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F E AT URE WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC? BY CHAD SCHLEIGER, D.C.

A healing model based on vitalism believes that the body is a dynamic, ever-changing organism, continuously adapting to its needs and desires. Vitalism also assumes that there is an intelligence and order within the organism that is designed to heal the body, and every system in the body coordinates functions with each other system.

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editorial YOU ARE THE KEY ........................................................ 4

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Breastfeeding Difficulties.......................................8 By lynn gerner, d.c.

Tongue Tie ........................................................... 12 by Andrew Dorough, D.C.

TONGUE TIE ................................................................ 12 WHY DOES HEALTH FREEDOM MATTER? ...................34 A NEW PARADIGM ..................................................... 40

Multigenerational Care ........................................ 16 by Cameron Brownley, D.C.

Pregnancy and the Sixth Sense .............................18 cover p hoto © Allison Union Photography

by John Edwards, D.C.

20 Affirmations for Pregnancy and Birth ..............22 by Ashley Gonzales, D.C.

Children’s health begins in pregnancy and birth.

Your Beautiful Birth Vision...................................22 BY CARE MESSER


The first empirical mind-body science? 46

Chiropractic and breastfeeding 8 Giving birth with love and support 31

S TAYI N G T H E COURS E

L I V I N G T H E J OU R N E Y

What We Can Do in Birth ......................................24

A New Paradigm...................................................40

by wintergreen

By john ohm

Birth Skills: The Importance of the Chiropractor... 27

Giving Birth to Health........................................... 44

By the Pathways Team

Birthing in Community, Living in Community .......31 By Molly Stiens, D.c.

Private Membership Associations......................... 32 © BG FOTO | I STO C K .C O M

By jay warren, D.c.

Why Does Health Freedom Matter?....................... 34 By Health Freedom for Humanity

Germ Theory, New Perspectives............................ 36 By tom cowan, m.d.

By christopher kent, d.c.

Psyche Brain Organ.............................................. 46 By Caroline Markolin, Ph.D.

Two Generations of Asthma..................................50 By Deanna Courtney

Summer Sun........................................................ 52 By C. Andi Locke Mears

Innate Intelligence................................................ 56 by George Rhodes, D.C.


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W hat if there were an organization that recognized your own unique expression and human potential? What if that same organization represented the most highly trained practitioners who could provide specific, gentle care so that you could function at your greatest capacity? What if this organization of practitioners knew how to care for children by honoring women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood? Imagine if doctors truly supported a woman’s innate right to make informed choices for her own family. Imagine if a safe community of empowered parents existed to support a mother’s inner guidance and desire to grow. These are the principles and promises of the ICPA and its community of 6,000 doctors of chiropractic. These 6,000 ICPA members have come together to serve families. Family is the heart and home of our human potential. The loving and gentle care of chiropractic for each individual strengthens the family, strengthens the community, and opens the possibility for a greater tomorrow.

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“It is better to light a single candle, than to curse the dark.”

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n the healing framework called salutogenesis, key findings have been revealed to a larger audience about how to promote health within each individual. An individual’s sense of coherence, and especially his or her ability to comprehend, manage, and derive positive meaning out of life’s stressful experiences, represents a new foundational approach to achieving health and well-being at all levels of life. In this new framework, individuals themselves are seen to hold the keys to health. Salutogenesis is a word that means “the birth of health,” and it takes place within each of us. When I first heard about salutogenesis, it was from my mother, Jeanne Ohm who at the same time suggested that I look into a new branch of study called German New Medicine (GNM). For some reason, I blew this off. I was 23 years old, and thoroughly convinced that everything I needed to know about health was already in my awareness. I believed health was a matter of diet, detoxification, and certain lifestyle choices. I had been eating copious amounts of vegetables and taking supplements. I thought, “What need is there to look any further?” Once I overcame my own certainties, I began to honor Jeanne’s second and third suggestion to look into GNM, and immediately I knew that I had stumbled upon something different. In fact, it took only 6 hours of sincere research before I knew without a doubt that a profound insight was being revealed to humanity through this body of work. It comported brilliantly with the findings of salutogenesis, which emphasizes the importance of supporting the comprehensibility and manageability of stress at the physical, mental, and emotional levels. The GNM findings are centered on a major discovery of the brain: The cause of disease was discovered to exist in the brain. And the significance of this discovery overturns most of what we thought we knew about “disease.” The brain was shown to enact programs of adaptation in the various organs of the body, such as the liver, heart, colon, lungs, skin, muscles, bones, etc., in response to the experience of a shocking biological conflict (an acute, unexpected stress) such as a loss of territory, abandonment, unexpected separation, a threat to one’s life, perceived inadequacy, sudden worry for a child, etc. The adaptation at the organ level was shown to serve a biologically meaningful and intelligent purpose for survival, and each adaptation was shown to be visibly controlled from the brain; a spherical formation existed around the precise brain relay that directs and controls the organ and its changes. It was shown that there was a recovery phase for each organ adaptation, and this was often the inflammatory phase where symptoms (diseases) would first appear. The symptoms corresponded precisely with a dissolution of the spherical formation from the brain into a visible edema (water-filled area), which would only occur after

the stress-conflict was resolved in life. These discoveries, which have been verified by independent universities and in clinical practices that make use of brain CT scans, required a thorough rewrite of the medical textbooks and a new apprehension of the nature of biology and health. The question of healthcare would now need to involve a consideration of an individual’s perceptions and life experiences, to find the moment in time when such a biological adaptation commenced, and to support the body’s ability to adapt and evolve through the unique stress. At the same time, the individual’s nervous system— an often overlooked element in healthcare—would have to become a central area of focus, with particular emphasis on the brain. Such a shift in the medical and academic institutions of research and learning will occur. However, at present, there’s still a lot of momentum from a long-standing subservience model to “follow the experts” based on a previous paradigm of understanding health and disease treatment. The times are fast evolving. Individual autonomy, and a new need for self-enacted resources for individual and family health is evident. In the healthcare of the future, very little medication or intervention will be required. Rather, a comprehension and manageability of the unique stress-experience behind an individual’s organ adaptation, as well as a focus on the factors which give birth to health, including communal support, improved adaptability, and self-awareness, will drive the future of healthcare. Then, imagine the day when our biology no longer finds the need to run biological programs of adaptation for survival, where instead this life-energy can be harnessed for higher functions. This is more than a new healthcare. It is a new beginning, the start of a shift to a new consciousness and a new world. In this paradigm, the power of choice—the innate power to rise above our unique fears and limitations—will give birth to an unprecedented level of human health and resilience, activated by our love and newfound knowledge. We are fast approaching the day when provoked fears no longer find a place within the mind of the human species, and the systems and authorities that were predicated on this fear vanish like dark to the candle light. We are on a pathway to freedom. With great love for who you are and what you do, John Ohm

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What is chiropractic? By Chad Schleiger, D.C.

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hiropractic is the purest, unadulterated form of healthcare. As chiropractors, we put nothing in and take nothing out. We only use what the body has, remove interference in the master healing system of the body, and allow you to perform, heal, and operate at your full potential. The purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or disease, but the restoration of normal body function. Chiropractors work with the nervous system

through gentle spinal adjustments that help to reduce stress-related interference to the nervous system, thereby enhancing overall body function. Every single system of the body—circulatory, hormonal, reproductive, glandular, digestive, eliminatory, immunological, muscular, respiratory, and skeletal—depends on the optimal function of the nervous system. Without it, we cannot function and express life in the most optimal way, despite regular exercise, a nutrient-dense diet, and minimal daily stress. Chiropractic is designed on the concept of vitalism. Chiropractors believe that the body has an innate intelligence to healing, and disease occurs when the body’s natural ability to adapt to life’s forces (stress, environmental toxins, traumatic events) is interrupted. The thing that disrupts this communication pathway is called a subluxation, which interferes with the normal function of the nervous system. Once a subluxation is removed through a very specific, safe, and controlled force applied to a joint, the interference disappears and the body’s nervous system is able to function optimally. In essence, true healing comes from within the body rather than from the adjustment itself.


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A healing model based on vitalism believes that the body is a dynamic, ever-changing organism, continuously adapting to its needs and desires. Vitalism also assumes that there is an intelligence and order within the organism that is designed to heal the body, and every system in the body coordinates functions with each other system.

Generally speaking, conventional medicine is founded on an outside-in approach, where healing comes from something being added to the body, such as medicine or surgery. Chiropractic is based on an inside-out approach, where healing occurs when the body’s own healing powers are activated. Furthermore, the conventional healthcare system is mechanistic, in that it views the body broken down into its distinct mechanical parts, and there’s a specialist responsible for caring for each individual system. A healing model based on vitalism, however, believes that the body is a dynamic, ever-changing organism, continuously adapting to its needs and desires. Vitalism also assumes that there is an intelligence and order within the organism that is designed to heal the body, and every system in the body coordinates functions with each other system.

What is a subluxation? Vertebral subluxation is one of the most overlooked forms of neurological dysfunction affecting society today. Subluxation robs individuals of health, function, and wellbeing, yet most people have never heard the term. According to the World Health Organization, a chiropractic vertebral subluxation is “a lesion or dysfunction

in a joint or motion segment in which alignment, movement integrity, and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact. It is essentially a functional entity, which may influence biomechanical and neural integrity.”

Who is chiropractic for? We believe that everyone should be under regular chiropractic care. Regardless of age or history, the chiropractic approach will improve a person’s inherent ability to function and thrive. A community full of individuals and families functioning at an optimal level is our goal.

Dr. Chad was born in Woodstock, IL, and grew-up in Elkhorn, WI. At a young age, he was told he had developed an incurable lung condition that puzzled doctors. For seven years, he was on medication, breathing treatments, and frequently visited experts to try and uncover his condition. After starting care with a chiropractor, Dr. Chad went from waking up in the night, unable to breathe on his own, to sleeping through the night, and eventually weaning off all prescription medications. Dr. Chad believes,“We were all born miracles and were designed to heal from the inside-out!”

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BR E A S T F E E DI NG D I F F I C U LT I E S What To Expect When You Take Your Baby To A Chiropractor By Lynn Gerner, D.C.

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ou have a newborn baby. Congratulations! Like so many other new parents, you’re probably also struggling with breastfeeding and at your wit’s end trying to find help. You’re exhausted, maybe even depressed, and willing to try anything. You probably sought help from a Lactation Consultant who may or may not have suggested that you see a Pediatric Chiropractor. You may have done your own research or asked around and heard that we can help. Whichever way you found yourself in the office of a Pediatric Chiropractor… Congratulations again! You’ve likely found a big piece of the puzzle and are on your way to resolution. In my office, I begin each new patient visit with a detailed consultation where we will talk about the challenges you and your baby are experiencing. I will gather a full history of your pregnancy, delivery, and all of the factors that might have caused trauma or imbalance to your baby. We’ll discuss how your baby is feeding and address factors such as the latch, the duration and frequency of feeding, and the overall ability of your baby to nurse effectively. We’ll also discuss your baby’s overall state of being—is she fussy, colicky, gassy, unsettled, or just very tight and tense in her body? This will be a time for you to tell me everything.

The next step is for me to look at your baby—to do a visual examination. Your baby will be laid on a large pillow. Initially, I like to just stand back for a moment without touching her and see what she does all by herself. Does her whole body curve to one side? Does she tilt or rotate her head to one side? How does her head look? Are there any areas that bulge out or sink inward? Are her facial features symmetrical? Are her eyes even? Is one more narrow or appear to be lower than the other one? Does one jaw or one cheek appear to be lower than the other one? Is her chin in the midline? All of these features are determined by the alignment of the spinal and cranial bones underneath them. Sometimes it is very apparent that there is a structural imbalance just by looking at these details. If your baby wants to breastfeed during our visit, I might even assess the baby’s latch at your breast; looking to see if she can open her mouth widely over your nipple and areola or if she is just sucking shallowly on the nipple alone. Once I’ve assessed your baby’s alignment visually, I’ll very gently start to palpate and feel her body—her sacrum (in her pelvic region), her upper neck, the sides of the skull, her jaw, and various other cranial bones. I might even

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the pressure used during the adjustment is very slight and is done by light pressure point work and massage. There are absolutely no forceful “cracking” type movements that are often associated with a Chiropractic adjustment for an adult. This is VERY different.

