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Johnson & Johnson Opioid Ruling

 

 

Johnson and Johnson ordered to pay Oklahoma $572 million for opioid damages.

 

Now, this sounds like a lot of money and it is… until you consider that in the early years of the opioid explosion, Duragesic, one of two opioids marketed by J and J, brought in over $500 million way back in 2001.  Let’s assume sales of opioids remained level from that point on. They haven’t but this will make the math easy.   That’s about 20 years of $500 million a year.  It’s more from 2011 on, about $800k per year.  But for easy math, let’s just say $15 billion has been made selling this one version of fentanyl to roughly 1 million people per month.

How it Started:

The conditions under which a drug like this is necessary is intractable chronic pain, that of cancer etc..  The rules of prescribing pain meds 25 years ago were quite restrictive and people in this situation suffered quite a bit.  A relaxing of the rules so that people in serious pain could get some relief was met with approval from the providers caring for people in this situation.

And then….

Unfortunately, with all things mandated to be paid for by a 3rd party, like drugs, college tuition, daycare in Minnesota, somebody’s going to come up with a way to rig the system….. to make a pile of money.

Johnson and Johnson certainly aren’t the only players to have figured out where to concentrate their sales’ team efforts.  There were others but they seem to have been the most savvy. They marketed only to doctors, who wrote 1,000 prescriptions for opioids per year.  They were responsible for the bulk of the market.  They just needed them to switch to J & J’s version, Duragesic.

The Manipulation:

In an even more dastardly plan Johnson & Johnson hired McKinsey and Company, a consulting firm, to increase sales.  They recommended they go after males under 40, since they were more likely to abuse their drug than anyone else.   J & J denied they did this in the Oklahoma court proceedings.

Ultimately, the court found Johnson and Johnson engaged in misleading marketing to maximize benefits and minimize risks.  As a result, 6,000 people died in Oklahoma alone, since the 1990s.    That’s a lot more than those dying from school shootings, heart disease, cancer or just about any other thing you can think of.

Where’s the outrage?  Where’s the protest?  The demands for Congressional action?   “Common sense” prescribing laws?  No more large capacity prescription bottles! ?????

You will just see this briefly reported on the news and then onto the weather.  Just another day in America.  Of COURSE people die from medications.  We expect it.  We do not even seem to be troubled by it.  The point for Oklahoma was for financial reparations.   And to be fair, the opioid prescriptive process HAS been changed.  So, the doctors ARE limited to no large capacity magazines if you will.   You can’t just fill a couple month prescription or endlessly be on opioids anymore.

The forces that brought this catastrophe upon our culture operate largely unphased.  Yes, $572 million is real money.  However, here’s the math in terms we can all understand:

If I had an income of $50,000 per year,

for the last 20 years,

was found to have killed 6,000 people making that $50k a year for 20 years, (that’s $1 million)

and then was fined, say…. $50k and I didn’t have to go to jail??

I’d be happy to pay the $50k!

 

That’s all this is.  The state is shaking down the drug company for some of its money to pay for some of the damage its money-making scheme caused in the state.   We all see it as the cost of doing business.  It’s true in opioids, it’s true in oncology, it’s certainly true in vaccine dogma…. Except those companies NEVER pay a fine.  Which is why there are currently 200 vaccines in development.  All profit, never liability.   Pretty soon all drugs may be called vaccines, just to avoid liability.

The situations that result in the need for opioids are mostly amenable to chiropractic.  Chiropractic however is not part of the insurance reimbursement system that would allow people’s health to recover enough to never need this level of medication.  The people that need this are already out of work due to their health.  Health plans typically pay for 6-10 visits to the chiropractor.  Nobody’s reversing their chronic pain in 2 weeks of going to the chiropractor… I don’t care WHAT exercises people do.

I saw a sign the other day:

“Your body isn’t Amazon.  It doesn’t deliver results in 2 days.”

That’s true!  In all things health, it is repetition over time.

  • If you eat like crap over time, you will pay.
  • If you exercise over time you will reap the benefits.
  • If you go to the chiropractor over time you will be immensely rewarded.

