The Wellness Revolution: A Mind-Body-Soul Connection…

A Little Late, But a Step in the Right Direction
July 8, 2009, 6:06 pm
Filed under: Chiropractic

Reports were released about how the Food and Drug Administration are now voting on a ban of Vicodin and Percocet due to an increase of liver damage and even death because to excessive use.  Even though these medications can be helpful in pain reduction and easier on the stomach than other pain relievers, they have some very harmful side-effects, one being death.  Unfortunately, these are the two most popular drugs being prescribed for pain and the two most commonly abused pain relievers.

As I was reading this report, it occurred to me that a lot of Americans are on these drugs and it seems like there is a new drug every week that treats a new symptom that we for some reason never noticed that we had until the commercial on the TV said we did.  Then it occurred to me that I am constantly reading reports of new drugs being taken off the shelves do to crazy side-effects such as death.  Then, my final thought came, that these drugs don’t even get to the CAUSE of the pain, they only mask the pain.  Why are we so eager to treat the SYMPTOM instead of the CAUSE?  Why is it so easy to take a prescription from your Medical Doctor, but it’s so difficult to take vitamins or supplements or to get a quick check from your Chiropractor?  How come there seems to be a new medication for a new symptom every week and then a few months later that symptoms is once again unheard of and we are onto a new symptom?  And, lastly, why are we self diagnosing from television commercials and why is the Medical Profession okay with this?

I want you to ask yourself these questions.  If this doesn’t relate to you, I guarantee that you know someone who it does relate to.  If that’s the case, I encourage you to inspire yourself or the person you know to go talk to their local Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractor and see if it’s the right fit.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at   (415) 389-8435.

Thank you for being an inspiraton!

SUBLUXATION = A Lack of Light
May 31, 2009, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Chiropractic

hands and sun blurred - lores.jpgWhat truly is a SUBLUXATION?  Is it simply a misalignment in your spine?  Are there other components like emotional and chemical?  Do we cause more of them when we adjust or are we honestly getting rid of them with the adjustment?  Should we even talk about SUBLUXATIONS with the people we serve?

I struggled with all of these questions for a long time.  I knew as a Chiropractor I was supposed to find SUBLUXATIONS, adjust them, and then everything would be better.  But is that what I was really doing?  Or was I finding misalignments and trying to put them back into place?

If you ask a Diversified doctor, a Network doctor, a BGI doctor, an AK doctor, or an Upper Cervical Specific doctor what a SUBLUXATION is, they will probably all give you a different answer.   One might talk about a bone being out of place, one might talk about pressure on nerves, one might say that it is an emotional block from childhood, one might say that it is tension on dentate ligaments causing a pull on the brainstem, which in turn causes dysafferentation throughout the entire system.  But, one thing that I am sure that we can almost all agree with though is that it is something obstructing the communication from the Brain to the Body and Body to the Brain.

I have also heard lately that a lot of Docs don’t even communicate what a SUBLUXATION is to their patients.  They avoid the topic all together.  How unfortunate is that?  The primary thing that we actually do, removing interference of the communication between the brain and the body (ie: SUBLUXATION), is something that we don’t even communicate to our patients.  We do Report of Findings, telling people everything that is WRONG with them and that we can FIX it, but don’t actually tell them how.  In my ROF, I always tell them that I find the primary area that is causing this interference, something that we call a SUBLUXATION, which translates into “A Lack of Light”, and I simply remove the interference.  It’s that simple.  That is the point where I typically get the “Ah-ha” moment from my people.

It already freaks me out that we have become strictly pain based in the publics eye, that a lot of Chiropractors don’t even educate their patients about what Chiropractic is and why it’s NECESSARY, and that now we don’t even talk about what it is that we actually correct.  We don’t correct pain, asthma, DJD, bursitis, or arthritis, we correct SUBLUXATIONS and restore the LIGHT from WITHIN allowing the patients to work with what is RIGHT within them, not what is WRONG.

Let’s bring back the truth!

When You Say You Can’t, You Won’t

There is an on going phenomenon with how people initally react when you make suggestions for their own good.  The common answer that I get a lot from not only patients, but from friends and family is, “I can’t.”  I notice that a lot of people say I can’t not because they really CAN’T, but because they really WON’T.  I think that we should all be making an effort to say that we’ll give it a shot or to at least ponder the idea for a while before we turn down the suggestion. 

What would have happened if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “I can’t” before he made his famous I Had a Dream speech?  What if D.D. Palmer said “I can’t” when Harvey Lillard walked into his office looking for help?  What if your mom and dad said “we can’t” before you were concieved?  These are examples of events that have changed the world as we know it.  What if Obama said “No, we can’t”? 