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feel the roof of her mouth (the palate) to determine if it is overly high or not and feel the strength of her suction of her tongue at the same time. The pressure used during this exam is very slight. Often, I hear that it doesn’t look like I’m doing anything at all! I will be feeling for muscle tension, alignment, and comparing the motion from one side to the other. All of this will help me to determine the restrictions and imbalances in your baby’s body. So…the big question to address here is why? What do these restrictions and imbalances have to do with your baby’s ability to breastfeed? The main fact is that when breastfeeding challenges occur, sometimes the problem is not with the mother’s technique, but rather with the baby himself—barriers within the alignment and tone of his body causing abnormal function and preventing normal breastfeeding. For example: Your baby must be able to open his or her mouth wide enough to get much of your areola into the mouth. This is referred to as the latch. The milk ducts are deep within this breast tissue. If the baby has a shallow latch (and is not able to open the mouth widely), he will be clamping down on your nipple. This not only hurts and can cause damage to your nipple, it also doesn’t access the deep milk ducts; making milk transfer much harder. He must work much harder than he should to feed and might tire easily, fall asleep at the breast, and/or feed too often in order to feel full. This is usually due to the misalignment of the jaw. The TMJ or temporomandibular joint (the jaw) is the union of the Temporal bone, which sits just lateral to the upper neck, and the Mandible. Your baby’s cranium and spine are not fused and are very pliable. Issues of abnormal in-utero positioning and the birth process can cause these bones to shift out of normal alignment. Your baby must also have the have the normal use of his tongue. Your baby must be able to squeeze your breast tissue tightly to the roof of his mouth in order to create a vacuum seal and suction pressure to transfer milk. If your baby does not have normal use of his tongue, then he likely can’t drain the breast completely. All of the muscles that form the tongue and allow for all of it’s ranges of motion are attached to various cranial and spinal bones—mostly to the Temporals, the Mandible, and the Hyoid bone in the upper neck. Once again, if these underlying structures are imbalanced, then these muscles will be pulled and strained. This causes the tongue to be tethered (not able to move normally) and weak.


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As more research shows favorable results and more babies can breastfeed more successfully after Chiropractic care, I am happy to see that the Chiropractor is being included in the breastfeeding care team more and more often. Now getting back to your chiropractic visit. After the consultation and examination, I will adjust your baby. Just like the palpation portion of the exam, the pressure used during the adjustment is very slight and is done by light pressure point work and massage. There are absolutely no forceful “cracking” type movements that are often associated with a chiropractic adjustment for an adult. This is VERY different. I recently came across an amazing, very long and thorough study that compares the safety and the forces used by different types of therapists caring for the breastfeeding dyad. You might be surprised with the findings. When comparing these difference approaches for their safety and force used during the treatment, it says: “Many manual techniques used by chiropractors are similar to the manual therapies used by other providers. This includes osteopathic craniosacral therapy, which has been measured at a force of 1 N (0.2248 lb./second) and spinal manipulation/mobilization performed by physical therapists, measured at a force of 22 N (approx. 5 lbs./second) in adults. Medical manual therapists have been found to apply manual therapy to children using forces of 50 to 70 N (11-16 lbs./second).” This is telling us that the chiropractic adjustment and cranial/sacral therapy is by far the gentlest of all the other approaches—physical therapy and “manual” therapy (including massage). The authors go on to test how effective the adjustment and cranial therapy was for 179 infants in the study. They say: “In all the case reports and most of the case series, the patients’ suckling ability was observed to improve.” As more research shows favorable results and more babies can breastfeed more successfully after chiropractic care, I am happy to see that the chiropractor is being included in the breastfeeding care team more and more often. I hope this article serves to increase your confidence in our care and gentleness. It is very important to make sure that the chiropractor you choose for your baby has been specifically trained in pediatric cranial work. Not all chiropractors are alike. Just like medical doctors, there are many different specialties within our profession. You wouldn’t take your baby to a podiatrist to treat an ear infection. You would be very disappointed in the care, there likely would not be a positive resolution, and then you might tell all your friends that

the treatment didn’t work. In the same way, please seek a qualified specialist for help with breastfeeding. One of my favorite quotes about this “best practice” model of care says: “As the lactation consultant and chiropractor find a common language in their abilities to assess form, function, competency and compensations, the dialogue between them can expand and the opportunity to provide broader and deeper healing is a realistic and achievable objective… The very possibility of restoring the competency that forms the foundation for all loving human relationships is surely a worthwhile goal by all accounts.”

Dr. Gerner is a Graduate of Life Chiropractic College West in 2004 and has been in private practice since that time; focused on pediatric care and breastfeeding support. She earned her FICPA in 2004, is a trained doula, and earned her CLEC (Certified Lactation Education Counselor) in 2021. She founded the Good Life Learning in 2019 and currently teaches privately as well as through Life Chiropractic College West, Northeastern Chiropractic College, Gold Lactation Learning, and the ICPA. Dr. Gerner is a wife, mother of three grown children, and lives in Davis, CA, with her family and rescued dogs. issue 74

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4 Ways Chiropractic Can Help By Andrew Dorough, D.C.

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he past decade has been fraught with controversy surrounding infant tongue-tie surgery (“tongue-tie” or “tethered oral tissue”). It can be easy to assume that tethered oral tissue is causing the feeding problem— and that could be! But consider what other structures might be causing the problem. In clinical practice, I’ve seen tongue, head, or neck adaptations that affect feeding function, with or without a tongue-tie. You may be wondering, how can the pediatric chiropractor help? The chiropractor shouldn’t diagnose a tonguetie. But they can do much to help the baby with feeding dysfunction. They can also help before and after a tonguetie surgery (if surgery is needed). The chiropractor might also be able to help your baby avoid a tongue-tie surgery altogether. If you suspect your child has a tongue-tie, here are four points to consider.

them from extending their neck or looking upward due to cervical spine subluxations. The chiropractor can align and normalize these structures and optimize their function to correct this adaptation.

REDUCING NERVE INTERFERENCE TO TONGUE MUSCLES If your infant’s tongue seems tight, the oral tissue of the frenulum might not be what’s restricting it. In some cases, nerves that power the tongue may be up-regulated (increased power) or down-regulated (decreased power). In either case, the tongue muscle can appear tight or weak. Furthermore, it is possible that the genioglossus muscle has a trigger point as well, thus pulling the frenulum to the floor of the mouth. Recent research has found a direct connection between the frenulum fascia and the genioglossus muscle. When a baby’s tongue is tighter than normal, you may experience pain if you are breastfeeding. Your baby may also have trouble transferring milk from bottle or breast. Also, some babies have frequent spitting up due to an inability to completely swallow. Nevertheless, a tight tongue muscle can cause feeding problems. A certified chiropractor can care for this adaptation. He or she will make gentle adjustments to normalize the neck, intraoral cranial bones and soft tissue. The goal of such care is to remove the possible cause of nerve up-regulation or downregulation to the tongue. This should be addressed to enhance breastfeeding function before pursuing other routes.

ENHANCING RESULTS OF TONGUE-TIE SURGERY Sometimes, tongue-tie surgery is necessary. If so, “prehabilitation” is considered a best practice method to ensure optimal results. Pre-habilitation gives the surgeon better tissue to work with. It also makes it easier to see inside the baby’s mouth. Before the surgery, it’s important to achieve alignment of the head and neck structures. If surgery is performed on a structure that is not in normal alignment, the wound may heal in an abnormal position and the problem may resurface in the future. Having correct alignment of anatomical structures prior to the surgery just makes sense. Surgery can be less effective on an area that is not structurally normal or sound. Prior to surgery, a pediatric chiropractor can optimize head and neck structure and tongue function. Whether there is a structural problem in the head and neck or not, your baby will benefit from pre-surgical soft tissue care. If surgery is required, the chiropractor can help to rehabilitate the head, spine, and tongue. This helps: • Correct motor skill development of the tongue and spine • Encourage and support ideal wound healing • Optimize the baby’s anatomy to accommodate the change created from the surgery Beyond these benefits, chiropractic in general promotes support for the infant’s growing spine and optimal healing from any birth stresses, strains, or traumas. By taking these steps, you can significantly decrease the chance of a surgery or support whatever surgery was just performed, so your baby can achieve normal physiological function. If you suspect a tongue-tie, care from a pediatric chiropractor should be an essential first step on your journey to breastfeeding success.

ALIGNING BONE AND JOINT STRUCTURES THAT ARE ATTACHED TO THE TONGUE The tongue muscle and the swallowing muscles are attached to the bones of the head and neck. However, if the bony structure is not aligned in the functional position, the soft tissues connected to it can be pulled and tugged from their proper alignment. Hence, this can restrict tongue motion and give the appearance of a “posterior tongue-tie.” Feeding difficulty will follow. To get a feel for this restriction, try looking down, tucking your chin to your chest, and rotating your head to the right. Now try to suck, swallow, and breathe. When the skull and neck are moved away from normal alignment, swallowing and breathing become difficult and less effective. This is what I call a “biomechanical tongue-tie.” It is common for your baby to have their chin tucked to their chest, preventing

RULING OUT THE FRENULUM AS THE CULPRIT Perhaps everyone can see that the tongue is restricted or not working effectively. However, the frenulum is not always the cause of that restriction. The medical professional might not recognize a tight jaw or a misaligned vertebra, which can also cause ineffective latch or milk transfer. Pediatric chiropractors have special training in recognizing structural adaptations. Therefore, getting chiropractic care before a tongue-tie evaluation or surgery will allow the provider to better assess the tongue’s natural state of being. It also helps him or her to discern whether the tissue (frenulum) is functional or needs potential surgery.

Dr. Dorough is a native of St. Louis, MO. He practices at a medical clinic specializing in breastfeeding care. He is passionate about educating professionals and families about birth trauma and how it impacts family wellness. Over the past decade, Dr. Dorough has been inspired to collaborate with other professionals and share his experience and knowledge on the topic of pediatric chiropractic care.

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Chiropractic and Children

Why Chiropractic Care for Children? Birth is tough work for both mothers and babies. There are a lot of pressures and forces being exerted onto your baby during her journey into the world. A recent study by Viola Frymann demonstrated that 90 percent of newborns suffered the effects of birth trauma: associated strain through the neck and cranial areas following birth. Frymann, an American osteopathic doctor, studied more than 1,500 babies periodically across an eight-year period. She examined all babies within the first five days of birth; in fact, many were checked within the first 24 hours. This study revealed that approximately: • 10 percent of the newborn babies had perfect, freely mobile skulls or cranial mechanisms. • 10 percent had severe trauma to the head, evident even to untrained observers. • The remaining 80 percent all had some strain patterns in the cranial mechanism. Birth in its many different forms can be quite traumatic. While each birth is unique, there is always a chance that the baby suffers some sort of strain due to a variety of reasons. Even the most natural births can result in trauma that goes undetected. As researcher G. Gutmann has written, “The trauma from the birth process remains an under-publicized and therefore significantly under-treated problem.” — Compliments of Cole Bradburn, D.C.

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Chiropractors who care for infants

What can cause birth trauma in infants?

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1. Very short labor

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3. The use of Pitocin to strengthen/induce uterine contractions 4. Pain medications

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5. Restricted maternal birthing positions 6. Pulling or twisting on the head to deliver the infant’s body 7. The use of forceps or vacuum extraction 8. Cesarean delivery Left uncorrected, this trauma continues to impact a baby’s spinal growth and development, reducing the healthy function of her nerve system. This can cause many health challenges later in life that could easily have been prevented. Nursing difficulties, sleep disturbances, and an

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inability to be soothed and settled are all potential signs of spinal nerve stress in infants.

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Although all infants should be checked right after birth, here are just three clear indicators to find a chiropractor who cares for infants.

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(it’s a lumbar disc), and on and on….Often, I won’t know where one conversation begins and another ends. Everyone excitedly talks and I’m forever telling the child I’m adjusting, “Put your head back in the headpiece please, thank you.” The Mairs are a very close family, and their kids range from 6 to 13. The children have a variety of personalities and curious insights, and it is quite fun to simply listen to all that is said during their family adjusting hour. Multiple pee breaks are made, and often I am made aware of the day’s events and other big family news. I ask questions and learn about each member of the family as I listen. As a practitioner, I find it extremely rewarding to help multigenerational families with the care we provide. We find that as whole families jump into the care, there is a

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“slow down” phenomenon and a culture shift. As the children’s nervous systems begin to balance, they experience better sleep quality and increased attention. The brain frees up from a pain or dissonance pattern in order to promote proper neurodevelopment. That’s all fine and dandy, but the real benefit is the pressure it takes off mom, dad, and the grandparents, who inevitably will worry about their family. With kids sleeping and following instructions better, more ease is allowed into the household. I’ve noticed the parents are able to relax and slow down a little more. Having a family chiropractor on the job can be a wonderful way to receive aid and take the pressure off mom or dad to always have the solution. Sometimes the solution is simply: This kid needs an adjustment. To help families recognize the significance of proper neurodevelopment and the healthy lifestyle factors involved, I feel that it is important to share a brief story about the Mair family. One day, Isaac, the middle child of the five blondies, came in with his mom, brothers, and sisters. The family had recently been grieving the loss of a close friend, and this sadness and stress was reflected in their bodies. With Isaac, his stress came in the form of an inability to sleep and an upset stomach. Though his family grieved openly and prayed together daily, Isaac had not had a full release. He had done little to no crying during the family’s loss, and, as a result, could not sleep. Almost instantly upon checking his pelvis, I knew that we needed to release neuromuscular tension from the front. Most notably, mental-emotional tension can be stored on the deep psoas muscle and fascial tissue that attaches to the low back, pelvis, and femur. This is the deep hip flexor that puts the body in fetal position, a protective behavior. I looked Isaac and his mother in the eyes and told them what we were going to do. That the psoas would probably be tender, and that I wanted him to breathe in through his nose and out through his mouth. I said that if he does cry, that is perfectly normal, and his mother nodded in agreement. They understood the care and the importance of releasing neurologic tension from his system. I began to move Isaac’s hip in small circles, then larger ones, pressing lightly on the hip tendons with my other hand. He was guarding the area, and I saw his eyes were beginning to water. He had a look that seemed to say, “Is this okay?” I nodded to him and said, “Yep Isaac, don’t fight it.” Big tears began to trickle down his cheeks. I asked if he was in pain, and he said no. His mother and I comforted him and complimented him on being brave. We told him that it was normal and good to let the emotions flow through. Once we settled down, I checked his upper cervical region with the activator and adjusted him. By the end he was feeling much more settled. His mother thanked me. I finished adjusting the rest of the family, and they left.

