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Monday, October 18, 2021

You Are Already WHOLE - Quit the Self Loathing!

You are already whole. 

You always were.  

You still are now.  

You are whole. 

Hang on to the positive feeling of this because I am about to go "tough love" on you right now. 

If you feel otherwise, you are wrong.  Being wrong about this is weakening you.  Being wrong about this is wasting your time. 

If you don't feel whole it is because of society's constant negativity.  

I'll tell you what I'm ticked off about.  I am so over it now.  I am over the language of disease, and the language of symptoms.  

Everything your body does is correct for the situation.  You are whole and your wholeness is hard at work.  It may feel like it's not whole. But feelings can be re-framed.  You may call your situation a failure of the body, or a disease.  This is wrong language.  

You are  never un-whole.  

You are never not whole.  

You will have experiences.  You will probably dislike many of these experiences.  Especially since you have been programmed, brain washed and convinced to hate certain experiences, but you are still whole. 

You are having experiences and the nervous system is judging them in order to protect you and make you stronger. 

You may hate certain experiences, but do not hate yourself.  Your brain is listening. 

Your symptoms are stories of what your brain decides to accomplish at every moment. Learn the brain's language.  Get a translator if you need one, like me.

What we don't want to do is exhaust the nervous system.  Unresolved fight or flight is exhaustive.  We want to treat the nervous system with honor.  We give back to it since it gives so much.  

How do you give back?

1- move your brain

2- feed your brain

3- talk to your brain (in terms of wholeness and gratitude)

The golden rules of brain/nervous system thriving: 

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

    ***Gratitude and depression cannot exist together. 

You can translate your symptoms from something negative.  You can upgrade the journey to inspiration and vibrant living.  Get under chiropractic care and dive into the Brain First Boot Camp!!

You are officially invited.  You are whole. Live whole. Live wholly. 

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Loss of Smell: Is Co-Vid a Hint of Parkinson's

 Day in and day out the brain faces your stress and tackles it.  How do you pay it back? Add on more stress or take time to rest, rebuild, and replenish?

I've been on this journey to celebrate the magnificent intelligence within the body.  I challenge you to upgrade your journey. 

Here's some food for thought. 

Monday, September 06, 2021

When Your Life Feels Like A Constant Bait and Switch

Back in 1995 I had no idea I was going be influenced by a person I consider to be a quiet hero.  If you read my series called Doctors Who Jumped Ship, you will know he is my #1 pick. (Read the series here.)  Dr. Peter Breggin, is that quiet hero.  And he is still fighting for truth to be set free as dangerous lies are exposed. 

Here it is, Labor Day in 2021.  This is the anniversary of my first look at chiropractic as a new career.  Although I truly believe it is not a career change, but another step in my journey to show people how they can empower themselves. 

On the Friday before Labor day in 1995 I was driving home from work talking to myself.  Still on a search for a drugless approach to health after considering naturopathy, acupuncture, homeopathy and others, the word "chiropractic" popped into my head.  It was divine intervention.  I knew nothing about chiropractic other than I heard it was highlighted on an episode of 20/20.  To this day, I have never seen the episode. 

On the way home, I took a detour and headed to the library to check out some books on chiropractic.  And you could now say the rest is history. 

Back to Dr. Peter Breggin.  His book Toxic Psychiatry moved me to avoid medical school because I knew in 1995 that I could not in good conscience prescribe medications that I would never take myself. 

He has been running his own internet radio show for more than a decade.  With the current health concern usurping our freedoms and demands for second opinions, he has been interviewing prominent people about the chaos created by the government. 

If you recall, I commented on David Hanscom's pronouncement that "the business of medicine is predatory."  He is another doctor who jumped ship, hoping to give people relief from their pain. (I just realized he is not on my official list of Doctors Who Jumped Ship.  My job is not done as he must be included.)  I did mention him here, as well as on my videos. 

