Following last week's newsletter, I received an email from someone who was actually very interested in finding an upper cervical doctor in their area. That email, coupled with the fact that we've added quite a few new people to the "Weekly Well-Being" mailing list this week, has compelled me to start from scratch in teaching you this whole new concept of Upper Cervical Healthcare.

You know, I recently heard an interesting story. There were these two girls, Sandy and Cindy, that were best friends. Because of well-known friendship, other people got jealous of how close they were and decided to sabotage their sister-like relationship. The jealous kids started spreading rumors to Sandy that Cindy was making fun of her to everyone. They also told Cindy that Sandy was making fun of her to everyone. After continually hearing these vicious rumors, the girls slowly started to turn on each other. The mean kids were accomplishing what they'd set out to do, as Cindy and Sandy began noticeably bickering at each other. They ended up having a huge shouting match in front of everyone. Cindy threw a hamburger at Sandy and told her that she was a fat cow and a lying mean girl. Sandy chucked a stick of deodorant at Cindy and retorted that she smelled bad and that she was a hideous creature from Mars. They completely bought into what everyone else had been saying and it cost them dearly...

The point of the above story was this: if someone tells you something long enough, you are probably going to believe it. In the above example, people were Sandy and Cindy's ears about these false rumors for so long, that they believed them to be true. Other examples include Christopher Columbus's peers telling him that the Earth was flat, those folks that told the Wright Brothers that a "Flying Machine" was impossible, or the people that told Michael Jordan he'd never make the high school basketball team.

Frankly, the majority, in many cases, is NOT right.

So, forget everything you ever thought that you knew about healthcare because, quite honestly, it was almost entirely wrong...

784,000. SEVEN-HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FOUR THOUSAND.

That's the number of deaths per year caused by medical error, otherwise known as iatrogenic death. That's the equivalent of 30...THIRTY...school buses crashing and killing all of the kids on board EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

Heart disease is listed by the Center for Disease Control as the number one killer in America, responsible for 652,000 deaths per year. Cancer ranks second at 559,000 per year. Stroke falls in at a distant third at 143,000 per year.

A study done by the Harvard School of Medicine, arguably the most reputable medical school in the country reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association back in 2000 that iatrogenic, doctor-induced death accounted for about 150,000 fatalities per year. Just by that study, iatrogenic disease would be the third leading cause of death in the United States.

784,000 is the updated figure, determined by the medical doctors themselves. In fact, they claim that 784,000 is an AVERAGE over the last ten years. That means that 7.8 million people have died in the last ten years DUE TO the very healthcare system that we depend on to keep us alive.

There's something wrong with that, isn't there? Even the medical doctors would agree with that. Trust me, I've never spoken with an M.D. that wants to do anything, but help people. They are just doing what they are trained to do. It's not THEM...it's the SYSTEM.

We account for 5% of the world's population, but we account for 80% of the world's use of medications. We rank 37th in overall health, dead last amongst industrialized nations.

Now, there's a place for that system. When you are in a crisis situation, that system should be considered. If I fly through the windshield of my car and one of my legs is missing, then that system should be used. That's what that system was designed for. It is designed to treat injury and disease.

The thing is, though, that lack of symptoms does NOT mean that you are healthy. Look at the number of young athletes in the recent past that dropped dead. These people were pictures of what we would typically think of being "healthy." So, it's obviously not symptoms or disease that determine your level of health.

The World Health Organization defines health as the state of complete physical, social, and emotional well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

So, back to the email that I received last week. In said email, this person asked for contact information for the nearest upper cervical doctor for when they needed one. Well, I'll ask you to consider the following (and for the new people recently added, I'll touch more on this next week): if the brain cannot send a normal, healthy message to the body, can we expect health? And, perhaps more importantly, how would you know if the brain wasn't sending a normal, healthy message to the body? Given that the brain communicating with the body through our own personal network is how everything that your body does gets accomplished, don't you think it'd be in your best interest to find out?

Condition of the Week: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a muscle and connective tissue pain disorder that affects 10% of the U.S. population, occurring most commonly in women ages 20-50. It is also one of the most controversial diseases in the US. In fact, it is difficult to even call it a disease. There is no objective test for it. There is no lab study that can be done to obtain a diagnosis. It has essentially become the "we have no idea why you are in pain, but since you are in pain we have to call it something to give you a medication for it" disorder. Not surprisingly, the current medical treatment methods are, therefore, highly unsuccessful.

So, let's dive deeper into what fibromyalgia really is...Fibro means connective tissue, Myo means muscle, and Algia means pain. Pretty simple, right? Well, where does pain come from? Pain is a feeling...a sensation that comes from nerves.

Do you remember the game, "Operation"? The one where there's this guy with a red light for a nose laying on a mock operating table and your job is to take these tweezer-looking tongs and pull out plastic pieces representing things like a broken heart or butterflies in the stomach without the tweezers touching the metal around the organ-openings?

Well, let's say that we are playing the game of "Operation." I take my little tweezers and I am successfully able to remove the broken heart game piece without touching the metal edge. I get 100 points! However, on my next turn when I go after the butterfly in the stomach, I touch the metal edge. BWAAAHH! I touched the metal edges and that heinous buzzer went off. I messed up, so I lost my turn and I didn't get any points! Every time I mess up and that buzzer goes off, I jump...Frankly, it startles me...

Well, let's say that life is like a game of "Operation." The brain sending messages through the nerve system is how we get points. The brain is successfully able to send a normal, healthy message through the brainstem and onward to the heart. Your body just got 100 life points! However, there's a stress on the brainstem causing the brain to send an abnormal, unhealthy message to the stomach...BWAHHH! Your brainstem touched the edges of one of the top bones in the spine and the body sent out an alarm. That's messed up, so the stomach doesn't get the message it was supposed to and got no life points! Every time that normal message from the brain gets distorted by the brainstem, an alarm goes off...Frankly, it startles the body...

Fibromyalgia typically occurs all over the body. It may affect the arms, legs, low back, neck, mid-back, etc. All of those areas are controlled by nerves. Each nerve in the body originates in the brainstem and then branches out along the spinal cord through openings in your vertebra. When one of the top bones in the spine slide out of position and put pressure on the brainstem, the body sends out an alarm. Since we tend not to notice a lot of the body's more subtle alarms, it will eventually send out a louder alarm in the form of pain. Pain is literally the last alarm. Over time, the stress on the brainstem affects more and more of the nerves. There are over a trillion nerve fibers in the brainstem, so there's really no telling how many nerves are affected with a prolonged stress on the brainstem. That's why fibromyalgia is so widespread throughout the body...so many nerves originate at the brainstem that when it is stressed long enough over time, the pain which once was mild in the neck becomes SEVERE and downright debilitating in the neck, arms, low back, thighs, etc.

The lesson to be learned is that fibromyalgia is essentially a giant, widespread alarm going off in your body, alerting you that something is seriously wrong. Now, if there was a giant, widespread alarm going off in your neighborhood for a tornado warning, would you take a shotgun and shoot them all down, so that you could go back to sleep. Of course not! There's a tornado coming, man!

When we take pills...that's what we're doing...we're ignoring the tornado alarm so that we can go about our lives. We don't have time to be sick, do we? We don't have time to be in pain, do we? Well, it takes a lot less time to heal when you stop ignoring the alarms. Upper Cervical Doctors get you out of the tornado's path...and then the alarms turn off...