Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It Just Makes Sense...

Every electronic gadget out there was invented based on principles found right within your own body.  Dr. BJ Palmer liked to use the assembly line example, but there are so many modern devices that you can see lying around the space that you're reading this.  The computer you're using...your cell phone...your television...all of it.  It's all based on electrical energy, just as your body.  The brainstem generates power, the brain is in and of itself a super computer, the spinal cord is a passage through which to transmit the power to all of the organs, muscles, and tissues in the body by way of the nerves that branch off the spinal cord.  It's all quite amazing.

The body was (extremely) intelligently designed in a repeatable pattern - heart, lungs, liver, digestive system, immune system, the muscles of the arms, legs, torso, head, face, and neck, etc.  Every Ford F150 is built in the same way.  Over and over; repeated.  Each unit is needed to create the completed, perfect truck.  The same is true for the body - each organ, muscle, tissue, and cell needs to be assembled and place the right time and place in the right quantity.  This is irrefutable and cannot be reproduced by scientists.  It's above education.  It just is what it is. 

The entire repeatable human system is run by electrical power through muscles.  Muscles need that electrical power in proper quantity to ensure the desired result, i.e. pancreas creates enough insulin, heart pumps enough blood, liver produces enough cholesterol, thyroid the right balance of hormones, the immune system enough healing cells, etc.  Yet, by reducing the electrical power to those muscles, the desired result cannot be achieved.  Something less will be achieved and the consequences will follow.  A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, so if one muscular power unit is disrupted, then everything else is (quietly at first, but then louder as time goes on) thrown into disarray. 

Death occurs when the power supply is cut off.  Dis-ease occurs when the power is reduced.

The electrical power runs through your body's version of electrical wires - the nerves that extend off the spinal cord.  The cord transmits the electrical power from the brainstem/brain.  Many examples have been used throughout history to describe this physiologic imbalance.  An electrical short as a result of a pinched cable; a kink in the garden hose resulting in reduction of water supply to the plants.  These are simple, easy to understand metaphors, but they don't quite stress the importance of what we're talking about to the degree that it needs to be stressed.  THIS IS LIFE!  THIS IS HEALTH!  THIS IS YOUR ONE AND ONLY BODY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT!

100% power supply is needed for health.  All organs, muscles, and tissues must work NORMALLY to achieve that so-called elusive thing known as HEALTH. 

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Logical and Reasonable Fact...

 "The obvious is the last thing we think, see, or do" - Elbert Hubbard

Look down at your arm for a moment, please.  Make a fist.  Now, pump that fist.

A lot of things just happened in your body...and they were all muscular.  That puzzled look on your face when you read those instructions - that was muscles in motion.  When your eyes moved down to look at your arm - muscles at work.  The breaths that you took while you decided to follow those instructions - muscles contracting and relaxing.

Muscles make things in the body move.  The digestive system is lined with muscle to push through food and fluid.  The diaphragm is a muscle that helps you talk or cough or sing or laugh.  The kidneys are powered by muscle to filter and process, the heart IS A muscle, the liver uses muscles for all its various functions, etc.  The skeletal muscles, of course, give your body motion and keep you balanced.  There are muscles everywhere in every part of your body.  These muscles are powered by electrical impulses from the brain sent along the nerves, the quantity of which is regulated by the brainstem.

This is another one of those obvious things that we ignore when we think of our health.

Your muscles, internally and externally, have a vitally important job to do and they need to be able to do that job not just adequately, but optimally.  Muscles need a normal power flow.  I was at the store the other day and I wandered into the toy section.  I was once an avid fan of the Transformers and there was this (very cool) action figure that moved by pressing a button.  I decided to give it a try.  I pressed the button and the figure began moving and talking....but then it slowed its movement and its words.  Apparently, the button had been pressed so many times that the power was running low.

Well, your muscles cannot afford that to happen.  Reduced power flow means reduced muscular motion and reduced muscular activity.  Reduced motion and activity means reduced organ function.  Reduced organ function means SICKNESS and DIS-EASE.  Interfere with the power supply to the kidney muscles and urine gets backed up, meaning that toxic waste builds up in your body that subsequently causes fluid retention, swelling, and a contaminated system since what needed to be filtered out didn't get out.  Interfere with the power supply to the heart (that's bad) - muscles paralyzed, meaning heart failure, aka the heart fails to pump...that means death.  Interfere with the power supply to the liver and you get a back of bile, meaning jaundice and eventual gallbladder (which processes bile) problems.  Interfere with power supply to skeletal muscles (of arms, legs, back, shoulders, neck, hips, etc.) and muscles can no longer contract and relax in normal rhythm and frequency, meaning spasms, pulls, and tears.  Examples are endless...this analysis is applicable to all dis-eases and conditions in the body, no matter the severity.

It would be wise to identify if that power supply is being disrupted and correct the cause of that disruption, would it not?  Would it not be wiser to I.D./remove the fundamental obstruction to the power supply rather than treat the effects of reducing the power supply?  Does not the former take precedent over the latter?  Of course it does...

