March 2015

Chiropractic Simplified (part 2)

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The name of the game, to quote a phrase, is to get people better. The body can heal itself in a sure, sensible, practical, reasonable, and observable manner. This is how the healer within can be approached from without. Man possesses an unerring potential for recovery through the innate intelligence or physiological homeostasis of the human structure.”- George Goodheart DC.1

Sugar coat it anyway you like, but the main goal of any health care system, including chiropractic, should be to restore normal function within every patient.

Normal body functions, normal biological activity within people create an individual dependence on their own internal pharmacies for healing rather than “product dependent” human beings.

You are dependent on something.

Ideas have consequences. Your philosophy of health will determine your choice to be dependent on your internal healing abilities, your internal pharmacy or the “product” world. Both options have consequences. There is a best option.

My attempt at broadening your perspective continues, hopefully giving you a new respect for chiropractic and its goal orientation. Really it is my attempt to teach you about how incredible you are and how activity and movement are the great healers, your power within. Chiropractic simply exonerates that theme, makes use of that message.

It isn’t that I’m so pro- chiropractic. My loyalties are to anything that is going to restore cellular homeostasis since that is where disease actually begins.

Chiropractic aims to restore normal mechanoreception and proper movement.

But I guess that begs the question: “why does it need to be restored? When did I lose it?”

You might not have lost it! You might have it just fine, and be fully expressing your God-given capacities to maintain normal function. But if symptoms are present, you’re internal pharmacy is negotiating energy demands.

Like I’ve alluded to in previous articles…..the answer, in general terms, is stress.

Stress has the potential to rob you of appropriate movement, appropriate mechanoreception. It doesn’t mean that stress will create problems. Stress can even be a good thing. Think of gravity for example and all its benefits. Your body was meant to be under the biological laws of nature, for example. Each of them represents different types of natural stress. And they’re necessary. The trans-fat in the potato chips you eat every day, though, is not the stress you were meant to endure.

Again, restore normal and expected mechanoreception to restore proper, energy efficient movement. Restore movement to protect Brain function. Protect brain function to maintain normal cellular activity and “live long time”.

If A=B and B=C, then A=C

A= Chiropractic

B= Proper, efficient movement

C= normal and expected brain function

When trying to decide which healthcare approach to take, a general rule of thumb is to go with what’s most CONSERVATIVE. Conservative will obviously be relative to individual circumstances, but I promise you, in every circumstance there is a good, better, and best option. If you don’t know which option to choose in the vast sea of health care options, ask around. Get a referral from a friend. But for goodness sakes, please go conservative. And no, NSAIDS (acetaminophen, etc) are not a conservative option.

Restoring normal and expected sensory information should always be a part of your journey to feeling better.

My responsibility is not JUST to make sure your joints move correctly (as chiropractors do), because you are more than just bones. My responsibility in not JUST to make sure your muscles behave the way your skeleton and brain need them to (as the therapist in me is trained to do). My responsibility is not JUST to make sure “big daddy Vagus Nerve” is receiving and projecting proper information to the organs of your gastrointestinal system (like the somato-visceral orientated physician in me is prepared to do). Take any part of you and ultimately my job as a physician is to make you function as efficiently as humanly possible, in the place life has you, with the circumstances life has you. That would include anything that’s going to restore normal balance/homeostasis in the human body. Yes that can be done without drugs and surgery. Enter……holistic doctor.

Yes, prescription meds (though over-utilized and habit producing, even dignity depleting) have the potential to “buy you some time” by providing raw material you might need to keep you alive, but if you were truly healthy, truly in balance, you wouldn’t need them. Though I understand there are exceptions, no person should be required to take them long term. If you need drugs to keep you functioning normal on a daily basis, you’re not living in physiological balance and therefore not living to your fullest potential of health. Remember, health is man’s natural heritage.


1.) David Walther. Applied Kinesiology Synopsis 2nd edition. Systems DC.1988-2000. Pg xii


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Chiropractic Simplified (part 1)

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Chiropractors are always trying to put bones back in place. They shouldn’t be trying to put them back in place. They should be putting them back in function.” – Frank Illi 1973 National University Homecoming Speech

This will help simplify chiropractic and pose a case for its usefulness in your personal healthcare. What I’ve learned is that most people are genuinely interested in chiropractic and natural medicine to compliment their primary doctor visits. They just don’t know where to get a good answer for what chiros do.

“It’s not like WebMD where I can get a straight answer,” I remember hearing from a friend. “If only there was a simple write up that helped put it in perspective!” 

