On Therapies…

On Therapy…

There are thousands of therapies within the allopathic medical arena. Thousands more exist within the alternative holistic field with new ones emerging constantly.  For centuries humanity has been seeking ways to treat ailments, sicknesses and diseases, devising countless new treatments, therapies, and approaches, disregarding old ones only to readopt them at a latter date.  The cycle of therapies emergence seems unending, as cyclical as designer fashion.  Therapies are hardly in shortage! On a nearly weekly basis new therapies are born. They are the new shining rising stars, promising cure for all kinds of ailments. In time, most become falling stars, in disrepute, soon to be forgotten by the public mind. Few withstand the test of time. Some are useful while others are worthless. At one point or another, few effective ones are a blessing to suffering humanity.

In the midst of this apparent unending cycle, the question we need to ask is: “Would one more therapy and one more treatment, no matter how natural, really makes a difference?”  Does humanity, does the world need another therapy? It is questionable and doubtful.

What humanity may need most is a brand new principle, an innovative, fresh and creative approach to life.  What the people of the earth need is a complete and total departure from the therapeutic, crisis care model of life.  The world needs a transformation of the collective mindset and behavior, away from reactive care and toward proactive wellbeing care.
Humanity needs a design for living. It needs a compass and a rudder to navigate the high seas of life. What the world needs is an avenue that changes human consciousness in relationship to life, health, healing, wellness and wellbeing. What is needed for the world is a proactive philosophy for living. The human race needs a way of life that promotes and supports health, healing and wellbeing.

Why keep focusing on the small percentage that aches us when we can address the vast well of life within. Why eliminate or silence a perceived negative when so much potential for more is laying dormant and available to us all. Doesn’t it make more sense to ‘water the garden’ regularly rather than ‘artificially tend to the plants’ once they start drooping, are ridden with parasites or have turned brown. Certainly we can inject ‘the plants of our body’ with medications and feed them over-the-counter drugs, spray them with topical chemicals, paint the leaves green or even replace the dead ones with plastic ones; when it is all done, the ‘garden of our body’ might look good, yet would it be healthy?

As far as I know Chiropractic is the only “health” profession that is rooted in a non-allopathic model. Its philosophy is about addressing what is right in human beings rather than what is wrong with people. It is about tapping in the unlimited potential for life and health within. It is about taking care of ourselves from conception to transition. Infants and babies are really the primary clientele of chiropractic and of any other disciplines that is proactive in supporting the body in health.

Practically, what this means is that the adjustment is not a treatment for any specific condition. The intention and purpose is to keep the flow of information-laden life force flowing between brain and body without interferences caused by spinal subluxations. This simple service can be rendered to anyone and everyone regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms. It is a positive for human function and physiology. One needs not to be sick to receive chiropractic care. Doing something positive for ourselves, on a regular basis, is the key here. Granted, this might be a new behavior for most humans, a behavior that, once adopted, has great rewards. We enjoy a more alive and vibrant life. We have a greater capacity to function, adapt and heal. We express life with more creativity, joy and fun.

Wellbeing care means taking care of ourselves whether sick or well, symptomatic or asymptomatic and whether we feel terrific or miserable. Wellbeing care allows us to accumulate positive survival values by putting assets in our health ‘bank account’.

Ask yourself, when was the last time you went to an M.D. and while entering the examination room stated: “Doc, I feel vibrant and terrific, I feel alive, joyful and energetic; is there anything you can do to keep me that way?”   The likely response loaded with a skeptical look is likely to be: “Yes, I am going to schedule an appointment for you in the psychiatric ward.”                       
The reality is that one must have an ailment, a sickness or a disease to seek medical services.
We may argue that there are few exceptions to this, like preventative medical check-ups, for example. That a person can indeed enter the medical model without any symptoms and receive a service.
Yet under scrutiny, preventative medical exams are aimed at early detection of sickness, disease or pathology in the hope of achieving a better prognosis. They are not intended to facilitate wellbeing. Their sole intention is early detection to prevent disease. There is nothing, not a thing, done during a preventative check-up that facilitate, boost or address life, health and wellbeing. It is a matter of fact that some of the technologies used are actually harmful to one’s health, such as X-rays, MRI, CAT scan and radioactive pharmaceuticals.

