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Health Is Expensive: Will You Pay At One Time or Over Time”

Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational

Monday, September 12, 2011

Health Is Expensive: Will You Pay At One Time or Over Time”

I often hear that being healthy is expensive.  Like anything else I guess it is all a matter of perception and because perception dictates reality, being healthy could be perceived as “expensive”.  A glance at others perceptions can allow us to shift our perception if we are open to it. There was a time when I lived with the perceived notion that being healthy was expensive until I really began to understand that much like anything a simple shift in perspective can open your eyes to a world or thought process unknown.

I once heard a quote that said, “A man spends all his health to get his wealth and then in turn spends all his wealth to get his health”.  So, it is not being healthy that is expensive but rather it is health in general that is expensive.  It’s deciding whether or not to pay the “expense” of health over time or at one time. It is not whether or not you will pay but rather when you will pay.  In society there are two major paradigms that we are presented with when it comes to lifestyle choices, the medical paradigm or the chiropractic paradigm. Understanding these paradigms will allow you to know if you will pay for your health over time or all at one time.

The medical paradigm is centered on waiting until symptoms and/or disease present themselves and dealing with the “crisis” at that time.  The medical paradigm believes that as humans we slowly break down over time until we die.  It is a crisis-centered paradigm that waits until symptoms present themselves and deal with them at that time.  There is no way of knowing what crisis will present its self or when? A crisis can vary from the flu to a migraine to an appendectomy to heart surgery and the list goes on.  Much like Russian roulette there is no rhythm to their presentation nor is there a way to gage the cost of the crisis.   Over an individual’s life span they can experience one to a few crisis or multiple crisis, with each crisis decreasing their overall quality of life.  There then comes a point when individuals are willing to spend all the money that they have to maintain the final ounces of their health.  In this paradigm the expense for “health” is paid for in one lump sum at the time of service and can vary in cost from thousands to 10’s of thousands or even 100’s of thousands.  An individual’s perspective on the value of money shifts when it comes down to health or wealth.

The chiropractic paradigm stresses the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which allows an individual to invest on his or herself over time with the objective of maintaining health and achieving longevity.  The chiropractic paradigm is centered around maintaining optimal wellness throughout an individual’s entire life with hopes of remaining in homeostasis and avoiding dis-ease which leads to disease.  Similar to dentistry, chiropractic believes in the importance of maintaining the body’s level of health through maintenance.  Dental maintenance is composed of regular check ups, regular in office cleaning, twice to three times daily brushing, and proper nutrition. A principled chiropractor will urge you to follow a wellness routine though nutrition, exercise, maintaining mental and spiritual balance and being checked regularly by your chiropractor.  Both practices are similar in that frequency of care varies with personal history, whether health history or dental history. In this paradigm you pay small amounts over time with the intent of maintaining the God given level of wellness you were gifted at birth.  This paradigm is true “life insurance”, with low premiums and high dividends.

Each and every individual is given the choice between paradigms.  When choosing your paradigm it is important to define quality of life and get clear on what kind of a life you want to live. While I am a free spirit and thrive off adventure there are some things that are more of a gamble rather than an adventure.  Personally, I’ve never understood Russian roulette, because “what if’? Much like a parent can only raise up a child with “hopes of” but ultimately the child must live their own “hopes” my hope for you is that you will invest in yourself.  I will not argue that health is expensive; “Is it expensive?” is not the question but rather “When will you pay the expense?” Will you pay slowly over time with the mind frame of preserving your health or will you pay a large amount at the end in hopes of preserving your life? If you look at cars they are a considerable expense and we take care of them, in hopes of maintaining them, even though they are replaceable.  Yet, with our own human body we neglect it as if it were replaceable.  Simply shifting your perspective and realizing that you are your most valuable asset and deserve to live your life full out and with full expression of life. When you realize you are worth it, you will realize every dollar spent is worth.  Money can buy anything but a new you!

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl

Do Rx Drugs Work or Do They Just Make it Worse?

Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational

Monday, September 4, 2011

Do Rx Drugs Work or Do They Just Make it Worse?

I often get asked, “Why would I go to a chiropractor?” Personally, I ask, “Why wouldn’t you go to a chiropractor?” But, that is because I understand what chiropractic can do to increase an individual’s overall quality of life. Because I know that it not only increased my overall quality of life but also has saved my life.  I know that if everyone really understood what chiropractic would do to improve their overall quality of life and lives of their loved ones that they too would come to know what I know and love chiropractic like I love chiropractic.  Believe it or not there was a day when I was not in the same boat I am in today and had no idea what chiropractic could do for me.

