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“I love you”. Say it, often.

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 30, 2008

I heard from old high school friend earlier this week.  She said her 1st born child died unexpectedly.  While the cause has not yet been determined, they believe it might have been an anuerism.  Needless to say, my friend was devastated.  After all, her daughter was only 34 years old and still had a long life ahead of her.

One of a parent’s greatest fears is that they might survive one of their own children.  I know for me, the thought alone is unbearable.  But, what would seem even worse is that something like that might happen without notice and with things left unsaid and unresolved.

In my practice, I’ve seen folks with strange symptoms and syndromes that seem to be tied to the loss of a loved one many years earlier.  They live in constant remorse over not having resolved a problem from the past or simply not being able to say “I love you” one more time.

For your health.  For your peace.  For the ones you love.  Never miss an opportunity to share your love with them.  We only get to live life today and have absolutely no promises of tomorrow.  As the Bible says, “Don’t let the sun set on your anger”.  As you’re reading this, a specific person has come to mind.  Call that person right now.  Let them know.  Tell them while you can.  It beats trying to communicate once their spirit has left their body.

I love you.

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Live for today. Plan for tomorrow.

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 23, 2008

The only life we have is lived today.  Not tomorrow and not yesterday.

How many folks do you know who spend almost all their waking hours fretting over what they had or had not done in the past or what someone had done to them.  Then there are folks who do little more than worry about what might happen in the future.  But, there are very few people you’ll run across that simply enjoy TODAY.

It took me a while to realize that the only thing I can do anything about is today.  Not only today, but this very moment.  I was one of those who spent a good part of his life thinking about how I had been done wrong by this person or that.  Or, how things might have turned our had some event have happened just a little differently.  Well, things just CAN’T happen differently than they already have.

I see people in my practice, in my business circles and socially who simply worry about EVERY potential catastrophe or wrong turn.  They’re loaded up to the gills with insurance, take all kinds of drugs or spend inordinate amounts of time going to various doctors “just in case”.  I think I saw somewhere that 90% of the things we worry about NEVER come about.  And, those that DO come about are things over which we have no control, anyway.

Here’s my prescription for a better life.  Live your life to the fullest today.  And if you wake tomorrow, have another go at it.  BUT in your quiet moments, visualize how you want your life to go, including the things you want to do, be and have and with whom you want them.  Vow to do those things within your power to make those things happen and THEN to simply allow God (or the universe) to handle the details.  When you awaken in the morning, check your list and get on it.

Life seems fullest when it is simply and joyfully lived.  Appreciate the life you have.  Live it well.  Live it today.

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“We Accept ALL Cases. . .”

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 21, 2008

“. . . regardless of their physical condition or ability to pay.”

When I was first exposed to chiropractic, it was from the perspective that we were all designed to be healthy and to live a full and powerful life. Further, the concept was that we don’t as much need so much help from the outside (doctors, medicine, etc.) as we simply need less interference. And knowing what we know about health, it is really immoral to withhold care from someone either because they might have been “diagnosed” with some incurable disease OR because they simply did not have the financial wherewithal at the moment to pay for their care.

While I consider myself a free enterprise advocate, I frankly appalled at our health care system in America. It’s absolutely shocking to me that someone can be told that they MUST have a certain procedure BUT their insurance policy does not cover that particular procedure OR they have a “pre-existing condition” that nullifies their coverage. To me, it is simply unethical and immoral to withhold care essential to a person’s health and well-being for any conceivable reason. Of course that presumes that the person doesn’t have a death wish and is not continuing (or will not continue) to do those things that might have caused their health problem.

Because I practice from the premise that you are supposed to be healthy and that what I do can help your body function better REGARDLESS of what your diagnosis may be, I simply cannot withhold care from someone seeking it. Now, that doesn’t mean that I promise a cure for any and all disease whatsoever. It also doesn’t mean that mine is a free clinic. I do have a fee system based on a membership concept. You pay more by the visit than you would by the month or by the year. And, my fee system is designed to be more reasonable than those based on third party payment systems like insurance.

Obviously, there are a few problems with this mindset. Some folks will try to abuse the privilege and not want to pay when they can. Sometimes, I end up with more folks who can’t pay than those that can and it puts a strain on the budget. And sometimes, because someone is not paying the true value of the care they’re getting they don’t take the care seriously and don’t stick with the program long enough to get the full benefit of what I offer. But, I have found the intrinsic value of offering folks hope in the midst of their despair more than offsets any of these drawbacks.

