Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ritalin Raiders, Concerta Colts, & Cocaine Cowboys?

Football season is upon us and I have been doing yearly pre-participation physicals again. Typical stuff. Checking blood pressure, listening to hearts and lungs, checking joints and kids on mind-altering drugs in the same class of drug as cocaine. This year approximately 15-20% of the kids I checked were on one of these drugs.

Methylphenidate (aka Ritalin, Concerta) is a potent central nervous system stimulant derived from amphetamine. The abuse potential is increased when methylphenidate is crushed and snorted or when it is injected producing effects almost identical to cocaine. Methylphenidate is actually more potent than cocaine in its effect and has been shown to have a high potential for drug dependence and addictive abuse due to its similarity pharmaologically to cocaine and amphetamines. A study found that those who had received stimulants during childhood showed the highest number of cocaine abusers in later adulthood, twice that of the other groups.

Given it's similarity to cocaine, it's no wonder that the drug has been linked to sudden cardiac arrest, especially when you consider that children are taking it everyday for many years. The video below gives more details of the recent study.

For more information on ADHD drug alternatives, visit

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Often times the best lessons in life come during times of intense struggle.

However, it is how we respond to that struggle that determines our future state of prosperity and abundance or continued downward spiral of depression and despair. The only way to stop that spiral is to focus on gratitude and realize that most likely we have found ourselves in that current state due to a lack of gratitude in our lives.

It can be hard to admit and takes courage and looking deep within but the rewards are plentiful. It's easy to blame our current circumstances on people and events outside of our control, but the reality is that we create our own circumstances. We create our struggles, and likewise, we create our triumphs.

So take a moment and reflect on your current state of affairs. Your family life. Your career or lack there of. Your finances. Your health. Now accept that you are 100% responsible for your current circumstances. Not the economy, not your parents, not your boss, not your spouse or children.

The final step is to focus on everything and everyone you are grateful for. Your family, friends, home, car, pets, fresh water, food, clothing, clean air, ...(enter your list here).

As soon as we can accept that we have created our reality, without blame and victimhood, and are truly grateful for all the blessings in our lives, we can start to attract those events and things into our life that we desire and absolutely deserve.

In Love & Gratitude,

Dr. T

Monday, July 6, 2009

Staking Your Claim to Abundant Health and Happiness

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Are you ready to claim your birthright? Are you really ready to start living a life of abundant health and happiness? Really? Are you convinced that this is indeed your right and not just something you have to work really hard at, that only a few lucky individuals ever achieve, or something that isn’t even humanly possible? This is the absolute truth of existence and you are not living your life in this manner only because you have accepted the illusion that these things are not possible or out of your reach.

I am here to tell you that not only are they within your reach but you already possess everything you need to make it a reality! You are genetically programmed for health. You are not born into this world to become sick and diseased. It is only because of your moving away from your natural state and nature that you have become less than abundantly healthy and vital. We have become so enamored with ourselves and our technological advances that we have somehow forgotten that we are animals. We are mammals and subject to the same physical laws of health and disease as every other species. We think it is okay to pollute our environment and our bodies with toxic chemicals. We think that we can genetically modify the foods we eat and alter the human genetic code. We have somehow accepted that injecting our children with chemicals such as formaldehyde, aluminum, thimerisol, and the genetic material of other species is a good idea. When it comes down to it, we have allowed our educated brains to trick us into thinking they are smarter than the innate intelligence that runs our bodies and knows more about our inner workings than we can ever hope to.

All this because we have turned our backs on nature and our intuition. Does any of that actually sound logical? But this is only the tip of the iceberg, the Pandora’s Box that if you choose to open, will forever change your perception of reality and create a shift in your paradigm.

And that is exactly what has to happen. Your current mindset has brought you to exactly where you are at this moment. Not your parents, not your spouse and not your boss or anyone else for that matter. Your reality is a mirror of your current thoughts and beliefs. Change your thoughts and you change your life. It’s as simple as that.

"Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd."

From the I Ching

Well…not quite that simple but it is absolutely where we need to begin. Decide today that you are going to be healthy and happy the rest of your life and proclaim it to yourself, your loved ones, and anyone else that will listen…or not. It does not matter if others believe you. It doesn’t even matter if they think you are crazy, kooky or just plain nuts. As long as you allow other people’s perceptions of what you say and do to run your life you will constantly be living according to their paradigms and produce their results. True brilliance occurs when we have the courage to live our lives according to our own values and in accordance with our individual purpose and passion. As you proclaim it and believe that it is yours it will begin to take shape in your life. And when you are no longer afraid to look foolish in the crowd you have mastered your life!

