Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to another week of well-being, the newsletter sure to satisfy your appetite for all things related to HEALTH care. Last week was a bit of a re-education. Honestly, doing that helped me just as much as it had the potential to help you. Every chance I get practice new analogies or ingrain new information into my head, the easier it is for me to go out and teach this subluxated world about Upper Cervical Care. So, with that being said, a thank you is in order. Thank you goes out to all of you who take the time to read every week. You've given me an avenue to expand my healthcare vocabulary and stay focused. Tip of the spear, best be sharp...

--Now, as a quick reminder before I continue the re-education/reminder of what upper cervical care is all about, I deem it important to do a little recollection of what we went over last week. I pointed out that the healthcare system that we've adopted since we were kids (the medical model of taking pills) is actually designed for crisis care, rather than health care. By crisis care, I mean when you have a life-threatening injury or illness. If you've just been in a car accident and your detached limb is being carried in by the medics, go to the hospital. They are awesome at that stuff.

The problem is that many symptoms are actually warning signals that your body sends out to alert you to a greater, yet simpler problem.

Put another way, you can't go into your medical doctor's office and ask for a pill for "health." It doesn't exist. If there's nothing seriously "wrong" with you, then the medical doctor CANNOT help you. It's a system dedicated entirely to the relief of symptoms, but completely devoid of any focus on health. Last week, we defined health as a state of physical, emotional, and social well-being that is far more than just absence of symptoms. This week, I want to further explain the difference between health and crisis care. (Credit to a great deal of this information comes from two other doctors).

Health Care vs. Crisis Care

Let's say that I go to a restaurant with a friend of mine. We eat the exact same meal...beef medallions covered in a cream sauce. Unfortunately, the restaurant ran out of beef. So as not to disappoint us, they decided they'd go out to the trash can behind the joint and see what they could find. Low and behold, there was some old beef in there. They cooked it up extra nice and served us the medallions. We both noticed that it tasted a little different, but we'd never eaten at that restaurant before. Therefore, we didn't really think much of it...until later that night. I woke up that night feeling like the jaws of life were biting down on me. I was throwing up. I had diarrhea. I had a really high fever. Oh, man...one of the worst nights of my life. My friend apparently had the same thing going on.

We each had food poisoning...

Now, I called my Upper Cervical doctor and had him rush over to my house. I got scanned to see if there was any nerve interference that might be preventing my body from healing. There was, so I got adjusted. I still felt like I was dying. I threw up and went to the bathroom for probably another thirty minutes or so after that, but then I crawled into my bed and passed out.

My friend, on the other hand, called his medical doctor and him rush over to his house. He was throwing up, so he was given a medication to stop that. He had diarrhea, so he was given a medication to stop that. He had a fever, so he was given a medication to lower his temperature. He felt better soon after and crawled into bed.

The next morning, I woke up feeling much better. My friend wasn't...he actually didn't make it...

(A tear)...

Why would that be? He took the medications, right? He felt better! Why didn't he make it!?

Because...he had food poisoning. The body's natural reaction to a substance that shouldn't be in the body is to get rid of it. I threw up to clear it out of my upper digestive system and I had diarrhea to get it out of my lower digestive system. I needed to clear it out! My body rose my internal temperature up really high to kill the bacteria in my system and fight off any brooding infection. He took pills that clogged him up at both ends and another to bring down his fever. His body needed to get rid of that, but because he took the medications...his body couldn't expel the poison and fight the infection...

Granted, this is not a true story...for me, anyway...but it happens all too often.

The point of telling that story was to re-iterate the difference between true healthcare and the system that we currently have in place. There's nothing wrong with the medical model when it comes to crisis. The problem is that our system is set up to look at everything as a crisis. I have a headache, it must be a crisis, and I must need a Tylenol. Why? Am I lacking a Tylenol? Is that why I have a headache? Oh no, I threw up, it must be a crisis, and I must need some Pepto. Why? Am I lacking Pepto? Is that why I threw up?

You see the problem, there?

I want to get you thinking outside the box.

Another quick story before we move on...I had a roommate in college that was easily awoken. So, one night the smoke detector went off. I awoke to find my roommate taking the battery out of the smoke detector. Ladies and gentlemen, that is what you are doing to your body with these medications, injections, shot, and such. You are ignoring the fire. Does the smoke detector go off to annoy you? Of course not! It goes off because there's smoke! Where there's smoke, there's fire. When there's a stress on the brainstem, it is literally slowly choking the life out of you...don't ignore the warning detector going off in your body....


