Chiropractic Against the Machine

Re-posted from 2006 Blog

Since we live in a free society, I want to take a minute to remind you that ONLY you are responsible for your health. Tonight while watching Lou Dobbs on CNN, I was blown away by the subject matter. One of the topics focused on the corrupt partnership between the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) and the pharmaceutical companies.

In a nutshell, the people on FDA panels who decide what drugs will be approved for sale, actually have positions in the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the drugs that are up for review!

So for example, a recent independent study showed that a Cox-2 inhibitor drug, called Vioxx, doubled heart attack and stroke risk when taken for at least 18 months. Merck & Co., the pharmaceutical giant and maker of Vioxx, immediately pulled Vioxx from the market.

But last week, Merck & Co. Inc. made a surprise announcement that it would consider selling Vioxx again if a FDA panel decided the cardiovascular risks were similar to those of related prescription pain relievers. However, the people on this FDA panel actually work for Merck! Guess who’s back in the game! Vioxx!

Naturally most people take the word of the FDA to be true. I am suggesting you become radical when it comes to your health. The main agency that approves today’s drugs doesn’t have our best interest in mind. It is all about profits!

The United States of America should be the healthiest country on the planet with all our riches. Although we are the most technologically and pharmaceutically advanced country in the galaxy, we are ranked the 17th healthiest country in the world.

Drugs aren’t the answer. The answer lies inside you. It begins with your life force! Health begins with honoring and cultivating the circulation of your life force. You’re only as strong as the energy that courses through!

Chiropractic opens the channel. Then you need to move with intelligence and awareness to make sure the energy get deposited in the right place and in the right amount! Try yoga! Or tai chi! Or chi gong! Or aikdo! Just get the force circulating.

Let’s start the wellness revolution on the inside, get strong and take the power back!

Chiropractically yours,

Dr. Jeremy Brook…

Art at The Life Center Chiropractic

We believe that art can be an integral part of the process of relieving stress and transforming your life. The physical element of our center focuses on your body’s conditioning, but your mind needs stimulation to maintain a healthy mental outlook.

With that in mind, The Life Center Chiropractic is excited to begin displaying art from local artists.

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Disc Problems & Back Surgery

At this very moment people are lying in bed in agony from disc pain. Is surgery their only option? Can chiropractic help?


The intervertebral discs lie between the spinal bones and act like shock absorbers, preventing the bones from painfully rubbing together. They are made up of a tough fibrous outer ring (annular fibrosis) and a gel-like center (nucleus pulposus). Your 23 spinal discs help give your spine its sideways curves (a curved spine is sixteen times stronger than a straight one) and also join the vertebrae together. Discs contribute to your height – in the morning you are about 1/4″ to 1/2″ taller than you were the night before because your discs thin a little during the day and expand while you sleep.


Surprisingly, a disc may show signs of wear and tear as early as age 15. As you age, the disc may lose fluid and small cracks (lesions) form in the outer walls. This agin may be accelerated by the vertebral subluxation complex, a spinal distortion chiropractors correct. If the nucleus pulposus begins to push the annular fibrosis out of shape, it’s called herniation. If the herniation causes the disc to bulge a little, it’s called a protrusion. If the disc bulge goes into the spinal cord or puts extreme pressure on the lumbar nerves, it is a disc prolapse. A prolapse may cause such severe pain that sitting, standing, walking, or lifting could be impossible.

Disc degeneration may damage spinal nerves and contribute to conditions in the pelvic area. Among these are endometriosis, infections, (bladder, vaginal, kidney), urinary retention, prostate problems, miscarriage, sterility, sexual impotence, cystitis, menstrual cramps, and constipation. It is not uncommon for an individual who has a chronic back problem to suffer from one or more of the above problems as well.


The medical approach to disc problems is often a combination of painkillers, muscle relaxers, and physical therapy and/or surgery.

Many medical doctors and others find that patients who decide to pursue a non-operative approach towards disc herniation may not need the surgery. Back surgery usually performed by an orthopedic surgeon is at times warranted. We must mention here, however, that cauda equina syndrome, which includes buttock numbness, leg weakness and bladder and bowel dysfunction is considered by many to be the only absolute indication for surgery.

Surgery for people with back pain can be highly effective, however, results can vary widely. This approach is controversial with some individuals claiming that relief following back surgery is often short-lived and that after about six months to a year, many of the spinal problems recur.  Although a high number of patients who have had back surgery report no improvement within one year of having surgery, spinal surgeries are increasing much faster than the population. Then again, on the other side of the spectrum are those whose lives are changed for the better, with miniumal residual problems.


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The Wellness Solution

In order to experience TRUE HEALTH, one must have wisdom.

A wise person is always learning and asking new questions.

Below are 4 questions created by Dr. James Chestnut of The Wellness Practice that one should meditate and contemplate on.

