Industry of Health

Industry of Health
The sixth building block of health
By Vince Methot, DC Student

There are seven categories in which all factors that influence health can be included. This set of seven I call the ‘fundamentals of health’. You can find the basic overview of these on the Vital Source Blog. The sixth of these I call the industry of health, not to be confused with the health industry.

Within each of us is an inborn need and desire to work towards a purpose that causes us to feel fulfilled, to make our own decisions and act on them, and to improve and perfect skills. We inherently have a desire to do and produce things that are fulfilling, pleasing, and rejuvenating. We also want control over something; what that something is will vary from person to person.

Our body has a need to be moved and challenged. It is the stresses on our body, when properly handled, which allow us to grow, strengthen and improve. Our muscles and bones allow us to move and do many things. They also allow us to handle physical challenges that we face. Without these stresses they waste away to nothing.

These two needs, to have purpose and to move, when combined, allow us to be industrious or to work. The industrious nature that is in us allows us to produce something of value. In society, the type of work chosen is often classified as an occupation, industry, or career and is more effective when coordinated with others in a unified purpose.

It is possible to live alone or with a family and do everything on your own such as grow food, make clothing, and build and maintain a shelter. While this would be truly self-reliant, WorkerAntsan important skill to have, it is possible to be self-reliant in a community. We specialize in areas that interest us and is enjoyable and then we create value. As a community we verify that all needs must be met, but as an individual we must produce enough value to equate to providing all of those necessities of life and more. Then we exchange with those who produce something of value for us and as a group we uplift each other.

In today’s world there are an increasing number of jobs or careers which fulfill the need to work towards a purpose but not the need to move and be physically challenged. When this is the case we still have to fulfill that need. Some people pick up hobbies that fulfill this need, such as exercise. Exercise and work that is physically challenging needs to be done in a way that is not damaging to the body.

Exercise and physical labor can be done in many different ways. These many ways can be divided into two categories – quality and quantity. The quality of exercise that we do involves the level of difficulty, muscles of focus – such as core or extremity, stages of emphasis – such as isometric, concentric, or eccentric, preparation and cool down, aerobic or anaerobic, power – such as strength or endurance, or refined movements – such as flexibility or balance. The quantity of exercise that we do is how long we spend and how often we repeat. Likewise, within a training session we can do interval or continuous training. It is good to keep all muscles in balance with each other, especially opposing muscles.

In a large society a medium is created that represents value produced by individuals and businesses. This medium is money. “Money is preserved labor, it is industry made negotiable, [and] it is stored up accomplishment.” Budgeting_Pig(S. Sill) Money allows for a large diversity in how value is exchanged. How money is perceived and handled has an effect on health just as our physical labor has an effect on health. When money is treated as an object in and of itself, separate from what it symbolizes, it is spent in excess, even to the point of unmanageable debt; then problems occur and health is negatively affected. When it is treated as the symbol that it is, it is spent with limits and invested to the point of abundance; then health can be positively affected.

These behaviors are a window into some of the person’s core beliefs. When someone spends money as if it had little value they are showing that they have a small perceived value of themselves and their work. When someone has a low perception of their own self-worth that will manifest itself in their body and show in what they do and how their body handles stress. When someone is reasonably frugal they are showing that they have a more balanced value of themselves and their work. This has positive effects on their health.

As we fulfill our needs to manage our money well, live a self-reliant life, and physically challenge our body, we will see many health benefits. Some of these include improved stress management, self-confidence and self-esteem, productivity, creativity, body image, and memory, learning and overall brain performance. It also increases endorphin release and happiness, strength, brain power, relaxation, and control over addictions. It decreases anxiety, depression, undesired weight and risk of common health problems such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and osteoporosis. Take control of your health by taking control of yourself.

Chiropractic Business Academy – Atlanta Workshop – Sept 19-20, 2014



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Just Shoot Me

Just Shoot Me
“Tales” from a Cat Lady
By Trystanna Williams, DC Student

I am the cat lady. At first, it started off as a joke but somehow the title stuck and at this point, I’ve just accepted it. As a good cat lady, I think I have two of the cutest cats in the world. CatStarterKitThose little felines are my babies and I spoil them rotten. Adopting a pet can be a big responsibility and sometimes a challenge. If you have the luxury of owning a pet, you know the benefits are endless. They are the best companions; they help lower stress by elevating serotonin and dopamine levels and they are full of unconditional love. Just as a parent would want what’s best for their child, most pet owners want the very best for their animal. This includes anything from what toys they should play with to what type of food they eat.