No microscope or test tube is needed to verify this fact; it's a fact; it's a Law of Life. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Missing Piece of the Healthcare Puzzle

One of the great things about BJ Palmer is that he studied health based on natural law.  There are so many theories out there, some touching on naturally sound principles (but ultimately missing something) and others just way out in left field.  Yet, Palmer studied the body relentlessly, learning what made it work.  He boiled it down to A) this is how the body works and, subsequently, B) here is what happens when it doesn't work that way.  Once he learned how the body worked, he could understand how it stopped doing so and how it began to break down. 

We can learn everything we need to know about health from studying the body, its anatomy, and its physiology.  In past blogs, we detailed the basics - the brainstem, brain, and spinal cord forming, with the spinal column forming around them for protection; followed by the nerves branching off the cord thru tiny openings in the column to connect organs, muscles, and tissues to the brainstem/brain generator/power supply; the brain generates electrical impulse for all bodily processes, while the brainstem ensures proper relay of those impulses to appropriate body part below.

Taking it a step further, realize that if one organ receives less of than 100% of the impulse from the brain - any less energy than normal - then muscle activity slows, organs slow, motion slows, chemical reactions slow, communication slows, and unbalancing occurs...ALL BECAUSE OF REDUCED POWER SUPPLY (b/c of reduced impulse from the brain to that body part).  Everything in the body is connected.  If one part breaks down, the rest is affected in some way. 

Usually, we look at the body as a bunch of unrelated parts.  So, if one breaks down, we don't make the connection that it would affect everything else, as well.  It's just like the assembly line example we've used - if one part of the line gets less power and makes inefficient parts, then whole gets affected.

The difference between life and death is literally about the expression of that internal energy.  100% of it and you're 100% alive; 0% of it and you're 0% alive, or dead.  Life lives through nerves.  Look at your pointer finger right now.  Take away the muscles, the tendons, the ligaments, the nail, the arteries, and the veins and that finger is still alive.  Take the nerves away and it's dead. 

Life is motion.  Motion is created by energy.  Energy comes from the brain thru the nerves.  Death is absence of motion.

Sick people are those that have smaller percentages of the expression of life - that internal energy, innate intelligence (call it what you will) - less than 100%.  Dis-ease is some degree of decline between life and death.  25% life, for instance, is 75% closer to death (25% remaining life).  As life declines, dis-ease inclines and death creeps closer.  As death inclines, life declines as dis-ease fades in.  Dis-ease - a declining stage between life and death.  Health - an inclining stage between life and death.  WHICH ARE YOU?

Life = 100% expression of innate, mental impulse, electrical energy.  If that impulse decreases, then so does life and you're in a state of dis-ease (hello symptoms and conditions of every variety you can imagine).  However, when that impulse increases, then so does life and you're in a state of health.  Look at this way - if you decrease electricity then you turn down the light and darkness fades in.  If you increase electricity then light returns and darkness fades away.  Every part of your body is dependent upon electrical energy.  Normal is 100%.  Health is heading from less than 100% up to 100%.  Dis-ease is heading away from 100%.  Death is 0%. 

That's the missing piece of the puzzle in HEALTH care. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hey America - You Don't "Get" Health...

Dr. Palmer compared the human body's inner workings to an assembly line.  Like an assembly line, the internal function of the body is brought into action by electrical power.  The assembly line's electrical power comes from generators; your body's generator is the brainstem and brain.  Each part of the body - each unit - adds some part to the completed, whole object (the body).  All of the parts fit into one systematic scheme.  Even though it begins as a bunch of seemingly unrelated parts, when assembled correctly, the parts turn into something greater.

With power, the mechanical assembly line's purpose is possible - to create a whole, complete automobile (or whatever it may be).  The Henry Ford plants had generators that produced electricity that ran each unit, wherein power flowed from generators above to cables to the wires of each unit into the unit itself.  Electrical energy is a prerequisite for that systematic scheme to operate normally.  100% electrical energy must reach all parts equally and without disruption to ensure the normal, finished product.  As long as everything goes into its correct order and place at the correct time, then the finished product will be normal.

The human body is a factory with an assembly line for the purpose of creating an intelligent, thinking, sensing individual that possesses its own heating, cooling, maintenance and upkeep departments, locomotion (movement), reproduction, etc.  Once a mother's body is prepared and the seed planted, then she incubates it and 270-280 days later - a new human, organ by organ and piece by piece after month and month, is created.  The brainstem comes first, then the brain (the main components of the power plant) with nerves/wires that are systematically placed and divided throughout the developing body to supply power to parts below.  An organic line is laid next - the mouth, throat, stomach, intestines, bowels, bladder and rectum (entrance to exit) - it's a series of tubes from entrance to exit / from above to below.  Lateral feeders add to the structure - the heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys, etc.  A four way pump (heart and lungs) is added with circulating tubes that bring oxygen to and takes carbon dioxide away from all parts of the body.  Heating and cooling fluids flow through the tubes (arteries, veins) to every tissue cell in the body.  The arms and legs are added to allow for movement.

Once complete, the new and independent unit is ready for delivery from mom, at which point the switch is flipped and the independent energy begins flowing from above-down, inside-out sufficient to run its own power system.

If one unit in the assembly line receives less power, be it in the mechanical or the human, then it runs at reduced speed and efficiency, congesting the units behind it and paralyzing the units forward, thus affecting the entire plant ALL BECAUSE it lost power to keep it on par.  If one unit breaks down, the product (as a whole) is reduced to less than normal/adequate.

