Welcome to a Weekly Well-Being that is going to fire you up, pump you up, jazz you up, excite you, get you motivated, etc. I was planning for this to be coming to you live from Las Vegas, Nevada from the 2009 Upper Cervical Evolution, but let me tell you...it was so awesome that I pretty much ran out of steam by the time I got back to my room every night. Seriously, a great time was had by all the attendees and the Upper Cervical practitioners around the country seem to be on the same page about one thing: Upper Cervical is too important to just be bunched together with everything else out there. You will not find another doctor on the planet that is solely concerned about the function of the body that it allows it to heal from the inside-out...and does so with objective findings...

More on the Evolution

The Evolution of Upper Cervical was truly on display this past weekend. In the not too distant past, Upper Cervical doctors would promote their own techniques, of which there are many, rather than promoting Upper Cervical is a healthcare paradigm. While there is still a lot of that going on, it is far less pronounced than it was just a few years ago. Within the Upper Cervical Health Centers, you will find every technique that there is to correct a brainstem subluxation. That is truly saying something. It also truly makes a statement that the leaders of the profession, from one Upper Cervical technique to the next, could get together and have a meeting of the minds driven by purpose and not by ego. Our PURPOSE, ladies and gentlemen, is to teach the masses that Upper Cervical care is essential to health and well-being. It's simple, it's non-invasive, it's scientific, and it's phenomenally effective.

It was great to be in an atmosphere full of so many like-minded individuals. Some were there to learn, some were there to speak, some were there for support...but everyone was there to further the UPPER CERVICAL MOVEMENT. It's coming, people...it won't be long before you get the picture...it won't be long before you step foot inside of an Upper Cervical doctor's office and realize the following:

1) Wow, this is very different. The doctor talks to me like a human-being and explains to me what he/she is doing.
2) Wow, my nagging health issues are resolving themselves.
3) Wow, my quality of life just shot up through the roof
4) Wow, I just saved a ton of money (it's a lot cheaper to maintain than it is to breakdown)

New Things to Come

In keeping up with the increased demand for information regarding Upper Cervical Healthcare, I am finally nearing the launch of my website: www.atlas4wellness.com

It is currently viewable, but bear in mind that it is still under construction for the time-being. On the site, you'll find quite a bit of information that you can pass along to your family and friends. The whole idea behind it is to help me educate you and then for you to help educate others. You are ALL A PART OF THE UPPER CERVICAL MOVEMENT, too. Tell people about it...

The other thing that will be coming soon is a monthly video series to coincide with the first Weekly Well-Being of each month. These videos will be for your entertainment and education. Look for that in the summer of 2009...

Clearing Something Up

Last week, I wrote about a medical doctor that fudged the results of 21 research studies and went on to write that another doctor did a study that reported a less than 50% accuracy rate of any random medical journal article. I've been around researchers. Academia is filled with them. Not all of them are out to give you false results, though. I want to stress that I had nothing, but positive dealings with people in the psychology research field, in particular. A good friend of mine is getting his PhD in psychology and research is the back bone of everything he's trying to accomplish in his career, so it rightfully scares him to think that folks will read his research and automatically assume that it is 50% likely to be B.S. The thing I want to clear up is that psychology research is not backed by multi-billion dollar corporations banking on their "drug of the week" getting enough statistical support to be put out into the market place so that you, the consumer, can continue to fill their deep pockets. So, I didn't want to go down that road because I do feel that I've been throwing a lot of medical negativity at you recently and wanted to avoid doing that again. But in the interest of making sure that you know that I am, indeed, speculating that it is big pharmaceutical companies that are influencing doctors like the one up in the northeast fudging 21 statistical analyses. And the research done to claim that less than 50% of research is false is 100% focusing on the medical research journals...NOT psychological studies or chiropractic studies or anything non-medically related.

Condition of the Week: Being Well

A condition is a state of being. Each week, I present a state of being that typically revolves around a symptomatic health problem and then I teach you how upper cervical care could be a better option for solving that problem than the traditional methods of medications and surgical procedures. Health comes from within. You can climb back toward 100% health and get past the problems with little or no help from the medical profession because health is not something that they strive for. They are here to keep you from going to 0% health (which is death). Upper Cervical Doctors are here to keep you heading toward 100% health (which is LIFE).