The Verve sang a song called “The Drugs Don’t Work”.  The song’s objective is that the drugs don’t make the pain of a break up better and in fact make it worse, with the main chorus stating, “The Drugs Don’t Work They Just Make it Worse”.  That same statement can be used to explain pharmaceutical drugs; while they make the symptoms appear better they often make your overall body function worse and decrease your overall level of wellness.  It’s safe to say that when it comes to prescription drugs “The Drugs Don’t Work They Just Make it Worse”.

Prescription drug use is on the rise in America.  It not only amazes me how many people take prescriptions but how many prescription drugs individuals take at one time.  I was headed down the same road, so I not only have been there but also get the fear that is instilled by the medical model, the fear that you will NOT be better without the drugs and will not heal without the drugs.  When in fact the opposite is true, our human body is designed to heal itself it, needing no help, just no interference.

At the age of eleven, I started my journey with acid reflux.  Upon recommendation of my medical doctor I began taking chewable antacids.  When those stopped working I was recommended over the counter antacids and when the severity of my reflux peaked I was placed on prescription drugs.  Before I switched form the medical paradigm to the chiropractic paradigm, I was taking a concoction of two prescriptions, 3 over the counter, and carried a pack of chewable antacids with me at all times. I was a prisoner to the concoction that allowed me to enjoy my meals with minimal pain, burping, burning, and bloating.

For me my pivotal moment was my boyfriend at the time, Ryan. Very few people will say that their ex-boyfriend was an angel in their life but for me that is an understatement, Ryan was a lifesaver. Ryan explained to me that sick and dying was an option and that we were deigned to have optimal health.  He explained to me what chiropractic could do to change my life.  He explained to me that the Rx drugs I was taking were simply masking my symptoms and that I was actually getting worse.  He then explained that we as humans were meant to produce acid to aid in digestion and that my spine was subluxated so it was over producing acid.  He went on to say that the reason I went from chewable antacid to over the counter to prescription was because my body was doing what it was supposed to do and that the use of prescription drugs gave my body the perception it was being punished.  He informed me that the subluxation was the problem and the overproduction of acid was the symptom.  The oxymoron about the antacids was clear, my body is supposed to produce acid and the antacids were telling it to stop and because our innate will always balance us, in response to the antacids my body was in fact producing more acid.  Therefore I was actually increasing my overall acid production and making the reflux and bleeding ulcers worse, I was actually making myself sicker, the drugs just gave the illusion that I was feeling better as opposed to functioning better.

Drugs really are an oxymoron; while we feel better we are in fact functioning worse.  After becoming educated, I knew that it was time to switch my paradigm from medical to chiropractic. Within weeks, my life was completely different, not only was I antacid free but I was symptom free.  I was amazed at how great I felt and enjoyed not “having” to take a pill to enjoy my life.  I finally felt “normal” in terms of health.  This was my pivotal “Ah Ha” moment.  This was when I realized that the world needed the same paradigm shift that I had just had, switching from the medical paradigm to the chiropractic paradigm.

The medical paradigm supports the philosophy that we get sicker and sicker until we die, and follow the premise that through prescription drug use the sickness can be subdued.  Many people are under the misconception that drugs “heal” their problem, when in fact they simply mask their symptoms. The interesting thing about symptoms is that they are our body’s way of communicating with us similar to how your oil light lets you know that it is time for an oil change, therefore preventing breakdown by throwing a rod in your engine.  Without an oil light you would not know that you need to change your oil, the same is true of any symptom in the human body: high blood pressure, headaches, leg pain, incontinence, and a laundry list of other symptoms which are trying to alert you that your body needs attention.  Most people perceive symptoms as “negative” when in fact they should be seen as a “positive” as they are keeping the body in homeostasis to maintain proper function and sustain life.

