Washing Our Hands of Faulty Perceptions

Posted November 28, 2014 by drlamar
Categories: germs, healthy living, infants

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hand washing[originally published in KCN, December 2014]

I stood at the clinical white sink and depressed the pedal with my right foot.  Hot water streamed from the spigot and hit my hands.  I began scrubbing.  Three minutes to be exact — all the way up to the elbows.  I was being watched.  This is the protocol here at the hospital where my newborn is currently receiving care.

As I settled into a comfortable washing rhythm I began thinking about how this very procedure — washing hands — was once scoffed and ridiculed.  And, yet, now it is completely accepted.  It’s common sense.  And in this case, required.  Dr. Semmelweis would have been proud. Read the rest of this post »

A Dimmer Switch Life

Posted April 25, 2014 by drlamar
Categories: exercise, healthy living, inspirational, maintenance care, whole body health

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Dimmer Switch[originally published in KCN, May 2014]

“Most people die at 60, but are buried at 90.”

I ran across this quote from late fitness expert Jack LaLanne. It resonated with me because it’s such a true statement. People are living longer lives, but in their latter decades, they’re not truly living. Instead, they fall into what I call a “dimmer switch life” — taking years to slowly fade into their graves. It shouldn’t be this way. It doesn’t have to be this way. Read the rest of this post »

Chiropractic Does Not Equal Health

Posted February 28, 2014 by drlamar
Categories: chiropractic 101, chiropractic philosophy, healthy living, Innate Intelligence

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Health image[originally published in KCN, March 2014]

Scribbled on my office white board with mathematical symbols was the equation: Chiropractic does not equal health. My patients were stunned. Surely this was a heretical chiropractic proclamation!

“How can you say that Dr. Lamar? Isn’t that the whole point of chiropractic?” went their puzzled queries.

“Nope,” was my response every time. Read the rest of this post »

Safety Pins and Chiropractors

Posted January 31, 2014 by drlamar
Categories: adjustment, chiropractic 101, chiropractic philosophy, health care reform, healthy living, Innate Intelligence, inspirational

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Safety_Pin[originally published in KCN, February 2014]

Safety pins. They’ve been around for more than 150 years and have seemingly endless uses, not the least of which is the reason we chiropractors like to use them.

Sounds odd, I agree. To be more accurate, most chiropractors of today don’t use them at all, which is a shame.

No, it’s not an old school style of adjusting — unless adjusting “between the ears” counts. Rather from as far back as 1927, chiropractors of yesteryear have used safety pins as a way of explaining what they did. Read the rest of this post »

Deliver Your Message to Garcia

Posted December 27, 2013 by drlamar
Categories: chiropractic history, chiropractic philosophy, inspirational

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Deliver Your Message to Garcia[originally published in KCN, January 2014]

“Deliver your message to Garcia” is hardly what you’d expect to read on a bathroom wall, but it is precisely what was scribed above the faculty toilet at the Palmer School of Chiropractic a century ago.  BJ Palmer, our profession’s developer, was known for making the walls of his learning institution “speak” — even if the wall happened to be in the bathroom.  No square inch was safe from his sign-like display of painted epigrams.  The school was covered with thousands of these short, pithy, thought-provoking sayings. They were designed to not only spark interest, but reflection, and over time, action.

While many were self-explanatory, like “Keep Smiling,” some were not. “Deliver your message to Garcia” may be nonsensical to us today, but it had great meaning and cultural popularity in the first part of the twentieth century. Read the rest of this post »

Harvey Brings Us a Fan

Posted December 13, 2013 by drlamar
Categories: podcast, Tales Behind the Mic

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SCR Fan low res[originally published in KCN, March 2013 and Spizz Magazine Vol 2 Iss 2 2013]

I have many a tale to tell from behind our Spinal Column Radio microphones.  In the past, I’ve told of groupies braving the rain to take in a show, and how we podcasted atop the nearly forgotten grave of Harvey Lillard — the once deaf janitor who holds a place in chiropractic history as its first patient.  But I’ve never shared how this legend in chiropractic was responsible for bringing us a fan. Read the rest of this post »

Wellness: Asking the Right Question

Posted November 29, 2013 by drlamar
Categories: health care reform, Innate Intelligence

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640px-Iceberg_with_hole_edit[originally published in KCN, May 2012]

Imagine for a moment that you are sitting on an iceberg.  Now imagine that you are oblivious to this fact.  As you sit there you begin to notice something:  Your body is shaking and your hands and feet are turning blue.  For good reason you become very concerned, “What’s wrong with me?” you ask.

As you pursue a diagnosis for your condition, you are evaluated and prescribed medications to improve your circulation and calm your jittery nerves.  The medications seem to work at first, but you soon find that you must continue taking them for ongoing relief of your disturbing ailment.

Sound silly?  Perhaps.  But I think many of us are unknowingly sitting on “icebergs.” Read the rest of this post »


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