Dr. Breggin is in a similar mind-set as he is going to publish his next book title, We Are the Prey.  

I continue to listen to him because he is steadfast in his mission, which is very admirable. There are days my own mission is less prominent in my mind as I am scurrying to pay bills, manage the office traffic, order supplements, completing paperwork. His interviews and comments fuel my purpose.  

In a recent interview he was the guest speaking about his directional change as new experiences impressed him.  He described his medical school education as a "bait and switch."

Once in residency, his ability to truly impact a patient for the better was thwarted from him.  The successes he had as an uneducated volunteer were by far more life changing for the people he encountered prior to his medical education.  And I'm not calling him uneducated as an ignorant nobody.  He was an undergrad student at the time aspiring to be a journalist. 

Was there a time when your dreams and aspirations were shaken to the core because of a bait and switch scenario?  Did you modify your goals or change directions because of an experience that disappointed you?

Our journey may change from time to time. There may be a bump in the road or detour, but most of us keep the dream burning, even if it's at a smoldering yet hot temperature. How you decide to turn lemons into lemonade is still very meaningful. 

I felt a bait and switch in chiropractic college.  The bait was the idea that wellness was a welcomed paradigm.  In the end, the spine was just a mechanical flaw.  The dynamics of the brain residing in the spine was not of importance.  The person merely needed to walk better or flex forward just slightly  more than 50 degrees.  Other chiros and my instructors may yell at me, but that's how I see it. 

Dr. Breggin made a lot of people angry at times.  He won a major lawsuit as an expert witness against pharma companies.  He helped a woman who was damaged by electroconvulsive therapy win monetary damages.  He spoke out about the distrustful health care management of children living in poverty.  Distrustful is my terminology.  He used stronger, more accusatory words. 

He may have been dismayed by the switch he experienced as a new resident, but he didn't let this cloud his original purpose/mission.

Bait and switch in health care seems to be a very illustrative description.  Even chiropractors are accused of harboring a bait and switch mentality.  We're only out for money as we over-adjust patients who don't "need" chiropractic.  Let's just say, yeah, I've heard all that malarkey. But I will not get used to the position that poison is progress.  

Just like Dr. Breggin pointing out the undeniable brain damaging affects of psychiatric drugs, pain medications and maintenance drugs are also just as damaging.  Even the researchers who showed popular medications directly damaging mitochondria, admitted publishers slammed the doors in their faces.  No one likes to hear their star

products are dangerous.  Fortunately, their work was published so you can warn your loved ones.  

The bait and switch I am focused on is the promise of a wonderful life taking a substance in an attempt to manipulate your  body's innate intelligence.  You see the smiling faces in the drug ads on TV. The ads are the bait.  The switch is when you are told you have a chronic disease that will not improve especially when medication side effects make you worse.  

David Hanscom describes the bait and switch in his book, Back in Control. He knows he straightened people's spines and corrected them through surgery.  He said they should not have recurring pain post-surgery.  Yet, they did.  He realized the pain came from the brain and if they had explored that prior and made life style changes, surgery could have been avoided.  So, the disappointed patient experiences the switch when doctors abruptly remind them that their consent forms were signed and nothing is 100%.

Another bait and switch is the wrong idea that one single approach should make all the difference in the world.  This is not true.  We are multi-layered people with multi-layered stress. 

There is no "one answer."  It takes a life style change that addresses mechanical stress, emotional stress, and chemical stress. All three. You cannot try one change and ignore the other stresses draining your brain. 

And when it comes to families, every member needs to be involved.  Every person in the household needs to revamp how they approach their mechanical, emotional, and chemical stresses.  Everyone who loves you needs to incorporate the life style change.

Chiropractic is a very, important, critical step in modifying your nervous system.  Remember, chiropractic is how we access the brain. Then, your life style must be redesigned in a way that supports a life long appreciation and protection of the nervous system. 

