Last week, a couple of Kentucky basketball players collided during their game against Lamar University.  The two Wildcats knocked heads pretty hard.  One of them needed stitches to patch up a nasty cut on his head.  The other was simply knocked silly.  He tried to get up, but wound up stumbling back to the floor.  He was taken to the hospital to be watched over night. 
In this day and age, there are actually quite a few college athletic programs with team chiropractors.  I'm not sure if Kentucky is one of them, but after hearing what happened to those two players, it sure makes me hope that they do...and further hope that he/she has extensive knowledge of the upper cervical spine and how to properly assess it.  When those guys knocked heads, that undoubtedly placed quite a strain on the stability of the top vertebra.  Recall that the atlas is only held in place by eight muscles, and does not have the interlocking joints to hold it in place like the other bones in the body.  The mere fact that one of them tried to get up, only to fall back to the floor is proof positive that he got subluxated to the point where his brainstem was literally being choked...and when that happens, falling down and being a little dizzy is the least of your concerns.  His was the type of accident that could affect him for a long time if not addressed.  I cannot stress enough to you all how important it is to get your spine checked.  The effect of the subluxation is NOT something you'll usually feel immediately...but it will catch up with you eventually. 
Sticking to the college basketball realm...recall former Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser, who died suddenly from a heart condition while jogging.  Would it have been in his best interest to get his spine checked?  Absolutely.  At some point, he ended up subluxated from some sort of trauma, which jarred his atlas out of position and started slowly choking him without him ever knowing it.  To many of you, it may STILL (even after a year's worth of having it shoved down your throat, politely) seem far-fetched to think that a bone in the neck could have such an impact on a person's body.  Well, believe has so little to do with the bone itself and everything to do with what's inside it.  If the brainstem is being obstructed in any way, shape, or form, the nervous system is adversely effected.  What controls such vital organs as the heart?  The nervous system! 
My hope is that these Kentucky players are exposed to upper cervical chiropractic...and soon.  It may not be their hearts that are affected...they may develop irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, kidney infections, or any of the laundry list of potential illnesses out there.  I hope that they are luckier than Skip Prosser was.  Had Prosser been exposed to the reality of the subluxation sooner, perhaps it would've prolonged his life.  It sure would've given him a better chance. 
Changing gears a bit...I was recently reading Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Essay on Compensation."  For those that have read the newsletter since the beginning, I've often pondered why it is that the atlas-brainstem relationship is so delicate.  Admittedly, it does seem strange that such an important structure was placed in such a vulnerable position.  Perhaps it wasn't always like that.  Maybe with all that men and women now have to do in their daily lives, and after thousands of years of subluxated parents giving birth to subluxated children, we've just fallen that far off the wagon of where we should be.  BUT, that's neither her nor there.  Those are my random conjectures.  Back to his writings about compensation, he plainly states that there is a compensatory effect for every cause.  There's sun and rain, ocean and land, up and down, left and right, rich and, perhaps the subluxation is simply a part of life's opposite.  After all, the subluxation broken down into its simplest terms is the absence of light...or the absence of life...which is death.  So, if the subluxation was simply put in place to be another cog in the law of compensation, then I promise you I'll do my best to keep you un-subluxated so that life's opposite steers clear from you for as long as humanly possible, ensuring you a better, happier life in the process. 
I actually got the idea to read Emerson's work from another author...
I want to share with you an excerpt from a very inspirational and educational book written by Napolean Hill.  Hill was commissioned in the early 20th century to follow such men as Carnegie and FDR to discover the similar traits that all successful men possess.  He later wrote a book called "Think and Grow Rich."  After his death, his personal notes were compiled and turned into the book that I speak of, "The Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement."  The following is from Hill's chapter on Applied Faith, where he states that you must shed yourself of each of the seven fears.  One of those fears is the fear of old age.  A while back, I wrote an email about how those folks that are, in particular, ages 40 +, should adopt a pro-active approach to their health and give chiropractic its due.  This excerpt reinforces that notion.  Also, note that EVERYONE should take a pro-active approach to maintaining and strengthening their health.
"The fear of old age causes you to slow down and develop a feeling of inferiority.  Whether you're thirty, forty, sixty, or seventy, you become convinced that you have let opportunity slip by and that your best years are behind you.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Every moment of your life that has passed by has taught you invaluable lessons that you can apply today.  You should have a positive appreciation for the wisdom and understanding you have gained.  Most of the great achievements in human history have come from people who have blown out more than a few birthday candles.  The best way to confront this fear is to jump on it with both feet and laugh about it.  Whenever you have a birthday, subtract a year from your age instead of adding one.  Don't make the mistake of trying to act like a teenager, adopting the dress and speech you see on TV; that will only make you feel and look foolish.  And don't ever say to yourself, 'If only I were younger, I would do' something that you know you must.  There was a time when every morning as I arose, I saw Father Time sneaking up alongside me.  At first, I was terrified.  But one day, I looked him in the eye and shouted, 'Get out of here, old man, and stay out!  I don't need you!  Get out!'  Try this yourself whenever the idea occurs that you are too old to do something, and you will find that this response is quickly retrieved from your subconscious, ready to defend you whenever the fear of old age threatens." - Napolean Hill.
On a closing note, I just did my spell-check...can you believe that brainstem is not even a word, according to the gmail spell-checker?  I just shed a little tear.  Whoever developed the gmail spell-checker was subluxated...which, by the way, is also not a word (apparently)...
Thinking good things for you, as always...

Chad McIntyre

"If we all did the things that we are capable of, we would astound ourselves" - Thomas Edison