Instead of treating the slowed down machine, the logical approach is to find and correct the cause of the power shortage, adjust it, and get it back to normal.  This is what a mechanical engineer would do.  The spinal engineer does the same.  This is what Upper Cervical Care is all about.  The difference between the machine and the human assembly lines is that the human has repair cells and reserves that easily take place of the worn out, defective parts.  No matter the condition, tissue cells are ready and willing to make repairs at once in the proper place and the proper way.  As long as the internal assembly line is running on full, normal power/energy, then - from above-down, inside-out - the repair cells are directed where to go, how to be placed, the quantity needed, such as we find in healed scars, fused bone fractures, cuts, abrasions, etc.  It's no different internally than with these external, clearly visible examples.

The tissue centers are established in-utero and may lay dormant for years like, as Dr. Palmer described, a municipal fire department equipped with all needed to put out fires is built but not necessarily used until called upon months or even years later.

It's not cult thinking to understand the obvious - that the human body is an internal, self-sustaining, and self-healing assembly line.  If you get that, then you can change your health, your family's health, your friend's health, and you can be a part of changing the way that America looks at health.

Friday, March 2, 2012

What Palmer has in common with Edison, Franklin, and Newton

There was a time when we people did not understand such basic concepts as gravity.  What goes up, must come down.  It was not until Sir Isaac Newton was struck on the head with an apple and then studied why the apple came down instead of up that people under that simple and basic idea.  It was established as a law of nature. 

Then, the Wright Brothers saw a sheet hanging on a laundry line and decided that if a sheet could catch wind and drift upward into the air, then why couldn't a machine, under the right circumstances, do the same?  Scientists told them that they were crazy even after they accomplished the building of a machine that could fly a man into the air for over an hour.  Still, there were skeptics.  Yet, they prevailed because they adapted a machine to a natural law.

Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity by noticing sparks flying from a piece of metal in his hand while simultaneously flying a kite.  Thomas Edison turned around and harnessed the natural law of electrical current into various appliances that we still use today. 

These were brilliant men and they simply took natural laws and worked with them to turn new ideas into realities that bettered the lives of billions of people. 

BJ Palmer deserves to be on that list.  Decades ago, he began working with the law of life that describes the way that the human body regulates and heals itself.  He would say that medicine fails because it tries to adapt internal/natural laws to external concepts, which is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.  He said that, as healers, we should be seeking to adapt external theories to internal laws.  His application of upper cervical chiropractic principles works within the natural law of life and helps answer the all-important questions as to "Why/How the body develops sickness or dis-ease," in addition to solving the problem so that people can get well.  He was a brilliant human being ahead of his time.  

The important thing to remember about natural laws is that they help us gain an understanding of how the world works.  Everything seems so chaotic without an understanding; as if the universe had just come about through a series of random occurrences.  With knowledge comes a better understanding. 

The law of life teaches us that the body is not a chaotic, disorganized thing.  It's highly organized.  Where medicine fails by going against this law with its external theories, we do not.  They attempt to solve internal problems with external solutions and that's not a fundamentally sound approach in any way.  BJ Palmer said, "If he (physician) knew internal law more and external violations less, he could and would solve all phases of one only internal dis-ease.  How to permit internal law to restore itself inherently follow.  This field has been too long neglected (chiropractic)."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Science and Healthcare

One of the most common, yet ridiculous knocks against my profession is that it is lacking in scientific backing. 

This is one of the reasons, in which many doctors specializing in Upper Cervical/brainstem arena choose to steer clear of the term "chiropractic."  Not many versions of chiropractic are all that scientific.  While there is certainly a lot to be said for intuition, many chiropractors rely on their hands to detect something that you cannot feel.  You cannot feel neurologic distortion with any kind of accuracy - or certainly not with consistency.  Many Upper Cervical practitioners, though, utilize thermography to study patterns of inflammation specific to a particular misalignment.  It's something that can be reproduced from one doctor to the next.  Combine that with the hormonal, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other internal and external changes that result from precisely correcting a misalignment and you have not only a philosophy and an art, but also a science. 

Medicine likes to hang its hat on being "scientific."  Is it really, though?  When you watch those commercials for the latest and greatest drugs, do you see the symptom-treatment that has a laundry list of side effects with a wide range of severity and think "scientific"?  The FDA approval label...does that make you think "scientifically sound"?  You can't predict how a chemical concoction is going to affect each individual.  That's why they have to name all of the side effects in the commercials. 

I ask you, though, what does it really mean if something is labeled as scientific?  Science is just a means of obtaining knowledge.  There's a big difference between science, which requires experimentation, and a law of nature.  Gravity is a law.  Science was used to define it.  Drop a rock from the roof, it hits the grounds.  Scientific study complete.  The Law of Gravity established. 

Medicine is a very experimental science.  It always has been.  It's not being studied based on the idea of some physical or chemical law.  It's basis for study is actually in direct opposition to a fundamental law...The Law of Cause and Effect.  For every action, there's a reaction.  Medicine studies only the reactions and effects but not the actions and causes.  That's why it is so hit or miss. 