However, insurers are limited time propositions.  They aren’t in it for your health.  They are in it for higher premiums every year.  They NEED you to be sick and dependent on their stream of benefits.  They need you to tell others “Don’t lose your insurance!  Keep paying into the system because you will need it one day.”   That is the gospel truth if you live like our society teaches.  Our society, that has a 1st year infant survival rate near third world countries.  Our society, where if you are born today, you are not expected to live as long as your parents.  Parents who are being sold Long Term Care Insurance, because we EXPECT to be in a flippin’ nursing home!

This isn’t what you were put on planet earth for.  You were put on planet earth to be a blessing to others by doing what only you have been commissioned to do.  With the skills that only you, in the history of planet earth and humanity on it, have been gifted with.  For as long as you can do that.

Accepting the fearful message that you were born “broken” and need pharmaceuticals to live “normally” is tantamount to a cult.  But, we have that in America.  We have a cult of pharmacy.  A cult of disease worship.  Don’t believe me?   Guess who gets paid the most in America.  Those we worship and look up to.  Athletes?  Sure.   Actors?  Yep?   Doctors?   For almost a century one of the highest paid professions.  Right now the highest median income specialty?   It used to be the guys who did surgery for wealthy old white men with cardiovascular diseases and bad knees.  Both cardiovascular surgeons and orthopedic surgeons’ median pay is about $700k   Today however, radiation oncologists are our highest paid.  We fear cancer so much, we pay those people over $1 million per year as a median.

If you listen to Suzy Orman about wealth, she doesn’t recommend you ask poor people how to amass wealth.  So don’t listen to sick people or the people who make money off them, tell you about health.

Whatever they’re doing in the trailer park to try to become wealthy, do the opposite, their people are poor.

Whatever they’re doing at hospitals and WebMD to get people healthy… run away and do the opposite, their people are sick.

Lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle.  Not your genes.  (if it was your genes we’d all just eat at Dairy Queen every day.  Some of us will get sick, some won’t.  It’s not our fault.)

Lifestyle is:

Eat healthy most of the time

Exercise most of the time

Sleep with a normal pattern most of the time

Get adjusted regularly, most of the time

THAT will result in the best outcome and most likely, your ability to fulfill your goals, realize your dreams and grow old doing what you want to do –  to the very end.

Sincerely,

Back To School

 

 

 

                                               

 

 

 

Back To School

Depending on the age of your Back To Schooler, you will have different concerns and activities.

Here are some Tips and Thoughts.

 

Backpacks

No more than 10% of their body weight.   So, your 105lb, 7th grade girl should have no more than 10lbs total.  That’s not much.  Put it on the scale to check it because the backpacks that I see on many kids are seriously over the limit for child size.  Even if the weight is within limits, make sure they’re using both shoulder straps too.  Not slung over one shoulder like a heavy purse.  The damage that will occur affects their upper back and neck.  The upper back damage will not present itself as back pain like in an adult, it presents as exercise induced asthma, respiratory infections and the very common teenage “slump” posture.

 

Sleep

This is HUGE.  The body uses sleep time to recover, grow and regenerate.  Kids are doing a lot of growing.   Research has shown that high school kids need even more sleep at that age.  9-11 hours.   In fact, the research shows they should be going to school later, not earlier than younger students.  The earlier start times for high school frequently results in sleep deprivation symptoms for students.   It has been impossible to get school districts to go along with a later start time despite the evidence that the early start times in high school are harming health of the students.    It’s going to be difficult, but for high schoolers, 9pm would be ideal, but 10pm is absolutely it.  Earlier would be better, but having had a couple of high schoolers myself, I know that’s just not going to be practical for most.  Settle for what’s possible here and save the friction for another topic.

Younger kids can go to bed at 9-9:30 and not give you too much grief.  That’s going to keep them much healthier than their night owl classmates.    Kindergarten / 1st grade?  8-8:30 isn’t a bad idea.  This takes discipline throughout the summer though.  Lest, they will associate this “punishment” with school.