One dilemma that I have been faced with is whether or not to vaccinate my pets when their yearly doctor’s appointment comes around. The idea of a vaccination is wonderful. Don’t start throwing rocks at me yet! The idea that a shot has the potential to protect pets from diseases and eliminate those deadly diseases is great. However, as great as that idea is, there are still many risks and limitations. Some side effects from vaccinations may be local and some more systemic. As a pet owner, you must take these risks and benefits and weight them to decide what is best for your pet.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture states that the only inoculation required for cats, dogs and ferrets is the rabies vaccination. This vaccination is required on a yearly basis. Currently, the suggested puppy vaccination package from Petsmart includes Rabies, Parvo, Bordetella, Giardia, and Lyme Vaccinations. The suggested kitten package from Pet Web MD includes Rabies, Feline Distemper, Feline Calici Virus, Feline Herpes Type I, Leukemia, Bordetella, Chylamydophila Felis, and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus vaccinations. You and your veterinarian can best determine a vaccination schedule for your pet depending on their age, medical history, environment and lifestyle.

It is important to understand how diseases are transmitted and spread to your animal. Diseases may be spread via direct or indirect contact depending on the virus or bacteria. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, some common diseases that your puppy/dog can be exposed to are as follows:

  • Rabies – acute inflammation of the brain caused by the rabies virus. It is fatal to any animal infected. This virus is spread via saliva and any contact with wildlife may pass the virus to your pet.
  • Canine Parvovirus – caused by the canine parvovirus type 2. This virus attacks the GI system and is spread via direct contact between dogs and also from human contact.
  • Kennel Cough – an upper respiratory infection caused by a combination of bacteria and viruses. Your dog may become infected via contact with infected dogs while in a boarding environment. The Bordetella vaccine is used to prevent this.
  • Intestinal Parasites – Roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms can be passed in dog stools and infect other dogs when they consume contaminated soil, lick contaminated fur or paws, or drink contaminated water. Giardia are parasites that damage the intestinal lining and are spread from consuming contaminated soil or licking contaminated paw or fur.
  • Canine influenza – dog flu caused by the canine influenza virus. This is transmitted via respiratory secretions and contaminated objects (bowls, collars and leashes).

Some of the viruses and bacteria’s that kittens and cats are commonly exposed to may be:

  • Rabies – acute inflammation of the brain caused by the rabies virus and spread via saliva. You pet can be exposed by a bite or scratch from an infected animal.
  • Feline Distemper – inflammation of the GI lining caused by feline panleukopenia virus is commonly spread via animal body fluids, feces or by fleas. This can also be spread from bedding, food dishes, or by clothing that has come in contact with FPV.
  • Feline Herpes Type I – a common upper respiratory or pulmonary infection causes by Feline Herpesvirus I. This is transmitted via direct contact only.
  • Feline Leukemia – a retrovirus that is spread via saliva or nasal secretions or possibly through use of a contaminated litter box or food dish.

Education is key when deciding whether to vaccinate your pet and which ones to give them. Even if you decide not to vaccinate your pet, you should still take your pets in for wellness checkups. As a future chiropractor, I would never recommend my patients to only come in when they don’t feel good or when they have had an accident. Likewise, I would never recommend taking your pet to the veterinarian only when they are sick or hurt. cat1Yearly exams allow your veterinarian to establish a relationship with your pet while also creating a baseline for your pet’s health. With that said, be prepared when you take your pet to the vet. Bring your pets health records, including a vaccination and test history along with any current supplements or medications that your pet is currently taking to your appointment. Also, decide beforehand if you want your pet to receive vaccinations and which ones. Don’t be ignorant, do your research and educate yourself on current vaccinations. Be prepared to have an intelligent conversation with your veterinarian about your concerns with vaccinations and, if you choose not to vaccinate, why you came to that decision. Again, vaccinations have saved many pet’s lives over the years but they aren’t without risks. I hope this has helped. Good luck!

