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Monday, June 10, 2024

The Lie You Believed - Until Today

 Today is Day 1 -  Right Now !

This is your fresh start.   A new outlook. 

Brain First Is Body Freedom

Thank you for visiting my office website.  You are probably here to seek answers to why you are feeling the way to do.  The best thing you can do is pick up the phone and speak to me.  I don't bite.  I am actually very nice.  315-277-1362 

But in the meantime, read about the lie you can stop believing right now.

I want to say I never believed this lie, but the deep rooted paradigm is drilled into us at a very young age.  You can look at your health differently and empower yourself. 

PAIN   ---   That's why people call me.  I want to help them understand why their bodies are expressing the pain sensation.  Most of the time folks already tried pills, exercises, massage, resting, and waiting.  


But eventually their patience wanes and frustration begins to build.   At this point, they feel helpless or confused and start to imagine that they really messed up their bodies.   

Well, why not?  This is the underlying message we've been taught since we were small.  First, we watched our elderly relatives suffer with the message that old age is terrible.   We absorb their fear.  We watch how our parents react to health challenges in the family. It is disconcerting at times.  These memories shape your nervous system.

We assume the body needs major help beyond our own abilities. The body has a very low threshold of self healing.  We think we need a lot of intervention.  We're grateful for professional help, but they tell us, we need to be on the lookout for more health problems lurking around the corner.  


Now we have PAIN, with a nice helping of ANXIOUSNESS which increases the pain INTENSITY.  This intensity then spills over into the other organs/systems. (Let's prevent this domino effect.)

I'm not downplaying the reality that we get sick from time to time.  I'm aware that we get injured, fall down, do silly things that cause pain. 

But the brain picks up on the negativity and goes into ultra-survival mode.  Your brain can't relax.  And this does us more harm than good. 


It can be a ripple effect leading to the big name diagnoses the medical arena deals with: IBS, diabetes, heart disease, depression, dementia, migraines, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.

You don't have a disease.  You have a nervous system. 

The brain also, memorizes these patterns, which is very draining. The body is at greater risk for injury, mental fatigue and poor resilience.


This festering belief that the body fails leads to energy burn-out then the body fails.    Self fulfilling prophesy....

If pills, massage, exercises, rest don't work, what's the solution?

Chiropractic helps you pay back what stress takes.

I'm here to provide a different approach. 

First of all, I do not want to copy other health care professions.  Chiropractic is not medicine/drugs.  Chiropractic is not physical therapy.  Chiropractic is not massage therapy. 

#1- I do not subscribe to the belief that the body fails.   The brain is very deliberate and the body responds appropriately.

#2-I'm on a mission to retrain our brains to resist energy depleting patterns.  The brain is a fast learner and we taught our brains to memorize stress patterns.  Sometimes too well.  Life saving stress responses are essential, but a pre-occupied, over-protective brain can take its toll on the body's energy system. 

#3- I'm super passionate about the chiropractic adjustment because it's like hitting a switch. Adjusting the spine switches the brain from fight or flight to calm. The spine is  like a telephone switch board.  The adjustment can reset the brain's patterns, to the more desirable patterns that initiate healing, relaxation, productive sleep, etc. 

What about pills, exercises, massage, rest, and waiting?

While they are helpful, there is one big reason why they don't work: The Brain.


Pills don't work because the brain is hyper-focused on protecting the body. The pain sensation serves a purpose.  The brain will not give in. It's in charge, ferociously in charge and survival is essential.  We must approach it from the brain's point of view. 

Exercises don't work because the brain is already primed to prevent excessive movements. We must approach it from the brain's point of view. 

Massages don't work because the brain is still not convinced the survival response should be diminished. We must approach it from the brain's point of view. 

Rest doesn't work because the brain is locked in a survival pattern.  Even when you avoid activity or sleep, the brain is preoccupied by a stressor.  You might sleep, but it's not productive, deep sleep. We must approach it from the brain's point of view. 

Waiting doesn't work because there is still an unrecognized stressor preoccupying the brain.   We must approach it from the brain's point of view. 

You Can Retire This Lie:   

Your body is not failing you, it's not defective. Your body is actually acting intelligently, even if it's uncomfortable.  

The disease approach does you a disservice by not acknowledging how the brain is trying to deal with your stress.  The mainstream approach has actually misinterpreted the body's responses, then we typically utilize treatments that are risky, adding more stress to the body. 

