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Help Your Body Heal Better, Faster and With More Certainty

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 3, 2014

How does your body heal?  How can you help it…or should you even try?

In our thoroughly modern, “scientific” age, we employ all sorts of therapies and remedies to “enhance” or “speed” the healing process.  And quite often, we take drugs to ease the pain and symptoms CAUSED by the healing process.  BUT, I would suggest to you that there is a better way.

Now before I start, I’m not telling you not to go to the ER if you’ve been involved in an accident and need immediate attention.  I’m talking about routine chronic problems that never get to heal and diminish your quality of life.  And well, what I’m about to tell you might even help that broken arm heal better, too.

Your body heals itself much like a mason repairs a damaged wall.   A crew is brought in to remove the damaged parts and prepare the way for rebuilding the wall.  Then new materials are brought in to replace the old damaged material.  A competent and capable body (like the mason) will get the job done in the appropriate amount of time.

How does your body repair itself?

How does your body repair itself?

However, If the nervous system is compromised, the process simply will not function appropriately.  It’s like the mason gets the word late and is not quite prepared for the job.  Then we take something to ease the pain and it’s like giving the mason a bottle of booze to keep him from getting mad.  He can’t focus and just takes longer to do the job at less than 100%.

Enter the chiropractor.  He/she makes sure the brain gets the right signal and proper instructions and the right mason are then sent to the damaged/sick area.  The demolition and repair are done correctly and timely.

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So if you want to make sure your body heals properly and as efficiently and effectively as possible, find a good chiropractor that ONLY ADJUSTS the spine to remove this thing we call a vertebral subluxation.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Love, Fear and Your Health

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on October 5, 2010

Sometimes we get so caught up in the way of the world that we tend to forget some simple truths.  “Scientific” studies are always pointing out ways to treat one condition or the other.  Other “scientific” studies tell us what’s bad for our health.  Yet over time, those “scientific” studies are often shown to have been somewhat errant either in their results, their assumptions or their methods.  We even find that some “scientific” studies are even designed to scare us into buying in to a mindset of fear, sickness and disease that can make us timid, fearful consumers of drugs, treatments and various protections.  To me, this is appalling.

As a former American President once said “All we have to fear is fear itself.”  Nothing could be more accurate.   think about fear for a moment.  When you’re scared, what do you do?  You contract into a defensive posture.  When you stay in a contracted state, you become stiff, inflexible.  Over time, you lose the ability to react to life’s situations appropriately.  Accumulated inappropriate responses causes your body and your life to break down.  Eventually, things start to fall apart.  Finally, you succumb to a lifetime of fearful reactions.  Disease and death overtake you.  In other words, you may live a long time, but you don’t really “live”.  Instead, you die a little every day over a lifetime.  Miserable. Scary.

Let’s look at the other end of the spectrum, love or faith.  What happens when you love?  You open yourself to a world of opportunity and joy and experience.  You grow.  You become flexible and adaptable to life’s situations and challenges.  There’s a passage in the Bible that says “Perfect love casts out fear.”  So when you decide to look for what is good in your life, your body and your relationships, you begin to live expansively.  Life’s challenges become opportunities.  Instead of thinking about death ad disease, your focus is on life and wholeness and health and happiness.  True “science” has shown that stress (or fear) causes heart disease, cancer, strokes, ulcers and chronic and autoimmune disease.  Ask yourself, “What would the opposite cause?”  The answer, of course, is health, wellness, wholeness, happiness and joy.

Life is not always easy.  And, it’s impossible to be happy with every outcome.  But, I will tell you that if you love life, life will love you back.   Open yourself to all that life has to offer.  Look with suspicion at anyone who tries to sell you on fear.  Always question their motives and their methods.  Ponder the magnificence and perfection of Nature and always doubt that anyone could improve on its Design.  And when you do, you will see that perfect love casts out fear.  Be well.

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You are powerful!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on June 14, 2010

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Profit Over Patient: Ethics and the Business of Healthcare

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on February 25, 2008

I have a love-hate relationship with the healthcare profession.  On the one hand, it’s gratifying beyond words to be able to help people improve their health and their lives.  On the other hand, the business of healthcare may be doing more harm than good, in some cases.

In my own practice as a chiropractor, I often hear someone say,”This is awesome!  I never thought I could feel this good again”.  Unfortunately, I often hear those same people say something like, “Why haven’t I heard about this before now?” or “Why did I have to suffer so long when this has always been available?” or worse yet, “I don’t guess my doctor was telling me the truth about what you do.”

But, not all the bad I hear is about medicine or medical doctors.  Sometimes it’s something like “I went to one of you guys once.  And, I know the adjustments helped.  But, the guy ran up a huge bill and then quit seeing me when the insurance payments stopped” or “I just don’t think I can afford it right now.  My insurance doesn’t cover it.”