Another frequently overlooked fact is that the new medical technology has become so invasive, pervasive and intrusive that it can detect “normal” pathologies. What this means is that, at any given moment, one may develop an early pathology that the body’s healing and immune system will handle perfectly well on its own. We know today that at any given time, most of us have cancer cells in our body. There is really not a thing to worry about. The immune cells will absorb those cancer cells and return things to normal. The job of the immune system is to keep things in check.

The challenge with early detection is that now we have sounded the alarm. Consequently biopsy, intervention and treatment will immediately follow. Now we probe and poke at the little bundle of cancer cells that were solidly guarded by immune cells. The biopsy sends thousands of them off on a journey through the bloodstream that may lead to metastasis. Then, X-rays radiation and or chemotherapy follow which only weaken the immune system. All of this is well intentioned yet not necessarily needed. Frequently the news of a potential cancer diagnosis is enough to send the person’s immune system in a downward spiral because of the emotional and mental impact of the news. Again, fear and apprehension have their own chemistry and biology. In addition, preventative medical check-ups are not very reliable. Many a times someone is given a clean bill of health only to drop dead of a heart attack few days later.

New therapies are not really what will turn the tide around, from fighting disease to promoting health. The same way that the United States had a ‘keep America clean’ campaign, we need a ‘keep America healthy’ campaign. The challenge is that there is little to no financial incentive to do so. Disease care is now one of the biggest and most profitable businesses in the U.S., even if it is responsible for nearly 50% of personal bankruptcies. The American economy depends on it. This means our economy depends on people being sick. That is a sad state of affair. Actually that is a sick state of affair to be correct.

So how can thing change? It can change through a grass root movement. It starts with each individual who recognizes the wisdom, the personal and social responsibility, as well as the financial savings, of thriving in health. My friend Jason Deitch, D.C. co-author of the book Discover Wellness, How Staying Healthy Can Make You Rich, makes a strong case as to the financial benefits of wellness.

More therapies are not the answer. Pro-active life style is. Personal care that is potentiality driven, certainly is a better health assurance than health insurance, which only covers injuries, sickness and disease care.

In my experience the level of vitality, vibrancy and health expressed by people who started taking care of themselves early in life is proof of the value of wellbeing care. Regular Chiropractic care, massage, bodywork, acupuncture, exercise, meditation and nutrition, along with a positive life oriented philosophy and a trusting attitude in the wisdom of our own body makes for a potent wellbeing recipe.

As we begin to recognize the interdependence of all life on earth, we begin to see clearly that we are cells in the body of humanity. Our task and responsibility is to retain our own individuality while contributing to the whole. A healthy body starts with healthy individual cells that are dedicated to serving humanity. This takes place more readily when the channel of communication between spirit and body is open and clear. Every human being who takes a stand to live a healthy life contributes to raising the overall health level of humanity. Such a path is a lot more than just a dedication to physical wellbeing, it automatically has an impact on all the other aspects of our being: mental, emotional, spiritual and social. To choose to live with vibrant vitality requires a moment-by-moment focus and vigilance. It requires awareness of one thoughts, emotions, actions and choices. In the final analysis, at the deepest level it is a social and spiritual responsibility.
For every earth citizen engaged in living life from the inside out, in connection with their Innate Intelligence, with a healthy lifestyle, thousands of dollars are redirected yearly, towards an emerging positive paradigm and wellbeing economy. Such decision and action supports an evolution toward the full expression of humanity’s potential.

