The Choice Is Yours

Many of you will find it surprising to know that I used to get into some trouble when I was younger. Enough trouble that I landed in front of a judge at the juvenile detention center. That day significantly altered the course of my life. The judge looked at my parents and told them what…

Your Good Friend Arthur

I asked one of my elderly patients how she had been feeling. She responded by saying that her old friend Arthur was in town visiting. When she saw my look of confusion, she laughed, and said “Arthur. You know… Arthur-itis.” She was referring to increased pain she was struggling with due to arthritis. Pretty funny.…

“Shrinkflation”

There are a lot of things that I do not fully understand. We all have things we do not fully understand. There are terms and concepts that we’ve heard about our whole lives… in school, from parents, and in the news… that we really don’t understand, and surely couldn’t explain to others. And with all…

Discussion vs. Debate

The past couple of years have been loaded with anger, fear, hostility, and divisiveness. People have decided to believe one thing or another, dig their heals in, and hold to those beliefs no matter what. No amount of reason, data, facts, or common sense could rattle their position. The problem with digging in on any…

Prove It!

There are some who will not believe, change, or try something without absolute proof. There must be clinical trials, advanced research, and documented proof before accepting something as being true. They want “the science.” Then, there are those who rely on common sense, personal experience, and what is called anecdotal evidence. Their beliefs and actions…

Focus on the Forest

Humans are goal oriented. We get ideas and dreams in our heads, try to figure out a way to make that idea or dream a reality, then go after it. We do it on a daily basis, without even thinking about, just so we can get through each day. And there are some who go…

Tuned Up vs. Fixed Up

I had a patient come in this week to get an adjustment so that she would be in great shape for her upcoming vacation. She said “I have no pain, I just want to make sure I’m good for my trip.” As we moved toward the table to do the adjustment, I said “Let’s get…

Making Life A Little Harder

I have a tree outside my office window, where, every year, a robin comes to build a nest and lay her eggs. I have watched this bird tirelessly fly back and forth from this tree, each time returning with a mouthful of twigs, grass, and whatever else their nests are made of. I cannot pretend…

Why Are We So Unhealthy?

When it comes to healthcare, the U.S. spends more than any other industrial nation. This should explain why the U.S. is also the healthiest of all industrial nations. One problem… the U.S. is NOT the healthiest nation. Sadly, we aren’t even close. The Commonwealth Fund issued a report in 2014 ranking 11 major industrialized nations in…