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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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I Love Being a Chiropractor!

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on March 25, 2015

I DO love being a chiropractor. Just knowing that I have the ability to locate and remove an impediment to a person’s ability to express their health and their life as fully as possible is both awe-inspiring and humbling at the same time.

In these 15 years of practice, I’ve had the opportunity to work with folks with so many different challenges. It’s run the gamut from back pain and migraines to high blood pressure to constipation, seizures and ear infections. Of course, Chiropractic is not a treatment for any of those conditions or ANY medical condition, in fact. We know that the ONE thing that the chiropractor DOES do is to locate and correct vertebral subluxation. And when we DO what chiropractors were meant to do, people’s lives improve.

One of the things I appreciate most about Chiropractic is the awareness that everyone has the innate potential for better health and performance. Helping folks realize that their innate potential for expressing more life IS in my mind the greater part of my job as a chiropractor. AND realizing this fact helps my members make better life decisions only increases my value as their chiropractor.

One of the greatest benefits (to ME as a chiropractor) of adjusting a high school football and basketball team for five years was having kids get on the table EVERY week to get checked for subluxation whether they had symptoms or not. And having a teenager tell you that they not only feel better but PLAY better when they get adjusted is powerful confirmation that you’re on the right track.

Having practiced and studied Chiropractic for several years now, I understand that EVERYONE is better off without vertebral subluxation. Even more, I believe that EVERYONE deserves to have access to Chiropractic care regardless of age or condition, whether infant or geriatric and with or without symptoms. And, the only diagnosis needed is the presence of vertebral subluxation.

If you don’t have a chiropractor for yourself and your family, I urge you to find one.  Let me know if you need some help.  I know hundreds all over America.

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I don’t get sick.

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 6, 2013

ImageII just don’t get sick.

Some folks say I’m lucky. I think I’m lucky to have been getting chiropractic care for two decades.

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Chemical Imbalance?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on December 5, 2013

OK.  So why in the heck is a chiropractor talking about chemical imbalance in the first place?  Don’t they deal with the spine and bones?  And, what am I going to learn about my chemical imbalances by reading this blog post, anyway?  Great questions!

I’m a different kind of chiropractor.  My focus is on how your body functions…your WHOLE body.  I deal primarily with the top bone in your neck BECAUSE it affects virtually every function in and of your body, especially your body chemistry.  “How?” you say.  The top bone in the spine, called the Atlas, can cause pressure on your brain stem.  Pressure on your brain stem can affect the function of your hypothalamus is connected to both your endocrine (hormone) and nervous system and plays a vital role in the process known as homeostasis, or the dynamic steady state (balance) throughout the body.

Misalignment of the top bone in the neck (Atlas or C1) can cause all sorts of problems, including chemical imbalances which are often cited as the cause for a myriad of health problems, including psychiatric problems.  Correction of this chiropractic problem has been often been credited with changing lives after all other interventions had failed miserably.

There are lots of reasons why one’s body chemistry might be out of balance.  But, trying to balance it by adding more chemicals is tricky, at best.  It’s a guessing game that can have devastating effects on one’s life and health.  The chiropractic approach is to simply remove stress on the brain stem caused by misalignment of the bones in the spine and allowing the body to do what it was designed to do, properly and completely.

If you’ve been told you have a chemical imbalance, maybe you should check out a good chiropractor.Image

 

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The cancer patient experience

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on January 30, 2013

My first chiropractor had a patient who was a recovering addict. Brought scores of folks to her practice over the years. Contracted cancer that eventually took him Home. She continued to adjust him till the day of his passing. Many of his friends asked him numerous times why he continued getting adjusted. He would respond “Because I want every ounce of life God gives me while I’m still here.”

I want YOU to get every ounce of life God has given you for the duration of your Earthly experience. God loves you. So do I.

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Price Elasticity and the New Chiropractic Reality

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on August 24, 2012

I love Economics, often called “The Dismal Science”.  The short definition of Economics is that it’s the study of the allocation of scarce resources.  Like many things in Economics, scarcity is a relative terms.  Tow of the great caveats in Economics is “What if” and “it depends”.  In other words, Economics really is a study of behavior as it relates to stuff.  Stuff like money and the stuff we substitute for money.

Since entering the world of healthcare (specifically Chiropractic) over 20 years ago, I’ve watched with great interest the games providers play with Economics and how really naive the healthcare business is when it comes to the Dismal Science.  It’s really amazing, too, how ignorant lawmakers, regulators and administrators are about the economics of healthcare, too.  But, I’ll focus on Chiropractic in order to keep my interest high and this article short.

