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Friday, December 08, 2023

You Can Get Over Your Trepidation of Arthritis

There is no such thing as traumatic arthritis.  Come to my office and I can explain why.  

Bone on bone is a myth. Visit my past blog posting here.

I'd like folks to give up the idea that there is a disease called arthritis.  

Let me tell you what these fancy words really mean to me.

Arthritis, as you have been taught, means painful joints. 

"Ar" is the root for "fit together."  So, it pertains to the bones that form moveable joints of the body. 

The word arthritis resembles, to me, "authority." You allow an authority to tell you how the rest of your life is going to be.  I've heard it too many times and I'm floored.  People are depressed over it.  People get really messed up with this authoritarian response from a doctor. 

Rheumatoid arthritis to me is ruminating arthritis.  This is a person who ruminates over life choices.  

"Rheum" means watery fluid, flow, pertaining to the inflammation of the synovial fluid of the joints.  Ruminate comes from the Latin for turn over and over in the mind.

Ankylosing spondylitis to me resembles: bending over to grab your ankles and let people talk down to you.  Maybe I'm grasping at straws.  Sorry, another pun there. You feel lower than other people.   

Ankylosis comes from the earlier words meaning fusing into one bone.  The spine becomes stiff and looks like one bone according to Xrays.  If you see someone with an advanced problem, they are so bent over all they can do is look at the ground.  Very sad.  Life is limited when someone feels so badly about himself or herself. 

(Spondylo just means spine.)

Psoriatic arthritis describes joint pain also paired with scaly itchy skin. "Psori" is the term for "mange, itch." 

As the letter p is silent, it sounds like "sorry" arthritis.  So to me it means a person is sorry and pathetic. Someone here feels sorry for himself or herself.  I understand that joint pain is not observable by others when they look at you,  but the skin changes makes people feel very vulnerable and unattractive. Hence, the sorry state of their feelings.  What came first?  The lack of confidence or the skin rashes?  Do scientists study it that deeply before they create an immunosuppressive drug that carries many risks to long term health?

Also, when I was looking up these word origins I noticed "lepra" is another word for psoriatic arthritis.   The root is "lep," to peel. 

So, in conclusion, I know pain is not fun.  It hinders life enjoyment.  As chiropractic is enhancement of the brain through the spine's special extension of the brain, we can modify how you perceive pain. 

Ask me how to customize your chiropractic care using the Brain First Protocol. 

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

Don't wait. 

Monday, November 06, 2023

Chiropractic Is Not About What Goes Away - It's About What You Become

The #1 reaction in life is to find pleasure and avoid pain.  This is how we are wired.  It is a survival mechanism.  

I could go into detail about the nervous system's interpretation of stimuli and how it catalogs them for certain physiological responses, but, no.  You live it everyday. My hope is that you understand it is all an amazing process that the best AI cannot copy!

So, let's get to the topic of pain.   It can be horrible, demoralizing, and debilitating.  In severe cases, pain is a part of a life threatening response such as a heart attack. 

In all cases, pain is serving a purpose.  The body's repair and rebuild phases are very palpable and 'kinetic." You feel the movement of blood, inflammation, and nerve endings. You feel a bone reknitting itself back together.  You feel intestines cramping, etc. 

You visit the chiropractor because you don't want to go through it alone.  Yep, it's that simple.  The chiropractor is your life coach.

I had a little boy in the office a few days ago and I pointed to the vertebrae on the spine model and told him they were like switches that turned on a person's super powers.  How simple!

As we determine how your body is processing between the protection stage and rebuilding stage, we plan how to support the body so you don't burn through your energy reserves. 

When you are fully energized, you can accomplish so much!!

Let's look at what you are achieving rather than focus on what you think you are lacking.   

You are not lacking.  We just need to rearrange the furniture in your mind. 

A preoccupation with symptoms robs your brain of precious energy.

Let's modify your outlook.  Let's understand the logical processes of the body's response to stress.  Let's give your brain a chance.

