to lift weights with that arm.  It was a dull pain, yet "boring" like a drill going deep in the deltoid and down to the hand.  Sometimes it was in the armpit at the edge of my shoulder blade. 

What are the typical things to do about that kind of pain?  Massage and chiropractic come first to my mind.  Tender trigger points were easy to find.  I figured out it came from sleeping sideways, putting pressure on the shoulder and left side of the rib cage. 

I noticed it wasn't an issue during the day.  It certainly didn't bother me while adjusting folks.  I moved my arm through multiple ranges of motion to pin point the specific stress on the muscles.  

Most of the time I tried to avoid sleeping on my left side. So, five years of this chronic presentation was getting to me.  As I paid more attention to it, I realized other postures were irritating it. How comfortable are your arms when you're driving your car?  Do you rest your left arm on the open window ledge?  Is the arm rest on the driver door at a comfortable height for your body size?  Do you notice one arm is more easily irritated when you are sitting at your computer? Holding my kindle in bed is my nemesis.  Even how I carried my phone when walking the dog was contributing to the muscle fatigue. These activities add up over time. 

Anyone can obsess over these details. I felt as if the body just wants to rebel against all efforts to solve the problem.  Then I'm thinking that my arm is filling up with scar tissue and there are episodes when I can hardly lift it up during floor exercises. 

Naturally all kinds of wacky thoughts were creeping into my mind.  Just typing this is giving me a return ache while I'm detailing  how I've dealt with it.  

It dawned on me today that the irritation has been 100% gone for many weeks.  What did I do?  What worked?

What's my answer?  I don't know!!!  How funny is that?

If you've been hanging around me long enough, you are aware that there is no single answer.  When we look for that single answer we are highly disappointed.   Of course we, as humans, want a tidy resolution.  But our lives are complicated.  On one hand, pardon the pun, I wasn't that concerned about my arm pain.  Yet, I wondered how my arm would function ten years from now.  We can make ourselves worse by overthinking. 

Other than change my posture, sleeping position and concentrate on better form with exercise, and getting adjusted, what else did I do? 

I decided to stop over-evaluating every detail.  This kind of thought overburdens the fight or flight response.  We must admit that everything the body does is correct for the situation, even if I had a fiery tendonitis or an adhesion that disrupted blood flow, I knew the body's protective response was working.

I can't fault the nervous system for doing it's job.  A pain response indicates the nervous system has taken up a corrective action.  Even though it is uncomfortable, it is corrective.  I can support my body's healing process or I can delay my healing process.  Because it is a process, the timeline doesn't always fit our expectations. Often we do repetitive things that interrupt the process.

I decided to give my brain a rest.  I shut off the overthinking and said, "Brain, take over.  I'll get out of your way."  It is possible to layer on additional stress by believing you are stuck, that the healing process is not effective.  This is a subtle form of self criticism, self doubt and the fight or flight response keeps festering. I call it detour healing.  

You cannot be in a state of growth and defense at the same time.

When the fight or flight response is ignited by chemical, mechanical, and mental stress, we burn through loads of energy.  How do you replenish that?  How do you resolve or end a fight or flight response?  Do you hope for the best and just take it for granted? Do you feel you have a good handle on your body's purposeful actions?  Do you assist your body's four levels of nervous system function? (Trick question.  Stay tuned.)

My example of arm pain is very simple.  I know people are distressed by more severe symptoms. But the brain is still doing the right thing based on the situation.    

In my training I was taught to keep close track of someone's progress.  It is proper, but it can shift you into a negative mode.  And it reduces us to a bunch of numbers.  That takes away from the self empowerment you can create for yourself.  I believe it is a theft that I can't tolerate.  I don't have the right to take away your self growth especially when that's what the chiropractic experience is all about, if I successfully present it that way. 

So, no I did not cure my arm pain.  I worked through it by understanding that there is no treatment, but rather there is a  process I can assist.  It took a while.  It took some detective work.  And it took a different approach at serving the nervous system that continues to serve me.  

Our choices will either invite healing or invite an energy drain that could eventually lead to a detrimental energy crisis. We have the opportunity to work with the body or against it.

If I can help you evaluate the four functional levels of your nervous system, you can open up yourself to a healing experience waiting to be unearthed.  

It won't make sense, until it makes Brain Sense.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Food Maturity Mini-Course Now Available

Hi folks.  I just uploaded 2 of the 3 videos of my latest mini-course: Food Maturity. 