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On The Neuro-Spinal System…

On The Neuro-Spinal System…
The spine is the sacred organ that houses the spirit of life. It needs to be approach with respect, honor and reverence.
The neuro-spinal system is the very core of our being. That is why it is called the spine. Like the spine of a building, it is the first organ to be formed in embryological development. The neural streak, a milky way of cells, that lines the very center of the embryo, becomes the spinal cord, cerebral hemispheres and the somites. The somites in turn develop into vertebrae.
According to Nicole Lavoie in her book titled Return to Harmony the spinal vertebrae have a differential weight ratio similar to the differential wavelength ratio of the chromatic scale of light.
Each vertebra emits a specific sound vibration. In the early 1980’s I worked with Chiropractors who were highly attuned practitioners; they were able to sound each spinal segment while touching them; they could retune them, if out of tune, with adjustments.
The spine is the last part of the skeleton to disappear in burning fires during open cremation and the only part of the body frame that remains in carcasses in the wild. It is also where viruses and bacteria will seek refuge, when under attack from the immune system, if drugs and chemicals have interfered with its early response.
The neuro-spinal system is the infrastructure of the body to which all other bones are interconnected. Most internal organs are attached to the spine directly or indirectly by suspensory ligaments. In other words, if you step on a dog’s tail, at what end does it barks?
Because structure allows function, a change in the spinal structure will immediately create a change in the electromagnetic and energy field of the body. Organs will shift in interrelationships as posture changes. Each organ emits an electro-magnetic field of energy. Their interrelationship in space creates a resultant magnetic field. That field is altered by postural changes such as in the depressed posture, the aggressive, angry posturing or the open elated and blissful stand. So as the structure of the spine changes through adjustments, the body’s functions can change from dis-ease back to ease.

The neuro-spinal system is the main pipeline for Life Force flow. It is the channel for the subtle currents of Prana and Apana as well as the conduit for Kundalini energy. As the information highway of the body, linking the brain to all tissue cells, it is vital to all body functions. Body functions include organic functions and performances but also life expression, interpretation, correlation, creativity, and understanding to name but a few.

Starting at the base, the coccyx houses the first chakra or root chakra. There resides and sleeps the kundalini shakti, the great spiritual potential, waiting to be aroused and brought back up to the source from which it originated.

The Sacrum or sacred bone is the back wall of the pelvis. Being sacred, it is not supposed to touch the ground or be blocked while sitting. Most natives and aborigines culture squat on the ground. Yogis sit in the lotus position to permit the sacrum and coccyx to move freely with the breath and keep the sacral pump unobstructed.
Blockage of the freedom of movement of the sacrum interferes with the cranio-sacral mechanism and the proper pumping of cerebro-spinal fluid in and around the meninges and brain.
The pelvis is the place where creativity and sexuality takes place along with all their possible associated issues and violations. This is where the sacral chakra resides. The knowledge of spinal energy centers or chakras dates back to the Greeks and was part of Plato’s philosophy and Greeks medical culture.
The lumbar spine has the largest and strongest vertebrae. It is where one can “read” how one lives life; either pushing, flowing or holding back. The lumbar spine is the site of support or lack of it. Issues of support can be emotional as well as financial, spiritual or social. The sense of intuition is located there with the third charkas; intuitive knowing emanates at the navel as a “pang” inside.
There are five lumbar vertebrae associated with the five basic wounds of humanity: Humiliation, Abandonment, Betrayal, Injustice and Rejection. Every human being has had one or all these wounds. It is built in the design of life. These basic wounds are gifts that entice ‘awakened’ humans toward core healing as they progress out of survival into adaptation, growth, development, transformation and finally evolution. These wounds are the gifts bestowed on us for our own evolution.

The Dorsal spine has twelve vertebrae to which the ribs attach to form the rib cage, which is the treasure chest of emotions. The typical posture of a child, after being scolded by a parent, is a fold down shoulder and arms stand, so as to close off the rib cage and lessen feelings. There are twelve vertebrae for the twelve stages of core healing. Donald Epstein, D.C. has a brilliant dissertation of those stages in his book the Twelve Stages of Healing. The cavity formed by the dorsal spine and ribs houses the heart and lungs amongst other organs. The forth chakra or heart chakra gives us the ability of making decisions, ‘following our heart’, based upon one’s higher self, and not from the unfulfilled emotions and desires of our lower nature.

