Your Weekly Musing

Quite often, with a little detective work we can go far in improving health and vitality.

Peeling Back the Layers

When Sam came in for his first visit, his primary complaint was a persistent pain in the back of his head just above his spine. He shared that it had started when he'd stepped off a curb the wrong way the previous month. I have a 12 pound bowling ball sitting on my treatment room floor that is useful for demonstrating how much our heads weigh. ::CLUNK:: Easy to see, then, how structures can be impacted by an unexpected injury.

Soon he was out of pain. During his last visit, he asked me if there was anything that he could do about his low energy. He'd had a physical with bloodwork recently and everything checked out okay. He dropped by a copy of the lab report and it looked good.

The low energy periods were at about 11 and 3 each day. I recommended that he purchase an inexpensive glucometer and monitor his blood sugar two hours after he ate. It registered 5 - 10 units above normal in both the morning and evening hours. His usual breakfast was whole grain cereal and oatmeal with fruit. He also added a large amount of dried fruit, especially raisins. Clearly, he was spiking his blood sugar, and what goes up must come down, up and down.

With a few simple suggestions, primarily a protein breakfast, he began to experience good reserves and resiliency. At times, he can tolerate fruit, raisins, etc. but more often than not, he is aware that he feels spacey and low-energy after eating them. Knowing this empowers him and reduces the chance that he could develop chronic inflammation and diabetes.

This is just one example of how we "peel the onion."

Have a healthy week ~

Dr. John

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The Best of Times

It may well seem that we are living in a time when things have gotten pretty out of hand; I don’t need to point them out. So, it surprised me when I realized that just about everything I ever wanted has come into my practice life over the years. I underwent my first fast in 1970 under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Benesh; he and Dr. Bernard Jensen were the only practitioners using that approach for miles. Now, there are hundreds.

  • Meditation was for hippies; now it is taught in schools and corporations.

  • There were no acupuncturists, and naturopathic doctors practiced under the chiropractic license.

  • Midwives were run out of town. I know this because our two children were born at home and the six years between them was a period of severe persecution of doctors, doulas, and midwives.

  • The concept of creativity as a source of wellness was thought to be fanciful.

  • I went to have my blood drawn at a local lab a few years ago. In the middle of the draw, the director came in and told me I could only order tests that were associated with chiropractic. Now, you can order your own lab tests online.

  • The development of nutritional concepts like the glycemic index, leptin theory, and sophisticated lab profiles for allergy, deficiencies and infections has continually evolved.

  • Whole systems such as integrative and functional medicine are slowly and surely replacing the old medical models.

  • Programs for healers to better understand themselves and their patients are constantly developing.

Oh, I could go on and on. When I think of what the healing world was like fifty years ago, honestly everything that’s available now is everything I’ve ever wanted.

~ Dr. John


Your Weekly Musings

We are able to access wondrous states of grace in life. As important as known healing modalities are, grace is available and can take us to new levels of joy and wellness.

A State of Grace

My father had an almost fatal heart attack in his late fifties, early sixties. Afterwards, he was really down in the dumps and called me seeking help. I told him Meadowlark in Hemet might be a good place to go, so he flew down from Seattle and we headed out there. Upon arriving, a small group of staff members, including Dr. Evarts Loomis, greeted us and soon Dad was swept away, none too sure about all of this. "I don't know about this,"I thought as I drove away.

A couple of weeks later, I found myself in the front lobby at Meadowlark looking for "Mr. Talevich." "Who?" asked the friendly attendant. "Oh, you mean John ~ he's out here, let me show you!" At the pool, in the thick of an animated and obviously funny conversation, sat my father the college professor. He beckoned me to come join him and introduced me to his new friends.

Soon, we headed to my sister Susie's house in Ventura; sitting next to me was someone who was familiar, yet...He told me about a dream that he'd had the previous night in which he hiked up the mountain by our grandparents' cabin in North Cove, Washington and came to a creek where a small grotto had been worn. At that moment, he felt that he fell into an orb of light made of openness and love; he paused for a moment and said, "..and I'm still in it."

Twenty years later on the day he died, I was driving in Sierra Madre (actually had just rolled through a stop sign) and, in a moment of spontaneity I thought, "I wonder where and how Dad is?" In that same moment came another question, "Do you remember the day at Meadowlark? That's how he is..."