Come in and get adjusted.  Let's wake up your super powers!!

Your Spine is a Security Guard - That Sometimes Works Too Hard

One very important consideration when dealing with pain is how your brain perceived stimuli before, during, and after a stressful event.  What else was your brain preoccupied with at the same time? 

Whether you suffer an injury or feel an unexplained flare up, your brain is deciding how much Fight or Flight is needed to get you through the ordeal.  

Interestingly, most flare ups are a rehashing of old memories. Your emotions were "stamped" into the brain. That is the talent of the limbic system.  It shapes how your brain decides to respond with future pain signals. Most of the time you are not injured.  The pain came from the brain, rather than the body part you are focusing on.

You think you "over did it" but it was probably a normal movement.  I used to say your body wasn't prepared for that movement at the time.  But now I say, your body was perceiving a similar fight or flight response and chose to recreate the response.  Yes, it is pain, but your brain chose it.  

Injuries should be fully repaired in a matter of months. We assume the process is incomplete and put the blame on the "old injury." The emotional memories from the limbic system set the stage for the type of pain you continue to feel chronically.  


Nervous System Re-Visiting

It's not the injury.

It's Your Limbic Lens.

Fight or Flight “Seals the Deal.”

Past or Present. But you can release it. YES!

The Adjustment is your Pattern Interruptor.

What part of your nervous system is chock full of stored memories that are resurfacing to cause you discomfort, pain, and anxiety? 

Childhood Nervous System ** Young Adult Nervous System

Unfortunate Events Nervous System ** Self Confidence Nervous System

The Little Voice Nervous System ** Respect Authority Nervous System

** Un-Balanced Relationships Nervous System **

** Doom and Gloom Nervous System **

** Your New and Improved Nervous System **

How is your spine perceiving the world?

How are your perceptions being stored in the brain?

Your spine is a stubborn security guard protecting the brain. 

As your chiropractor, I teach you how to properly train the security guard.  

I use the Brain First Protocol.

Come in, get adjusted. 

See you at the table.  The Chiropractic Table.

--Dr. Lisa

Your Health Freedom Advocate

Sunday, October 29, 2023

What If I Didn't Grow Up The Way I Did?

 I've been fascinated with Dr. Harvey Bigelsen's work which is now being carried on by his sons, Josh and Adam. I'm feeling a little jealous. 

Dr. Harvey Bigelsen (SUNY Buffalo Medical School) was a trauma surgeon in the Vietnam War.  He had a high success rate with his patients until he came back to the States to practice medicine.  Once nestled in the monopolistic health system, his hands were tied, so to speak.  There are a lot of frustrating rules to follow.  Not that he was a rule breaker, but if you read his books or listen to his interviews, he clearly explains why the typical health care modalities are insufficient in giving people their lives back. 

So, his sons grew up in a home that was far away from the current medical system.  They had no exposure.  They were asked by an interviewer what did it feel like when they learned there were much better ways to get healthy. They said that "ah ha" moment never happened.  They had no idea that most of us in drug free health approaches were refugees from a lost system.  

I felt very lost when I was a mental health therapist watching people suffer under a system that often made them worse. I had to leave.  I felt the same frustration working as a consultant in a nursing home.  

When Dr. Harvey's sons said they did not have that kind of disappointing experience, I was in awe!  

I wish I grew up that way.  I am middle-aged now and feel I barely scratched the surface of what makes us great.  After years of adding to my education, I now have a lot of unlearning to do. What if I didn't grow up the way I did?  I was lucky to learn about the body systems when I was a little kid in grade school, but I veered off that path of understanding when I was immersed in the medical view point.  You learn how wonderful the body is, until you learn the opposite.  

People just accept that sickness is a part of life.   They stop short.  They never search.  You don't search for something unless you really think you can find it. 

I rejected that broken down idea when I saw my grandmother suffering.  I didn't want to follow in her footsteps. 