The cervical spine supports the neck, which is the channel for air, food and the verbal expression of thoughts and emotions. There are seven cervical vertebrae for the seven steps to knowledge. The steps are not an ascension to knowledge, believed to be in the intellect of the brain, but rather a descent into the intelligence of the heart. The fifth chakra, associated with the faculty of higher discrimination, between choosing what is right and wrong, and with creativity and self-expression is located in the neck.
Of all the cervical vertebrae, the atlas and axis, first and second spinal segments, have peculiar structures and landscape. Their articulating facets are unique and specific. This gives them greater mobility and the capacity to bear the weight of the heavy skull. As a result it also gives them the inherent weakness of being somewhat unstable compared to other vertebrae. All physical designs are ‘compromises’ with inherent limitations.
The Atlas named after the giant of Greek mythology supports the weight of the heavens; the realms of consciousness hovering above the skull yet downloaded within the brain for intellectual and or verbal expression.
The axis is the “ruder” of our ship. With its tooth like projection called the odontoid, it can move right, left or posterior. The positioning of the axis will determine how we view and process the world out there. We may have a
right-brain or left-brain dominance with an axis right or left and even have denial of our deeper self in a posterior axis.
The typical military position, which moves the axis posteriorly, is designed to shut down the emotional heart center while denying the self. This permits one to become a soldier learning the skills to take lives.
All of the experts in terminating life and separating spirit from the body address the neck at atlas and axis. The French use the guillotine, the English the hanging long drop system, the Japanese the sword and snipers a bullet; all to cause instant death. Kung-Fu San Soo martial artists use a one move strike, with a closed fist punch, that slides on the back of the occiput, to hit the spinous of axis, driving the odontoid into the spinal cord and causing instant silent death.
Beyond housing and protecting the delicate and complex tissue of the spinal cord and meningeal system, the spinal vertebrae also house and protect the nerve roots. The human innernet and complex communication system depends on the integrity of the neuro-spinal system.
Any intrusion or blockage will result in impaired function and life expression. Christopher Reeves was a prime example on how a fracture of the two top vertebrae could put Superman out of commission. As tragic as the horseback riding accident that Christopher sustained was, it was a magical moment. Humanity and the entire world could now see and understand the relationship between spinal vertebrae and overall body functions.
For thousands of years the mystics and yogis have focused on the spine for spiritual evolution, enlightenment and health. The Chiropractic profession is dedicated to adjusting the spine to free interferences caused by subluxation. David Hawkins, M.D. in his book The Eye of the I mentioned that for the first times in human history, in 1986, the consciousness of humanity rose above the level of 207; Fear being at 100, courage at 200, neutrality at 250, science and logic at 400, Love at 500 and enlightenment between 700-1000. One individual at the level of the Avatar at 1000 counter balance the collective negativity of all humanity. At 700, a single human being counter balance 70 million humans at the level of 200. As more people experience a rise in levels of consciousness, there is hope for humanity. As Yogananda wrote in his Book Autobiography of a yogi: “one half-minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord equals one year of natural spiritual enfoldment.”
The predicament that humanity is presently in, and the course it has taken, can only be altered positively by more people reaching higher levels of consciousness. As this happens the collective consciousness will rise. Decision makers, in position of power, need to attain enlightenment to be able to stir humanity in a direction that will ensure its existence for generations to come.
This hope and vision of a better humanity is consistent with the vision of B. J. Palmer articulated in a little known booklet he wrote titled: My Message Analyzed. In addition, many of B.J. Palmer’s writing state that, the purpose of the adjustment is to unite man the physical with man the spiritual. Such union of the material and the immaterial, the tangible and the intangible in the actual human experience can produce enlightenment. As a body, humanity can no longer afford to spend 50 years in solitude, meditating in a remote cave away from the active world, in the hope to achieve Self-realization. The present predicament of humanity needs enlightened beings active in the modern world as well as secluded in remote ashrams.
The neuro-spinal system holds the key to such evolution in consciousness. According to Yogananda in his book Autobiography of a Yogi, “one half-minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord equals one year of natural spiritual enfoldment.”
B.J. Palmer wrote: “ The health part of my message we teach, perhaps not quite as broadly as stated, but in sum and substance, you accept that the purpose of chiropractic is to make man healthy. To that extend you are taught; that part you grasp, accept, understand and practice. Should I step forth boldly and declare that the adjustment of vertebral subluxation was for the Innate purpose of permitting closer communication between God and man, you would decry my premise; not because you could logically disprove or deny one iota, but because it was a new viewpoint that you have never considered, therefore subject to hasty criticism.” Then he wrote: “ For some reason, in this life, you have been entrusted with a key; a key that can reach into the depths and light that spark.”
The adjustment is the key that chiropractors have been entrusted with. A key to unlock the mystery of the neuro-spinal system where enlightenment lay dormant coiled as the Kundalini energy. Of course, we can bring chiropractic in the realm of healing, health and wellbeing, into the physical and emotional benefits received from adjustments. This is usually where most of the public connects with this profession. Yet, in the reality of the experience, those benefits are effects of physiological changes within the nerve system due to the release of spirit and light within the spinal cord. We are light beings, spiritual entities living within physical vehicles. Light or Life force is the links that binds matter and intelligence to manifest life. In the end chiropractic is about life; the neuro-spinal system its playing field.

