I’m sure you’ve heard NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and another entire family were killed over the weekend in a tragic helicopter crash. It moves me to write on urgency.
Before I get there let me say basketball skills are not my gift. As a result, I don’t follow too much of the NBA. I have of course seen Bryant in action in highlights and even to the untrained NBA “fan”, the guy was something special. I saw some clips of his Top Ten and he’s definitely working on a different plane than the rest of us or even the players on the court.
The loss of life strikes home with me. And urgency is what’s important in deciding what to do everyday. Separate the everyday stuff from the important. The important is what’s urgent and what you will be happy focusing on. What’s important?
We think our jobs are, but consider that if you get hit by a bus, the business will still go on without you. You are not essential to your work. Not even me. People will still need to be adjusted and somebody will still be adjusting. That said, for some, they combine their unique gift with their job. That’s when your job is urgent, but not because you make money. Because you love it.
Consider what is uniquely yours. What can you do that nobody else can? For which, there is no replacement. Those things are your gifts, like Kobe’s amazing basketball prowess which he happened to be born at a time when that was celebrated. If he were born 200 years ago, it wouldn’t be recognized.
All of us have these things and ideally, during our lifetimes they are celebrated. If not, so what. You still do them. Nikolai Tesla died broke. He did what he did because it was his love, his passion and his gift.
You may have a flair for decorating like nobody else. Maybe you play the ukulele. Maybe you are stellar at plumbing.
One way to determine if it’s your gift or your job is, consider whether you’d be doing it if you didn’t get paid. Or, do you lose track of time doing the activity.
The other super important thing that is urgent is your relationship to others. You are the only mom, the only dad, the only brother, the only oldest sibling, the only youngest, the only you…. to the people around you. What is urgent is you consider how to be that person for them and be the gift that you were given.
What do you need to do? Just move those relationships to the foreground in daily life. Practice and refine your gifts so the rest of us can see them. Do not hide your light under a bushel basket so to speak.
A couple years ago I was urged by a member of our practice, to pick up playing an instrument again. As I child I was naturally attracted to playing the piano. I never took lessons but there was a piano in the house because my sisters all were required to take lessons. (I don’t know the reasoning for this and my parents are no longer here to ask) I could hear things on tv and play them on the piano. I would play jingles, weekly theme songs and some movie theme songs for some reason. I don’t know how I learned these because the movie was only shown once a year or so. Like the theme from Brian’s Song and Exodus. Those are weird songs to learn when you’re 10 or 12 but they stick in my memory.
I had played in a band in high school and then until I was 31 years old and quit it all cold turkey because I thought that running a business was urgent and being a parent was urgent, requiring all of my time.
I donated all my gear to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the last “gig” I played was keyboards for their Easter production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1992.
Geoff, the aspiring guitarist member of our practice was putting pressure on me to play again ostensibly so he could play in a group of some sort and jam. As a concession to “help him” I actually did begin to play again. That was exactly 4 years ago. I still refused to go back to keyboards thinking, I’ll never be “that good” again as when I was playing full time 6 nights a week. I could only disappoint myself. So, I learned to play the ukulele in concession to Geoff’s request. We played a few songs that summer at a pool party. People were very gracious about our skills. 6 months into learning the uke doesn’t exactly sound like Jake Shimabukuru playing Bohemian Rhapsody on his uke. We’re talking 3 chord rock here.
But, what happened next is, I kind of got sucked in. There was a free piano on Craigslist not far from my house. Now, it isn’t that I couldn’t afford a piano, it just that I wasn’t ready to admit this was something I was going to spend money (energy) on. But, free? well, OK….. I can excuse it then. So, I picked up this baby grand, had it tuned and started plinking around on it. Turns out, it’s much simpler for me to play this than the uke. Geoff happened to be over practicing some 3 chord uke stuff, or maybe a new song for which I was having trouble getting my fingers to do what they needed on the uke and just walked over the piano and banged it out like I knew it. My friend wryly commented “What are you doing with the uke?” Basically, ‘you’re and idiot’. “You sound REALLY good on the piano.”.