 

Lunch

Large institutions such as schools and corporate daycares as well as hospitals and nursing homes, are the worst for nutrition.  They count calories but they don’t count quality.  For my kids, quality was and is the goal.  We would use the school’s lunch program a couple times per month if we were in a bind and didn’t get food made ahead of time.  Like getting home Sunday night from a trip and already… it’s Monday morning.   Really, you have to figure out how to sidestep what they’re serving at schools.  There’s a couple in the country that are figuring this out with good, healthy foods… but I haven’t heard of that in Minnesota yet.  They’re still serving what they served when I went to school.  Lots of carbs, fruit cocktail, pizza, burgers ( I have no idea what’s in those, do you?).  It’s not the end of the world to eat this stuff… but not on a daily basis.   Two things happen.  It makes your kid sick and, when you try to teach your kids about healthy foods or heaven forbid, NOT have Doritos or energy bars (candy) in your house… you will have a mutiny on your hands.

 

Vaccines

The law requires you to hand in the form.  The Superintendent of the district must report the overall student body’s vaccine status to the state’s Commissioner of Health.   That’s it.  It never HAS been “No Shots No School” for any individual child.   In addition, for the last 20 years, there is a law that requires schools to include your right to opt out of any and all vaccines, on any communication they print or email you.  The law requires this be done in “equal font size”, so it’s not in the fine print and one can miss it.   I’ve seen evidence that school districts are not up to speed on this or intentionally ignoring this law.   Just know, whether you vaccinate or not, it is up to you.  Not the school.

 

Keep your child healthy

Going back to school exposes them to all kinds of new germs that they didn’t “see” last year.  So, plan on them dealing with something in the first month.  The best way to make sure they don’t end up on antibiotics is by making sure their nervous system is working as well as possible.  That means regular adjustments.   Summer has camp and vacations, which can get things off track.    Once school starts, that’s the perfect time to regroup and get back on track with adjustment schedules.

If your kid is an athlete, they really need to be checked regularly.  The most significant sports for damaging the spine are hockey, football and wrestling.  These are contact sports with significant lifelong consequences for those kids who are not being checked regularly.   Other sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball, swimming, lacrosse and track are definitely easier on the spine and less damaging but can still cause issues with their alignment.  Certainly, kids benefit from some kind of exercise and sport to learn about their talents and teamwork.   But, not at the cost of their health.  So, getting kids adjusted regularly, to keep them at their best is the easiest and smartest thing to do to stay ahead of any residual illnesses or negative effects.

Sincerely,

 

Call us to get your child scheduled.

651-777-3611 (Oakdale)  Or  952-835-0006 (Edina)

Speaking of Skeptics

This is the center of your being, take care of it!

Some readers may remember my e-mail immediately following the Aurora Colorado theater shooting during a Batman movie some time ago.  In that email I made the point that the person who shot all the moviegoers was sick and disconnected from not only himself but the rest of humanity.  You would simply have to be disconnected to do such a thing.  In my opinion, this would not have happened if he was raised with chiropractic care and I will tell you why.

That email lives in infamy on Theskeptic.com, under the title “One Good Chiropractor and an X-ray Could’ve Prevented Aurora Shooting”.   Apparently forwarded by one of my readers who doesn’t share my worldview and enjoined but a host of skeptics.  Our phone was ringing asking for the “Batman Chiropractor”,  I got lots of emails and nasty responses.  It’s the world we live in now.  I’m perfectly willing to wither skeptics if someone else can benefit and be who they were destined to be instead of a wasted life and taking others with him.   So, here’s another attempt.

Most of you know I lost my parents and 3 sisters from a car accident the first day of summer vacation at the end of 7th grade.  I’m no stranger to trauma and loss.  These events trigger those feelings for me.   My passion for doing something for the people who’ve suffered a loss is maybe higher than most others.  So, in addition to praying for the families that have suffered a loss from the crazy guy(s) in a window in Las Vegas, I have a deep-seated desire to do something constructive.  But, what can I do?

I could advocate for gun laws.  However, I personally hold no hope that the populace can be disarmed.  Also, crazy guy could’ve accomplished pretty much the same thing with a pickup truck driven through a crowd.  Nobody’s going to advocate a ban on pickups to stop the madness.  The event was not driven by the availability of a tool for destruction.  Though no one can argue the availability of efficient weapons makes anyone who is crazy, far more dangerous to the rest of us.  The event was caused by an individual’s screwed up perception of his environment.  Perceiving other people as a threat to him personally or his worldview.