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On leadership… By Arno Burnier, D.C.

There are two separate entities competing for potential leadership within every human being: the ego and the soul.
The ego driven leadership works. It is self-promoted and self-engendered. It is laced with large energy outputs. It has the pattern of push and rest as one becomes tired or even exhausted from what the surges requires. It needs goal setting. Marketing and advertising oneself in a somewhat plastic fashion and sleek manner is common and usually necessary. Performance and showmanship is one of its trademarks. It is upfront and very visible from the get go. It seeks to motivate, sell and manipulate. It is binding, targets the intellect and plays on emotions. Frequently there is incongruence between what the leader presents on the platform and what is actually happening in private life. The old adage: “do not confuse the message with the messenger” applies. It attracts the unsuspecting masses. It has a large percentage of drops out and disgruntled followers with a small percentage of success. Large numbers of followers are needed to make any kind of in-ways. The river of life is being pushed or held back in order to have “control”. Yet deep inside the leader is afflicted by a constant feeling that control is actually elusive and can only be kept by a next push or goal attainment. This type of leadership is common place in our society and culture today.

Soul or spirit driven leadership works as well. It is quiet and subtle at first. It is organic by nature. It arises effortlessly. It is as if life itself is pulling the potential leader upward. It demands constant awareness and surrender to stay in the flow. It requires no marketing, nor advertising nor self-promotion. There is action in inaction and inaction in action. Control is being relinquished to something greater; a dimension of life that is actually in control. There is boundless energy available to the leader. What is happening is not coming from, but through the leader. The potent impact of the message generates a powerful nucleus of people, a constituency, which brings awareness to other as to what the leader has to offer. Frequently it is the constituency that will “promote” the leader. Such leadership has no followers. It empowers others to become their own leaders. It does not seek followers. The still immature in the crowd may idealize the leader temporarily as they fail to recognize the humanity of the leader. The trademark of such leadership is that the message and the messenger match. There is congruency on the platform as well as outside the platform in all areas of life. Authenticity, humility and humbleness are blatant. There is no performing or showmanship. Instead there is effortless flow of discourse. There is no attempt to convince anyone. Presence, actions and words stand on their own. Such leadership inspires, by breathing spirit in, because it arises from the soul. It bounds, is heartfelt and genuine. It stirs from the rear in a nearly invisible manner from the start. In time its impact may emerge on a large scale during or even after the life of the leader. This form of leadership is rare in our world today.

Both forms of leadership are effective and produce results. Both attract and resonate with different crowds.
Many leaders are trapped between the two modes of leadership fluctuating from being ego driven to soul driven. To the discerning observer or listener in attendance, the shift from one to the other is quite obvious.
As David Hawkins, M.D. author of Power vs. Force would probably put it, one is force driven, the other one power driven.

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The Transformative Power of Vitalistic Philosophy By Arno Burnier, D.C.

