Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another mind-expanding
edition of "Weekly Well-Being." One of my New Year's
resolution's for 2009 is to expand on the newsletter and open a
website. The expanded newsletter will feature a "Condition of
the Week." I want you to truly grasp just how far reaching the
benefits of chiropractic care can be, when specifically and
scientifically rendered. The website is coming soon.
I hope this newsletter finds all of you happy and
healthy and excited about 2009. Did you take the time to
reflect on 2008? You should. The new year gives us the
opportunity to look back on what we've done, make changes to
better ourselves for the coming year, and set some new
goals. In the last week or so, I've had a lot of time to
reflect. I've done some excellent reading and received some
very valuable advice about life. One particular phrase stands
out in my mind. My grandfather was a minister for over 30
years. During the time that I was able to spend with him over
the holidays, he mentioned that he used to send out a newsletter
every month. The way he would close out each one was with a
simple phrase...a simple phrase that is very powerful. "Make a
difference in some one's life." What a great comment!
If ever there was a worthy New Year's resolution, that
would be it.
Going along with that theme...it encouraged me to
re-read a chapter of Napoleon Hill's book "The Seventeen
Principles of Success" and to share with you its contents.
Napoleon Hill once wrote that if you render more and
better service than you are paid for, sooner or later you will
receive compound interest from your investment. In other words,
go the extra mile and don't just do the bare minimum. When you
put forth extra effort than is required, you reap the benefits.
If you do so with the right mental attitude, you'll seriously
fly. In these times of economic uncertainty, those of us that
go the extra mile and keep a positive mental attitude will stand
to soar higher than our negative thinking, bare-minimum doing
brethren. Far too often, I hear people blaming the economy for
their misfortune and they are being counter-productive. On the
radio, I hear a woman talking about how she got her Master's
degree to provide for her family, but the poor economy has
prevented her from getting a job. I've heard this woman a half
dozen times on the radio. Think if she had used that time spent
reliving her predicament to better her situation and find a
In Seattle during the Great Depression, the Nordstrom
family opened a chain of department stores that allowed for
returns at any time and was dedicated to customer service.
Despite the harsh economic times of the Depression and others
that followed in the century since then, Nordstrom has shown
slow and steady expansion and economic growth. They didn't
waste time complaining. They went the extra mile for
people...and they reaped the benefits...
The benefits of doing more than you are paid for cannot
be overstated. Throughout history, men and women have
demonstrated their willingness to go the extra mile, and they
have further demonstrated the compensation that they received
for doing so. It's the law of compensation at its best.
Everything that you do will bring you some sort of result of the
AT&T used to be THE company for phone service, until
they raised their rates to the point that other companies
started popping up and stealing their business. Meanwhile,
south Florida-based Clayton Homes kept their prices affordable
even during hard economic times such as the aftermath of
Hurricane Andrew in the early 1990's. Clayton Homes reaped the
benefits, while AT&T still faces stiff competition.
William Novak was a writer and a good man who went the
extra mile for his family and friends. He had limited success
in his career, but his extra mile service paid off when he was
asked to co-author Chrysler CEO Lee Iaccoca's autobiography.
Now, Novak is a respected writer and is financially secure.
A long time ago, an elderly lady stepped into a
department store in Philadelphia just to get out of the rain. A
young man asked her if she needed help finding anything and she
told him that she simply wanted to stay dry for a few minutes.
Instead of leaving her standing there, since he couldn't earn
any commission on her, the young man brought her a chair. Well,
it turned out that the elderly lady was Andrew Carnegie's
mother. It came as no surprise when that young man was soon a
partner in the department store.
Napoleon Hill's own journey was one of struggle and
strife. When he was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to organize
the principles of success, he actually wasn't given any
compensation. He had a wife and kids to feed, but he dedicated
himself to his task and it was worth it. He went the extra mile
and it afforded him the rewards later and often.
Hill developed a formula for going the extra mile. The
extra-mile formula is: Q1 + Q2 + MA = C ---> Q1 is the quality
of service rendered, Q2 is the quantity of service rendered, MA
is the mental attitude, and C is the compensation.
Condition of the Week: Multiple Sclerosis
When the inner parts of the body are forming,
roadways are laid down. Similar to how when building a big
city, roadways are needed for people to travel in and out,
back and forth to and from the city, the body's roadways are
designed for the travel (or flow) of three things: nerve
energy, blood, and cerebrospinal fluid. Nerve energy flows
back and forth between the brain and the body, giving life
to all the vital organs such as the lungs, immune system,
and heart. Blood flows to and from the heart, bringing
nutrients and oxygen to the rest of the body. Cerebrospinal
fluid flows all around the brain and spinal cord, giving
nutrients to the discs in between each vertebra, cushioning
the aforementioned areas, and in general keeping us moving
Boom! There's an accident on the roadway leading
into the big city. What do we get? A traffic jam. Some
people decide that sitting in traffic is not their bag, so
they exit off and try to find an alternate route.
Boom! There's an accident called a subluxation that
creates a similar traffic jam in the body. Nerve energy
flow is disrupted, decreasing the normal function of the
heart, lungs, and immune system (to name a few). Blood flow
is disrupted, causing the heart to work harder to pump blood
throughout the body. And cerebrospinal fluid flow is also
disrupted. Let's focus on the cerebrospinal fluid. Some of
it decides that it'd be smart to exit off the normal route
and find a new way to flow. Unfortunately, there's really
nowhere for it to go. It's reached a dead end. So, it
pools up in a tiny spot. In the meantime, some more of the
cerebrospinal fluid saw what its brother was doing and
decided to exit off in search of an alternative route, too.
It didn't fare any better. So, now we've got these little
pockets of fluid pooled up around the spinal cord and brain
with nowhere to go.
Honestly, it's really not that big of a deal...that
is until the compromised immune system, designed to protect
us from foreign invaders, recognizes that there are pockets
of fluid around the spinal cord and brain that shouldn't be
there. It incorrectly assumes it should attack. So, it
attacks...and attacks...and attacks. It destroys...and it
destroys...and it destroys. What's left is tiny areas of
scarring, called sclerosis. Multiple areas of scarring is
called multiple sclerosis.
The lesson to be learned is that when the top bone
in the spine misaligns, it chokes the brainstem and all it's
surrounding roadways, including the nerves, arteries, and
cerebrospinal fluid pathways. By removing the pressure on
the brainstem, the traffic jam is cleared and the immune
system returns to its normal function. The immune system
recognizes the areas of sclerosis (scarring) and sends help
to repair them. Some people are fortunate enough to develop
out of the condition from that point forward. Others may
still be symptomatic, but the severity of their symptoms may
There's literally nothing that the body is incapable
of when it doesn't have to deal with the subluxation choking
the life out of it...
Thinking good things for you as always...
Dr. Chad McIntyre
Upper Cervical Chiropractor
"If we all did the things that we are capable of, we would
astound ourselves" - Thomas Edison
"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how
you respond to it" - Lou Holtz