Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through
experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller
You're never too big or small or old
For what? For love, of course. Love makes life
worth living. The more love in your life, the happier and
healthier you are, and the longer you live. The science of
psycho-neuro-immunology is devoted to exploring how love and
other emotions affect your health. The studies so impressed
Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles,
that he once commented, "It's scientific to love." And you
thought science was dry?
So on this Valentine's Day, drop by for a great big hug and
an adjustment. If you're the shy kind, just an adjustment
will do nicely.
there you are
In modern times researchers
have developed the habit of describing the human body in terms
of the latest scientific discoveries.
For example, as machines became more complicated, scientists
started to describe the body as an incredibly complicated machine
with levers and pulleys and interconnecting parts.
was discovered and harnessed we began to describe the body
as filled with this amazing "vital" life energy that animates
all the "mechanical" parts.
After computers were invented, we likened the body to a vast
computer that is able to run thousands of programs simultaneously.
The list goes on and on: holograms, artificial intelligence,
atomic and quantum physics (and more).
|Rest assured, however,
that whatever we invent/discover next, whatever mystery of the
universe is revealed by science, we will find it "old news"
as we rediscover that the wondrous wisdom that created our wondrous
bodies has been incorporating it for millennia.
|We must respect the body
as incredibly wise. The body creates symptoms (fever, headache,
aches, pains, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) for a reason.
Symptoms help clean the body, ridding it of poisons and burning
off infections, to bring us back to balance.
||So rather than fight the symptoms
your body has created - by using drugs to artificially lower
fever, dry up mucous membranes, suppress cough and other discharges
- we should understand that these symptoms have a purpose.
For example, research
reveals that people who have a history of infectious diseases,
including colds and flu, suffer from less cancer and heart
disease. Childhood diseases are associated with a lower cancer
risk in adulthood. (1-2)
A sick person should be comforted and cared for as the body
does its job of healing, cleansing and repair. Natural health
providers recommend cleansing diets, herbs, enemas, homeopathic
remedies and other means to keep the body comfortable and
promote natural discharge and elimination. Chiropractic care
is essential to ensure the body is free of subluxations so
it will function more efficiently to expel poisons and heal.
No human doctor can match the wisdom of the body. We can
only hope to work with the body as best as we can. Sickness
and disease should be seen as opportunities to create deeper,
more lasting health.
may hinder growth
According to Stephen R. Hinshaw, Ph.D., professor and Chair
of the Department of Psychology at the University of California,
Berkeley, children taking Ritalin grow one inch less in a
two-year period than children not taking the drug. (5)
and spinal research
Remember: everyone, no matter what condition they may have,
needs chiropractic care to ensure their body is working without
subluxations. If you have any specific questions please feel
free to contact us.
This is the case of an 8-year-old child with many learning
and behavioral disorders associated with ADHD. Symptoms began
shortly after the child experienced a fall (18 months earlier).
Physical examination revealed the child to have cervical (neck)
subluxations. Following two months of care, his mother noted
positive changes in behavior and reduction in his complaints
of headaches and neck pain symptoms...reports from his teachers
at school remarked on the positive changes in his behavior
and improvements in academic performance. (6)
Angina pectoris. Angina pectoris, commonly
known as chest pain, affects more than 6 million Americans
every year. The painful and sometimes suffocating attacks
can be brought on by a lack of oxygen in the blood due to
the heart working overtime. In this study positive results
were shown for weekly chiropractic adjustments in patients
with a specific type of angina.
Fifty patients diagnosed with cervicothoracic angina (CTA),
chest discomfort originating from the cervical spine and the
thorax, were given chiropractic care. There were 225 patients
in the control group. Approximately 75% of the chiropractic
group reported an improvement in pain and general health.
The control group recorded a 22 to 25% improvement. (7)
By Kevin Donka, D.C.
Suffering is Optional
In order to understand the meaning of the title
above, it is first necessary to define the words pain and
suffering, as well as to ask if either or both of them may
ultimately serve a purpose in helping us heal (i.e., move
toward wholeness). Pain is defined most often as physical
discomfort of some kind. Suffering is defined as the PROCESS
of EXPERIENCING physical pain, and the EMOTIONAL MEANING and
ATTACHMENTS we GIVE to that experience.
If you think about these words and their meanings as presented
here, you will see that physical pain is something that happens
to us, whereas suffering is in reality a choice we make in
how to respond to that pain. I realize the idea that we actually
CHOOSE to suffer will not sit well with some people, but everyone
reading this article can think of examples of how experiencing
pain may have caused one person or group of people to suffer
terribly, while others enduring nearly identical circumstances
turned the pain into incredible growth experiences for themselves
and for others.
I am reminded of the story about twin brothers who grew up
in the ghettos of Detroit, Michigan. Their father was a drug
addict, a thief, he was never around for them, he was constantly
in and out of jail and he caused terrible stress and physical
pain in their household while they were young. These boys
were interviewed as adults on a television news show. One
brother was in jail and had turned out just like his father
while the other had become a world-famous heart surgeon. They
were both asked the following question separately, "How do
you believe you turned out the way you did?" Amazingly, they
both answered the same exact way. They said, "With a father
like I had, how else could I have turned out?"