Well, long story I know…. what happened from then to now is, I picked up some other keyboards, started actually playing in a band again. That is coming up on 1 year since my first live gig on Valentine’s Day last year.
All during my gigging years in the 80s, people were very appreciative of the music I played with the band back then. I never really gave it much credence because I thought anyone could do it if they just decided to. After all, I didn’t have to be forced to do it. I wasn’t sitting their after school trudging through sheet music. It just was a natural for me. So, I never gave much thought to people’s compliments. I always thought that “anyone can do this”. I turned 59 last week. And NOW I see the error of that thinking. That’s like me telling Kobe had a great game and him thinking… well, you can do that Dan. Ummmmmm….. No. I can’t. Not in this universe. Maybe if they had a Peruvian basketball league, where I’d tower over all the Peruvian’s…….
I understand now that in addition to my blessings of being a father, husband, friend, sibling…. all important and urgent to keep up those things. I’ve also been given at least a few gifts that no one else possesses. And that one, playing keys, I’ve kept under wraps unwilling to share for 25 years. What a mistake. What if I never got good at adjusting? What if I never regained my music skills. What if I never told my kids or my wife I loved them? What if I never went shopping with my wife? What if I was too busy to go to my kids’ games? (actually, during my kids’ teen years I was only at the office Mon-Thursday because I regarded being a father as more urgent) What a waste that would’ve been. That’s what’s important and that’s what’s urgent for me. You have to figure it out for you.
Fortunately, you and I woke up this morning with yet another opportunity to share our gifts. That is what is urgent. Share your gifts. Play YOUR “song”. Nurture your relationships. And by all means, protect your health so you CAN share your gifts and nurture your relationships. I know all kinds of people who let their health go and can no longer play music, ride a bike, heck… even hold a job.
If you’ve lost your health, that’s a rare bird that can also keep relationships up. Losing your health takes so much time, energy and money. The people in ill health haven’t much left in their lives other than doctors, treatments, hospitals and such.
Health isn’t the most important. It is number 2 though. I’ll save the tools for staying healthy for another blog post another day.
Thanks for being you.
Thanks for sharing your gifts.
Take care of your relationships.
Take care of your health.
Dr. Daniel T. Barrett
You’ve seen all the news reports. The trend for diabetes is worsening.
‘Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report’
The report finds that:
- In 2015, an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among people ages 18 and older.
- Nearly 1 in 4 four adults living with diabetes – 7.2 million Americans – didn’t know they had the condition. Only 11.6 percent of adults with prediabetes knew they had it.
- Rates of diagnosed diabetes increased with age. Among adults ages 18-44, 4% had diabetes. Among those ages 45-64 years, 17% had diabetes. And among those ages 65 years and older, 25% had diabetes.
Rates of diagnosed diabetes were higher among certain communities:
American Indians/Alaska Natives (15.1% )
Non-Hispanic blacks (12.7% )
Hispanics (12.1% )
Asians (8.0 % )
Non-Hispanic whites (7.4% )
Other differences include:
- Diabetes prevalence varied significantly by education. Among U.S. adults with less than a high school education, 12.6% had diabetes. Among those with a high school education, 9.5% had diabetes; and among those with more than a high school education, 7.2% had diabetes.
- More men (36.6% ) had pre-diabetes than women (29.3% ). Rates were similar among women and men across racial/ethnic groups or educational levels.
- The southern and Appalachian areas of the United States had the highest rates of diagnosed diabetes and of new diabetes cases.
This isn’t in some far-flung country caused by the Zika virus or the Tse tse fly, this is happening right here to you and your family because of how we’ve been taught to eat. It’s not a mystery and it’s not complicated to reverse but it’s difficult to do. If you have diabetes you need to be here. If you live in the US and eat the food and live the lifestyle, you’re GOING to have diabetes. That’s why you need to be here. If you’re still eating a low fat diet, you’re going to have diabetes and high cholesterol clogging up your arteries and damaging your brain or stopping your heart.
Lower your cholesterol and get off the statins.