Big tears began to trickle down his cheeks. I asked if he was in pain, and he said no. His mother and I comforted him and complimented him on being brave. We told him that it was normal and good to let the emotions flow. The next morning, I received a text from Isaac’s mother. It read: Isaac said this morning: I just want to get on a motorcycle and drive to my chiropractor and hug him and say thank you so much! He slept all night and felt great this morning. Thank you! According to his mother, he fell right asleep in the car during the ride home from the family adjustment. Later in the week, Isaac’s grandparents would thank me as well. Grandpa Ray joked, “Watch yourself, or Dr. Cameron is going to get you with the psoas move!” We all laughed at this, understanding the significance of healthy emotional expression for nervous system balance and regulation. Everyone processes big life events differently. Some families have loud and extroverted personalities, with one child who is an incredibly intelligent introvert. Other families have mostly introverts and a child who is perhaps very artistic, sociable, and expressive. Whatever the mix is, it is essential to never assume that what works for you, as parents and grandparents, will work for your children. Everyone has a unique nervous system that processes life experiences in a beautiful way. That process looks a little different for all of us. It can be so helpful to get a little assistance from your friendly, neighborhood ICPA chiropractor, who recognizes these subtleties in the nervous system. It has been an immense honor to be able to serve whole families. I love helping family members process life experiences and find more coherence and balance. Thank you to the Mair family, and to all of you “chiro families” out there, who show up trusting and willing to do the work to create a more whole and wonderful tomorrow. Cameron Brownley, D.C., is a family chiropractor and the vitalistic author of the True Self book series. In his first and most recent book, Dr. Cameron provides profound perspectives regarding presence, peace, and the ability to listen to a higher will at work in one’s life. Whether it’s through basic science, chiropractic philosophy, mind-body practices, metaphysical concepts, personal experiences, or even poetry, multiple aspects of the self are stimulated to articulate “The Clarity Strategy.” View article resources and author information here: pathwaystofamilywell­ness.org/references.html.

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ome concepts have existed for so long that it’s difficult to know where they came from. The American Heritage Dictionary defines “The Sixth Sense” as a power of perception seemingly independent of the five senses; keen intuition. A lot of people feel that the sixth sense is too “out there” to be grounded in scientific fact. Most people recognize the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell because they are tangible. In neurology they are grouped together as the “far” senses, elemental for perception of the outside world. On the other hand, I spend a lot of time talking about the “near” senses to parents in my office. These are three other senses that get less popular press but are by no means less important: The vestibular sense, which keeps us balanced and upright. Proprioception, which lets us know where our body parts are at any given point in time. And interoception, which tells us when our stomachs are empty and our bladders are full. These “near” senses give the brain information about our inner worlds. In my chiropractic practice, not only do we see measurable changes in the “near” senses, such as improved balance for adults, but chiropractic care seems to have an organizing influence on all three as children grow from babies to 2nd graders. It was while listening to my colleague, Dr. Drew Rubin, discuss the neurology of pediatric chiropractic when I realized that the “Sixth Sense” is real, it’s measurable, and if it isn’t working well, chiropractic may provide a pathway to improving it. Dr. Rubin was talking about polyvagal theory, a theory developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, which shows that there is a newer aspect to the autonomic portion of the nervous system that goes beyond fighting, fleeing, or freezing when confronted with a stressor. Unlike the sympathetic “fight or flight” and the parasympathetic “freeze” response, the social vagus responds to stress by giving, receiving, and asking for help. The vagus nerve, which is a Latin term meaning “wanderer” (so-called because the nerve branches out to many parts of the body) is the unifying neurological structure in the body for social, sympathetic and parasympathetic threat-assessments. And we can measure the vagus nerve’s adaptability, flexibility, and resilience using Heart Rate Variability (HRV), which many chiropractors do in practice. (Crazy enough, chiropractors have been early adopters of the technologies that measure HRV, and have published research describing how HRV readings improve when people are adjusted. It’s almost as if we’ve found ourselves

in a positive feedback loop of chiropractic care validating HRV research on the autonomic nervous system, and polyvagal theory providing a solid backing for the application of chiropractic care.) Neuroception Human brains have evolved something other animals did not—a sense called neuroception. This is the ability to assess an environment’s safety beyond pure instinct when faced with trouble, which is absolutely necessary if we are going to engage with the more evolved social vagus stress response, which is usually the most appropriate way to respond to stressful situations. Our human brains evolved a specialized part, tucked behind our foreheads in the prefrontal cortex, which allows us to recognize when to

Neuroception makes a strong case for being the “sixth sense.” It is concerned with the heightened ability in humans to evaluate the world outside the body, helping us direct an evolved response. proceed with the social vagus pathway of engagement. Neuroception makes a strong case for being the “sixth sense.” It is concerned with the heightened ability in humans to evaluate the world outside the body, helping us direct an evolved response. For women in pregnancy, it makes a lot of sense for the brain to sharpen this threat and safety assessment soon after conception. Some women know the moment they’re carrying because smells get intense or food tastes weird. They choose a doula or a birth provider based on the vibes that that person gives off. This is neuroception in action! But what happens when a woman experiences less-than optimal neuroception? What does it look like when she is perceiving threats when there are none, or she isn’t perceiving threats that may be jeopardizing her wellbeing or birth experience? My clinical hunch is that in addition to improving HRV ratings and “near” sensory function such as vestibular balance, chiropractic also improves the body’s ability to communicate with the prefrontal cortex of the brain, particularly since the cerebellum (a section near the back of the brain responsible for balance, coordination and regulation of emotions) receives more input from the spinal cord so as

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TA K I N G T H E S T E P may be slightly tighter than in the other (which could lead to a different blood pressure reading between the arms), or the right eye may track an object differently than the left. We’ve found inventive ways of measuring nervous system activity to see whether it improves. Most times, and for pregnant patients under our care, it does. New Insights Nearly a decade ago, I began surveying my pregnant and postnatal patients’ quality of life with a tool developed by the National Institute of Health called the PROMIS-29. We ran some basic statistics and saw a correlation between physical symptoms and mental health scores. I heard my colleague Dr. Ian Shtulman once say that if chiropractic suffers from anything, it is its simplicity. How can realigning a bone or vertebra impact our thoughts or feelings? The answer for us is because it restores normal “tone,” what Dr. Porges calls “tune,” and more directly, it induces harmony between the signals of the brain and body. Just like any instrument that needs to be calibrated to make sure it’s running smoothly, the nervous system benefits from someone who knows a thing or two about its optimal function, to assure the body’s check engine light doesn’t get ignored and lead to problems. The purpose of neuroception is to appropriately scan the environment to keep you on your destined path of well-being, and to alert you if you’re in danger. That check engine light—that tiny voice of intuitive wisdom that has been stored deeply in the recesses of your ancestral DNA—has evolved to keep each and every one of your predecessors aligned and safe. Our ancestors were able to listen and respond to it, making it possible for you to be here today. Nowadays, however, we have a hundred emails, plus a hundred Facebook notifications,

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to relay it forward to the cortex. The prefrontal cortex impacts two things I really care about as a chiropractor. First, a healthy, happy prefrontal cortex relaxes the tendency of our body to go into a flexion or protection posture. Second, the prefrontal cortex suppresses our body’s innate emergency broadcast system. Our sympathetic nervous systems are switched on as a default setting (allowing newborns to readily cry when they have a need) and slowly decreases as we mature. However, when it’s over-activated in people, the pupil has a hard time constricting when lights shine in it, the muscles on one arm

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Just like any instrument that needs to be calibrated to make sure it is running smoothly,the nervous system benefits from someone who knows a thing or two about its optimal function. fear-inducing stories and 24 hour news cycles, car lines and high fructose corn syrup, and BPA, and “sitting is the new smoking,” and pandemic shutdowns, and trending hashtags, and, and, and… all drowning out our sixth sense. During the restrictive national lockdowns, birthing couples were scared. Not only did I see those pregnancies in practice, but I was part of one myself. I got to see the frontlines of hypnobirthing classes move to virtual. I listened to patients cry to me after being bullied by doctors who were making things up as they went. Among other alarming rises, there was a surge in the number of breech pregnancies. In the infinite wisdom she was blessed with, our homebirth midwife helped explain that “In times of stress or turmoil, sometimes babies just want their heads closest to their mommy’s hearts.” I don’t know if truer polyvagal words were ever spoken. I’d be willing to bet Dr. Porges would agree.

A Path Forward Dr. Porges said in the aforementioned interview with Dr. Drew Rubin, “Our first job is to recruit the nervous system as a collaborator. Then the work can be done.” As chiropractors, we work as collaborators to improve accessibility to a patient’s neurology by making them feel safe and curious. If you’ve never met a chiropractor before I can tell you, as a profession, we get high customer service marks for being good listeners and obsessive about educating our clients. Some of us study special techniques to safely care for pregnant patients, and most of us encourage autonomous thinking in healthcare. We find ourselves often the first providers to tell parents-to-be that they have a lot of choices in front of them when it comes to pregnancy, birth, and family wellbeing. Our practice members trust us because we’re like the nerdy, crunchy, kind of maverick friend who cheerfully answers a text at 2 a.m. when you’re in labor. I think our pathway through the challenges of the current healthcare environment comes through chiropractic. We need more families and pregnant women to understand that the higher purpose of adjustments isn’t merely to relieve back pain, and to seek out clinics and professionals whose mission is to support their nervous systems on all levels. Importantly, we as a profession have been getting ready for these women, taking on the responsibility of learning how to serve this population in a measurable, meaningful way. I think it’s time the public knew that polyvagal-informed chiropractors are out there, waiting to recruit the collective nervous system on a shared journey toward wellness. John “Doc” Edwards, DC, DACCP owns Mama’s Chiropractic Clinics in southwest Florida. He is a clinical researcher and is the Advanced Perinatal Clinical Practice instructor for the ICPA since 2017. His wife Danielle and their three children enjoy theme parks, traveling, Jeepin’, and time on the water. He vlogs at One Belly, Two Brains.

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20 AFFIRMATIONS for Pregnancy and Birth By Ashley Gonzales, D.C.

Ashley Gonzales, D.C., draws on experiences from her 10-year dance career when addressing her community members. Her biggest dream is to make others feel as seen and celebrated as she felt every time she took the stage—starting with the tiniest of humans. When she isn’t exploring the depths and intricacies of the human body and mind, Ashley enjoys being outdoors, creating macrame masterpieces, reading, and spending time with her partner, Ian Barwick, D.C.

Thinking about positive things and reminding yourself of positive birth affirmations on a daily basis can prepare your mind to cope with the feelings of worry and anxiety that are bound to arise. Unchecked negative emotions and thoughts can lead to real harm, in the form of depression and stress. Positive affirmations counteract that by regulating your nervous system, rewiring your physiology, and allowing you to enjoy your pregnancy.

AFFIRMATIONS DURING PREGNANCY These affirmations are most effective when read aloud. Repeat after me:

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Everything I need to take care of this baby is already within me.

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There’s beauty in the growth of my belly and the rest of my body. My baby is getting healthier and stronger!

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My baby is in the perfect position to come to the world healthily and smoothly.

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I will cherish every little toe, finger, bone, facial expression, and more. I can endure anything, and I will endure anything that comes my way. I was chosen to be the mother of this child, and I am good enough to care for her. My baby is developing normally and will be born healthy, whole, safe, and at the perfect time. My baby knows how and when to be born, and I will patiently wait for her arrival. I allow myself to see the beauty and joy in my pregnancy. I want to enjoy this precious time with my baby and to be empowered by all it brings. I trust my body to help guide my baby into this world and into the safety of my arms.

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regnancy can be an overwhelming experience for any woman, especially if it’s a first go-around. You’ll have days of pure joy and excitement to meet your new baby. You’ll also have days where your mind wanders and thinks about the things that can go wrong. Some days you’ll be nauseated and struggle to get up from the bed. These days can be shaky and make you nervous. Wanna know a secret that sounds a little silly (albeit TRUE) to admit out loud? You and your thoughts are in control throughout the pregnancy and birth. Yes, your thoughts! If you feel anxious often while pregnant, read aloud these reminders. They will help you stay grounded, reaffirm your strengths, and ultimately lead to a healthy birth.


YOUR BEAUTIFUL BIRTH VISION By Care Messer

AFFIRMATIONS DURING BIRTH These affirmations are most effective when read aloud. Repeat after me:

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Today I get to hold my baby.

I am made for this.

I can make it through this.

I am going to have a healthy and happy baby.

I trust my body. My body knows what to do.

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My body knows how to birth my baby.

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I breathe with each wave and flow with it.

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Open, surrender. Open, surrender.

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I trust my body. I trust my baby. I trust my birth.