When we acknowledge the logical responses of the body, we are less afraid.  We make better decisions that are more in sync with the body, not against it. 

You don't have a disease, you have a nervous system.   

Why are you choosing chiropractic? Because adjusting the spine interrupts a pattern and opens up the brain to a new patternWhat patterns do you want to work on?

Here's something cool: Chiropractic helps you do things better.  It makes your exercise better, makes your massages feel better, makes your sleep better!  Chiropractic gives you confidence, energy, and you think better.  You definitely live better!

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

The neat part of chiropractic is that is adds nothing to the body and takes nothing away from the body.  

How do we approach it from the brain's point of view?  You tell me your story, your stresses.  We determine how your unique nervous system is reacting to the world.

I can't wait to hear from you. 

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From the chiropractic point of view, your nervous system responds to stress and promotes your survival.  (Constantly reorganizing itself) These survival responses are often perceived as a disease or dysfunction.  If you are manipulating this response (with drugs, or surgery) in order to numb or diminish the  effects of a working nervous system, you may never address the underlying stress. 

What are the underlying stresses?  Well, that is completely unique to you and how your nervous system learned from your past exposures. 

Chiropractic adjustments reset your brain so you can clear out your stress better.  When you get adjusted, your brain is ready for a new learning experience, so whatever you expose it to next matters. Especially in the first 20 minutes after your adjustment. It's a special refreshed time for your brain. 

If you're used to going to the chiropractor to feel better, (which is fine, nothing wrong with that) be sure you understand that you need to get yourself into a true restful healing state, not kicked back into fight or flight.  

When you are getting on the table to receive a chiropractic adjustment you set the intention in your mind.  How do you want to celebrate and support your nervous system. With fear and tension or with a liberating outlook.  It's part of the process.  To learn more, read here about the Brain First Protocol.   What Will You Become When You Put the Brain First






Saturday, June 01, 2024

The Worst Health Problem: Do You Have It?

(Image: Dr. Ford Brewer, YouTube)

When I talk to folks, I notice their concern and fear with certain health problems.  And it's not always cancer, even though it is assumed to come with an inevitable death sentence.  (Here are different perspectives on cancer:   The Cancer Culture Is Cancer on the Rise? )

The top of list seems to be arthritis and clogged arteries

People are especially frightened of arthritis.  I was a bit freaked out when I had neck Xrays at age 29.  I was not in any pain, but the early formation of spurs were evident. Today, I do not have pain, and I have no desire to get new Xrays. (It is common knowledge that imaging findings do not correlate with pain levels or predict pain.)

The media has endless commercials for slow release pain medications. When many of us watched our grandparents live in a tiny world because their activity levels were restricted by pain, we all cross our fingers and say: "Not me.  Please, not me."


I'd like to be hopeful that hip and knee replacement surgeries are not as prevalent as they appear to be.  It seems as if every other person over age 60 has some type of artificial joint.  I realize it's fairly easy to get approved for the surgery.  So, what are the stats?


AI Summary from Google:

In 2010, 0.83% of the US population had a total hip replacement. This number increased with age, reaching 5.26% for people aged 80 and older. Women are more likely to have hip replacements than men, and the prevalence is expected to increase in the future as the population ages and demand for improved mobility grows. 

Hip replacements are one of the most common and fastest-growing procedures in the US, and are considered one of the safest and most reliable treatments in medicine. They can last for 20 years or more, and are often a lifelong solution for hip arthritis. About 95% of patients experience relief from hip pain after surgery, and 90–95% of implants remain viable 10 years later, and 80–85% remain viable after 20 years. However, hip replacements can fail due to reasons such as instability, infection, loosening,  or implant failure, which can be a burden for patients and the healthcare system.  NIH article

What did we do for folks before hip replacements were popular?  Did we just ignore people's pain and tell them to suck it up?  Perhaps we were healthier back then before the our food supply turned into franken foods?  We were more inclined to exercise back then? These are fair questions. 

More AI input: 

According to NCBI, 171 total hip arthroplasty (THA) procedures were performed between 1970 and 1980, which is 5.3% of the 3,219 THA procedures performed between 1969 and 2006. The University of Orthopaedic Department also performed 2,669 Charnley-Mueller THA procedures between November 1970 and February 1982

NIH link


The other scary diagnosis that has everyone stressed is metabolic syndrome/heart disease.  (Not to mention constantly worrying about it is not helpful.)