If you're done eating as if you are still in your 20s, this video is for you. 

I remember those days.  I ate anything I wanted.  I wasn't bloated and logy back then.  But looking back I had a horrible time moving my joints.  It took me a while to get up from my chair.  I had to pry myself out of bed.  Even talk myself into getting out of bed.  And I thought it was normal because I must have felt that way most of my teenage years and early twenties!!

It was after I became a vegetarian that I realized I was no longer a mess.  It was a good start, but I've matured even more and will talk about the Ketolox Phasing program I designed to help people wade through the keto confusion. 

The CDC has depressing stats about our health:

60% of Americans have a chronic condition

40% have more than one chronic condition

50% of us take one prescription

24% take 3 or more drugs

13% take five or more prescriptions

And the saddest statistic shown by Dr. Joseph Kraft: 90% of teenagers are already ill by the age of 19, yet it goes unnoticed. 

I'd like to show you how to change the simplest markers of inflammation such as your blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, Vit D levels and waist measurement.  

Also, following a keto diet will help you manage the five annoying signs of brain impairment. 

So, I'm not a famous guru and I don't have my own personal chef, but I live in the real world just like you.  We can do this!!!!

The Food Maturity Video Course is available on my Patreon Channel.  

Count Down Live Up!!  If you can count backwards from 5, you can have amazing health!!!!

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In the intro video I discuss - Why is this information important - What will you be after completing this mini-course - What will you have to show for it - Why me as your teacher Where is the video course? Topics covered during this 3 video course. 1- Eating Real Food - What's disqualified 2- Addressing the SAD, sugar, cravings, deficiencies, 3- Eating Keto, the diet closest to nature, and human needs 4-Ketolox Phasing, pacing yourself, gradual detox 5- Constant glyphosate defense 6- Food and friendship 7- 5 Signs of blood sugar issues 8- Inflammation markers 9- Whole food concentrates - fill the gaps 10- Where to go for intermittent fasting advice 11- Processed food addiction 12- Apps that help you stay on track Ready to dive in? Brain Sense Tele-Health Disclaimer: this video is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

I've Been Wrong My Entire Life: Disappointed But Shifting Gears (Part 1)

I've Been Wrong My Entire Life: Thanks for Nothing, World

I'll backtrack a little bit.  There are a number of insightful people I can thank.  But on the most part, we are a mess and I am disappointed to have been a part of the mess for so long.  (In my last post I mentioned being a mess because I had been off my routine with a lazy attitude for most of the winter. This post talks about something bigger.)

I feel as if I should delete all of my blog and start over.  It goes back to 2005. But I won't do that.  Some of it is helpful or inspiring.  It might show the evolution of my journey.  I always focused on the aspect of self healing and how to enhance that. 

After all, the only healing is self healing.  We may use  interventions to assist healing, but don't be fooled.  Your body does the healing.  And even better, you are healing even when you're doing nothing. You heal during sleep. 

So, here I will begin to explain how frustrated I am with the whole system.  You know I'm not a fan of the drug side of the medicine. And I'm not keen on the view that nearly everything is a disease waiting to happen. 

We have a somewhat distorted definition of healing.  Healing is considered the opposite of disease.  That's not an inaccurate view, but we seem to downplay the body's profound abilities.  The focus on disease has deprived us of our true healing nature.  We don't give healing the proper attention and honor it deserves.   

I've been wrong my entire life because of this overemphasis on disease. We're always looking at what can go wrong rather than celebrate what goes superbly well.  Looking back at the history of medicine, a process that looks abnormal is studied and categorized "to death."  Pardon the pun. That's how deep this mental dysfunction goes.  Eventually an abnormal process gets named after the discoverer and we do it all over again.  (Paget's Disease.  Crohn's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease.)  New diseases will described and named after somebody. 

Thanks to an extremely detailed education, I learned to memorize disease names, disease categories, and disease symptoms.   It kept me busy.  During that time, I may have lost my sense of awe for the body.  It was a depressing education.  Details were complicated making them great exam questions.  It seemed so important to be able to dissect a list of symptoms in order to come up with a suitable diagnosis.  

But for what purpose was all this word dancing?  Are we just trying to make everyone feel at a loss since there are so many diseases?Our long history of categorizing disease has demoralized us.  And on the more dangerous side, it has distracted us from the most important part of healing, us. And I'm upset. 