I’m always reminded of the story in the Bible of the woman with the issue of blood. Everyone knows that she had no hope left and knew that if she could just touch the hem of the Master’s robe she would be healed. Well, most folks overlook the beginning of that story where all her money had been consumed by doctors treating her condition.

I’ve always believed that this world would be a much better place if we each would simply do what we can for as many as we can whenever we have the chance. If you’d like to make a donation so that we can continue to help people live a better, fuller life. I’d appreciate your consideration. Feel free to use Paypal or send your donation to Dr. Tim Langley, 2100 Roswell Road #200C-526, Marietta, GA 30062.

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Live Inspired

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 20, 2008

One of the problems I have with the health care business is that it seems to be based more on fear than on health.  Most folks never give a thought about health UNTIL it appears to be doing away.  Well,  they DO think about “health insurance” out of fear they won’t have the money to fix a problem if (I mean when) it comes up.

Truth is, you were designed to be healthy, strong and whole.  Health is your body’s default mode.  sickness disease and infirmity happen only after your body has been worn down due to bad lifestyle choices, chronic stress and prolonged exposure to toxins.

But, the comparison of fighting disease and building health is like the athletic team whose focus is on not losing instead of winning.  The team whose focus is on wining scores as many points as it can while giving the opposing teams less time to score.  The team whose focus is on NOT losing can slip up allowing their opponents to gain the advantage and take the game away.  How can you possibly build health if your focus is on preventing cancer, heart disease, diabetes or whatever?

Instead, try living an inspired life.  Do those things that build health.  Find an exercise program that you can enjoy and will do regularly and from now on.  Educate yourself on healthy nutrition.    Pursue wholeness in your relationships.  Develop your spiritual life because it helps you find and develop peace.  Understand, believe and have faith that you are supposed to be powerful and healthy.  The stronger YOU are, the weaker and smaller disease will be against you.  The stronger you are, the harder disease will have to work to take hold.

Pursue health.  Pursue happiness.  Pursue wholeness.  Pursue your spirituality.  Live an inspired life free from fear.  You’ll be amazed at the difference iin your life when inspiration runs your life instead of desperation.

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The Secret of Happiness

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 16, 2008

The Secret of Happiness

I followed happiness to make her mine,
Past towering oak and swinging ivy vine.
She fled, I chased, over slanting hill and dale,
Over fields and meadows, in the purpling vale.
Pursuing rapidly over dashing stream,
I scaled dizzy cliffs where the eagles scream;
I traversed swiftly every land and sea,
But always happiness eluded me.
Exhausted, fainting, I pursued no more,
But sank to rest upon the barren shore.
One came and asked for food, and one for alms;
I placed the bread and gold in bony palms;
One came for sympathy, and one for rest;
I shared with every needy one my best;
When lo! sweet Happiness, with form divine,
Stood by me, whispering softly, “I am thine.”

– Burleigh

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Supply-side Solution for Healthcare

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 16, 2008

One of the things that made the 80s such a vibrant era is Reaganomics, or supply-side economics.  The gust of the program was to lower taxes to give producers more of a return on their investment.  As a result, more money would flow into the economy as business owners strove to grow, deliver more products and services and, hence, more profits.  Obviously, it worked.  That era spawned an economic boom that lasted amost two decades.

While the upcoming election and high gas prices have the public’s (specially the media) attention, rising healthcare costs remain a burden on American society.  Between pension and healthcare costs, major American employers like General Motors teeter on the verge of bankruptcy.  Yet, we continue to pursue solutions that will necessarily perpetuate or exasperate the problem.  Most politicians these days support MORE involvement by the Government to ensure “adequate” insurance coverage for every American citizen.  But, increasing third party reimbursement of healthcare services is neither warranted nor advised.

One of the hallmarks of free market economies is that competition forces down prices, improves quality and quantity of goods and services available for consumption.  Restrictions on competition (even in the name of public protection) keeps prices high, limits consumers’ choices and ensures less-than optimal quality.  That’s where we are today in healthcare.

Managed care has done an outstanding job of limiting consumer’s choices of health care providers and options while forcing the continual rise in health care costs.  Many Americans find themselves working in jobs they’d rather not have JUST to pay the exorbitant cost of health insurance for them and their families.  Despite the fact that premiums keep rising (as do health costs) consumer’s out-of-pocket expenses also continue to rise.  Insurance companies are paying less and requiring more from their customers.

There are several reasons for all this.  But, most of the problem lies with Government interference in the market.  Most states have certain mandates for employer provided health benefits.  This forces employers to provide the most expensive option available or the most restricted coverage or none, at all.  Many predict that employers will continue moving away from providing health insurance for their employees and even require them to maintain their health in order to keep their job.