Prescription drugs do a great job of giving the allusion that an individual’s pesky symptoms are gone when in fact they are just being suppressed.  Not only are the symptom not really gone, but the Rx drug often causes more symptoms and actually enhances overall body dysfunction.  Just as the Verve said, “The Drugs Don’t Work They Just Make it Worse” and just like in the song, street drugs mask the pain of a break up; in life Rx drugs mask the problem not make it go away.  Don’t get me wrong Rx drugs do alleviate the symptoms that an individual is experiencing but the underlying problem is still present just not noticeable via external perception. It is also important to make note of the vast array of side effects that are caused by Rx drugs. It is safe to ask,  “Do Rx drugs really make it better or long term are they making it worse?” Rx drugs are not the only option, in fact, most people would are baffled that there is an option besides more prescriptions. I know I was in utter disbelief that I could live my life without Rx drugs. Rx Drugs are part of the medical paradigm not part of the chiropractic paradigm.

The chiropractic paradigm is unique because it respects the human body and it’s ability to functional optimally.  While the medical paradigm says the body “can’t” the chiropractic paradigm says that the human body “can”.  The nervous system, which is composed of the brain, brain stem, spinal cord, and nerves controls every single function of the human body. When the nervous system is functioning optimally, the human body functions at 100%, free of symptoms.  The human body is under constant stressors: chemical, physical, and emotional that occur in our every day life and cause subluxations in the spinal column, which protects the spinal cord, these subluxations cause interference in normal body function.  Chiropractors detect subluxations, which impair nervous system function, therefore removing the problem and not just the symptom.  The chiropractic paradigm’s focus is optimizing overall wellness, where the medical paradigm is geared toward optimizing sickness.

I have never looked back on my decision to switch paradigms, not once in eleven years.  I live a life where I fully express life because my innate is fully expressed.  I am not sick and have no symptoms.  I have not taken pills, whether prescription or over the counter.  I get adjusted regularly and enjoy my life full out.  We all have the opportunity to live a life free of sickness, symptoms, dis-ease, and disease; it is our God born right.

If you need a chiropractor near you, feel free to email me at drm@drmarthanessler.com! I will find you someone to help guide you as you shift your paradigm!

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl

What The ‘Birds and the Bees’ Have To Do With You and Chiropractic

Innate Ideas by Innate Girl

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

“What The ‘Birds and the Bees’ Have To Do With You and Chiropractic”

New things are scary; frankly, anytime you venture into the unknown it is scary.  The first day of school was scary, I will never forget my dad dropping me off at Good Shepard Lutheran church and waving good-bye through tear-streamed eyes.  Each day got easier, especially as I made new friends. Changing schools in fifth grade was also very scary.  As I said good-bye to my best friend, Julie, I was scared I wouldn’t find new friends and was sure that the friendship Julie and I shared was over forever.  The truth is I made new friends and while Julie and I were distant we are still friends to this day and as we have aged our friendship is strengthening.  As individuals we have all had various scary, nerve wrecking times in our life; that at the time were scary but as we acclimated we came to realize that they were more so unknown, rather than scary.  But, one thing almost every person can relate to is sex, so let’s go back to fourth/fifth grade for a minute.

I will never forget the day my teacher sent home the permission slip so that I could learn all about female reproduction.  My dad let me know that I was going to be learning all about how my body worked.  I remember thinking, “Why is he acting so weird?” As I turned in my permission slip my teacher got all excited and with a smile said, “We are going to have so much fun learning about being a woman!” Once again I was confused as to all the hype.

The next week, we were separated into two rooms.  All the fourth grade boys in one and all the girls in the other.  We had never really been separated before, except to go to the bathroom.  I remember the anticipation in the room, this must be a big deal, being that we were separated and had to have permission slips.  As they dimmed the lights and started the movie, which was titled along the lines of “Becoming a Woman”, a silence fell over the room.  As we exited the room in shear shock, I know we all were thinking the same thing, “there is NO WAY. I will ever do that with a boy”.

We were immediately set free on the playground where we were rejoined with the boys.  We were specifically told not to discuss it with the boys and believe me there was no way either sex was sharing ANY information! There is no way any of us were doing anything that we were just explained, let alone talk about it! I know at least for my close friends, and me we stuck with the motto out of site out of mind!

If you think back to that day, when you first learned about sex, it was really scary.  First, remember, that just a year before if not still, the opposite sex had cooties.  They were good for one thing and one thing only, chasing and picking on! Just the thought of kissing a boy or a girl was gross let alone becoming more physical.  And how on earth could “sex” be enjoyable? It just didn’t make sense and it was really scary.  And not only was there possible pain associated with it but there were tons of rumors of the possible consequences; STDs, AIDS, pregnancy, addiction, and the list goes on. Who in the world with have sex?