What a waste of time. I fell for it and lured my patients around for just over 20 years.  I spent most of my time detailing everyone's symptoms, stresses, and bad memories.  I wrote pages and pages of timelines, onset dates, and mechanisms of injury.  I've ready chart notes consisting of chief complaints, old problems, new problems, multiple diagnoses, status change, progressions, regressions, on and on.  People pull  out of their wallets long lists of medications that they can't spell, pronounce or explain why they are taking them.  

Meanwhile people are living in a fog of disease terminology and I try to get a peep in about self healing.  It's a joke. I'm demoralized in such a way I cannot describe.  Embarrassment for being tricked is another strong emotion.  

I realize now it is going to take a while for me to explain.  I'll be proofreading and clarifying multiple times. The silly or unique thing about blogs is that you will have to constantly go backwards to read this in proper order. As the most recent blog post is at the top of the page, I may have to repeat myself to help the reader follow my story.

Welcome to Part One

It has been an enormous challenge to help people feel good about their bodies.  Not like teenagers going through puberty, or celebrities who need to work out ten hours a day so they are camera ready.  I want them to know they can handle life's ups and downs when it comes to health.  But I have competition.  It's not easy to compete with negativity.

Patients  come to me and say, "I have a new problem."  They feel as if they are at the mercy of their bodies.   Someone says, "My shoulder is acting up again." What does that mean?  Is it acting up again, like an overheated radiator in a car?  You are not car parts. 

Sadly, it's their identity.  Are you the person who has debilitating back pain every six weeks?  Are you so adept at predicting a flare up after mowing the lawn?  When I tell them they can self heal, the vibe I get is that of disbelief.  They don't trust their bodies.  They are basing this on past experience.  The mind can't imagine something different.  It just dwells on a catalog of memories.  We've even handed down these awful memories through generations.  We call it heredity.  

"Okay, Doc, whatever you say about that healing stuff, just do what you do so I have some temporary relief. I'll be back sooner or later."  Folks just want the quick adjustment so they return to their chaotic life style.  Do I really make a positive impact on people?

Look, I'm here for you.  I am happy to share the journey with you.  But, I feel as if we're on a beaten track going in circles.  There is nothing new. I know life is stressful, and some days are worse than others, but we have to break the cycle.  I'm looking for a mind shift. 

My mind had to shift. I've gone through a few smaller shifts over the years.  Perhaps they prepared me for the big shift I am dropping on all of my blog readers. 

There is no disease.  

Yup.  The belief in disease has been a great waste of time.  Get it out your mind and shift into something better.  Instead of planning your life around your disease mind-set, perceived disease flare ups, and the gnawing anxiety over new symptoms just plan your life.  

There's a catch, though.  Once you give up the disease mind-set you have a new set of responsibilities.  

Look for Part 2. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Back to Basics: Why I'm a Mess


You can check out my recent video during which I talk about my renewed desire to get back on track with my life style habits.  Yes, it was a confession episode.  I was extremely lazy or should I say felt like overindulging in the crap food that is so convenient to grab and go?  I gave in to the unhealthy temptations way too much over the last few months. 

I have noticed atrophy in my muscles and can easily blame the cortisol spiking of stress. But I was skipping any real exercise.  No, walking the dog does very little for fitness even though it is an enjoyable outdoor activity.

During lent I have trouble with no meat on Friday and the protein deficit bothers my hypoglycemia.  Carbs are my kryptonite and non-foods make me spacey and anxious. I should have gone 24 hours without eating, but that doesn't work out for me either.  

If you've ever had vertigo, anxiety, brain fog, food cravings, frustration and impatience, which I am very well versed in, you might want to get your hypoglycemia in control.  These symptoms are very annoying and diet management is key. 

As someone who can't remain in denial when I track my food choices, I resumed my use of the Cronometer App.   I can't lie to myself when the numbers are staring me in the face.  When folks egg you on sayin "a little won't hurt," there is no such thing as "a little."

I also began using an app to track my fasting hours.  I know. I know.  I can easily look at the clock and count how many hours have gone by, but an app makes it fun with good reminders regarding how much time I am burning fat or when I am hitting autophagy.  