How do we reverse course? It starts with your brain.  

Brain First / Body Follows

What your brain learns and experiences, it repeats back to you in your body.  

Chiropractic helps sort it out and teach your brain patterns that are compatible with life ---

---- a vibrant life.  

How does that work?  Ask me to teach you the Brain First Protocol.



If You Care, It Shows

When I was in 6th or 7th grade I bought my first guitar. I saved up a huge pile of quarters for months.  My grandma would slip me a five dollar bill every now and then.  It was about $125 including tax.  I had my eye on the display at Kmart. Finally the day came when my new guitar was placed in it's cardboard box and I took it home. 

Being a kid.  I had no idea of the quality of the wood, or how the type of assembling gave the guitar its unique sound.  At that simple age, I was proud I could afford a "starter" guitar.  I enjoyed it. 

This is much like the folks I meet who believe they are doing great with the "one a day" style vitamins.  The ones advertised all over the TV.  They are "starter" pills.  I did the same thing when I was in my 20s.  I took  a CVS vitamin once and day and felt proud that my urine was yellow.  I knew I wasn't up to snuff if my urine was pale looking.  It meant I missed a dose of my great store vitamins. 

Just like my Kmart guitar, these cheap pills are just that, cheap.  However, a beginner's guitar is not dangerous to health.  Synthetic vitamins are horrible. 

Now that I hang out with more people who play guitar, I know more about quality.  You don't buy the cheapest instrument at the department store.  You actually go to a music store that specializes in stringed instruments.  You may even go straight to the crafter who builds guitars. 

This is the same with nutrition companies.  As you learn more about quality, you go to specialists.  You can even visit their farms and production plants. 

If you think you deserve the best quality nutrients, especially knowing how drastically poor our food supply is, you will go to specialists.  You won't listen to corny commercials during your favorite Monday night sit-com. 

In fact, the high quality supplement companies do not waste their money on fancy TV commercials.  They have more important things to do, like inspecting raw materials and planting regenerative crops. 

As we get older, we get smarter, right? More experience means you give yourself more options. 

Yes, I carry my favorite supplements in my office.  And I take them myself, for my own health.  

Oh no, I'm trying to get more money out of you by selling supplements.  

It's a free country.  You can go to the drug stores and buy what you want.  Ask the counter clerk for a copy of a quality analysis of your favorite supplement.  I bet the clerk can't even find the phone number for customer support.  Ask which farm you can visit. The store clerks are not invested in the products.  They just stack them on the shelves.

I have a new guitar, a Taylor Mini Special Edition.  It's got a great sound. It took a while to decide it was time for a new guitar.  Actually I haven't had one for many years.  I don't have my beginner guitar any more.  With all my moves, I have no idea where it ended up. 

With my new guitar I'm committed to play more, get better. 

When it comes to chiropractic, which is Greek for practice of the hands, cheir + praktos, you want to to support your adjustment with top notch nutrition.  I use my hands to adjust the spine.  You also practice with your hands the lifestyle habits that support your chiropractic care. 

Your body is reorganizing itself all the time.  Your nervous system is busy guarding and guiding bodily functions.  It deserves your thanks.  It deserves reimbursement.  Energy out = Energy In.  Pay back what stress takes. 

Just as I am inspired to be a better guitar player with a nice instrument, I hope you are inspired to understand how profound chiropractic and nutrition can be in your life. 

When you know how well designed your body is, you are more inclined to take better care of it.  Simple idea, but it can give you great mileage.  

My battle begins everyday when I have to first tell people that they are not diseased, they are not aging, and they are not falling apart.  You are built like a fine stradivarius.  We are not as flawed as we have been taught, but that negativity goes deep.  This belief does great damage to our brain's ability to handle stress.  Let's reverse the trend of misleading information.  

Get acquainted with your intelligent brain and body so you can see real improvements in your health. 

Learn the basics of the Brain First Protocol. 

