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This Is Your Atlas

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 23, 2010

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So, Doc. What If I Don’t Need a Miracle Healing?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 19, 2010

Chiropractic is powerful stuff if practiced from its Principles.  When a chiropractic adjustment (especially a specific Upper Cervical adjustment) is delivered, it relieves stress on the nervous system allowing your body to do miraculous things.  Having said that, I wonder how many people really hear that story AND if they do, how many are even motivated by it?

People are so bombarded with outrageous claims on everything from miracle juices from exotic jungles to vaccinations for Swine flu, as well as from car dealers to soap peddlers.  So, the natural reaction is to simply turn down the volume OR go to the bathroom at the commercial break.  In other words, when we start railing on the evils of Medicine and our own miraculous healings, folks tend to tune us out.

Granted, most chiropractors see plenty of people desperate for hope and who have come to us when all else has failed them.  But generally, people stay under chiropractic care because it simply makes them feel better than they ever have before and enables them to do more of what they want when they want and how they want.  The side benefit, oddly enough, is that they no longer suffer from back pain or migraines or seizures or ulcers or cancer.

I think one reason only 7-10 percent of Americans go to chiropractors is that chiropractors do a crappy job of telling our story.  We assume that the only ones who need us are the ones suffering from some health malady.  Our whole message is centered around death and sickness when our Principles are based in life and vitality.

Honestly, I KNOW the miracles that are happening inside a person when I adjust them.  I want MORE people to receive those same miracles.  But, it’s not fair to ask someone who’s never been exposed to chiropractic to eat the whole elephant in a single sitting.  If they have the chance to digest a bite at a time, they’ll understand over time, will remain under my care and tell all their friends about how great their life is since they discovered chiropractic.

So, my message is simple “If you want a better, fuller, more expressive life…get adjusted.  Stay adjusted.”


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Yeah, But I Really Like That Roller Table Thing

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 18, 2010

It’s always interesting to hear people’s reaction when I tell them I’m a chiropractor.

There’s always the response from folks who don’t have a chiropractor, “I don’t need a chiropractor.  My doctor just gave me a nerve block.”  Of course, there’s the “Oh yeah.  I went to a chiropractor a long time ago when I had a car wreck.”  More and more often these days, I’m hearing  “Oh, I LOVE my chiropractor!”  If you’re a chiropractor, you’ve become accustomed to these and similar responses.

But of all the responses I get, the one that bothers me the most is “Yeah, I go to the chiropractor.  But, I REALLY like that roller table thing.”  It feels really good.”

Why would such an honest and seemingly harmless statement get under my skin?  Well, there are two reasons, actually.  First, I don’t think those tables are good for you.  They could actually be causing you some of the very problems you pay your chiropractor to fix.  So in a couple of ways those tables are a perpetual source of inside marketing.  You create your own chronic problem (yet feels relaxing) that keeps you coming back.  Oh yeah, since your insurance company is being billed, who cares?

The other reason the roller table bothers me is that if THAT is the reason many people go to the chiropractor, then there are some weak doctors hurting my profession.  If chiropractic is done right, you’ll be taught how to listen to your body instead of simply being fed “comfort food”.  In my opinion, the roller table is there because the chiropractor is either to scared or too lazy to educate you on the real value of regular chiropractic care.  What if someone told you there’s a power inside you designed to help you live more powerfully and that all the time and effort in that office is for helping you and folks in your community live a better, fuller life?  Would you think the chiropractor was crazy or awesome?

There are chiropractors who believe in YOU and your potential to live a powerful life.  Sadly, they’re somewhat hard to come by.  If you’re looking for someone to help you get more out of your life instead of just getting more out of your wallet, let me know.  I’ll be glad to help you find a good Principled chiropractor in your area.

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The Spiritual Nature of Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 17, 2010

Chiropractors have always been accused of being “different”.  In fact, as a profession we ARE different!  It’s that difference that makes chiropractic special and one reason why I chose to be a chiropractor.  And, that’s why many have chosen this as both their profession and Profession.  It’s also why so many people are choosing it as their path to health and happiness.  Let me explain.

There is a spiritual aspect to chiropractic that many in the profession would like to ignore.  Fortunately for you (and unfortunately for them) chiropractic has such strong spiritual roots that that connection can NEVER be erased.  And really, it is THAT spiritual root that makes chiropractic a natural choice for many in how they pursue their own health and vitality.