They are obsessed with their cholesterol numbers which can go up and down.  (Reasons for sudden increase in cholesterol) Cholesterol is not associated with heart disease but old habits die hard, especially when there's a lot of money to be made from statin meds. ($14.1B according to AI.)

Here's the funny thing, there are better lab numbers that correlate with heart function as they relate to the fight or flight response such as norepinephrine/catecholamines. 

What are the stats?  Well, 3.1% of American adults in the U.S. suffered myocardial infarction in 2010.   NIH article.  Does 3% sound like an epidemic to you?

Also, the American Heart Association reports that half (50%) of America has some type of cardiovascular disease. (Just having high blood pressure alone puts you in this group.  Interesting way of skewing the statistics.)

Now that I'm researching some stats regarding these two topics, I come across this: 

People with osteoarthritis are 3 times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease or heart failure.  ****  This blew me away. READ HERE

At least this article cites the serious problem of NSAID pain medications as a risk for heart disease.  The Mayo Clinic admits this side effect, but doesn't explain why. 

Some commonly used NSAIDs include:

  • aspirin (such as Disprin)
  • ibuprofen (such as Nurofen)
  • naproxen (such as Naprosyn)
  • diclofenac (such as Voltaren)
  • celecoxib (such as Celebrex).


I'd like to reduce people's fears by demonstrating the many incomplete assumptions that show there is no cut and dry explanation as to why the body does what it does. Also, we are all very different from one another and one size does not fit all.  If this was true 100% of us would have heart disease, or arthritis, or cancer, and that is just not the case. 
Our unique nervous systems shape our health.  Even though you may live in the same environment as your closest friend or live in the same household as other family members, no one has the same health presentation.  Hopefully you are all energetic and active, but we know life has its ups and downs.

The robustness of your nervous system impacts how your joints perform. 
The robustness of your nervous system impacts how your heart performs.      
----not genes, not heredity, not age, not gender, etc. but what you taught your nervous system by your experiences and emotions,

When you're under stress, the brain diverts its resources. If it goes on long enough, there is deprivation and depletion.  We want to avoid that extreme. 

We use chiropractic to modify the intensity of stress so the brain calms the fight or flight response. 

Fight or Flight: 
fast heart rate
fast, shallow breathing
cold hands, sweaty hands
thicker blood
digestion, elimination slows
hyper energy, anxious
insomnia
compulsive thinking, ruminating
emotions range from distrustful to fearful
tight muscles to the point of shaking, trembling
low or no pain may be risk of injury, or you take more risks
(the hyper-energy may make you feel indestructible)

These are normal survival responses when there is immediate danger, but they also wipe out your energy.  Without time for rest and replenishment, the body breaks down, performs poorly, and does not renew itself. 

Chiropractic shifts the brain's perception of its environment.  It can get stuck in Fight or Flight because of its efficient ability to learn from exposure. Chiropractic helps re-educate the brain and re-set the pre-frontal cortex (the conductor of the brain).

The worst most challenging health problem is a nervous system stuck in Fight or Flight.
Talk to me about your most challenging health concern, and let's see what the nervous system is doing about it.

See you at the table.....the adjusting table.  Don't Wait!
---Dr. Lisa
--- Your Fight or Flight Coach

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Chiropractic enhances the brain.  

Chiropractic is your springboard.  

Chiropractic offers something different.  It must be applied differently with its own different language and outlook. 

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.  


Caution: Chiropractic Makes You Sick

When the body is under stress, its resources are diverted.  This is the intelligent design.  

The duration of stress is not an intelligent design. 

Stress is meant to be short lived, but the modern world and our driven mind-sets don't help.  

When our resources are diverted, parts of the body are overwhelmed while other parts of the body are deprived. 

Inflammation is part of the survival responses, but sometimes you may feel the inflammation is overwhelming. 

When the digestion process is stressed, you will be deprived of nutrients, so muscle and bone have to give it up. 

Chiropractic adjustments of the spine calm stress signals in the brain so you can get the resources delivered everywhere.

BUT, you have been warned.  This resetting of the brain may spur on the healing response in ways that are uncomfortable. 

Chiropractic may increase a fever when it was on hold for a while.  (Stressful states are cold, healing is hot.)

