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.


Staying Right Side Up in an Upside Down World

In the wake of the recent tragic shooting in Aurora, I feel compelled to write a bit about craziness in the world.  It has been released, as it has been with all the shootings in my short-term memory, that the shooter was on prescription mind-altering medications.  This incident is not about gun control laws, politics, religion, violent movies, video games or bad parenting.  This is about mental health.  It’s not about access to mental health services, the need for free or reduced fee medications or any of that – it’s about keeping your head on straight.  This is the only way I know of to keep yourself right side up in an upside down world.

Depression and anxiety are not caused by brain chemical imbalances.  No literature supports this theory.  Multiple recent studies have shown that antidepressants are no better and, in most cases, worse than placebo.  Depression and anxiety are a response to stressors in the environment that the nervous system cannot process effectively.  The body goes into a protected/guarded state and begins to withdraw.  This creates fear.  Depression is fear of the past and anxiety is fear of the future.

Chiropractic care helps “get your head on straight”.  By removing interference from the nervous system and making it more adaptable to stress, the nervous system learns to process things more effectively and efficiently and the body can find it’s way out of the protected/guarded state and express it’s full potential.


1. The nervous system is the master control system of the human body
2. The human body is self-healing and self-regulating

Therefore, anything that interferes with the nervous system’s control of the human body MUST NECESSARILY interfere with the body’s ability to heal and self-regulate.

It’s as simple as that.

If you want to express 100% health, you MUST have 100% function. In order to have 100% function, your nervous system must be clear.

See a chiropractor – that’s what we do.

Drug Deficiencies

Are headaches caused by a Tylenol deficiency?

High cholesterol caused by a Lipitor deficiency?

High blood pressure caused by a Lisinopril deficiency?

Overactive bladder caused by a Detrol deficiency?

Restless Leg Syndrome caused by a Mirapex deficiency?

Heartburn caused by a Prilosec deficiency? (for that matter, is heartburn due to too much acid, or not enough?)

To look at the intricacies of the human body and think that it is a lack of something from the outside that causes disease and it’s symptoms is insulting to the innate intellgence of the body and the wisdom of the creator.  It’s your lifestyle that’s making you sick, not your genes.

The Healing Power Within You

If you are in pain or suffering from a health problem this holiday season, then the greatest gift you can receive is to discover and release the healing power within you. This healing power is the same vitalistic energy that grew you from one cell at the moment of conception to over 80 quadrillion cells that are perfectly placed, organized and orchestrated in you as an adult.


Chiropractic works with this innate healing power, your Innate Intelligence, to help you recover quickly from injuries and enjoy the quality lifestyle you deserve throughout your life.

How does this happen?

Your nervous system is the master control system of your body and healing energy flows over this network. With over 45 miles of nerves delivering over 3 million messages per second between your brain and every one of your cells, this pathway between your brain and body must be healthy for you to function properly.  This pathway must also be clear for you to heal if you have been injured or you are sick.

Unfortunately, this communication pathway can experience interference. Nerve Interference that occurs in the spine is called a vertebral subluxation. Research out of theUniversityofColoradohas shown that the weight of a dime can reduce nerve transmission. “Only five to ten millimeters of pressure can interfere with the nutrition of a nerve, starving it of nutrients,” reports the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. “Deterioration can occur within two weeks,” according to Dr. Videman’s research out of Finland.

Lifestyle Interference results from poor health habits such as overeating, poor nutrition, excessive drinking, taking prescription or non-prescription drugs, or sitting too much. Environmental Interference can be caused by toxicity from air, food, water, or chemicals, as well as accidents or natural disasters. All three types of interference can cause pressure in your spine and nervous system and affect your health on every level.

Rather than releasing the healing power within them, too many people treat their symptoms with over the counter and prescription drugs while the underlying cause, the interference, remains in their system and accumulates damage for decades. This has short and long term consequences.

The great thing is that as long as you are alive and breathing, and there is life flowing over your nervous system, this healing power stays within you, just waiting for you to get the interference out of the way. When you do, it goes to work and does its job! With consistency, not only can your body heal to the point where you feel better, your health can stabilize and your body can also regenerate.

