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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