Chiropractic may increase inflammation so you can have an intense repair.

Chiropractic may make you very sleepy since sleeping is necessary for healing. 

Chiropractic may force you into the bathroom because it's finally ready to let it all out!!! 

Hang in there.  Allow your body time to catch up on important work that was postponed. 

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Chiropractic enhances the brain.  

Chiropractic is your springboard.  

Chiropractic offers something different.  It must be applied differently with its own different language and outlook. 

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 Fight or Flight Coach



Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Chiropractic is the Springboard : Recreate Your Life


 Parts of my city lost power after a night of high winds.  In our house, we were in the dark around 8:30 PM.  I had to carry my flash light throughout the house.  The laundry was washed, but had to be hung up to dry.  I admit I have a habit of watching Hulu before bed.  Without that vice for the night, I thought I would read a book.

After a few minutes, I turned off the battery powered light.  It was so quiet in the house.  It was a true darkness, as well.  No street lights.  No flood lights from the neighbor's yard.  I decided to go to sleep.

This is how we used to live.  All this artificial clutter really messes with our brains. 

It reminded me of  Mark Sisson's comment about "living by the ebb and flow of light and darkness, season to season."  In his book, Primal Connections (2013) he talks about "living in smaller groups," playing more, delving into our individual creativity, following a more instinctual natural rhythm in our lives.  In a sense, we have the opportunity to reclaim our biological roots of natural fitness by moving and playing the way our ancestors did.  We can reclaim a more natural diet, eating foods fresh before they are mutated with chemicals in  factories.


It would be worth it to read his book again.  He mentions being forced into "early retirement," and having to recreate himself. And for him it became a new niche that evolved into a successful business with ardent followers. 

What also intrigues me is how people transform themselves when faced with a challenge that forces them to rethink what they thought was expected of them.  A new path emerges.  

Have you had to go through any growing pains that turned out to be a worthwhile experience even if it was unexpected or traumatic? It's sometimes that way when folks come in to the chiropractic office for the first time. 

Many tell me they are at the end of their ropes.  They are stuck.  There expectations were not met and now they are worn down, distrusting, or betrayed by a system that let them down. 

I often struggle myself offering a new definition of health and healing but others don't seem to want to leave the system that let them down.  Apples and oranges I guess. If your brain is expecting one thing, then the new idea can't even pierce through the old, thick bullet proof vest. Chiropractic helps you make that profound shift. 

Be open to recreate yourself.  Take the best of your talents and enhance them. 

Chiropractic enhances the brain.  

Chiropractic is your springboard.  

Chiropractic offers something different.  It must be applied differently with its own different language and outlook. 

----Dr. Lisa
--- Your Fight or Flight Coach

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.  

  

Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder - Live Your Life with Confidence

Chiropractic offers something different.  It must be applied differently with its own different language and outlook. 

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.  
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I just happened to catch an interview on the Today Show with a health care professional who described different issues that can put women at risk for heart disease.  There was such a long list, it appeared as if all women are at risk.  Apparently, just being alive puts us at risk.  (Here's the clip.)

Some of the problems included a woman having her first period before age 11, then there's menopause of course.  Also other risks include lupus, migraines, fibromyalgia type disorders, rhematoid arthritis, psoriasis, preeclampsia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, miscarriage, and cancer treatments.  --All risks of future heart disease!!

In my opinion, the underlying message is you don't have a chance! There will always be a potential disease to worry about. 

This is certainly not the world I live in.  Being told to get screening after screening builds up a lot of negativity and fear.  Your life is not yours when your doctors have you over scheduled month after month. Being stuck in fear is your choice, that's for sure. I won't be living my life constantly looking over my shoulder for a disease on the sneak attack.


Interestingly, about a decade ago a report came out saying screenings don't really improve health outcomes, but I'm having trouble finding it on the internet. Where did it go?  (I knew I should have printed it out and kept it in a folder.) 

From the chiropractic point of view, your nervous system responds to stress and promotes your survival.  (Constantly reorganizing itself) These survival responses are often perceived as a disease or dysfunction.  If you are manipulating this response (with drugs, or surgery) in order to numb or diminish the  effects of a working nervous system, you may never address the underlying stress. 

What are the underlying stresses?  Well, that is completely unique to you and how your nervous system learned from your past exposures. 

