Health comes from within YOU!

     If you have been to a local express grocery store, such as Giant Eagle Express, you know they carry a limited supply of groceries. I have to admit that grocery shopping is just about as equal to a trip to the dentist. As I approached the produce section of the store, my bewildered look caused an employee to instantly ask “Can I help you find something?”  In search of some odd type of potato, she instantly found the last few.  It’s my lucky day I responded as I thanked her.  “Your lucky day? If you were really lucky, you’d be driving a Ferrari.”  That was an interesting response considering I have never equated luck with the brand of car a person drives. 

     So often people equate being healthy with “being lucky.”  Again, I don’t see the connection. Perhaps “blessed” is a better word.  I’ve never heard anyone say “you’re so lucky to be an architect” or “you’re so lucky to be an NFL player.”  Since so much of life is a result of the focused work you put into a challenge; I dismiss luck in most of life’s circumstances. 

     Health is “lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle” as sure a real estate is  “location, location, location.” It is the result of focused behaviors and awareness of what it takes to be your healthiest you.  Watch TV on a regular basis, particularly newscasts sponsored by drug companies, and you will reinforce that health is not about you. The drug ads want you to believe taking all the “right pills” is the key to a healthy future.  My mother taught me you only take medicine when you are sick. I’ve never seen any evidence where she was wrong.   

     Discover, reinforce, access the power within you where you are responsible for your health. Turn “You da man” or “You da woman” into the truth, your truth.

“Holiday Blessings”

“Holiday Blessings”



end a quarrel.

Seek out a forgotten

friend. Dismiss suspicion,

and replace it with trust….

Write a love letter.  Share some

treasure.  Give a soft answer.  En-

courage youth.  Manifest your loyalty in

word and deed.  Keep a promise.  Find the

time.  Forgo a grudge.  Forgive an enemy.  Listen.

Apologize if you were wrong.  Try to understand.

Flout envy.  Examine your demands on others.  Think

first of someone else.  Appreciate.  Be kind; be gentle.

Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.  Deserve confidence.

Take up arms against malice.  Decry complacency.  Express your

Gratitude.  Go to church.  Welcome a stranger.  Gladden the heart

of a child.  Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

Speak your love.

Speak it again.

Speak it still

once again.



Keep it Simple, Stupid (K.I.S.S.)

Keep it Simple, Stupid (K.I.S.S.)

      A master of communication can take the complicated and make it simple.  Your body and your health can appear to be so complex that it appears to make sense to just turn it over to a professional such as a medical doctor. Here’s a brain tease: Human DNA has a collection of 3 billion base letters, (G, C, A, T) in it.  The genetic material in Covid is 29,000 base letters. Compare 3 billion to 29,000 and you realize how tiny covid is, microscopic even seems to overstate its size. 

     What if we now simplify your existence down to the basics. You have a nervous system that makes you uniquely who you are. Take care of your nervous system and you take care of you.  How do you do that?

     Your nervous system has 3 main engines; the brain, gut and heart. These three engines are sources of energy operating beyond the level of a super computer.

    The brain in energized by directing your thoughts in a healthy, positive direction combined with limiting trauma to the head.  You can have a positive attitude, but have an injured brain, even mildly, from auto accidents, sports injuries, falls, and your brain won’t function properly.

      The heart is energized by doing what you love and being with people you love. Seek the opportunities to share your love.  It jump starts your heart battery. 

     Lastly, we are what we eat.  Healthy, natural foods nourish the gut computer and, therefore, the entire body. “You are what you eat!” You know it!

     All 3; brain, heart and gut feed off each other.  There are actually more nerves going from heart to brain than vice versa, a simple reason you come to life when filled with and sharing love.

     A primary reason a person isn’t healthy is they have interference with the nervous system; gut, heart or brain.  If offered $1,000,000 if you could share what it takes to be healthy, you would instantly win the money. Finding yourself worthy of being healthy and being your best, that’s the tricky part.  Carry on. 

