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Monday, June 17, 2024

Thoughts, Toxins, Leave More Scars Than Injuries


Thoughts and Toxins

Leave More Scars

Than Injuries

The public "saves" chiropractic care for injuries and sore muscles.  This is a mind-set I am trying to change. Why wait until you are in poor shape? Chiropractic is your partner in everyday living.  

A stressed out / burned out nervous system won't catch up to your desired level of functioning.  It is not a disease, but it is an energy crisis

Don't you want to be at your best everyday?  Stress is here to stay, and even if you don't feel stressed, your body is working behind the scenes 24/7.

Would you insure your home after a fire destroyed it? 

No, of course not.

So, let's regard the nervous system the same way.  Plan ahead so you're body is always ready no matter what life throws at you. 

The nervous system thrives on regular maintenance.

Today's nervous system is tomorrow's health.  Once you understand how the stress response works for you everyday, you want to pay it back for being so dedicated. 

Stress is sneaky, but now you're ready.

#1 – Mental Stress

Prolonged Fight or Flight blocks rebuilding and recovery.

Stress is inevitable, stressed thinking is not.

Retrain your Fight or Flight response

#2 – Chemical Stress

Fight or Flight hold ups toxin release, causing pain and sluggish organs.

Stress is inevitable, poor replenishment is not.

Consider dietary changes and toxic effect of drugs/medicines.

#3 – Mechanical Stress

Injuries heal efficiently when #1 and #2 are are properly addressed long before the injury occurs.

Stress is inevitable, weak tissues are not.

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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Chiropractic is Not About What Goes Away; It's About What You Become

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
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