Warp speed ahead about seven to ten years, suddenly the same guy or girl who had cooties was a total hottie.  There was something different about them, about the way you looked at them and the way they looked at you.  Suddenly, you wanted to spend more time with them and the urge to hold hands and steal a kiss was an everyday occurrence, if not hourly! Soon kissing was not enough and suddenly the unthinkable happened, together you had the talk.  While in fourth or fifth grade sex was scary it was now the only way to really share love and passion with that person, it was the next step in the evolution of your relationship.  The fear of sex was now a thing of the past, being replaced by the joy of sex!

While some people have only had sex with their spouse and to this day only desire their spouse, there are some who have had more than one sexual partner; some better and some worse.  There are even some people who claim they have had terrible sex with a certain partner, whether it lacked chemistry or skill, there was just something that was not right.  But, to this day those people are not celibate and are actually in relationships where they have really passionate sex with the person they love. One less than perfect sexual experience was simply chalked up as a lesson learned and after healing from the relationship they moved on to find love and to share it.

Sex is a lot like chiropractic for some people, it is unknown and possibly a bit scary.  Maybe they have heard stories or rumors or are just a little unsure about what’s going to happen.  Possibly they had a chiropractor that didn’t explain things or they just didn’t click with their first chiropractor.  But, just like sex when you understand chiropractic you understand why people get adjusted! I urge you to find a chiropractor that will explain chiropractic and will help you understand the importance of having your nervous system assessed.  Anything new is scary or can make you unsure, but with the right knowledge and chiropractor it is easy to understand why so many people “get checked” by their chiropractor weekly! Just like sex, chiropractic is worth exploring.

If you need help finding a chiropractor like me, email me at drm@drmarthanessler.com and I will help you locate a chiropractor in your area!

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl

 

Why Can’t I Get Get Pregnant?

Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational

Monday, August 29, 2011

“Why Am I Not Pregnant?”

This past year and a half I have been supporting a dear friend as she has struggled with infertility.  Up until recently she didn’t want my expertise. Sometimes our friends and family are the hardest to reach, but through it all she has had my undying support.  After a year of struggling with pregnancy, she and her husband got tested and were both found to be fertile leaving them even more frustrated.  They began giving her hormone injections, which just heightened her emotions, increased her weight, and decreased her hope when nothing changed.  The next step was IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), which landed her on bed rest when her ovaries rejected the eggs and her reproductive system became inflamed. Sitting in her consult with tears streaming down her face she asked, “Why can’t I get pregnant?”

“Why can’t I get pregnant?” is a question that plagues the minds of millions and millions of women a year.  After watching multiple friends and practice members suffer I realized that I needed to write this blog to both educate and give hope.  It is not diseases that are incurable but rather people who are incurable. More so than not women are being told that they “can’t” get pregnant without the help of intervention rather than being told why they are not getting pregnant. Barring significant medical conditions women are meant to be pregnant and by fine-tuning their lifestyle, pregnancy is just around the corner.

It is important to understand that the human body is vitalistic in nature, so it’s function cannot be explained by the laws of physics and chemistry alone.  Many times because the human body functions as a machine, we view it as mechanistic.  But that is not the case because mechanistic function can be explained.  If the human body were mechanistic then each and every time medicine would be a success and that is not the case. In my friend’s case, if the body were mechanistic, the injections and IVF would have worked.

So, “Why are you not pregnant?” The answer is simple, at this time your body is not prepared to carry a child.  The human body is controlled by innate intelligence, which governs the body and keeps the body in homeostasis. I go by the motto, “Your innate always knows.” While that can be a hard one to swallow, you are not in the desert with no water, but rather at an oasis where you can receive the knowledge necessary to boost your innate function and allow your body to function at any even more optimal level.

It is important to understand that at birth we have 100% innate function. We always have 100% innate function and while the percentage of function does not change, its expression does.  Innate expression is altered by stressors; chemical, physical, and emotional. This causes subluxations in the human body, creating interference in the human body therefore disrupting homeostasis.  Infertility is one of the many “symptoms” or dis-eases within the human body.  Dis-ease is the result of altered innate expression and over time leads to disease. In order to alter the expression of innate you must remove the stressors, which are causing the dis-ease.