Your life doesn't have to be a constant bait and switch with empty promises leading to disappointment.  We can understand the challenges and work around them.  We are challenged with the prevailing mind-set that poor health can only be tolerated.

It's not easy to ask people to give up these dis-empowering notions.  I tell myself that I shouldn't be surprised that most of us are suffering from a chronic condition.  

It's all the more reason to educate. 

I'm very grateful to Drs. Breggin and Hanscom for their tireless efforts even when they get blow back from their own peers. 

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Diary of an Internal Construction Crew - Understanding the Purpose of Pain

 Update: It's been tricky to have back pain during the night and there is no suitable sleeping position. As I am still in the healing, rebuilding stage, there are phases of increased pain as the body is moving out inflammatory cells that have done their part. They are being retired, so they have to be moved out so the next construction crew shows up. 

 Rather than obsess over each day's similarities and differences, I am very active during the day.  Also, when I had a headache by late afternoon, I knew I was turning a corner.  My brain boosted the process of lymphatic clean up.  

So, this gave me time to think.  Why now?  I have been mowing the lawn all summer.  Why was this the time have a to flare up in my back.  I did take a fall in the kitchen the other day too.  Adding insult to injury is the saying...

I've taken other falls that didn't leave me stiff and limited.  Why now?  This is the question that helps you think about the recent stresses that have primed the brain into a fight or flight event. 

Why now?

I could blame the humid weather. It very easily saps my energy.  But it's been humid for two months.  I've also considered this humid time of year just might be a trigger based on a prior memory of a past stressful event. 

The brain wants to be efficient.  It if believes today's combination of stressors resembles a prior experience, it will initiate the protective stage of fight or flight.  If anything is a subtle reminder, but not related, the brain picks up on it anyway.  Guilty by association, you could say. 

If the humid weather is a subtle key that opens up the flood gates of a past memory, it's possibly happening to me now.  You can't blame the brain.  It's just looking for clues from your past resolutions.  

A major life change such as a death in the family, job loss, or close call with a major health crisis has a lasting impact on the brain.  Even if you worked through it and have a sense of calm about it, your brain may have a slight sensitivity if your current stresses fall into place a certain way.  If today's events perk up the brain as a similar connection, the brain ignites the fight or flight response.  And off you go!

What is my point here with all this? The brain is a big catalog storage unit. It learns from every experience in your life. 

Knowledge of the brain allows us to be a better partner with it. 

Nerves that fire together wire together.

Psychology and biology are wired together for your survival.  

For me, I took a stroll down memory lane and evaluated some prior events that took place over 20 years ago.  I acknowledged to myself a repetitive pattern of things that concern me.

The humid weather is an innocent bystander, but it lights up your senses, that's for sure. 

While I've had trouble sleeping at night,  this morning (8/27) I realized I slept all night on my back.  This is progress.  Yay!  It was a seven day period of me scratching my head telling myself to be more patient with myself. Actually rebuilding of tissue takes time.  Pain can go away in an instant.  Right?  A strong drug.  A huge amount of alcohol.... that will numb pain.  But, the necessary rebuilding can't be rushed.  

You are perfection.  The genius of the nervous system can't be rushed. 

Your interest in chiropractic means you want to be a better partner with your brain.   The adjustment is the most profound way to disrupt a pattern so you can instill a new better pattern.  

You don't have to live on auto-pilot and hope for the best.

Be a partner with your own brain......Marvelous!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Never Enough

We are all human, so be honest.  How self critical are you?  Do you feel as if you are just not enough?  For example, your efforts are not good enough.   At your job, with your finances, with your relationship, with your children, with your goals, with your everyday balancing of "stuff?"

When people come to me complaining of their back hurting, they are subtly saying to me that they aren't healthy enough to keep up with the demands of their life.  

When folks says they are not able to do yard work or house work, the underlying message is they are not enough.  They are not capable for whatever reason. 

