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Today I was thinking of how many of my friends–offline and online–don’t understand chiropractic, let alone my passion for it.  I get it, as there are many mixed messages out there, including “chiropractors” who try to practice in a medical model treating back pain (we call these people medipractors).  I can see from their perspective it is hard to know what to believe.

Let me share with you what I believe.  


Why Infants Need Chiropractic Care

It is common to get strange looks from people I talk to about taking infants to the chiropractor.  I know what is going through their heads: is it safe…babies don’t have back pain…do babies get adjusted the same way I do?  These are legitimate concerns for any parent, but to answer them I will begin with the most important question: WHY?

Let’s start with the obvious.  When was the last time you tried to squeeze through a 10cm hole?

“It’s kind of hot in these rhinos”

Being born is tough work, there are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during their journey into the world.  A current study demonstrated that 90% of newborns suffered birth trauma and associated strain through the neck and cranial areas following birth:


What You Need to Know About Ear Infections

Moms and Dads, this ones for you.  Ear infections are the number one reason for antibiotic prescription in infants and young children, so what do you need to be aware of?  First, the average child under 2 years of age will have 2 ear infections per year.  Risk factors that increase the likelihood of ear infection include: daycare attendance, exposure to cigarette smoke, pacifier use beyond 10 months, and formula feeding.

Since it is likely that you and your child will experience this at some point, here is the best current information to keep in mind:

  • Most cases are viral, so antibiotics will be of no help.  Medical offices do not culture the ear fluid to determine if it is viral or bacterial.
  • A British Medical Journal study found that 17 children must be treated with antibiotics to prevent just one child from experiencing some pain.
    Del Mar C.  Are antibiotics indicated as initial treatment for children with acute otitis media?  British Medical Journal 1997; 314(7093): 1526-1529. 


Getting On Your Nerves

Has it ever occurred to you that everything you do in your life is done through your nervous system?  Watching a sunset, tasting a great wine, feeling the ocean breeze on your skin — you experience your life through your senses which communicate to your brain via nerves.  That is why we call the nervous system the master system of the body, because it controls everything from your heartbeat to perception of pain.


Can you fix it?

This has to be one of the top 10 questions that all doctors hear on a daily basis.  It is actually a troubling question to answer, because if the doctor says “yes,” then the patient is not empowered to change their health, and responsibility moves from the patient to the doctor.  Keep in mind that this problem may have taken years to develop, and the doctor is expected to provide a “fix” rather quickly.  Of course the doctor wants to say “yes,” but to do so would rob the patient of the key to change their health, and would create an unhealthy co-dependent relationship between the patient (broken) and the doctor (fixer).


Spark Your Creativity!

Do you feel less creative than your younger self?  Has brain-fog and routine become your reality?  This spring are you looking for new experiences and new life?  If you answered any of these “yes!” then this is being written just for you.

The Homer Brain

Does your brain feel like this?

I was reading a new study this morning that shows Chiropractic adjustments have been found to improve creative thinking.  Like many people, there are times I feel like I am losing my creative edge.  That has led me to wonder why that happens as we age – because we have more experiences to draw upon and more time to hone our creative talents.  But we also have more demands on our time, more worries, more stress.

If you have ever heard me talk about stress before, then you know that it puts your body into a survival “fight-or-flight” mode.  When in survival mode, a part of your brain called the cerebral cortex is shut down.


Research Update

Here are some interesting must-read articles by the medical community about the medical community.  This first one entitled “Exploring the Harmful Effects of Health Care” states that:

On balance, the data remain imprecise, and the benefits that US health care currently deliver may not outweigh the aggregate health harm it imparts.  Health care contributes only about 10% toward reducing premature death.¹

They aren’t even sure if they are breaking even!  Let us cross reference that with the study “Death by Medicine,” written by MD’s and PhD’s:

Medicine is a leading cause of death in U.S.  The estimated annual mortality of medical intervention is 783,936 lives and the economic cost is $282 billion.²



Everyone seems to be searching for an “authentic” experience, in fact, Generation Y is all about authenticity.  A chance for something to happen to them, for a story to be made, for a pivotal moment that shifts their paradigm.  We as humans are happiest when we are living congruently and consciously, though this is an uncommon state.  There is a great disconnect happening within people that is keeping them from having an enjoyable, authentic, passionate life.  This disconnect is caused by societal pressures, stress, and subluxations that overwhelm your body into a state of defensive adaptation where it survives on a sub-conscious level.

Living consciously is bringing awareness to everything in your life (actions, values, purposes, goals) and being fully present in each moment.  It requires you to create a purpose by intelligent design, and to pursue it regardless of pleasure or pain.  This is where the authentic experience occurs.


Why Children Get Adjusted in our Office

Why We Adjust Kids

Being born is hard work, for momma and for baby.  Add that in to all the slips, falls, and bumps that are experienced in infancy and toddlerhood and subluxations (i.e. nervous system interferences) are likely to result.  Because of this we have non-invasive, objective technology to check the integrity of your child’s nervous system.  Since the nervous system controls all functions of your body, it is imperative that it function optimally to make sure that your child grows and develops to their full potential.  Check out this video for more info on kids and chiropractic.

In Health,

Dr. Cole

Your Story, Your Health

Today I would like to share a story with you from an unknown author.  It is applicable in many ways, but as you are reading it, think of yourself as the carpenter of your body.  You hold within you the power to lead a long, healthy life if you use the right materials and the right effort.  God supplied the blueprint, and daily we provide the materials to rebuild.  Build wisely, and live abundantly.

The Carpenter’s Story

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.   (more…)