We all know about Economics’ Law of Supply and Demand.  We also understand that the greater the demand for a given product or service at a given level of supply, the higher the price of that good or service.  Further, we know that given a certain level of demand the quantity supplied can affect the price of a product or service.  There is an additional concept within the Law of Supply and Demand called “elasticity”, which basically is how widely supply and demand changes given changes in the price of a product or service.

OK.  Enough background.  What I want you to see are the dramatic changes facing the chiropractic profession because of the Law of Supply and Demand and the Price Elasticity of Demand for chiropractic services.  Over the last 30 years, chiropractors have benefited (?) from relative parity with other health professions when it came to 3rd party reimbursements like health insurance and Medicare.  Prior to that, chiropractors were paid directly by consumers of their service.  As a result, fees were relatively low.  After “insurance parity” chiropractic bills skyrocketed.  For the longest time, the chiropractors’ bills were rarely questioned.  And as long as patients were required to pay little or nothing out-of-pocket, they flocked to chiropractors’ offices and everybody was happy.

Eventually, the profession began to choke the goose with the golden egg.  Managed care came on the scene and the scrutiny of chiropractic bills began.  Deductibles and copays started increasing.  In other words, patients were being required to take cash out of their pocket to pay for a portion of their chiropractic care.  At that time, we began to see serious competition among chiropractors themselves but also with physical therapists and MDs..  It seems that MDs could bill greater amounts with fewer out-of-pocket requirements than the chiropractors.

Chiropractors found that even the slightest increase in out-of-pocket expense caused a drop-off in consumer demand for chiropractic services.  So, the natural response was for the chiropractor to waive out-of-pocket costs or NOPE, no out of pocket expense.  Problem was, that tactic was deemed illegal under fraud statutes. Chiropractors started going to jail NOT in righteous protests but for fraud.

The next response by the profession was “exhaustion of benefits”.  Under this approach, a care plan would be rendered based partly on what a person’s insurance coverage was.  The amount covered would be subtracted from the calculated cost of the care plan at the doctor’s per visit rate (including covered therapy modalities) and the balance either paid up front with a discount or spread over the life of the care plan.  This approach has come under great scrutiny by both legal and regulatory authorities.  Hopefully, this practice is almost gone.

But, the history of chiropractic economics has shown that the Price Elasticity of Demand is very significant.  this just means that even though chiropractors had been paid very well for at least a couple of decades, that income was the result of creative billing and lax  oversight by 3rd party payors and NOT because they competed directly for consumers on a cash basis.  Over that time, chiropractors began to equate their value with their gross income instead of the REAL demand for chiropractic services by the cash paying customer.  Many of those same practitioners have been teaching chiropractic students over the last decade or two that there is no price competition and that they should expect (even demand) a high level of reimbursement.

The sad reality is that insurance coverage for chiropractic services is almost gone in America.  Chiropractors are now in an environment where they must compete with each other for clients but with alternatives that may still be receiving some 3rd party payments while the DC is not.  In other words, there a lots of chiropractors charging rates based on what used to be paid by someone OTHER than their patient.  And as we all know, no one spends their own money like they’d spend someone else’s.

So, what we have in chiropractic now are thousands of recently graduated chiropractors who entered school to become a doctor who didn’t have to work hard while making lots of money entering a market where there is little or no 3rd party pay and an economy where people are squeezing every penny out of every dime just to make ends meet.

The new economic realities of the chiropractic profession are that students owe at least twice (in student loans) what they can expect to earn in a year.  The average income for chiropractors is falling as is the average fee for service.

Today’s chiropractor is ill-equipped to face the new market realities.  He/she must become excellent marketers, well versed in public speaking, one-on-one selling, social and business networking and business management.  They will work in smaller offices with lower overhead, smaller staff, lower incomes and lower fees.  The competition for the old reliable NMS conditions will be hard to wrench from the hands of orthopedists and physical therapists.  They will be forced to improvise their approach or seek other careers, like teaching Biology at the local middle or high school.  Not exactly what they borrowed $200,000 to end up doing.

The new reality is that chiropractors will almost be forced to narrow their scope like chiropractors of old, offer fee systems that are reasonable for most individuals and families to pay out of pocket and to sell chiropractic like BJ Palmer did in his time and Sid Williams in his.  As for me, I am glad to see this change coming.  But, I don’t think my profession and its system of learning and regulation are.  I guess time will tell.