This hidden self talk and unspoken anxiety are real health problems.  When your brain senses you are "not enough," it will break down the connective tissue of your body in order to build it back up again to make you stronger.

This is good news if the stress is short lived. But, if your stress is ongoing, there can be a re-triggering, relapsing issue. 

To your brain, it is equivalent to a life and death matter that requires intense strength such as running away from an attacker, or carrying an injured person to safety (for example).  

The fight or flight response picks up on your internal worry and goes into action to remedy the situation.  

If you go to the gym to begin a workout, you are telling your brain that it is crucial that you get into shape.  When you feel sore the next day, that is your body building tissue back up.  It may be that you over-exerted yourself, yet that nagging concern raises the bar and your brain does more than take the hint.  

When the "not enough" begins to be "never enough," people develop chronic dysfunction.  Most people would call this a chronic disease of some sort.  I call it an exhaustive period where you don't allow the body to rebuild adequately because of an constant re-triggering of the repeated self talk that you are not enough.  

Sorry for that run on sentence but I was on a roll.  This repeated message interrupts the rebuilding and initiates a new break down period.  Muscles, tendons, and bones start to erode again. 

But the erosion takes off where the new repair didn't occur. It's similar to jabbing a fork into a scab on your arm over and over just when the bleeding has stopped and the coagulated blood has just started to dry out. 

Chronic disease doesn't have to by a mystery.  We have to realize when the brain is in a hyperactive fight or flight at the expense of the restful healing period.  

The body is not wrong.  It is responding to perceived danger.  

We use chiropractic to relieve an overburdened nervous system so there can be more time to concentrate on reversing the depletion.

Brain first, and the body follows.  What is your brain working on right now?

--Dr. Lisa

Sunday, August 22, 2021

We Don't Treat - We Complete

3 A.M. - So this is what drives people to grab a pill. The pain was worse in the middle of the night. Any position was painful.  I flopped side to side, then onto my stomach, then on my back again, and again, and again. 

I was still awake around 4:30 A.M. I did not take a pill.  I knew exactly why I was in pain.  I figured the flare up was the natural course of the rebuilding process.  Also, I was especially aware of the slice of pizza I had in the evening.  It was just an emotional decision to grab comfort food.  It was not a grain free crust, which is my preference.  It was store bought and full of chemicals. Yuck. Disappointing to say the least. 

Nothing like a little digestive distress to make my back pain even more pronounced. The supplements I took before bed must have been used up in a flash.  A lot of reconstruction going at the muscles and joints.  The increase in pain was just that, a construction crew repairing the area I injured.  Eventually I slept a couple more hours. 

I didn't want to delay this repair process.  The delay could last weeks or months. A medicine such as an anti-inflammatory would have put my brain right back into fight or flight.  There is no healing, rebuilding, repair in that state.  Sure, the pain might be dulled, but my liver would be upset by the toxins.  Why make it worse?  Unfortunately, the public so often downplays these types of consequences.  

Moving around in the morning was challenging, after sleeping late, but I would not be rushing.  I made it to the office with the full intention of doing my day. And by 11 AM I realized I was so focused on the people in front of me that I was 90% improved. 

Okay, I had that delayed onset problem of exercising too much.  I was super excited that the weather finally calmed down after the brutal humidity.  I wanted to make up for lost time.  That's not really a good idea when you're actually pushing your muscles past their comfort zone. It felt good during, but not later. 

The pain made standing, walking, and bending more work than it should have been.  Every movement was a constant reminder that my body was now attempting to re-balance with inflammation and pushing out dying cells.  This is the routine process of healing.   Yes, that's what you're feeling when you are in pain.  Moving cells hurts. It's a very active time that should not be disrupted with additional stress or other harms we think little of, such as a caffeine jolt or burning the candle at both ends.  

Was this the day I was so glad to become a chiropractor because I had back pain and could get adjusted? No, not really.  Was my severe neck sprain ten years ago another reason I was glad to be a chiropractor.  No, not really. 