Treat yourself like you would treat a valuable and beautiful stradivarius. Because you are valuable and beautiful. 

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Saturday, October 07, 2023

What's Up with Concussions?


(Image: Queensland Brain Inst)
Again, I watch another news story about the increase in concussions.  And I wonder, what has changed?  What has changed in us?  We have always played hard, and fallen hard.  Is it possible our current traumas are more forceful?  I don't think so.  

Perhaps car accidents are more impactful with higher speed limits and a looser attitude toward driving under the influence...

Perhaps children are playing sports in a way that is too adult-like.  There's pressure to perform.  There's pressure to get a scholarship. Are kids playing more forcefully than when I was a child?  After all, we play for the thrill.  And to win.

I want to throw out some different hypotheses.

1- We are built differently.  I'll say we are weaker.  What are we made of? We are made of chemicals.  The protein matrix of our bones, muscles, and tissues are full of poisons.  We have a load of pesticides, solvents, preservatives, drugs and injections in our systems.  Besides having a lot of environmental pollutants, it is awful knowing our food supply is deliberately poisoned.  Our food is not food.  (I bet scientists already have proof of this but won't tell us.  I bet there are findings on blood work or Xrays that haven't been taught in medical school so they are ignored.  You hear the term "artifacts" bandied about often.  It's too easy to say, "Oh, it's just a meaningless artifact."  Is it meaningless?

2- Our brains are terribly wired.  Our brains are already damaged by our life styles. A brain can be so wrapped up in stress that it can't handle the new stress of an injury.   Our brains are then in a super high level of nervous system overload. The autonomic nervous system is so fired up with draining stress hormones that an injury pushes it over the edge.  When the body is already at the brink of collapse and then an impromptu accident is especially taxing.

Most of us appear to be functional.  We have no idea how burdened our nervous systems are, because we are used to it.

"Toughen up!"   Don't look weak.  Don't ask for help. 

How do you know if your nervous system is on the brink of collapse?  If something threw your life into a tail spin right now, would your brain and body be able to handle it?

Would you have a mild injury to recover from , or would you end up disabled?

The Brain First Protocol will shed light on this. 

Chiropractic is the Foundation of the Brain First Protocol. I'll teach you why.

The whole point of chiropractic is to adjust the spine so it can unwind the stress of your life, giving you a refreshed energy to live the whole human experience  --- regardless of pain, whether you are in pain or not in pain.   

The brain is constantly reorganizing itself.  Chiropractic enhances the process. 

-- Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate

Monday, October 02, 2023

So, You Think You're In Control ?

 The Brain Decides & Delegates. 

It is Your Friend, not Your Enemy.  

I Teach Why. 

A Brain at work is not a Disease.

It's the Design.

You have Intelligent Design.

You can decipher it or disparage it.  Which one sounds healthier?

(Sometimes we misread our body's signals and add more fuel to the fire.)

Everyday your nervous system is learning new patterns, new wiring based on your exposures as you live your life. 

 You are totally unique.  Your patterns are all yours. 

Your brain is constantly reorganizing your body's responses based on the environment: your internal environment and external environment.  

This is the genuine magic of the autonomic nervous system.  

It takes care of your survival needs.  

Your limbic system regulates the survival responses -- Fight or Flight.

But, your pre-frontal cortex helps you decide how you want to move forward in life.  The pre-frontal cortex helps you stop a fight, for example.  That discerning part of your brain is what kept you from hitting your brother in the face when he made you mad.   

We may not have control over our immediate nervous systems responses, but we can choose to change the stress levels.  

The Brain First Protocol gives us the opportunity to respect the Fight or Flight response and the balance that allows our body to rest and repair. 

Is Your Pain a Villain?  Read More Here.