"Being Well" is as much a condition as any other that I've presented over the past few months. Being well, to most, means eating right and exercising, but as we've already been discussing, those two things alone do not make you healthy. They definitely get you going in the right direction, but they are supplementary to something more important: the function of the body. As you try climbing back toward 100% health, your body has to be functioning in a strong enough manner that will allow 100% health. If your body is functioning at, say, 80%, then you really can't get any higher than 80% health.

Let's say that we are entertaining our family with a dinner party. In our dining room, we have a nice hanging light fixture that illuminates the beautifully set table. The light is controlled by a dimmer switch. For some reason, though, the builder of the house put the light switch on the other side of the wall in the foyer. So, we have to walk out into the foyer to control the light in the dining room. Nothing you can do about it...you just make the best of it. Anyhow, dinner time is approaching and everyone in attendance has had a few too many pre-meal cocktails. The wine is flowing and everyone is having a good time. We all sit down at the table and are saying grace. Meanwhile, Rudy the family dog is playing a bone in the foyer, throws it up into the air, and manages to clip the dimmer switch. The light in the dining room suddenly goes from well-lit to virtually dark. GASP. Someone gets the bright idea to try to tinker with the light bulbs, but they are too hot and now we've got no light and a man in need of a cold compress because he burnt his finger. Then, someone decides to open the blinds and let some sun light in...but it is night time...and the moonlight just ain't cutting it. Finally, the upper cervical doctor in the family goes and checks on the dimmer switch. Sure enough, all it took was flipping the switch from dim to light again. Party on!

Let's say that we eating a super healthy meal following a great work out at the gym. In our bodies, we have all these great chemical reactions going, taking that food we ate and all that exercising we did and putting it use. The body is controlled by the brainstem. For some reason, though, God put the brainstem in the most vulnerable part of the entire body. So, the brainstem that controls everything in the entire body rests in a delicate area. Nothing you can do about it...you just make the best of it. Anyhow, we're all enjoying dinner and everyone is having a good time, drinking plenty of water and refeuling the body with good food. On the way to get a refill, you trip over Rudy the family dog and bang your head against the wall. The top bone in the spine jams over and locks out of position, squeezing down on the brainstem...much like flipping a dimmer switch. The brainstem, which was just seconds ago directing messages all over the body to absorb the nutrients from your food and build up the muscles that were worked out earlier, suddenly starts sending some odd signals to the body. You throw up. Your muscles go into a serious spasm. You can't collect your thoughts. GASP. Someone gets the bright idea to give you some ice, but it just irritates you because your body doesn't need anything else stimulating it. Then, someone decides to give you a pain medication, but it further decreases the body's function...so it's not cutting it! Finally, the upper cervical doctor in the family goes and checks your brainstem/dimmer switch. Sure enough, all it took was removing that pressure on the brainstem. Party on! Live on!

The lesson to be learned is that the brainstem subluxation (when one of the top bones in the neck stresses the brainstem and lowers the normal functioning of the body) is the equivalent to dimming the light on life, preventing you from reaching your health potential. The brainstem does so many simple things that we take for granted. A brainstem subluxation, meanwhile, has a cascade of effects that we rarely notice. Take the following examples, for instance:

-A brainstem subluxation causes less blood flow to the brain. We don't feel that right away. This is one of the many reasons for increased blood pressure, because the body will pump more blood to restore the normal blood flow to the brain. This is also one of the many reasons for headaches...and seizures...and strokes...but again, we don't feel that right away.
-A brainstem subluxation causes distortions to the nerve pathways that control the digestive system. We don't feel that right away. This is one of the main reasons for acid reflux, because the nerves to the stomach and esophagus are overstimulated, causing a back-up (reflux) along the digestive tract. This also the main culprit in diarrhea...and constipation...but again, we don't feel that right away.

It can take years for the body to show signs of a brainstem subluxation. When the symptoms do show up, the brainstem subluxation has already been there for a long time, and thus takes longer to recover from completely. The earlier a brainstem subluxation is identified, the quicker you can truly start down the path to your health potential.

Thinking good things for you, as always...