It's easy to develop double blind studies (the main cog in the medical science wheel) that look at effects.  All then that you must do to give the study a passing grade is to temporarily subdue the effect.  Healing is a tad more complicated than just subduing effects.  Removing the cause of a health problem has its own set of effects.  So, we have to be careful to look at the big picture when we look at what is referred to as science in healthcare. 

BJ Palmer did fifteen years of research on getting sick people well through Upper Cervical.  The results were astronomical.  Removing the upper cervical subluxation (misalignment to the effect that disrupts normal brainstem function) got sick people well by allowing them to heal from the inside.  Effects/symptoms were monitored, along with blood work and urinalysis, but the big picture was that the cause was being removed; the cause that had interrupted the pancreas from producing insulin or the blood pressure from being properly regulated or the reproductive cycle to be abnormal or any other of the thousands of effect producing internal causes that exist because the brainstem is compromised. 

The science of Upper Cervical Care proves the Law of Life.  No further experimentation is required.  It's just time for sick people to wake up and get well. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Source of All Healing

If there is one thing above all else that I've taken away from BJ Palmer's "Law of Life," volume 36 of a series of books written to define the purpose and philosophy of healing, it would be that Palmer had an unbelievably advanced way of thinking about health.  It's so simple and it makes so much sense.  Rather than a theory based on research that will be irrelevant in two or so decades, Palmer uses anatomy and physiology to teach us how healing happens and the simple and easy to understand manner in which we can ensure that it does.  People often tell me that "our theory" makes sense.  It's not really a theory.  This is basic science applied in a logical method. 

The only thing that complicates it is that people have a hard time coming to grips with their brains, neurologic systems, or bodies (as a whole) being smart enough to figure things out on its own.  We think that we have to intervene in some way.  Upper Cervical Care is, yes, an intervention, but one with the purpose of ensuring that your brain, your neurologic system, and body (as a whole) is able to use its intelligence (inborn to it) to figure it all out. 

We've been taught disease.  We've been taught that every symptom comes from some outside source that must be addressed with some sort of outside means.  The reality, based not on theory but on simple science applied, is that health breaks down from the inside.  Conditions develop on the inside.  We've been taught a lot of things that are not fundamentally sound, in theory.  The fact that they are merely theories automatically should make you question their validity. 

What we cannot deny is that the body heals itself.  The evidence is overwhelming.  You cut your arm, your body heals it.  You break your leg, your body heals it.  You have the flu, your body heals it.  We learn that early on, too.  Unfortunately, we either forget about that or take it for granted.  As years go by, the fact that our brains, bodies, and neurologic systems are infinitely smarter than we could ever be gets ignored in favor of a bunch of theories.  Did you personally have to think about or help your cut to heal, your leg to mend, or your immune system to knock out the flu virus?  You may have thought that it was the Neosporin, the cast, or the Tylenol, but it wasn't...it was your body.  It didn't then and rarely does it now need those interventions. 

It's really simple: from the moment that the sperm and egg that created you met and joined together, your body gained access to an intelligence that directed your development into a fully functional adult.  Trust that innate intelligence.  It's responsible for every function in your body.  Try giving it some credit.  Your body is an assembly line.  That innate intelligence powers it and makes it run.  It powers the messages from the brain thru the brainstem to the nerves to the organs to the cells and back up to the brain.  That's the source for all healing. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

History of Chiropractic Bias Continued...

From a political standpoint, all BJ Palmer - the developer of the chiropractic profession and the inventor of the practices and procedures now known as Upper Cervical Care - ever wanted was for what he did and what he taught (and, thus, those that he taught) to be distinctly recognized as different from medicine.  He spent a great deal of his life fighting for that cause.  In front of House and Senate committees, Palmer argued that every man or woman with a license to practice chiropractic be confined to that and only that.  He defined said practice by what he called the Above-Down, Inside-Out principle, in which conditions and dis-eases developed from a problem inside the body from an interference that fundamentally prevented the brainstem and brain from performing adequately the routine processes and functions that ensure optimal health.  Palmer stated that any deviation from this principle, by way of prescribing vitamins or doing physical therapy, would fall outside of the scope of practice for the licensee and, thus, be considered the practice of medicine - which seeks to treat disease by methods that produce the effects opposite of symptoms.

The argument made a lot of sense, but the amendment for which the above was argued did not come to pass...

The profession that Palmer developed is not what you see from every Doctor of Chiropractic in your town.  Far from it.  Palmer, circa the late 50s, would have been disappointed at where our profession is at right now.  He was a man of principle and he thought that one of the main problems in the budding medicine vs. chiropractic rivalry was that medical doctors could not respect a doctor of chiropractic if the chiropractor was treating disease and of the same mindset as a medical doctor.  Chiropractic blurred the line in their own scope of practice and began treating symptoms, just as medical physicians, only with different tools.  Spinal manipulation (not to be confused with correcting specific misalignments), physical therapy, and nutritional advice can all achieve certain ends naturally and often more effectively than medication and/or surgery, but those methods are used for the treatment of symptoms and, as such, do not fall within the original intention of chiropractic, which was founded and developed on the reputation of removing CAUSE of a health condition; not treating its EFFECT.