They are destroying your brain anyway (yes, Lipitor, Zocor and the like, act just like Dawn dishwashing detergent in your sink. Statins break down fats but your brain is made of fat – so cholesterol, memory and IQ all go down) Unless you are a senior citizen male who’s already had a heart attack, there’s no research to support the theory that you’re going to benefit from statins to lower your cholesterol anyway. In fact, the research says, people who use statins have a higher risk of being dead than people who don’t. Ironically, people are sold on statins to avoid being dead. Dying early with corrected cholesterol isn’t the goal. We simply can’t medicate our way back to health.
Improve your balance and tone. This is important because some of simplest research on how long you’re going to live is measured in how well you can stand on one foot. How quickly you can get up out of a chair multiple times. And how quickly you walk down the hall and back. In other words, your fitness.
And, there’s cancer. Many have already been to the Cancer Killer workshop and some of the concepts are used here too. The same things that keep your heart healthy, your insulin in check and your weight down, also benefit your immune system. The emphasis will be on insulin and weight loss for this one, but all health problems, even things inflammatory in nature, like arthritis and IBS will improve if you can adopt the lifestyle principles we’re going to show you.
I understand you are busy. You already eat well. You know how to exercise. You don’t eat junk food. You quit drinking pop years ago. You only have pizza on the weekends. And it’s just too much for you to fit a seminar into your schedule.
This is like going to church (or synagogue or mosque or temple). Most people have done this more than once. I can’t speak to other faiths but in my case, when I go to church to worship, the message is the same every time. It is the story of how my infinity has been insured by Jesus coming and giving Himself up on the cross. That is the same story every time I go! Why do I keep going ? I’m pretty sure other faiths are similar though. Why do we keep going when the message is the same? What possible benefit do you get from hearing it over and over and over and over? Again, I can only speak for me…… But, every time I go… I get a smidge better at it. Every time I hear the message I pick up a different nuance that I can use to improve my ability to live the lifestyle of a Christian. There is no arrival point where it’s perfect.
When I hear people say they eat well, I compare it to this process. Yes, probably they are better than when they were teenagers eating a steady diet of Ramen noodles and Trix cereal, but perfect? A nutritious profile to manage the risks of their day to day exposure to toxins? Their inherited risk for disease processes? The years of nerve damage to specific organs that can’t fend for themselves too well anymore? There just isn’t an arrival point where you stop learning about how to eat. I’ve been working on this for decades and I learn new things all the time.
You don’t have the time to study these things. You are busy doing what you do. That’s what Dr. Schoenecker and I are here for, to research and share with you. This is how you can get and stay healthy to be able to avoid the dangerous and expensive medical system. Call us so we can help you get to a better, more healthy and long living lifestyle.
We’ve just moved to our new location. Not too far from the France Avenue location. It should be easier access for most. We are now just west of hwy 100 and 77th St. in Edina.
We are planning some upgrades in the near future. For now, moving to office was enough for one weekend. It’s still the same great care and the same people. In a brand new space. You’ll love it. Lots of windows and natural light. Good for healing.
Our first workshop is Monday, November 19th. Sugar Crash. If you or your family member has HgA1c above 6.5, you need to be there. We’ll show you the tasty ways to reverse the ever increasing sugar load on your arteries, joints and brain.
Sugar levels have been shown to be associated with not just diabetes, but heart disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia and cancers. Lowering your exposure to sugars (and things that turn to sugar… like mashed potatoes) will quickly reverse this.
Everybody knows this, but why is diabetes increasing? Especially in teens and young adults?
The answer is the food industry isn’t on your side. The labeling is done to trick us. We’ll show you how to cut through the weasel words on the labels. We’ll show you the things that are being put in food to replace sugar that are even worse for you.
I know you already eat well. This is for you to help your family and the people around you. We’re all in this together.
Join us Monday, November 19th at 6pm in both Edina and Oakdale locations.
Listening to talk radio today and heard an advertisement for a supplement that “takes care of all my aches and pains”. The paid spokesman went on and on about how great it is and he has his wife taking it daily too. It’s all natural. It’s not a drug.