Brain First * Body Follows

Chiropractic works in sync with your

Intelligent Design

Posture is So Misunderstood

 Posture is not the Original Problem…

Fixing the Posture Won't Work

It is the Silent Alarm of Brain/Organ Burn-Out

from the Nervous System protecting you from the environment. (Mental, Physical, Chemical Environment)

The Fight or Flight position is head down, in order to run. The head weighs as much as a bowling ball.

For every inch the head leans forward, it adds 10 pounds of pressure on the body.

What happens over time?

  • Headaches      Neck Pain      Vision Problems

  • Thyroid Burnout     Cold    Weight Gain     Flaky Skin

  • Shoulder pain, dysfunction

  • Gall Bladder Removed         Liver problems   

  • Heart / Lung Problems      Less Oxygen to the Brain      Anxiety

  • Slowed Digestion    Bloated      Sinus Problems

  • Leaky Gut: Allergies       Skin problems / Skin Rashes      Brain fog

  • Irritable bowel: Constipation or Diarrhea     Crohn’s   Colitis

  • Adrenal problems      Fatigue       Blood Sugar Problems, 

  • Bone Loss, Muscle Loss / Atrophy

  • Reproductive System Problems: PCOS, Heavy Periods, Infertile

  • Back Pain       Leg Pain      Restless Legs       Calf Cramps

  • Achilles Tendonitis or Rupture

  •  Memory Problems   Depression    Poor Sleep  Vivid  Dreams 

It's another chicken and the egg question.

What came first?
Every organ/muscle/gland is stressed at the same time.
Why is the body so stressed?
We need an "Every" approach.

What Can We Do?
Follow the Brain First Protocol !!
Chiropractic is the Foundation of the Brain First Protocol. I'll teach you why.

The whole point of chiropractic is to adjust the spine so it can unwind the stress of your life, giving you a refreshed energy to live the whole human experience  --- regardless of pain, whether you are in pain or not in pain.   

The brain is constantly reorganizing itself.  Chiropractic enhances the process. 

-- Dr. Lisa
--Your Health Freedom Advocate

Saturday, September 23, 2023

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Are Dumb


SMART Goals are not that smart.   

S.M.A.R.T. is for robots.   You are not a robot. You are a person with emotions, memories, and a persistent nervous system. 

We all have genuinely important goals we want to achieve. People want to lose weight, be more healthy, have better relationships, be good role models for their children, save money for a rainy day, etc.

S.M.A.R.T. doesn't really touch on the real problem of why we can't meet our goals. 

The SMART part doesn't help us get over our road blocks, the things that get in the way of our success.  And most of the time the road block is fear.

What is S.M.A.R.T.?

S -specific 

M -measurable

A -achievable

R -relevant

T -time-bound

This approach to success doesn't get anyone excited, right? Image: ParentMap

With any type of desired success, it requires an energy shift.  Where are you concentrating your time and energy?  

Saying you want to lose 10 pounds by losing one pound a week is not very motivating.  Yes, it is specific, measurable, achievable, etc., but the elephant in the room is why you gained 10 pounds in the first place and why it doesn't make you happy. 

To be even more depressing, the energy shift requires giving something up to gain something more worthwhile. It's a grieving process.

And the fear is still not addressed.  What is there to fear?

Fear of cravings.

Fear no one will support you or fear someone will tempt you

Fear of saying no to someone who offered you a plate of cookies. 

Fear of saying no at the junk food booth at the local football game.

Fear of losing friendships with folks who like buffet restaurants.

Fear of others watching you as you stumble around gym equipment that you've never used before.

The measurable end goal seems so simple.  Ten pounds should be no big deal.  But the real deal is what kept you from the goal which is your brain patterns.  

From a chiropractic point of view, we know a flexible nervous system is behind good health.  We utilize the chiropractic adjustment to rewire the brain from exhaustion and weakness to vitality.  

And yes, an exhausted brain can't think well.  A burned out brain is unable to problem solve. 