Palmer felt (and I'd agree) that if chiropractors would stick to the practice of chiropracTIC, then perhaps medical doctors would still not agree with our philosophy but they could respect our methods.  If you look at the methods advocated by Palmer, you'd be astounded at the detail.  He was one of the first to use thermal imaging (which is now used to assess the risk for breast cancer by oncologists) all the way back in the twenties.  He would use thermal imaging to assess and monitor the function of the nerve system's hub, the brainstem, as a means of detecting distortion.  He used x-rays analysis.  He had a facility in Iowa dedicated to research, which employed medical doctors run their medical tests to clinically verify internal changes made by correction of an Upper Cervical misalignment (that had been affecting the brainstem and, thus, the internal function of the body, causing the patient's body to break down).  Palmer was very meticulous in his methods and no one would ever mistake him for a random manipulator or bone cracker.  Medical physicians respected him for the work that he put in and he expected that all of those that practiced as he did would garner that same respect.

My dad recently told me that, during a fact finding series of phone calls to local chiropractors, he had asked each office if they used digital imaging and x-ray analysis in their clinical assessments.  Several did x-rays, a handful used scanning (although for educational purposes more than clinical), and two, as my dad was told, didn't need to use either because his hands were so well trained.  

Ask yourself this question, "If I do have a bias against chiropractic, where did it come from?"

Friday, February 17, 2012

The History of Chiropractic Bias

Have you ever encountered a person (or are you one of the people) that, when the topic of chiropractic is brought up, becomes awash with negative thoughts?

"Those guys are quacks."
"They're doctorate came from a weekend seminar." (one of my favorites)
"Oh, the back crackers!"
"I don't believe in that." (another of my favorites)

There is so much bias against chiropractic.  The history of such bias dates back nearly one hundred years and an important lesson can be learned from it.  BJ Palmer, the developer of the chiropractic profession and, specifically, the developer of the Upper Cervical practice, took the idea of chiropractic and shaped it into something viable, specific, and scientific.  Prior to, it was something new in dire need of development, no different than the invention of airplane required a lot of trial and error before they got it down pat and realized the potential of what the invention could mean on a larger scale.

Nowhere will you find more ego than in the healing arts.  Once BJ Palmer developed a repeatable system for chiropractic and began teaching it to greater numbers, then greater numbers of people were being helped by it with more consistency.  During the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, chiropractic dominated traditional medical methods in helping people overcome the flu.  Chiropractic patients, of which there were nearly 50,000 under care for Spanish flu, were lost at a rate of about 1 in 900.  Medical patients were lost at a rate of 1 in 15.  The staggering discrepancy upset the status quo.  Rather than embrace chiropractic as the practice that it was, medical men had chiropractors thrown in jail for practicing medicine without a license.

Thus, the bias was born out of a petty rivalry.

BJ Palmer struggled for years to fight this and eventually succeeded in ensuring that chiropractic and medicine were separated legally in both practice and principle.  Nevertheless, the larger, better known, and more influential medical industry helped create the bias.

Unfortunately, chiropractors did enough on their own to further and massively proliferate the bias.  Despite a symposium in 1958 where BJ Palmer led the way to amendments in law confirmed by the Senate that separated chiropractic and medicine definitively, something happened in the years that followed that hurt chiropractic and continues to hurt it to this day.

On that day in '58, BJ stated that chiropractic is governed by the law of life, that disease is caused by problems that arise inside the body due to it failing to properly regulate as it was designed to do and that by finding and correcting the cause, then normal internal regulation would resume and the disease would be no more.  Sound idea.  Makes sense.  He also stated that medicine is governed by the idea that disease is caused by things from outside the body and that only external remedies can cure the disease.  Definitely reaching, but unquestionably the more established thought process.

A medical physician with a Senate seat stated to BJ, upon hearing of the chiropractic principle, "If I had to do it over again, I would have come to your school and studied under you."

So, you may ask, "What happened next?"

A clear cut delineation was established that day.  Yet, the bias still stood, the rivalry still existed, and chiropractors, anxious to get a slice of the more profitable and easier to come by pie, started practicing like medical physicians with medical philosophies, simply replacing pharmaceutics with manipulation.  They carved their niche as lower back pain specialists and presented themselves to the public as such.  Tens of thousands of chiropractors followed suit.  The profession, as a whole, still supports this bias today.  The adoption by insurance companies of covered chiropractic services only helped drive the profession into Bias-ville.  Insurance is for medical treatment, by design.  To be covered under that umbrella means you have to treat like a medical physician.

Chiropractic was never intended to treat disease like medical doctors do.  Yet, most do.  There's no denial on my part of the benefit of that practice, but it sells the profession short.  Instead of the first options that we should be EVERYONE no matter the condition (for it's smarter to see if the body can fix itself first and then use chemical concoctions as a last resort instead of the other way around), we are all met with uneducated bias.  It's our own fault.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We Don't Know That We're All Geniuses

Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night with a seemingly brilliant thought or idea?  What did you do?  Did you get up and write it down or commit it to memory OR did you just let it go?

Let's get philosophical today...

