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HAPPY GIVING THANKS.

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on November 23, 2015

thanksgivingAs I sit here contemplating this particular Thanksgiving week with all the craziness in the world AND in America, I realize there is much for ME to give thanks.

I was born a free man in the United States of America, a nation maligned by many who take so much for granted. For all that America has been blamed, it still has done more to improve the life of hundreds of millions of people around the World. It is STILL the place where the World seeks refuge and opportunity.
I was born a Southerner. As such, I was taught manners, respect for women, strength of character, duty, honor, to protect the weak and to love my country.

I am thankful for the United States military. Military service gave a young man discipline and direction when it was much needed. It also allowed me to earn a college education and the chance to be more than what my past had prepared me.

I have been blessed to have finally realized my calling and purpose of serving God by serving my fellow man as a chiropractor focused on freeing people’s locked potential for expressing life, health, happiness and prosperity. I get to help babies, kids, families and individuals in all walks of life. It’s also a great avenue for sharing the message of a bigger Design for people’s life and potential. I’m a crazy chiropractor and that is awesome!

I have two great kids who are smart, productive and who love their parents. They understand their potential and want to make the World a better place in their own ways.

Finally, I’m grateful to have been pulled from a morass of despair and hopelessness by a Loving God who set me free to be me. I have found in the darkest of times that His Grace is sufficient and gives me a peace in the midst of any storm.

Oh yeah. I am grateful for the many friends I have who tolerate my sometimes weird sense of humor, my Conservative political philosophy.

HAPPY GIVING THANKS!

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The Inspired Chiropractic College

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 16, 2015

The inspired chiropractic college of the future will provide to its students, recruits and profession the following:

  • Graduates that understand and embrace the history and philosophy of Chiropractic
  • Graduates that understand WHAT a vertebral subluxation is and know WHERE it is, HOW, WHEN (and when NOT) to adjust it and WHY
  • Graduates that are the very best adjusters in the profession
  • Graduates that understand the subtleties of business and are ready to either start their own practice or step into another’s with minimum training required
  • Graduates that fully understand the CURRENT state of the business environment they will encounter and are able to rationally decide to practice in one or several models, including all cash, third party reimbursement, Personal Injury/Worker’s Comp, etc.
  • A quality education that reverses the tide of ever-increasing tuition costs for its students.
  • Employ teaching and learning methods that ensure the greatest results for its students at the least cost.
  • Strive for ZERO student loan defaults among its graduates
  • Aggressively work to create a vibrant market for Chiropractic care (and it’s graduates) in both their local area and nationally.
  • Provide mentoring to EVERY student throughout their entire Chiropractic program.
  • Provide a special opportunity for military Veterans
  • Aggressively pursue research on Principled Chiropractic care though its own clinics, alumni and in partnership with major research institutes.
  • Be as concerned about the success of its graduates as it is in the success of its recruiting of new students.
  • Set and achieve standards for post graduate success that make the entire profess better
  • Inspire its recruits, graduates, profession and community through its pursuit of excellence and commitment to the profession and the Principles that brought it into existence.

This profession is starving for inspired leadership and inspired chiropractors.  The school that fills this void could literally change the course of the profession

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Come to me all who ar weary…

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 14, 2013

Some people go to a chiropractor for back & neck pain.

I’d rather you come to me for PTSD, Depression, IBS, ulcerative colitis, lupus, chronic fatigue, insomnia, narcolepsy, seizures, ALS, MS or any other chronic condition.  Don’t give up on yourself.

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Holy Crap! So that’s what $69 a month can do!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on June 8, 2011

I’m a chiropractor.  I’m “cheap”.  I charge $69 a month for “unlimited care”.  Some of my chiropractor friends think I’m crazy.  And, some of my chiropractic non-friends accuse me of cheapening my profession and even breaking the law.  Consumers sometime wonder “what’s the catch?”  But, the folks that like how they feel from getting adjusted on a regular basis LOVE me.  Some think I’m a “marketing genius”.  I like to think they’re pretty bright, too.

Let’s take a look and see who is right, me or my detractors.  I know I’m right.  I just feel the need to give my detractors a crack at being right.

When I first started getting adjusted 22 years ago, I had health insurance and gladly used it to pay for my care.  But, it wasn’t long after that that I became self-employed and no longer had a third party paying for my adjustments.  So, I did what any intelligent, red-blooded American man would do, I married my chiropractor and have not had to pay for my adjustments since!

After seeing and experiencing the wondrous benefits of getting checked by a chiropractor on a regular basis (and seeing it work on my own kids) I decided to become a chiropractor.  The joy and miracles I’ve experienced as a result of that decision are sometimes difficult for me to express in words.  My kids are healthy, happy and strong and have never worried about sickness or disease.  Neither have had a single vaccination (well, until my son entered the Army) nor dealt with chronic or infectious disease as a result.  And, I’ve not even taken an aspirin for the problem that led me to get adjusted in the first place.