The Transformative Power of Vitalistic Philosophy
By Arno Burnier, D.C.

If it were not for the powerful transformation that I experienced in every aspect of my life as a result of my exposure to Chiropractic and the philosophy of life it embodies, I would not be writing these words.

Chiropractic changed my connection to my body and the way that I honor, respect and care for it. It gave me the drive and incentive to treat it like the temple that it is. Our body is a “give away” from life, a gift we received at conception. We have a duty to take care of it with utmost love, care and attention. Being well, healthy and fit is a moral, social and spiritual responsibility we must uphold throughout life. In today’s world it has become an economic imperative. Sickness and disease and the so-called “health care” system, are bankrupting individuals, families and the country at large while making people sicker. The need for an emerging wellbeing care system is the only feasible solution.

It gave me a new understanding of health and the true meaning of being healthy. We are all accountable for our choices, actions and solely responsible for our health and wellbeing. No one can do it for us; we must do it for ourselves. Health is not something that we can gain from drugs, medications, injections or surgeries. As much as those avenues may sometimes be necessary, they do not provide health. Health comes first and foremost from within. It is our God given birthright. Our being is run by an Inborn Intelligence, that has been running human beings for thousands and thousands of years. Health comes from abiding and respecting the laws that govern all life. Health comes from a wellness lifestyle, from engaging and investing in proactive, life enhancing care and services.

It changed my relationship to symptoms, moving from fearing them, to trusting them. I discovered their purpose, wisdom and message. Symptoms are part of the inner language of the body. They are designed to guide us. They can be healing, cleansing, adaptive or messages to change our life style. We frequently view symptoms as an abnormal response to a normal lifestyle, when they are mainly a normal response to an abnormal lifestyle. Of course they can also be signs of pathology; signs that something is not functioning right. In such instances symptoms are still following a path of logic as the wisdom and intelligence within is making every attempt to prolong life and ensure the survival of the most vital organs.

The presence or absence of symptoms is not a valuable gauge to determine our state of health or wellbeing. We can have no outward symptoms and be severely diseased internally. We can also have symptoms and actually be functioning perfectly; we are just responding and adapting to life. Symptoms are only resourceful in determining our state of illness or injury. This shift in understanding is paramount in motivating people to take care of themselves, to do something positive for their being and body on a regular basis, whether symptoms are present or not; whether they are feeling wonderful or not.

I acquired a different perspective on illnesses and diseases. I started seeing them not as abnormalities, but as opportunities for growth and transformation. I also recognized that in many instances, they might be necessary evils to challenge our bodies to new levels of health. I no longer seek to move away from symptoms or sickness but rather toward healing and wellbeing.

Whenever I fall ill, I embrace it with all my being, detach myself from it and become a passive observer of my own physiology, witnessing my bodily processes as my body heals. As a result, I no longer ‘mind’ the discomfort, but learn about the magic of the inner workings of my body. I gained respect and reverence for the Inborn Intelligence that permeates my entire being.

I was enlightened as to the true nature of the healing process. Healing has little or nothing to do with suppressing symptoms or not feeling them by numbing ourselves. Healing is a process of cellular replacement. Sick or damaged cells never heal. They must pass away, die and be replaced by new ones. This process is intangible to our senses; we cannot feel it from moment to moment, yet it is happening. Healing is the creation of new cells and tissues; just like growing hair or nails.

It is only in retrospect that we can perceive that healing has taken place. Healing is not linear, but convoluted. It is subject to the effects of many cycles (within and without) that influence our physiology. Consequently, we may feel better one day and worse the next, yet the overall trend is upward. Strangely enough symptoms are the last to come and the first to go, because healing persists long past their disappearance. Healing is truly the creation and recreation of cells, tissues and organs. Creation comes from Spirit. Spirit is life, which is light in the body. The greater the vitality, the faster healing takes place. Watching a scratch heal in a newborn versus an elderly person makes evident this time difference and the importance of vitality. Vitality is a function of life force flow throughout the body.