What’s the solution?  Abolition of managed care would be a good start.  Another would be for insurance carriers to adopt an ‘any willing provider” approach to foster competition.  It should be clear to virtually anyone that in-network providers cost more and give less than out-of-network providers.  Simply allowing competition among qualified, licensed providers would allow competition to both lower the overall payment rate for insurers while increasing the level and quantity of services available to their customers.

Further, states should remove any restrictions on health care providers offering different types of fee plans.  Some states intimidate providers that offer creative plans (such as unlimited care at a fixed fee, or reduced fees for cash payment or prepayment plans)  directly to consumers.  In effect, those states are protecting the interest of insurance companies and NOT that of their citizens.

States and the Federal government should remove as many barriers to providing health care as they possibly can.  Protection of industry interests over the interest of the ultimate consumer is both counter-productive and could eventually lead to the Government taking over health care.  And, do you want the sponsors of Social Security, Medicare, Katrina and No Child Left Behind in charge of YOUR health?

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Evolution of a Chiropractor

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 16, 2008

When I fist discovered chiropractic, it was due to a bad back that had tormented me for 20 years.  Since then, I haven’t had even an aspirin for back pain.

When I decided to become a chiropractor, it was because of a young girl whose life and miserable prognosis were literally transformed because of chiropractic care.  A little girl whose mom was told that her child should be institutionalized because she’d “never be like normal kids” is graduating from graduate school after receiving full academic scholarships for both undergrad and graduate school.  Indeed, she’s not like normal kids.  She’s incredibly superlative.

After graduating chiropractic school (Life University in Marietta, Georgia) I practiced exclusively as an upper cervical chiropractor.  I had great disdain for chiropractors that mixed things (physical therapy, etc.) other than chiropractic into their practice.  I was a “medical basher” because of the havoc I had seen wrought in people’s lives by virtue of medical errors and arrogance.

It’s funny how time, experience and awareness tend to take the edge off subjectivity.  Does that mean that I think physical therapy is any more beneficial to the chiropractic patient, that upper cervical care is no longer the best approach or that the practice of medicine is no longer dangerous?  Of course not!

All of those things are STILL true.  However, that is only MY perspective.  I’ve come to realize that the determination of what care an individual gets SHOULD be THAT individual.  AND that individual deserves as much accurate information as he/she can get.  It is my job as a chiropractor to communicate BETTER that chiropractic care can help people live better, fuller lives less dependent on dangerous drugs.  It’s even more important that I do those things over which I have some control, those being communication of MY message and giving the very best adjustments I can while educating folks on the power they have to control their health, their happiness and the conduct of their own lives.

I’ve come to realize that you CAN see your medical doctor and me at the same time.  Getting adjusted has nothing to do with what your MD might recommend.  When I accepted the premise that I can help you regardless of what condition you may have or what kind of insurance coverage you might (or might not) have, practice became simpler and easier.

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I’m not an insurance fan, but…

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 11, 2008

… it has it’s place.

Being a heath care provider, I used to have this love-hate relationship with insurance.  You know, it’s one of those damned if you do and damned if you don’t things.  It seems you can’t afford to be without insurance.  But, you can’t afford to buy it, either.  Small business owners and those in life transitions seem disproportionately affected.  So in many cases, folks just don’t buy it.

Well, there’s a time and place for everything.  Health insurance is NOT about health.  In fact, I think it often creates more health problems than it either prevents or corrects.  Insurance really is designed to protect you from catastrophic and unforeseen events that could cause you irreparable financial harm if you’re not prepared for it.  In fact, most bankruptcies in America are caused by either a health problem or a legal problem.

Health insurance costs could be reduced dramatically if folks would simply understand that their health is THEIR responsibility.  Lose weight, exercise, eat better, drink water, work on your spiritual life, do more with your family, find effective ways of reducing (or managing) the stress in your life and, of course, find a good wellness chiropractor.

Here’s the point.  A good friend of mine had a massive heart attack at his gym on July 4th.  Fortunately, the General Manager of the LA Fitness where he worked out, knew CPR and how to use the emergency defibrillator.  My friend is still alive, but in a coma in the local hospital.  There’s not yet a prognosis.  Regardless of what the prognosis turns out to be, the medical costs are going to be astronomical.  Because my friend was between jobs (and had been for some time) he was without insurance.  If he recovers physically, he might never do so financially.

So, find a way to get even a ca strophic hospitalization policy to protect yourself and your family financially should something unexpected happen to you.  While not a fan of insurance, I do understand that it protects you from extremes.  You can keep the costs to a minimum if you just cover the extremes.  But by all means, cover at least that.

