Welcome to another edition of "Weekly Well-Being." This week is going to be a little different. In recent months, I've tried to focus everyone's attention on personal growth and health. In the past, I would find myself writing about deeper issues. Well, I always like to share experiences in hopes that you can apply it to your own situations. So, I had an interesting experience this week…and it's going to make today's topic dive a little deeper into your hearts and minds than usual.

I met a person the other day with more emotional baggage than anyone that I'd ever met. I don't want to mention this person by name or gender, so from here on out I shall refer to this person as "Showtime" and "they." Showtime was also one of the most kind-hearted people I've ever met. Rarely do you find someone who has been through so much that continues to find the resolve to be a good person.

Showtime is a person that puts all of their faith into God. Such was evident during the long conversation that we had. They told me their story…and a long, heartbreaking story it was. Through tears, regrets, and the sorrows of many years of soap opera-like scenarios that were shared, I nearly found myself breaking down. Showtime would later tell me that I had "very caring eyes." I guess so…but I'd think that anyone with half a heart would feel the same way if they heard the story I was told, during which Showtime mentioned God again and again.

They said that they continually prayed to God that one day their suffering would end. They said that they woke up every morning and said a prayer to end the longstanding "curse" on their family.

It was at this point that I took a risk. In my profession, you have to take a risk every now and then to try and get through to someone. I believe in what I do with my hands as an upper cervical doctor. I believe that by removing the subluxation, which is again when one of the top two bones in the spine is misaligned to the point that pressure is placed on the brainstem and the structure and function of the body become compromised, I am helping to prolong and better someone's life. I absolutely believe that with my whole heart. BUT, I also believe that if I don't get to the root of someone's problem, then what I do with my hands won't be able to truly free that person from what is ailing them. The mind has to come into agreement with the body for people to be well. The mind and body are a package deal…they go hand-in-hand.

So, the risk that I took was pointing out to this person that all the faith in God in the world won't do you any good without FAITH IN YOURSELF. I don't talk about God in these newsletters very often, but I am inclined to do so today. When I'm staring at a person who has been through so much and yet refuses to take personal responsibility and puts all their eggs in God's basket, I put my foot down. A complete person has faith in themselves and a higher power. Much like the mind and body go hand-in-hand, so does faith in God AND yourself. We were put on this earth to be human-beings, not human-doings just going through the motions.

There's been a quote at the bottom of each of the last several emails that I've sent. It's by famous former Notre Dame football coach, Lou Holtz. He says that "Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond to it." You have a personal responsibility, people, to live your life to the fullest. If I may borrow a quote from a friend of mine, "how can you do that if you spend 90% of your life bringing yesterday's pain into tomorrow's pleasure?"

Showtime is a person that carries not only their emotional baggage, but that of everyone that they encounter. They think that God put them on this earth to take the brunt of everyone's nonsensical drama and play the role of keeping the peace. There are people in this world that were put on this earth to play that role, but Showtime isn't one of them. Why? Because Showtime doesn't have the capability not to own everyone else's problems. Showtime simply can't let go.

"There's a history of breast cancer in my family, so I know I'm going to get breast cancer."

"Heart conditions run in my family, so I know that I'm probably going to have a heart attack one day."

"Strokes run in my family, so I'm probably going to die from a stroke."

When you allow yourself to think that way, then your body is going to come into agreement with it. It's the law of attraction.

For example, a couple of months ago I was driving down the highway when a fire truck came roaring up behind me. Like everyone else, I pulled over to the shoulder to let the truck pass. I saw a bunch of glass in the area of the shoulder that I was driving toward and immediately thought, "Oh no! I'm going to get a flat tire!" Some 30 seconds after I pulled back onto the road, a "warning" message appeared on my dash that said "tire maintenance." Awesome! Great! Just what I needed when I was already running behind, right?

Guess what? Every 6,000 miles, my car's computer system is programmed to alert me to the fact that I need to get my tires rotated. So, it just so happened that at the very moment that I allowed my mind to think about getting a flat tire that my car hit the 6,000 mile mark and turned on what essentially was the "get your tires rotated" reminder. Of course, I didn't figure that out until after I'd pulled over onto the shoulder again, got out of my car, and realized I didn't have a flat tire.

The above example served as a reminder to me to make you sure you understand that it's all about what you put out into the universe. If you think good…you most often get good. If you think negative…then you attract negative things into your life. Each week, my final thought to you is that "I'm thinking good things for all of you." In saying that, my hope is that you think good things for yourself, too. I'm attracting good things to you and you should attract good things to yourself.

Showtime wakes up each morning and says a prayer to God to end the suffering for her and her family. Why even put that out into the universe? The first thing she thinks about in the morning is the past…and by asking God for help, she's starting her day off by bringing yesterday's pain into her present. Showtime, by the way, has a ton of health conditions, including fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, and seizures. This person is a train wreck. If ever there was a case that re-iterated that emotional stress was the number one cause of disease…Showtime is it.

So, please, live for today and tomorrow and the next day. The past WAS the past. Today is an awesome day! And the future looks bright…

Condition of the Week: Seizures

We have electricity flowing through our bodies. The whole body is wired with electrical cords called nerves. Not a scientist on earth can explain that…we're just born that way. It's actually pretty amazing. The flow of electricity in the body starts at the brainstem. The brainstem is like the switch that turns the power in the body. That's why it is the first thing created when we are developing in utero. The electricity flows up to the brain and into the body through the nerve system.

Unfortunately, the brainstem is not just a simple on/off switch. It's more like a dimmer switch. So, much like dimming the lights makes it so that there's less light in a room, dimming the brainstem makes it so that there's less life in the body.

Now, electricity flows through the body like water in a stream. It just flows and flows. BOOM! Something happens to dam up part of the stream. Most of the water continues to flow, but some of the water has to fight its way around the dam. If enough water gets backed up due to the dam, eventually you'll see a rush of water into the usual stream because it has to break through eventually…

BOOM! Something happens to obstruct the flow of electricity in the body. Most of the electrical signals continue to flow, but some of them have to fight through the obstruction. If enough electricity gets backed up due to the obstruction, eventually there'll be a rush of electricity because it has to break through eventually…

An easy example of rushes of electricity in the body are muscle spasms or tingling in the hands or feet.

A more extreme example is a seizure. The only difference between a muscle spasm and a seizure is where the electricity is traveling when it breaks through the dam. If it's traveling along the 5th cervical nerve that exits the spine in your mid-neck and runs along your shoulder to the biceps, then you'll get a muscle spasm in the biceps. But, if it's traveling up toward the brain, a seizure, epileptic episode, or altered state of mind may occur.

The lesson to be learned is that when the top bone in the spine misaligns, it dams the brainstem and the electrical signals that run through it. Remember that the brainstem is the origin for all the nerves in the body. The subluxation is that dam/obstruction, so when you remove it, the electricity in the body returns to its normal flow from the brain to the body. It's that simple…

Thinking good things for you as always…