“Miracle Worker”



“Miracle Worker”

     “You are a miracle worker” the patient excitedly shared as I entered the room.  Since he has a long, dedicated career as a priest who is quite aware of the original miracle worker, I was briefly flattered.   As he shared his ability to be more active, particularly being able to stand without pain, I was grateful he was back to living his fuller life. 

     Please be aware:  You are the miracle!  Everything about you screams “I am a miracle.”  Look at how your body readily recovers from a scratch or cut.  A seasonal cold can have you down and weeks later you have forgotten you were ever sick. No super computer compares to you.

     We must constantly be aware of the innate power of our body to repair and heal. Like mining for gold, it may be just beneath the surface. With chiropractic care we remove interference to your fuller expression of health.  A more relaxed, energetic nervous system is a healthier nervous system, and, therefore, a healthier you.

     We are so often the cause of our challenges.  Relax and continue to discover your best you!

“The Cape”

“The Cape”

     While discussing with an old friend the sudden, but not unexpected, death of another old friend, I saw similarities.  This friend who passed away was a friend and patient since the early 80’s. He played football from childhood to over a decade in the NFL.  Multiple injuries, including those to the head, seemed to catch up to him. 

     The friend who was walking with me also played football extensively. His football career ended after college.  He has been a good friend and patient for over 30 years.

     One unique difference was my NFL friend suffered a severe head injury as a child, requiring a hospital stay.  It seems he was pretending to be a superhero, jumping from a high porch and using his head as a landing gear. 

     When hearing this story, my walking buddy said “You have to listen to “The Cape”, a song by Guy Clark.  “The Cape” is a beautiful song with lyrics any man as well as a mother of a son can relate to.  The young boy decides he can fly with the aid of a homemade cape.  He tests his flying ability by jumping off the garage after getting a running start. 

     The song goes on to share how we all need “The Cape” throughout life.  What’s your “cape”?  Mine are uplifting books, friends and family.  I love people, stories, books, that encourage and inspire.  Perhaps your “cape” is a walk in the woods, your prayer time, caring for your garden or that walk outside with your dog.  We all need “The Cape”, a source of uplifting faith that lifts our spirits higher so we can be better for the people in our life. 

     My dear friend of 40 years, who injured his head severely pretending he had a cape, became a cape for so many in his family, church, teammates and the Western PA community and beyond.  His name, the beloved, Tunch Ilkin.  He taught so many that with the faith he had come to know in his heart, that they too could fly.

“Agree to Disagree”



“Agree to Disagree”

     Recently I asked a fine, young representative of our United States military what was going on in the world. Since she is frequently doing tours of duty in the Middle East, she regretfully shared how trouble was ahead in Afghanistan. This was actually two days before the collapse of the Afghan government and the deaths of 13 American soldiers.

     More importantly than this young soldier’s world view, I loved her view of America. “We’ve lost the ability to “agree to disagree!”  It used to be two people could share their opinions and comfortably say, “we agree to disagree.”  This is gone as people so readily get angry if someone has a different point of view.” 

     She is spot on in her view and all this confrontation and hostility is ruining our national health.  Our nervous system is not meant to be in fight or flight all the time.  Who knew that by giving up the fight you relearn to relax, improving your overall health future.  Health begins within you.  Work on getting yourself healthy and let the healthy vibes flow from there.    

     Chiropractic care naturally turns down your body’s fight or flight sensor.  Let’s agree that this country can be healthier one person at a time starting with ourselves. 

“12 Seconds to Paradise”

“12 Seconds to Paradise”

     Eddie Money’s 1977 hit song “Two Tickets to Paradise” offered you access to paradise; how long does it take to get there?  Have you ever accomplished anything good and glorious in 12 seconds?  Albert Einstein taught us everything is relative so 12 seconds in some situations feels like an hour and less than a second in others.