Now that we know “Why you aren’t pregnant?” let’s work on what it will take to get your body where it needs to be to get pregnant.  First, you need to find a chiropractor to assess your nervous system function by locating subluxations within your spine that are causing dis-ease. He or she will then make spinal adjustments, which will ignite your innate expression. Remember, your chiropractor just performs the adjustment and the innate takes over.  As a chiropractor I never question innate. As for other stressors you will have to start to do what it takes to maintain balanced function…chemically, physically, and emotionally.  Physically, besides getting adjusted, you will need to maintain some form of an exercise routine and stay active. Emotionally, you will need to decrease your stress and stay in a positive mind set regardless of how frustrated and beaten down you feel. Chemically you will need to make sure you are eating the proper foods, drinking appropriate amounts of alkalized water, consuming proper nutrients and minerals, and realizing that pharmaceutical drugs are a stressor to your body.

I have had many frustrated women walk into my office feeling broken, frustrated, and alone…and together with the aforementioned plan; I am now adjusting their babies! Your body always knows.  Remember, it’s not that you can’t get pregnant but rather that the time is not right for you to be pregnant.

If you are looking for a doctor of chiropractic in your area email me at drm@drmarthanessler.com.

Love. Laugh.  Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl

 

“Lightening Bug Moments”: Innate Communication

Lightening bugs let you know that summer has arrived and regardless of age they generate a smile and sense of awe.  What makes lightening bugs so intriguing is that they make a light within their bodies.  Through the process known as bioluminescence they internally light up to attract a mate.  The special cells within their abdomen allow them to illuminate, thus becoming more attractive and more noticeable.  Illumination is an unspoken communication to let possible mates know if they are or are not interested in mating.  Bioluminescence is innate to the lightening bug and other organisms and is a dominate form of communication.


Since February, I have done a dozen EPOCs and COREs across the nation.  I traveled coast to coast, been to small towns and large cities, and spoken to a wide variety of audiences full of chiropractors and their support teams. Regardless of the city I was in or the size of the crowd that I had attracted one thing was always the same, the feeling of innately knowing the crowd had had a pivotal shift.  Whether I am sharing my heart in front of thousands or one-one with a practice member, when the light bulb goes off I know they got it!

People are no different than lightening bugs, while we don’t physically illuminate since we are not innately adorned with the process of bioluminescence, we still light up when we get a cellular shift.  I love looking into the eyes of someone, connecting with them, and innately knowing they were different just moments before.  The innate ability to create a virtual luminescence is an intimate and silent form of communication, that says “I got it.  Thank you.”

At the end of the day, whether in the office, out and about, or having just shared with a crowd I always reflect and re-hash to see the days success and continually make the necessary changes in my behavior and dialogue to constantly serve at a higher level.  To me the more “lightening bug moments” I saw in my day the more successful the day.  And the beauty of my lightening bugs is that they live year round, rather than being seasonal.  Just like the lightening bugs in nature, the lightening bugs in my life bring a smile to my life, elevate my happiness, and allow me to feel innately successful at the end of the day; they awe me.

Beginning to see the lives of the people I touch on a daily basis as lightening bugs has allowed me to have a deeper appreciation for innate and it’s abilities.  I love that that my “lightening bug moments” have allowed me to know silently that their was an innate shift within a given individual.  This small shift in my perspective has made an immense impact on my life and level of service.  Start looking for the “lightening bug moments” in your life and just like when you were a child, sit back, smile, and be awed.

 

 

Replacing Anchors With Roots Catapults Growth

Replacing Anchors With Roots Catapults Growth

Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational

Monday, August 15, 2011

Change is hard, period, and sometimes change is really, really hard. Changes means growth, and even though growth is good; growth hurts because it stretches you out of your comfort zone and usually means you have to let go. Whether you are letting go of a past story, relationship, friendship, memory, outcome to a scenario, someone, or something, it’s not easy. It’s hard when you realize that you have come to a point in your life where you have grown up and are in turn are growing on. More so than not we anchor ourselves in the past or present and in turn inhibit and resist growth. When we come to the realization that a situation, someone, or something has become an anchor, which is holding us back, the time comes to make a cognitive and emotional switch, where the anchor is released and replaced with a root, which will allow growth.

There is a big difference between anchors and roots. Anchors are meant to connect a vessel to the floor of a body of water to prevent it from drifting. In our lives anchors do the same thing keeping us from drifting therefore keeping us idle. In an idle state we are unable to grow because movement is life. Much like an anchor is an integral part of a vessel, so is a root connecting a plant it to its soil bed and providing nutrients, food, and water. The root is a plant’s strength in storms with through tumultuous winds and serves as a preventative mechanism against erosion; a strong root allows for growth, provides support, and helps sustain life. Therefore an anchor hinders growth by mechanistically tying us down and a root is a vitalistic connection allowing evolution from past and present to future.