When I see a patient who is unwilling to put the same amount of effort that I am putting into their care, I have to seriously sit back and consider the other possibilities for this person.  Is it worth my time and effort and their time and money to try and help them heal?  I try and encourage all my people (friends, family, patients, etc.) to start saying “I’ll try” or “I will” before they say “I can’t” or “I won’t”. 

The only person who get ‘s in your way is YOU.  Utilize the people who love you and care for you enough to take their word and their suggestions to heart.  They only make suggestions for the the greater good of YOU.  We are all self-evolving organisms and the only way that we evolve is through change.


Stay True!

Chiropractic and Children?

amanda2One thing that is coming up a lot lately is the question about Chiropractic and children. “Why would a child need to go to a Chiropractor if they don’t have back pain?” Well, why should ANYONE go to a Chiropractor? That should be the real question. Don’t children deserve health just as much as an adult? Would we deny a child a healthy organic meal because it costs more than McDonalds? Absolutely not.

The reason why anyone should be going to the Chiropractor is simply to remove the interference between the Mind, Body, and Soul and allow the body to do the healing. We, as Chiropractors, are simply mediators between you and your health. Children should be getting adjusted straight out of the womb to allow their bodies to process all of the interferences in their environment and allow their light to shine as bright as possible. We want to have children adjusted early to prevent any hardships in the future. It’s that simple.

When I hear of a Medical Doctor, PT, or any other health professional bad mouthing Chiropractic when it comes to children it just makes me cringe. I would never tell you to not send your child or yourself to another health professional if I don’t know much about it. I would first research it before I gave my opinion. In fact, I would talk to the professional and get to know them and their profession and establish a relationship before I gave my opinion.

If you are interested or curious in Chiropractic with Children or Chiropractic in general, please give me a call at (415) 383-0904 or shoot me an email at I would much rather be your friend and partner in health than a foe.

How am I Different?

img_6792A common question that I get asked quite often from new patients is, “So, how are you different than a NORMAL Chiropractor?” I actually really like this question for a few reasons.
One is because they already understand, before I even work with them, that I am completely different than their last Chiropractor. They have an intuitive understanding that they are about to experience something that they have not experienced before.
Second is that they just gave me an open invitation to sell them MY Chiropractic, which of course is Dr. B.J. Palmer’s Chiropractic. When they hear that what I am doing is actually a technique (Upper Cervical Specific Care) derived from the 1930’s they go crazy. “You mean this isn’t a new thing? How come this isn’t more common?”
That’s where I start to question our profession. I know that back pain is what most people think we, as Chiropractors, treat. But, lets go back into the Green Books. Let’s look back to the true philosophy of Chiropractic, D.D. Palmer style. Unfortunately, a lot of people have their own Philosophy to match what they do in practice. But, D.D. clearly states that he isn’t treating symptoms, but simply removing interference. B.J. Palmer took that one step further. He was removing the interference within the life-force of the body.
You look at a lot of high volume practices and you would initially think that this Doc is good. People keep coming back for their care, sometimes three times a week for the rest of their lives. High volume should not be the same people coming in over and over again so that your patient visit numbers are going up. High volume should be where your patient base is so enormous that you can check one person 1-2 times a month, but still have 100 or more visits a week. How do you do that? By being an awesome and honest doc. If you get sick people well and maintain that wellness, then they will refer. If they each refer 5-10 people each, and those people refer 5-10 people each, and so on, then you will have a high volume practice without the need to rely on your patients coming in multiple times a week.
B.J. wasn’t seeing the same people over and over again. Once they were well, he released them from care. He didn’t then set them up on a lifetime care plan. If they became un-well again, then he would serve them if need be.
So, how am I different? I am the Chiropractor whose goal is to not see you. I want to get you to the point where you come in 1-2 a month (or less!) just to get checked and if an adjustment is warranted, then you’ll get ROCKED! You, as the patient, pay me to get you well, and to maintain that wellness. If you don’t need an adjustment, then I have done my job.
By the way, THAT is normal Chiropractic.

Lead Through Example

59725486_900aa62239jpg2Something that has always amazed me is the lack of Health in Healthcare. I’m not talking about how the insurance companies want to keep you sick to make profit or how your Medical Doctor is feeding you toxic chemicals to regulate the side-effects of the last toxic chemical they gave you. I am taking about the lack of health that the Healthcare Practitioner is providing for them self.

Being in practice or in school can be very hard on your body. From the lack of sleep, not being able to afford good food, sitting or standing all day, stressing about finances, or simply not having the time to take care of you. This article is not going to give you a step-by-step routine to follow for health, but I really want you to take a look at your own personal habits and how they might be reflecting on your practice. Maybe, if you are a personal trainer, you should workout as well to look fit as an example for your client. Maybe Chiropractors should be getting adjusted (Upper Cervical in my opinion). Maybe Nutritionists should be following a health diet themselves.