To know that we can be gifted with states of grace that transcend fear is a comfort to me and I hope to all of us.


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Feel Better Chicken Soup

Weekly Musings

Happiest of new years, dear readers. Here is a recipe to warm you up, and to make you feel so much better if you are in the throes of a bug!

Feel Better Chicken Soup

The holidays have rolled slowly to a close around here. We had a family time, with a lot of laughter and one very friendly visiting dog. We also had a round of colds with a couple of us, and I brought out the chicken soup.

Chicken soup. What is it that makes it so effective for creating well-being when one is feeling like...ugh? Lots of theories out there, but I don't know if it matters. I just works.

Here is my recipe for Feel Better Chicken uses a whole bird and just the right amount of extra goodies to make you feel all better, or to just enjoy because it's so tasty!

1 whole chicken, 3-1/2 pounds or so

3 stalks of celery, halved

2 or 3 carrots, halved

1 large onion with 4 or 5 cloves stuck into it

a large sprig of parsley

Put all the above ingredients in a big pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for at least 1-1/2 hours, or until the chicken is completely cooked. Strain and discard the veggies and cool the chicken. While the chicken cools:

good olive oil

1 large onion

3 or more stalks of celery, diced

3 or more carrots, peeled and diced

3 or more garlic cloves, diced

3 or 4 little potatoes, diced (if you like)

2 zucchini, diced

salt and pepper to taste

other spices as preferred

Heat up the olive oil in a large pot...use whatever amount you like (I generally use at least a tablespoon). Add the onion, celery, carrots and garlic and sauté over medium heat until softened, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Meanwhile, skin and chop the chicken meat, or shred it. Add the chicken and potatoes, salt and pepper, preferred spices* and stock to the pot. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Add the zucchini (and any other veggies you like) and cook another few minutes until tender.

Serve hot with chopped green onions, parsley and/or a squeeze of lemon. Grated pecorino cheese is delicious, too.

*Chicken soup loves the traditional thyme and marjoram. Or, my personal favorite spices are zaatar and sumac, found in any Armenian or international market. Start with a little and add to taste.

I hope you are well and enjoying this brand new year! May vitality, joy and abundant living be yours!


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Serenity and the Beast

Your Weekly Musings

Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm ~ Anonymous

Serenity and the Beast

These bodies of ours, handed down from generations to generation, repurposed with upgraded software, carry within them the wisdom of the ages; residing at the center is an intelligence that has been making adjustments to further secure our survival. The lesson learned? Life is challenging and dangerous. To acknowledge this is to allow us to accept that feelings of tension and anxiety are hardwired, they are honest. So, how can we learn to soothe the savage beast?

An answer lies in the neocortex or new brain. There we find perspective. Going down the freeway at 75/85 mph? Absurdly dangerous, but with perspective we can perform appropriately. 

However, should an accident occur, our perspective will change. So the answer to the beast's conundrum is to make friends with him or her or them. Worried? That's the beast, has he been fed? Is she free to move about? Is the owner trusted to make wise choices on its behalf? Is there enough air through proper breathing? Does the beast feel taken for granted? What we find in these analogies is that we are the human beast, and as such need to feel that our millions of years of effort are now met with the comfort and protection of human wisdom.

To enjoy our beasts:

Breathe in slowly and deeply and out just a bit slower

As you inhale, placing your hand over your heart, say to yourself, "I am grateful for each breath."

As you exhale, lightly contact the area over the carotid artery (very lightly) and say "and every heartbeat."

Have a serene, joyful week ~

Dr. John

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Itsy Bitsy Spider

Your Weekly Musing

A little spider can offer a reminder of how to best manage our lives, our worries, our stresses. Who knew?

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Upon arriving in the bathroom this morning, I was greeted by a large spider trying desperately to climb out of the sink. Helping him out with the handle of a nearby toothbrush, I marveled at the contrast between a 260-million-year-old organism pitted against the sheer smoothness of modern porcelain. Without intervention, would he have found his way out, worn himself out trying, or taken the plunge down the drain? During my morning meditation, I thought, "You know, this all seems kind of familiar."

Being Enough

Our early childhood and family experiences contribute considerably to our sense of self. We may often feel that we just don't measure up. Society at large runs on a competitive and comparative model, ultimately leading to states of exhaustion and feelings of inadequacy. Like the spider, we cannot figure a way out.