The very first premise of chiropractic is that “There is a Universal Intelligence in all matter that gives to it its properties and maintains it in existence.”  In other words, everything in the Universe is organized intelligently.  Further, that organizing force is in all living things, including us humans!  We chiropractors call that organizing force in living things Innate Intelligence. The job of Innate Intelligence is to help all living things not only cope with and adapt to its environment but to thrive and seek its greatest potential.

Some people use these terms interchangeably with God, Spirit, Creator, etc.  I don’t. I choose to neither personify nor deify those entities but to accept them as evidence that there WAS and IS a Creative Force that animates all life and enables it to thrive in harmony with and despite its environment at the same time.

But, the root premise of chiropractic is that YOU are part of something much bigger than the sum of your parts.  You are an expression of that Creative Force!  And when you are living at YOUR own potential, you are as great and healthy and vibrant as any other human being on the planet.  When you are at your potential, you exude an energy that draws people, resources and solutions to you like a magnet.   The ultimate goal of the chiropractor is to remove a physical blockage to the fullest expression of that Innate potential inside you.

The last and greatest of God’s Creation was Mankind.  To finish His Creation he breathed Life into Man and then rested and said “It is good”.  The Book says that we are EACH made in the likeness and image of the Creator of the Universe.  Is that weak, sick, ignorant and fearful?  NO!  You were made to be strong, vibrant, creative, healthy and full of joy. the chiropractor’s job is to help you reconnect with your Greatest Potential.

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Chemical Imbalance

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 17, 2010

How many times have you heard someone say their health problems were caused by a “chemical imbalance”?

Whenever I hear someone say that, it makes me wonder “How do THEY know what the proper balance SHOULD be?”  and “How do they know HOW to achieve the RIGHT balance?”   Let’s take a closer look at each question.

What IS the proper balance of chemicals in one’s body?  Who determines that?  Is it based on the TYPICAL person?  I mean it’s confusing.  Well, I guess it’s enough if you either don’t know enough to ask or simply don’t care enough to ask.  But if you’re a thinking person, it can be a little unnerving.

Truthfully, no one knows what is the right mix of chemicals in your body BECAUSE the need changes moment by moment depending on the circumstances.   BUT, your body knows!  Well, if you’re alive your body knows what chemicals are needed where at any given moment for the circumstances IT needs to deal with at that time.  Your body is the GREATEST pharmacist ever known to Mankind.  It knows exactly what chemical you need, in what amount and at what time.   Unless interfered with, this mechanism is ALWAYS right.  IF for some reason your brain is getting wrong signal, then you may get an inappropriate instruction which can cause an “imbalance”.  However, the brain ALWAYS sends out the right instruction for the signal it gets from chemical receptors in the body.  Like that old saying “Garbage in.  Garbage out.”

Then the second question, “How will they know how to achieve that balance and when it is achieved?”  Honestly, it’s all guesswork.  You know.  “Here.  Try this.  We’ll check your levels next week.”  The only problem with this approach is that when we pre-suppose that WE know and “force balance” to that end, we usually cause problems later.  I know someone is going to say “But, it makes me feel so much better.”  Granted, you might feel better.  But, what are the long-term implications of forcing a solution on your body without knowing WHAT caused the imbalance in the first place.

OK.  You KNEW there would be a chiropractic solution to the problem.  After all, I AM a chiropractor and this IS a chiropractic blog!  Remember what I said earlier about signals being interfered with on the way to the brain?  A chiropractor will look for that interference that may be caused by a vertebra (usually the top bone in the neck) being out of alignment.  When the stress is removed and the body and brain can communicate better, the right signal is sent from the brain for the right problem communicated by those chemical receptors in the body.

When communication is restored, so are other functions throughout the body.  A great chiropractor, Reggie Gold, called this the “Chemistry of Life”.  If you’ve been diagnosed with a “chemical imbalance”, I would urge you to find a good Principled Chiropractor.  If you can’t find one in your area, let me know.  I know hundreds of them across America and will be glad to help you find one.

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The Bastardization of Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 16, 2010

There was a time when chiropractors were simultaneously hailed as miracle healers and scorned as quacks and charlatans.   From my perspective, those had to be the glory days of being a chiropractor.

You might ask “What the heck are you saying, Tim?”  How could it be glorious to be ostracized by the established medical community?  Before chiropractic became somewhat accepted as a non-drug, non-surgical approach to back pain and other musculoskeletal ailments, chiropractors actually went to jail for practicing Medicine without a license.  They were jailed BECAUSE they refused to admit they were actually practicing Medicine.  Instead, their objective was to honor the Healing Power in EACH human being by relieving pressure on the nervous system.  When chiropracTORs adjusted someone, miracles happened.  The word spread like wildfire.