I remember being at Chiropractic school and there were “Smoking Sections” and during every break there was a certain group of people always there. What happens when you are adjusting someone and talking to the about Wellness Care and you smell like smoke? Just the other day I was at a gym and there was a personal trainer with a wonderful “Beer Belly” and he wasn’t an older gentleman at all.

All I’m saying is that YOU, as a HEALTHcare provider, need to start setting an example for the people you serve. Start living an active healthy life being the role model that so many people lack in our Unhealthy Nation today.

If I need to refer out my people to another practitioner for any reason, I am for sure going to send them to the person who I see as the best potential role model. Just remember, YOU are the best testimonial for the care that YOU provide. First impression is the most important.

Dig it!

The One Minute Manager

51p6dapqsxl_sl500_sx85_Early this morning when I woke up I was feeling a little over-whelmed.  It’s Sunday just before 7 am, and I was feeling a little Chiropractically (is that even a word?) worn out.  I know a lot of you are either thinking that it’s not possible to be in that position, but when you read, promote, practice, train, write, network, and publicize yourself and Chiropractic as much as I do, then you might understand where I am coming from.  You might have a little sympathy.  Sometimes you need to take a step back from your passion to appreciate it more.

So, instead of picking up “Book Yourself Solid” by Michael Port and it’s workbook, I decided to read something that has been sitting in my pile of “Must Reads” from Dr. Shawn Dill’s book list called “The One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.  This was my Sunday pick because I am starting to feel self consumed with MYSELF and MY SUCCESS that I wasn’t really thinking about the people who I work with and who work for me. 

“The One Minute Manager” took me all of one and a half hours to read and take notes on (it’s only 107 pages with large font) and to absorb into my practice life.  This book puts management into a super easy and positive practice. 

We have all had jobs, or have jobs, where your boss is either a total jerk, airhead, controlling idiot, or maybe the nicest push over you have ever met.  I have had countless numbers of jobs from being a musician, a veterinary technician, coffee barista, healthcare instructor, emergency medical technician, and the list goes on.  Throughout these jobs I have always said that I could do a better job then any of my managers.  I would get so frustrated that eventually I would just quit.  I was tired of being told ONLY what I did wrong and never praised for when I did something right.  I would hold a job for about a month to about two years (on a rare occasion) and never once did I really end up liking my boss. 

Now that I am my own boss and I have people working under me, I decided to take a stand and not be that typical boss that everyone hates or takes advantage of. 

At the end of this book, the authors ask for the reader to share the knowledge that has been passed down to them.  So, that’s what I am going to do in this blog.  I still highly recommend going out and buying this book.  It’s definitely one to re-read every year to remind yourself that you are NOT that boss, parent, spouse, or friend.  This book really can be adapted in everyday life.


The Three Secrets to GREAT Managing:

1.             One Minute Goal Setting

a.     Agree on your goals.

b.     See what good behavior looks like.

c.      Write out each of your goals on a single piece of paper using less then 250 words.

d.     Read and re-read each goal, which requires only a minute or so each time you do it.

e.     Take a minute every once and a while out of your day to look at your performance

f.      See whether or not your behavior matches your goal.

2.             One Minute Praising

a.     Tell people up front that you are going to let them know how they are doing.

b.     Praise people immediately.

c.      Tell people what they did right – be specific.

d.     Tell people how good you feel about what they did right, and how it helps the organization (or family) and other people who work there (or live there).

e.     Stop for a moment of silence to let them “feel” how good you feel.

f.      Shake hands or touch the person in a way that makes it clear that you support their success in the organization (or family).


3.             The One Minute Reprimand

a.     Tell people beforehand that you are going to let them know how they are doing in no uncertain terms.

b.     Reprimand people immediately.

c.      Tell people what they did wrong – be specific.

d.     Tell people how you feel about what they did wrong and in no uncertain terms.

e.     Stop for a few seconds of uncomfortable silence to let them “feel” how you feel. 

f.      Shake hands or touch the person in a way that lets them know you are honestly on their side.

g.     Remind them how much you value them.

h.     Reaffirm them that you think well of them, but not of their performance in this situation.

i.       Realize that when the reprimand is over, IT’S OVER.

Those are the three secrets of One Minute Managing.  The beauty is that eventually the people who work for you or live with you will start doing this to themselves so that you don’t have to do it.  If you make it touch them emotionally then they will realize that since being praised feels so good, then they will praise themselves and reprimands by you feel so uncomfortable that they will prefer reprimanding themselves. 

I hope you found this informative and helpful.  I truly believe that the happier people are in your practice and family then the more happiness you attract.  People will start wanting to come in to your practice as patients, work for you, or your kids will do all of their chores without a fuss.