Spine pain is not an isolated event.  It is a specific pattern instigated by the brain.  The brain also involves the blood circulation, immune system, different parts of liver function, your mood, hormones, and more.  Include them all in your quest for health.

Back surgeries fail because the intended goal is too narrow and valuable body functions are ignored. I can say the same thing about chiropractic care that is too narrowly focused.  It's my biggest criticism of chiropractic and my professional education.   But, I digress.

It's nice to recover quickly from a painful event, but that is not what chiropractic is about.  (That's not even what life is about.)

Most people think recovery is the ending point of an event.  That is not accurate and I do not want to set anyone up for future failure.  That would be like using a sump pump to get the water out of your basement while ignoring the gaping hole in your roof during a rainstorm.  If the rain stops is that recovery?

The Google dictionary definition of recovery is "the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost."

Is your health stolen?  Is your health lost?  Did you misplace it? No.

Everything your brain does is correct for the situation.  Your body didn't lose its way.  Your body is responding to your brain's perception of a survival need.  How you mentally respond will make all the difference in your so called recovery.  

Recovery is not a bad word.  It's just inappropriate to use it to describe health. You don't need to recover.  You only need to complete the process.

The goal is to cooperate with the body, not disrupt purposeful body responses.

Chiropractic is not about treatment.  

We don't treat.  We complete.  And we teach you how to recognize your brain's own unique functioning based on your experiences and memories so you can prevent unnecessary stress as well as empower yourself during a healing/rebuilding event. 

A spinal adjustment is actually a brain adjustment.  We reach the brain through the spine.  Then you brain takes care of EVERYTHING!!!!  

Chiropractic care is about allowing your body to be the best it can be with a nervous system that is free to respond appropriately to its environment.  What gets in the way of that?  Anything that exhausts the brain's protective responses as well as anything that depletes the body's ability to rebuild.  

P.S. My back is on the mend and I've stayed fairly active.  What made the difference?  My wellness routine in the weeks and months prior to my injury.

The brain and body work hard for us.  We must give back.  Chiropractic is a profound way to give back.

Ready to dive in?  Give me a call.   Dr. Lisa     315-277-1362

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Back to School is Not Contagious


Fall is around the corner and that means the kids are heading back to school. Every year people talk about how their kids get sick because they are around other kids.  

Here's the contradiction: it's not every kid.  But this belief or expectation sets up the brain to expect it. 

Here's another way to look at it.

Why do kids get the sniffles, colds, fevers, etc.?  Being thrust back into the classroom puts the brain on high alert.  Now we have kids dealing with separation anxiety, performance anxiety, territorial based anxiety.  Kids are constantly questioning their abilities and seeking approval from peers, teachers, and parents. That's enough to cause a little exhaustion especially with an entirely new schedule and probably sleep deprivation. 

Is it contagious or do they share the same fears at the same time?

Kids don't know how to express their worries.  Their bodies exhibit their worries.  They also absorb their parents' stress.  Their bodies have to sort it out somehow. 

This is the whole point of chiropractic.  Routine adjustments of the spine help the nervous system face the daily ups and downs of life.  And for kids, a lot of their ups and downs are experienced at school.

While you are teaching them how to problem solve and cope, help their nervous systems do it, too. 

Office Rules: Gotta Have 'Em


Are you living by default or with intention?  

Chiropractic helps you live with intention.

Click here for the F.A.Q.

My most important rule is to have goals that make you a better person today more than you were yesterday. 

We need your full participation in the world and you cannot do that with an exhausted brain.  

My Rules Are Based on GOALs.     

G  growth                            (Also, click here for the usual FAQ.)

O ownership

A  adventure

L  life style

Growth - Grow your talents everyday.   Get better at something a little bit each day. This takes intention and persistence.  Share your talents with the world everyday so we can benefit, too. Chiropractic helps you stay focused with an intentional and alert brain.

