Classic Doc Joe: For the next several weeks I will be re-posting some of my original writings. Sadly, the last several months, I lost sight of what I had previously written.
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At the Arctic Circle a prehistoric couple was discovered frozen in ice. After they were slowly thawed out, it was discovered that the sub-sub-freezing temperatures had actually kept them alive.
They were identified as homoresearchus and homacademius, and lo and behold they actually spoke a form of English. When asked what they were doing in such a hostile environment, they answered that they were doing a controlled clinical study to either prove or disprove that newly discovered fire actually provided warmth and protection from the cold.
If you read anything that I write, including my books, you have probably taken note of the fact that I don’t spend a whole lot of, if any time, talking about all the science or research.
Because my focus has always been on the person, whether it is a patient I treat in my office as a chiropractor, or clients I motivate to take control of their health through Obesity Undone. What is important to me, and should be important to those of us who help others, is taking the whole of the information and effectively applying it to those who seek us out.
Some folks become so myopic, that they lose sight of the fact that the human body, and human physiology is not static — in actuality; it is very dynamic! Scientist and researches did not build the human body from the ground up as is done with a building, car or computer — we are forced to reverse engineer the anatomy and physiology of people. This means, thankfully, that not everything follows a static plan, and not all of us will react identically to the same stimuli.
Just because I read, participate in conversations about, and understand the “science”, does NOT make a basic, common sense approach any less true or effective. Yes, it is important for us clinicians to understand the science, but it is also important to not get so lost in it that we lose sight of what is most important — effectively helping people.
I am often baffled at those who strongly desire and require to complicate even the most basic concepts. Carole Sampson, over at her former blog, CarbSaneR did a review of my book Obesity Undone, and she encapsulated my point of view in two sentences.
“It isn’t about pointless rat studies and attacking other people. It is about the human side of the obesity problem and about how changing one’s mental attitude is critical.”
That is the point of everything I write or say.
Do I understand the physiology of digestion, metabolism, lipolysis , anabolic/catabolic effects on muscle tissue, liver, kidney, pancreatic functions, etc…? Yes I do, but I don’t discuss them all that often.
Because, when it comes to improving health and well-being, losing weight, getting fit, etc… what over 15 years of clinical practice has taught me is — most people don’t care that much about the minutia. All that matters to those who are suffering is — does it f&^%ing work!?
I remember when I was first out of school, because chiropractors are often treated as second class health care providers, I felt the need to overcome that misconception and over-explain every little detail of diagnosis and treatment. I hated the term “slipped disc” because even though orthopedic and nuero surgeons used it, I understood to “slip” a disc wasn’t really possible. I refrained from using “sciatica,” because my education taught me it was merely a descriptive term and gave no indication of the root cause of the problem. I was trying to educate my patients with minuscule detail and big medical terms. Boy, I was an asshole.
It was after a few months in practice, I had a migraine headache sufferer in my office, that I came to realize the truth.
This person had been a patient for about 2 weeks, and I was doing what I was taught in school; adjusting her neck. I was having limited success,when on one particular visit, the patient’s migraine became exponentially worse after a treatment. I was unsure what to do, so I put an ice-pack on her neck, turned out the lights, and made a phone call to one of my clinic mentors, Dr. Violini. Dr. Violini was about 80 years old and had well over fifty years of practice experience. I often tell people that my education prepared me to be a doctor — but it was Dr. Violini who taught me what it was to be a chiropractor. To make this short; Dr. Violini told me to adjust a certain segment, one that we had never been told in our education that would help with headaches. I questioned him, when he said — JUST GO AND MAKE THE ADJUSTMENT! So I did, and the migraine abated immediately. I called him later and asked him why it worked. Dr. Violini said, in his heavily Italian accented English; “I don’t know. When I was first in practice, like you, same thing happened, my boss told me to adjust — I did, headache went away.”
Through a lot of research and a chance meeting with a gentleman who was a chiropractor, medical doctor and neurologist — I finally learned the reason why this particular adjustment worked. Excitedly, I shared this newly discovered information with my many migraine patients.
Do you want to know something? Not a single one of them cared.
They were simply glad they no longer suffered from frequent migraines and didn’t have to any longer take medication.
There are plenty of academics, researchers and bloggers out there who are so dogmatically attached to science, that they are almost religious in their worship. As I wrote in an earlier posting, they become so focused on examining a droplet of water — they miss the majesty of the ocean.
These folks can’t wrap their minds around a simple fact — in many cases, low carbohydrate eating works, and no matter how many studies support or contradict this truism — most overweight or obese people don’t care — they simply care that they drop weight and become healthier. And, isn’t that what is truly important?
Instead of worrying so much about the worshiping at the altar of science, perhaps to undo obesity, a little common sense is all we really need.
Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.
Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,
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For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.
**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********