Yesterday, we discussed evidence, particularly as it pertained to health.  The point of that discussion was to remind you that your body gives you concrete evidence as to the intelligence of the inner workings and happenings within your body.  Now, this is not educational intelligence; that comes from learning.  No, the intelligence you're born with is inside you - it's natural.  It requires no conscious thought process on your part.  It just is.  It's just there.  We see it all the time.  The fact that you develop in utero and are born 9 months (ish) later is proof of it.  No group of scientists in the world can create living cells out of nothing, but your body creates trillions in less than a year and then spends the next 80-100 years recycling the old ones and making new ones.  Every day, every hour, every minute, and every second of your life, that intelligence - call it what you will - is at work, giving us evidence of how infinitely powerful it can be. 

My question is: why ignore that?  You've just been given today plus five other days worth of reminders of it in this blog, so why ignore that intelligence?  In this case, I'm not JUST talking about ignoring it in relation to health, but in relation to every part of your life.  I had a patient recently tell me that "writing a book" was a passion.  Hadn't done it, yet.  Why not?  "Busy."  I'm very busy.  I write all the time.  I'm writing a book.  I got the idea to do so from a dream, backed up by a suggestion from my wife.  If I can, why can't anyone? 

We're always connected to that internal intelligence.  It's there all the time.  I'd love to see more people dedicated to studying how we might tap into that. I'd love to see more people embrace some of the thoughts that they receive throughout the day.  "I want to open a yoga studio" - Great!  Do it!  "I want a new job" - Great!  Go get one!  If you keep telling yourself to do something and you don't do it, you're selling yourself short! 

BJ Palmer referred to a "genius" as someone who tapped into the innate intelligence within, took those ideas and ran with them instead of questioning them.  Thomas Edison got the thought that he should harness electricity into a bulb to illuminate a house.  Boom.  He did it.  The same thing happened with the guy that developed the computer, the iPhone, the LCD TV, etc.  They didn't say, "Eh, I can't do that."  They did it.  And people call them geniuses.  The difference between them and you is they embraced their ideas and maybe you haven't, brushing them aside for, honestly, no apparent reason.

I've got a friend that wants to open a drive-in movie theater.  Everyone tells him that it's yesterday's news or that it costs too much or that "dreams are just dreams."  What do you think?  Do you think that, after ten years of the same dream, that he should just keep ignoring it?  Three college students in Mississippi opened a very successful drive-in theater in 2011.  They had an idea, got investors, and made it happen.  They're living a dream.  Why can't my friend?

Tap into your inner GENIUS.  

Monday, February 13, 2012


Last week, we briefly discussed a case where a person's body rid itself of the cysts that had been there for 25 years; a fact lost on her cynical doctor that could not fathom such a "miracle" without "proof."  Such short-sightedness is common in the medical world.  In the healing arts, we are a mafia, constantly tearing each other down.  I've been accused of this.  Perhaps I'm guilty, but only in the fact that I feel like people need a good kick in the rear when it comes to their gobbling down medications and using medical doctors in situations where they, honestly, cannot help you.

Many (not to be confused with all) medical docs are notorious for the "mafia" tactic of cutting off any other approach at the knees, especially here in the U.S.  If it's not medicine, then it cannot be "right."  To give you another example, there was a blood pressure vs. Upper Cervical study done through the Univ. of Chicago Med school a few years back, the results of which were put into a "Good Morning, America" story on TV.  Awesome story.  However, ABC had their medical editor take the awesome results of that study and denounce them, pointing out the so-called flaws.  "We need more data to sort all of this out," he said.

What for?  The brainstem is the most important part of the body.  We need no further evidence of this than to look at the body.  I just moved by fingers to type this sentence.  That's evidence enough.  Without my brainstem, I couldn't do that.  What's the purpose in denying that?  It's a fact.  You can't deny it.  So, a clinical trial showed that removing irritation from the brainstem lowers blood pressure by 17 points, sustained over 8 weeks after just one little correction to the misaligned C1 vertebra that was causing that irritation.  Well, with all due respect, who would ever question that?  Anyone that understood how the body worked would understand that, naturally, removing irritation to the brainstem that regulates blood pressure would lower blood pressure to some degree.  Medical studies need clinical trials to push through their chemical concoctions, but such studies are not needed as evidence to what the human body is capable of doing when nothing is internally blocking it from doing so. 

The evidence to the capabilities of the body are present from the moment we're born.  The fact that we can move or cry or see or hear or smell or urinate or eat is evidence of an immeasurable amount of natural intelligence.  It amazes me how dumb so many smart people can be in denying the power in that.  Shouldn't we be working toward trying to tap into it; to figure out how to unleash that massive reservoir of internal healing capability?  That question would come across as hokey to medically-minded people, but if one study showed that blood pressure could be lowered simply by allowing the body to properly regulate itself, why would we spend so much time trying to come up with blood pressure medications if not to fill the deep pockets of people standing in the way of human progress?

Evidence shows that every medication known to man has side effects.  These side effects account for, according to Harvard's study in 1998, 220,000 deaths per year (the unspoken 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.).

Evidence shows that your body needs no help to be well.  There are nothing but side benefits to the assurance that it's working the way it was designed to.  Upper Cervical Care is simply about making that assurance.  It has side benefits; not side effects.

Friday, February 10, 2012

95% of us are Zombies

What's the definition of insanity?  "Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

How does that saying go?  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me. 

So, just how foolish and insane are we?  

