What’s Wrong with Her?

A few weeks ago, I was adjusting a little girl who receives care here with her Mom and Dad. After they had left, another patient, who witnessed the little girl getting adjusted, asked me, “What’s wrong with her.”kid-2815780_1920 (1)

I asked what she meant. Her response inferred there was a health problem with her, like headaches, low back pain, or neck pain, or anxiety. I replied that there was nothing “wrong” with her, that she did not have any symptoms, that her Mom and Dad bring her here for the same reasons that they receive care here. They want their daughter’s Nervous System to be functioning at its most optimal level, so that she can continue to function physically, emotionally, and psychologically at her best level of performance, and so that her body can continue to heal itself at its best level possible.

For many people, chiropractic care is synonymous with the correction of physical problems, whether it’s pain, like headaches, neck pain, or low back pain, and/or emotional problems, such as anxiety, depression, and energy loss. Yes, it’s true, many people begin to receive chiropractic care due to health problems that have reached the tipping point, where it becomes difficult to continue with their life.

What is also true is that chiropractic care has very little to do with helping you FEEL better. It has everything to do with helping you FUNCTION better. Once you function better, then EVERYTHING about you can begin to work better, whether it’s physical or emotional. So when a little girl is on the table receiving her adjustment, my goal is to help EVERYTHING about her work better, so that she does not grow up with the SAME PROBLEMS as her Mom and Dad did. My goal is to help EVERYONE function better so that they can heal at an improved capacity from how they did the day or week or month before.

Just think, if you continue to climb the ladder of health, week after week, month after month, year after year, where you can be in six months, or a year, or five years?

As far as all my young lives receiving their life enhancing adjustments, I would like to see the next generations’ health at a higher level than the generation of today. Chiropractic care can go a long way to ensuring that that becomes a reality.

More or Less?

Is it human nature to want more of something, or less of something? If you use money as an example, the answer is obvious. You want more. How about vacation time? Once again, you want more.Joy1

What about health? Isn’t it true that if you have headaches, your goal would be to have less? Or neck pain? You want less of that! Or digestive problems, you want less of that! Anxiety and stress? Again, definitely less!

What would happen if you shift your paradigm to wanting MORE? I do not mean more headaches, or more neck pain, or more digestive problems, but I mean the MORE that comes with having a better functioning Nervous System and greater health. As you regain your health,

How about more energy?

What about more happiness?

Are you up for more ease in your life?

Who wouldn’t want more flexibility?

What would you be able to accomplish with more motivation?

How would your life be more amazing with more gratitude?

How much better would your life by with more compassion?

The model that has been created in our “health care” system is one of “LESS”. You want less pain, less anxiety, less tightness, less stress, less sleeping problems. Now, once you start on a path towards greater function and greater healing capacity, and your problems go away, what paradigm do you adopt? Do you think, “All my problems have gone away, I’m done?” With the changing of seasons, this is a great time to begin to think about “What do I want MORE of”, or “What have I been experiencing MORE of?”

There is so much personal power when you begin to realize that you are more energized, more in touch spiritually, more focused on your goals, more present in your relationships, more playful, more adaptable, more able to express happiness for others, and more energized!

There is much less power in living the lifestyle of having less headaches, less stress, less tightness. They are important benchmarks, but if you live this paradigm, you will soon plateau in your self assessment of your health and life. Where can you go up from there?

I want you to go for it and create the most powerful list of MORE’s that you can think of. I am here to support you in your transformation from wanting LESS of something to wanting MORE. Let me know how you’re doing in your process. Additionally, if you know someone who is struggling in not being able to reach the goal of achieving LESS of their problems, please share me with them. I would love to help them shift their paradigm from less to more.

When a Herniated Disc is not a Herniated Disc

Physicians, neurosurgeons, and orthopedics alike have for years provided the recommended treatment for a herniated disc – Surgery. By the way, there’s no way I could have become a neurosurgeon – I can’t even look at pictures like this!surgery

Recently, I came across an article from my friend, Dr. Danny Knowles, on research being done on Disc Regeneration, rather than Degeneration. The study, which was completed by Ming Zhong, MD, among others, published in Pain Physician, January 2017, found that lumbar disc herniation (LDH), a common disease, treated conservatively, frequently results in spontaneous resorption of the herniated disc.  Their results represent the pooled results from 11 cohort studies. The overall incidence of spontaneous resorption after LDH was 66.66%. That means over 66% of Lumbar disc herniated resolved on its own, using conservative methods.

Just think of how many people choose more aggressive methods to remedy Disc Herniations. A quick check of surgical methods for lower back disc herniations revealed over six different types of surgical procedures. I have seen over the years how my patients with herniated discs respond favorably to non invasive chiropractic care. Once again, chiropractic care does not “fix” a herniated disc, any more than chiropractic “fixes” headaches, neck pain, sleeping problems or anxiety.

