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Welcome to 2020!

It’s time to consider what you’re going to feel like and look like by the end of the year and what you want to be doing so that you become that person that looks and feels like you would like.  We could consider this every day, week or month, but we don’t. We all like to hit the ‘reset button’ at the start of the year.  So, let’s just up our game for 2020 beginning in January.

Step one: What’s it look like for you?   Are you happy with the way things are with your health, family, job or fun?  If you’re like me, there’s SOMETHING that isn’t exactly the way you’d like it.
Today, we’re going to focus on the health aspect since everyone’s coming off a holiday week where it’s hard to stay on track eating and working out.   I can tell you that last year, was not so great for me.  I even developed sore elbow joints, knees and wrists because I succumbed and ate one too many cookies or something.  I thought I was getting old.  I’m thinking,  ”what the heck!  This is what people come in complaining of.  Now it’s happening to ME?”    It took me til mid January to realize it was the “falling of the wagon” that caused that.  So, step one for me was, I needed my life to look like it did prior to that holiday season.   I wake up without an alarm clock.  I don’t have aches and pains.  I don’t get the coughs, colds, influenza stuff.  Pretty much enjoy pain free, happy go lucky health.    Sometimes just getting back to where you were is good enough.

Step two:  Happy go lucky health isn’t an accident. There are steps to follow and a price to be paid for not following them.  So, decide how much health you want.

We use a scale in here on your initial paperwork.  The question is “How willing are you to change your lifestyle to achieve your health goals?”   Rate that on a 1-10 scale.    This changes over time for people.  As much as the platitudes will admonish ‘There’s nothing more important than your health’, I can tell you after caring for people for 28 years, that frequently people decide there ARE more important things than their own health.   Moms are notorious for putting kids before themselves for decades.  Guys are notorious for putting everything from the house to the pontoon or ’63 Stang in the garage, ahead of their health.   These are generalizations to be sure, but you know these people.  They are real choices that real people make in different seasons of life. So, decide for yourself for 2020.

It’s your life.  You call it like you see it.  So, if  the answer is you rate your willingness to change at 3 out of 10, don’t beat yourself up for your health experience.  Just accept you’ve chosen other priorities for now.  Call it good if you cut back to a half pack a day, or only a couple cans of soda per week.

If you’re kind of a 5 ish person, well, you can make some progress.  That’s where you are willing to look at a couple areas and make small improvements in activity levels and junk food consumption.  Great.

If you’d rate yourself a 7 or 8, well then, explore what area is going to be easiest to dig in and improve the most for 2020, but work on all of them.

If you’re going to say, 10..  I’m not going to accept anything less than my best… well, then make sure  you’re coming to all the workshops this year.  Focus across the board.  From your spine, to nutrition, to workout, to relationships, to spirituality and your retirement account.  You will need to change where you get your information, how many books you read, how you take care of yourself, etc… beginning with making your bed everyday.

I watched a biography of Luciano Pavarotti yesterday. He’d survived life threatening illness as a child and vowed that he would enjoy every sunny day, every thing to eat, every song, every friendship…..  Exemplified in a disagreement with record company over an exclusive contract.  The record company exec called him up furious to learn that Pavarotti was making recordings with his wife, because she wanted him to and he enjoyed it.  Pavarotti claimed he did not know his contract meant he couldn’t record for anyone else.  Seems a bit naive to me, but anyway, Pavarotti says “Life is too short for this”.   Meaning, limiting himself to this record company.  He didn’t care what it cost in money, fame or future fortune.  He was focused on enjoying his life and doing what made him and his family happy.  He parted ways with the contract by paying a sum of money to be done.  There ARE more important things in life….

And one of the most important is life itself.  His then adult daughter (older than his then wife) quoted him as he was dying as saying he felt cheated in life.  He finally had a wife he loved and a new baby, and here he was dying of pancreatic cancer.

Pavarotti, clearly winning on all fronts, rockstar status, no financial concerns at all, homes here and there, ladies’ man.  He had it all…. and his only regret was his health.

So, yes… pick an area of your life to work on for 2020, but recognize that health has the largest return on investment.  January then, is when we get focused.

So, if that’s where you want to improve, our next workshop is going to be on fasting.  Fasting isn’t just for weight loss.  It “resets” the immune system.  Fights cancer.  Reverses type 2 diabetes.   Clears the brain.  And, yes, teaches your body to burn fat for fuel.

