Someone earlier today said to me, “I’ve put on some big events, but nothing like you’re doing on Thursday. I’m not sure if I could have pulled it off.” In retrospect, the 10 Year Anniversary Bash we’re celebrating on Thursday, June 6 from 4-7pm has taken on a life of its own. On several occasions I’ve wondered if it was worth all the time, energy, orchestration and money. Between finding a tent on a prime graduation and wedding weekend, finding volunteers to help, ordering countless goodies for our gift bags, designing a custom 10yr logo for banners, cozies and gifts, gathering over $2,000 in door prizes, procuring a 35ft. rock wall & giant tricycles and bringing it all together for one fun afternoon has had me second guess the decision more than once.
Then I walk into our office and see our Well Adjusted Wall of Fame and I remember. Or I’ll overhear a practice member telling a story of how their life has radically improved in a few short weeks since beginning care. Then a family brings in their newborn, only a few days old, to our office as their first trip out of the house as a family and it all hits home. We’re doing this ALL FOR YOU! We are celebrating the fantastic community that we’ve had an honor to humbly serve since 2003. You have been the driving force for every decision we’ve made in the meantime. From the “Grand Opening” that had me questioning everything when only a few dozen people attended; to our 2008 celebration of becoming a Creating Wellness Center that blew us away by drawing hundreds of people through our office in a matter of hours. We’ve made every choice regarding our office with you in mind and this BASH is no exception.
I do hope that you will join us on Thursday – RAIN OR SHINE! Sparing no cost, we have assembled a plethora of fun and excitement that will take place in the parking lot directly behind our office. Starting at 4pm and wrapping up around 7pm, I would like for YOU to join us for an amazing afternoon of community, healthy food, fun competition and connection. Enter through the back parking lot and be ready to make some new friends and to be celebrated for being THE WHY for our success. PARTY ON!
I’ve always been a person of chronology. I remember laying in bed as a child thinking “12 hours ago I was on the playground at recess. “ It carried into my teen years when I realized that at age 13 that I could remember what it was like to be 10 and if I could wait that long again I would be old enough to drive. Right now, 10 years into this amazing career, I think about where I was in 1993 – 10 years on the other side of starting Lakeshore Chiropractic.
Even prior to Steve Jobs pointing it out, I realized early on as a business owner that I was putting in 1000 units of effort for 1 unit of result. I had watched my father, a factory owner, run a business like that my entire life – it was supposed to be that way. I made business decisions personal, I micromanaged, and I continued to put in much more effort than I was getting in return and mistakenly believed — “it can’t be me — I’m working my ass off!”
At some point in time a quote from a book my mother had given me began to resonate with me, “it’s amazing what can get accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.” I started to look for people to surround myself with, whose lives I wanted for myself. I noticed several significant habits and values common among these people. They had rigid routines, they took care of their mind and body, and they all had built a great support team – but only because they had become a great leader. If I ever wanted to reverse the effort: results ratio, then I needed to become a better leader. I began to work out daily before I went to work, I involved my team in amazing seminars around the country, I ran weekly team trainings to deliver our service on a level that was unparalleled, we determined our personal and corporate values and ensured our objectives were in line with those values.
Somehow — I can’t tell you exactly when it happened — but things began to click somewhere 5-6 years in business. I got out of my own way, built a system and my effort began start yielding an acceptable result. Through this time our practice members began to express bigger and more amazing healthy life expressions. Results were here!
The parallels between my personal life and my practitioner life were converging. I recognized that providing a Chiropractic adjustment and correcting subluxation returns a body to congruence and efficiency. As DD Palmer, the founder of Chiropractic, said “The purpose of the adjustment is to reunite man the physical with man the spiritual.” It has always been about opening yourself to the possibilities of Innate Intelligence. It’s about getting a greater return on your effort.
As the years have gone on, we have done the one thing that eludes so many other great Chiropractors out there: the ability to convey that message to the public. Everyone in our office has become a great educator. Interns, new hires and veteran practice members alike live a life that many around them want to emulate and that to me is SUCCESS.