Inevitably the time comes when you have to decide if you are ready to catapult into the future and evolve into an even better version of yourself or if remaining in your present sate, which no longer serves you is a better option because it is safe and feels good? It boils down to the ever-present battle of feeling versus function. There is a huge difference between feeling and function. Feeling comes from the emotion that is tied to a set of circumstances, an individual, or something. Often a feeling will hold us back and keep us from functioning at an optimal level. These feelings vary in degree and can be any emotion on the spectrum from happy, sad, love, anger, fear, numb or another. Whether positive or negative it is necessary to assess whether or not the circumstances or individual that is causing the emotion is also allowing optimal function. When a situation impairs our function it is time to replace the anchor with a root and let growth occur; as you catapult into your next evolution the root gives you the sense of security necessary to persevere in faith, leaving behind your past and present and soaring into the future. Knowing that although unknown, what’s next is a necessary progression.

Only you can decide when the time is right to allow a necessary shift to occur by releasing the anchor and replacing it with a root. The root then becomes a reminder of where you have been, holds the memories that warm your heart and feeds your soul, and supports your continual growth. The release of the anchor instantly catapults you and “where you are” is now a “where you were”. Enjoy the journey and remember everything is a stepping-stone, until it becomes a stopping point, which in hindsight was always a stepping-stone.

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, innate Girl

Caught the Wave and Got My Spizz On

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational

“Caught the Wave and Got My Spizz On”

This weekend as a team, my staff and I,  attended The Wave at Life West College.  It was a fantastic weekend of spizz, being dipped in chiropractic philosophy and love.  At The Wave we had the pleasure of attending the inauguration of Dr. Brian Kelly.  Chiropractic is truly blessed to have such a true visionary at the helm.  When I heard that Dr. Gerry Clum was stepping down as president of Life West College, sadness fell on my heart.  Since the first time I heard Gerry speak I was a huge fan and supporter of his.  His love for chiropractors and the profession was refreshing and combining that with his desire to raise up principled chiropractors made me know that because of him the future of chiropractic would be strong.  Hearing Brian’s heart this weekend put to rest any worries that Gerry’s vision would die as he passed the presidential torch.  After this weekend there is no doubt in my mind that Life West will be producing principled chiropractors, chiropractors that will guard our sacred trust.

Dr. Kelly’s vision does not stop with students but rather encompasses a better understanding and appreciation of chiropractic and chiropractors throughout the world.  Summed up, he wants to create the necessary wave in chiropractic to create a shift in chiropractic and chiropractors.  This past weekend at “The Wave” was a perfect example of his desire to inspire, lift up, and educate chiropractors! He provided a weekend centered around philosophy and abounding in “Tic Talk” from some of the profession’s most inspiring and ““spizzed”” out chiropractors!

“The Wave” is a must attend for next year! Personally, my staff and I had an amazing well-rounded weekend! Dr. Kelley, the talented Tina Carter, and the rest of the amazing staff at Life West Chiropractic College put on a wonderful chiropracTIC seminar! There was the perfect balance between education and fun and even included the historical moment of Dr. Kelly’s inauguration and ended with a luau! The entire weekend was abundant in chiropractic spizzerinctum! All-in-all the first Wave was a huge success and created quite the wave in chiropractic!

As chiropractors it is so important that we get dipped in chiropractic and get “spizzed”! As chiropractors, we give and give, sharing our love of chiropractic with the world and getting re-fueled is important! Just like a motor vehicle, chiropractors needs re-fueled to optimally function! Seminars are great re-fueling stations to get submerged in spizzerinctum! Spizzerinctum is a word made popular by BJ Palmer in the 1910s and 1920s and used to define chiropractic enthusiasm or excitement about chiropractic! From spizzerinctum is where we get the term ““spizzed””!

“The Wave” is one of many great seminars where you can get spizzzed! Another favorite of mine is “The California Jam” aka CalJam put on by Dr. Billy DeMoss and the Dead Chiropractic Society!  I have also heard wonderful things about New Beginnings and am hoping to attend my first New Beginnings this year in October! EPOCs, COREs, DCS, Band of Brothers, 33 DCs, and other philosophy groups are also great venues to get dipped in TIC and to be immersed in spizzerinctum! Wherever you decide to go, GO! Just get re-fueled, get “spizzed”!