That’s going to be
Monday, January 20th 6:15 PM in Oakdale     651 -777-3611 to register
Tuesday, January 21st 6:15 PM in Edina          952-835-0006 to register

We will be doing more workshops this year.  Shopping Tours, Detox, Weight Loss etc… pretty much all things that you need to get healthier for 2020.

We look forward to seeing you.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Charles Mayo vs. Dr. B.J. Palmer

Here is a little story I wanted to share with you about the mindset of Chiropractic approach vs. Medical.

Enjoy and be well!

In the early 20th century, Dr. Charles Mayo, physician, surgeon and co-founder of the famed Mayo Brothers Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, brought his wife for treatment to the Dr. B.J Palmer Chiropractic Research Clinic in Davenport, Iowa.
Dr. Mayo had taken his wife to the other physicians, including doctors in Europe, all distinguished diagnosticians and specialists had agreed upon a diagnosis – osteochondromatosis of the knee joint. They had tried everything medical to heal Mrs. Mayo but all treatment had failed.
Dr. Mayo brought his wife to Dr. Palmer for his chiropractic professional services. He addressed Dr. Palmer as Mr. Palmer. To this Dr. Palmer replied: “This is a case of Greek meeting Greek; a test of steel against steel’ a test of our simple chiropractic principle and practice against your complex medical theories and experiments.”
Dr. Palmer ordered spinographs (x-rays) taken of Mrs. Mayo’s spine.
“Mr. Palmer, why are you only taking spinal x-rays?” queried Dr. Mayo.
“Because, we are going to locate the vertebral subluxation cause of her sickness, so we can correctly adjust it.” Replied Dr. Palmer.
Dr. Mayo rejoined, “There is no such thing, and if there were, you couldn’t adjust it by hand only.”
“Dr. Mayo,” Dr. Palmer said to the world-renowned clinician, “while you are here, we are going to ask you to remain silent.”
Dr. Palmer performed readings with the neurocalometer and neurocalograph, then analyzed the patients spinographs. Afterward, he gave her an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment to release spinal cord compression from the vertebral occlusion in her spinal canal.
After the chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Mayo asked, “Is that all you are going to do? What is wrong with my wife? Where is she sick? What is your diagnosis”
Dr. Palmer replied, “We don’t know. What is more, we don’t care.”
“You are a very ignorant man,” retorted Dr. Mayo.
“We are ignorant of everything you think we should know,” countered B.J.
After a pause, Dr. Palmer spoke again. “You, too, are a very ignorant man. You are ignorant of everything we think you should know about the cause of disease in the backbone of sick people. We know cause; you know there is a difference, or you wouldn’t be here. That’s the difference in your approach, which has done your wife no good, and our approach, which will get your wife well.”
“That remains to be seen,” Dr. Mayo replied.
Dr. Palmer continued: “I am ignorant of everything you think I should know about disease of the sick. You know all this, and what good has it done your wife? The fact that you brought her here proves your methods have failed. Because of reports of the success of our methods of vertebral subluxation and adjustment, you brought your wife here to us.”

Mrs. Mayo received chiropractic care for several months and went home well. Dr. Mayo stated it was impossible for her to get well with what Dr. Palmer did, yet he also admitted she was well.
Dr. Palmer expounded: “Medical doctors are concerned in knowing everything about effects, while chiropractors are vitally concerned in the cause in the backbone and how to correct it. What a difference between medical care and chiropractic care! A patient can come to the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic and be deaf, dumb and blind – not telling or indicating anything – we could and would locate the cause of whatever, wherever they had it; we adjust them and send them home well. It is as simple as that.”
I was on the staff of the B.J. Palmer Chiropractic Clinic in 1953-54. Although “Dr. Charlie” had passed away in 1939, during that time, 60-80 percent of our patients were referred by “someone” on the staff of the Mayo Clinic.

By L. Ted Frigard, DC PhC

Sincerely,

Cancer: The Cause IS the Cure

The word cancer evokes scary images of your loved ones going on without you.  It is so scary that people can be driven to surgically, cut away their breasts and throw them in the trash bin in a move to beat cancer that is in their genes and coming after them.  It’s so popular, it’s adherents have a name, previvors.  

Nothing is certain in life.  I can’t tell you anything to do that will 100% protect you from a cancer.  We’ve been exposed to all kinds of things in utero, as children, at work, outside, etc…. that have long term effects that even if you did everything “right” starting today, there’s no assurances you’re not going to be one of the statistics.