I’m an advocate of allowing the free market to resolve the problems with health care.  However, the free market is not allowed to express itself fully in the business of health care in America. Here are some specific problems I have with the business of healthcare and some different ways of dealing with them:

  • The Money Grub – There’s a practice called “exhaustion of benefits” in the healthcare business that spans every specialty.  The provider asks for your insurance card to verify benefits.  Not surprisingly, their recommendations for care tend to coincide with what your insurance carrier says they’ll pay.  Possible solution: Verify your own benefits and get your provider’s recommendation BEFORE verifying coverage OR see what their recommendations are if you paid cash at the time you received the service.
  • Fear-mongering – This is where you’re told “You MUST have this procedure or take this drug or you’ll die!”  This is using pure power on the doctor’s part and the patient’s ignorance to almost force them to do what the doctor tells them.  Possible solution: Patient’s deserve to be told the truth in rational, unemotional terms what their specific problem is and what the doctor’s recommendations are.
  • (Not so) Full disclosure – There’s a tendency in health care to tell folks to “Sign these forms so we can get started”.  You have a right to know exactly what the doctor has found, what his/her recommendations are, what the risks of those recommendations are and what alternatives to this procedure or drug that exist WITHOUT injecting any bias the doctor may have.  Possible solution: Doctor’s should take time to get to know their patients.  Ask probing questions and give honest answers.  Be honest about their lack of knowledge when it exists, especially about less aggressive alternatives.
  • Too  anxious to be too invasive – Sometimes as doctors, there’s the urge to DO SOMETHING now!  The haste to act now, can make things worse than if nothing were done, at all.  Possible solution: One of the safest and most valuable tools in the doctor’s bag of tricks is something we call “watchful waiting”, where you give your body time to resolve a potential problem on its own without aggressive treatment.
  • OOPS! – Sometimes, health care providers make mistakes.  Unfortunately, too many times the problem is covered to prevent lawsuits or unwanted exposure.  Possible solution: I heard someone say once, “Sunlight is the best antibiotic”.  It’s best to simply tell the truth.  The cover-up will always cause more problems than the problem being covered up.
  • Just too expensive – Because of third party reimbursement, health care in America has simply gotten too expensive.  Possible solution: Providers should be allowed to compete on a variety of different levels, including price, form of payment, type of service provided, etc.

Because the economics of healthcare are distorted by Government controls and intervention, as well as third party reimbursement, the free market is not allowed to properly regulate the business.  As a result, doctors, hospitals and drug makers have an extra duty to “do no harm” to those who must rely on their relative power in the marketplace.  The Internet now makes information too easily available to continue the imbalance of power between patient and provider.

I urge healthcare providers to always do the right thing.  Make sure your patients are fully informed and involved in their care.  Give them exceptional value.  Empower them to make better choices.  As for patients and the public at large, take charge of your health and your life.  Inform yourself of your alternatives.  Ask questions.  And continue asking until you’re satisfied that you’ve gotten the right information and ALL the information you need to make fully informed choices regarding your own health.  After all, it IS your responsibility.

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Performance Enhancing Drugs

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on January 13, 2008

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been treated to the so-called Mitchell report identifying several Major League stars that had used performance enhancing drugs. The report was received with a collective yawn by most Americans. Many were shocked by the seeming apathy at what many consider “cheating” by using steroids or human growth hormone.

But how could we be surprised by the public’s “so what” reaction to the allegations. For years, owners simply turned their back while MLB was enjoying growing fan interest with the home run race between Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa. Better hitters and faster pitchers are good for the game, right? And, what would the player’s union say? After all, more fans and more revenue for MLB mean bigger salaries and prolonged careers for its members. As a fan of Aaron, Mays, Rose, Koufax, Clemente and so many other greats of the past, I’m disgusted and have decided to all but ignore professional sports altogether.

In a society where children from the age of two are given the equivalent of cocaine (Ritalin, Adderol, etc.) supposedly to help them do better in school by suppressing “symptoms” of ADD/ADHD. As adults, we take pills for potency (Viagra, Cialis, etc) or pills to sleep or for depression and anxiety. In fact, our society seems to be based on the premise of “better living through chemistry”. “Whatever it takes” is the mantra of today’s American athlete. Heck, maybe that’s one of the problems facing our entire culture. We’re so bent on winning that we’ve cast aside corny virtues like integrity, hard work and sportsmanship.

There was a time when Americans ridiculed Eastern Bloc countries for using steroids to boost their performance in the Olympics. But then again, that was before the USA decided to use professional basketball, baseball and hockey players to ensure winning Olympic medals. I wonder how many Americans relish the specter of American amateur athletes winning the gold medal in hockey or basketball, any more. I hardly even watch the Olympics these days.

But, unless we’re willing to clean up the rest of society, why the double standard for MLB players? Professional sports in some ways merely reflect social mores. Maybe we’ll eventually get the idea that how we play the game and how we live our own lives are more important than the instant gratification of hollow victory. Real victory is an expression of who you are deep inside and reflects the training, dedication and endurance of one who really loves who they are and what they do. Honor, principle and the game itself are far more important any statistic or season.

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Stop giving antibiotics for colds and coughs, doctors told

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on January 13, 2008

I can’t tell you how much grief I’ve caught over the years about my opinion on the overuse (even abuse) of antibiotics. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the medical world is finally realizing that building immunity is better than fighting germs.Here’s the link to an interesting article: Stop giving antibiotics for colds

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