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A clear picture or “vision” of what you’d like your baby’s birth to be is the best way to set yourself up for success in achieving those results. I think we all start off with the idea that we “just want a healthy baby at the end of the day” and “if I can avoid a c-section that would be great.” Some women stop right there and turn it all over to the medical authorities to make that happen. For some women it works and for other women they have some regrets or even a “not so positive” birth experience. So let’s revisit something. This is not about you, it’s about your baby. It’s their birth. What would make it great for them? Sometimes we have to work the formula backward to get the results we want. Sit back comfortably and picture this… Your baby has just been placed on your chest for the first time. Birth is over and you let out a deep sigh of relief. Looking down, you see this tiny wet head and wiggling body underneath your hands. Does your baby have hair? Is it light or dark, curly or straight? Take a deep breath and smell their head—what does your baby smell like? Fresh like rain, or warm vanilla cupcakes? You kiss that head and say a few words—what are the first words you say to your baby? Notice how that little bum fits in your hand. Ten fingers, ten toes, and beautiful soft skin. What does your partner’s face look like while looking down at their baby for the first time? Is baby looking back at them? What does that picture look like in your mind’s eye? You pull your baby up and over to the side so you can see their face too. Whose nose do they have? Look at those full lips and rosy cheeks. What feelings are beginning to emerge in your body and where do you feel the feelings in your body? In your heart? Your throat or your stomach? Your baby is here and you are finally meeting face to face. Can you feel the love, joy, and relief in the room? Are you overwhelmed with relief and happiness? Breathe in these feelings now and pull them down into your heart. Notice that you weren’t picturing the hospital room, the docs, or midwives. You weren’t seeing the nurses or your parents in the corner. Nor were you picturing if baby came out the front door (vagina) or the side door (belly). It was just you, your baby, and pure, gentle love. Now is the time to invest in that vision and those feelings, which is how we go about creating a beautiful birth. – Care Messer, birtheducationcenter.com

I am already a great mother.

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WHAT WE CAN DO in BIRTH By Wintergreen

If we have prepared and learned skills for birth, then we can use internal and external factors, like pain, as a reminder to re-engage with our positive efforts.

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What we might do that makes birth more difficult. We can breathe effectively and in a relaxed manner.

Tighten up in our muscles.

We can use our breath to renew ourselves with an inhale, and to reduce any tension with an exhale.

Elevate our breathing rate, breathing shallowly and irregularly as we react to racing, accelerated feelings.

We can use our breath as a focus. We can maintain and recapture relaxation and softness inside our bodies. We can maintain a body posture that facilitates the experience and helps the baby descend through the body. We can become aware internally, to explain what is happening, either while in labor or afterward. We can use touch to appropriately facilitate our experience. We can help others know how to assist us. We can make certain we go into labor feeling rested. We can focus our mind on the task at hand— labor—and let other things sit to the side until a more appropriate time. We can focus moment to moment. We can say, “I know what I’m doing.”

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We can say, “If I lost it for a moment, I got myself back on track.” We can say, “I didn’t necessarily like the experience, but I managed myself well.” We can have a sense of humor. And after the birth we can say, “No one knew more about my birth than I did.”

Become fixed or unbending in our legs. Fix our attention on one thing, such as “pain.” Lose clarity in our focus on the activity. Create a negative association with the intense (though natural) sensations. Become reactive to our feelings of anxiety, instead of responding to them with trust and applying skills.

Birthing well is an internal experience. The “things we can do” for birth are important ways we can respond to the moment, and are normal human behaviors that can either be instinctive or learned and honed to our greater benefit. When we find sensations to become too intense, or external factors too distracting, we are tempted to resort to reactive behaviors that make birth more difficult. If, however, we have prepared and learned skills for birth, then we can use internal and external factors, like pain, as a reminder to re-engage with our positive efforts. Even in adverse situations, the more you employ positive responses, the better your birth experience will be. A good birth will have much more to do with how you work through the activity, rather than with what goes on around you. It is a great source of power and achievement when we choose positive ways to respond to the internal and external challenges of birth. We will have innumerable moments to make this choice. It is infinitely easier to make positive choices when we have the skills and the support of a teammate to do so.

Common Knowledge Trust is a registered New Zealand educational Charitable Trust. It holds birth and birth-coaching skills known as Birthing Better, developed in the US by hundreds of fathers and mothers who found them applicable to each and every birth. Visit commonknowledgetrust.org to learn more, and visit birthingbetter.org to begin self-learning birth skills.

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T WO VITAL TRENDS FOR

IMPROVING BIRTH CHOICE-BASED

METHODS Choice-based methods for childbirth preparation stress the importance of making informed “choices” and creating a birth plan. Choice-based informational classes cover many topics, such as what to expect in pregnancy, birth, and the newborn period.

SKILLS-BASED

METHODS Skills-based methods for childbirth emphasize the importance of learning skills to “do” the activity of giving birth. Skills can be self-learned by couples in the privacy of their homes, providing parents with greater body awareness and autonomy for an empowering birth experience.

EXAMPLES OF SKILLS-BASED METHODS

Calm Birth

Calmbirth.org “Calm Birth is a mind-body skills-based childbirth education program that prepares women and their support people to be active participants in their own labor and birth.” –Calmbirth.org BOOK: Calm Birth/Prenatal Meditation for Conscious Childbirth, by Robert Bruce Newman

Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing.com “Hypnobirthing is a comprehensive antenatal course that teaches parents practical and empowering techniques for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stressfree birth.” –Hypnobirthing.com BOOK: HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: a Natural Approach to a Safe, Easier and More Comfortable Birth, by Marie F. Mongan

Birthing From Within

Birthingfromwithin.com “Birthing From Within equips birth professionals with strategies to cultivate resourcefulness and resilience, both in themselves and the parents they work with.” –Birthingfromwithin.com

Grantly Dick-Read

BOOK: Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth, by Grantly Dick-Read

Lamaze Method

BOOK: Painless Childbirth: The Lamaze Method, by Fernand Lamaze

The Bradley Method

BOOK: Husband-Coached Childbirth: The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth, by Robert A. Bradley

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Birthing Better Childbirth Preparation

BirthingBetter.org This online course is a skills-based method for all births, developed by moms and dads for other moms and dads. “Start around 24 weeks onward to prepare your body for birth and learn birth and coaching skills that you adapt and adjust that are sustainable in all medical and natural births.” –BirthingBetter.org


BIRTH SKILLS The Importance of the Chiropractor By the Pathways Team

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ebster chiropractors can play a revitalizing and inspiring role in a new childbirth conversation. Regardless of a pregnant mother’s risks, choices, or unexpected circumstances, resources exist that can be offered to help the birthing family take charge of their birth experience in all births. Simply offering the message that pregnant couples can self-learn pragmatic skills to use in the activity of birth, allows any family to approach birth with newfound confidence. Please refer families to the list of skills-based resources found on the accompanying page. When pregnant, it is normal and beneficial to self-learn birth skills and use those skills in the activity of giving birth, no matter the circumstances. Creating a Skills-Based Birth Plan (Tips for Parents) Pregnant mothers and their partners can choose one or more skills-based resources to learn in the weeks and months leading up to birth. In partnership with their birth providers, pregnant women can ask that the skills they learn be noted by the birth professionals at each appointment. When the activity of birth commences, they can ask that their providers acknowledge the use of skills, and to remind us to use the skills if any challenges arise, encouraging us in our continued activity of giving birth. Learning skills and sharing a “Skills-Based Birth Plan” with the obstetrician, midwife, or doula, helps assure that the birth team is congruent with the mother’s efforts. Birth skills help mothers achieve a positive birth experience, by providing an underlying sense of coherence amid the stresses of pregnancy and birth. Learning and applying skills for birth helps create a sense of comprehensibility, manageability, and meaningfulness during the birth experience. Birth is more than a physiological event that “happens to us.” It is something we can actively engage in using skills, for the mutual benefit of ourselves and our babies.

What are Birth Skills? Within these skills-based resources, you will find techniques and methods to utilize breath and relaxation to better cope with the pain and intensity of birth. In addition, you will learn practical ways to prepare the soft tissue of the birth canal; learn methods to soften the muscles within the pelvis; and how to position the body to create greater space for the baby in labor. In addition to the chiropractor’s ability to balance the pelvis reducing uterine constraint and supporting greater physiological function within the body—self-learning birth skills equips the birthing family with knowledge to work with the baby’s efforts during birth, in a conscious and empowered way. Birth providers often will say: “I love working with skilled moms at birth!” Mothers who learn skills will often say: “Nobody knew about my birth better than me.” Skilled fathers often say, “I’m so grateful for the skills we learned; they allowed me to play a truly helpful part in the birth of our child.”


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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy and the Webster Technique How can a chiropractic adjustment affect baby positioning and birth outcome? By improving the mother’s pelvic balance. When the mother’s pelvis is out of alignment, the ligaments that connect the pelvis to the uterus increase their tension (tone), resulting in a distortion to the baby’s environment. For the baby, the surrounding walls of the uterus tighten with pelvic imbalance, becoming more and more like tight bedsheets that restrict movement. The chiropractic adjustment to the pelvis releases tension to the ligaments and uterus, allowing the baby to move freely and assume the best possible position throughout pregnancy. Many women are seeking ICPA chiropractors and the Webster Technique throughout their pregnancy. For every stage of pregnancy, this adjustment reduces interference to the nervous system—a vital benefit to improve physiology for both the mother and her baby. When a mother’s physiological function is at its best, her baby’s development is optimized. Balancing the pelvic bones, muscles, and ligaments and improving normal physiology sets the stage for a natural birth. Chiropractic care and the Webster Technique may allow for safer, easier births!

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function and support your desire for a safer, easier birth.

Three Components of a Successful Physiological Birth­

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The nervous system (Power) operates in all body processes, including childbirth. For birth to proceed as it was naturally designed to, the nervous system must facilitate the transmission of information through the body. By removing interferences and imbalances to the nervous system, chiropractic care helps lead to a normal, physiological birth.

For the baby to descend through the birth canal (Passage), the balance of the mother’s pelvis is vitally important. With chiropractic care, the muscles and ligaments of the pelvis and uterus are free to move and function for the benefit of the mother and the baby. The result is greater ease and comfort in pregnancy and birth.

The baby (Passenger) wants to get into the best possible position to descend through the birth canal. The movements inherent to the birthing baby can be positively supported when the mother’s nervous system is optimally functioning and her pelvis is balanced. Birth is a cooperative endeavor, where the mom and the baby play vitally connected roles.


“ It is an exciting time to be a chiropractor. There is a shift of consciousness happening in all sectors of our world, and I believe family wellness chiropractic will play a significant role in this shift.”

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Birthing in Community, Living in Community By Molly Stiens, D.C.

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ecently, I was asked to be a part of a free birth by one of my chiropractic clients. For those of you yet to jump on the train that this phrase is associated with—essentially, a free birth is a birth where no medical attendees are present. Like all things birth, it was a whirlwind, but it simultaneously had perfect timing. I had agreed to take the birth early in her pregnancy, knowing that I had a trip planned very close to her 40-week due date. As my trip approached, I had been giving mama chiropractic adjustments. She was walking on the beach every day, and still not experiencing signs that babe was making his arrival. The little guy was clearly cozy in the belly. While I was away for ten days, I casually checked in, not wanting to overwhelm mama with doubts on why baby hadn’t yet made his way. The trip ended and the same evening my plane landed back on this sweet island home, I sent a text letting mama know I had touched down, and we could get her on the schedule for an adjustment the next day. No doubt she was elated, as pregnancy discomforts had set in in those final days. In divine timing, at midnight, I got the call. Her husband told me, “It’s time.” Although it’s the call you’ve been waiting for, in that moment, all of me wanted to make excuses: a 5-hour time change, lack of sleep, travel, a full day of clients that would have to be rescheduled. But, I took the call.

Two other women in our community joined us. Neither had a background in obstetrical medicine, but I think that was the idea. We showed up in support—in service to the mama and her babe, not a licensing panel. This is the way many mamas are leaning: in search of individuals to show up in support for how they want the birth transformation to go. The way we support mothers in birth shows where our societal values lie. We continue to isolate moms from their work, from their loved ones in delivery, from their babies afterward—and even more so now that “pandemia” has taken hold. This birth I’m speaking of was almost like an alternate universe. There were moments, glimpses, a deep knowing for me: This was exactly what bringing life earthside was designed to feel like. This little human will be imprinted by the experience. Coming into the world sensing community. Sensing support. What a beautiful narrative to begin your first moments of life. We can look back to see ahead. Witnessing the lives of those in indigenous cultures. Valuing the home, valuing the tribe, valuing the human pieces of us. Honoring the sanctity of gathering. Individuals excited to ask, receive, and reciprocate a helping hand, instead of the idea that we’re walking this road alone. The hallmark of a holistic paradigm is community. Maybe it’s not five women showing up the moment your baby is coming earthside, but five different families assisting to make that sacred moment possible. Or families stepping up to bring you nourishment in the postpartum window. Or coming together to cover expenses of a home birth experience. All I know is that we were designed for human connection. Living is communal. Birthing is communal. Mothering is communal. Let’s start making this the narrative. Dr. Molly is a mediator in unleashing the healing power of the body, philanthropic and community building enthusiast, and encourager of living a radically heart centered life. She lives on Maui where she has built her first family practice, Living Adjusted.