95% of Americans subscribe to the same, tried and UNtrue method of healthcare.  This method ignores basic principles of life, ignores causes of health conditions, and questions logical approaches.  Anyone that thinks differently from those that prescribe and subscribe to this method are condemned almost immediately without researching or understanding the methodology behind the non-confirmist thinker's philosophy, science, and art.  We're a bunch of robots.  We've been programmed to accept something that is completely insane as a sane approach to getting and staying well. 

If a patient under Upper Cervical Care has five cysts that no medical treatment could touch in thirty years clear up and vanish after being under care for six months, it would be insane for the medical doctor that prescribed the unsuccessful treatments to tell the patient that it's "not possible" for Upper Cervical Care to have helped achieve that result; that it's "not possible" for that person's body to overcome that condition on its own.  Yet, he's considered sane and myself and the patient that know the truth are the crazy ones.  We're the ones drinking the Kool-Aid.

Insanity is normal right now.  Like medicine has been passed off as "health," insanity is being passed off as sanity.  In Italy right now, there are four hospitals that have wings dedicated to Upper Cervical Care.  The Upper Cervical Practitioners are working hand in hand with the medical professionals to discover the cause of some of the most difficult and trying conditions known to man.  That's sanity.  That makes sense.  Imagine that - health professionals working together to ensure that sick people get well and stay well.  That's Italy...that's not us.

There are many great things about our country, but we've lost our collective minds when it comes to health.  If you had a Migraine and you took a pill - and it went away - and then you had another one six days later and you took another pill - and it went away.  And you kept repeating this pattern over and over.  Is that not insane?  You do the same thing time and time again, yet you keep getting Migraines.  Would not the sane approach be to find out what's causing the Migraine.  I'm not in the habit of making guarantees, but I GUARANTEE you that the Migraine isn't coming from a medication deficiency.  Guaranteed.  Yet, is that not the approach for Migraines and almost every other health condition?  And is that not the approach that we're taught by our medical physicians?

Try being a non-conformist.  Non-confirmists built this country.  They said the earth wasn't flat and sailed the ocean blue.  They said democracy could work.  They said steam engines could be built. They said that electricity could be harnessed into a tiny bulb.  They said that computers could sit in your lap.  Don't be a zombie.  BE WELL instead.  Trust me, from personal experience, life is a lot better that way. 

As BJ Palmer wrote, "The mission of a book is to make people think, reason, analyze, and act accordingly."  This blog follows those same goals.  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Battle Between Education and Health

The medical approach to addressing a health condition has been to simply treat the symptoms that go along with the diagnosis.  For instance, if you have a fever (symptom), then they'll give you Motrin (treatment) for the diagnosis of pyrexia (fever's fancy name).  This is the way of things for every condition from the most minor cut to the most significant cancer. 

A few days ago, I asked you to consider if that approach worked for or against the Law of Life that we discussed.  To recap, the Law of Life simply states that your body is powered by an inborn wisdom that keeps every organ, muscle, and tissue doing what it needs to be doing all day and every day for your entire life.  To answer Tuesday's question...it works against it.  Looking at the fever example - the body temperature rises.  Medicine's approach is to lower the temperature.  Unfortunately, doing so ignores something very important; that being, your body's temperature rose for a reason.  It rises when the immune system needs to fight off something, without exception.  If you simply treat the fever, then whatever caused the fever then gets free reign.  Ultimately, a greater problem has been created by medically/chemically getting in the way. 

Education is a great tool, but it works against us when it comes to health because education makes us ignore simple logic.  That inborn wisdom, which BJ Palmer refers to as innate intelligence, is infinitely - yes, INFINITELY - smarter the most educated person on the planet.  Proof?  Fair enough.  Take a group of the world's most renowned scientists and put them in a room.  Tell them to take a piece of bread and turn it into a living, human cell.  They can't do it.  Yet, that inborn wisdom of yours does it every day.  The point?  It's not very intelligent to get in the way of innate intelligence, for it knows when, why, and how your body does what it does at all times when it is doing it.

This may be somewhat controversial to state, but there's no questioning it: education prevents us from being healthy.  The medical mindset is to use education to place medical thinking above logic and reason, all the while rendering health a weird science experiment.  The Upper Cervical Practitioner's approach to health is to get out of the way; to remove any obstruction that may prevent the inborn wisdom (aka innate intelligence) from doing what it needs to do optimally; to ensure that the body's ability to self-regulate, heal, and sustain is no less than 100% / normal.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Law of Life

Why is the United States one of the sickest countries in the world?

Well, let's go back to my story.  For years, I suffered.  Debilitating pain before I even reached high school, inability to focus, digestive problems, and chronic and persistent pain all day and every day between ages 19-23.  That was my reality.  Each doctor that I saw sold me symptom relief.  Be it medications, shots, electronic stimulators, nerve blocks, ultrasound, laser, manipulations, etc., it was all about the fastest ways to get me over the hump with my symptoms.  This is healthcare in the United States.  I lived it for years.  For two thousand years, the approach has not evolved.  Stronger chemical compounds and more sophisticated technology have replaced the old ways of potions and stones and the like, but it's all based on the same philosophy.  That philosophy is known as allopathy - the treatment of disease by methods that produce the effects opposite of symptoms. 

Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it, right? 