1. How does the subluxation complex decrease health and vitality and quality of life and how does it increase susceptibility to disease and the accelerated aging process?

2. How does a specific scientific chiropractic adjustment increase health and vitality and quality of life and decrease susceptibility to disease and the accelerated aging process?

3. What lifestyle choices decrease health and vitality and quality of life and increase susceptibility to disease and the accelerated aging process?

4. What lifestyle choices are necessary to increase health and vitality and quality of life and decrease susceptibility to disease and the accelerated aging process?…

Movement Rules

For the first time in history, man is able to scientifically prove what the ancient disciplines taught in their sacred books about improving concentration and decreasing stress.  The key to overall physical and mental health lies with the spine!

You may not have even realized that your chiropractic adjustments and yoga practice may be the 2 most important things you do for the health of your body and mind.

As Yoga Sutra 1.2 says, “Yoga is the mastery of the activities of the mind-field” or yoga is about controlling the fluctuations of the mind.” But how do we go about this?

Phenomenal research by Dr. Jeremy Schmahmann, PhD., has shown how healing movement disciplines, such as chiropractic and yoga, are  vital for those striving to achieve total health. His work has shown that movement of the spine stimulates a part of the brain, the cerebellum, responsible for coordinating full body movement, thought, feelings, emotions and organ/ immune function.

Specialized receptors located in the joints of the spine, called proprioceptors, get fired when you move the spine, sending a message to the brain.

So what is a proprioceptor?  It is a nerve cell found in muscles, tendons and joint capsules which gives information concerning movements, position and alignment of the body. The highest concentration of proprioceptors in the body is in the spine, with the greatest amount being clustered in the upper cervical spine.

When a joint moves, the brain wants to know if the movement was healthy or not. This is huge when you realize that healthy movement of the spine is like ROCKET FUEL for your brain. All those sun salutations are doing just as much for your mind as they’re doing for your body!

Now, when joints slam or jam into each other, proprioceptors don’t fire.  Rather, noiceiceptors, or noxious stimulation receptors, get activated and the stress response is triggered.  Your fight or flight response is not triggered by a wooly mammoth or saber-toothed tiger, but by a stuck, jammed, or misaligned joint.

Believe it or not your jammed joints create the same physiological response as being put into a fight or flight situation. Your heart rate quickens, your cardiac output increases, there’s a flood of adrenaline, cortisol, and insulin and a laundry list of other negative responses. That’s all from a headstand or upward facing dog gone badly or hours slouched over a computer. Who knew?

Removing irritation or noxious stimulation from your spine with a dose of smooth, slow and steady movements will decrease your stress response and allow for a positive integration of your thoughts, feelings and emotions.

Yoga evolved from being a secluded meditative practice in which the yogi’s asana arsenal consisted of a comfortable sitting pose, to a complicated system of movement and breath. The yogi’s of old knew that if they could minimize the noxious/ noiciceptive input into and within the brain they would be able to decrease the stress response and go deeper into their meditative states. They somehow figured this …

Chiropractic Adjustment Cuts Blood Pressure

Study Finds Special ‘Atlas Adjustment’ Lowers Blood Pressure

With millions of people getting amazing results and research project after research project backing the findings, Chiropractic finally gets it’s props on the #1 medical web site in the world.

Tens of millions will give this response after reading this research article, “I didn’t believe it. Chiropractic is good for the heart?” The proof, however, is in the stethoscope!!!!

Whether or not you have symptoms or a positive tests, you need to find out if your atlas is in it’s normal position before it’s too late, deadly, and in need of the medical model.

The atlas is the top bone in the spine upon which your skull rests. When you do your Funky Chicken exercises your skull glides on this bone. When you shake your head “NO” your atlas rotates on the bone below, the axis-C2.

When the atlas gets stuck it causes interference to the nervous system, specifically to your BRAIN STEM! All you have to do is do a google search on the brain stem and see how important that area is for FULL BODY FUNCTION! That is why it is vital to get adjusted and keep your joints gliding….not degenerating…thereby allowing your nervous system to function at it’s natural level.

For those under Chiropractic care ….. this is truly exciting when you realize that getting adjusted isn’t just good for your joints….it’s good for your heart..your lungs…your liver…your life! You get the point!…

The Big Idea


By Dr. B.J. Palmer, Developer of Chiropractic

A slip on a snowy sidewalk, in winter, that is a small thing. It happens to million.

A fall from a ladder, in summer, is a small thing. It happens to millions.

A slip or fall produces a subluxation. The subluxation is a small thing

The subluxation produces pressure on the nerve. That pressure is a small thing

The pressure cuts off the flow of mental impulses. That decreased flowing is a small thing.

That decreased flowing produces a dis-eased body and brain. That is a BIG thing to that man.

Multiply that sick man by a thousand, and you control that physical and mental welfare of a city.

Multiply that man by a million, and you shape the physical and mental destiny of a State.