Chiropractic adjustments reset your brain so you can clear out your stress better.  When you get adjusted, your brain is ready for a new learning experience, so whatever you expose it to next matters. Especially in the first 20 minutes after your adjustment. It's a special refreshed time for your brain. 

If you're used to going to the chiropractor to feel better, (which is fine, nothing wrong with that) be sure you understand that you need to get yourself into a true restful healing state, not kicked back into fight or flight.  

When you are getting on the table to receive a chiropractic adjustment you set the intention in your mind.  How do you want to celebrate and support your nervous system. With fear and tension or with a liberating outlook.  It's part of the process.  To learn more, read here about the Brain First Protocol.   What Will You Become When You Put the Brain First

---See you at the table, the adjusting table

-- Dr. Lisa

--- Your Fight or Flight Coach

Fight or Flight is Essential.

Hyper-Triggers Are Not.



Friday, May 03, 2024

Your Body is Only Following Orders (From the Brain)

 Don't be mad.  Don't play the blame game. 

Your body is just following orders.  

Learn why it's better to honor your brain's interpretation rather than curse it. It will help you avoid the self-hate and demoralization that interferes with your best most vibrant health.

If you step on a tack, do you take an aspirin or get off the tack?

This seems to make sense.  If something is deforming your soft tissues or causing bleeding, you are likely to know the immediate cause. 

If there is actual tissue derangement, the brain elicits a pain response so you will take the time to look at your foot and something about it. 

It reminds me of the time I was attacked by fire ants.  I was in Florida trying to plant a garden.  If you know me, I was barefoot. Yes, in New York you can prance around outdoors in bare feet.  There are no fire ants in New York.  Well, my brain quickly figured out I was being bitten by a hundred unfriendly insects.  Thank you, brain.  Once I looked down to assess the situation, I knew it was time to run away and wash my feet before they did more damage. 

My foot was hurting, thanks to my brain.  There was good reason to honor my brain's interpretation. I needed to get out of the dirt. 


This photo is from a 1995 British Medical Journal editorial.    Apparently a man stepped on a nail at a construction site. How does that look to you?  Not very comfortable.  Are you squirming a little bit?  Are you looking away because it conjures up bad memories of something you did that wasn't so smart?

(source: https://medium.com/proximity/it-was-1995-when-an-incredible-story-was-described-in-the-british-medical-journal-e9f1bd90a217)

The guy was screaming in pain during his ride to the emergency room.  It took a while to calm him down with pain killers before the boot could be removed.  A puncture wound like that could get pretty bloody.  The poor guy. 

It turned out, after the boot was removed, the nail did not break the skin.  Believe it or not, the nail went between his toes.  

Was the brain wrong?  When he looked at his boot, his brain had to make a quick decision based on the newness of the information so it could alert the rest of the nervous system.  

I call this the bear/squirrel dilemma.  If you hear  rustling in the bushes, your brain immediately thinks it is a bear for the best survival outcome.  The brain tells the body to go on high alert.  Then, in a few seconds you see that it is actually a squirrel, the brain tells the body to stay put.  The heart can stop racing.  Blood can circulate from the legs and return to the digestive system (If you just ate some dinner.)

Now, you can look back at instances in your life when you experienced something similar.  

In my early 20s I earned myself 2 speeding tickets within months of each other.  After that I developed an unwanted panic disorder that would erupt whenever I saw flashing lights on the highway.  I felt as if I was jumping out of my skin if a police car was following behind me.  

I would shake horribly and my breathing would be shallow which would cause tingling in my hands.  Even when I knew I was not speeding, my brain overrode the proof.  While my eyes saw the truth on the speedometer, it was to no avail. 

My body was just following orders from my brain. 

I used to have a dramatic perception that every cop had ultra-laser focus waiting to catch me doing something wrong.  I would be staring at my speedometer, making sure I was using my turn signal and not hitting the brake too hard.  

These reactions completely stopped in time but it took years.  I really can't remember how long it took, but that's ok. Why should I keep that memory stored in my brain.  Overtime I felt more relaxed whenever I saw a police cruiser.  

Now, I'm cool as a cucumber when I see any police.  Even 2 years ago when I was pulled over for an expired registration, I didn't sweat it at all.  