I am not a fan of structured exercise anymore.  It became a chore and I reached a point when it was boring.  But I have to get back to some type of creative routine.  So, I ran two days this week.  No expectations.  No self critique.  No goals other than getting moving and sweating more than I have all winter. 

There's nothing more to say.  I didn't reinvent the wheel.  I resumed the life style habits that reduces inflammation, maintains blood sugar, improves oxygen delivery to every organ and muscle and makes stress management less of a burden.  

If stress seems to take on a life of it's own and crowds out the real you....let's chat.  Brain Sense Tele-Health will get you started.  

And just start.



Saturday, March 20, 2021

Doctors Who Jumped Ship: More News from David Brownstein, MD, (Part 14)

 I just listened to Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, interview Dr. David Brownstein, MD, on his Unbreaking Science podcast.  You can find the interview on James Lyons-Weiler's Facebook page.  I'm not sure he has linked it up on his podcast site.  His interview was live yesterday, so you can easily find it on his Facebook page for now. 

Dr. Brownstein is one of my Doctors Who Jumped Ship.  You can read my post about him here.

(You can read the entire series, by starting here.)

He discusses with Dr. Lyons-Weiler how his holistic office took care of people with severe breathing problems during this CV scenario.  (My opinion here: I still do not want to call it the name the CDC calls it, because it has been shown the numbers are overblown by an inappropriate test and mislabeling people's comorbidities as a new sickness.)

He has been doing his treatments for 30 years.  The therapy works and is nothing new.  Basically he is assisting the body systems, not treating a new sickness.  After all, we don't need to waste time trying to name something and come up with a new test.  All we need to do is give the body what it needs and take away the damaging aspects of our life styles.  

Why does Dr. Brownstein use natural therapies?  He simply states that it does not make sense to use drugs that are designed to "poison enzymes and block receptors." It is the hard core truth.  He realized his medical education taught him how to diagnose a problem and give it a drug.  I imagine watching people continue to decline was not satisfying to him.  What he does now he had to learn on his own.  He describes himself as self-taught.  We are lucky now that he is teaching others. But the Federal Trade Commission doesn't seem to like it. 

Helping people with the CV presentation of a breathing problem got him in some temporary hot water.  He knows he wasn't curing anyone, but the FTC thinks anyone who has success is misleading the public with cures. 

Dr. Brownstein followed up with an early study of his results and published it in a peer reviewed journal.  Meanwhile the FTC and others want a randomized controlled study.  But, the dedicated doctor is in the business of helping people.  Why would he take people presenting with sickness and set them aside in an untreated control group or give them the standard care of drugs that poison enzymes and block receptors?

Here is a link to his latest book on viruses.  A Holistic Approach to Viruses.

He told Dr. Lyons-Weiler that he can easily help people whether they are vaccinated or not.  People feel better with vitamins, iodine, nebulizing, and ozone.  

It's a shame that the government puts roadblocks in place for these doctors who have jumped ship.  I will admit to you right now, that I don't give authority to any agency over my own personal health. It's up to me and I will look at their approaches with a critical eye for the basic reason that it's all about chemical poisons. 

It seems to be very irresponsible to tell the public that the time to go to the ER is when someone is having difficultly breathing.  But the failure goes back decades when we have grown to tolerate declining health.  

Dr. Brownstein might have a bit of PTSD.  I noticed as he talked he spoke very distinctly about the panic that occurred last year.  He was seeing patients in the parking lot so they didn't have to come to the office, as a social distancing precaution or perhaps they were too sick to get out of their vehicles. It was quite chaotic for a while with the news media haranguing all day on their channels. He even mentioned the media reports of bodies piling up in the hospitals, so it seems he was overwhelmed by the gruesome predictions.  Who could blame him?  It's difficult to judge these news stories that are being reported on far away from your own town. 

He said they got things under control in about two weeks when he and his team figured out they were more than adequately taking care of their patients.  And I must repeat, he used the tried and true treatments he's been using for decades. 

We can all benefit from his tenacity.  We know drugs are harmful and not necessary.  With voices like Dr. Brownstein's along with Dr. Lyons-Weiler we don't have to live in fear.  We know what the body needs and we don't resort to controversial, unnatural care for our own lives. 

James Lyons-Weiler's website

Unbreaking Science

More Books by Dr. Brownstein

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Are you half-healhty, meaning you are still half sick?