Multiply that man by one hundred and thirty million, and you can forecast and prophesy the physical and mental status of a nation.

So the slip or fall, the subluxation, pressure, flow of mental impulses, and dis-ease are big enough to control the thoughts and actions of a nation.

This man gives an adjustment. The adjustment is a small thing.

The adjustment replaces the subluxation. That is a small thing.

The adjusted subluxation releases the pressure upon the nerves. That is a small thing.

The released pressure, restores health to a man. That is a big thing to that man.

Multiply that well man by a thousand and you step up the physical and mental welfare of a city.

Multiply that well man by a million, and you increase the efficiency of a State.

Multiply that well man by one hundred and thirty million, and you have produced a healthy, wealthy, and better race for prosperity.

SO the adjustment of the subluxation, to release pressure upon nerves, to restore mental impulse flow, to restore health, is big enough to rebuild the thoughts and actions of the world.

The idea that knows the cause, that can correct the cause of dis-ease, is one of the BIGGEST ideas known.

Without it nations fall; with it nations rise.

The idea is the biggest one I know of.…

Chiropractic and Yoga Education

chiropractic yoga instructor

Professional Education

1996, Bachelor of Sciences, Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine

2000, Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic- West, San Jose, CA

Yogic Education- Teacher Training Programs

2004- Yoga Works Teacher Training with Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, and Lisa Walford

2005- Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Erich Schiffmann at Exhale – Center for Sacred Movement

2005- Saul David Raye’s Holistic Yoga Teacher Training at Santa Monica, CA…

Chiropractic from the Heart

by Arno Burnier

Chiropractic has transformed my life and the lives of thousands I’ve served over the years.  Beyond enjoying better health, natural healing and vitality, Chiropractic has impacted me in countless others ways.

I have gained respect for my body.  I learned to honor, value, care and nurture it.

My understanding of symptoms has evolved from fearing them to listening and being guided by them. I now recognize symptoms as being part of the inborn language of the body to get my attention, guide me, to let me know that something is array or simply that I am adapting to changes in my environment.

Pain is no longer something I want to suppress and avoid; it has become an enzyme of growth and transformation to change patterns of behavior and life style.

My rapport with sickness and disease has evolved, from seeing these processes as being abnormal, to viewing them as part of a dynamic equilibrium called wellness, as well as an opportunity for growth and transformation.

I now see the birthing process as a natural body function that can be approached with trust, joy and even pleasure.

I rather tune to the inner T.V. and radio station G.O.D. than indulge in the mediocrity and fear propagation of the media.

I have found a deep spirituality in trusting Universal Intelligence and connecting with Innate within. I am guided from the inside out by my spirit.

I have witnessed the dying process as a beautiful, natural process of life that, when un-interfered with, is a gift for both the departing and those that remain. It needs not to remain behind closed door hidden from society.

I see health as my sole responsibility and number one priority.

I understand that outer ecology starts with inner ecology and view Chiropractic as the “Cousteau Society” of the internal environment.

I have a clear understanding of the distinction between fixing, curing, biological healing and core healing.

I know that healing is cellular replacement, which means the creation of new cells. Creation comes from life, which is light, which is spirit. A corpse cannot heal but a living being can.

I know the spine as being sacred. The conduit for Life Force, the subtle currents of prana and apana as well as the channel for Kundalini energy. The spine is the organ of enlightenment as the energy rises to blossom into a thousands lotus petals flower in the brain.

I know that the nerve system does not control the body and its function and that it is the Life Force flowing through the nerve system that do.

I recognize the belief system as being as real as any other bodily system as our thoughts, words and feelings are actual chemical reactions in every cell of our body.

I value the gift and sanctity of life.

Trust is my faith, Nature my temple, Life my religion and Love my sword.

I could go on and on. By all accounts the transformation from my mechanistic, medical, therapeutic, …

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Learn how to go from being tired and in pain to feeling strong and energetic.

1.         Increase your energy through the implementation of action     steps.

2.         Reduce your stress level using time-tested techniques.

3.         Motivate yourself through the creation of simple habits.

4.         Tone the body and strengthen the mind in small amounts of time.

5.         Realize the causes behind your unnecessary headaches, pain, and other symptoms.

6.         Cultivate the greatest skill and attribute for having maximum energy: flexibility.

Why would I want to have a doctor of chiropractic for my company?

Study after study is showing the benefits of chiropractic care on all levels of one’s life. If your employees’ bodies are strong and healthy then their mind will follow by being sharp and alert. The result… a productive and positive team member

Research proves that people using chiropractic care are happier, healthier and more productive.

Study after study consistently shows that people who utilize chiropractic care either exclusively or in conjunction with medical care do not get sick and injured as often, return to work faster, take less dangerous medications and costs for care are less than traditional medical care alone. This translates into more productive employees, less sick days and as your health insurance claims decrease because your employees are healthier your company’s rates decrease because of decreased utilization.

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