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Animal Protection FAQs
Vaccination Packages & Prices
Vaccinations for Kittens and Cats
Side Effects and Adverse Reactions

First Ever Pediatric Summit

Pediatric Summit
Speakers Deliver the Goods
By Will Renfrow, DC Student

The first Pediatric Summit seminar was hosted at Life University on the first and second of August. Seminar attendees included chiropractic students of various quarters and several local doctors intending to advance their knowledge in the philosophy, art, and science of chiropractic care for children. Life student Kaleb Scroggin is credited for much of the event’s success. Scroggin described visiting many offices throughout the country and developing concern at the lack of children in those offices. The doctors believed there was no reason to adjust kids, the insurance wouldn’t pay, and it was not worth their time. “I don’t want my future colleagues to feel this way,” said Scroggin.

Friday night started off with a talk on chiropractic neurology for infants by Dr. Marc Ellis. Pediatric ChiropracticDr. Ellis covered several primitive reflexes to indicate neurological dysfunction in infants. Audience participation was encouraged as students tested each other’s responses to various stimuli and sensations. Closing out the night was Life alumnus Dr. Awais Butt with a reality check for the students in the audience. Dr. Butt spoke passionately about the sacrifice to be made now to reap the harvest of a successful practice in the future. The central theme in the message focused on protecting subluxation correction as the role of chiropractic. Without this component the chiropractor relinquishes his identity and falls into competition with every other modality in health care today.

The seminar continued Saturday morning with Dr. Danielle Drobbin. Dr. Drobbin has built a thriving pregnancy and pediatric based practice in a short time. Her journey so far was described as “living out my dream.” Dr. Ron Castellucci followed up by teaching muscle palpation techniques as one criterion for the identification and location of subluxation. He also talked about the process of building a relationship to gain a toddler’s trust.

After a catered lunch, Dr. Brian Lieberman spoke about finding innate guidance through the words of Dr. Sid Williams and the Lasting Purpose mindset. Many people are aware of Lasting Purpose: to give, do, love, and serve out of abundance; however, the end often gets left out and is the most important part “… without any expectations of anything in return.” Dr. Lieberman cited mindset as over seventy five percent of the success equation and delivered a great example of his doctor’s report.

Pediatric Chiropractic2Drs. Jeremy and Amanda Hess discussed many of their strategies for a busy office and seeing kids; most importantly to lighten up and keep the office fun. The last speaker of the day was Life favorite Dr. Drew Rubin who wrapped up the first ever Pediatric Summit with a passionate call to the next generation of dedicated chiropractors to fill the void of the recently passed Dr. Sigafoose, Dr. Sid, Dr. Santo, and Dr. Gold. Dr. Rubin also shared several stories of his little patients that gained vital hope from the chiropractic principle in action. Students who stayed until the end of the seminar were rewarded to hear from so many who have made of a life out of service to others.

Life student Penny Aviles describes her experience at the Pediatric Summit, “I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend such a wonderful event. Kaleb and his team did an amazing job putting this together. We all heard powerful, inspirational, transformational stories; great tips to build a practice full of children and moms; practiced new ways to palpate to assess and correct a vertebral subluxation; met new and refreshing speakers never heard on the Life campus before; got exposed to different sides of the philosophical chiropractic spectrum; ate tasty, healthy food; and got reminded that love is the number one element for a successful subluxation-based practice.”

Each speaker brought a slightly different message; however, there was a bigger idea being conveyed throughout the weekend. It is apparent that the subluxation is absolutely detrimental to living creatures with a spine. The world’s population is riddled with long-standing subluxations many of which occurred as early as the birthing process and result in a decrease in life expression. The willing chiropractor is capable of applying a specific force at the right time in the right location to correct the subluxation. Every time the subluxation is corrected optimum nerve transmission is restored and life is expressed at its maximum potential.

The application of this principle in the pediatric population on a grand scale will increase the health and prosperity of our future. Like BJ said, it will empty the prisons and mental hospitals. It will push utilization to a tipping point and make chiropractors the authority on the expression of life and health in all communities. It will completely change this world as we know it.

Taking care of kids in your office is not for everyone. It might not be for you if you don’t like to be vomited on. Adjusting kids probably isn’t your thing if you need to work in a quiet environment. Helping children is probably not for you if you are a neat freak or don’t like a little crayon on the walls. Don’t even think about it if you don’t like hugs and little munchkins hanging on your legs. If you do, however, think it might be your thing, then the time is now to get involved and start learning. Life students should be eagerly awaiting the next Pediatric Summit and seeking opportunities to get involved with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). The ICPA Family Wellness Club meets on select Thursdays throughout the quarter. Email to be added to the club mailing list.