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl

Don’t Like Your Friends? May Not Like Yourself.

Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational

Monday, July 25, 2011

As a child, my father was always very inquisitive as to who my friends were as individuals.  He wanted to know everything about them and meet them before I could hang out with them.  He would inquire as to where they were from, who their parents were, and ask what them seemed like a million questions.  In my teen years, he asked less questions but the questions were more specific and he still had to meet them.  Partially because he loved me and wanted to be a part of my life and the other is because he understood what kind of influence our friends can have over us especially in early stages of developing our character and morals.  At the time it was a nuisance and now I see it as a blessing.

I have always considered myself blessed with an abundance of friends.  Up until the age of twenty-two I always had a plethora of great friends and attempted to spend as much time with all of them to make sure I developed each friendship.  To be honest it was exhausting, I had very little time for myself and had more what I would call “good” friends than great “friends”.  When you spread yourself too thin in any area you, you don’t ever really master anything and this includes relationships.  At 22 years old came chiropractic college and along with that came a ton more to do, which meant less and less time for activities outside of school causing me to condense the number of friends I had in my inner circle to an even smaller number.

In chiropractic school, I can remember telling my dad I was a bit overwhelmed one week because I had so many friends pulling me in so many directions. That day on the phone my dad taught a lesson that I have used as a basis for my current day friendships.  He said, “You can only have as many great friends that you can count on your one hand.” At first I was taken back and definitely wondering what I would do with the rest of my friends.  After much thought I began to re-organize my friends in a way that better served us all, not necessarily eliminating friendships but re-prioritizing them.  This lesson taught me that it is more important to be friendly to all and true friends with few.

Friends have a HUGE impact on who we are and who we become. Simply put, the people we spend our time with are the people we are most like.  I always challenge people to look at their five closest friends and to ask themselves if they like what they see? Because chances are it is like looking in a mirror! It’s crucial that we keep a pulse on our circle of influence so that we keep a pulse on the evolution of our character and morals.

Each year I go through all my relationships with my friends and give them a wellness check up.  I start by making a list of all my friends.  I look at the overall friendship account I have with them.  I make sure that we are both keeping the intricate balance between both deposits and withdraws so we keep the account in balance. I also look at their evolution as an individual and make sure it is still congruent with my belief and value system. Any friendships where I need to step it up, I make a conscious effort to contribute more.  On the contrary, any relationships that I feel have been overdrawn are assessed.  I then have a courageous (courageous because sometimes they are not easy to have) conversation with that individual.  This exercise holds me accountable to my friends and helps me maintain true to myself.

It is important to have friends. Friends are a blessing from God and the family we choose for ourselves.  As long as we keep a balance in our friendships so they don’t begin to alter who we are or alter our purpose. It has been said that we an individual is most like their five closest friends.  I can honestly say that I have some of the best friends in the world.  And that they contribute not only to who I am but to my purpose.  They make me a better person and elevate my happiness.  I am so thankful for each and every one of them.  While we have boundaries, we have no limits as to what we would do for each other! To ensure success, just as in anything else, friendships need Tender Loving Care! Like I tell my BFFs, that F is forever!

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl

Be Still and Let God Move

Dr. Martha’s Monday Motivational

Monday, July 11, 2011

God moves through us. We are put on this earth to serve and to love. God is love and so should we be.  The Sufi poet Hafiz wrote:

I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ’s breath moves through
listen to this music
I am the concert from the mouth of every creature
singing with the myriad chorus

I am a hole in a flute
that the Christ’s breath moves through
listen to this music

We are all servants put on this earth to serve and love humanity.  This journey, called life, which we are on really isn’t about us, but rather about what we can do for others to enhance their journey.  Too many times individuals get wrapped up in the “What about me?” thoughts rather than the “What can I do for you?” mentality.  Once you make the shift in perspective, you will see the blessings that come with giving to others and doing for others.  The Universal law is simple: the more you give the more you receive.

There are so many ways to give to others and to allow God to use.  Each morning I have quiet time and I ask God to speak through me.  I let Him know that I am ready to be used and that I am available.  I ask God to guide me and place me where I need to be used.  Each day I say, “If you send them, I will serve them.” And periodically throughout the day I check in with Him by being still for a few minutes and letting Him speak to me.

