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Your Stress MATTERS

Is the weight of life feeling heavy to you right now? Me too.

I seem to be trapped in a heavy season right now. Lots of cancer diagnosis. Friends struggling. People fighting comas. Job loss. Lots of heavy stuff. Our Tuesday prayer meetings at the office seem to be just a growing list of heart-breaking pleas for our patients and loved ones that are struggling. It leaves you feeling broken. Lost. Weepy. 

The weight of these things can grow into something pretty unbearable if we let it. 

But you know what? 


We aren’t meant to shoulder everything like that. We aren’t meant to carry everyone else’s burdens on top of our own. 

But that’s just the thing with stress. It’s hard to let go of what we can, and even harder to face and pray through what we can’t. 

Some stress is very real, new, and oh so raw. We lose someone we love. We get fired. We get diagnosed with a terminal illness. Our child is struggling down a scary road. THIS stress is the hardest, and not necessarily meant to be the burdens that we just push aside. These require prayer, support, community, time and patience. And this stress matters

The rest of the stress we carry CAN be let go of. Constant busyness. Jobs we aren’t happy at. Lack of rest. Trying to wear too many hats. Worrying about things we can’t change. 

THIS stress, chronic stress, is what is damaging our health. 

Your soul can be grieving over the big things, but it doesn’t have to rob your health while you walk through it. If we can diminish the unnecessary stresses in our life, we create room for the things that matter.

And we allow our bodies a space to heal. To rest. 

If you’re in a heavy season too, I want to remind you that some stress MATTERS.

Here Is A Quick Thought On The RIGHT Kind Of Stress.

I wish I could take that weight of stress off each and every one of you but I can’t. There’s only one person who can do that for you. But I can help you reduce your internal stress. Stress that is being caused by problems within your body

If you need help in this area, I encourage you to tune-in to our video series on stress. 

And please reach out if you need support, encouragement, or hugs.
We always have hugs. 

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Why You're Not Healing - Despite Your Best Efforts To

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a pit of poor health with no way out? Felt the walls rising, saw the light and wanted to climb up out of it...but just couldn't?


I've been there too. 

Poor health can be suffocating sometimes.
Othertimes it is downright frustrating.

I have a feeling that, for a lot of you, this pit is an all-too-familiar reality. Maybe you've even settled into your pit. You tried so many times to climb out, but one failed attempt after another grew so tiring that you eventually just gave-up. 

It doesn't really matter what is plaguing you in your health - chronic depression, migraines, severe and unrelenting allergies, weight gain, chronic pain (like pain in every single joint of your body), IBS - they ALL have a pit. They ALL keep us trapped. 

There is one thing all pits have in common: 
The light at the other end. 

Without it we'd likely have no idea we were in a pit in the first place. 


What is that bright light for you?

Is it your family? Being an active, engaging parent to your children? Being there for your spouse? Maybe it's something like returning to the hobbies you once loved, but the pain in your joints has been keeping you from using your hands like you used to. Maybe you want to make a difference in the world around you, to speak life and encouragement into others but you've been so sick, so trapped, that you don't have the energy to anymore. 

Can I tell you something about your pit? There IS a way out. You don't have to stay trapped, despite the number of times it hasn't worked in the past. 

What you need is for someone to determine the best type of ropes to throw down to you. Not just any rope, the exact type of rope to reach you, and that is strong enough to help you climb out. 

THIS is what we are after at Hope Chiropractic & Wellness Center - finding those who are stuck in a pit of chronic poor health, determining the exact right rope to bring them up out of the pit, and teaching them how to stay away from future pits (and maybe to keep a rope around just in case). 

I want to share with you an example of how we do this in the video below. Although everyone's pit is very different, I believe this powerful demonstration of what causes chronic poor health will speak to you and empower you. 

Don't give up. PLEASE, don't give up. There is ALWAYS hope for you, for your kids, for your family. 

Watch My Video About Triggering Events

If you've been suffering in your health and would like some help getting to the source of it all, click the link below to contact me and let's talk about what we can do to bring you clarity. 

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Perception Changes EVERYTHING

Have you ever been two steps away from death's door? I have. 


Or... at least my teeth have.

I recently developed an intense ache in the back of my mouth, near my last few molars. I couldn't quite pinpoint where the pain was coming from, but it was spreading into my jaw and surrounding muscles. It hurt to eat, it hurt to talk. I began to worry. 

Though I've never had a root canal, I'm deathly afraid of them. I'm convinced that if I ever have one I will literally die of pain as they drill. They will write stories of me as the woman whose screams shattered nearby buildings. 

Unfortunately though, the ache in my jaw was worsening, so I knew I better take a peek before calling my dentist. 

What I found horrified me:  there was a sizeable black spot on the side of my back molar. I was devastated. I just knew what this meant: a root canal. The tooth was dying. 

But I realllly wasn't ready to face a root canal, so I began researching feverishly. What are my options? Is it really dead? How did this happen? Did my body stop absorbing minerals? Are my hormones failing me? Did my pregnancy ruin my health? How do I explain this? I was determined that I would be shamed in my practice as the doctor who couldn't take care of her own health. 