I would like to do something to prevent this from happening again.  What is going to make a difference?  If you understand that the physiology that causes stress to the level that you think other innocents are a threat to you, comes from an inability to comprehend and respond accurately to your environment, you might consider mental health care a viable option.  But the way we apply mental health care is still done via our disease care model.  In other words, you must have a diagnosis FIRST.  Then, there’s still the argument of how to pay for it for all those diagnosed.  The largest issue politically at the moment is how to pay for disease care (it’s not healthcare).   In addition, this particular crazy was quite wealthy and payment for mental health care wouldn’t have mattered.   He would not have sought it out and even though if examined last week, would’ve been found to be in need of mental health care, those problems start years and years earlier before they can be diagnosed.

In the following days and weeks after we may have found out he WAS under mental care, even if, there is one thing that all mass shooters to date have had in common.  It is use of psychotropic medication under mental health care.  Antidepressants/stimulants.  Either under the influence of legal prescriptive medication during the crime or just coming off of it.

Our culture likes drugs.  We just do.  Some in our culture even love the whole process of being diagnosed and treated medically or surgically.  Some think it gives them individuality to be sick or have sick kids.  Crazy, right?  Worse, the profit motive by the pharm/med complex with more lobbyists in Washington than bankers, the defense industry or oil, keeps the conversation going in circles exclusively around how to pay for more drugs.  We start our children’s education about the wonders of drugs early, beginning with vaccinations and antibiotics for ear infections, inhalers, stimulants so boys will focus, anxiolytics for teenage girls, Accutane for acne and antidepressants for sleep and we now have diabetes affecting kids like never before…. but our solution is drug based.   Like it or not, that’s our culture.
What if instead of requiring vaccinations for daycare or kindergarten, you were required to take your child to the chiropractor to make sure she was neurologically fit?  Free from any interference that would prevent her from mounting an effective immune response to pneumococcus (supposed most common cause of ear infection), or from not just playing with other kids, but digesting her food, creating healthy new cells as she grows instead of diseased ones.  Developing her whole life able to accurately sense and respond to her environment.

What if we lived in a culture that required babies, when born, to be checked by a chiropractor to make sure their nervous system wasn’t damaged in the process of delivery under anesthesia, induced labor or

c-section delivery?

What if we lived in a culture and required the inattentive grade school boy to be evaluated for upper cervical subluxation causing inability to focus?

What if our culture demanded that the teenage girl be checked by a chiropractor BEFORE she was allowed to be put on Lithium, Wellbutrin or Paxil?

What if we lived in a culture that instead of premarital counseling required premarital chiropractic to optimize gene expression and passing on of healthy genes to the offspring, and maternal care that reduced or avoided birth interventions noted above?

What if the premarital parents’ parents were under chiropractic care THEIR whole life?  What would be the effect generations later?

So back to Vegas guy.  What if instead of growing up one of the children of a single mother struggling because their father was a criminal and in and out of jail and not a part of their lives, their father was taken to the chiropractor when HE was a child.  In addition to normalizing his perception of the world by normalizing the nervous system activity so he would be able to respond more appropriately to those around him, he got the message that HIS parents loved him so much they wanted to make sure he was as healthy and vibrant as he could be.  That message is communicated when a parent does things like prepare meals, goes to work to pay the bills for the family and takes the child to the doctor and dentist because he VALUES his child’s health.  It doesn’t even need to be spoken.  It’s not a stretch to suggest that father might still be parenting the children rather than in jail and the kids raised by their single mom in poverty.

Imagine you are now the child  (the potential Vegas shooter),  of THAT child raised in chiropractic, now grown and caring for you.  In addition to you not missing your dad because he’s in jail, but now by making sure you have a good school, dental care and yes, make sure your nervous system is working at its best so that you can grow and develop to your full potential.   Do you think it’s possible you could be this crazy guy that shoots people?  I don’t think you could, because you’ve been surrounded by love and acts of love and sacrifice that would be apparent because you might be aware dad would maybe have to forgo a fishing boat or cable tv to make sure his family is healthy.