     Have you ever given up too quickly on accomplishing any major milestone in your life?  Perhaps it was a diet that didn’t appear to be working fast enough.  Perhaps it was an exercise regimen that didn’t quite make you into Superwoman or Superman.  Perhaps that career or education you desired took too long so it’s easier to just stay the same.

     You’ve already taken more than 12 seconds to get to this point.  The length of time is not nearly as important as the mindset you bring to any endeavor.  As you sit on a jumbo jet heading to your next paradise vacation, think about what a mindset wrapped around 12 seconds brought you.

     The first flight by the Wright brothers lasted 12 seconds.  That’s right: twelve whole seconds!  They didn’t say “That sucked” or “We are idiots for even trying.” Their mindset of “We’ve got this!” allows you to jet set around the world all because they didn’t stop at 12 seconds.  Remember they didn’t have anyone who showed the way before them saying, “This is possible.”

     It’s not the time that is important.  It is the mindset of “I can, I will, I must” that gets anything done.  That mindset comes from inside you.  No one, I repeat, no one can give it to you. We all appreciate a pat on the back now and then for some encouragement. It’s still up to you.

     I noticed years ago the patient person heals twice as fast.  My hope for you is that whatever you endeavor to accomplish, you are patient and persistent.   May you find yourself taking off like a jet, or at least a Kitty Hawk.


“Pro or Con”

“Pro or Con”   

The unity of freedom has never relied on the uniformity of opinion.” JFK

This article is not meant to be a pro or con Covid 19 shot.

It is just a view of 3 characters.


     Three people are worth taking a look at when discussing the Covid 19 shot.

     Let’s start with the beloved patriot, Ben Franklin.  He was perhaps the first anti-vaxxer. Publishing a newspaper in Boston, the paper promoted the idea that God was in charge and there was no need for the small pox vaccine. This vaccine consisted of injecting a small amount of small pox into the body of adults and children. When 1000 residents out of a population of 10,000 Bostonians quickly died from small pox, Franklin changed his mind about the need for vaccines. Franklin’s young son died from small pox shortly before he was scheduled to get his shot. We must keep in mind that Boston in the 1700’s lacked refrigeration, public sewer and public water. I have often said those things, so taken for granted today, did more to improve our health standards than anything else.  You could argue a plumber had more to do with improving your standard of health and living than any doctor.

     Franklin’s experience reinforced the benefits of vaccines. Vaccines today are not the vaccines of the 1700’s. They are much more complicated in their make-up and most so called anti-vaxxers are not anti-vaccine as much as they are against how vaccines are manufactured. Using chemicals called adjuvants to increase the vaccine response at a lower cost has raised the ire of many.

     Our next prominent newsmaker and “anti-vaxxer” is Robert Kennedy, Jr. He is the most outspoken prominent person concerned about the side effects of vaccines, particularly their impact on children. For this article I am more concerned with how he became such an advocate for children’s health and well-being. Having an aunt who was intellectually disabled, care for less healthy children was reinforced particularly through his Aunt Eunice Shriver. Her claim to fame was creating Special Olympics. Robert was raised to work with and continuously lift up the less fortunate children of our society. Out of these experiences came a passionate need to protect the health of all children.

     Lastly, we have Buffalo Bills wide receiver, Cole Beasley. He created quite a stir on Twitter when he shared his refusal to get the Covid shot. Comments such as “I may die of Covid, but I’d rather die actually living.” And “I’m not going to take meds for a leg that isn’t broken.”  For those who “follow the science” his most profound statement was “I’d rather take my chance with Covid and build up my immunity that way.” Did he attempt to say health comes from within? That is a very unpopular view of life. Prepare for sarcasm! God lives in my church. Love is found in a Hallmark movie. Health is found in the doctor’s office.

    To vaccinate or not is your choice. I wasn’t there to stone St. Stephen for his belief in Christ and I won’t throw stones at you, whatever you choose. 