We sincerely hope that you will join us Thursday, June 6th from 4-7pm for our 10yr anniversary bash at our office to celebrate the thousands that are enjoying a more efficient and fulfilled life thanks to Chiropractic. www.adjust2wellness.com/10YEARS
NO WAY am I going to be so cliché and say that the first 10 years in practice has flown by. Instead I choose to focus on the growth and love that I have been able to share with our practice members over these 10 amazing years. I certainly recognize several of the pivotal business decisions that have propelled us to new heights. And anyone could recognize the physical transformations the office itself has gone through- we opened the doors in 2003 with fairly bare walls and sparse furnishings. But the biggest determining factor in our success has been having an open mind and being able to “pivot” when necessary. It’s much more a way of life than a type of business and I know for certain that I have personally grown every bit as much as Lakeshore Chiropractic and our practice members.
Other Chiropractors I work with refer to it as a “mid-course correction”, or a “renegotiation.” I’ve come to resonate with the term “pivot” to describe that despite all of my best intentions, a decision has led me down a path I was either not ready for or uninterested in continuing on. At that point the stubborn business man may follow that course through and go down with the proverbial ship, but that was never my personality. I’ve found value to stem from these experiences that is valuable beyond measure. At this point I have identified more clearly exactly what it is that we want and most often discovered WHY we want that as well. It is summed up in the Catalyzing Statement we drafted together:
“A LEGACY OF ABSOLUTE HEALTH FOR EVERY FAMILY”
I couldn’t be more proud of where we are 10 years into practice, but would never have expected the pivots necessary along the way. We’ve maintained focus by having our Mission Statement in every room of the office, holding weekly team trainings and continually pushing ourselves to serve to our utmost ability. We’ve come a long way and I thank you for being a part of it. Please look forward to next week’s blog as I continue to reflect on the history we’ve created, the lives we’ve impacted as well as lessons learned along the way. And if you’ve not stopped by recently, please do so—we’ve missed you .
MARK YOUR CALENDARS and please join us in celebration of our 10 year anniversary on Thursday, June 6th from 4-7pm right behind our office. Lots of games, prizes and food. Look for notifications in your inbox – it’s going to be a BASH!
My blog last week briefly touched on GMOs and resulted in several questions about the process, the precision and the potential dangers that are behind the “science” of genetically modifying DNA. While the marketing efforts of GMO foods, specifically Monsanto, will certainly make their “research” pop up on top of a simple Google search the recent governmental controversies and countless sites dedicated to natural foods are gaining lot of traction and causing many people to question their grocery lists. Get to understand even just a little of the potential permanent devastation to our ecosystem and it is terrifying.
First let’s explore the motivating factors behind genetically modifying foods. As most are aware by now the agriculture company Monsanto was the first to genetically modify a plant cell in the early 80’s and has used this process to capture the soybean and corn market with the creation of “Roundup Ready” seed. Of course, they make the herbicide Roundup as well so they get a double dip of the action. Add that to the fact that natural cross pollination occurs between neighboring farms and suddenly we are left with literally over ½ of this countries crops, and way over ½ of the foods in your grocery store containing “Roundup Ready” ingredients. These toxins they’ve created, which are linked to birth defects, cancer and hormone disruption, end up inside our food.
By combining cell material from other species including viruses, bacteria and other animals, they’ve also developed a chemical in the cell of corn that when consumed by insects causes their gut to explode. This is in every ear of corn, every corn chip, and everything containing soy that has been developed by Monsanto. Recent evidence shows that these toxins can also break the walls of human cells and was found in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of their unborn fetuses.
Worse yet is the legal and political protection that has been slipped through Congress to ensure that even if one of these GMO foods is found to be harmful to humans with 100% certainty it CANNOT be removed from our soils – they’re that connected. Simple Google search of “congressional connections to Monsanto” and you will quickly become as enraged as I am that we are now FORCED to accept that this is going to continue to be an issue for years to come.
“The general public has the false impression that genetic engineering is precise. In truth, it’s sub-microscopic shooting from the hip, resulting in unpredictable and potentially dangerous changes in the organisms’ DNA and the health properties of food.” – Robin Bernhoft, M.D., Surgeon, Former President of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine
I share this not to scare you, but rather to hopefully allow you to make more educated decisions going forward. To think that we have less control over the foods we are feeding our families is frightening. If you would like to learn more we have videos for loan in our office as well as lists of companies that are using non-GMO sources in their foods. Please take an active role in the health of you and your family.