Chiropractic literally means “practice by hand”. If you’ve ever been to the chiropractor’s office you’d probably expect a few things: to be “crunched”, “popped”, or “cracked” and to be poked and prodded a bit. After all, prodding is an art and a science.

Chiropractors have made use of the science of movement and movement’s inherent ability to “right the wayward ship” of physiological aberration. To restore your functional capacities and help you move most efficiently is the end goal of chiropractic. Remember how important moving is right?

“Perhaps the most important thing we have learned is the intimate relationship between mobility and intelligence.” (1)

As I like to say, people are not one piece but MANY pieces. There are a lot of things that you are. Just think about the 40,000 genes alone in your DNA to help put that into perspective.

Though you might not think so, my loyalties ultimately do not lie with chiropractic but rather with conservative treatment of each patient.

I want patient’s to achieve a balanced system. I merely see myself as a respectful facilitator of the patient’s inherent ability to heal themselves and use chiropractic with other therapies to accomplish the end result of physiological balance.

Energy efficient, properly communicating movement is your greatest biomechanical asset, not my chiropractic services. Chiropractic is a means to an end, a more balanced person being that end.

Restore physiological Balance = Restore health

Simply put, restoring “balance” is the end goal of chiropractic, and that’s the reason it has any value at all.

It can “right the wayward ship”. This should be the end goal of every health care approach. In other words, to restore YOUR inherent ability to function independently of capitalized markets, including drug markets, vitamins, supplementation products, orthotics, etc etc SHOULD BE the foundational goal of every physician. 

Just as Frank Illi said in his address to National Chiropractic College at their 1973 Homecoming event, chiropractic is NOT about pops and cracks. Chiropractic is about restoring function.

And the value of function can mean the difference between you living to be 120 years old and you dying prematurely at age 65. It will mean the difference between a healthy brain and nervous system, functionally independent, long healthy life or a sick nervous system, functionally dependent, painful, drug dependent, physician dependent, shortened life.

Simply put, proper movement will protect brain function. Normal brain function ensures quality of life. Conservative approaches, including chiropractic, can restore and maintain proper movement


  1. Doman, Glenn. How  To Teach Your Baby  To Be Physically Superb. The  Better  Baby Press. pg 28. 1988
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With respect, please refuse to abdicate your health or your child’s health to the drug markets, to less than competent physicians, or insurance plans!

Take control of your child’s health.

You might pay for health insurance, but it’s a bad idea to give them all the power over your health care decisions.

How do you take control?Utilize the healing power of nature.

Support yourself properly with proper nutrition (non-GMO, no trans-fat, whole foods, grass-fed, wild caught, good fats over carbs) and proper movement  opportunities.

Give your child’s self-healing abilities, self-managing, self-regulating capacities more credit, more dignity. 

Ideas have consequences. Believing in or buying into ideas will influence your decisions, good and bad.

How many bad decisions can you or your kid get away with?Your body will tell you. Let “symptoms be your guide.”

Symptoms are the body’s way of communicating with consciousness. That’s you as the parent before your child can make proper health decisions.

Your kid doesn’t know what “healthy” looks like. Please teach them. With kids, more is caught than taught. Teach them through your own lifestyle choices. They will ultimately be imitating the lifestyle choices you make.

The health of your kid should not be a reflection of choices made out of convenience. Time to get back to “first principles”: healing starts from within.

This would be my response to a parent in regards to their initial observation of suspected acute infection.

Our healing comes from within us and God has equipped us with the ability to heal from the inside out. You know this.  There is risk in every decision. Life brings with it risk. Life is not always easy. And choosing the convenience of a pill (which isn’t “guaranteed” to do a better job than his own immune system) because you don’t want to deal with a crying individual for example is not parenting.

Those moments are opportunities!

See them and use them. Teach your kid about their internal healing abilities. Drugs might carry a “scientifically proven” label, that doesn’t mean it’s the best option for your health. That doesn’t mean that’s the only option for healing. That just might be the only message you have heard. Don’t take the easy way out.

Why not give your son’s inherent natural healing ability the dignity to see if it can handle the mess without help. His immune system will be better for it.

Ideas have consequences. And your actions for your family will be the direct result of those ideas. But if you never heard the other side of the story, you’ll never know what you’re missing. Don’t jump on the Non-gravy train of over-the-counter meds to solve your child’s homeostatic-imbalance problem. If you do, you will effectively do three things in the process:

1.) Contaminate the patient’s internal milieu (insides)

2.) Make you and your child dependent on drugs to feel “normal”

3.) Make my job as a physician harder when trying to put you back together

Give your child’s self-healing abilities the dignity it deserves!

Dr. RhettDignity
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