The allopathic philosophy doesn't help people get well; that's the issue.  For ten years, I met doctors of all varieties that fell into the trap of symptom treatment; doctors that with a mindset of "what can I give this patient to make that symptom go away."  BJ Palmer, developer of the healthcare paradigm known as Upper Cervical Care, called that medical mindset "outside-in" thinking.  In other words, these doctors were focusing all of their attention on finding something outside of the body to cure a problem coming from inside the body.  This is like looking at the check engine light in your car and covering it up with a piece of black tape - it's not going to solve in the internal problem and, thus, the internal problem will continue and get worse by having ignored it in favor of temporarily making the symptom subside. 

What the medical approach ignores is the undeniable, fundamental law of cause and effect.  Actions have consequences, every action has a reaction, what goes into the past has got to come of the future.  It trumps all theory.  It just is what it is and we can't argue it.  Subsequently, there's a "Law of Life," as written by Palmer, that is as simple and easy to understand as 1+1=2.  Based on the law of cause and effect, the Law of Life is something that, as Palmer did, I will be repeating again and again throughout this blog.  It, like the law of cause and effect, cannot be argued and cannot be denied.  It's been there right under our noses for thousands of years, but we haven't grasped it, yet (perhaps because it's too simple).

The Law of Life: we don't consciously control any vitally important thing that happens in our bodies.  Our bodies are a complex electrical network that would put New York City's electrical engineers to shame.  The brainstem develops first.  It's our generator; our main fuse; our Houston control.  It powers the body, it directs the remainder of development, and it will ultimately govern the function of every vital organ, muscle, and tissue.  The brain and spinal cord are next.  The brain is your body's own, personal super computer that comes ready made with an indescribable amount of intelligence; enough to ensure that 75 trillion cells in your body performs 250,000 chemical reactions every split second for up to a hundred years.  The brainstem and brain work together to direct that flow of information to the organs, muscles, and tissues, using the spinal cord as a highway like a food company uses the interstate to traffic trucks to all cities.  The billions of nerves that extend from the spinal cord are the exits and roadways off of which the information from the brain/stem reaches the organs, muscles, tissues, and cells.  The organs, muscles, and tissues develop at the ends of the nerves.  The organs produce the cells. 

Digestion, immune response, seeing, hearing, heart beat, breathing, reproduction, urination, hormone production, and each and every other key function of the body is run by this system that YOU didn't build and that YOU don't control.  It's an internal, organized, wildly intelligent power supply that constantly takes inorganic matter (food) and turns it into living matter in order to replenish, rebuild, and refine for the purpose of maintaining and sustaining YOUR life - for YOUR body to move and to function. 

It's a natural law.  It's a fact of life. 

So, I ask you to think of all the health conditions that you've ever had, from minor to major, and to think of the prominent health conditions that those close to you have had and I want you to ask yourself, "How does the Law of Life relate?  Does the allopathic/medical philosophy work with or against this law?"

Monday, February 6, 2012

I want to tell you a story

I want to tell you a story, but before I do, I want you to know why I'm telling it.  

My name is Chad.  I'm married to a wonderful woman, have two dogs, and a baby on the way.  I'm also a doctor, but not of medicine.  There are other types, ya know.  I am what is, to avoid confusion (although it's still sometimes confusing), called an Upper Cervical Practitioner.  Rewind the clock to when I was 23 years old and my health had been on the decline for a long time.  By that point, I could not focus - my mind would dart in a billion directions every time it was quiet.  I had constipation and reflux (otherwise known as GERD aka heartburn).  I'd been in pain, be it in the lower back or knee or most recently, at that point, in the neck, shoulder, and upper back.  One thing after another, starting about three years after a car accident that saw my mom rear end a truck going about 40 MPH (I was a 9 year old passenger). 

Other details about my life will follow in future entries, suffice to say that, at a very young age, my health was in the proverbial toilet.  By the time I was 23, I had given up on medicine because it didn't work.  I tried physical therapy and that didn't work.  Chiropractic helped me tremendously for a while, but ultimately it stopped working.  Like acupuncture and massage, chiropractic became a band-aid.  I basically had become an experiment for every treatment option out there, but I wasn't getting well.  If anything, I was getting worse.  I made bad decisions, I was angry, and I was chock full of anxiety. 

Enter Upper Cervical Care...

I decided to attend a guest lecture at the school I was attending.  I was blown away at what I heard.  It was logical; it made sense.  Before ever actually becoming a patient, I set up a guest lecture for the lecturing doctor at my apartment complex.  Everything that I heard was music to my ears.  It gave me hope that I might get well.  As a gift, the doctor gave me a book that night.  It was called, "Palmer's Law of Life," the 36th volume in a lengthy series written by the man who had developed "Upper Cervical Care." 

I've it numerous times over the years.  Recently, though, I was watching a film with my wife called "Julie and Julia," about a young woman who finds inspiration in a cook book written long ago by Julia Child.  She decides to blog about it while putting its recipes to action.  Always one to look for renewed professional inspiration, I've decided to do the same with Palmer's work.  From now until the end of the year, I'm going to re-read "The Law of Life" and electronically take you on the journey of my thoughts, as I more specifically put his words into action.

So, I want to tell you a story, but before I do, I want you to think about something: Why is the United States one of the sickest countries in the world?