 

 

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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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What’s better than trusting yourself again?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on June 3, 2011

One of the great things about having had clients stick with me for over ten years is that you have the benefit of lots of feedback in little bits over a long time.  Instead of trying to fill out some form with objective data at the end of a care plan, you get to hear how chiropractic has affected people’s lives in real time and in real ways.

One of the things I hear all the time from folks that have been with me for a long time is “You know, since I’ve been getting adjusted, I seem to know when things aren’t right.”  Another thing I love to hear is “I feel better about asking my doctor questions these days.  I wouldn’t have done that before.”

I wish that more people knew what chiropractic really is.  Obviously, lots of folks (maybe most) think it’s a drug-free, non-surgical approach to correcting chronic back pain.  Sure, it works for that.  But really, chiropractic is first a philosophy.  A philosophy whose premise is that all things are organized, whether living or inorganic.  In living things that organization is responsible for keeping you healthy and performing at your maximum potential.  Watching that principle play out in my life and the lives of those who use my service is one of the most awe inspiring experiences in my life.  The philosophy of chiropractic is “Why” we do what we do.

Chiropractic is also a science.  As such, we understands how it works.  We know that that organization I just mentioned flows over the nervous system and that any interference or disruption in how the body and brain communicate will affect how your body functions.  We call that a state of dis-ease.  If that communication is allowed to persist, eventually dysfunction can become disease that eventually leads to symptoms and death.  The science of chiropractic is “What” we do.

Chiropractic is also an art.  Every practitioner has their own way of expressing the art of chiropractic.  It’s our technique and mental approach to what we do.  It’s the “How” of what we do.

My kind of chiropractor is most concerned that you understand your body.  I want you to KNOW that you were designed perfectly and capable of adapting to most of life’s challenges.  And mostly, I want you to trust your instincts.  After all, “What’s better than trusting yourself again?”

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I’m a ChiropracTOR

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 20, 2011

I’m a chiropracTOR. My focus is on chiropracTIC and NOT on Medicine. Medicine has its own problems and kills lots of Americans every year. I DO get frustrated at how religious folks can be about their Medicine. Medicine is a Man-made contrivance and is subject to Man’s fallibility. At its core, chiropracTIC acknowledges a higher power in both the design and function of all living things. We don’t try to “fix” it. We just try to remove A barrier to its normal function.

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Can we build a new human?

Posted by Marietta chiropractor on April 13, 2011

Then how can we fix an old one?hat’s a reasonable question.  hat’s a reasonable question.  Isn’t it?

It never ceases to amaze me how “scientific” Medicine purports to know how to treat all kinds of conditions of the human body.  Yet, these “scientists” don’t even know what has caused most of the problems they claim to “fix”.  In virtually every case, the best they’re able to do is affect the symptoms of whatever the real problem is.  Shrink the tumor.  Stop the sinus drainage.  Suppress the immune response.  lower blood pressure.

Yet, “something” takes one sperm and one ovum (egg) and makes a baby in just 9 months in the case of humans WITHOUT help from “science” or Medicine or even the Government.  Personally, I consider that quite miraculous.

When I think of  two cells becoming a complete functional living being with all its cells and tissues and organs and systems working together in perfect harmony, I have to ask the question “Wouldn’t the process that made that happen also not also have provided a functional immune system capable of dealing with any malady likely to confront it?”  I’m sure you know the answer.  Yes, of course!

Maybe it’s time we open our minds to the possibility that we living things typically arrive complete and that we don’t as much need to be “fixed” as much as we just need to make sure the system is allowed to function as it was designed with as little interference as possible.

That’s actually, what the chiropractic profession was designed to do.  Those of us that practice from that perspective have seen what some would call “miracles” because without drugs or surgery because we respect that Design, remove interference and step back and watch.

Sadly, we get bogged down trying to explain it in a really technical way.  But, the truth is that just like gravity works every time, taking stress off your nervous system works every time, too.  And just because “science” or Medicine can’t explain it in their terms does not mean it doesn’t work.  It does work, just not the way they want it to.

Principled chiropractic works because it works WITH the same wisdom that took those two cells and made it a living functional human being.  It is that same wisdom that strives to make you healthy and able to adapt to virtually any situation or circumstance that you may encounter.

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