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protect our rights. The PMA structure that protects our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, in the way we choose it, is found in the very document that established these unalienable rights, the U.S. Constitution. Private membership associations are a business and tax structure that allows an individual or business to operate in the private domain rather than the public domain. The public domain is the world most of us are used to when conducting business: complying with local health ordinances, submitting to state licensing requirements, and obeying federal mandates. A properly established PMA functions in the private domain, which allows you to do business outside of local, state, and federal jurisdictions. A common example is a golf course located in a “dry” county that sets up a PMA so that their patrons can buy a drink in the clubhouse afterward, thus avoiding local restrictions on sales of alcohol. But commonly known, large organizations function this way too, such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts, the NAACP, and even the American Medical Association. PMAs are founded and protected by the First Amendment (freedom of speech and expression and the freedom of assembly), as well as the 5th and 14th Amendments (the right to private contract without government restrictions). PMA is the umbrella term for this business structure, but there are subsets of it for particular types of businesses. Some of the most common are private health associations, which

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is how my chiropractic practice now successfully operates as of this year, and private education associations, which are usually homeschool-type cooperatives, although other schools can be set up this way. In the same way that the government can’t reasonably interfere with what you say or do within your own home with your family and friends, a PMA allows you to practice, educate, and otherwise do business as you choose. Your patients, clients, or customers become members of your association and agree to abide by rules you establish for your business. You clearly communicate to them what services and products you offer and the manner in which you conduct your business, and each person chooses for themselves whether they want to participate in that or not. It’s as simple as that. This does not mean that you can operate without morals or ethics. You cannot conduct business that “creates a clear and present danger of bringing about a substantial evil.” But operating in the private domain does mean that doctors may talk with their patients about certain health issues and procedures that their state board prevents them from discussing. It means that schools may enroll children to receive education who don’t meet the prevailing immunization requirements. It means that businesses are free to serve their communities in the way they see fit without fear of being shut down for non-compliance. With a properly

set up PMA, one can do business outside of local, state, and federal licensing and/or regulation without fear of governmental interference or retribution. I now have peace of mind when I read headlines indicating that vaccine mandates for healthcare workers might come back in my state. I know my practice is protected, and I will continue to be able to serve my practice members for as long as I want to, in the way that I want to, regardless of whatever politically motivated decision comes at our profession. While we might not ever go back to the way it was before the pandemic or back to “business as usual,” maybe we don’t want to. And maybe we don’t have to, even with governmental regulatory agencies and other “powers that be” telling us what we can and cannot do. PMAs are the constitutional way for “we the people” to take our power back and have the freedom to make personal health decisions for ourselves and our families, to educate our children in the way we see fit, and to enjoy the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for over 20 years in San Diego, CA. He is an instructor for the ICPA, the host of the popular podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” and the creator of many online courses for pregnant women and new fathers. Dr. Jay also helps chiropractors create unique business structures designed to protect your rights in practice. You can learn more about this at ProtectMyPractice.org. issue 74

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Why Does Health Freedom Matter? By Health Freedom for Humanity

All people have the inalienable right to choose what is best for their health, and what is put into, onto, or around their bodies.

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re you aware of the infringements on your ability to decide what is put into and onto your body, not to mention what type of healthcare and medical treatments you receive? Are you aware that your access to treatments outside of the allopathic medical system is in peril of being removed? Health Freedom is important because it is your inalienable right to choose what is best for your health. Without it, your bodily sovereignty and health decisions lie in the hands of someone else.

Health Freedom gives people the right to access health practitioners of all types, and it gives the practitioners the ability to treat their clients without fear of legal punishment.

Health Freedom is the right to obtain medical treatments of your choice.

professionals have an obligation to understand and present them. Quite simply, pharmaceutical companies should be held to the highest standards of transparency with their products.

Health freedom gives people the right to access health practitioners of all types, and it gives the practitioners the ability to treat their clients without fear of legal punishment. In many states, for instance, it is currently punishable by law for alternative health practitioners to treat clients without a medical license. The system should be based on the right of the patient, not on someone’s profits or the political climate. In addition, a patient should have the right to choose what medical treatment, surgery, therapy, device, or injection they want without restriction.

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Health Freedom is the right to bodily autonomy. Many states are considering mandatory-vaccination laws, mandatory-mask laws, and other health-related restrictions. These restrictions are being considered without the right to objection due to religious or philosophical beliefs, individual choice, consideration of alternative options, or adverse effects. All people have the inalienable right to choose what is best for their health, and what is put into, onto, or around their bodies. Any infringements upon this right are inhumane and unethical. Children who are being treated for cancer with chemotherapy are forced to finish out the treatment plan even if it’s making them severely ill, and even if they’ve been able to sustain remission via natural means. Sadly, the parents of these children are under threat of being turned into Child Protective Services if they do not comply. Psychiatry holds and forces certain medications on people without proper process. This invades the rights of those suffering from mental health symptoms—which can be caused by a variety of issues unrelated to the need for these pharmaceutical medications.

Health Freedom is the right to not be punished by the system for seeking alternative methods of healthcare and preventative treatments. Currently, our healthcare and insurance system caters to those who stay ill and inside the system, and it punishes those who seek alternative and preventative treatments outside of it. This is backward at best. It keeps people stuck inside the paradigm of dependency (on the system) and on pharmaceutical products. No one should suffer financially for seeking care outside of what your insurance will reimburse you for.

Simply put, Health Freedom is your right to choose what’s best for your health. It is not religious, it is not political, it is not a right for one group of people; it is your right because you are a sovereign human being. We are a community of advocates, parents, teachers, actors, veterans, doctors, lawyers, and friends, who stand to ensure Health Freedom for all people. We come from every religion, political affiliation, socioeconomic background, and philosophy on personal health but are united in our belief that mandated medical procedures of any kind, medical coercion, or any restrictions on health choice violate basic human rights. We work to educate and empower our fellow citizens to defend this inalienable right. We declare freedom from the overreaching arm of Big Pharma and its bedfellows. We are unmovable and unstoppable. We invite all of humanity to join us: Healthfreedomforhumanity.org.

Health Freedom is the right to proper informed consent from health care practitioners and pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical companies have paid out billions of dollars in fines and have been convicted of withholding dangerous and deadly side effects of their products from the public. Patients have a right to be informed of all risks and healthcare

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New Perspectives By Tom Cowan, M.D.

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ARE virusES? Are they good or bad? What’s their origin? Offering new philosophical perspectives is a core value of Pathways. One of these perspectives is the recognition of the vitalistic intelligence of life, so that we may help create symbiosis within the world and within biology. All organisms are composed of micro-organisms: bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Conventional thinking on this topic is fast evolving. Dr. Tom Cowan offers a key perspective that is helping to expand our paradigm of micro-biology, to help empower and inform decisions on this topic that has for centuries been crowded with fear.

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n the world of science, beliefs typically die a long, slow death. Such is the case with the germ theory, which really took off in the late 1800s. At that time, the main proponents of the germ theory, including the Frenchman Louis Pasteur and the German Robert Koch, ardently believed that all the bacteria in living organisms, including human beings, were invaders from the outside. In other words, from our skin inward, we were sterile, except if we had been invaded by a pathogen. Today, 150 years later, this idea seems laughably incorrect and naïve. Almost everyone now knows that trillions of bacteria live in and on every surface of our bodies. Some people have even attempted to demonstrate that most of our genetic material is bacterial rather than human in origin. We now have conclusive evidence that these trillions of bacteria living in us help digest our food, synthesize crucial nutrients, participate in detoxification functions, help regulate and control our emotions and, in some ways, participate in every normal human function. The early proponents of the germ theory

were not only completely inaccurate in their conclusions about the role of bacteria in the human organism, but, more important, they established a framework that postulated that human beings were somehow separate from nature. This insidious and unscientific conclusion, which continues to the present time, has caused grave harm to all living systems. In the case of viruses, a similar shift is just beginning to happen in the scientific community. The old paradigm about viruses is that we are essentially “virus-free” in our healthy, natural state, and the only viruses that are inside us must be pathogens that came from the outside. This belief was, of course, never proven; it was just stated as dogma, and it dovetailed nicely with the narrative of “nature is out to get us.” If we fast forward to modern virology, we now know that these particles called viruses can be exosomes, also called extracellular vesicles (EVs), which are generated from the tissues as a way of detoxification and communication. The way it works is that when a tissue is exposed to a certain toxin, especially one that breaks down the genetic material, the tissue packages this broken-down

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genetic material into vesicles so they can be excreted from the body. This excreted package of poisons is not only a vital detoxification strategy, it also serves as a communication vehicle that can be sent out to the world. Through a kind of resonance, exosomes can communicate from one part of the body to another, or from one organism to its community of friends. The conclusion, then, is that these internally generated exosomes (EVs) are the agent of adaption for living beings. They are not pathogens. Unfortunately, the medical/scientific community has mistaken these detoxification-communication messengers for pathogenic viruses. But that narrative is starting to crumble. Consider this quote from a recent paper published in the journal Viruses 2020 May; 12(5). 571. The paper was written by Gianessi, F et al and is titled: “The Role of Extracellular Vesicles as Allies of HIV, HCV and SARS Viruses.” Here is a quote from Section 3 of the paper: The remarkable resemblance between EVs and viruses has caused quite a few problems in the studies on the analysis of EVs released during viral infections. Nowadays, it is an almost impossible mission to separate EVs and viruses by means of canonical vesicle isolation methods, such as differential ultracentrifugation, because they are frequently co-pelleted due to their similar dimension. To overcome this problem, different studies have proposed the separation of EVs from virus particles by exploiting their different migration velocity in a density gradient or using the presence of specific markers that distinguish viruses from EVs. However, to date, a reliable method that can actually guarantee a complete separation does not exist. Read the final line again: A way to distinguish external “pathogenic” viruses from particles generated from our own tissues does NOT exist, period. Perhaps the reason virologists can’t find any method to distinguish these particles from each other, in spite of the fact that they can pull a single molecule out of virtually any complex solution, can only be because there is nothing to distinguish. I submit that all viruses are exosomes/EVs. They are all generated from our tissues. None are pathogens. This change in how we view viruses (exosomes) will happen, but possibly only when the old guard dies out. Paradigms are hard to change. This one, however, is threatening to destroy the world, and we don’t have time for the virologists to fade away. We must understand this shift ourselves. It’s not that complicated once you remove the veil. It’s obvious: We humans are part of the joyous dance of life, viruses and bacteria are our dance partners, and without them, we will trip on our own two feet and fall flat on our collective faces. ___________________________________________________ For more information on the question of disease causality, read further in this issue of Pathways.

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“ All scientists who think they are working with viruses in laboratories are actually working with typical particles of specific dying tissues or cells, which were prepared in a special way. It’s not that virologists are intentionally trying to deceive the public, but rather that they themselves have been deceived. They simply follow the procedures they were taught, and interpret the results in the way they were taught.” – STEFAN LANKA, VIROLOGIST

“ The dreaded fear of disease seen in those who truly believe in the so-called ‘germ theory’ could be laid to rest if they but realized the fact that their own bodies harbor most of the organisms that they fear.” – F.H. BARGE, D.C.


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For all of human history, people have observed the ill effects of diseases caused by poisons. Whether it was a disease from a venomous snake, poisons extracted from frogs, or the accidental consumption of poisonous plants, humans learned early on to be knowledgeable about these causes of disease. However, at the same time, some diseases would occur where no explanation could be found. The person never ate, drank, or came in contact with something poisonous, but still experienced similar symptoms of lethargy, organ afflictions, and sometimes death. Early on, it was assumed that since poison-induced illnesses were well known, it may be possible that these other diseases were caused by something “poisonous” to our biology, though perhaps the culprit was unidentified or invisible to the eye. In the 19th century, a microscopic poison was hypothesized to exist, responsible for the diseases whose cause was elusive to our knowledge. This entity was given the name “virus” which in Latin means “toxin.”