However, if your Nervous System, THE most important part of you, the part of you that controls and coordinates EVERY function in your body, is not functioning at its optimal level, thereby creating subluxations that affect your body’s ability to heal itself, then you will have a more difficult time healing from a problem such as a disc herniation. The better your Nervous System functions, the better your opportunity to heal.

Surgery certainly has its place in the medical world. The question that needs to be asked is, what are you giving up in the long term for a questionable short term gain? Keeping your NeuroSpinal system healthy helps you experience more of what you want in your life: freedom, joy, movement, increased function, and greater adaptability. If someone you know and care for is experiencing disc herniations or health challenges in general, please let them know they have choices. While you are doing that, please pass my name along so they can make a better educated choice on the options they have.

Steve Kerr says, “Stay away from Back Surgery”

Yes, I am a sports junkie, and there is much to gleam from the world of sports. If you do not follow pro basketball, the Golden State Warriors were crowned NBA Champions Monday night, but head coach Steve Kerr is not in a celebrating mood, and it’s because of his back and what’s followed since the back surgery that he got back in the summer of 2015.steve kerr

Here’s the problem that Kerr has been dealing with since his first back surgery: leaking cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Your brain and connected spinal cord are pretty sensitive. Therefore, the brain and spinal cord sit in a “balloon” filled with clear fluid, called CSF, that cushions and protects these vital structures. This CSF bath helps ward off nasty microbes too. Normally the “balloon” membrane keeps the CSF from leaking out, but if this membrane is punctured, during an accident or surgery for example, then the CSF is no longer contained.

CSF leaks are not pretty and can cause all kinds of problems. This is because the leaks change the pressure in the “balloon” so that the brain and spinal cord are no longer cushioned quite the same way. Messing with the brain and spinal cord can literally mess you up, but you know that, that’s why you’re here! Common problems are headaches, nausea, vomiting, neck or shoulder pain and stiffness, and balance problems. Such leaks can affect your senses, impairing your hearing and sense of smell or making you extra-sensitive to light and sound. You can have strange tastes in your mouth or ringing in your ears. The CSF can make its way into your nose, ear, sinuses or other parts of your body. The symptoms can be debilitating and obviously prevented him from coaching effectively and enjoying his amazing life, coaching the best team in professional basketball.

The problems started around when the Warriors won the NBA championship in June 2015. He had suffered a ruptured disk in his back and then underwent surgery. After the surgery, he began experiencing CSF leaks, which led to another surgery later that year. The second surgery did not successfully correct the problem. Since then, Kerr has gone through a wide range of attempts to ease his symptoms, ranging from different medical treatments to yoga to meditation to marijuana.

To date, nothing has really worked. After the first surgery, Kerr started suffering from a leak of cerebrospinal fluid. Since then, Kerr has been going back and forth among different health specialists (including a second surgery later in 2015), trying to deal with the leaking cerebrospinal fluid that has occurred since his first back surgery. Although CSF leakages can occur spontaneously, based on reports, the timing did seem to coincide with the first surgery. In fact, Kerr told the Washington Post, “I can tell you if you’re listening out there, stay away from back surgery. I can say that from the bottom of my heart. Rehab, rehab, rehab. Don’t let anyone get in there.”

If all you Have is a Hammer, Everything is a Nail

Although this has historically been the rallying cry for chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and more, now the American College of Physicians is joining the ranks. In new guidelines published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, on Monday, February 13, 2017, they stated, “Opiods – one of the most commonly prescribed medications for pain relief and a source of increasing addiction and death – should only be considered for chronic back pain when other alternatives – natural and prescription – don’t work.

Even acetaminophen, which includes the brand name Tylenol, is no longer recommended for acute lower back pain relief, due to a 2014 study in the journal The Lancet that showed it was no more effective than placebo. 1drug addiction

Would you believe lower back pain is the most common reason non-cancer patients are prescribed opiods? Experts believe it is a common gateway to opiod addiction as well as transitioning to heroin! This is the conclusion of Steven Atlas, director of practice-based research at Massachusetts General Hospital, who authored an editorial accompanying the American College of Physicians guidelines. 2

Let’s see…You have a couple of options for lower back pain. One, you can start on a prescription of opiods, which have been proven to be a gateway to opiod addiction, leading to heroin, or you can use a safe and effective method such as chiropractic to find the cause of what’s causing your body to malfunction. Seems like a no brainer to me. I wonder why the American College of Physicians has taken so long to come to the conclusion that opiods are not the logical step towards correcting back pain. It’s not recent news that opiod use or even prolonged acetaminophen use is damaging to your health. I always come back to the theory that if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything else is a nail. Meaning, if a patient presents with a pain, (nail) you need to hit it with a hammer (drugs, surgery).

Everything is not a nail. A headache is not neck pain, which is not difficulty sleeping, which is not lower back pain, which is not anxiety, you get my point. You are very smart. Your body is very smart. It has an inborn intelligence, that helps guide you through good health and poor health. Symptoms are the way your smart body tells you something is not right and needs to be changed. Symptoms are not the way your body tells you it wants to become an opiod or heroin addict!