--Well, on a side note we are entering into one of my favorite times of the year: March Madness. Yes, ol' Dr. Chad does have some hobbies, as you all should have. It's important to set aside some time to enjoy some of the things that you like to do. Watching college basketball just happens to be one of mine. A friend and colleague recently sent me a link to a very funny video clip that mocks the number of teams allowed to compete for the national championship in Division 1A college hoops. I wanted to share it with you because laughing is really good for you...Enjoy!


--I am currently working on a condition-based newsletter about autism. I request that you be thinking about people that you know with autistic kids. When that newsletter is sent out, I expect you to send it to them.

Condition of the Week: Shoulder pain

One of the primary reasons I got into the profession of upper cervical care is because of my chronic shoulder issues. I was in two car accidents, one at 9 and another at 17. A few years after my second accident, I developed really bad upper back and shoulder issues. It got to the point where I could expect to be in pain from the middle of the day to the time I went to bed. The year before I had my first upper cervical correction, I pretty much was either in pain or really uncomfortable for about 85-90% of the time I was awake. Luckily, I had a high tolerance for pain, so I just figured I'd be living with it. I was getting general chiropractic adjustments up to three times a day...what we at Logan College referred to as a "crack" junkie. I had ribs manipulated, my shoulder joints cracked and popped, frequent massages, physical therapy modalities, ice and heat...the whole nine yards short of popping pain meds.

Apparently, I'm not the only one to have gone through this, as shoulder pain is one of the most common ailments in the world. Well, I tried it all and it all failed.

Then, I met an upper cervical doctor who moved a bone in my neck and changed my life...

I tell my story now because I rarely tell that story. I know a lot of people who have been helped through upper cervical care with much better stories than mine. Irritable Bowel, Crohn's, and other digestive problems...Chronic headaches and fatigue...High blood pressure...Fibromyalgia...Autism...Multiple Sclerosis...all gone or helped significantly through moving a bone in the upper neck and relieving the brainstem of the stress that was choking the life out of its ability to keep you alive and well...

But you know what, fellow shoulder pain sufferers? It's time for our 15-minutes of fame!

It's actually really simple.

Have you ever hung a picture on the wall? When that picture is level on the wall, it looks nice, it adds character to the room, and you rarely have to mess with it. If you bang into the wall, though, it may tilt a little bit. Just a little bit of tilt doesn't make too much of a difference to most folks. Hey, you may not even notice. Over time, though, a little thing called gravity kicks in, pulling the weight of the low side down even further. Suddenly, what once was a barely noticeable tilt is quite an eye sore, it subtracts character from the room, and you definitely have to mess with it.

Well, our heads are supposed to level on our necks. When the head is level on the neck, it looks and feels nice, it adds stability to your posture, and you rarely have to mess with it. If you fall, get in an accident, or bump your head, though, the head may tilt on the neck a little bit. (Doctor's note- recall that the head has to be level for the fluid in our ears to be balanced so that we can maintain our equilibrium and not be dizzy all the time, and also because the brain has to be level to work properly). Just a little bit of head tilt doesn't make too much of a difference to most folks, but as the body compensates to bring the head level, guess what else tilts? That's right...the shoulders. The head is level, but the shoulders are definitely NOT level. But, hey, you still may not even notice. Over time, though, a little thing called gravity kicks in, pulling the weight of the low shoulder down even further. Suddenly, what once was a barely noticeable tilt creates for quite the painful days and nights, it subtracts stability from your posture, and you definitely have to mess with it.

The lesson to be learned is that when the top bone in the spine slides off to one side, it takes the head from a level to an un-level position, causing the body to compensate. Part of that compensation is that it takes the shoulders from a level to an un-level position. You'll end up with one shoulder higher than the other. Now, at first glance that doesn't seem like a big deal. Gravity, though, can feel like holding a 10 pound weight in one hand all day. At first, you can easily deal with it, but give it a while and it becomes more and more difficult to deal with. All it takes is a precise correction to the top bone in the spine to relieve that compensation and bring the shoulders level again. Over time, as the body holds that level position, the chronic shoulder pain goes away.

I had chronic shoulder pain for 4 years. After my first upper cervical adjustment, my shoulder pain went away and stayed away for 7 weeks. Now, I still get shoulder pain from time to time. Going back to the beginning this week's newsletter, though, I recognize it as a warning signal that my body is starting to compensate again and that I probably need to be adjusted.

Thinking good things for all of you...