Harmonize Your Health

Harmonize Your Health
Listen to Your Gut
By Rachel Brower, Undergraduate Student

Did you know that 95% of your serotonin production is directly linked to your gut? I didn’t! Recently I attended a brief workshop at the Progressive Medical Center – the integrative healthcare facility I work at. The doctor was giving a presentation on the topic of depression, a word that’s heard way too often in our day and age. She had found huge success regarding patients she has seen with this condition, and all she mainly had to focus on was their gut!

In our culture, almost everyone has food allergies and intolerances. These can manifest in a vast array of symptoms, different for each person. Take the diet we currently have, the numerous TV ads for fast food, billboards for alcohol, and the fact that we humans are impressionable and habitual by nature, and you have a recipe for disaster. We have fallen prey to this food scandal. We are spending more than we are receiving. The majority of that food hardly contains any nutritional value, and does way more harm than good.

Gluten intolerances, celiac disease, dairy allergies, and other food problems and sensitivities are flaring up like you wouldn’t believe. Our gut is trying to fight back, but unfortunately, we don’t realize or pay attention to the signs – one of which is depression. Instead we unknowingly ingest the food, our body reacts to it causing inflammation, headaches, bone pain, muscle aches, fatigue, sleeping problems, and yes – depression. Not to mention our typical American diet massively encourages the growth of candida and bad bacteria colonies in the gut.

Because much of our brain neurotransmitters rely on the absorption spectrum of nutrients in the gut, we are not getting what we truly need to feed not only our imagesbodies, but also our minds. Taking food allergy tests is the first step toward getting better. Realizing what triggers your gut, as well as what feeds the bacterial imbalances, is the knowledge you will need to build yourself a life-changing platform. Write it down on a card, carry it with you, study up on the various processed ingredients that most likely contain irritants, and avoid the foods that we were never meant to ingest in the first place.

Some people get too overwhelmed at the amount of restriction in making a big diet and lifestyle change – but it’s only your choice to see it that way! Instead of a sense of limitations, choose to see opportunity and excitement. Get curious about your health and listen to your body. Become passionate about change. Clear your mind (and your palette) to both create and experience new delicious foods and recipes! Ultimately, the choice is yours.

I’ll spare you the lecture, but the doctor finished her session stating countless cases of depression success in a simple lifestyle alteration. With learning the truth, receiving encouragement, and making necessary changes for themselves, people were finally able to get off their medications and start to live a clean, happy lifestyle free from depression and all the baggage it brings! I am walking proof. And if I can do it, I know you can as well!

Publisher News – September 2014

Publisher News

Board quarter…enough said. Compiling and synthesizing two years’ worth of learning takes its toll. As I go through the process, questions on two current issues on campus come to mind. I encourage you to ask your own questions and attend Let’s Talk, support Student Government and get involved in making this a school you are proud to read on your diploma.

Two issues ago we wrote an article about the changes coming to the anatomy department with the exit of cadavers and the entrance of a virtual cadaver. We took the time to interview anatomy lab directors from Stanford University and James Madison University to inquire about teaching with new technology either by itself or in conjunction with cadavers. Unanimously we found the use of cadavers was the preferred teaching method for anatomy because it allows for a three dimensional view of the human body which cannot be duplicated with technology. Currently, everyone gets to do dry lab for the next two quarters before they bring cadavers back for a short period because of a movement created by the early quarter students who want the cadaver experience. The question we now have is will the university keep the cadavers after this group moves through?

In 7th quarter, The Clinic Knowledge Competency Test is given to students as a measure of how well the University is doing. While National Board exams are what is required to obtain a license to practice in most locales, the NBCE urges the chiropractic colleges to administer their own test to be sure a student is prepared to treat patients in their clinics. The test is taken week four and is a do, redo or die test. You can pass it the first time with a score of 84 with no one section below an 8. You can get remediation if you score less than an 84 and all sections are above an 8. If you get any section below 8 there is no opportunity for remediation or retaking of the test in the current quarter thus pushing you into week 4 of the next quarter to retake the exam for the opportunity to enter clinic. This quarter, the rules changed after the test was given in week four. As long as you got a 60 or above you could take the remediation. The part that bothers me in this process is when you are taking boards the same quarter. Why exclude anyone from remediation and retest? Wouldn’t the student taking boards and not passing the CLIN-3601 exam be the student the University would want to help prepare?