If you have weight loss as a goal, the reading on the scale is only one outcome.  From a brain first perspective so much more can be achieved such as better sleep, more energy, more productivity, more time for recreation and hobbies, maybe even a new job and a career move.  It's not about weight.  It's about how well your brain carries you through your life. And that brain is attached to your spine!

If you have other health goals, such as moving better with ease, having a clearer head, reducing anxiety, your brain health matters, too. 

If you want to skip the SMART way and go the BRAIN way, you've come to the right place. 

B - bed (sleep)

R - repattern (I'll teach you how)

A - adjustments (the opportunity to wake up the brain)

I - innate or insight (learn why the brain is always correct)

N - nutrition 

Brain First --> Body Follows

Brain First --> A Vibrant Life Follows

Take the first step today and make the phone call.  I don't bite. 


Change is a Verb

It Shouldn't Be This Hard.  I Quit!
I've Said it so many times!

I'm taking a course on coaching / motivational interviewing, and it reminds me of how hard it is to incorporate change into your life style.  

My biggest struggle is getting myself focused on a regular exercise routine.  The truth is, I have so many other things in my life that must come first. You know what I mean.  You can name your own road blocks. 

Work, family, getting to the grocery store, putting out fires, figuratively, when an appliance breaks down or you need an emergency plumbing repair.  All these other things get in the way. 

Then I follow these healthy diet gurus online who brag about their blood sugar numbers and ketones.  I watched a gal who made a video of her entire work day and how she fit in time at the cross fit gym and then a session in the sauna after a day full of appointments. 

First, I said to myself, she 's going to kill herself at that pace.  Then I said, but you don't have young children to raise, (I believe she has a child in college and one soon to graduate high school).  She probably has a housekeeper, yard worker and dog walker. I'm smug and pointing out how easy she has it with such a supportive group of people around her.  Well, she has to be a good example.  Perhaps that is the motivation.  She can't fail....... maybe she's falling apart on the inside with this high level of self imposed pressure.  

I tell myself diet and exercise shouldn't be that difficult.  And I work on ways to make it easier for my practice members.  But I can't.  It has to come from the individual's deepest desire to do some things differently.  

I've even said, "It shouldn't be this hard.  I quit."  And I've quit, many times.  It's the re-starting that makes me feel worse because I see how much progress I wasted.  Then I berate myself. I really wasn't that bad off, but now I have to make up for lost time.  That lost time is really demoralizing.  But it's never too late.  The studies have shown that muscle can be re-toned at any age. I'm getting back on track.  You can too. 

Change, after all, is a verb.  It comes from your inspired actions. 

But what kind of change do you want?  

You can go to a medical physician because you want a change.  You are given a pill and brief advice. Does this inspire action?  No.  It's like a visit to the principal's office, so it's more of a lecture and a depressing interaction. It may provide superficial change.

Do I offer something different?  I hope so.  Most folks don't like taking pills and will stop taking them or take less. Others will take them consistently without realizing the nutrient deficiencies that follow, which makes them feel worse or they believe their disease has progressed.   Nothing empowering here. 

I offer an explanation of why the body does what it does.  All body responses are logical and correct for the situation.  It may take more time to understand this different point of view.  This is the part that is unique only to you and no text book in medical school (or chiropractic college) addresses this. 

This seminar reminds me that everyone starts at the contemplation/recontemplation stage.  It should be called the ruminating stage. The starting is the most challenging. 

And I know, as a chiropractor, it boils down to the patterns wired into your brain.  When I talk to people resistant to change it is because their brains are drained of nutrients.  They are in an energy crisis brought on by an excessive fight or flight response.  

That's why the next step after verbalizing a desired goal is to assess the brain's capacity then concentrate on a brain nurturing plan.  

*Brain First * Body Follows*

* Brain First  then...Behaviors Can Be Enhanced.

Here's a quick hint: Get adequate sleep!

Next: Get coaching from me: The Brain First Protocol.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Paradox: Your Body Is Right But It's Miserable

Image: Forbes Article    

The same way your nervous system was trashed is the same way we repair it, but with compassion and common sense. 