You’re In Charge

We DO know that certain behaviors reduce cancer risk and have been shown to reverse some people’s cancers.  So, why not start doing them?  The pessimist would lament we’re all going to die of something… why bother?  Well, because those very people when faced with the reality that they are dealing with cancer, pull out all the stops and argue with insurers about what chemo treatment is covered and what’s not.  Everyone wants everything that can be done, done, when it’s them or they’re loved one.   But, that’s AFTER they have the diagnosis.

Newsflash!  YOU have cancer right now.

Today.  At this very moment.  Everyone does.  Every day.   Why haven’t you shriveled up and died yet in a giant ball of cancerous cells?  Because your immune system kills the 10-100 cancer cells you develop everyday.  Until it doesn’t.  Then, the cancer cells rapidly divide.  Aggressive division and multiplication of cancer cells means you have little time to dilly dally.  The diagnosis of cancer isn’t something you gained.  It’s something you lost.  The lost ability to kill cancer cells.

That fundamental understanding, that we don’t “catch” or “get” cancer,  we lose the ability to fight cancer, makes a difference in how you approach treatment and our lives prior to diagnosis.  If you believe that cancer “just happens” to some people.  There’s nothing you can do to avoid it.  We must all take a spin at the Roulette Wheel of Cancer.  Like an episode of Hunger Games.  Somebody’s gotta pay the price.  Then, you’re likely to have little interest in stopping smoking, eating differently, exercising or modifying any part of your life to keep you immune system killing cancer cells.  Because, the fundamental is, cancer just happens.  There’s nothing that can be done.

Oncologists tell cancer patients this all the time.  Oddly, when asked specifically, is their anything I can do to help my cancer?  Diet?  Anything?   The standard oncologist’s answer is ‘no’.   “You didn’t do anything to cause your cancer, therefore, there’s nothing you can do to cure your cancer.   Leave it up to us.”.

What about smoking?

Sadly, we already know what types of things result in cancer.  Smoking was huge.  Once people cut back on that, lung cancers actually declined.  But, there’s a myriad more things and behaviors that raise the risk.  And conversely, we know absolutely that certain diets and activities prevent cancer in groups of people.

The cause of cancer is inside of us.  Our behaviors, our diet, our lifestyle and our environment.  The cure then, is also inside of us.  Our behaviors, diet, lifestyle and environment.

To be cancer free we must keep our cancer killing immune system in top shape.

Top 6 Things that Weaken our Cancer Killing

Sugar.  Processed simple carbs.

Environmental toxins, pesticides, herbicides (eating conventional “food”), vaccines, solvents at work.

Watching TV or sitting at the computer.

Chronic adrenal stress (crummy relationships, sugar, difficult job)

Other immune system burdens like candida, viral and parasitic infections.

Smoking, alcohol.  Way too much oxidative stress.

Top 6 Things to Become Cancer Killing Machines

Here’s the things that help your immune system

Vitamin D3 levels at 70 or higher.

Probiotics.  Does the work of your immune system

Happy, healthy, supportive relationships.

Whole, clean, organic foods.

Exercise.  Not a ton, just get out a few times per week.

Clean up the Poker Night behaviors.

 

No need to lop off body parts.  They’re not out to kill you.  5% is genes. 95% is our behavior.

That’s good news.  So, if you’re inclined, the most bang for your buck is going to be getting your body to recognize cancer cells.  It won’t matter what the rest of the system is made up of, you’ve got to identify the cancer cells first, THEN kill them.

To Do List

This means your nervous system must be free of any interference.   That’s chiropractic.  Get adjusted. Regularly.  Not when and if something hurts.  That’s physical therapy or the practice of medicine. That’s not going to make you a Cancer Killer.  Regular care.  That’s the winning advantage.

Next, D3 and reduce processed foods, sugars and exposure to pesticides and herbicides.  So, organic foods.  Less processed, lower sugar content.  Cancer cells live on sugar.  Starve them.   D3 is integral to your immune system.  Next would be probiotics. They’re not specific to cancer, they help all immune system challenges.

3rd.  Exercise. Cancer cells also do not like oxygen. Get oxygen to the cells and your cancer cells will need to come up with a plan B for their survival.

4th.  Quit smoking, drinking etc..  I know your uncle Charlie is 93 years old a smokes Marlboros and a shot of whiskey every morning.  That’s not most of us.

Always, always, always be cultivating supportive relationships.  Life is messy. Do what you can.

You are the cause and your are the cure.

Blessings,

Dr. Barrett