I'll be honest with you, this week I've had somewhat of a writer's block. After wondering throughout the early part of the week what I should write about and not coming up with anything, I thought to a conversation I had two days ago with a colleague. We were talking about Napoleon Hill's "Seventeen Principles of Success." In early 2009, I wrote several newsletters with chapters from that book as the themes. I thought I'd reach back to that book for today...

Movement - a change in place or position

As an upper cervical doctor, movement plays many roles in my life. It happens when I drive from home to the office. It occurs when I specifically move a bone that became locked in the wrong position back to its proper position. It's a group of people that I have come together with due to common goals and ideals. In order for any movement to be successful, you must achieve a change in place or position.

Upper Cervical Care is not just a means of achieving health. It is a movement in every sense of the word. Despite the limitations in finding out about it, people eventually see or hear something about upper cervical care. Typically, it clicks with them because, honestly, it just makes sense. Many times, a person will make the move to call the upper cervical doctor...to drive to his/her office...to get that bone that protects the brainstem back where it needs to be so that the body can heal itself and function properly...and ultimately to join a group of people that have had their lives changed by upper cervical care. Success on many different levels...

There are always opposing forces standing in the way of movements, whether it be traffic, media, the atlas vertebra jammed and torqued out of alignment, or even your own minds (many of us are resistant to change). For instance, there was a Congressman back in the early 20th century that wanted to close down the patent office because he thought that every worthwhile invention had already been invented? Don't allow those road blocks to get in the way of moving in a new direction. There will always be new ideas - ideas that seem unusual at first because of their difference to what you're used to - but don't deny them because they aren't the norm. Going to an upper cervical doctor to build and sustain a happier, healthier lifestyle is an unusual idea. Yet, it is a movement going full steam ahead. Every week, the movement grows.

And you know what? This is a people driven movement. It's not about money or power or prestige - it's about people's lives and helping them move forward in a better direction. It's a movement with its heart in the right place and is, therefore, a movement that will be very successful (I believe). Don't be the only one left standing still...


When we talk about the nerve system of your body and the brainstem that is the hub of that system, we often mention the word irritation. By definition, irritation means to bring about an abnormally excited state. Well, many people misread that into thinking that, by irritating the brainstem, various bodily functions become hyperactive. For instance, with the digestive system, people assume that irritation leads to the digestive system working too quickly - causing chronic diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome.

Have you ever hit your funny bone in your elbow? I don't know about you, but after I hit my funny bone (temporarily irritating that nerve) my arm functions well BELOW normal for a few minutes. Similarly, you can irritate the brainstem causing various bodily functions to become hypoactive - or function slower than usual. In regards to the digestive system - and we'll focus on the intestines, which are lined with muscles that help push food through the system - a brainstem subluxation that irritates that brainstem (which controls your digestive system) can just as easily cause those muscles lining the intestines to work too slow as it can cause those muscles to work too fast. When the digestive system works too slowly, it gets backed up, you don't go to the bathroom as often, and you become afflicted with a condition called constipation.

Abnormal is abnormal - whether it be abnormally fast or abnormally slow. When you have a brainstem subluxation, the brainstem cannot properly route the signals to the digestive system to allow that complex system to work properly. Abnormal signals between the brainstem and digestive tract causes abnormal functions within the digestive tract.