Early in my own chiropractic career, I decided that I wanted to make this thing afforded and accessible to virtually everyone.  You see, I’m what’s called a DE chiropractor.  We understand that the world would be a better place if EVERY family could realize the benefits from chiropractic that my family has.  Some of my early mentors, including Drs Bob Sottile, Jim Sigafoose, Sid Williams and Richard Santo always posed the challenge “Make your care affordable and see lots of people”.  That was a formula that I could understand and embrace.

So, that’s what I did.  Like I said earlier, we charge a low monthly membership fee of $69.  It’s a little more for a couple and a family.  My thinking was not necessarily to make it “cheap” but to have a fee that someone would be willing to pay every month for the rest of their life.  In my case, if I had been paying just $69 a month, I would have paid over $18,ooo!  EIGHTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!  What if I had a hundred clients doing that or two hundred, three or five?  Do the math!

I wonder how we could transform the chiropractic profession from a bunch of insurance chasing back crackers to an army of folks helping families live fuller, happier drug-free lives?  What a wonderful place America (and the World) would be if we could help get millions fo families off drugs and on life!  I’m thinking $69 a month just might change the World!

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Life Lessons from Ft. Knox

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on September 16, 2010

The family and I visited my son at Army Basic Training at Fort Knox recently.  After 40 years, it was interesting to hear the stories about Basic Training.  While not quite as its depicted in the movie “Stripes” with Bill Murray and John Candy, it is amusing to hear the stories and compare to my own experience of long ago.  And ironically, there are lessons there that I had not perceived before.

I know that Basic Training is different for every military branch.  But still, it’s the same.  The purpose is to force a young person to leave the comfort of their teenage womb and give themselves to a higher calling.  My son tells me that since I only went through 6 weeks of Air Force Basic that mine didn’t really count.  But, he WAS amazed at how accurate I was when telling him what to expect when he got there.

One must understand that the job of the military is war, pure and simple.  The military is our defense against attack from forces that would seek to profit from our demise.  Every branch of the military has its job and every member of that branch has duties specific to that mission.  The ultimate goal, however, is to protect and defend the country and our way of life.  So while some training is specific, much of it is designed for the purpose of transitioning a young person into a dedicated member of a unified force whose calling is to put the mission before the man.

The young soldiers all lamented that the Drill Sargent always seemed agitated and that even the slightest transgression by just one troop would cause everyone in the platoon to have to drop and do push ups.  Sometimes, it seemed that “Drill Sargent” would say they were doing a 20K march when it turned out to be 26K.  Sometimes, it seemed that Drill Sargent’s purpose was to drive them to “break”.  In fact, a few tried to intentionally “wash out” to no avail.  And, Drill Sargent would never tell them they could NOT eat something at chow but was quick to remind them of the effect that indiscretion could have on their PT scores.

While the Family Day pass was only for two days, it seemed like my son was bored the whole time.  When I asked him why, he said “I’m used to getting up at 4am, going all day, having to know when different formations were scheduled, taking care of my weapon and even doing laundry.  I don’t know what to do with all this spare time.”  I was also struck at how sharp he and his “battle buddies” appeared.  When I mentioned that, he said that two things “Drill Sargent” impressed on them was teamwork and attention to detail.

I’ve spent many hours thinking about some of those little chats we had and on the profound meaning they have for all of our lives.  We do take plenty for granted these days, from our health to our freedom.  And many times, that comfort makes us vulnerable to sickness, disease, infirmity and attack.  What my son is learning is that we are capable of far more than we believe we are.  He’s learning that life is unpredictable and that strength, flexibility and adaptability to the situation at hand is VITAL not only in dealing with the matter at hand but simply survival.  One of the lessons that Chris is learning is that life is constant and constantly changing.  You must be ready on a moment’s notice, whether it’s awakening at 4am to go on a 15 mile ruck march or to answer a question about the UCMJ.

Our bodies are virtually the same.  We ALL have our own personal “Drill Sargent” always pushing, always preparing us to be the best we can and the most we can, prepared to handle ANY situation that might confront us.  We chiropractors call our internal Drill Sargent “Innate Intelligence” because it knows what to do, when and how.  It goes when we think we can’t.  If you’ll listen and obey your inner Drill Sargent, you’ll become stronger, tougher and better able to handle whatever life brings your way.  Survival can then be assumed as you work toward the greater good for yourself and all around you.

Your body understands the concepts of “teamwork and attention to detail”.  If you will just understand that Drill Sargent is your friend and your protector, you will become a great soldier in life and in the war against weakness, sickness and frailty.

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