That pitch, “all natural”, “non drug”, isn’t all it sounds like. Many of the drugs are derived from the natural source, split into components and delivered in a measured dose.
White willow bark for instance. It’s a natural pain killer. Yes, the bark of this tree contains salicylates (salicylic acid = aspirin) which just like aspirin. Use enough and you will stop your clotting just like aspirin does and have bleeding ulcers, hemorrhagic stroke etc… Natural is true. Safe, not so much.
Red Yeast Rice is also natural. It contains the same chemical that the drug lovastatin uses to artificially lower cholesterol…. and dissolve your brain and damage muscle tissue and increase your risk of death from all causes, but I digress. The “natural” label doesn’t confer any special safety on the product.
Marijuana or CBD is probably the most popular and talked about recently. There are lots of examples. But, here’s the pitch cut and pasted directly from the website in the advertisement I heard. The name of the product isn’t important. The idea behind using it is.
Pain is a key reason why people go to a doctor. X was designed to help your body reduce pain associated with aging, exercise, and everyday living. Physicians at a well-known clinic in the Pacific Northwest were asked by their patients to create a 100% drug-free supplement to help their bodies lower or eliminate pain. As a result of much research, four ingredients were combined together in one amazing product that we now call X.
X is a powerful and unique combination of botanical ingredients and fish oil. It was formulated by physicians and is now trusted by many thousands to provide ongoing relief from their pain…back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee pain, including general muscle aches and pains.”
This thinking, “ongoing relief from the pain….” isn’t consistent with health. It is what I call a drug approach, even though it’s not a drug. It’s using a chemical to treat a symptom, pain in this case, rather than correct the cause.
Pain is there to signal your brain to quit doing what you’re doing to prevent further damage. Would you take a supplement that allowed you to avoid feeling heat so you could grab a pan out of the oven with no hot pad or oven mitt? It would still burn your skin, you just couldn’t feel it. Does that seem reasonable?
Why then, does it seem reasonable to take supplements, let alone medications, that cover of the symptoms of damage occurring? This doesn’t make drugs wrong. It makes how some use them cause more problems.
Using medications or supplements to control a symptom so you’re not miserable and can sleep can be a good thing…. while you work on the actual problem. But, taking supplements or medications daily to control a symptom is an indication that the problem’s cause hasn’t been addressed.
Finding and correcting the cause of the problem is how people actually heal. Supplements don’t do that. Medications don’t do that. Doctors don’t do that. Only the power that made you can do that.
The interference to your body running properly needs to be identified and corrected. It could be a steady diet of Pop Tarts. Not usually. People with health problems usually have already started on a path to correcting their diets. The reason that doesn’t always work is because the control system in the body loses it’s connections due to physical trauma. “Trauma” isn’t always falling out of a building or a car accident. Repetitive micro-trauma (factory work) and postural distortions due to work demands also cause this.
Somebody’s got to get to the cause of the problem. Taking supplement X isn’t going to solve it. It will help to add things like fish oil, resveratrol, probiotics and other things your body can use to heal. But, they aren’t the “treatment”.
Start with the understanding that your body knows what it’s doing. It’s not making a mistake. This is a fundamental difference in approach we use. Our culture, pushed by Pharm and the medical industry, has sold an idea that is flawed. The idea that you take this for that, and go to work is why our friends and family are getting sicker. It’s why our country spends more than double any other country on the planet on drugs and surgery. It’s why our kids born today will not live as long as we will. It’s why we are sick.
The lifestyle of eating live and organic, keeping your nerves working properly, getting oxygen to all the cells in your body, resting well and having great relationships, is what will keep you healthy, running fast, jumping high and living life to the fullest for as long as possible.
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Not true. Never was. The state law simply requires the Superintendent of each school district to report to the Commissioner of Health, the vaccine status of the student population. That’s it. The law does NOT require “immunizations for school”.
So, that means it does require the form completed and notarized if you don’t vaccinate. Oh, by the way, they call it an “Immunization Form” on the State of Minnesota’s website. That’s incorrect. Vaccinations is not immunization. Vaccines don’t create immunity. The use of the word ‘immunize’ overstates the effectiveness.