You see, one brother used the pain he experienced (as well
as the suffering as a young man) to propel himself into better
circumstances. He CHOSE to remember the PAIN, but he gave
up the SUFFERING and created the life he wanted. The other
CHOSE to continue SUFFERING and use the PAIN simply as an
excuse to not achieve anything in his life.
It is never fun to go through pain. In fact, it has been
called the gift nobody wants. But, I believe that pain can
in fact be the greatest gift we can receive, if we CHOOSE
to use it for our growth. What is your pain trying
to tell you? Do you need to change some aspect of
your lifestyle? Do you need to add something to your healthcare
regiment? Do you need to make a decision in some area of your
life you have been putting off or take an action you have
One of my absolute favorite quotes is from A Course In
Miracles and says, "Your soul would rather fail at its
own life than succeed at someone else's." USE YOUR PAIN! Ask
yourself what your soul is trying to tell you. LISTEN carefully
and take whatever steps are needed to use every experience
for growth. And then, help others to do the same, and you
will find that the title of this article is true -
Suffering is Optional!
A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't
make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real
good time like I am."
After the baby naming of his sister in synagogue, Jason sobbed
all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked
him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied,
"That Rabbi said he wanted us brought up in a Jewish
home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."
One particular four-year-old prayed, "And forgive us
our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our
A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on
the way to services, "And why is it necessary to be quiet?
One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."
Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother, Joel, were
sitting together in synagogue. Joel giggled, sang, and talked
Finally, his big sister had had enough, "You're not supposed
to talk out loud in synagogue."
"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the synagogue and said, "See
those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 3, and
Ryan 4. The boys began to argue over who would get the first
pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.
"If God were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother
have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Ryan turned to his younger brother and said,
"Kevin, you be God!"
A father was at the beach with his children when his four-year-old
son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore
where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.
"He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said,
"Did God throw him back down?"
A wife invited some people to dinner.
At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and
"Would you like to say the blessing?"
"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.
"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth
did I invite all these people to dinner?"
Bon Voyage: Cari Jacobson
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Common coffee additive
may cause diabetes
There is something added to our coffee that makes it extremely
unhealthy. We're not talking about all the sugar or fat-laden
cream - its the chlorinated water! Chlorine and coffee don't mix.
When chlorine combines with any organic compound it creates a
dangerous class of chemicals called dioxins: specifically alloxan,
a poison that destroys the beta cells of the pancreas (the ones
that produce insulin). (9)
In fact, researchers use it to induce diabetes in laboratory
Coffee has been implicated as a cause of pancreatic cancer. (10)
Chlorine also combines with organic materials to form trihalomethanes,
which increase the risk of bladder and rectal cancers. The risk
increases as the exposure to chlorinated water increases. (11)
If you must drink coffee at least avoid it if it's made with
chlorinated water. When buying a cup of coffee, ask if they use
filtered water. If they don't know, assume the water is chlorinated.
Words of wisdom
Kings would fall if they were always high and noble, thus the noble
is based on the humble.
Read this before
saying yes to a bypass, angioplasty or stents
"About 1.6 million Americans undergo heart bypass surgery, angioplasty
or stent procedures annually - even though there's no evidence that
these procedures prolong life or prevent future heart attacks in
the majority of patients.
"The three-year survival rate for most patients who have had bypass
surgery is almost exactly the same as it is for patients with heart
disease who don't have surgery.
"The vast majority of patients with heart disease can reduce the
risk of a future heart attack by up to 80% - without undergoing
expensive and risky procedures.
"Most bypass and stent procedures
are the equivalent of cosmetic cardiology. They make blood vessels
appear healthy but do little to reduce heart attack risk."
In fact, most heart attacks are caused by tiny blockages that can
be hard to detect - and these blockages often are not in the blood
vessels that triggered all the concern in the first place. The mortality
from bypass surgery ranges from 3%-5%. More than 50% of patients
may experience cognitive difficulties, and patients who have bypass
surgery are nearly four times more likely to suffer a subsequent
stroke. These are poor odds for procedures that don't necessarily
prolong life or make patients healthier." (8)
Keep your prostate (even if it's
Do you know anyone who's been told they need to
have their prostate removed? Before they make their decision they
should look at two research papers that confirmed what has been
mentioned in other medical journals (but forgotten): that men
with prostate cancer who have surgery don't live any longer than
men who have prostate cancer who choose not to have surgery.
In these studies 695 men with prostate cancer were
divided into two groups: one had their prostates removed (radical
prostatectomy) and the other didn't. "Watchful waiting," the MDs
called it. The men were watched for 6.2 years. The result? No
difference in death rates. But there's more - 80% of the men in
the surgery group became impotent, compared to 45% in the non-surgical
group. About 50% of the surgical group were incontinent compared
with 21% in the no-surgery group. My advice - go natural. Get
chiropractic care; explore alternatives. (3-4)