You got here, in this state of disorganization because your brain followed your lead.  

Chiropractic can unravel it.

It doesn't matter what you call it.

Fatigue * Depression * Diabetes * Chronic Pain * Arthritis *  *Headaches * Anxiety * Angina * Restless Leg * Sciatica* Immune Dysfunction * Thyroid Disorder * Allergies *  Etc...   Etc...

Your brain learned it from your Fight or Flight adventures or misadventures....  Your life.  Your stress.  Your reaction to stress.  Your memories.  

Chiropractic helps you shift gears to reverse this learned helplessness. 

Chiropractic Reboots the Computer.

Brain First Protocol 

Your Health Is Trashed * Reverse the Post-Pandemic Blues

(Image: Amy Zerba, CNN)

The whole point of chiropractic is to adjust the spine so it can unwind the stress of your life, giving you a refreshed energy to live the whole human experience  --- regardless of pain, whether you are in pain or not in pain.   

The brain is constantly reorganizing itself.  Chiropractic enhances the process.  
So, I'll see you in the office and you can enhance your brain's reorganizing abilities. 

Now let's get on with some interesting topics: 

The pandemic has re-tuned our autonomic nervous systems.   I am listening to a 2022 podcast with Dr. Stephen Porges. He stated how he was affected by the pandemic in such a way that he was very cautious when traveling and interacting with people.  I relate to that.  The most ridiculous thought in my  mind is, "Who am I going to p*ss off now," because so many people have decided to believe there is something lurking about ready to pounce on you to give you a flu.  

Naturally I want to be a nice person, but I will not entertain a foolish theory that has been disproven more than it is proven.  I don't want people to die of fright, but I want the lie to be recognized.  Our lives were disrupted and it should not have gone down that way. It's not easy to unravel generations of a pattern based on lies, but I'm going to try.  

Who is Dr. Stephen Porges?  He is the father of the polyvagal theory. If you want to feel confident in your body and not live in fear, his explanation of the vagus nerve is ground breaking. 

He has promoted the science of the multiple functions of the vagus nerve which serves as an alert guard helping the body determine nervous system responses by judging if situations are safe or not, especially social situations since we are social animals.  There is safety in numbers and we can communicate acceptance, warning, or danger with body posture, facial gestures tone of voice, etc.  The vagus nerve is highly in tune with our more sophisticated brain functions.

We should enjoy interacting with others, but pandemic rules wrecked it!  Community gatherings are a joyful experience.  We must preserve it.  No more fear.  No more fraud. 

When he says our autonomic nervous systems are re-tuned, he is explaining that repetition over a long period of time has created a short cut signaling so the hyperactive responses of anxiety are engrained too much in our bodies. 

Think of people in war zones who live with the sounds of explosions in their daily lives.  The pandemic practices have done great harm in a similar way.   Children have delayed developmental milestones because they were deprived of the experience of facial expressions thanks to the poorly thought out mask wearing hype. Who knows how long it will take to heal children of this abuse. 

When Dr. Porges says he has to overthink his travel plans, he can't relax.  He can't enjoy the trip.  His autonomic nervous system is working too hard, leading to burn out as his energy stores are depleted.

Most people who don't talk the language of the nervous system on a daily basis the way I do may not make the connection between the last 3 years of exploitation of our good natured desire to obey with the onset of their chronic, debilitating health conditions.   

You may feel stressed.  You may admit your body feels groggy, tight, weak, unreliable, but you can't pinpoint a specific cause.  That is your re-tuned nervous system. 

Chiropractic is the most profound way to reclaim your energy and ambition that was stolen from you since 2020.  

It starts with the Brain First / Body Follows Protocol taught in my office. 

The same way your nervous system was trashed is the same way we repair it, but with compassion and common sense. 

What are you waiting for?  BRAIN FIRST PROTOCOL.

