“Helping the Helpers”

Helping the Helpers

     A dear friend and colleague of mine made a shift in his chiropractic practice to helping patients with type 2 diabetes.  During a recent phone conversation, he shared two stories that are as dramatic as a movie of the week.

     In one case, an older orthopedic surgeon requested my friend’s help in improving his health.  The surgeon told him, “I had to remove too many toes, feet, and even legs over the years due to type 2 diabetes.  I don’t want the same for myself.  Please help me.”

     In another case, an internist was asked by my friend: “How many type 2 diabetics do you have in your practice?”  “About 800,” the internist responded.  “How many get better?” asked my friend.  “Zero” was the answer.

     Months into his change of health (or shall we say “change of life”) program, the orthopedic surgeon has significantly improved his health bio markers.  “We don’t learn this stuff in school,” he told my friend.  In this case, “stuff” refers to how to be healthy.  Being healthy is a whole different approach from not being sick.  A different perspective will produce totally different results. 

     Think about updating your perspective to a healthy and energetic one.

“Dis-ease: The Opposite of Ease”

Dis-ease: The Opposite of Ease

     My mother, like so many moms, was “Super Mom”.  She was supportive, loving, and made home-cooked meals that acted like medicine.  “No time to be sick” was her mantra for her and her 5 kids, so we seldom were sick.

     Recently, when visiting my frail, now 87-year-old mother, who is bedridden and barely able to speak, I struggled to find some connection.  Finally, I said to her, “Let’s pray.”  After reciting the prayers she taught me as a child, I asked her if she recalled them.  This question startled her into a brief state of anger responding “of course.”  Seconds later, she asked me, “Did we pray?”

     My mother is now overtaken by the effects of Alzheimer’s, leading her to experience an occasional irrational anger that accompanies this disease.  Her brain is now chronically irritated.

     Recently, a pathology report was released on Aaron Hernandez, who died earlier this year at 27 years old from suicide.  You may recall he was a star tight end for the New England Patriots and was convicted of multiple murders.  Pictures of his mansion and reports of his multimillion dollar contract to play pro football routinely made the news a few years back.

     Hernandez was found to have advanced damage to his brain, which was the result of years of head trauma associated with football.  His chronically irritated brain produced multiple behaviors we would consider irritating, such as murder.

     A nervous system that is irritated produces irritating perceptions and behaviors.  You don’t have to have multiple concussions or Alzheimer’s to have an irritated nervous system.  For most of us, the irritation of the nervous system is reversible.  Our focus is to help your nervous system be more at ease – the opposite of disease (dis-ease).  It’s a powerful way to show up in your life.

“Healing Begins From the Inside Out”

Healing Begins From the Inside Out”

     This will probably create more mystery than it will solve.  Here it goes anyway:  years ago, I asked our parish priest if Jesus healed others from the inside out or the outside in.  Father Albert quickly answered, “Most likely the inside out.”  How can we easily agree with his response?  Since it was reported that Jesus could not heal everyone is the first clue.  Why couldn’t he?  Because some people did not have the faith nor the connection to Christ to make healing happen instantly.  In other words, healing is an active experience that starts from within and extends outward.

     The purpose of your mind is a focus on survival and protection.  The purpose of your unique spirit is thriving and sharing the best you have within.  So often injuries not only harm your body but the spirit within you as well.  Both must heal in order to overcome what ails you.

     Your chiropractic care at this office is focused on relaxing your nervous system.  As you calm down and become more at ease, your perceptions will obviously change.  All healing of all types – mentally, emotionally, and physically – requires a more relaxed you.

     Keeping in mind that Jesus brought back Lazarus from the dead confirms that healing is a beautiful mystery.  Some things in life are obvious and understandable, others not so much.

“Become Your Own Superstar!”

Become Your Own Superstar!

     Did you run out to get your Milli Vanilli reunion tour tickets?

     Milli Vanilli is known for their hit song “Girl You Know It’s True” that came out in 1989.  Like a shooting star, they came into our life and were gone in a flash.  Unfortunately, they had no staying power.

     How’s your staying power?  What do you do consistently to be and stay healthy?

     Are you guilty of joining the gym and lasting for only two months – about as long as Milli Vanilli’s few hits stayed on the top song charts?  How long did your healthy eating diet last?

     Occasionally, a patient will come in wanting the Milli Vanilli Chiropractic adjustment.  This means they expect one visit only to turn them into a superstar of health.

     The truth is there is no Milli Vanilli reunion tour because one member – Rob Pilatus – died of an overdose, and no one cares what one-hit wonders are doing now anyway.

     How about you?  Are you treating your health like a one-hit wonder?  Staying power starring you can only happen if you create a pattern of consistent healthy habits and stick with them.  It works!

“The Gift that Keeps on Giving”


The Gift that Keeps on Giving

     Years ago, an elderly grandmother had a system for giving gifts at Christmas and birthdays.  Regardless of your age or significance of the birthday, you received a check for $5.  I always appreciated this gift.  Even if $5 wasn’t considered a lot to most, it was to me at the time.  I admired her systematic approach to gift-giving – a system she never wavered from.

     Your body works systemically to give you the gift of life.  Just as the grandmother was the source of the $5 check, your body’s source is the nervous system.  The nervous system systematically allows your body to work and never wavers from its systems.  As the boss of your body, the nervous system directs all the other systems (cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, etc.) to work exactly as it commands.

     The goal of the nervous system is twofold.  The first goal is to have you survive.  This can be effortless for your brilliant nervous system.  The second is for you to thrive.  This requires you to challenge your nervous system through self-discipline in any area you choose. 

     Just as I felt I was thriving when I received my $5 gift, you can easily see there is so much more to receive.  What are you training your nervous system to receive?  It is a wonderful master and servant.

