Why I Went to Portland

Correcting Feet and Correcting Subluxations

While foot structure and chiropractic have been interlinked for decades, the typical chiropractic approach has been to recommend custom orthotics in an attempt to correct imbalances in the feet and ankles, thereby correcting imbalances in the hips and pelvis leading to a more stabilized spine that will correct and heal.

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I have never liked the idea of orthotics. Orthotics are crutches, merely masking symptoms and compensating weaknesses instead of actually fixing a problem.

10 Lessons I Wish I’d Learned in Chiropractic School

During chiropractic school I was focused on one thing and one thing only… graduating and passing boards. Everyone who enters chiropractic school is focused on the same thing, and that is exactly what they teach you; how to graduate and how to pass boards.

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Passing the boards is only the first step, though and it’s not really that pivotal of a step in the grand scheme of being a health care provider. Like any education system, exams like national board exams show whether you are a good test taker rather than showing whether or not you are a good, or will be a good and competent chiropractor.

Whenever the new thinking, however weak and anemic, becomes the common thinking, the mind becomes quick to lock out the old thinking as “impossible” or “not practical or desirable.”

Michael Bunker

The Conviction of Things Not Seen

Faith, according to Hebrews 11:1 is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. You might be tempted to think this means that faith exists without proof. That’s a bit short-sighted, but you wouldn’t be alone.

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The dictionary definition even states that faith is the firm belief in something for which there is no proof. That is neither accurate, nor fair.

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.

Jacob Riis

Guaranteed to Stop Hiccups

One of the most uncomfortable events in life is a case of the hiccups. I hate them with such a passion.

I don’t get hiccups terribly often, but I get them often enough that I’ve been able to try every way imaginable to stop them.

Lots of the techniques for stopping hiccups works: holding your breath, drinking water, drinking water upside down, having someone tickle you, having someone startle you. The problem is, I’ve never found any one technique to work consistently. Sometimes holding my breath would work and sometimes it wouldn’t.

There is one technique that I have found that so far has stopped a case of the hiccups 100% of the time I’ve tried it.

I simply take a deep breath, as deep as I can take until I can’t inhale anymore air, then I raise my arms above my head to make a little more room in my lungs and I gulp mouthfuls of air into my lungs, over and over, effectively stretching my lungs and stretching my diaphragm. When it becomes too uncomfortable to gulp anymore air, I hold the breath as long as I can. If I start coughing and lose the lungful, I just repeat the process until I’m able to hold the breath for a short time.

So far, this has worked every time I’ve exercised it.

Next time you have the hiccups, give it a try and let me know if it works for you.

Do Infants Who Die Go to Heaven?

My wife has a friend who recently lost a child, still-born I believe. In the aftermath, an article written by Dr. Albert Mohler (from 2009) about whether or not infants who die go to heaven, was posted on Facebook. Shelly read the original article from Dr. Mohler’s website to me the other night.

photo credit: abardwell via photopin cc

photo credit: abardwell via photopin cc

There are many places Dr. Mohler went off the rails, but the first is when he makes the statement about Ambrose: “His first error was believing in infant baptism, and thus in baptismal regeneration. Baptism does not save, and it is reserved for believers – not for infants.”