I realized through this vitalistic philosophy that outer ecology starts with inner ecology and a deep respect for one’s own biological integrity. The sanctity of the human being, chemistry, blood and body must be guarded, if at all possible. Seeking life enhancing care and services protects our internal environment. To the degree that we respect ourselves is the degree that we respect the environment and all life.

Soon, the media became a distant voice, replaced by the inner voice of my soul and heart as I unplugged from the “weapon of mass persuasion”. I disconnected from television, newspapers, magazines and media in general in the early 80’s.
The content of the news in general has not changed a bit since early civilization: crime, war, rape, murder, corruption, fire, human drama and natural disaster. I do not feel the need to feed my consciousness with such inputs at six and ten o’clock, only to read about it again, in black and white, by the morning and then again, in color, a week later in a magazine. If I should know about it, I am sure someone will tell me. In the mean time I cherish my quiet mind, serenity and peace by not contributing to, or joining in, the mass hysteria. There is an inner signal that broadcasts laws, guidance, creativity and wisdom. I find it soothing and more entertaining than the degrading, debasing outer media.

My connection to spirituality skyrocketed as I began to live from the inside out.
The understanding that there is an Inborn, Innate Intelligence residing within every human being, permeating every speck of matter, from cells to atoms and subatomic particles, proves to be more real for me than some religious miniature God living within me. The books of anatomy, physiology, biology and pathology became spiritual texts dispensing the wisdom and intelligence of the universe within. I connected with a tangible, practical, applicable spirituality that I could revere on a daily basis, not just on Sunday.

My trust in life became unwavering. I gained a greater awareness of the language of life, the outer messages that we are constantly exposed to, yet are frequently blind and deaf to. Life speaks within and without when we are connected. There is a matrix, a blueprint and a purpose for each one of us. My connection to the life force within engendered a connection to the larger flow of life. Inner guidance appears to be reinforced by outer messages from life showing up as providence, synchronicity, serendipity and grace.

Without discrediting formal education, I began to favor the teachings of nature and the school of life. Between the bird and the book, I shall follow the bird. Nature has a voice; it dispenses laws, knowledge and wisdom. It is in stillness and silence that we can listen to the voice of nature.

Finally, my comprehension of death and the dying process evolved. I moved from fear and dread, to witnessing death as a beautiful, natural process. There is no need to hide death behind closed doors. It can be a conscious, peaceful process, better suited for the privacy of a home or a hospice when possible. It can be natural, rather than postponed at all cost, though artificial means, in a frequently degrading manner to the dying person.

Chiropractic philosophy has been a huge gift to my life. It has created a lasting shift and transformation. I have gained peace and solace amidst a confused and chaotic collective mind and world. It is my hope to tease your curiosity. It is my heart’s desire that you will seek and discover the world of possibilities that can open for you by dwelling in the natural principles and vitalistic philosophy of Chiropractic as well as into the service it has to offer.

Arno Burnier, D.C., Educator, Mentor & Public Speaker, has been a leader in the chiropractic profession for over 30 years. He founded Masterpiece Seminars and developed of the Café of Life Vitalistic practice model. Visit http://www.cafeoflife.com or http://www.zeechi.com.

