Monday, November 23, 2009

What is the deal with multi level marketing?

Did you ever wonder why there are so many multi level marketing companies? Did you ever wonder why they come and go, 3 months they are here and then they are gone and another one is out?
Well here is the deal. People come out with a synthetic isolated nutrient, or some food that nobody eats like the goji berry, or the acai berry. They package it up, mass market it, and give incentives to people to go sell it.
Why does this work? Because if you take a sick human, let's call it an American, and you put any little bit of nutrition into the system you are going to have a positive response. This is why they have all those reports and studies that say all these wonderful things. If you fed that American say an apple, or some carrots you would have the exact same response.
So most companies build it all up, sell a bunch of product and then are gone in a few months having made a bundle of money. Another thing that I have come across is the fact that many of the people that make money go out and start their own MLM company.
I know this because people try to sell it to me every day. They come in and spread the studies over my desk and think that I care. They introduce me to this guy or that. I don't buy it.
I want people to just eat good food, drink water, exercise, get plenty of rest, get their spines adjusted, and relax with friends and family. Those are the keys to health.

Where do you get your advice on YOUR health?

I often encounter people coming in and they have all these wild ideas about health and the next best thing. It is usually the case that they were searching for stuff on the internet or they went to the health food store and talked to a clerk that gave them all this great info.
Let's face it folks anyone can post anything on the internet about anything so consider the source. Is it credible. Are they educated. Did they give you references to go check. Did you check the references?
When considering taking the advice from a clerk at a health food store consider this. They usually make minumum wage, they are probably not studying nutrition, they are usually in high school or college, in most cases are actually practicing medicine without a license.
Many people get advice on health from their medical doctors. Here is a fun exercise. Go to ANY medical school website and look up the course load, look especially how many hours of training they have in nutrition. You will be shocked to find that most have 0-2 hours. AND in most cases it is an elective.
So please folks get your advice from a qualified health care professional. Anyone can sell you something and make great claims it will work. Consult someone with experience that gets results.

Your body is a biomechanical chain

Your body is a biomechanical chain. That pretty much means that everything is connected to everything and it all relies on the sum of its parts in order to do a job, and accomplish its tasks. So if there is anything that happens to go wrong in that chain, much like an auto assembly line, you are going to have some issues.
This topic always makes me think of the song you sing as kids that goes the leg bone is connected to the knee bone and the knee bone is connected to the hip bone, and so on. And in reality it is true. I am in a profession that happens to fix people who have problems in this biomechanical chain, namely the spinal bones. There are 24 moveable bones in the spine, and that movement is of the utmost importance because they house the spinal cord and nerves. Motion is life. The nervous system controls everything in the entire body, every cell tissue and organ.
Many times chiropractors get overwhelmed with taking care of the spine that they forget themselves that there may be something else that is causing the problem for the patient. All problems have a cause; most people chase the effect, or the symptom never even thinking about correcting the cause. We as chiropractors pride ourselves on finding and correcting the cause.
So as for the biomechanical chain and let’s say the high incidence of low back pain. Many people only look to the spine and pelvis. Never examining what else is down the line, like the knees, ankles, and feet. Every time a new patient enters my office we scan them for Foot Levelers, they are custom made orthotic inserts. We take a computer scan of your feet and are able to determine where your weight distribution is off, if you have fallen arches, or if you are an over pronator etc... This gives us great insight into why some of the rest of your body is compensating. Take a look at the cause and see the effects down the line. It is amazing, and easy to figure out what the problem is.
With some simple corrections the symptoms and pain go away, and never return with a little maintenance. Yes that is right you must maintain what you have done. I always find it funny when a patient who is in so much pain will come in and we will work together for months and correct their problems and then they choose not to come back in when they are feeling better. That is like you hiring a personal trainer, you work out with that person, sculpt a beautiful body and then look in the mirror and say damn I look good, and then go back to being a fat slob. What!? And it happens every day.
So for the patients reading this, it is important for you to understand that the area that hurts is more than likely not where the problem is. It is the compensation or the referred pain site. For you doctors don’t be lazy and keep adjusting the same old thing every visit. Do what you were taught to do, find it and fix it. If a patient does not respond to your care over a period of time, you are doing that patient a disservice to keep treating them getting the same or no results, and not send them out to another physician. Remember everything is connected to everything, sometimes you just need to take a step back and look and you will see things so much more clearly.