Thankfully, there has been a great deal of thought around the idea of "being enough"; all that needs to be done is to Google the subject. Essentially, we can learn to use the mind to rewire harmful thoughts and behaviors, thereby changing the brain and the physiology of stress. Like the toothbrush handle and the spider, we provide another option, a way out. To that end, enjoy the Loving Kindness meditation from CHILL ~

  • May I be happy as I am

  • May I be at peace with whatever happens

  • May I be healthy and strong

  • May I take care of myself in an ever changing world with joyfulness and gratitude

Repeat the same for a loved one, a difficult one, and everyone.


Loving Kindness Meditation This, and many other meditations, music and nature sounds are available on the Insight Timer app.

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Have a wonderful week!

Your Weekly Musings

Perhaps we should think twice about adding one medication on top of another and consider, instead, reducing our dependency of pharmaceuticals as much as possible.

House of Cards

One of our patients came in the other day complaining of dizziness and nausea. After a brief conversation, he revealed that he had been placed on a new blood pressure medication in the past week. In prior conversations, we had discussed other medications he was on, six in all. Although this may seem like a lot, it is in fact average for a person his age. At this point, his regime made sense to him, he was confident that he was healthier because of it. However, when he contacted his M.D. following his reaction to the new medication and was told he might need to take an additional drug for the nausea and dizziness, he was concerned. "Where is this going to end?" he said in exasperation.

It's no secret that the older we get ,the more drugs we are prescribed. The information on this is readily available and easy to understand. You have to wonder how numbers of different medications react in an aging body, or any body for that matter. I can tell you ~ no one really knows. The process of prescribing one drug to offset the effects of another, "cascading," is a major health concern.

Fortunately, there are more doctors being trained to employ less harmful interventions as well as helping patients to navigate the delicate movement away from a future of ever-increasing drug use. Functional medicine and integrative medicine are just two of the movements that are evolving to meet these concerns. At our office, we work with the functional medicine world through groups such as Bio Health and Evexia Diagnostics ~ both pioneers in this field.

It is my commitment that everyone have access to these resources for a vital, healthy life.

~Dr. John

Your Weekly Musings

Sometimes we get too busy or worried or just bogged down to remember the love, the many loves, that come to us in our lives. Read on!

To Be Loved

Pete the Painter

When I was nineteen, I worked as a painter's apprentice in a high-rise in Seattle. Pete the Painter, well into his seventies, taught me three things: Keep your brush wet , lay the paint on thick, and keep your work in front of you.

Linda, My Neighbor

When I lived in Ojai, I helped my neighbor, Linda, build a chicken coop. When it was done, and I went in to inspect it, she had pinched some money in a clothespin and attached it to the ceiling. Suddenly, she appeared and told me, face-to-face in that little room, that she was giving me the money because of who I was, not what I did for her.

John and Ralph

About a year after my father, John, died, I went to visit my mother in Pismo Beach. After a brief conversation, she took me into her room and gave me my dad's wedding ring, one that matched hers. She said, "I think your father would want you to have this."

My father-in-law, Ralph Pyle, drove me out to the Cal Arts exit on the 5 freeway in the summer of 1970. I had been called up for my draft physical in Seattle and was hitch-hiking north. He gave me a medal that was given him by his spiritual teacher and wished me luck. Later on, he gifted me with a beautiful piece of amethyst.

I wore the ring and carried the amethyst every day last year for good luck in getting our new home. And in the end, we prevailed. My daughter, Eryn, wears the medal as she navigates the uncertain waters of her new life at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

I write these few stories to remind myself that I am loved. Perhaps you will be inspired to take a moment to remind yourself that you are, and have been, loved too.


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Your Weekly Musing

Your BOP, or Basic Operating Principle, can lead to a healthy, balanced life on.

Basic Operating Principles

As a student of freeway culture, I am often surprised at how well we get along. We are, after all, racing down the road shoulder to shoulder at 60 to 80 mph(the 80 most often going through construction zones). The go-getters live in the fast lane, their sense of speedy entitlement almost always challenged by someone who wants to go even faster. The weavers, those open field runners of the freeway world, darting in and around everyone else as if they were standing still. The slow boaters, bravely enduring the skyscraper-like tractor trailers that have been relegated by law to the slow lane. And everything in between: cell phone users, sandwich eaters, trumpet players, face shavers, mascara appliers, smokestack drivers, lane drifters, brake light riders, bumper sticker mavens, tank drivers ~ all expressing their own personal philosophy and psychological state, their own BOP, or Basic Operating Principle. Me first? Try the fast lane or use your cell at 80 mph, even both at once. Everybody's out to get me? Get the biggest car money can buy and ride someone's bumper at 75 mph. Lane drifting? That's your problem, not mine.