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The Casual War

The Casual War … By Arno Burnier, D.C.
As a society we have been at war for the last 70 years or more. It is a hidden and insidious conflict, with yearly mass civilians casualties, injuries and permanent disabilities. Professionals are perpetuating involuntary mass murder yearly in the US, and no one wants to talk about it. This silent war is being wage on the human body by the pharmaceutical-medical complex and its prescribers. Reportedly, over 800.000 thousands people die every year in the US from medical errors or medications side effects. The perpetrators have become so bold that they now advertise and market their wares on television around the clock. The public has become dull by years of programming. It is so brainwashed that the drug industry can spell out that, this or that drug can causes liver damage, renal failure, dizziness, loss of coordination, cardiac arrest and even death and people are still willing to buy it and take it. Greed, corruption and profit, entangled with economic imperatives, are at the root of this devastating war.
A war with no end in sight, as we keep going on “search and destroy” missions, doing “batteries” of tests, “attacking” the sickness, “waging war” on diseases, “bombarding” tumors, “eradicating” bacteria, “wiping out” viruses and “silencing” symptoms.
The warmongers are at work and the casualties are mounting, as it is clear that this war cannot and will never be won. This approach to human health has failed and continues to fail.
The deep irony is that civilians, who are the main casualties of this war, are voluntarily financing the war! Donations are pouring in at groceries stores check out counters, hardware stores cash registers, at walk-a-thon, phone-a-thon, dance-a-thon, concerts, bake sales and other multitudes of diseases fund raising events.
Over the last 30 years much has been done by many anti-war activists in raising the public awareness to no avail. Marylyn Fergusson, Harris L. Coultier, Deepak Chopra,M.D. Jeremy Rifkin, Robert Mendelsohn,M.D. Gary Null, Joseph Mercola,M.D. are amongst countless others who, along with Doctors for responsible medicine, the chiropractic and naturopathic professions have been asking for an end to this war while also providing an alternate peace path.
Today, things have come to a head and it is time to say ‘no more’. No more “Vietnam” on the human body.
Today is a call for action, a call to arms. Not arms as weapons but arms as fingers to pound on the keyboard of the social media. Today is a call to all awakened and aware citizens to rise up and create a revolution that will unseat the pharmaceutical-medical cartel.
First, stop giving to disease, stop fueling the war and the very pharmaceutical-medical complex that is killing civilians by the hundredths thousands. Start giving to organizations, educational institutions, professions that have a positive, life enhancing, physiologically positive service to offer. Professions such as chiropractic, naturopathy, osteopathy, acupuncture, shamanism, massage therapy, body work, herbalist and life coaching.
Join the revolution and evolution of the “health care system”. Get on the social media channels and become an ‘anti-war-pro-peace’ life activist.
Sounds like a radical and fanatical statement, yet it is clear that we can no longer keep on the same course, if the wellbeing of humanity is our focus and priority.
The train we are on has not delivered the promised results. It has actually produced the opposite outcome. We have more diseases and sick people than ever before and there are more mass casualties than ever. Medically induced death is equivalent to six jumbo jets falling out of the sky every day.
And no one is in an uproar?
Preventative medicine does nothing to enhance human health. It just detects early pathologies so that an early treatment by drugs, surgery, radiation or chemo can be applied in the hope of a better prognosis or outcome. In many situations it detects “normal pathologies” at an early stage; pathologies that the body is entirely capable of reversing on its own. Yet, the patient is now injected with a dose of fear and medical interventions with their inherent risks of iatrogenic effects. Fear alone creates a negative physiology, biochemistry, immune response and outcome.
The law of energy placement has delivered. By placing our energy, resources, finances, research, professional and political power into sickness and disease we have manifested more of it. Today, the “health care system” is bankrupting western industrialized nations at a growing relentless pace. It is bankrupting individuals, families, small businesses and corporations. It has a devastating effect on society and humanity. Between 2000 and 2010 the US spend 16 trillions dollars on “health” care.
The revolution and evolution needed has become an inescapable reality. It is a must and part of evolution out of the darkness into the light.
It is clear that such upheaval, reform and reorganization will not come from the top down, the institutions in power or the corporations with vested interests. They will not stop the war from which they all profit greedily. It must come from a grassroots movement. Freedom is never given freely to the oppressed by the oppressor. The oppressed have to rage out of their condition to gain freedom.
It must start with you and each individual. It must start by creating a demand at the bottom for a new approach to life, human health and well-being. We are moving out of the age of darkness into the age of enlightenment. Every voice counts. Everyone can make a difference. As we all act and rebel against the pharmaceutical-medical cartel we are bound to hit the tipping point.

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MISSION: To restore integrity and quality to chiropractic education and practice.

VISION: Equal representation of all factions of the profession and freedom of curriculum within the basic core tenets of chiropractic with its unique paradigm and approach to health and life taught as and at the core of the curriculum.

PURPOSE: To serve humanity at the highest level possible with chiropractic as the largest drugless and non-surgical healing profession in the world.

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