Ownership - You own your body.  Don't give it up to some other approach that takes away your confidence and independence in your own ability to rebuild and nourish your body. Don't outsource your health.  Chiropractic adds nothing to the body and takes nothing away. 

Adventure - Plan an adventure everyday. Life life as an adventure.  

Life Style - Your life style is your passion style.  Every thing you do even if it seems minimal reflects how you are living your purpose and mission.

You're teaching your nervous system everyday!!

If you understand that chiropractic is a teaching method to teach your nervous system how to perceive the world and respond to it, you're on your way to an exceptional experience!!

Are you living by default or with intention?  

Chiropractic is for the intentional. 

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Looking Healthy on Paper But Feeling Like Junk


So your medical doctor says your blood work looks good.  But you feel lousy.  How can you explain to your doctor that something else is going on?

The medical doctor is at a loss.  It's a numbers game and you are considered WNL (within normal limits).

What comes next?  Hmmm....a trial of anti-biotics?  A trial of anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs?

Maybe a set of Xrays will be taken.  Possibly a course of physical therapy will be prescribed. 

When you look good on paper but you don't feel good

Here's what I do.  I look at the nervous system.  The body is very good at tolerating stress.  Your fasting blood sugar can be normal for decades, yet according to Dr. Joseph Kraft 90% of teenagers are already suffering from chronic disease yet it is overlooked.  High blood sugar and diabetes will be diagnosed very late because the body fights hard to maintain homeostasis.  While lab work looks normal, the early stages of inflammation will appear as fatigue, moodiness, stiff, sore joints.  Even blood pressure begins creeping up due to blood sugar imbalances, even with normal fasting blood sugar. 

The most under-recognized condition

This blog post is not a primer on how to interpret lab work, but to encourage you to consider the most under-recognized chronic condition: a burdened nervous system.  

Chiropractors can figure that out in three seconds.  Yep! We look at your posture, skin, facial features, belly, teeth.  No blood work needed.  And when we feel the subluxations in your spine, we can tell how long you're body has been screaming for peace and rest.  

READ HERE: Why the spine is a secret passage way to your brain and organs.

Chiropractic care helps us clear out the speed bumps in your spine, but we also look at the exhausting patterns you've taught your brain to hang on to.  Chiropractic adjustments break the patterns giving you an opportunity to replace unwanted patterns with more desirable patterns. 

If you're not feeling well and not sure why,  let's address the nervous system's preoccupations and give it permission to let them go.  

Sound's unusual?  Think of chiropractic as neuro-feedback on steroids. 

But we know steroids have terrible side effects.  Chiropractic is drug free and actually addresses the cause of the problem. 

We can re-teach your brain to function better.  Yes!  We can!!  

Ready?  Let me know. 

Chiropractic is the Ultimate Prepping - Be Ready and Confident for Anything

Chiropractic is different.  It is meant to be different.  You were looking for different.  That's why you're here on my website.  

If you're hanging out with me you're going to be thrust into different.  

Be different.  Live different. 

I chose different a long time ago.  I was lucky enough to learn the chiropractic story during my early search to enhance the mind/body connection.  I am happy to say I learned the connection is actually innate intelligence working within the nervous system.  It's not a complicated concept, but society tends to ignore it.  

Chiropractic's Big Impression on me happened nearly 30 years ago. Experiences in childhood and young adulthood began to set the stage.  For me, it's old hat.  I'm so comfortable in my chiropractic life style that I forget to share the story with newcomers.  Read my story here.  And don't forget the New Member Orientation Video.

I really hope their own story makes a big enough impact on them.  I've realized the first part of the transformation is to awaken the belief that the body is always doing the right thing at the right time for you.  Your body is always correctly assessing the environment and working hard for you.  

People don't believe it.  I can't change their belief.  I can only be the example and be a creative communicator. 