I’ve explored the difference between mechanistic and vitalistic understandings of life and health ad nauseam both in my office and from the stage. To continue to think that our life experience is merely the result of happenstance, that we are simply a compilation of parts that work together therefore we exist is infuriating to me. But that is the mechanistic mindset. Recently a Chiropractic “health” presenter, when asked about organic foods and GMOs (genetically modified organisms), said from stage that “people aren’t unhealthy because they consume too many pesticides.” I believe the point he was trying to make was that we’ve got bigger issues as a society than chemicals, but the concept he was reaffirming was that our existence and experience were not the SUM TOTAL of the choices we make. I had to speak up!
One of my wellness mentors, Dr. James Chestnut, has used the analogy of “Rocks In Your Backpack” for years. Visualize that you are in a lake wearing a backpack and that every choice you make is either a rock, could be large or small, in or out of your backpack. Even small rocks (poor health decisions) add up to the experience you have during your lifetime in the lake. The term allostatic load represents the unavoidable physiological consequences of exposure to stress which heighten neural or neuroendocrine responses. The cascade of reactions that happen when we consume manmade chemicals or modified organisms doesn’t change or lessen because we also consume even unhealthier things than that on a regular basis.
To say that small rocks in our backpack aren’t the reason we are struggling to stay afloat in the lake is appalling to me. Big or small, poor decisions and lifestyle choices are the essence that decreases our expression of health, robs us of joy and vitality, as well as shortens our lifespan. EVERY choice we make impacts our DNA and to say that just because GMOs in our diet aren’t the largest rocks in our backpack they aren’t a problem is equivalent to saying that trading in an alcohol addiction for a cigarette addiction is a “healthier” choice.
We all make conscious choices that are rocks in our backpack, but we at least deserve to have the knowledge basis to make those choices for ourselves. It is this concept that will keep me telling the story of rocks in our backpack – no matter how small they may seem.
To learn a more directly from Dr. Chestnut about Rocks in your Backpack please watch the video below.
Earlier this week I was told I was showing my age when I quoted John “Hannibal” Smith, from The “A” Team, who said “I love it when a plan comes together” as I described that my last blog did exactly what I had wanted it to—draw out emotions of all who read it. I received more feedback from that blog than any other and, as I suspected, many different interpretations of my message. It wasn’t long ago that I would find myself frustrated when someone would perceive my message other than the way that I initially intended. It seemed as if somehow they were trying to tell me what or how I should have written to express myself. That was when I recognized that everyone, aside from me, was terribly flawed in their perspective.
I love to write. I recall the assignment freshman year at Indiana University in which we were asked to keep a journal for 90 days and I delivered my assignment the following day as I had already been journaling. I was always known for having a great memory, but as I matured, chronology was escaping me. Did the stress of losing my grandfather draw me closer to the gal I was dating or did I meet her right after that while in a state of vulnerability? Or had I read that book before or after I expressed my undying love for Tiffany sophomore year ? As you can tell—I was trying to keep track of important stuff!
I’ve always been a picky reader as well. I critique writing styles within three pages of a new book and if they structure their sentences differently than I might, it can be difficult for me to read on. What’s up with that? And is it possible that this could that be producing the unanticipated responses from my blog?
We see the world through our own eyes. We interpret criticism as if it were from us and we cannot possibly understand another’s point of view until we acknowledge that it comes from within them, NOT us. It can be so easy to close our minds when we believe that someone from outside is judging us or that they are attacking our point of view.
Over time I recognized that I had been judging other’s reactions as if they were my own—”If I reacted as that person did I would do so because I found that statement ignorant and small-minded.” When in fact, that person’s reaction and intent may not be that at all. They responded that way because of the life they’ve led and what they’ve been taught by their Mothers, Fathers, Teachers and Preachers.
We all have our own past and it is through this lens that we see the world. It is impossible for us to know the lens through which those around us view our actions and opinions so I implore you to spend less time worrying about how someone else reacted to your actions and beliefs and more time exploring how your behavior makes you feel inside. It is your inner experience, after all, that led you to that situation and reaction in the first place. Trust it and be proud of it.
I’ve been studying Chiropractic everyday for the last 14 years. I’ve got the pathways between the brain and the body that control internal organ function down cold. Ask me about how the reduction of proper spinal motion leads us to the fight/flight response creating high blood pressure, increased cholesterol, diabetes and increased cancers and I can share for hours. I have in my possession functional MRI studies that demonstrate increased brain efficiency immediately subsequent to a single adjustment. I can cite studies that illustrate increased immune response as well as increased serum thiol levels (responsible for DNA repair and longevity) in those under regular Chiropractic care. But when posed the question “How would I feel if I couldn’t adjust my kids for 30 days?” none of those things came to mind.