Now that the basics are out of the way and you can relax about making pediatric appointments so your kid can go to school next week, what do you need to consider to make this decision?
- Is my child at risk of dying or permanent injury from a disease that could be prevented by vaccinating?
Otherwise, why would you vaccinate at all? Just to prevent a day or two off school so nobody has to miss work to take care of her and she can’t go to daycare? I think that’s not a great reason.
If that logic makes sense then you’re simply down to determining what diseases could actually permanently injure or kill your child. That list is pretty short.
I’d list all the vaccines that have no potential to save your child’s life but that list is too long. Let’s just do the ones that really could pose harm. Pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza (flu), and that’s for kids under 3 years whose immune systems are still developing. The whole rest of the suggested vaccination list doesn’t protect anyone from dying or permanent injury. They protect the income of the parent who wouldn’t need to take off work to care for a child with chickenpox or measles. I know you’ve heard measles can kill…. Yes, in 3rd world malnourished kids suffering vitamin A deficiency. That’s not your kids in suburban Twin cities.
What about meningitis? From vaccination? Far more common. That’s off your list of concerns too.
Tetanus? Your child’s risk is wy less than winning the Powerball. Would you invest a nickel or a minute of your time at that risk level?
So, whooping cough and flu in toddlers and infants is the deal. You’ve got to decide if you can manage those things if you decide not to vaccinate. Vaccination really does improve your child’s response to those pathogens. These problems are manageable whether you do or don’t vaccinate. It’s not the end of the world if you know how to help your child through these. One of the main reasons these or other diseases elevate to complications and hospitalization is the home care that includes antipyretics, like Tylenol and cough suppressants impair their ability to fight the infection, as well as other medications used for other problems before this infection. For instance, a child given antibiotics at any point, typically for ear infection. They are rendered immune incompetent and will be less able to fight off the flu due to the antibiotic treatment he was given some time earlier. These are variables you need to consider.
If you decide to vaccinate, you should know by now if you’ve heard me speak or write on these things in the past, there has NEVER BEEN ANY SAFETY TESTING OF ANY VACCINE. You are ‘rolling the dice’ with your child’s health. Maybe he won’t be hurt this time…..
How can it be that there is no safety testing? Because vaccines get special treatment. The drug companies do not have to use placebo control groups to measure the outcomes for the vaccinated and “non-vaccinated” test groups. The so called non vaccinated group has already been vaccinated and in addition, they are injected with all the preservatives, aluminum and other vaccine ingredients, just not the pathogen. Thus, there’s no way to determine whether the aluminum causes problems or the formaldehyde or the human DNA or whatever….
And that’s why the results of this sham safety testing show no differences between the group that’s vaccinated and the group that supposedly isn’t vaccinated. And that’s why the media, the government, your pediatrician and others keep claiming that vaccine injuries are rare and autism and vaccine link has been debunked. It simply hasn’t. No one can say that yet.
Until someone will do a study with a true placebo group of kids that haven’t been vaccinated, no one can claim autism or anything else isn’t related to vaccination or any injury claim has been debunked. I know they keep claiming that they’ve done the work. But, they haven’t due to polluted, fake vaccine control groups. Every single one of the trials. Not a single one. Not one, used an unvaccinated placebo group. You will read that there is unvaccinated groups if you read the research, but you have to dig deeper to see that they are lying about this. They are only unvaccinated with respect to the single vaccine they are now testing.
Why won’t anyone do a vaccine safety trial with true placebo controls? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (Professional group of pediatricians speaking on behalf of the profession), it would be “unethical to withhold lifesaving vaccines from any group of children to do this testing.” In other words, since they confer some benefits, and we already know they’re safe why would we study safety? As we said, we know they’re safe.
That is absurd. There are groups that don’t vaccinate their kids regardless of how unethical the folks at the AAP feel about it. 7th Day Adventists, Amish, Chiropractors…. there’s lots of people who don’t vaccinate. It would be quite easy to enroll them as the placebo group. In fact, those groups have been begging to do this for decades. The AAP’s position is disingenuous. The CDC and every state health department all get money from drug companies to keep vaccinating and run “educational” programs on the topic. There’s lots of folks, not just pediatricians, politicians and bureaucrats on Merck and Astra Zeneca’s payroll.
