Where Did We Go Wrong?

I was driving in the Chicago area while in college and got lost, and when I stopped to look around and figure out where I was, my friend started yelling to drive. We realized that we were in a very dangerous area of town, and our safety was literally at risk. At some point, we…

Why Wait For A Crisis?

Human behavior is driven by pain and pleasure. We work hard to gain pleasure, and even harder to avoid pain. We seem to get things done when we absolutely have to. And when tragic events occur, I am reminded that we also bring out our best selves when we have to. Nothing prompts our best,…

Happy Anniversary To Me!

I have always felt fortunate to have known exactly what I wanted to do for a living since I was young. It made college planning very easy. I did my undergraduate work at Ohio University, then my doctorate work at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. When I started the chiropractic program, I told…

5 Simple New Year Tips

As you embark on a new year, in a new decade, you will likely have thoughts of improving your life. It is a long-standing tradition to set goals, or resolutions, at the start of a new year. For some, it might be to make more money, for others to take more time off work, and…

Who Do You Think You Are?

What makes one person better than another? Socially speaking, we tend to elevate those with a lot of money, fame, and or a prestigious position. Those people tend to be looked up to, revered, respected, and certainly treated differently. I have always found it intriguing how someone could be rich and famous and loved by…

Pay Now Or Pay Later

Real, organic, healthier foods cost more than processed, artificial foods. When you add this to the cost of a gym membership, your purified water, wellness visits to the chiropractor, massage therapist, and dentist, and good running shoes, it becomes apparent just how expensive healthy living really is. Can you afford to live the wellness lifestyle?…

Use It Or Lose It!

Have you ever had a cast on your arm for several weeks and found that the muscles in that arm were much smaller than the muscles in the other arm once the cast came off? The shrinkage of these muscles is called atrophy. Why does this happen? It’s simple, really, and makes great sense once…

Nice and Boring

I recently asked a patient how things were going. They answered, “Nice and boring.” At first I thought that was an odd response, but then realized why that was such a great answer. We always seem to want more excitement in our lives. The problem is that excitement comes in multiple forms. It can obviously…

Being Thankful

If I ask you to share three things in your life right now that you dislike or create stress for you, could you do it? Of course, you could. What if I then asked you to share three things that you are very grateful for in your life? Could you come up with three things?…