My initial reaction is visceral. Even the thought of going 30 days without my children being checked for subluxation is devastating. I know without a shadow of a doubt that if that were to ever occur, my sons’ health potential and expression of life would be reduced. And reduced potential and life expression — even 1% less is simply unacceptable to me. When posed the question, “What if I couldn’t check my kids for 30 days?” my heart sinks as I immediately envision opportunities missed. Not opportunities for me to check and adjust them to make certain they don’t get sick. That doesn’t cross my mind at all and isn’t why I adjust Trent and Drake. What I think about is how brilliant they both are and how they’re continually described as advanced for their age. I think about how every day they learn so much and are excited to share their enthusiasm for life with others. In my mind, kids have genetic windows of opportunity. Limited spots in time where they can maximize their experience and understanding of the world around them. Every single moment that they are subluxated, their sense of unity and connection to this world diminishes. They are unable to process all the amazing things around them as quickly as their potential would allow and they miss opportunities to learn, engage and develop to their full, 100% potential.
At the very moment that our nervous system is compromised even 1%, our potential is reduced. The world of endless possibilities becomes altered away from our ultimate potential to a maximum potential that is just a little less than it was before-our ceiling is lowered. Will we ever notice that small divergence? Likely not until these small compromises add up to be unavoidable and obvious. We don’t notice 1%, but when 1% becomes 2%, and then 10%....we are faced with someone whose future becomes irreparably limited.
You see, everything we know about our environment comes through our senses and is processed into our internal reality only AFTER it travels through nerves on its way to our brain. It’s no stretch for any of us to understand what would happen if the Optic Nerve was in a state of disturbance—our vision would be blurred, we might be more sensitive to light, or colors might not seem as vivid. Sight is pretty easy to notice, even if the disturbance is small. But how easy would we notice a slight disturbance in cognition, mental clarity, emotional engagement and control or even agility?
I am crystal clear that chiropractic adjustments allow people to heal more quickly, stay healthier and have more energy. Meanwhile, the real value I create is the un-muddled connection that comes from having a nervous system that is tapped into actual reality. Not a reality filtered through nerves under distress, but one where positive outcomes are identifiable, realistic, achievable AND THE NORM. At no point in our lives will we be faced with more opportunities for growth and excellence than from conception to age 6 or 7 and it is for this reason that I check my kids regularly. I encourage you to do the same for anyone you love — for them and us, so our children can grow up with other kids of 100% expression and potential.
I've often wondered why I tend to clean up a rental car before I return it, tidy up a hotel room before departing, or wrangle up stray shopping karts from the parking lot on my way into Costco (selfishly—keeping my truck ding-free may play a role in that one). Why would someone sponsor something or someone when they are no tax benefits at play? And is it selfish to want to witness a child open your birthday gift to them, if only so you, the gift giver, can experience that joy of the smile on their face?
It's considered honorable, even, altruistic to be a contributor over a producer. I look to be an honorable producer, one who creates value for others in honest fashion. The recognition that there are certainly values I possess that may appear selfish at first glance might cause one to question my motives. For instance, I go to the office every day to change the health and well being of the community in which I am raising my family. I was once told that I was only in it for myself after sharing that value. I argue the exact opposite, the only way that becomes a reality is if I have created enough value to actually create a shift in the state of wellness in and around Indianapolis.
I'm not looking for a pat on the back or a "well done." I'm in search of righting the ship, preventing suffering and saving lives by correcting the paradigm that is creating more sickness in families in the guise of "health." You see, I've come to find that GOOD IS NOT WHAT YOU DO, IT IS, RATHER, WHAT HAPPENS TO OTHERS WHEN YOU DO IT.
Over 10 years in practice has given me the certainty to enter the room with a family in need and tell them what I know they are looking for—answers to health that they aren't finding anywhere else. What we offer, by freeing the nervous system, cannot fail, just as brushing your teeth cannot fail to keep them healthier than if you refrained. This is what Chiropractic is to us—a means to produce good in and for others.
You can be certain that when I return from a conference that my passion will be rekindled, my intent laser focused and my desire to serve to the greatest capacity possible in full effect. This trip to Las Vegas for the largest gathering of Chiropractor's had several surprises in store for me and over the next month or two you will be receiving the benefit of these pivotal distinctions that I have made from an amazing weekend in Las Vegas.
