Happy Friday, my fellow health seeker.
These newsletters are different, very DIFFERENT. Here's how I would like you to use them. Please make a folder in your email and save these emails in that folder. Technically these aren't your typical "newsletters" they're like a small gem, a diamond in the rough, foghorn in the mist, you get it, they have SUBSTANCE and a whole lotta soul.
Some topics will directly impact and touch you, others will not.
But, but, BUT... here is what is going to happen. I will write a newsletter on migraines (headaches), let's say you've never experienced one. Now I don't expect you to read the whole newsletter but if you save it in your file and a month later a friend or coworker says "ahh, this migraine is killing me" you can say "hold on one moment I have a "resource" for you".
You may just change someone's life! And what's the point of walking around on this earth if we're not looking out for our fellow humans.
This week I have a very interesting story that happened with a patient in our office.
A few years ago, I had a lady come in as a new patient. She was in her late 50's, well-dressed and cultured. The exam went well, we conversed, she explained how she was referred to me and I proceeded to evaluate her. Nothing out of the ordinary. We scheduled her for a follow up appointment and ROF (report of findings).
After going over her findings and discussing her x-rays we discussed the true Chiropractic philosophy. The true Chiropractic philosophy is considered both art and science. I explained the (science) of Chiropractic was finding spinal misalignments (subluxation) that interfere with the body's innate ability to heal. The (art) is understanding the components needed to keep the body well.
I will NEVER forget what she said to me.
She said, "I spent 12 years in Japan and in Japan the healthcare philosophy is, you pay your doctor to keep you healthy, you want to learn their knowledge before you're sick". Then she said, "In the US people don't pay their doctors until they are already sick".
She finished by saying "of all the doctors I've ever seen in the US, you're philosophy is the closest to the doctors in Japan. They have great knowledge of healing, wellness, neurology, biomechanics, nutrition, supplements and human structure. Plus you have a real interest in your patients."
Her words will always stick with me. She is right, that is who I am. I teach people everything I know and everything new I learn that could drastically improve your life. The hard part is in the US many people don't listen (we're conditioned to wait until we're sick or hurting) or far worse, don't care (don't value their health).
Just because we live in the US doesn't mean you have to buy into the current healthcare philosophy. You can be very proactive with your health and adopt a more Japanese style philosophy to your health.
For the patients that have been with me for a long time, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I cherish your trust, and love being a part of your healthcare team.
For the new(er) patients, I look forward to gaining your trust and building a relationship centered around health and wellness.
If you missed last week's newsletter, (a lot of people loved that one) you can find it here. Click here.
P.S. Check the list below, Japan ranks in the top 5 every year.
P.S.S. Say it Ain't So! The US ranks 69th on this list.
Dr. MJ Wegmann,