Chiropractic is a very unique way to disrupt a pattern so you can teach your brain a new pattern.  An unwanted pattern in the mind or body can be replaced with a more desirable pattern.  Chiropractic unlocks that great vault called the brain.  

The second part is to introduce the new, preferred pattern.  That takes a bit of a time commitment.  This is why chiropractic is a life style.  We are constantly modifying our life patterns because stress is also a constant in our lives imposing change we don't want. 

And when I say this is different, I understand the challenge. I understand how a new thought doesn't jive nicely with old thought. It might take a while to grow on you.  Chiropractic cannot be compared to any other healing art, so it bounces out of your acceptance because it has no similar counterpart.   This is a different I want you to embrace. 

And I don't talk about back pain, leg pain, head aches and such because that it just limited thinking.  Yes, the brain controls your back, legs and head.  But these pains are just a reflection of the nervous system's assessment and response to your daily life. 

Rather than taking a narrow look at the pain, it is much more rewarding to take a look at your brain's massive juggling act and evaluating if your life needs to be changed in various ways. 

And at the same time, get adjusted so the spine can deliver appropriate nerve signals rather than over-zealous signals that push the body to exhaustion and organ failure.  Why is the spine so important? What does the spine have to do with organ failure?

The different I am so passionate about is the fact that the body is well equipped to face the ups and downs of life. When life gets wild and crazy you need a brain that is ready for anything and your body has strength and resileince.  Chiropractic is the ultimate prepper activity.  Because you're most important tool is your brain.

Yeah, that's different, but it is also life saving. 

What If The News Is Wrong? Day Care and the Current Sickness


 My local newspaper's Sunday headline speaks of an uptick in sickness at five local day care centers.  Now remember, this is all based on the improper use of the PCR test, so I don't take these statistics seriously. 

This is their bias.  I get that.  That's why we are encouraged to seek second opinions.  

The article goes on to remind people to stay home if they don't feel good.  It also reported on the closure of some day cares or certain classrooms.  

Here's my take on the situation.  What actually makes kids sick? My number one answer is the stress level of their parents. It "trickles" down to the kids.  Kids don't know how to express their concerns so they hold it inward.  Kids don't know how to calm their parents down.  Their young bodies soak up the stress.  The body has to detoxify from it eventually.

This is also a time of a heightened sugar fest, especially in day care centers.  The ice cream truck visits.  There is always a pizza day.  I bet parents get a little lax in the packed lunch department and send in more junk. 

And also of concern to me: Do kids ever get down time?  There is always some kind of crazy camp going on. What if it is too much pressure on a child?  Many of these camps have projects that have to be completed by the last day.  Perhaps it is too much pressure on a child to create some sort of craft  or  activity.  When kids get around each other the competition can be very fierce.  And if they are forced to work in groups? "Yuck," was always my reaction. 

This is the total opposite of the relaxing summers I spent as a kid.  We played make believe and just played.  We ran all over the place outside.  I don't need to remind the old folks here what summers were really like back then. 

By the way, screens are not relaxing.  It is brain poison. 

Why are kids really sick?  Take a second look.  

I am allowed to ask, "what if?"  We all are allowed. 

P.S. I still haven't finished my series on what I've been doing wrong most of my life, until now.  And why I say there is no disease.  It's coming.  Be patient. 

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.

Fuel Your Brilliance   *** Upgrade Your Journey

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.

And set aside some time for a Brain Sense Tele-Health Self Discovery Session. 

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. 

Understand the genius of your nervous system with Brain Sense Tele-Health Self Discovery Sessions. 

And get adjusted !!  😀

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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Half Healthy Is Still  Half Sick......Ready for some self discovery sessions?

Brain Sense Tele Health

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

Upgrade Your Journey  

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

Brain Sense Tele-Health Self Discovery Sessions

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?

Ready to Upgrade Your Journey?

Call 315-277-1362

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. 

Train your brain with Brain Sense Tele-Health.