Over the course of scientific progress, as inventors created microscopes and biological study become rigorous, people slowly realized that a microscopic, communicable toxin couldn’t be found. In many ways, the idea was slowly abandoned in favor of a new culprit, micro-organisms, which also became known around the same time. However, research that sought to extract micro-organisms such as bacteria or fungi, and inflict disease states by way of transmission of these entities, failed to impress the scientific community with results. Organisms, by themselves, through normal routes (barring direct injection into the brain, abdomen, or lungs) couldn’t directly cause disease states. For example, Dr. Milton Rosenau assigned by the United States Health Department to experiment with the cause of influenza at the height of the 1918 epidemic, failed to show infection in any of over two hundred volunteers; first with several strains of the suspected bacterium Pfeiffer’s bacillus, and later, through direct contact with influenza patients, including sharing of blood, mucus, and breath. Rosenau remarked after the study, “We entered the outbreak with a notion that we knew the cause of the disease, and were quite sure we knew how it was transmitted from person to person. Perhaps, if we have learned anything, it is that we are not quite sure what we know about the disease.” By the time leading up to our present day, most people recognized and accepted the fact that many trillions of micro-organisms exist in us, and germs thought to

I believe a growing majority are ready to make this shift— what many have called the shift from mechanism to vitalism. be dangerous have been found to exist in a majority of humans who are completely healthy. In the year 1953, DNA was discovered, bringing forth a new understanding of how life could work. In tandem with this discovery, virologists who formerly were searching for a micro-toxin now became convinced that the “virus” was instead a DNA-based pathogen capable of employing the secret of life, DNA, for nefarious, parasitic purposes in host organisms. In 1954, the suspected measles virus was said to be grown (and discovered) by way of cell-culture experiments, and various particles from the decaying cell-culture were micro graphed using an electron microscope, a device central to the preceding DNA research. Since that time, it had been largely agreed that a nefarious virus had finally been identified, a cellular product that would be held responsible for many diseases that had remained a mystery. This story represents one chapter in a series of chapters regarding the human search for disease causality. Throughout this search, a single, fundamental theme exists: To find the cause of disease, we have to find the “pathogen” responsible for it, just as we might find the toxic agent in snake venom or the protein in plants responsible for someone’s poisoning. In other words, the search was predicated on a logical assumption that organic diseases mirror diseases caused by poisoning, in that some malevolent substance would “breach” the integrity of the living organism causing affliction. Now, it could have been just as possible for a similar line of investigation to have emerged in history, centering and guiding our exploration of the cause of diseases. For just as we knew poisons caused clear internal affliction and death, so too was it known that injury, wear and tear, would cause affliction in the body. Whether by the blow of a sword or arrow in battle, or whether by an accidental fall, internal organ afflictions could occur anytime the body was breached or overwhelmed by a force. Along the progression of this line of thinking, we would find hypotheses of “stress” as the cause of the elusive diseases; certain tensions that pull and tug our organism out of balance, leading to damage, and potentially lethargy,

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sickness, and death. Not limiting this model to physical stresses that impact the body, we’d likely consider emotional stress and negative thinking that might impact us with equal or even greater destructive force. Over the course of scientific progress, this line of thinking would show that there are many kinds of stress, and many myriad ways they negatively impact the body. We would learn how the body receives stress, and how the nervous system is the instrument the body uses to mediate and adapt to stress. In point of fact, this line of investigation has always existed alongside the search for poisons. And today, we have many modalities that take into account both stress and poisons. In some modalities, the emphasis is on stress, but in an effort to reduce nefarious variables to achieve health and well-being, almost always are both culprits addressed. Poisons and stress. The world was taken by surprise when a third branch of scientific inquiry arrived, one that could find a home within the “stress hypothesis” of disease causality, but which really stands out on its own as a completely new understanding altogether. Instead of focusing on hypothesized “agents” of disease, this new model shows the role of the body’s innate intelligence, which underlies all manifestations of the body. To illustrate how the body’s own “intelligence” could ever lead to a disease state, let’s imagine one real-life scenario: Imagine a mother and child are out in the world, and the child becomes pinned underneath a rock or a wheel of a car. The mother, without hesitation, runs to lift the heavy object off the child. She struggles with the utmost power and strength, even going so far as to stretch and tear ligaments and muscles beyond their normal capacity. She succeeds in what perhaps many of her strongest friends would fail to accomplish. She rescues the child, and for weeks, is constrained in bed with torn muscles before fully recovering. That period of incapacitation in bed could be seen as a stress-induced disease. However it is plain and obvious to all who know her story that she is in the midst of recovery from an intelligent and heroic act of desperation. Her muscles aren’t “diseased” per-se, they are trying to heal and rebuild from an intelligent sacrifice. It had never occurred to researchers observing organic diseases—symptoms that arise despite no poison or external injury—that the cause could be similar in nature to the story of sacrifice of the mother, but at the organ level. Since the mother’s affliction was not caused by any microscopic pathogen, nor was it caused by a “malfunction” in her body, we can understand that the symptoms of inflammation were the natural repercussion of her intentional choice to burden her muscles in a clear and deliberate effort to save something more important. Could it be that organ-specific diseases are the result of an organ’s own deliberate effort to achieve something important in life for the whole of the organism? This new premise forms the basis of a major shift out

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of a multi-thousand-year long paradigm of searching for a pathogen, into a paradigm of understanding how an intelligent, meaningful adaptation in the organ leads to organ afflictions. It’s really quite understandable. Rather than a focus on toxins, viruses, bacteria, or potential genetic defects “infecting” or “breaking down” the organ, we can now say: The organs of the body adapt to life-experiences. And the natural consequence of these adaptations are symptoms. The more prolonged and extreme the adaptation (or the more intense the shocking experience,) the more severe the symptoms of recovery. In the research and discoveries of German New Medicine (GNM) or Germanische Heilkunde (Germanic Healing Knowledge), we find the scientific verification of this new paradigm. There is an immense intelligence within living matter, and it is closely anchored to our experiences in life. With the mother’s story above, we not only see the result of her conscious, intelligent expenditure of muscles, we also find subconscious organ adaptations that intelligently arise due to the shocking experience. Upon a near death of a child, our innate intelligence employs many resources, subconsciously adapting and augmenting internal organ functions to aid in resolving the problem. For example, the mother’s lungs could have augmented their function to increase oxygenation to the bloodstream. Her breast gland may have augmented its function to produce more milk to nourish her wounded child (even if she is not currently breastfeeding). All organs of the body, from the eyes to the skin to the heart, have intelligent, though primitive, adaptions applicable to the various biological conflicts we experience in life. Each adaptation is controlled by the brain (see pg. 46,) and our unique perception of the shocking experience determines the specificity of which organ is engaged. And just like the muscles in recovery, each organ adaptation has an appropriate and necessary healing phase of recovery. For the lungs, we experience pain, coughing and sputum discharge. For the breast glands, we experience inflammatory lumps or swells. Comprehending our Stories There are many things to be said about the difficulty of a paradigm shift from the biochemical and mechanistic analysis of health to the emotional level that connects us to the stories and perceptions of our life. As human beings, we are easily ashamed of our stories, because we tend to harbor a belief that we have not lived up to our highest potential. There is always going to be an element of shame, for as long as there is a desire to grow beyond our present capacities, there will always be the shame of feeling as though we failed to grasp something bigger. However, this new paradigm really changes everything, when we realize that biological health is something deeply related to our story and perceptions, and so our story becomes something we must learn to know, understand, and love.

As living beings traversing a journey called life, we have been endowed by Nature to somehow know that we are in a story, and that our life is a story. Perhaps this is the truest fact of all, a fact known from the very first perception that we ever have—I am here, now. How strange? How wonderful! When we think of the organization of life, we have been taught to think of a vast machine made of puzzle-pieces. But what if life is consciousness, communicating an eternal story of self, where “the body” is animated from top to bottom by an inner knowledge that knows the story? When threatening experiences happen along the way that are incomprehensible, unexpected, or hard to make sense of, they compel forth internal adaptations in our living organism. We can learn to restore the meaning that was lost at that moment, by resolving the experience and by listening to and speaking about our story in an environment of new knowledge, love, and connection. Nature’s gift to the inner being within each of us is that no matter what we lose or how incomprehensible our experiences have been, we can always find the thread again. And when we do, something real and full of purpose begins to heal us from within. This is the healing expression of an unlimited, innate intelligence reconnecting to the limited brain-bodypsyche that was traumatized and isolated by the experience. This new paradigm, confirmed by key discoveries of the brain and nervous system, help validate what many brilliant thinkers of the past had intuited about health. It connects our micro-biology to the larger dimension of life and perception. In a way, it’s acting as a kind of renaissance seed for humanity at this time in history. From this seed, we are pressed onward to actualize the eternal aim of our human potential—to learn how to become proud of our stories and ourselves, to learn how to live in awe and symbiosis with the great mystery of life, and to know just how it is that our biology depends on our loving awareness for its harmonious organization. From this, we are sure to find the miraculous health and longevity that is an integral part of the birthright of our species. I and many others are ready to live and share in this new paradigm of health. It encourages each of us to look back upon all who lived to make our own life stories possible, and to say, “Thank you. I am here. And I will honor the living thread of our song.” I believe a growing majority are ready to make this shift—what many have called the shift from mechanism to vitalism.

John Ohm believes in the chiropractic philosophy that “life expresses intelligence” in all its manifestations. He believes that recent discoveries of the brain and nervous system confirm this philosophy, opening the world to a new science of life. He strives to advance chiropractic principles for a more beautiful world to come. View article resources and author information here: pathwaystofamilywell­ness.org/references.html.

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Health By Christopher Kent, D.C.

Originally printed in the March 26, 2011 edition of Dynamic Chiropractic (dynamicchiropractic.com)

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ew are familiar with the term salutogenesis, yet it expresses the very essence of wellness. Antonovsky coined the term in 1979. It is derived from salus, which is Latin for health, and genesis, meaning to give birth. As Cowley and Billings wrote: “Salutogenesis literally means ‘that which gives birth to health.’ In traditional public health and community medicine approaches, a ‘pathogenic’ perspective, in which the focus is on disease or illness and its prevention or treatment, most often dominates interventions. Adoption of a salutogenic perspective highlights the importance of starting from a consideration of how health is created and maintained.” Salutogenesis is the opposite of pathogenesis. Pathos means suffering; pathogenesis is the birth of suffering. Ironically, most health professions have this term incorporated in their names. For example, conventional medicine is known as allopathy. Even alternative medical systems, such as homeopathy, naturopathy, naprapathy, and osteopathy, incorporate pathos in their names, and a focus on disease prevention or treatment is implicit in their clinical strategies. In contrast, salutogenesis is the creation of health and well-being. While the prevention and treatment of disease has its place, it is a dangerously incomplete approach for inculcating and cultivating human potential. The salutogenic model addresses the causes of global well-being rather than the origins of specific disease processes. It focuses on strategies and lifestyle choices that empower individuals to experience the full spectrum of the human experience.

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Salutogenesis literally means “that which gives birth to health.”


A Sense of Coherence Antonovsky proposed that the key factor in salutogenesis is a person's sense of coherence (SOC). He defined SOC as “a global orientation that expresses the extent to which one has a pervasive, enduring though dynamic feeling of confidence that one's internal and external environments are predictable and that there is a high probability that things will work out as well as can reasonably be expected.” Kobasa described three common factors in people who enjoy health, even when confronted by challenging circumstances: •C ontrol: the person’s belief that they are able to influence the course of events; •C ommitment: embracing a curiosity and sense of meaningfulness for life; and •C hallenge: the individual’s expectation that it is normal and beneficial for life to change. Smith published a comprehensive review of salutogenic mechanisms in the brain, noting that the components of a person’s SOC are comprehensibility, manageability, and meaningfulness. Other factors that contribute to salutogenesis include social support, spirituality, happiness, humor, and love. Salutogenesis is more than a realization that attitudes affect outcomes. Salutogenic theory goes to the very essence of neurobiology. It has been noted that neurological processes (as well as anatomical structures) are remodeled by sensory input. These processes, collectively termed neuroplasticity, are operative at all levels of the nervous system. Smith described the range of these mechanisms: “From the afferent (incoming) activity of peripheral sensory receptors to the efferent (outgoing) activity directed toward neuroendocrine organs, blood vessels, and muscles. Although the selectivity of perception probably makes it impossible to be aware of everything that is happening throughout the body, it is evident that these regulatory processes are essential for one's health, and that they provide the basis for functional salutogenic mechanisms of the brain.” Smith further noted: “An organism with a salutogenic brain would experience the world as manageable and coherent...with a self-perpetuating cycle for enhancing self-confidence and well-being.” Salutogenesis and Chiropractic From a chiropractic perspective, a salutogenic brain is one that receives information concerning internal and external environments without interference. If this world view and self-image are not distorted, the brain will issue mental impulses, unimpeded by vertebral subluxation, that give rise to qualitatively and quantitatively appropriate responses. As the process of life unfolds, the human experience sculpts the anatomical and functional mechanisms of the nervous system. Whether the result is a life that gives honor and dignity to our potential, or a grotesque caricature of the life that could have been, is up to us.

As human beings, we have the ability to control the modulating factors in salutogenesis. We can choose to experience social support, spirituality, happiness, humor, and love through a nervous system free of distortion and interference. We can exercise control, commitment, and challenge through biomechanisms that are not compromised. Recent research involving a central data repository of chiropractic offices has shown how a philosophical construct can become a clinical reality. McCoy Et al. reported on the results of an 18-week protocol using objective assessments of anthropometric and physiologic function. The study, which included 178 subjects, reported: “Anthropometric and physiologic measures showed improvement following the intervention; therefore, this standardized wellness protocol was shown to improve weight, heart rate, blood pressure, strength, body-mass index, and forced vital capacity. Paired sample tests and significance testing for the entire sample, and for both genders separately, determined that these changes were statistically significant.” It also was noted: “The intervention encompasses physical, biochemical, and psychologic dimensions and each is customized based on the client’s wellness goals, the completion of a health survey, and results of a physiologic evaluation. This process attempts to uncover areas in each aspect of the client’s life needing attention...[It] incorporates a model of wellness care that integrates the physical, biochemical, and psychologic dimensions of health to address these behaviors...Some subjects also received chiropractic care during the program. All of the participating clinics practice a form of chiropractic that involves management of vertebral subluxation. This application of chiropractic is not solely directed at spinal manipulation for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal pain syndromes. It is based on the contention that misalignments and/or abnormal motion of vertebral motion units may compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health and well-being. Chiropractic care of this type has been shown to improve self-reported quality of life and to correlate with improved health behaviors." As chiropractors, we have the ability to empower others to lead salutogenic lives and move our culture into one of worldwide wellness. By correcting vertebral subluxations and addressing lifestyle issues, our profession has the clinical tools needed to lead the transformation from a diseasecentered system to one that indeed gives birth to health. Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D. is a Professor and Director for Scholarly Activity at Sherman College of Chiropractic. He is president of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation. Dr. Kent was named a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Imaging, and completed visiting fellowship programs in magnetic resonance imaging. His research interests include diagnostic imaging and neurological assessments associated with vertebral subluxation. In 1998, he received the Larry Webster Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in pediatric chiropractic in 2000 and Life University’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Dr. Kent is the former chair of the United Nations NGO Health Committee, the first chiropractor elected to that position. issue 74

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PSYCHE BRAIN ORGAN By Caroline Markolin, Ph.D.