I am constantly amazed that I am always at the right place at the right time.  Knowing that I am open to be used to serve anyone and everyone God willing sends me people to serve.  I love knowing that I am open to be used and that daily He moves through me.  I truly try to be a flute through which His breath moves, His loving breath.

In order to really be a servant you have to “let go and let God”. This is the hard part.  I know personally I still have to remind myself that I am not in control and that I am a servant put on this earth to fulfill my purpose.  While at times I have to have a conversation with myself and say, “Dr. Martha, it’s not about you! Girl, you are not in control anyways so just let go and let God move in the way He has to!” A conversation, which never fails to humble me and put me back on track.

Being still and allowing God to move through you allows you to stay on purpose. It’s in stillness that you silence the chatter that often clouds your thoughts and keeps you from hearing God’s voice.  When you are able to hear the sweet music of your soul, your soul’s purpose.  Start today, get still and start serving.

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl

Stillness in the Eye of the Storm Stay Well

Dr. Martha’s Monday Morning Motivational

Wednesday, June 27, 2011

This spring there was an extremely large number of tornadoes that unleashed their devastation upon thousands and thousands of people. Tornadoes are intense; they are a destructive vortex of violent winds that rotate and  form a funnel.   This funnel wreaks havoc on anything in its path.  While the gusting winds produced by the tornado are intense and dangerous; tornadoes are most powerful in their center.  The center of the tornado is called the “eye”, which is where we get the term “eye of the storm”. Aren’t the tornadoes in our lives the same? At the height of the situation, they are more emotional and consume more of our energy.  Storms in our lives are much like storms in nature, their duration, severity, and devastation vary.

Often in our own lives we get in tornadoes of intense emotion; sometimes we know we are in the tornado and other times we have no idea until we are out. Recently, I was in a tornado in my own life.  An emotional tornado in which I believed I was in control.  Now that I am out I realize the intensity of the storm and the power of which it had over me.  But, even in the most intense times of the storm I remember thinking “I have this”.  Of course I did, I was in the eye of the storm, the center, where the storm is the most powerful.  As an emotional being I took on the power of the storm and assumed that power as my own when in fact I was powerless.

Much like in the aftermath of a storm I am currently being still and in the stillness I am able to reflect.  It is so important that after storms we take time to heal and allow ourselves to go through the collage of emotions that come with such a storm.  After a natural devastation, towns take time to heal and rebuild, the same is necessary for us as human beings.  We need time to reflect on what we learned, what the process meant, and where we are going now in our journey.  Being still is hard especially for energetic people like me but it is crucial.  In stillness we are able to re-connect with our own heart and hear the song of our soul.  With stillness comes clarity and with clarity comes gratitude.

Gratitude is interesting, so often we are only grateful for what we consider to be a positive blessing and what we consider to be negative we think of as a nuisance rather than acknowledging it for the part it played in our lives.  I always remind people that it is important to find gratitude for all things even the ones that we view as negative.  I say “view” because it is the connotation we give the situation as opposed to the reality of the situation.  Much as anything in life “everything is nothing until we give it meaning in one way or the other”.  Many times natural storms and disasters are viewed as negative because of the destruction when they are a necessary evil so that the universe can remain in balance.  We just give them a negative meaning because of the destruction rather than realizing it is all a part of the process and it is still imperative that we express gratitude.

We will always have storms; they are a part of life.  As in any situation, embracing it for the growth that it is providing is more beneficial than having resentment for the pain that may come with it.  Giving it the recognition it deserves for the lessons it brought to you is when healing begins to take place.  Fully embrace each and every minute of this wonderful life you live even the ones that are less enjoyable.  Life requires balance to keep you in balance, don’t try to fight it or understand it.  Sit back and allow the process to unfold.

Trying to fight natural process causes un-needed stress.  In today’s society, we are inundated with stress in all forms: chemical, physical, and emotional.  Stress is toxic to the body and causes dis-ease within the body; dis-ease leads to disease.  Attempting to fight situations, stressing over their outcome, or attempting to control or re-direct the outcome causes stress to your overall body.  Stress has a direct effect on your nervous system, which affects your immune system and your overall wellness.  Letting go of the outcome is not always easy but is necessary to keep your stress down and your wellness up! It will all play out!

Love. Laugh. Adjust.

Dr. Martha Nessler, Innate Girl