I could go on, but if we are looking for a window into what causes sickness and disease, we have to look no further than these cortisol inducing operating systems. It takes a lot of energy to get ahead of the flow, go against the flow, and be out of sync with the flow. As Annie Dillard put it so eloquently: "How we live our days is, of course, how we live our life."

So, take a moment, whether in the car or not, and ask yourself, "At this moment, what is my Basic Operating Principle? Am I being altruistic, patient, at ease,or helpful?" Moderate your BOP and reap the healthy benefits.

Have a great week ~


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Your Weekly News from Dr. John

We can be proactive with our health and well-being through this yearly practice. Read on!

Once a Year

Every year about this time, I get a workup at the lab. Usually, things look pretty good, and those indicators that are off are what I will focus on for the next few months. I will then follow up on those particular issues to see of they are improving. It struck me that most people never do this, or they are put on medication with no understanding of what is causing the problem.

A few years ago, one of my indicators was off the chart; I had been feeling a little low energy, but had not been particularly unwell. I continued to work with my chiropractor and acupuncturist and consulted my medical doctor who referred me for some specialized tests. The best we could come up with was that I could have some kind of viral infection. No particular treatment was recommended. When I retested the following month, the indicators were about the same, so I doubled down on my commitment to eat in a very focused way and rest. The following month, the indicators had returned to normal and have remained there since.

My point in writing this is that most people are walking around without any idea of how to utilize the information in these tests, if, in fact, they have been given the information at all. A thorough lab profile could, and should, be used as a way of taking stock in order to reduce chronic disease or a major health crisis.

I encourage you to join me in taking on this once-a-year practice. Stay tuned for upcoming workshops regarding the resources available through our office at markedly reduced rates through Evexia Diagnostics in cooperation with Quest Labs and Lab Corp.

~Dr. John

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Your Weekly Musing

We have dreams and desires; we also have complaints and disappointments. How can we work with these to create joyful, balanced, healthy lives? Read on!

What Would You Like Better?

We all have dreams and desires. On the spiritual path, the unfulfilled desire, even the complaint, is simply a possibility not yet realized. We understand that not getting what we want can make us unhappy and that this leads to compromised health; so, how can we use this to our benefit?

One answer can be found in Dr. John Thie's "Touch for Health" model. For example: "I'm tired of not having enough money" becomes "I am grateful, generous, prosperous and abundant." The complaint offers the opportunity to tune ourselves to how we know we can be. We could take this a step further and ask ourselves how all this will come about. We can access the greater perspective of being and doing our life's work; the goal then might be "I attract those who help and are helped" or "I am my heart and soul's desire." It all boils down to using our desires and complaints to reflect on and attune ourselves to the soul's code. As the poet Hafiz wrote:

I am a hole in a flute that the Christ's

Breath moves through...listen to this music.

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. John

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YourWeekly Musing

Feeling hassled, anxious, out of sorts? Yes, you can work with that! Read on, and have a delightful week.

Life in the Red Zone

Lately there has been a lot of talk about how bad things are. This perspective has brought people into the office seeking relief from the symptoms associated with prolonged stress: neck and low back pain, headaches, digestive problems, sleep issues, and more. The first thing I share is that these feelings are normal, we are hardwired for fear. I believe this is good to know because we are relieved of the sense that something is wrong with us. Knowing that the nervous system has everything to gain by putting a premium on what is harmful to us clarifies the issue.

So where do we go from that perspective? Do we just live in a state of chronic anxiety? Well, without being facetious, we could just learn to live with our fears, accept them, as many people prefer ~ it fits their world view. I think we can do better.

I've noticed something when I experience high levels of anxiety and fear, and that is my creative juices stop flowing. That piece of art or writing in progress? Forget it. Those big fluffy thoughts regarding the future? Vamoose! Inspiring dreams, a good laugh? All gone.