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Pain Lives in the Brain

David Hanscom, MD, is a retired spine surgeon who knows why surgically aligning the spine does not resolve a person's pain. The pain actually is coming from the brain and not the spine.

Why do I adjust the spine?  To reach the brain!! 
So, when someone has issues with chronic pain, we know to look at the way the brain is perceiving the world. 

Check out my you tube videos about chronic pain.  


Doctors Who Jumped Ship: Update (Part 13)

 Well, it's been months since I added a column about medical doctors who are speaking out against incorrect information regarding health. 

Look back here to catch up on the series.

I was doing a bit of maintenance on the website, changing around some links, etc., and noticed that many of the youtube videos I posted have been removed.  Apparently discussions on better health are not congruent with "community standards."

Pointing out medical beliefs that are not backed up very well in the literature is a no-no.  The doctors I chose spoke out about poorly performed research and turned to safer approaches to get people well.  Who wouldn't like that?

The deleted videos just shows us how sensitive people are when it comes to letting people choose their own healing practices.  

I still have a list of names I hope to present.  You may already be aware of them.  I encourage you to learn more about their careers. 

11- Sherry Rogers

She routinely had to take time off from practice to memorize the wrong answers to renew her board certifications.  I find that really odd, but apparently that was a fact of life for her.  Knowing she treated her patients with natural methods, she obviously doesn't follow the mainstream approach that probably doesn't actually help people. 

12- Joseph Mercola

I've read he is often criticized for selling products online, but why is that such a big deal?  He offers products that benefit health, yet is probably not available in your neighborhood pharmacy.  I've also heard him discuss how often he is served with frivolous lawsuits trying to silence him, but he is more than able to defend his stance and win these cases.  He has the guts to stand up for health care freedom.

13- Kelly Brogan

Dr. Brogan is a recent medical doctor discussing her disgust with modern mental health treatment in the allopathic world. 

14- Zach Bush

I discovered Dr. Bush early in the corona crisis.  He goes into very logical explanations that the microbial world is not harmful and that we have real problems in our environment making us sick. 

15- Leland Stillman

A doctor not afraid to call out "corporate malfeasance," he's reminding the public that do not harm should still be a mantra easily rolled off the tongues of physicians.  But that hasn't been the way with the business of vaccines. 

16- Lee Merritt

She has easily called out the "blatant scientific fallacies" during this co-vid circus. 

17- Jason Fung

Dr. Fung got tired of patronizing patients waiting for them to need amputations and decided to tell the truth about the disastrous dietary beliefs pushed in the media. 

18- Carrie Madej

Dr. Madej got tired of government officials getting mad at her for actually solving serious problems causing ill health. 

19-Rashid Buttar

Dr. Buttar has no issues with setting the record straight when it comes to nonsense beliefs about standard medical care. 

20- Veronique Meade

When traditional medical care didn't help her own chronic disabilities, she had to reteach herself new information

21- Christiane Northrup

Always outspoken about the old ideas regarding birthing children and raising them, she found a new niche unveiling the inconsistencies with  the current pandemic panic. 

22- Shawn Baker

Despite the lucrative business of orthopedic surgeries, his hospital resented Dr. Baker's safer approach to reducing degenerative pain with the simplest diet. He had to defend is medical license.  He explained this in his instagram post two years ago:  voluntarily surrendered my medical license a little over a year ago after engaging in a several year long legal battle with a hospital after a sham peer review process precipitated by my actions to actively avoid profitable surgeries and instead press for unprofitable lifestyle interventions....That was done late last year and took about 4 months for the results to come in, which indicated I was perfectly competent to return to medical practice- The state medical board then invited me to reapply for license which took another 6 months to process (yes the administrative wheels turn very slowly)“Finally this afternoon I was informed by the state board that they voted to officially reinstate my license....” His Instagram Post is Here. 

So, these are the quickest blurbs I can come up with off the top of my head.  These are the instant reasons why I found them fascinating.  I am their cheerleaders knowing they have to buck a deeply ingrained system that could wreck their careers.  As, I said, they have a strong desire to reform the mess from within.  Some have stayed in medicine still trying to make an impact.  Others have retired or given up their medical licenses but still have found ways to give the public their knowledge and support. 

There are still more names coming to my mind.  I just want my readers to know that there are medical professionals out there who want the best for their patients and set aside the social rewards they could be privy to if they maintain the standards of care that they know are truly harmful and dishonest.