“Naked and Afraid”

“Naked and Afraid”

     My fiancé, Karen, loves outdoor reality shows.  Whether it be “Alone,” “Naked and Afraid” or “100 days in the Wild” she is glued to the TV. This is a woman who jumps on the kitchen table at the sight of a centipede or spider.  The ability of the contestants is quite amazing as they adapt to life in the wild.  Realize they are taken by boat or helicopter to the middle of nowhere, dropped off with minimal supplies and no food, expecting a harsh winter to arrive sooner or later.

     You’ve been hungry and cold before, but not like these contestants’ experience.  It’s like a Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers client on a severe crash diet. Little food and shelter are the least of their worries.  Grizzly bears and tigers readily roam the landscape around their primitive shelter. Like our ancestors who had to live in primitive conditions, fear for their life is very real on these shows.

     As our standard of living has evolved, we no longer have to live a life of fear.  Our bears and tigers are cute figures at the zoo.  What we managed to do is substitute our fears of bears and tigers for equally dangerous fears. Even worse, our newfound fears are invisible.  Granted some invisible fears are life threatening, I wouldn’t want to live next to a nuclear meltdown and that’s invisible.  If I do want my nervous system to be on high alert, like our pioneer ancestors, I just tune into the nightly news. How’s the health of the anchor people who report this stuff daily?

     As a child I was taught to “Be informed” by my parents.  The city newspaper and the nightly news were the expected sources of the truth.  Could legendary anchor Walter Cronkite ever tell a lie?  Now with the news stories spliced in between pharmaceutical ads, I had to make a decision to go fearless.  I’ve turned my back on the fear mongering and 90% less news works for me. 

     Dorothy Daly, legendary American journalist, social activist, who fought for the right for women to vote as well as aid for the homeless was quoted “We will not be drilled into fear.”  Social circumstances may change, fear doesn’t. Prolonged fear is very destructive. Have faith yourself and the gifts that are within you.

“Anybody Else Notice the World Has Changed?”

“Anybody Else Notice the World Has Changed?”

     This Covid 19 pandemic certainly has people scratching their head and asking “What’s going on in this crazy world?”  The smartest answer I’ve heard was “We just don’t know.”  Now that we’ve covered Covid, let’s move onto something that has likely affected you in a very personal way.          

     When chiropractic was founded in 1895 it was on the basis that the nervous system was the primary source of your health.  With that in mind, common sense says interference with your nervous system equals less health.  Early chiropractors historically had excellent patient results, sometimes miraculous, working with improving the health of the spine and the underlying nervous system.

     Change in this world occurred gradually at first and then with almost overwhelming speed.  Along came cars and computers and the need to feed a rapidly growing population.   We added planes and cell phones that connected us in less time than early Americans could have even imagined. We even added life-saving antibiotics, insulin and other medicines as well as complicated life-saving surgical procedures.

     One change I never could wrap my head around were the side effects of auto accidents as it impacted the brain and neck.  So many things in life are choices but as the saying goes “accidents happen.” You don’t choose to be in an auto accident.  So why hasn’t there been any great resolution to overcoming auto accidents or any head injury?  How many times did you bounce your head off a wall as a kid?  What about all the long term sports injuries associated with hitting your head playing a game?   Even before hearing about brain injuries in the NFL, I listened as brain expert, Daniel Amen, M.D. emphatically declared “never bounce a soccer ball off of your head.” 

     Over time we developed a world where head trauma is almost expected.  As a profession chiropractors and health care providers in general were slow to look at the brain as your source of health. Why?   Although we know the brain is your generator, the answer might be because there was no effective brain treatment.  Drugs failed and brain surgery is a last resort. The spine was more accessible and we chose to influence your brain from spine upwards.  It is reasonably effective, but, not enough. 

    Finally, my eyes were opened to an effective brain treatment. It is called cold laser and is a rapidly developing treatment with science to back why and how it works.

     You’ve got a brain.  Protect it as if it were your link to your best you, because it is.  Please ask if cold laser might benefit you.