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Friday, July 30, 2021

Pain/Anxiety: Villain or Hero?

Pain and Anxiety: Translate it Correctly.
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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, Anxiety & Chiropractic: 

the Real Deal

 Anxiety is a process of your brain's warning system.

It is a primal survival response.  If you have "Unwanted Anxiety" we can translate it and help your brain get out of survival mode and transition to "thrive mode." 

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 because overactive survival responses are exhausting you.

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

Brain First * Body Follows

What is Neurologically Based Chiropractic?
I'll let Dr. Richard Barwell explain it. 

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 !!  😀