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erman New Medicine (GNM) is based on the findings of Dr. med. Ryke Geerd Hamer. Dr. Hamer received his medical degree in 1961 from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He was specialized in internal medicine and practiced at different University clinics in Germany. Dr. Hamer also shared a medical practice with his wife, Sigrid. Together, they raised four children. The 18th of August 1978 was, in Dr. Hamer’s own words, the darkest day of his life. On that day, Dr. Hamer received the shocking news that his oldest son Dirk had been accidentally shot. Dirk died 4 months later in his father’s arms. Shortly after Dirk’s death, Dr. Hamer was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Since he had never been seriously ill, he immediately assumed that the development of his cancer could be directly related to the tragic loss of his son. Dirk’s death and his own experience with cancer set Dr. Hamer on an extraordinary scientific journey. At the time head internist of a German cancer clinic, Dr. Hamer began to investigate his patients’ histories and soon learned that, like him, they all had suffered unexpected emotional distress prior to their cancer development. But he took his research even further. On the basis that all bodily processes are controlled from the brain, he analyzed his patients’ brain scans and compared them with their medical records. This was an entirely new approach. Until then, no studies had examined the origin of disease in the brain and the role of the brain as the mediator between our emotions and a diseased organ. What Dr. Hamer discovered was startling. He found that when we suffer unexpected emotional distress, like

when we suffer unexpected emotional distress, like an unexpected separation, a loss of a loved one, or sudden worries or anger, the brain triggers a biological emergency program to respond to the exact conflict shock being experienced.

an unexpected separation, a loss of a loved one, or sudden worries or anger, the brain triggers a biological emergency program to respond to the exact conflict shock being experienced. He established that the very moment the conflict occurs, the shock impacts a specific area in the brain causing a lesion that is visible on a brain scan as a set of sharp concentric rings. With the impact, the shock is communicated to the corresponding organ. Whether the organ responds to the conflict with the development of a tumor (cancer), a heart condition, or tissue loss as we see in osteoporosis or stomach ulcers, is determined by the exact type of emotional distress. Let’s take, for example, colon cancer: The biological conflict linked to the intestine is, as Dr. Hamer calls it, an “indigestible morsel conflict.” Animals experience these morsel conflicts in real terms, when, for example, a chunk of food is stuck in the intestinal canal. In response to this potentially life-threatening situation, the intestinal cells immediately start to multiply. The biological purpose of the cell augmentation is to produce more digestive juices so that the food morsel can be broken down and can pass through. We humans inherited this biological response program. For us, an “indigestible morsel” can translate into an insult, a difficult divorce, a fight over money or property, or a court case that we cannot “digest.” Dr. Hamer found that when we experience such an “indigestible morsel” conflict, the same process of cell proliferation is initiated, controlled from the part of the brain that controls the colon. As long as a person is distressed about the “indigestible issue,” the cells keep multiplying, forming what is called a colon

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of the symptoms. Because understanding each symptom in its biological and biographical context allows us to free ourselves from the panic and fear that is often triggered with the onset of a disease. Dr. Hamer’s research radically upsets the central doctrine of standard medicine, namely that diseases are a result of a malfunctioning organism. By providing clear scientific evidence that diseases such as cancer do not occur by chance but as a result of survival programs that have been successfully practiced for millions of years, Dr. Hamer shatters conventional medicine (including the medical industry) at its core. With GNM, questions like “why me?” or “why cancer?” are no longer a mystery. Understanding Allergies As summer is here, so is for many “allergy season.” I often asked myself: Why do some people get hay fever and others don’t? What factors determine whether we are allergic to certain pollen or to other agents such as animal hair, certain food substances, metals, feather pillows, mold, or cigarette smoke? Over the last few decades, medical science has come up with numerous theories about what causes an allergic reaction. One of the most popular views is that we develop an allergy when our organism is exposed to an offending substance at a time when our immune system is weak. But why does one person react with a runny nose, another with asthma, and yet another with a skin rash? Dr. med. Ryke Geerd Hamer, internist, medical researcher and originator of German New Medicine (GNM), explains the entire allergic process as a biological interplay between the psyche, the brain, and the corresponding organ. In 1981, Dr. Hamer discovered that every disease starts with a shock experience that catches us completely off guard. He called this unexpected conflict a DHS (Dirk Hamer Syndrome), in honor of his son Dirk whose tragic death initiated Dr. Hamer's own cancer. Such an unanticipated event doesn't necessarily have to be spectacular. It can simply be triggered by unanticipated anger or when somebody strikes us with an offending remark. Dr. Hamer found that at the moment we experience a DHS, the conflict shock impacts a specific area in the brain causing a lesion that can be clearly identified on a brain scan as a set of sharp target rings. The exact response on the organ is determined by which part of the brain received the conflict shock. According to GNM, every disease has two phases. During the first, conflictactive phase, we feel mentally distressed,

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tumor. Conventional medicine interprets these additional cells as “malignant.” Based on thousands of case studies, Dr. Hamer shows that these additional cells (the tumor) are, in reality, “disposable cells” that are only useful for the time being. The moment the “indigestible morsel” can be digested, the superfluous cells are no longer needed and are removed with the help of bacteria or fungi. Dr. Hamer also discovered that every “disease” runs in two phases. During the first, conflict-active phase, we feel mentally and emotionally stressed. Typically, we are totally preoccupied with what happened, we have cold extremities, little appetite, suffer sleep disturbances, and lose weight. If we resolve the conflict, we enter the healing phase, during which the psyche, the brain, and the affected organ undergo the phase of recovery. Since conventional medicine fails to recognize the two-phase pattern of every disease, many symptoms of the repair phase such as inflammations, fever, painful swelling, pus, discharge, blood in the stool, in the urine or in the sputum (particularly when a cancerous growth is broken down), or infections, are labeled as diseases although they are, in fact, manifestations of a natural healing process. The therapeutic aspects of GNM are manifold. The first step is to determine whether the person is still conflictactive or already healing. If still in the active phase, the focus is to identify the original conflict, develop a strategy to resolve the conflict, and prepare the patient for the healing symptoms. During the healing phase, it is important to support the patient psychologically and, if necessary, medically. But above all, it is essential to understand the nature


When we experience an unexpected conflict shock, our mind is in an acute awareness situation. Highly alert, our subconscious picks up all components that surround the conflict such as smells, tastes, sounds, objects, or people and stores them until the conflict is

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we have cold extremities, little appetite, and suffer from sleep disturbances. If we resolve the conflict, we enter the resolution or healing phase. This is the period in which the psyche, the brain, and the organ undergo the phase of recovery, an often difficult process with fatigue, fever, inflammations, infections, and pain. Symptoms that are typical for both the common cold and certain allergic reactions are nasal congestion, a runny nose, and sneezing. The nasal mucous membrane is controlled by a brain relay in the frontal lobe of the cerebrum. By analyzing thousands of brain scans, Dr. Hamer established that it is exactly this particular brain area that is affected when we experience a “This stinks!” conflict, as he likes to call it. His findings confirm that a “stink conflict” can be experienced in real terms, for instance through a sudden offensive smell, or in a figurative sense. At the moment the conflict occurs, the nasal mucosa begins to ulcerate, a process that usually goes unnoticed. What is noticeable, however, are the typical signs of the conflict active phase namely shivers, a loss of appetite, and a certain restlessness. But as soon as we resolve the conflict, often by leaving the environment or situation that “stinks,” the ulceration in the nasal mucous membrane gets replenished. The refilling of the tissue loss causes nasal congestion and often headaches due to the brain edema in the affected brain area that also tries to heal. Sneezing and a runny nose are therefore signs that the organism is finally getting rid of the residue of the repair process and, figuratively speaking, of what caused the “stink” to begin with. When we experience an unexpected conflict shock, our mind is in an acute awareness situation. Highly alert, our subconscious picks up all components that surround the conflict such as smells, tastes, sounds, objects, or people and stores them until the conflict is completely resolved. In GNM, the imprints that remain in the aftermath of the DHS are called tracks. These tracks are most significant because if a person is already in the healing phase and suddenly sets on a track through association or real contact, the entire conflict relapses and the Biological Special Program with all the symptoms that belong to the particular conflict starts all over again. This is, in biological terms, an allergic reaction. So what is commonly called an allergy is in fact already the healing phase after the conflict

relapse. The biological purpose of the allergy is to serve as a warning system that says: “In such a situation, you’ve had a DHS. Watch out!” If someone is allergic to a certain food like peanuts, eggs, strawberries, or chocolate, the food substance was most likely consumed at the moment of the conflict shock. Now we have to be clear: When we leave the irritating substance out of the diet, it is NOT the avoidance of the food that cures the allergy but rather the avoidance of the tracks! If a person reacts to a certain pollen with a runny nose, we can conclude that the pollen in question was present when a “This stinks!” conflict took place. As long as the conflict is not completely resolved, the specific pollen will serve as a track and the “seasonal allergy” will recur year after year. Tracks always have to be taken into consideration when we are dealing with “chronic” disorders such as arthritis, angina pectoris, asthma, hemorrhoids, or recurring infections. According to GNM, the term “chronic” indicates that we have fallen back into the same conflict again and again. In order to interrupt the continual relapse cycle and be able to complete the healing phase once and for all, we have to identify the track(s) that were laid together with the original conflict shock. Clues for the cause of the allergy are usually hidden in the “context” of the allergic reaction. All circumstances such as time, place, and the specific symptoms have to be carefully scrutinized. For instance, if a person suffers from migraines only on weekends, the source will most likely be found at the workplace. While there are no symptoms during the week, on the time off, away from the “culprit,” the organism takes the first chance to heal. By integrating GNM into our daily lives, we learn with growing gratitude the language in which Mother Nature speaks to us.

In 1999, during a visit in Austria, Caroline Markolin, Ph.D., attended her first GNM lecture. Captivated by Dr. Hamer’s scientific findings, she enthusiastically dedicated herself to the full-time study of the “New Medicine,” as it was still called then. She is devoted to making Dr. Hamer’s discoveries available to the English-speaking world through her teachings and her presentation of GNM on the website: LearningGNM.com.

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Two Generations of Asthma Resolving Asthma with GNM By Deanna Courtney

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y husband and I were excited to schedule the day, June 2, 1987, to have our second baby, Benjamin. The doctors convinced us that this “scheduled C-section” was the best way to go and the safest since I had had a C-section with my first baby. My first memory after his birth was me standing over his incubator feeling so helpless and scared. I looked at Benjamin for the first time, shocked to see the IV that was inserted into his perfect little head. The IV that was providing nutrition that was supposed to come from his nursing mother. I remember putting my hand through the side hole and feeling his tiny hand around my finger for the first time. I remember feeling so helpless. They told me my baby was C-sectioned too early and his lungs were not fully developed. They told me this incubator

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was the safest place for him and only after 36 hours was I allowed to hold him for the first time. This was his home for the first 72 hours of life. As I look back, I wonder how scary it was for him to all of a sudden be yanked from his safe, comfortable environment, then poked, pricked, and placed alone in a bright, sterile place, not being able to hear my heart beat or feel the energy of the only thing he had gotten to know for the last 9 months. We got through that and got home. All was well until Ben was about 6 weeks old when he had his first major asthma attack. I don’t remember much from this long, panicked, 20-minute drive to the emergency room (ER), with my baby in the back seat gasping for breath. Before the age of 2, we had around a dozen similar trips to the ER where they would give breathing treatments, run chest X-rays, and prick him for blood tests. These tests always resulted in a diagnosis of asthma. Sometimes he would be treated and released and sometimes admitted. At one point, I remember looking at bills and calculating a total of 21 days in the hospital in these first 2 years. When Ben was about 4, I started doing research on the cause of asthma. I learned that toxins in the home “caused” asthma. So I detoxed the home. I learned that vitamin C deficiency was the “cause,” so I started Ben on vitamin C chewables. I discovered tea tree oil and its unique and seemingly safe properties of “killing things.” I decided to give it a try. When he showed his first sign of the onset of asthma—a drippy nose—I instinctively put a couple drops under his nose and said to him, “Ben, this is going to help you.” He liked the smell and it seemed to stop his cold in its tracks. At the time, tea tree oil seemed like a miracle cure, because it seemed from that moment on, we prevented the frequent ER visits. His next few years, Ben was pretty healthy. When the kids were young teens during a spring break, both Ben and my other son, Taylor, had an asthma attack. They had been doing so well, we didn’t pack the nebulizer, but late in the evening Ben’s asthma was getting to the dangerous level, so we left in search of an ER. The next morning, we found out that the day before, the pool had been treated with chlorine and both boys had gone for a swim immediately after. Our thought at the time was that they inhaled the chlorine, which we all know is toxic. Ben was active in his teenage years with basketball and football, skiing in the winter. He did not have chronic “exercise-induced asthma,” but occasionally would have an attack during practice or a game or on the slopes. When Ben was in college, there were a few periods where his asthma flared up, one of which was around the time he witnessed a horrible motorcycle accident, whicha resulted in multiple fatalities. After college, Ben worked in construction and his asthma seemed to flare up sporadically again. In Ben’s mid-20s he was in a long-distance relationship. And at one point, his girlfriend received the shocking news that her sister, a