“Stop Killing Yourself”

    Stop Killing Yourself

     One of my favorite sayings is from Mother Teresa. She said “You can’t give from an empty cup.” She could just have easily said “Stop killing yourself” because both quotes imply the same meaning.

     So often I meet patients, particularly women and especially mothers, who do so much for others and end up putting themselves into a worn out, painful state. Whatever happened to taking care of yourself so you have more to give? Consider doing so as an act of love for your family.

     I know a young man who is so in love with his family, he pays no discipline and little attention to his own health and well-being. All his hard work to take care of his family will be eaten up by hospital bills, medication costs, and possibly even funeral expenses – his funeral, of course.

     You being your best – a full cup of you – is what you deserve and so does your family. Mother Teresa was a smart lady. “You can’t give from an empty cup” – get to work on filling yours up!

“Keep Calm and Drive On”

Keep Calm and Drive On

     While heading to the Fort Lauderdale airport at the end of a relaxing vacation, the taxi driver worked hard to contain his need to swear.  “People here in South Florida are the worst drivers in the world,” this Middle Eastern immigrant stated.

     Yes, the drivers in South Florida are bad.  Perhaps it is because many of them are retired New York City natives who haven’t practiced driving for decades.  They are now forced to drive if they want to maintain their independence.  Between drivers shifting rapidly from lane to lane, going through a red light seconds after it changed, and driving while openly texting, I was on high alert the first two days in a rental car.

     Just this morning, a patient reported witnessing an angry, ugly confrontation on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard between two drivers.  More than any other activity, driving has become a reflector of our country’s consciousness – and it isn’t good.

     Many of the activities I see in South Florida drivers also exist right here in Western Pennsylvania.  Without the nearby beach to calm nerves, the drivers here seem even more hostile.

     A powerful shift you can make to improve your lifestyle is to use driving as a reflector of your own health.  Are you constantly in a hurry – rushing here and there – even to the point of running red lights?  Flipped anybody “the bird” lately due to impatience while driving?  Are you more aware of others on the road or less due to distractions in your life, including the need to text while behind the wheel?  It’s all a work in progress.

     As you become more flexible in your thinking, more aware of others, better focused and certainly more relaxed while driving, you are the big winner no matter how poorly others behave while they are driving.

“A Peace of Mind Comes Piece by Piece”

A Peace of Mind Comes Piece by Piece

     While attending Franklin Regional Middle School, I remember showing up one morning wearing a fashion trend that had long passed.  It was a brief time in fashion history when a cowboy-like scarf was worn around the neck.  My homeroom teacher – like disciplining a child – looked at me and said, “No, Jim.”  Off it came and went straight into the trash.

     Those teenage years were all about “just fitting in”. They are filled with asking yourself questions like, “Do I fit in?” “Am I cool enough?” “Do I have enough friends” and all the angst that goes with being a teenager.  The silly questions get left behind when growing into adulthood, but stressful questions of another kind take their place.

     The biggest question most adults have shifted to is “How can I learn to relax?”  Relaxing can be synonymous with peace of mind, ease, and even authenticity – as in, being the real you.

     Who we are shows up in our body from spirit to mind to body.  Learning to relax is a noble task with an even greater payoff.  Whether breathing in a relaxed manner, carrying less muscle tension, or having the posture of someone in charge of themselves, we are here to remind you of ways to bring out the best in you and your body. Be patient with yourself and a peace of mind will come quicker.

“Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect”

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

     As I slowly proceeded driving through a tricky intersection, a car with the right of way patiently let me proceed.  We gave each other a courtesy wave (with all five fingers) and moved on.

     Any experienced driver knows you make mistakes. If, however, we help each other out, we can avoid many accidents.  Experience, or “practice”, makes a difference.

     A recent study of care at the prestigious Mayo Clinic revealed doctors successfully diagnose the patient’s condition at a 1 out of 8 rate.  That 12% rate is a failure at any level.

     What we can learn from this study is confirmation that medicine, same as chiropractic, is a practice.  We “practice” on our patients, hopefully with a high degree or skill, experience, and intelligence.

     So often the medical profession will say, “You must see an MD first before going to a chiropractor so you can see exactly what is wrong.”  At an average of a 12% success rate, why bother?

     One of the beauties of chiropractic care is we assess the function of your nervous system.  Your nervous system is what makes you uniquely you.  If it is functioning at a high level, you have the potential to thrive.  Interference with your nervous system leads to you being less than your best.

Every chiropractic visit at our office is founded on
helping your nervous system function in a higher level!

“The Rules of Health”

The Rules of Health

    A recent study revealed in the Post-Gazette on April 7, 2017 showed the esteemed Mayo Clinic accurately diagnoses patients at rate of one out of 8.  Medical doctors have the difficult task of being experts about all that ails a human, including the spine and nervous system.

     My personal experience with healthcare is likely similar to yours.  Since I have made research on health and wellness my life’s passion, it is sometimes easier to personally see medical care’s shortcomings.

     I have been diagnosed with pneumonia (true condition: dislocated rib and bleeding in the lungs, torn muscle (true condition: separated collarbone or clavicle), pulled groin (true condition: blood clot), cancer (true condition: swollen lymph nodes aggravated by antiperspirant) and, lastly, worms in the gut (true condition: a child with too much imagination).  I had a tonsillectomy at age 19 when an improved lifestyle of a college student would have been enough to remedy the condition.

     It’s human nature to think our problems are bigger than everyone else’s.  If yours truly are, my heart goes out to you.  Please keep in mind that the biggest solution – which somehow rationalizes our biggest problem – is not always the best solution, especially when it comes to your health.

    Every chiropractic visit in this office is focused on helping your body naturally function at a higher level.  When your body is in harmony with your nature, you will see how well you can be!