Well, it's that time of the week.
I have a ton of thoughts running through my head right now, so this may
very well be another week in which "Weekly Well-Being" lacks any kind
of definitive structure. Hope
everyone had a great weekend and has been having a good week.
On a non-healthcare related note...if you haven't seen Dark Knight (the
new Batman movie), then drop your weekend plan to get household chores out of
the way and treat yourself to a night at the movies.
EXCELLENT film. Anyhow, I
went to a seminar last weekend in which the featured topic was how to adjust the
atlas in a different way than I've become accustomed to doing it.
It packs a much more powerful punch, which is to say that a bit more
force is used to make the correction. Unfortunately,
the "you won't feel it" component is thrown out the window with this
technique. Speaking from experience,
this adjustment knocks the hell out of you...but it works.
Random thought #1 - I was having a conversation with an old
friend of mine late last week and he asked me about the atlas adjustment.
He then told me that he'd be glad to let me practice on him.
Naturally, I appreciated the offer, but I more so appreciated the fact
that, in saying that, he made me realize that I haven't done a good enough job
educating all of you about one particularly big difference between what you
think you know about chiropractic and upper cervical chiropractic.
YOU SHOULD NOT WANT TO BE ADJUSTED. Ideally,
I'd only have to adjust you once. Ideally,
the first correction would be so perfect that the body's innate intelligence
would accept the adjustment and the muscles that support the atlas would adapt
quickly so that you HELD the adjustment. Upper
Cervical is often referred to amongst those in the profession as H.I.O. (Hole in
One). Hole in One means that, in a
perfect world, the upper cervical doctor would find the subluxation and correct
it on the first try. The point
behind it all is that HEALTH AND HEALING DO NOT COME FROM GETTING ADJUSTED, THEY
COME FROM HOLDING YOUR ADJUSTMENT. Remember
that the pressure needs to stay off the brainstem to allow the body to function
at its optimum. So, if you need to
be adjusted all the time, then that means your brainstem (that thing that keeps
you alive) is compromised. Holding =
In essence, the subluxation that compromises the brainstem
and causes the body to grow into disease/conditions/illness can really be called
something more simple: lockment. The
atlas is locked out of position. It
is my job to unlock it. If you can
imagine a situation in which you were unable to unlock a filing cabinet
containing the most important information in the world (to you), then consider
an upper cervical doctor the person who holds the key.
Random thought #2 - Another conversation I had recently
revolved around somebody that was currently getting upper cervical care, but was
not seeing the results that others have seen.
In actuality, this person is actually feeling worse off than before she
started. A good lesson is to be
learned from this person. In my
regard, I often say that I move the bone and that you, as the client, do the
healing. I don't do anything but
unlock the door...your body responds and I have zero control over that.
However, it is my job to educate you.
Let's come at this from a different angle.
I recently wrote a long essay critiquing
"Get to the point, Chad"...I try to teach all of
my clients that how they feel is not nearly as important as how they are
functioning. Function is something
that we can measure objectively. The
gauge I often speak of; the instrumentation I use to determine whether or not
the subluxation (lockment) exists in the person...it's OBJECTIVE.
How you feel is not objective...it's SUBJECTIVE.
I've seen a kid run around like he's not got a care in the world, but
inside he's full of cancer and has 6 months to live.
Ask that little guy or ask his parents whether how he feels is all that
A great deal of what I say is likely contradictory to what
you've been taught in the past. It
may make sense to you or it may be taking longer to sink in.
There's no doubt about it...I'm a little different.
I'm not looking to diagnose your symptom.
What I know is that even the Guyton textbook of Medical Physiology
confirms that the body can't function at its optimum if impulses from the brain
are being interfered with at the brainstem level.
I believe that the body functioning improperly leads to a state called
dis-ease. Dis-ease is just what it
sounds like: it's the body's state of not being at ease.
I believe that dis-ease then leads to disease.
I believe that returning the body to a state of ease, allowing it to
function the way it was meant to, can return the body to health.
I know...I've pretty much flipped the script on healthcare.
How many doctors out there will tell you that how you "feel" is
a lot less important than how you "function"?
Our society is conditioned to want to “feel good” and do it fast.
After all, it's not just our healthcare system in this country that
places a premium on fast results. Fast
food, fast cars, high speed internet...all advances are designed to make things
easier and faster. Patience is a
lost virtue. Patience, a willingness
to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay, is not vital
to but certainly is very applicable to health and healing.
The attitude that accompanies a lack of patience is typically negative.
"I don't feel good." "This
isn't working." "I know
I'm not holding my adjustment." Riddle
me this (still on a Batman kick): when you see break lights dead ahead of you
and slam on the left pedal to just barely stop before getting into a wreck, your
reaction is that of an increased heart rate and breathing pattern.
Is it because your body recognized you were almost in an accident or is
because your conscious mind thought you were about to be in an accident and your
unconscious brain and body came into agreement?
The body comes into agreement with the mind...only about 5% of what we do
everyday is governed by conscious thought, but those conscious thoughts can have
all awfully big effect on the more important unconscious processes if you aren't
careful. Such is the reason why I so
often stress positive thinking...
Random thought #3 is my final topic of the day.
Another conversation I had quite a while revolved around a person who
didn't see the need to even get checked by an upper cervical doctor.
The person stated that he just didn't feel like anything was wrong with
him. He said he'd never even had as
much as a headache. This is a person
who I consider to be an extremely positive thinker...someone that I always
enjoyed being around because he had so much energy and life that it was
infectious. Well, I've often said
that symptoms, the conditions, the diseases are the last things to show up
because they are the tip of the iceberg. There's
a lot more to the iceberg than just the part peaking out of the water.
The man I'm referring to, just one year later, had
developed into thyroid cancer. So
much for never having any symptoms...
This goes right back to the current healthcare mindset in
this country. We just don't get it.
All of our "medical advances" pimped all over TV, billboards,
and the internet are concerned with taking care of a symptom once you've already
developed into it. It's time to
catch up with the rest of the world and start working to PREVENT ourselves from
developing into symptoms. The way
things currently are, if you were having a heart attack, the
Help me change that, people. Upper
cervical is great for allowing the body to naturally develop out of symptoms and
conditions, but what it should and could be is the best preventative healthcare
in the world.
"The best time to make a decision is not DURING a
crisis, but BEFORE a crisis hits."
Have a great weekend!
Thinking good thoughts for all of you,