The body just follows orders. Having a fever is just the body following orders.  Inflammation is the body following orders.  A rapid heart beat is the body following orders. If it is something you believe is lasting too long, you can modify it.  Chiropractic is one way to break unwanted learned patterns chosen by the brain. 

Chiropractic is an amazing tool for your brain because adjustments can help you modify your brain's perception of the world around you and  your own internal chatter.

No, it won't erase your brain.  Chiropractors are not secret operatives trying to overtake your mind. 

Chiropractic works by helping the spine communicate calm to the brain. This in turn opens up an opportunity for the brain to activate the vagus nerve which plays a role in the body's restorative functions such as digestion and repair. 

You cannot be in a state of growth and defense. One will dominate. 

Some stress we can reduce.  Some stress we cannot avoid. 

Chiropractic helps us manage.  Chiropractic helps us reduce stress. 

A chiropractic appointment is a time-out.  It is your choses time to get away from busyness and taking a mental break.  While you are at the chiropractic appointment, the adjustment allows your pre-frontal cortex to reengage, rebalance, while the limbic system calms down the energy draining survival responses. 

Yes, you can calm down the draining survival response on your own.  There are many ways to do so.  But, chiropractic is a profound brain stimulation that can undo a learned body response.  When you feel as if your body is stuck in a vicious cycle, chiropractic breaks the cycle to reestablish every day functions that are placed on hold during a stressful event. 

Am I doing a good job of explaining this in a short blog article? Probably not.  Watch my orientation video.  When you come in for an appointment, we can fill in the blanks with your personal story.  It's a very meaningful journey.  Join me. 

Orientation Video



Sunday, February 11, 2024

Existing Outside the Cancer Culture

(Image: https://www.salon.com/2022/11/27/did-western-philosophy-ruin-earth-a-philosophers-letter-of-apology-to-the-world/)

 ** Please don’t sell yourself short.  I believe anyone reading this has the capacity to rethink a different way to approach health when it is obvious that more of the same may not be the best for your future.  Chiropractic offers something different.  It must be applied differently with its own different language and outlook. 


Why the Rules Shouldn’t Change for Cancer

BTW, what does chiropractic have to do with cancer? Plenty.


Cancer is considered to be the worst of the worst.  All other conditions are viewed as manageable and you should "live with it" (another blog post for another day).  Why not cancer?  


A cancer tumor is made up of anaplastic cells.  Anaplastic is defined by the National Cancer Institute as cells that divide rapidly and no longer resemble the “mother” cell.  I used the word mother because the NCI definition states the new cells do not resemble normal cells anymore.  I think "mother" cell is a better way to describe the original cell. I prefer to use it over the term "normal." because no one has the authority to define normal.   Cells are just responding to the environment. They can’t be normal or abnormal.  Constantly using  the term normal closes off the mind to other reasonable understandings.  It’s a mind block.


Function is also a term that needs clarifying.  The body functions all the time until there is zero function, which means death.  You function until you cease to function.  There is no dysfunction.  Your body, brain, cells, organs…. will continue to function.  They are always responding to the environment.  They may be in a defensive or protective state, and then a restful state or a rebuilding state. It’s all functional.   Using the term dysfunction closes off the mind from other reasonable understandings.  


When cancer becomes the center of attention, the mainstream views it as a dysfunction. How do these cells become abnormal?   Well, do they? What if they are functioning in a way that supports the body? Can we consider this idea?


Actually there is disagreement in the cancer industry.  Ninety percent of oncologists would forgo chemotherapy for themselves and their family members. That's saying something.


In any other case, we observe a body symptom going through a healing process.  I prefer to call it a nervous system adaptation of protection during a stressful event,  and then rebuilding once the stressful event has ended. If it’s a cut, we know the skin separations reconnect and knit together again under a messy clot that turns into a scab.  If it’s a stomach ache we know an intense diarrhea or vomiting will occur. Inflammation and swelling are purposeful, as well.


So, why do we change our thinking when something is labeled cancer?  

Because it is assumed that it will keep growing and become a danger to vital organs. But we also know that is not 100% true.  You’ve heard that tumors shrink on their own, and our bodies “fight” cancer all the time (until it decides to stop fighting, apparently).


A quick search of early studies on spontaneous remission shows that tumors disappear 12-24% of the time.  These numbers are poo-pooed because it could upset the National Cancer Institute's mission.  I think this statistic is significant.  It shows the body builds up and breaks down appropriately and as needed when facing stress. 