Look out 2013, HERE I COME! One year ago, my first blog on this site was The 5 Keys To Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution beyond the first 30 days of the year. This time around I’m going to share one more gem that I picked up several years ago that has helped me leverage my time to bring my dreams into reality.
I imagine I’m not the only one with a seemingly insurmountable “to do” list. I have a 6 day a week exercise routine, a business that continually strives to provide more value to our community, I actively pursue ways to better my profession both locally and by speaking around the country, I happily travel to improve my craft, I seek ways to better lead my employees, and I have an amazing and active family that loves to travel and discover our untapped potentials. WOW, just thinking about all of those responsibilities and my heart can start to race. Until I remember that I have created strategies that facilitate success in all of those areas.
In any of those categories there are countless things that I could be doing that help me move toward excellence. This list would include great things like additional topics for our wellness modules, a series of YouTube videos on ergonomics and how to eat healthy while eating out. I could be writing more helpful blogs or even starting up a healthy smoothie shop that runs out of the back of my office. All of these things create great value and are things I intend to do at some point. If I work a little bit at each of them they might happen someday, but not before discouragement settles in as I don’t get to enjoy any of the fruits of my ongoing labors.
The key is this: I created a STOP DOING list. I took the list of 20 items that would increase my service value to the community, checked off the TOP 5 most impactful and the remaining 15 items became my stop doing list. Most of us would never think of putting things that we know would help us reach our goal on a stop doing list, but once I recognized that it falls outside the 5 most necessary to ensure success it starts to make sense. Remove distractions from our field of vision and success will follow.
One of the most critical ways for a Chiropractor to provide value is to be 100% present with every practice member he has the honor to serve. Is that possible if I’m checking email and facebook between every adjustment? Or if I’ve been paying bills and balancing the books right before I step into the Adjustitorium? Are those things important - absolutely, but they have a time and a place and it isn’t during adjusting times. That’s one of the reasons we have specific adjusting times and THE reason that my family comes into the office during busy times to get adjusted. They know my attention is focused and I’m at my best when I’m in that frame of mind.
Start to put this concept into action and you recognize that you become more present in your actions and your intent becomes clear to those around you. Give it a shot, take that New Year’s Resolution and list out 20 steps and actions that will help propel you toward achieving that goal. Now pick out the most critical 5 and DO NOT DO the other 15 until you have completed the most important 5. I’ve realized that most of the time when those 5 are done the resolution is already successful and completed in full.
Many of you have had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Mogle, our delightful intern who will be graduating a Doctor of Chiropractic in February 2013. She’s been eager to learn, research, adjust and even present with us over the last several months and now she is matching wits with me with a great blog.
Rebecca’s blog below was inspired by a conversation we had about the number of prescription medications the average American fills every year as reported by CNN—
Do we really need a whole cabinet in our house dedicated to medicine? If the average medicine cabinet holds 40 medications, and the average household has 2.6 people filling an average of 12 prescriptions per year, as reported above, then yes, sadly, we do! After all, there are pills to "cure" just about anything that ails you, right?
Think about this: A woman goes to see her MD for insomnia. She begins taking Ambien to medicate her to sleep at night. She consequently develops respiratory problems and bronchitis, a known side-effect of Ambien and is resultantly prescribed an antibiotic for a lung infection. Her heart starts skipping beats, prompting her MD to put her on Sotalol for the arrythmias. Shortly after, she develops seizures, and is put on Diazepam. Her insomnia returns, then depression begins.
The scary truth: This is a true story! A woman who is not on any medications finds herself taking 12 just five years later, all because she wasn't getting enough vitamin B-12, which she eventually discovered caused her insomnia. Six doctors couldn't figure that out! She wasn’t “Ambien deficient” or “Diazepam deficient” after all!
That is why my bathroom cabinet is NOT a "medicine" cabinet. It holds toothpaste, dental floss, a toothbrush, homemade deodorant, and zero medicine.
How many drugs are in your medicine cabinet?
If you think it's too many, come talk with us about your 2013 health goals. Just this week we celebrated as 2 practice members were able to eliminate their need for blood pressure medication through lifestyle changes!
The body is intelligently designed to heal itself — it needs no help, just no interference.