Finally, after much thought, consideration, and Googling, I knew exactly what I needed to do: have the dead tooth pulled. No root canal for me! (Because that would be horrific and "not 100% necessary.") I'll just pull the dead tooth. But I'll need to have surgery for this because I definitely can't be conscious for something so gruesome. And while they're in there I better just have them remove all three other molars that align with it so my bite will be even.

It's amazing how versed I became on dentistry after a night of Googling. 

When I got to the dentist, I was solid in my resolve. I told them exactly what was going on and my plans for how to fix it. The hygienist was so sweet to oblige me as she took my x-rays and brought them up on the screen.

Now, I'm definitely NOT a dentist, but I am familiar with x-rays, so I couldn't help but peek. But that gaping black hole of death that I expected to see in my tooth... wasn't there.

My dentist told me that my teeth were fine, and that the pain I had been feeling was from clenching and grinding my teeth at night. And as for that black spot on the side of my tooth? I was literally grinding my teeth so hard that my teeth were flexing and it was popping the enamel off the sides. The black spot was a coffee stain on the porous surface of the tooth.

I went from needing to have surgery to remove a dead tooth and three healthy teeth, to needing a night guard (and a little less coffee). 

And I laughed. 

We treat our health the Exact same way though, don't we?

We look up every possible cause, and determine that it must be cancer or some rare, incurable disease. Then we either get ourselves sick with worry and hide or we give up."Well, I was going to die at some point anyway..."

Friends, this is no way to live

We can continue to consult with Google, or we can get REAL answers. We can stay trapped in the unknown, or we can step into the light of truth. 

And TRUTH sets us FREE.

Until we know exactly what we're facing in our health we will remain trapped in our 1,000,000 made-up scenarios. When, likely, it is just a nutritional deficiency. Or an infection in your gut. Or a hormone imbalance. Or a subluxation in your spine. 

That horrific lower back pain that you're sure is either five blown discs or kidney cancer may very well just be a locked-up joint that needs some motion. 

That bloating in your belly that you think is maybe colon cancer, a bleeding ulcer, or a tapeworm (or all three??) may just be a food you're eating that your body is sensitive to.

Here's the thing, we DO need to be screened regularly for things like cancer and heart disease, and you absolutely DO need to be checked for them when you're experiencing symptoms that align with these serious conditions. But no matter what the findings are - cancer or something small - the truth will free you.

You will be able to take ACTION and move past your symptoms into better health. You'll be able to enjoy time with your family again rather than suffering and wondering and worrying. You'll be able to pursue your passion in life with renewed HOPE and freedom. 

What are you hiding from in your health today? 

A black spot on your tooth? An ache that just won't go away? Chronic fatigue? Depression? 

Whatever it is, I pray that you will seek answers, so that you, too, can be set free. 


Watch My Video About Changing Perceptions

If you've been suffering in your health and would like some help getting to the source of it all, click the link below to contact me and let's talk about what we can do to bring you clarity. 

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Why A Cookie Cutter Approach Doesn't Work

If you've been suffering in your health and haven't been able to find answers, maybe it's time to start looking at how you were designed as a UNIQUE individual. 

There's no surprise here: no two bodies are created the same. 


What works for me may not work for you. And that's totally OKAY. You were perfectly designed to be able to adapt to your own unique environment - not mine.

So why do we continue to approach healthcare as if everyone is identical...?

Imagine with me that your body is a vehicle. What type of vehicle is it? How well is is running? Maybe you feel a bit like your vehicle is a "lemon," prone to breaking-down and always having issues. Do you feel like everyone else around you got lucky and has some sort of Lamborghini? 

Regardless of the type of vehicle you were given, there is power in simply KNOWING.

When you know your vehicle type, and what it is prone to having issues with, you know what you need to do to keep your vehicle running well for a long time. You don't replace your Honda vehicle with Ford parts -- and it's not one-size-fits-all for our health either. 

Some people are designed with touchy brake pedals, and others with gas pedals that are stuck to the floorboard. If we try to treat either person as if both pedals are normal, we miss key factors in why each vehicle keeps crashing.

Are your gas pedals relentlessly ramping up your inflammation? If so, applying some breaks may help, but ultimately we need to get your foot off the gas. Are your brakes touchy? If so, a back-up brake system is a better approach for you than worrying about the gas pedal.

If you've have countless tests done but still don't have answers, watch my video below. If you feel like "doing all the right things" is getting you nowhere, you're certainly not alone. And there ARE answers out there - things to help you FINALLY gain traction in your healing. 

We now have testing available that allows us to look at how each body functions uniquely as it encounters stress and sickness. We can't keep assuming that a cookie-cutter treatment approach will work the same for everyone. 

It's truly time for a change in healthcare.


Watch My Video About Why Cookie Cutter Approaches Don't Work In Healthcare.

If you've been suffering in your health and would like some help getting to the source of it all, click the link below to contact me and let's talk about what we can do to bring you clarity. 

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