How many holidays have you or your loved ones spent where you are waiting, hoping and praying for health problems to go away.  Rather than receive another superficial gift and continue to suffer, why not ask your family and friends to deliver a gift that releases the healing power within you?  Better yet, take responsibility and give that healthy gift to yourself.

Everyone deserves to be healthy and express their full potential from the time they are born through their last breath of life. This includes you. Release the healing power within you and make this holiday season the one you remember for a lifetime.




Dr. Erik

Style and Grace or Applesauce on your Face?


We are all born with the innate capacity to live an active, healthy quality of life for 80, 90 or 100 years and beyond.  Why do some reach 100 with style and grace, while others die at 70 with applesauce on their face?  Is it bad genes or bad luck? Or is there more at play?

Depending on the study you read, somewhere between 5% and 30% of your life-expectancy is based on genetics.  Please note, this is the expected number of years you will spend breathing on this planet, not the quality of those years.  The remaining 70-95% of your life-expectancy and 100% of your quality of life is based on


So if I exercise and eat well, I will enjoy a great quality of life and maximize my innate potential, right?  Regular exercise, both endurance and strength training, as well as a healthy, balanced diet are vitally important to good health and longevity.  Where this plan unravels, however, is in the health of the system that controls and coordinates every cell, tissue, organ and function of your body


Lifestyle stress in its three forms (physical, biochemical and psychological) impacts the nervous system in profound ways and begins to interfere with communication between the brain and the body.  This interference creates distortions and compensations in various parts of the body leading to deterioration, dysfunction, disease and, eventually, symptoms.  Just like the credit crisis we are in with our nation’s economy, compensations force your body to pay for energy on credit.  Using your body’s energy and resources that were intended for tomorrow today leads to debt and the “bubble” will eventually burst.  The problem is, just like living on economic credit, spinal dysfunction and nervous system interference can lie dormant for decades, letting the problem grow considerably larger before the body gives you the signal that things are not as they should be.

Nutrition, endurance, strength and structure are vital components to the years in your life and the life in your years.  For more information about longevity and lifestyle, contact a 100 Year Lifestyle® affiliate doctor by visiting www.100yearlifestyle.com

The Habit of Subluxation

We all have habits – subconscious patterns of activity that simplify our lives, from how we get in and out of the car or towel off after a shower, to sleeping postures and the way in which we walk down the hall.  Habits serve us well by increasing efficiency of muscles as well as the very energy-costly nervous system processes.  Think about your drive to work today – you probably don’t remember most of it because you were talking on the phone, listening to music or just spacing off.  Imagine if you had to relearn how to drive every single day.  Our brains are amazing at learning patterns and repeating them day after day.


But what if a habit is not serving us well?  What if, because of our movements, eating habits or patterns of thought, our bodies enter into a compensatory habit pattern that actually makes us LESS efficient in the long run – making us susceptible to premature aging, disease and an early death?  This is the Habit of Subluxation.


Disponesis is a word medical neurophysiologists use to describe these inefficiencies.  It is defined as: “a reversible physiopathologic state consisting of unnoticed, misdirected neurophysiologic reactions to various agents (environmental events, bodily sensations, emotions, and thoughts) and the repercussions of these reactions throughout the organism. These errors in energy expenditure, which are capable of producing functional disorders, consist mainly of covert errors in action-potential output from the motor and pre-motor areas of the cortex and the consequences of that output.” 


Disponesis thoroughly describes the Habit of Subluxation.  This long definition can be boiled down to say STRESS overloads the NERVOUS SYSTEM causing it to enter into various degenerating states of MALFUNCTION and DIS-EASE and, if left uncorrected, will cause DISEASE and DEATH.  We live our lives through our nervous system – if the control system is fried and dysfunctional, how can we expect anything less from the rest of our systems?


STRESS, whether it is physical, chemical or emotional, can overload the system and create compensatory subluxation patterns and the Habit of Subluxation.  It is a BAD habit and the only professionals trained to address this neurological habit are chiropractors.  Have you had your spine and nervous system checked for the Habit of Subluxation lately?