One Thing

This week, pick one thing you’re going to do better than you did last week…

This week, pick one new healthy food item you’ll try…

This week, choose to make a calmer response to a situation that usually sets you off…

 

Your life literally is what you make of it.  Make it your best!

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Planning and Failing

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” – Benjamin Franklin

Planning, in all areas of life, is one of the most important things you can do if you wish to succeed in your endeavors.  My wife plans out the week’s meals in advance.  Her marathon training program has workouts planned for 16 weeks.  Businesses lay out marketing plans with a 6 month, 1 year or 5 year goal in mind.

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you ever get there?

How Chiropractic Grows Healthy Kids

Today is chiropractic’s 117th birthday.  Chiropractic did not begin because someone had an attack of lower back pain or a week-long headache that didn’t go away after a fistfull of Tylenol.  Chiropractic began because a man with significant hearing loss was having a conversation with a magnetic healer who was, as a result of this conversation, inspired to put his hands on this man and perform the first specific chiropractic adjustment. Hearing was restored and millions of people have reaped the benefit of natural chiropractic care – all because D.D. Palmer thought outside the box.  

We have fielded many questions about kids and chiropractic.  “Why do kids need adjustments? They don’t have back pain…” “Isn’t that dangerous to adjust babies?”  The list goes on…

If chiropractic was started because a man couldn’t hear, how have we distorted chiropractic into a neck and back pain treatment modality?

What’s more dangerous:  a gentle specific chiropractic adjustment to restore proper communication between the brain and the body in a developing infant, or exposing an infant to foreign chemicals through medications and vaccinations at the time when their body is least able to process them?

We chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul. We release the prisoned impulses, a tiny rivulet of force, that emanates from the mind and flows over the nerves to the cells and stirs them to life. We deal with the magic power that transforms common food into living, loving, thinking clay; that robes the earth with beauty, and hues and scents the flowers with the glory of the air.

In the dim, dark distant long ago, when the sun first bowed to the morning star, this power spoke and there was life, it quickened the slime of the sea and the dust of the earth and drove the cell to union with its fellows in countless living forms. Through eons of time it finned the fish and winged the bird and fanged the beast. Endlessly it worked, evolving its forms until it produced the crowning glory of them all. With tireless energy it blows the bubble of each individual life and then silently, relentlessly dissolves the form and absorbs the spirit into itself again.

And yet you ask “Can chiropractic cure appendicitis or the flu?” Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world? – B.J. Palmer, DC, PhC

 

Are You an Extremist?

The new rave in fitness is “Extreme Sports”.  This may range from Crossfit to the Badwater Ultramarathon (a 135 mile run across Death Valley) or the very popular “mud runs” like the Tough Mudder or Muddy Buddy which incorporate mud, obstacles and running.  

Whatever the extreme sport, chiropractic care should be a part of your extreme lifestyle.  Even if your lifestyle isn’t that extreme, chiropractic care is vitally important.

The physical and mental stresses involved in LIFE are significant.  If left unchecked, these stresses can wreak havoc on your spine and nervous system and put you on course for an injury that could keep you out of your game, extreme or not.

To find a chiropractor who understands the lifestyle challenges you may be experiencing, go to http://www.100yearlifestyle.com and find one in your area.

 

Your Why

I had a patient come in yesterday who is on a weight loss journey.  She has been very successful up to this point, but she informed me that the last 3 weeks has been a struggle.  She had been very excited 3 weeks ago because she suddenly became not hungry anymore.  She was eating extremely little during the day and her family members became very worried.  They threatened to take her to the hospital.  That was a wake up call!  

Luckily, she identified that she was stepping into the world of “disordered eating”, and she immediately made the necessary changes.  We discussed the fact that her “why” had strayed from “gaining health” to “losing weight”.  We re-established her “why” and she recommitted to making the necessary lifestyle choices to gain her health back.

What’s your why?  You may have many “whys” in your life – in your work, in your family, in your faith – identify your whys and make sure they are congruent with your beliefs.  If your why is to make a lot of money so you can retire and enjoy life, what happens if you sacrifice your relationships with friends and family and end up spending your retirement alone?  Or worse yet, what if you sacrifice your health and end up dying prematurely, leaving your friends and family alone? 

Find your why and live life accordingly – you only get one shot at it, so make it count!

The Laws Still Apply

Somewhere along the line, we humans got the idea that we are somehow outside the scope of the natural laws governing animal species and that the current state of health of the human species is a result of our genetic makeup or bad luck.  

If you feed a dog potato chips, candy bars and soda, two things will happen:

1.  The dog will get sick

2. The ASPCA, Humane Society, and/or your local police department will pay you a visit and charge you with cruelty to animals

If you feed your child potato chips, candy bars and soda…

Get the picture?

Just because we CAN eat/do/think something, doesn’t mean we SHOULD.  The laws of nature still apply to us as human beings.

We must understand that the choices we are making TODAY will impact our lives, and the lives of our children and grandchildren, for years to come – not because of our GENES, but because of our LIFESTYLE.  Why do you eat the foods you do? Probably because it’s what your parents ate.  Please understand – you cannot change your family’s health history. You can’t go back and make your parents and grandparents eat better and exercise more.  You can change your family’s health future!  No one is going to do it for you – do it for yourself and those you love!

For more information about making solid, lasting lifestyle changes, visit http://www.100yearlifestylegreeley.com.

Fear

One of the most powerful of human emotions is fear. The very word conjures negative feelings and brings to mind all the things we are fearful of. While this negative fear is a powerful motivator to more away from what we’re afraid of, it is never liberating – we are always tied back to our fears.

There is, however, a positive side to fear. It is referred to in the Bible as “the fear of the Lord”. It is respectful fear. You can change negative fears into positive ones simply by changing your perception of what you’re afraid of.

If you are afraid of spiders, as I am, you can begin to adopt an attitude of respect for them. Get a book and read about them. Go to the Butterfly Pavilion in Denver and hold Rosie the tarantula. If you’re afraid of losing something extremely special to you, use your fear as a catalyst to make necessary changes in your life to hold on to it!

Dwelling on your fears will only bring that which you are afraid of to you that much more quickly. Respect your fears and grow through them.