Listen to your innate intelligence. You are not a nail. You do not need a hammer. Maybe you are a screw or an eye hook. Hammers cannot solve every problem. If you or your friends and family have not found the right tool to solve your problem, give me a call!

1 http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2463257

2 Wall Street Journal Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Life and Arts section

Was that a Good Decision?

For the last few years, I have been developing a list of insights that I am converting to a “book” to share with my three children. Kind of like, “this is what I have learned in my life, it may be of use to you at some time.”healthy people

Some of the topics in my book are ideas on money, friendship, food, exercise, relationships, and health. When I look over this list of awarenesses that I have developed over the course of my life, health is by far the most important topic. The most important perspective I have on health is that it has only been the last 20 years of my life that I actually thought about my health. For most of my life, I viewed my health as just feeling good. If I did not feel good, I took an aspirin or something else to take away the pain. I remember one time in my early 30’s, when I had been having headaches every day for weeks. I was convinced that I had a brain tumor, and I imagined every conceivable outcome for me. It was a dark time in my life. I imagined dying and not being able to grow old with my children. I finally got the nerve to see a neurologist, and he told me that I did not have a brain tumor. Guess what? The next day my headaches went away.

My point in sharing this story is that I have made a decision to be in charge of my health. Why is that important? Every day, you can find stories about health, or lack thereof. Here are a few that disturb me.

“One type of legal drug is killing far more people than heroin — and that’s not the most disturbing part of the problem” 1

“The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year”2

“Americans Are Living Longer, but Not Necessarily Healthier, Study Shows” 3

“The Most Addictive Prescription Drugs on the Market” 4

It’s no wonder that even today, people in this country are just chasing the problem, just like I chased my problems many years ago. What can make the difference? Knowledge! Understanding WHY your health may have declined, and HOW you can take the necessary steps to regain and maintain optimal health. If there is one thing that I am grateful for, it is the awareness that I have developed regarding health. This has been my 20+ year journey.

Why is it critical that you and your loved ones develop awareness about what health is and how to optimize your health?  So that you can live your life without FEAR! Fear is what caused me to believe that I was dying of a brain tumor. Fear is what drives millions of people to reach for a drug, then another, then another if it is not working. Once they reach that point, they are addicted! What does drug addiction lead to? Physical deterioration, mental and psychological deterioration, unhappiness, an unfulfilled life, alcohol abuse, loss of motivation, loss of relationships and families, loss of jobs, and more.

You will decide what type of health you want, and it all starts with knowledge and action. The title of this article is, “Was that a Good Decision?” Recently, one of my amazing patients had a reexam. She describes how a lifetime of anxiety was melting away. Do you think she made a great decision, to be in charge of her health? I think YES! Knowledge, then taking action. What a great combination.

If you have decided that YOU are in charge of your health and life, and that you are making decisions that will have a positive impact on the rest of your life, then I congratulate you, and you should congratulate yourself, because it is easy to fall into the trap that so many millions of others fall into every day.

1 http://www.businessinsider.com/heroin-vs-opioid-overdose-statistics-2015-7

2 http://www.webdc.com/pdfs/deathbymedicine.pdf

3 http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324694904578597444105321914

4 http://www.healthline.com/health/addiction/addictive-prescription-drugs#Overview1

I can Virtually Guarentee you Healthy Teeth and Gums!

One would say, “I love it when he lifts my left hip”, and the other would say, “I know, I can feel my body just releasing everything.” Then one would say, “How about when he touches here,” and the other would say, “Yes, that’s the best!”dentist

I have noticed when I work with dentists and dental hygienists, that they have very similar muscle tension patterns. That’s because they sit hunched over for very long periods, leaning over to the left (if they are right handed). Over a period of months, years, decades, what happens to them? Those muscles become tight, rigid, inflexible, and it turns to pain. What happens to them? Is it possible they become tight, rigid, inflexible, and they live a life of pain?

I am so thankful and proud that my two wonderful dentists have decided that “enough is enough,” and they do not want to live this way any more. They have decided that they want to live a healthier lifestyle, with less subluxations, and have a greater ability to adapt to and heal from their daily stresses. What a great decision they have made.

Getting back to my original statement, how can I virtually guarantee you healthy teeth and gums? I can say with 100% confidence, that when I go see my dentist who is functioning with a healthy Nervous System, and has a greater ability to adapt to his daily stresses, I KNOW he is providing a better service for me than a dentist who is subluxated, who has extreme muscles tension, and may be feeling tight, rigid, inflexible, and in pain. That’s who I want to help my teeth and gums be as healthy as possible.

My request to you is, the next time you see your dentist or hygienist, please give him or her my card, and tell them WHY they should be receiving chiropractic care. If it’s good enough for you, why isn’t it good enough for them?