Remembering Sig

Remembering Sig
By Melissa Klein, UG Student


What to say about James Sigafoose? First it’s weird to say James, he was known as Sigafoose. He touched and changed so many lives. From writing about starting Life in the sand with Sid to traveling all over the world and touching chiropractor’s, chiropractic students’ and non-chiropractic people’s lives. I know he changed mine in 2 days, at my first Gathering, that is for sure!! He always said what he wanted to say, all the time, regardless of the size of the crowd he was talking to.

The first time I heard him speak was at Dynamic Essentials (DE). He had just lost is son, Chriss Sigafoose age 54, who practiced in Florida and one year in Pennsylvania. He cried when he spoke, he answered his cell phone and he made some really funny jokes. But you always felt him when he spoke; meaning you got the message, not just by listening but by feeling his energy. I’ve heard I met him when he was a little bit gentler on people, but he still had a way about him; straight forward, in a common sense way. After I heard him at DE I heard about his seminars called the Gathering, so I went.

He was not very good with names so at my first Gathering I was given the name Blue Eyes. He was walking around talking and asking people what was wrong with them and what was holding them back. He looked at me and said, “So blue eyes, what holds you back?” I told him, “Sometimes I don’t feel like I deserve things.” He came right back at me and asked me, “What are you made from?” The answer was God. And if you are from God and you deny what God gives you then you are denying God. He made it so simple. He had a way of knowing who was going through something and pulling out of them what was wrong. I felt at that Gathering, when he said “So blue eyes” then asked me something like a thousand times (probably only a handful), it was like he knew I needed something. That first Gathering changed me as a person so I kept going and haven’t stopped since.

I have learned a lot about him and got to know him as a person, not just the legend Sigafoose. He married an amazing woman, Patsy, who he knew since he was a child. She was with him at every Gathering; she was always with him. From what I heard she ran his office. He had offices all over the country but the one he spoke about the most was in Pennsylvania. He saw 500 in one day, talk about some high volume. And his legend was to teach chiropractors how to do that. The subject he talked the most about was visualization, the fourth dimension. Imagine it, write it down, speak it and act as if you have it or are doing it.

His first eight years of practice he was a huge “mixer” as he put it. Then he went to a DE, threw his mixing machine downstairs and never looked back. In that first eight years he lost a child and he said it was because he didn’t adjust him. He talked about that every time he spoke; because he did everything else he lost a child.

Him and Patsy have 7 kids total, in age order, Chriss, Tina, Kieth, Daun, Dean, Selina and Carey. 6 of the 7 of them are now Chiropractors, 6 because Dean passed when he was a baby. His daughter Selina, with her husband Kevin, have taken over his “management” company. I put that in quotations because it is much more than a management company. He changed people’s lives. People that worked with Sigafoose see 100-3000 people a week, most seeing over 500 a week. And it’s not just numbers, it’s serving people, it’s about changing your communities. That is high volume practicing!! That is making a dent in the world. Sigafoose made a huge dent. He traveled the world round over 3 times, had huge events that had over 1000 people, and fried chicken of course, his favorite. His last weekend alive he spoke at an ICA conference in Kansas City for which his daughter, Selina, is the secretary/treasurer, serving until the end! That was his life, changing the world by getting rid of the subluxation above C1, changing your brain, changing your thinking. He wanted everyone to know they can do big things like him. The book he brought up every time he spoke was the Fourth Dimension. It explains how to use your imagination to get what you want – imagine it, write it down then speak it as if it’s yours.

He had a story about someone picking him up at the airport. He gets in the car and the chiropractor asks him, “How many people are you seeing?” He said, “I am SEEING 80 people a day.” The guy pulls over and kicks him out of the car, at that time 80 a day was a lot. Sigafoose was not adjusting 80, but that is what he wanted, so he saw it in his mind; well guess what, he hit 80 a day then kept going up. He had pews in his office for people to wait in, that’s how many he saw in his office.

I can’t say enough about Sigafoose and his whole family, even his wife called him Sig or Siggy. He has done so much for the chiropractic profession and for each person that he talked to.

That is what this thing we call chiropractic is about, it’s about changing lives and boy did he change lives, all over the world. I am so grateful for my very short time with him. I will never be the same because of meeting James Sigafoose at my first Dynamic Essentials. Keep the faith, turn the crank and testify.