Cancers that shrink on their own also follow an interesting process.  They become red and hot. The person develops a fever and this spurs on the shrinkage. Certain bacteria show up also to “digest” the tumor.   The belief is that “infection” causes tumors to shrink.  Infection is another term that closes off the mind to other reasonable understandings. We assume an infection is a malevolent process that must be drugged and drained.  Perhaps it is the appropriate and intelligent  process the body utilizes to shrink a tumor. 


Researchers were so excited by this observed body response they wanted to manipulate it by creating an infectious substance and injecting it in tumors in order to create a cure.  But this turned out to be a poor attempt at reinventing the wheel.  The studies were deemed a failure and the infection idea was buried in history.  The body already does it well and scientists wanted to high-jack it.


Can I add a reasonable understanding to this scenario?  If a fever is a necessary part of this process, I bet we have wrecked the body’s natural fever mechanisms.  People take fever reducers everyday even when they don’t experience fevers.  When people take non-steroidal inflammatory drugs for chronic joint pain every day, they are also cooling off the fever mechanism rendering it unavailable when a real need comes up.  Also much of our modern day lifestyles  block  the natural process of bacterial activity within the body.  So, two of the most important tumor shrinkers are beaten down.  This may be why we don’t see spontaneous remissions.  Also, we don’t look for spontaneous remissions.  We don’t support the body to allow spontaneous remissions.  We follow the assumptions about cancer that it is a death sentence.  


From a chiropractic perspective, we know a body that is allowed a reprieve from stressful events, stressful thinking, etc,  has the opportunity to rebuild, and regain strength and resilience.


Chiropractic adjustments help the nervous system reset brain patterns so an overactive fight or flight response is gently dialed down  allowing  the repair process to finish the job.  The most challenging health problem  is the energy theft when fight or flight goes on too long, or too often (thanks to modern day life).  


The secret is to make peace with our stressful modern life.  We can change the intensity of our everyday issues.  We can incorporate a wellness plan that replenishes the vital energy our tissues need to remain viable. Chiropractic opens the door for replenishment. 


Cancer is thought to be cellular growth on steroids, out of sync with the body, but it can also appear to be an appropriate response to trauma and stress. 


We can’t control all of the stress in our lives, but we can prepare for the more challenging times. 

This is a brain approach to health.  Chiropractic is a very profound brain promoting tool. 


I prefer to look at the body’s functions as purposeful and logical.  The brain is in charge of the body.  The opposite view believes disease is in charge of the body and the body requires extensive outside help. From what I’ve seen during my lifetime, the disease model does  great harm to the psyche of the population.   


The treatment approach to manipulate the intelligent functions of the body and interfere with them is illogical and dangerous, This manipulative approach further perpetuates the idea that we are sitting ducks prone to insidious and unexpected health battles.  


While I was attracted to the wellness model because it is less invasive, drug free and utilizes natural approaches, I am dismayed that it still clings to the misleading language of disease.  So much more could be accomplished by avoiding terms such as abnormal, dysfunction, malfunction, mutation, infection, etc.


As a chiropractor, I don’t adjust the spine because the spine is in trouble or makes mistakes.  I adjust the spine to reach the brain and connect with it as a partnership because the brain makes us who we are.


In the end, I don’t want to focus on cancer.  It gets too much attention and we end up belittling ourselves because the cancer culture is very demoralizing.  


I want to focus on us–the people…and you the person.   You are much more powerful than a terribly misinterpreted body activity. 


If you want to learn more about your brain’s spectacular powers, learn why chiropractic is a profound brain tool opening up a new outlook for your life. 

A Brain Being a Brain Is Not a Disease


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Are You Not Entertained?

Chiropractic is the most profound brain performance tool.  How are you using your brain?

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Does the culture cultivate or cull?

In the 2000 film, Gladiator, Maximus sits in a locked cage waiting to defend his life while thousands of onlookers cheer during the violent deaths of the emperor's captives. He then shouts out in disgust, "Are you not entertained?"

My question is, what is the benefit of entertainment?

The 2024 NFL Superbowl is on TV right now as I am typing.  I do not watch football, but I have heard all week about the exciting events of the evening.  There's a puppy bowl, half time show, commercial competition (corporations are spending millions for air time), and Swifty alerts.  Oh, and yes, there's a football game going on.  Stadium tickets were $8,000,  And there's TV coverage for the entire country. 