In my last attempt to connect the dots between nervous system damage caused by spinal subluxation and the inability to comprehend self and respond to environment,  I can tell you more than a few thought my position audacious.  And it is.   But only because I have determined to create and different world for my kids and their kids than our drugged up, broken society which we increasingly accept as the new normal.  If it were normal to have your baby checked by the chiropractor at birth…. if it were normal to have the parents checked and adjusted before they conceive….. if it were normal to visit the chiropractor regularly instead of the pill dispensing medical profession, my ideas wouldn’t sound so outlandish.   It’s just the brainwashing we’ve all had that makes these ideas sound far-fetched.  But, I believe it’s possible to make these changes.  Mainly because if you follow the current trend, we are just going to see more and more of this unhinged crime.  And most certainly we are going to bankrupt our country trying to keep doing more and more of the same, thinking we’re creating healthy people by prescribing more and “better” drugs.

I am going to keep working to create that new normal.  Where EVERYONE gets checked and adjusted.  If you would like to see that day too, please help us.   Don’t let people walk around all subluxated and unable to sense and respond to their worlds.  I saw an interview with the crazy guy’s brother.  He was scratching his head for explanations.   The explanation is he was disconnected from everyone and everything including the source of creation.  Now that’s a big way to describe nerve interference which we commonly use the common descriptors of some of the effects of that process, like headaches and sciatica.  However, it comes with far more impactful problems for some.  Like depression, psychosis and paranoia.  I’m not saying it’s the only cause of these things. (I just finished a book that blames the gut microbiome for these very same problems)… but people regularly in a chiropractic office where the doctors understand it ain’t about back pain, will learn how to eat healthy and create lifestyle changes that support normal function and health.   This happens primarily due to better connection between man the physical and man the spiritual via the nervous system.  If that were normal in our culture, that level of crazy would be unheard of or extremely rare.

Yesterday I and the other doctors rewrote our mission statement to clarify this.  Here it is:

Vibrant Life Center
Creating Hope, Health and Happiness

Optimizing Nervous Systems, Nutrition, Lifestyle Coaching and Community Education to Spread World Peace.

Think that’s audacious?   So, do I.   As noted earlier, I have an acute appreciation for how short life can be.  I’ve got to make a difference while I’m here.

Sincerely,

Autism and Insomnia

Autism and Insomnia

The Problem:

A frequent challenge for parents of kids on the spectrum is they have a tough time sleeping.  The first time I ran across this was years and years ago.  10-year-old Karoline came to our clinic after her parents met us at the Autism 5k at Lake Calhoun.  Mom and Dad were stressed to say the least.   Not only had Karoline never slept more than 2 hours consecutively in her entire life, she also got stressed out in crowds.  Both Mom and Dad were working full time.  Because of this, one worked days and one worked nights so someone was always up with Karoline.  That prevented the family from going out to dinner, going to Target, going to a movie…. pretty much all the family things that you and I don’t even think about.

Karoline was quite shy and went along with our examination as she could sense we were trying to help.  Also, Karoline was nonverbal.  She had just received an iPad with the app to tap out sentences and was just starting to communicate with her parents. She was sharing her likes, dislikes, wants and desires, with actual words.

The Solution:

There wasn’t anything particularly unusual about Karoline’s spinal subluxation compared to other kids.  We just set about correcting what we found was misaligned and interfering/irritating her spinal cord.  I called the next day to check on the family, as I always do.  Mom was quite disturbed and questioning me about “what did you do to my child!”.   After a few questions of my own, I learned that Karoline had slept 12 hours after her first adjustment.  THAT was the source of mom’s agitation.  She thought something was now WRONG.  In fact, something was now finally RIGHT.   Parents of kids not on the spectrum wouldn’t be troubled by a 12-hour sleeping stint at 10 years old.  This mother of one child, Karoline, had never ever had this happen.  She was rightly worried that something different was going on and wasn’t quite sure what it meant.

