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 job. 
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 same kind. 
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 fluidly.
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 decrease tremendously. 
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