I've been reading about different opinions posted on social media regarding this very popular pastime.  There's even talk that the the next day should be a national holiday because a lot of people don't make it in to work on Monday.  I hope they are taking a planned vacation day and not calling in sick. 

I've also heard various types of crime increases over Superbowl weekend.  There is another thought that major sports events are used to dull our minds and give us fake feelings of comradery.  The escapism is also considered as part of a mind numbing way to keep us broke, drunk, fat, mentally manipulated and unambitious.  Is that a stretch?

I also wonder about the players who are looked up to as athletic heroes. But despite their high salaries and paparazzi, they have mental health issues, poor physical health, divorces, and end up broke. 

But this is a free country.   We can strive to be athletic, we can become employed in the sports industry in some manner, we can celebrate the talents of hard working athletes.  We can pursue sport ourselves as a hobby.  We can play on the local level.  Many of us did so in high school and college.  It teaches us team work and how to climb out of our own insecurities.

This includes music endeavors, theatre, film, radio, video, politics, etc. Any type of high profile activity comes with its side effects on them and us as spectators.  

Then there's the endless marketing of high profile people. The Golden Globes, Grammys, Tonys, Oscars remind us how far we've come as a society with art, technology, and more entertainment. 

Are these creative outlets for us?  Are they addictive?  Do we admire famous people?  Are we inspired or demoralized?

Is entertainment truly an enjoyable outlet for you, or is it a distraction?  Does it inspire you to grow your own talents, or keep you from stepping you out of your comfort zone?

Just thoughts here.  
Do you go out into the world or do you hide from it?
How do you nourish your brain and nervous system?

Learn how to be a Partner With Your Brain.
The Brain Makes Your Body, so You Can Make Your Life. 





Monday, January 01, 2024

Why Chiropractic is CRITICAL for Children


Children need chiropractic.  It is a requirement.  

Of course, this is my opinion, but it is a very good opinion.  It's all about the developing nervous system of a child.   If anyone is looking for a scientific study to back that up, there are some very useful studies.  

Most chiropractic studies focus on childhood ailments or injuries.  When a child improves after chiropractic care, it is written up as a case study.  There is also a good supply of peer reviewed studies available at various websites regarding children under chiropractic care. 

I want parents to know that a childhood full of wellness chiropractic adjustments molds children into very well adjusted adults. (No pun here.)  There is no reason to ignore this information. "It is no-brainer."


The mainstream focuses on childhood issues



such as falls, colic, bed wetting, ADHD, breast feeding difficulties, seizures.  Children respond very well to chiropractic care.  If you have been around me long enough, you hear me talk about how it all has to do with the patterns learned from the nervous system.  

I look at the later results where children's nervous systems take on patterns that contribute to an exhausted nervous system.  Later on life, people don't connect their childhood patterns with their state of health.  Namely because no one really talks about it.  

The nervous system in survival mode "over learns" coping mechanisms in childhood.  This is very tricky to pinpoint since we are trained to look at the body symptoms coming from the body instead of the brain.  As adults, we may have outgrown our survival memories or feel more in control of our lives with added maturity but the brain stores them very well.  It is not a personal failing.  It's just the brain doing what it does so well. 

That's why I'd like to see every child receiving weekly chiropractic care from birth until they leave home (then they can continue on with this wellness routine on their own).

Chiropractic has a profound effect on the pre-frontal cortex.  We see this in brain wave studies.  We know how brain waves shift in and out of fight or flight and vagus phases.  We know how brain exhaustion leads to chronic dysfunctional problems in organs.  We know how well the body resets itself with chiropractic care. 

The ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Events) shows us how early childhood stress, poverty, trauma, etc. impacts body chemistry, such as cortisol.  We see the results in adulthood where some adults still have high cortisol levels even when they've reached successful outcomes in their adult lives.  This is stubborn brain programming that was necessary in childhood, and still being relived in adulthood. 

Neurofeedback has been shown to be a good re-setter approach.  Chiropractic has shown to be 200%  more proficient at resetting the brain compared to neurofeedback.  

The Brain First Protocol is just as helpful for children as it is for adults.  Every child deserves this type of head start in life. 

Brain First Boot Camp


Happy New Year 2024  !!!