PolyVagal Theory 101

Friday, August 04, 2023

Back Pain? It's More Than the Back


Back bothering you?  Or neck?  

Or arm?
Don't Over-Focus

on One Body Part.

Your Brain 

Chose It.

Go to the Brain to Learn Why.

Brain First / Body Follows

Blood, oxygen, nerves, muscles, hormones, lymph, organ systems, etc.

It's always a team effort directed by the information you taught your brain.

The whole point of chiropractic is to adjust the spine so it can unwind the stress of your life, giving you a refreshed energy to live the whole human experience  --- regardless of pain, whether you are in pain or not in pain.   

The brain is constantly reorganizing itself.  Chiropractic enhances the process. 

Be a Light - Chiropractic Ramps Up Your Light


The opposite of gas lighting is being a light to others.                               Be a healing light to others.  We all need it. 

The medical industrial complex herds you through the system with very little input from you.  That's because medical professionals, (myself included, as I speak from experience) are taught to follow an alogorithm whether it's right for you or not.  

When your situation must fit into a insurance code in order to keep the system functioning and all your practitioners can meet their requirements to earn a paycheck, the patient is "neutered." What I mean is the patient's empowerment is ignored. The power of the body to be strong is belittled.  Discarding the fact that the body is acting appropriately based on the person's stress is dangerous for morale.  But, worst of all, it is telling a lie to the patient. 

The gas-lighting is rampant.  This is how we get people to obey and not rock the boat.  I may sound like a conspiracy theorist, but no one can deny the Rockefeller influence on the health care culture.  Excellent therapies have been buried.  Talented doctors have been financially ruined, murdered, or left to die in poverty and shame. 

The antidote to a crumbling system is to teach each other how amazing the body is.  Everything the body does is correct for the situation, even if we don't like it.  Even if it is painful.  Let's work with it in a collaborative manner, not as if it's a battle. 

We don't need to be categorized under some kind of disease label that takes away our confidence. Disease labels do not recognize the hard working energy the body is using to get back to homeostasis and repair itself. We've been taught to hate the repair process.  We've been taught to fear it and seek out illogical treatments that put the body into a higher level of survival stress.  

There is a belief that inflammation is good, until it is bad.  The knee-jerk reaction is to always drug away inflammation.  (New research has turned that theory upside down.  Lack of inflammation is actually a sign the body has lost it's ability to repair.) Bacteria is good until it is bad, even though the only role for bacteria is to consume dead tissue.  Do you really want dead tissue clogging up your joints and organs?  A fever is good until it is bad.  But when we reduce a fever, we're prolonging a process that the body really wants to finish.  A rash is always believed to be bad, even though it is a system cleansing.  Rashes don't just appear for no reason. A rapid heart rate is necessary when the body needs more energy and movement.  A cyst, tumor, or abscess is the body's intelligent attempt to surround toxins and bind them together until it is safe to eliminate them.  We would do better to evaluate the toxin, not the protective response.

While I am speaking in generalities, provided the body is not in a state of shock, bleeding out, or overwhelmed with poisons that the body is near death, we must reclaim the truth about our amazing intelligent body.  

You can take away the fear and trepidation with this knowledge.  You can help someone else regain his or her confidence. We can teach each other how to nurture the body rather than add more damage to the body. 

When you approach chiropractic with this mind-set, the impact is much more impressive.  If the body is in a state of fear, chiropractic is still helpful, but it's like wading in the muck.  It takes longer. 

The whole point of chiropractic is to adjust the spine so it can unwind the stress of your life, giving you a refreshed energy to live the whole human experience  --- regardless of pain, whether you are in pain or not in pain.   

The brain is constantly reorganizing itself.  Chiropractic enhances the process. 

I am calling on you to be the light to others.  And in the image above, that little light can take off and ignite the wicker basket, dissolving the barrier that keeps the light under wraps. 
--See you at the table.  The chiropractic table.
--Dr. Lisa