Once assured that this is how it works with kids, she’d just never experienced it, she was OK and we followed up with Karoline’s visits, checking and adjusting.  The next week, Karoline’s father turned up in the office.  I hadn’t met him prior because he worked as a baker so his hours were late morning and he was on sleep shift during Karoline’s first few visits.   I came out of the exam room and he was sitting in our massage chair.  A stocky Norwegian (literally, thick accent immigrant with Karoline’s mother), these guys are notorious for being stoic and little emotion.  He waved me over to talk with him about Karoline.  As I approached, he stood up out of the chair, I wasn’t quite sure if he was happy or not.  The look on his face wasn’t happy.   He said, however, “Whatever you did, this is the first time I know I have a daughter.”   He pointed two fingers in a V and pointed to my eyes and then to his eyes…. “She looked me in the eyes!   This is the FIRST time.  I NOW know I have a daughter.!”  He welled up in tears and as I write this, it makes me tear up again.  It was quite emotional for both of us.   For me, because I hadn’t counted the impact this situation was having on the parents.  For him, because I think he realized he’d missed 10 years of his daughter’s life.

No matter.  We move forward.  That Walk for Autism was in the spring.  It was cold and rainy.  I took care of Karoline from that week forward and by Fall, their lives were nearing normal.   Each week mom would come in telling us of some big achievement which typically, we wouldn’t be thinking was any great stretch.  Like going to Red Lobster, taking a trip to a friend’s cabin in Wisconsin, going to the State Fair.   Yes, any 10 year should be able to enjoy those things with her parents and now they were.

Sadly, this is still happening to many others and with the rate of ASD still climbing, it’s happening more and more often.

 

The Medical/Pharmaceutical approach:

If you take your ASD insomniac to the pediatrician, here’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say, in a nutshell:  “The first line is behavioral training.  If you’ve ruled out organic causes, then pharmacologic therapy may be initiated.  There are no FDA approved treatments for insomnia in children.”

Basically, there’s no safety testing but if your child isn’t sleeping, we will prescribe something for them.  That just doesn’t inspire much confidence.  At the very least, whatever drug prescribed should be tested for safety, if not effectiveness. Neither one of these texts exist.  Still…. that’s the state of medical help.

Now, families with kids on the spectrum fall into a couple of camps and some in between.  There’s the “My child is gifted but different”  and the other camp is “My child has been damaged and needs a cure.”    The gifted camp doesn’t think a cure is required, it’s just another version of normal.  The damaged camp desperately seeks cures or treatments.

Chiropractic doesn’t fit either camp’s concerns.  Everybody thinks their kids are normal and don’t need chiropractic… until they find out how much more “normal” they can be.  Less sick days, less tummy aches, less problems overall, once they start getting regular adjustments.  ASD kids who aren’t sleeping are no exception.

 

Chiropractic Logic:

Chiropractic isn’t a treatment for insomnia, autism, ADHD, headaches or sciatica.  It’s a tune up for your kids’ nervous system.  So, their brain will be better focused on the test at school.  Her foot will be better able to balance on the balance beam.  His arm will be like a laser passing the football.  His immune system won’t be searching for “invisible” threats and requiring an inhaler to keep breathing.    THAT’s how it works.

Chiropractic works.  It’s safe.  It is common sense.

Don’t wait 10 years of your child’s life to find out how much better they can be!

How to Find Qualified Chiropractors for Your Treatment

About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors every year, the WebMD reports. If you’re seeking pain relief from pain in your back or neck or you’re recovering from sports injuries, then making an appointment with a trusted chiropractic care provider is a must. If this is your first time to try out the treatment, though, here are easy ways to find chiropractors in Edina MN.

Find out what you need

Determine the kind of services you need first. Do you suffer from chronic pain? Or is it from old sports injuries? What kind of chiropractic care do you need? Once you’re clear about that, you can start checking out Chiropractors in Edina MN who can address those needs.

Be upfront about your history

A good chiropractor will ask you for your medical history and carry out a physical examination to assess your condition. Lab tests or diagnostic procedures may be used to figure out what types of treatments will work best for your condition, the WebMD says. If the chiropractic doctor skips these steps, though, and goes straight to recommending an expensive treatment without even taking the time to check out your condition, then that’s a red flashing sign. Look elsewhere for help.