Stay healthy.  Say “I love you” to those you love.  And NEVER take life for granted.

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FDA reports life-threatening complications with cervical spinal fusion

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 4, 2008

Every surgery has risks. I thought it very important to get this information from the FDA out as soon as possible. Many surgeries can be prevented with gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments. Check with your chiropractor before taking this risk. There should be absolutely NO problem consulting BOTH a chiropractor and MD for the same problem. A good chiropractor will tell you when the problem is beyond his/her scope.

If you need a referral to a good chiropractor in your area, e-mail me.

MedWatch logo MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

FDA informed healthcare professionals of reports of life-threatening complications associated with recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP) when used in the cervical spine. The safety and effectiveness of rhBMP in the cervical spine have not been demonstrated and these products are not approved by FDA for this use. There have been at least 38 reports of complications during the last 4 years with the use of rhBMP in cervical spine fusion. These complications were associated with swelling of neck and throat tissue, which resulted in compression of the airway and/or neurological structures in the neck. Some reports describe difficulty swallowing, breathing or speaking. FDA recommends that practitioners either use approved alternative treatments or consider enrolling as investigators in approved clinical studies.

FDA requires hospitals and other user facilities to report deaths and serious injuries associated with the use of medical devices. If you suspect that a reportable adverse event was related to the use of rhBMP, you should follow the reporting procedure established by your facility. Reporting adverse events is everyone’s responsibility, even if the event involves off-label use of medical devices.

Read the entire 2008 MedWatch Safety Summary, including the FDA’s Public Health Notification regarding this issue at:

http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/safety/2008/safety08.htm#Protein

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Celebrate Independence Day… because America IS Good and Great

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on July 2, 2008

Another Fourth of July approaches as our country is embroiled in another conflict. Regardless of what you think about the War on Terrorism or the war in Iraq/Afghanistan, it IS important that we reflect on the goodness and the greatness of the United States of America.

I know America bashing has been a popular sport since long before I came along. But, my frame of reference starts in my high school days during the height of Vietnam.  I remember many of the same protests we hear today about America being an imperialist power, about how we destroy the environment and how we oppress our own people. And, I wonder, “Has nothing changed? Are we no better than we were then OR were we ever really as bad as that?”

Certainly, ours is not a Utopian society where no one suffers and everyone wins all the time. I don’t think such a place exists on Earth… or ever could. But, I do think the United States is as close as mankind has ever come to creating anything close to a self-sustaining society that exemplifies freedom, opportunity and goodness to both the World and to its own citizens.

While many predict the destruction of America and its ideals, I predict just the opposite. Some view America as the land of greed; corruption; racism; hostility toward the environment, human rights and the poor, and war-mongering imperialism. Folks on the other end of the spectrum warn of pending doom because of moral decay, our bloated and ineffective government, pacifism, the ACLU and an over-reaching judiciary. Unfortunately, both sides see the solutions to THEIR perceived problems with America as more Government involvement in people’s personal and business lives.

America is a good and noble nation. With few exceptions, we’ve always been a good world citizen. Whenever tragedy strikes, the World looks to America and America responds. If a crisis (real or perceived) exists, the World looks to America to provide scientists, workers, military or financial support and America responds. Whether it’s the United nations, the World Bank or a host of other international agencies, the majority of their funding is provided by the United States. America is a good world neighbor and a good country.  America is good.

America is great. Peoples from all over the world risk life, limb and wealth to get themselves and their families to America. They know that if they can just get to America, they have a chance to build a life free of fear, disease and tyranny.  Our country was formed on the premise that “all men (Mankind) were created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. From our Declaration of Independence that set the American Ideal to our Constitution that limits the power of Government and was (and IS) prejudiced in favor of individual freedom and responsibility, everything about America says “You can!”

In America, can you speak out against your Government and political leaders without fear of retribution. In America, you can worship (or not) as you please. In America, you can start as a poor child raised in Government housing or as an immigrant farm worker to become a millionaire in your own business. In America, you can dream. You can be as great as your imagination will allow you to be or as sorry and lazy as you want to be. In America, opportunity flourishes because innovation rarely waits on the Government. In America, you can get rich from a good idea or by developing your skills, knowledge and talent. In America, you can determine your own future. Despite our flaws,mistakes and blemishes, America is a great country.  Simply put, America is great.

During this Independence Day weekend, please take a moment to reflect on America’s greatness. think about it in terms that reflect and affect your own life, those around you and the World as a whole. Strive to be the best you can be and to live up to the greatness our Founding Fathers saw in YOU and in YOUR country.

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