In the red zone of brain survival, we lose access to another part of our nervous system ~ the part that knows we are safe because we are in this together, we are not alone. Thousands, if not millions, of years of successful experimentation have allowed us to enjoy the moment, dream a joyful life for ourselves and others, and trust that we have what it takes to be fully ourselves.


This is a link to an excellent further article on brain research sent by our therapist daughter-in-law, Jessica:

Researcher Reveals 4 Happiness Rituals

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Glad You Asked

Your Weekly Musing

So, Dr. John, what is it you do exactly?

Funny You Should Ask

As I was placing the latest copy of the Musing out front, a woman stopped to tell me how much she enjoyed them. After a brief pause, she said "But, what is it you actually do?" True, I rarely write about the conditions that I treat, instead preferring to tell the more human side of life. I did promise, though, to describe "what I do" in a future newsletter. Here goes ~

I listen: Where, how, when did this start?

I look: Show me where it hurts.

I touch: Here? There? How much pain? I rely a great deal on my intuition. It always opens doors to a deeper appreciation of the condition.

I adjust: Using gentle, specific chiropractic methods, flow returns to areas that have been previously blocked. This is what sets me apart from doctors of other stripes. It can be miraculous.

I recommend: I may advise studies including x-rays, MRI's, cat scans, and/or lab work. Objective information can strengthen our understanding of the condition.

I look at you as a Whole Life. What are your goals? What can I do to help you achieve them? How do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? Do you want a drug-free future?

In a nutshell, therapies to reduce pain and increase flow, diagnostic modalities to determine underlying conditions, and lab work to evaluate the presence of inflammatory influences and nutrient deficiencies compose what I do.

I hope this helps and thanks for stopping by.

~ John

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Your Monday Musing ~ August 20,2018

Trauma has a very profound effect on us. A gentle hand and awareness invites healing.


Paula had come in for treatment of injuries suffered in a car accident. After a couple weeks of treatment, she disappeared abruptly which was surprising as I had treated her and her extended family for years. During that time, I had a dream about her: I was pulling up to her house in an old business coupe from the late '30's. On the lawn of the mid-century house were several cutout figures like the cows people used to display, each a different depiction of Paula. One was hanging laundry, another was leaning over to feed the cat, and yet another was ironing. I walked up to each as if they were the real Paula, realizing that each one was a false version. After ringing the doorbell and receiving no answer, I headed back to the car. As I opened the door, I caught movement in the front window behind the drapes, a brief glimmer of light. Puzzled, I drove away.

A couple of days later, Paula's sister came in. We got to talking and she asked if Paula had ever told me "what had happened to her." She explained that Paula had been viciously attacked and left for dead in her apartment several years ago. It was only by the landlord's finding her that she survived.

A short time after, Paula returned to treatment. I never asked her about her experience and she never told me, but I was acutely aware that somewhere within was a person who, having survived unspeakable violence, had carefully placed a full complement of decoys on her front lawn to protect the owner of the house. I respected that.




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Inside Sarah



Your Weekly Musing

Lasting healing is an inside job, a deep and abiding change of heart.

Inside Sarah

Sarah came in seeking to "clean up her act." She wanted to change her diet in order to lose weight, feel better, and prepare herself for a two-week juice fast. Some friends in her church had been patients and had gone through the extended detox program with good results.

Sarah was highly motivated and was able to make the changes, ultimately doing the fast. Soon she looked like a shiny new penny and within a short time many others from the same community came in and did this program; even though they did well for the most part, something just wasn't right. I couldn't put my finger on it.

As I got to know a bit more about them, a common theme emerged: most of them had come from very difficult family backgrounds, either within the church or prior to joining. It seemed that their common legacy was shame and that they found comfort in each other and within the strict guidelines of their faith. I asked myself if the heroic cleansing model that I was encouraging could be perpetrating an inner belief that no matter how hard they tried, there would always be something more to clean.

Over time this has proven to be true, that without the benefit of self love, deeper healing is denied.

There are a lot of tools available to help us get well ~ feeling safe, protected and loved is at the core of all of them.



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Norma and Butch

I hadn't seen my neighbor Norma for a while and, spotting her in her driveway, stopped to chat. She's a lively Brit in her late seventies who owns a large Mercedes that belonged to her father. It is her baby. I always ask her how it's running and she exclaimed that she had been rear-ended and that the insurance company had said the car was totaled, but she repaired it anyway. When I asked her how she was feeling, she told me she had some residual pain from the impact of the collision driving her braking foot up into her hip and a sore low back; the worst part, though, was the lack of confidence she now felt when driving.