Know the risks

Before you go through with the treatment, make sure you know both sides of the coin. While knowing the benefits of receiving chiropractic care is all well and good, being fully aware of the risks too can help you prepare for the process much, much better. Knowing that you may suffer from a bit of discomfort tells you that everything is normal after the process. If you feel anything that doesn’t match up with the possible side-effects your chiropractic told you about, then call and let your doctor know.

Do your homework

A bit of preliminary research into the background of the facility and the doctors on-site can give you a better sense of who’s going to treat you. This is also an excellent time to check out the chiropractor’s credentials and qualifications to determine if you’re choosing the right chiropractic care provider in the area.

Consider the distance

This may not be a deal-breaker, but if you plan on going for multiple sessions, it may be ideal to pick a chiropractic care center that’s near enough to you. That way, you can come by for treatments or sessions with little to no problems.

To make an appointment today, contact Vibrant Life Center for inquiries.

When Should You See a Chiropractor in Edina, MN?

There are many times when you feel aches and pains. Sometimes you may think it is just because you are out of shape. Other times you may chalk it up to feeling old. In both cases, you are likely wrong. Most of the time, pain is a signal from an area in the body through a nerve to the brain indicating something is not right. It remains until you treat that problem. When you have pain like this, and it does not go away, even if you solve the underlying cause, it is time to visit a Chiropractor in Edina, MN.

How Can They Help You?

Pain pathways through nerves to the brain can sometimes become distorted. This can happen when the spinal column is no longer aligned, which can cause the nerves there to be damaged. Inflammation can occur as well, creating an intense amount of pain in a localized area. What you may not realize is that your chiropractor in Edina, MN can offer noninvasive ways to treat these underlying causes of your pain.

This is done based on the specific area of concern. For example, spinal decompression can reduce some of the pressure on your nerves in the spinal column, allowing the nerve passageways to work properly. In other cases, it is important to apply massage therapy to an area to stimulate the body’s ability to heal those areas with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood. Your doctor works to address your needs.

Is it time to make an appointment? Even if you are unsure how a chiropractor in Edina, MN could help you, now is the best time possible to start rebuilding your well being. To do that, schedule a consultation at Vibrant Life Center to discuss your needs. Call 952-452-8263 to make an appointment. For more information about these services click here.

The Outstanding Benefits of Chiropractic Care

There are nearly endless benefits for patients who choose to visit chiropractors in Oakdale, MN. People visit these professionals for lower back pain, headaches, neck pain, and dozens of other reasons. When you take proper care of your spine, it helps support your entire nervous system. We wanted to share a few of the greatest benefits you can expect if you choose to visit a chiropractor.

Stress Relief

If your nervous system is out of whack, this means that your skeletal and muscular systems are also out of position. This can leave your entire body feeling run down. It can also cause both mental and physical stress. A chiropractor can help bring balance back to your body and relieve any tension you are holding on to. This will leave you in a better position to manage everyday stress.

Improved Posture

When you visit one of the chiropractors in Oakdale, MN, over time the adjustments will help align your spine. This can result in a much better posture, especially in terms of the curve of your neck. Neck issues often begin when people are young, due in part to spending a lot of time looking at a computer screen or down at a mobile phone. With improved posture, you will feel stronger and stand taller.

Better Sleep

Many people suffer from sleep problems in this day and age. Those problems often stem from stress, pain, or aches. When you have regular chiropractic care, this can help your body relax and allow you to get the type of sleep you want. Getting enough sleep and having a better sleep quality can improve your overall mood and health.

Boosted Immune System

When your chiropractor is giving you an adjustment, they are also removing any subluxations that might be preventing your nervous system from working in peak condition. This is crucial since the nervous system is what sends and receives information in your body to the immune system. When the nervous system is working well, it also means your immune system is more likely to. This can help you prevent illnesses and allow you to recover from sicknesses more quickly.

At Vibrant Life Center, we offer the chiropractic care your body needs. Our services also include massage therapy, nutrition planning, and more. You can learn more about us or ask questions by visiting our website at VibrantLifeCenter.com.

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

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