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freshman in college, had a serious episode in the middle of the night and ended up in the ER. A few days later, this beautiful 19-year-old passed away. It was a huge shock to all. Ben was 3 hours away from his girl and his asthma really ramped up. At this point, I had just been introduced to GNM, so we made a correlation and discussed the importance of being with his girlfriend as much as possible. When he had a weekend with her, his asthma decreased, and when being away from her, it got worse. I remember thinking at the time how being separated from his girlfriend was like being separated from me in his first days of life. Ben is 34 now and is doing pretty well. He notices that when he gets dehydrated, he has challenges breathing in, but has not had a serious asthma attack in years. Now, since being introduced to Dr. Hamer’s discoveries in 2012, let me tell you about my grandson’s experiences with asthma. My daughter called me on Facetime one Saturday morning when her son, Pax, was around 2 years old. She told me that Pax woke up again last night coughing and not being able to breathe. This was the third weekend in a row. I asked her what changed about Friday’s schedule with Pax. What is Pax experiencing that is new on Fridays starting 3 weeks ago? I explained that the “asthma attack” is the peak of a healing or recovery phase in the bronchial muscles after the resolution of a particular kind of conflict. Particularly, I was looking for something akin to a “territorial fear of aggression,” or a “fear in the territory,” as this is the kind of conflict that affects the bronchial muscles, according to GNM. Without hesitation, she shared that they started going to a kids’ event at a coffee shop where there is this really cool musician who comes with tambourines, guitars, and drums, and sings and lets the kids interact and play along. I said, “Oh that sounds cool, how does Pax do?” She said, “Well, he doesn’t seem to like it as much as I thought he would. He usually asks to go over to the side counter away from the music. I usually get him a bagel and juice and he just watches, but sometimes I see him cover his ears.” That was an important clue. I go on to explain to her that asthma is the peak of healing of a “fear in the territory” for a right-handed boy. Pax is experiencing this “fun” event as fearful, and based on your description, it might have something to do with the loud banging noises. Now, having done daycare for 12 years, it’s kind of unusual for the average boy to not like drums, tambourines, and making noise. So I suspected this noise was a reminder of something scary that happened earlier on in his life, or even in the womb. I then asked my daughter if there was anything that happened in the womb that maybe was “loud” and “scary” or fearful. Without hesitation, she told me the story: “Yes! I was about 7 months pregnant and at a music festival to support my husband. At one point, I remember it being so loud that I got extremely anxious, so much so that I had to leave and ended up walking home.”

“That sounds like that might be it!” I said. We were still on Facetime and I could see that Pax had been listening as he was resting in his mother’s arms. So I explained in simple terms how he could not see the noise then, but he got scared of it and felt his mother get scared too, so now drums and loud noises just remind him of that fear. I also explained that he and mommy were safe now. At this point, my daughter and I get into the “now what do I do” question regarding GNM. The goal is get Pax to know that he is safe, and to reprogram the sound of drums and loud noises so that it doesn’t carry a “fear in the territory.” We talked about the use of noise-reducing headphones. We discussed some other strategies but mainly being aware of his subconscious fear, and calling attention to any loud noises before he hears them, so as to not be taken by surprise. Over the next year, we confirm that drums and fireworks are primary triggers; they consistently resulted in asthma attacks. When he was 4 years old, Pax watched the fireworks with his headphones on and he still had a pretty significant asthma attack in the middle of the night. This means his body was not quite ready to let go of the fear in the territory associated with the loud sounds. At 5-years-old, before the fireworks started, Pax said, “Mommy, my cousin and I are going to watch the fireworks together and I am not going to be afraid!” He chose to not put his headphones on because he was so confident. That night, he only had very minor asthma. At 6-years-old, Pax makes it through the fireworks with no symptoms whatsoever! Pax is now 9-years-old, and the only time he has had an attack was a few weeks into his kindergarten year, when he woke up with asthma in the middle of the night. After his mom got things under control, she asked him, “Was there anything that scared you yesterday?” He responded, “Yes! The Emergency Fire Drill…it was so loud and we didn’t know what was going on! We were really scared!” After this, they both felt peace and the asthma subsided. By comparing the two stories of my son and now my grandson, I’ve witnessed how the knowledge of GNM applied at the time of the first symptoms can save so much time, energy, stress, money, and potential chronic issues! I am so thankful I have this knowledge and the ability to be a phone call away for my children. I now tell everyone to learn GNM and to be grateful for each moment, and to try to move through each day choosing reactions, activities, and people that raise our vibration. Deanna Courtney lives in the mountains in New York, where she works from home teaching Germanic Healing Knowledge in person and online. In Deanna’s 55 years, along with having a business in holistic healing, she has had multiple careers with children and elder care. These experiences are the driving force behind her goal of empowering young families to create healthy, peaceful, and most importantly conscious homes. To learn more, go to UpYourVibe.Us.

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I found I was able to assist clients with much greater success because I knew what was occurring in their body, why it was occurring, and what to do to help it. And I teach it to every client so they, too, can understand their bodies better and get out of fear.

scans. A whole new world opened for me when I learned GNM. I found I was able to assist clients with much greater success because I knew what was occurring in their body, why it was occurring, and what to do to help it. And I teach it to every client so they, too, can understand their bodies better and get out of fear. So, if the sun doesn’t cause skin cancer, then what does? According to GNM, when our psyche perceives an unexpected “attack” against the skin (which incidentally can include the experience of a sunburn), our body initiates a cellular growth in the corium skin (bottom layer of skin) as a protection against the perceived “attack.”

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ummer is here. It is a time when I see fear rampant on the beach, as we slather chemicals on our children’s skin, or cover them from head to toe. We don’t want them to get cancer from the sun, do we? So we do our due diligence and cover ourselves and our children with whatever our conscience allows. But what if the sun really doesn’t cause skin cancer? Oh, I know we’ve been told for years that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays damage the skin’s cellular DNA, which then produce genetic mutations that can lead to “malignant” skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of getting skin cancer. Pretty scary stuff, huh? No wonder we cover ourselves and our children with chemicals—we’d be fools not to! I, too, used to believe this, until I discovered German New Medicine (GNM)and learned that the sun doesn’t “cause” cancer. GNM is a new science of medicine based on Five Biological Laws discovered by Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer over 35 years ago. The Five Biological Laws explain the cause, the development, and the natural healing of diseases in all living beings. GNM allows us to see symptoms and diseases in a different light, providing predictability for any given individual. It teaches us that cancer is not caused by random malfunctions or malignancies, but is instead a consequence of a natural biological program of adaptation that assists an individual during unexpected emotional distress. GNM correctly links our psyche, brain, and organs— a true mind-body science that is verifiable in brain CT


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It is also caused by: • a figurative attack • a verbal attack • a physical attack • an attack against your integrity ( such as when your boss falsely insinuates you stole from the company) • feeling disfigured (from an “ugly” surgical scar, for example) • feeling soiled (when we unexpectedly touch something we perceive is disgusting, filthy, or repellent)

What if we had no fear of skin cancer, because we recognize our body’s innate wisdom is already taking care of us better than anyone or anything else?

The entire orchestra of cells, organs, hormones, and tissues are hardwired for survival. Our brain and nervous system act as the conductor of each survival adaptation. When any of these perceived attacks occur, our brain (from the cerebellum relay that controls corium skin activity) instantly sends out the signal to grow extra cells at the site of the attack, for the sole purpose of creating protection. There is no blame here, nor are we victims—our brain is simply taking care of us in our unique situation. With GNM, we now have the knowledge that lets us understand our bodies and support them much more effectively.


When we’re no longer feeling attacked and we’ve resolved the issue, very specific microbes associated with the corium skin are “turned on,” with the sole purpose of breaking down the extra cells. The skin will change color, size, and texture during this “healing” or recovery phase. Other symptoms related to the recovery phase of a corium skin adaptation are acne, shingles, candidiasis of the skin, and cysts. The type and severity of the recovery symptoms depend on the duration and degree of the preceding “attack” experience. However, the symptoms are a normal and natural process of recovery from this conflict. What if we had no fear of skin cancer because we recognize our body’s innate wisdom is already taking care of us better than anyone or anything else? Unfortunately, in some cases these symptoms are deemed or diagnosed as “malignant,” and this sudden fear can cause additional conflicts in the psyche, initiating further programs of adaptation in the body. So, with this new knowledge, do we allow ourselves and our children to get sunburned? Of course not. The sun is capable of causing oxidative stress that a healthy body can generally repair easily, particularly if the person acclimates to the sun slowly and eats a nutrient-dense diet to stay strong. From her article “Skin Deep,” published by the

Weston A. Price Foundation, Sally Fallon Morell writes: “In most situations, normal exposure to the sun is beneficial, not harmful, especially if you take care to avoid polyunsaturated oils and trans fats. If you are fair-skinned and find yourself in situations where long exposure to the sun is unavoidable, be sure to cover your torso with a shirt, wear a hat, and use a safe sunscreen like zinc oxide on your nose and cheeks.” The timeless research of Dr. Weston A. Price taught us a diet rich in vitamins A, D, and K, found in healthy fats, keeps our bodies strong. Increase your intake of foods like pastured lard, butter, raw egg yolks, fermented cod liver oil, and high vitamin butter oil. With GNM, we have the opportunity and knowledge to understand symptoms and diseases differently which may, in turn, change how we react and the choices we make. If we have no fear of the sun and are able to quickly downgrade or resolve any perceived attacks against us, it means our body will break down the extra skin cells naturally. If we support our body’s innate ability to do so, it will. Franklin D. Roosevelt is often quoted saying: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” GNM teaches us how to get out of fear so we can spend more time being present and living life to its fullest.

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Andi Locke Mears has worked in the holistic, alternative field for over 30 years. She is a Traditional Naturopath, a Certified Whole Health Educator, and has a master’s degree in Peace & Humane Studies from the University of Maine. Andi is dedicated to helping others awaken to the truth about their health, and has spent her entire career educating people about holistic healing methods.

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Intelligence By George Rhodes, D.C.

By George Rhodes t must be luck, because a lifetime of the chiropractic We are not machines. We are living machines. The lifestyle couldn’t possibly have maintained me in a power and wisdom of life expresses itself in our material state of active organization for so long. bodies, communicating with, and acting as, the controlling As Dr. William Boyd states in his Texbook of agent of the nervous system. Because nerves are delicate Pathology, “It’s amazing that a harp with so many little things, they are easily traumatized. You all know strings can stay in tune so long.” Spoken like a true the chiropractic story: Bones on soft nerves causes those mechanist—someone with the view that our bodies nerves to lose their ability to behave normally. This initiare machines, that these machines are imperfect ates a cascade of events leading to metabolic and cellular and destined to break down piece by piece. But this behaviors which, once named, take their place in Dr. Boyd’s mechanistic view, based in the Newtonian notion that book of pathologies. Yet these pathologies are just names the role of science is to “tease out the secrets of Mother and descriptions of the ways subluxations—disturbances Nature so that we may control and dominate her,” has in the nervous system—choke our lifelines to our innate a fatal flaw. We didn’t build the machine. Rather we are intelligence. I believe that many of the problems we face created by an infinite intelligence, which provided an today are due to lack of knowledge of the Law of Life. individualized portion of itself to be present in every Nature needs no help, just no interference. living thing. This innate intelligence is complete in its So much for luck! wisdom and knowledge of how to receive the challenges of our world with grace, to cause constructive changes and adaptations. This is the Law of Life. George Rhodes, D.C., graduated from ADIO Institute of The vitalistic view of living things recognizes that Straight Chiropractic in 1981 with Tom and Jeanne Ohm. there is more to us than a fortunate accumulation of His wife Kate and their daughter Ella (17) are both happenstances. An innate intelligence gives rise to talented artists. Ella’s birth prompted Dr. Rhodes to innate forces that continually direct the molecular expand his technique prowess with KST (Koren Specific and biological activities to greater order. You may Technique). This revolutionary way of understanding the know this as healing, homeostasis, or adaptation. It nature and the cause of a subluxation and how best to reduce it has is simply the normal behavior of a body expressing its transformed his understanding of the universe and our part in it. November portion of life itself. 1, 2022 will mark the 40th year since opening his practice in Philadelphia.

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