Then, chiropractors located the CAUSE of most chronic health problems, CORRECTED the problem and let the Healing Power do ITS job!  And just as if you let go of your car keys, they’d drop to the ground.  So, would people get better when properly adjusted.

But somewhere along the line, some chiropractors fell victim to jealousy and personal inadequacy.  They started thinking “I’m a REAL doctor, too!”  And then, health insurance and Medicare parity came along.  In order to get paid in an allopathic (diagnosis and treatment) world, they had to ACT like our medical counterparts.  As we started using Medical jargon and wearing white coats and stethoscopes, we turned from OUR Principles in favor of THEIR principal and practices.

Today, you might be hard-pressed to find what is commonly called a Principled Chiropractor.  Sure, there are chiropractors that ONLY adjust the spine.  Sadly though, they STILL use Medical jargon to justify insurance reimbursement AND to attract people into their offices for their back pain.  Once in their office, they’ll talk to you about lifetime care and wellness care.

I think it’s time for chiropractors to PROCLAIM chiropracTIC and BE chiropracTORs!  Stop trying to be “accepted” into the Medical community.  Heck, if you want to be an MD, why not just go to medical school?  BUT if you want to see miracles happen with people’s health and lives, then embrace the true power of chiropractic.  Establish a fee system that reflects your objective and allows people to include routine chiropractic care into their lifestyle.

People ARE looking for something different, not just “Not Medicine” but something REAL.  I believe they’re looking for REAL chiropractors and not FAKE MDs.  Be a REAL chiropractor!

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Sure. I adjust cancer patients!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 12, 2010

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The Doctor Business Makes Me Sick… It Makes YOU sick, too!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 11, 2010

I talked with a lady yesterday whose son is suffering from a seizure disorder.  The doctors have come up with some exotic name for the problem.  But the long and short of it is that the boy has a problem and they don’t know what to do.

Apparently, his seizures started about two years ago.  In that time, both the strength and amount of drugs being administered this child has steadily increased to the point that he can no longer function normally in school.   As a result, his mom is no longer able to hold a steady teaching job and his older brother has started exhibiting signs of being OCD.  In her search for something that might help her son’s suffering, she ran across one of my videos on YouTube and called a chiropractor near her home for help.

Now, I know firsthand that chiropractic care can help seizure disorders.  And, I recommend anyone diagnosed with epilepsy consult with a chiropractor.  While I’m glad she sought a chiropractor, I’m not so sure SHE was glad.  Sure, she liked the chiropractor.  But having never gone to a chiropractor before, she was somewhat taken aback by the amount and cost of the care recommended.  She was also taken aback by the doctor’s insistence that the entire family get under care.

Don’t get me wrong.  I AM a family wellness chiropractor and I DO recommend lifetime wellness care for the whole family.  However, I DON’T like the practice of scaring people into ANYTHING!   It’s THAT, specifically, that has made this little boy sicker and is destroying his family’s health and finances.

The “Doctor Business” has done more to make America weak and its citizens sick than anything else I know.  The fear of disease and infirmity costs us TRILLIONS of dollars in terms of medical insurance, doctor and hospital bills, malpractice lawsuits, defensive medicine, productivity and taxes.  It REALLY is time for a change.

IF chiropractors REALLY believed what we say about health and wellness, we would talk about the power of living things, especially humans, to be healthy, whole and vital from cradle to grave.  Instead, we tend to focus on the lessening effect of that thing called a “vertebral subluxation”.  Certainly, subluxations DO diminish normal function.  But a chiropractor scaring someone at a spinal screening is no different than an MD pushing blood pressure drugs simply because someone’s blood pressure reading was 140/90.

The wellness mindset is NOT about prevention of cancer, heart disease, diabetes or whatever.  It’s about being as healthy as possible and living as full a life as you can.  THAT is what chiropractic is and can do, too.  In fact, IF chiropractors focused on and TAUGHT you about the Law of Life, we could revolutionize healthcare in America.  If you KNEW you were designed to be healthy and that drugs tend more to make you sicker than better, wouldn’t you look at a different approach?  of course you would!

Take control of your life and your health.  Don’t allow ANY doctor to scare you into ANY treatment regimen.  make them explain what they do, how and why.  After all, YOU are the customer!

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Better Tennis with Chiropractic

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 1, 2010

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