There have been a couple other attempts to do this without the government funding to properly and satisfactorily address the concerns of the generalization of the results to critics. For instance, the two studies that have been done have been retrospective analysis of vaccinated versus unvaccinated. A phone survey of parents. So, it doesn’t really compare to a clinical trial. It’s a starting point and the government or certainly any drug company isn’t going to do the clinical trials.
Regardless, the results of that preliminary study was pretty damning to the vaccination program. The unvaccinated were far more healthy and less likely to have died already. They did however, experience more cases of mumps, measles, chickenpox etc… As you would expect. As I mentioned above, vaccines DO tweak the immune system to respond to a particular “bug”. So vaccinated experienced less symptomatic reportable disease.
Unfortunately, the vaccinated kids who had less chickenpox also experienced more asthma, eczema, allergies, ear infections, autism, learning and behavioral problems than their unvaccinated peers. These are lifelong, chronic problems. In addition to the more likely to have died (SIDS) if vaccinated than unvaccinated.
That’s the trade-off. Nobody wants to miss work and stay home with their sick kid. A vaccine might lower the risk of that happening. But nobody REALLY wants to go to the doctor repeatedly for asthma medication, keep epi pens in the cars, house and school, have their kid’s skin constantly irritated and searching for just the right diet to decrease the eczema, figure out what antibiotic we’re going to use next because the last one was ineffective, or find a tutor to keep him up to speed at school, or find a special school where he can attend at all, or find a personal care attendant to be with him 24 hours per day and change his diapers when he’s 13 and for the rest of his life. Or, go to your own child’s funeral. The odds of you attending your child’s funeral are higher if you vaccinate.
Maybe you get away with it, vaccinating and there’s no clinical evidence of harm. (Some doctors think we are all damaged by vaccination. Just so incrementally, we can’t measure it.) Maybe you don’t. Everybody must make the decision for their own family.
Here’s some really damning evidence that the New York Department of Health discovered blood tests to determine your child’s risk of autism after vaccination. It’s from 5 years ago. http://www.ageofautism.com/2018/08/houston-we-have-autism-biomarkers.html
New York, nor the CDC has lifted a finger to warn parents or do anything further.
I hate to conjecture on what drives this behavior. But it’s real. Other countries are figuring out the cause of autism while the US is in denial. https://jbhandleyblog.com/home/2018/4/1/international2018
Full disclosure. By now you likely know we didn’t vaccinate our kids. They are now adults. Did they get sick? Yep? Years 2-4 were lots of stuff, runny noses and hacking cough. They went to daycare. Croup, chickenpox, measles. Once they developed the immunity to those things which takes about 4 -5 years (and that IS immunization which they carry the rest of their lives, unlike vaccination which is partial and goes away within a few years) they were much stronger.
It wasn’t until my son was in college and called me at the office one day very concerned that it hurt to swallow, that I realized it had been well over a decade since he’d had anything at all. He called incidentally because he thought he was going to die as he didn’t remember ever having a sore throat. He did have them, but he was 4 or 5 or something. Now he was a college student in a dorm with a “germaphobe” roommate. (as a side note and over generalization, I’ve noticed germaphobes are sicker than most.) His germaphobe roommate was a petri dish of pathogens brought on by 18 years of his parents giving him antibiotics and antibacterial soaps rather than eating healthy and chiropractic care. Sleeping in that young man’s room would be hard on anyone’s immune system. My son did alright with it. He had to adapt. Quit eating mac and cheese in the college cafeteria and quit saying he was too busy to get adjusted, which he conceded after dealing with his first upper respiratory infection in a decade. That’s how you adapt. Eat right, sleep right, move right, and keep your nervous system working so it can figure out what’s going on in the world and cause your body to do what it needs to do. Make antibodies or sleep an extra hour. Let it do its thing.
God created you perfectly. You don’t need any help. Just no interference.
Dr. Daniel T. Barrett