About the time she was explaining all this, a large, disheveled, rust-colored cat came ambling out of the bushes and plopped down at Norma's feet. The subject shifted to how Norma had gradually gained "Butch's" trust and that he was now one of the family. When the subject returned to the accident, I asked her if I could share some thoughts about what she had told me. I told her that our bodies are animals and when they are injured, they become frightened and need kindness, presence, and comfort to help them trust life again. I pointed to Butch and said, "like him." I demonstrated Linda Graham's simple heart centering technique: Gently touch the area over the heart and say, "I am safe and sound." I recommended that she do this whenever she gets in the car and whenever she feels nervous about driving. I suggested she remember Butch and to affirm that what she did for him, she can do for herself.

May we all know we are safe and sound.

~ John


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Ta-daaaaah! Our own Dr. John is listed in the Los Angeles Magazine, June edition, as a top-rated chiropractor. Yep, he won't show off so I'll do it for him.


This Wednesday is a holiday, so please enjoy it to the max! We will be in on Thursday in addition to our usual Monday and Saturday. We'd love to see you!

What a nice surprise!

What a nice surprise!


Your Weekly Musing

Ever want to just scream and run over a few choice people at the store, on the road, just in your vicinity? Me, too. Here's a happy solution.


If you've ever experienced going to the store and finding it to be an obstacle course, bumper car ride, even a demolition derby, then you can appreciate my trip to Costco. It seemed that no matter where I went, aisles were blocked, people were camped out in front of the items that I wanted, and the checkout lines were as long as those at Disneyland. Luckily, I knew what the problem was: it was me, I was dehydrated.

A number of years ago at the weekly Prayer and Healing/Goal Setting class at Malibu United Methodist Church, one of the participants came up with the goal, "I go with the flow." This was in association with the water element in the Five Element Theory and is connected to the kidney meridian. People soon reported that when they were out of sync, a simple affirmation and a glass of water restored flow.

At Costco, I knew exactly what was happening and focused on rehydration. Soon, I was back to my normal, happy Costco adventure.



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Your Weekly Musings

What happens to us when perceived danger is in the vicinity? How do we cope, and how do we move on?




All living organisms are designed to protect themselves from harm. In the human body, there are multiple systems that are employed to ensure survival. Chiropractors see this expressed in the classic fight-flight pattern of run, fight, or freeze.

When we are in danger, real or imagined, we prepare ourselves by clenching our fists, contracting the jaw and planting our feet along with dozens of other alarm stage responses. These show in postural changes such as short leg length, high shoulder and head tilt. In this state, the body is primed for repair by creating a pro-inflammatory environment which lowers the pain threshold. When the body cannot move through this cycle, the condition becomes chronic.

Keeping this in mind, it is important to not only work on the body, but with it. By respecting the intelligence that is being expressed, we can avoid adding insult to injury. Like a feral cat coming in from the cold, the body must be allowed to let down its guard and surrender on its own terms.



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The Good News

The good news

they do not print.

The good news

we do print.

We have a special edition every moment,

and we need you to read it.

The good news is that you are alive,

that the linden tree is still there,

standing firm in the harsh Winter.

The good news is that you have wonderful eyes

to touch the blue sky.

The good news is that your child is there before you,

and your arms are available:

hugging is possible.

They only print what is wrong.

Look at each of our special editions.

We always offer the things that are not wrong.

We want you to benefit from them

and help protect them.

The dandelion is there by the sidewalk,

smiling its wondrous smile,

singing the song of eternity.

Listen! You have ears that can hear it.

Bow your head.

Listen to it.

Leave behind the world of sorrow

and preoccupation

and get free.

The latest good news

is that you can do it.


~Thich Nhat Hanh in “Call Me by My True Names”


In this moving poem, we are reminded that WE are the good news. Our lives are the good news. What a lovely thought, a powerful reality.

Take care of that wonderful instrument for growth and change and joy that you are. We of LifeWorks! are committed to that care, health, and balance that make the human being more fully human, awake, and alive.




This Week at LifeWorks!

Through chiropractic, physio-synthesis training, varied workshops and the art forms of The Piece Project, we can help you create new avenues for your own life's pathway. Give us a call at 626.224.3476 or email us at Be well for you are well made!