What about your emotional state? Are you happy? Do you wake up excited about the day or are you working for the weekend like so many of your neighbors? How have we become convinced that if we are feeling a little down all we need to do is change our brain chemistry with a little pill? Why has depression and anxiety become so common place? If this sounds familiar you don’t have to accept it any longer.

It is your absolute right to be happy. To achieve anything and everything in this lifetime and allow others to do the same as long as no one is harmed in the process. So why aren’t you? Because somebody at some point told you otherwise. Perhaps it was your mother or father, teacher or preacher. Some authority figure in your life that somehow convinced you that you do not already possess everything inside to pursue your life’s purpose and mission. Maybe you heard someone tell you that “Life isn’t fair.” Or that suffering was somehow virtuous. Whatever the case may be, you are only unhappy because you are not living in alignment with your soul. You are living a life that is not what you came into this world intending to do. When you come into perfect alignment with your purpose and passion you will find your happiness and need no person or possessions to make you happy.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Are You Awake?

What is happening to our country? How has it become okay for a seven year old to be drugged so heavily that he would hang himself in the shower?>

What would drive a mother to give her two year old a bottle with Prozac in it because her doctor told her it would help with his crying?! Of course he'll stop crying. He'll also stop living!

It's time to wake up people.

We need to tell doctors, legislators and everyone we know that this is NOT okay. These are not isolated events. There are currently 12 million children in this country on Ritalin and other ADHD drugs. These drugs are powerful methanphetamines in the same class of drug as cocaine.

100 million people worldwide are on psychotropic drugs. They are known to cause suicidal thoughts and of particular note, a high percentage of school shooters have been on these mind altering drugs.

I hope you are awake and listening. Now do something about it. Educate yourself and inform others.

We will be having a screening in July of the film "Making A Killing: The Untold Story Of Psychotropic Drugging." You can view the entire film on YouTube but can view the beginning below.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Perfect Health

Transformation occurs only when we can hold the thought and vision of what we truly desire. So many people want to lose weight, stop drinking, quit smoking, etc. However, the very thing they are repelling is continually attracted over and over again. Saying "No" to that extra serving is the same as saying "Yes." As long as the action has a perceived benefit, then taking it away will always be difficult and doing it will be a reward for good behavior. Instead we need to focus on what we do want. Only then can we attract the people, places and circumstances to allow us to make the transformation we are seeking.

To attract perfect health we must wish it to be so. You can eat the right foods and get enough rest and exercise but still have poor health unless the mind is on board. Our thoughts create our realities and set in motion a cascade of physiological reactions within our bodies. Negative emotions create a stress response that builds ourselves sick. Positive emotions and affirmations have the opposite effect. Start with your mind. Focus on what you want. And watch as you life transforms.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


Credit: Info compiled from Drs. Dale Andelkovic, Joseph Mercola and Tullius.

We have all recently been inundated by the media with fear of this latest killer virus. Egypt has ordered the slaughter of 300,000 pigs despite one case in that country, people have been told to halt all travel to Mexico, wear surgical masks in public, stay away from crowded areas and to get their flu shots! Haven't we heard this before? Remember SARS, the bird flu, and last year's seasonal flu. Remember the shortages of flu vaccines and anti-viral medications (Tamiflu) after all the hysteria?

This is NOT the First Swine Flu Panic
This this isn’t the first time the public has been warned about swine flu. The last time was in 1976. It resulted in the massive swine flu vaccine campaign. Do you happen to recall the result of this massive campaign? Within a few months, claims totaling $1.3 billion had been filed by victims who had suffered paralysis from the vaccine. The vaccine was also blamed for 25 deaths. However, several hundred people developed crippling Guillain-BarrĂ© Syndrome after they were injected with the swine flu vaccine. Even healthy 20-year-olds ended up as paraplegics. And the swine flu pandemic itself? It never materialized.

So what is the swine flu?
Regular swine flu is a contagious respiratory disease, caused by a type-A influenza virus that affects pigs. The current strain, A(H1N1), is a new variation of an H1N1 virus -- which causes seasonal flu outbreaks in humans -- that also contains genetic material of bird and pig versions of the flu.

Are the symptoms of swine flu different than the regular flu?
As far as we currently know, the symptoms are the same including fever, sore throat, body aches, cough and headache.

So is the Swine Flu Getting More or Less Dangerous?
On Sunday, April 26, The Independent reported that more than 1,000 people had contracted the swine flu virus in Mexico, but by the afternoon that same day, Mexican President Calderon declared that more than two-thirds of the 1,300 thought to have contracted the disease had been given a clean bill of health and sent home. Additionally, the number of actual confirmed cases appears to be far lower than reported in many media outlets. Interestingly Mexico is the ONLY country in the world where someone has actually died from this disease. Mexico has reported 159 fatalities in flu-like cases in recent days, seven of which have been confirmed as swine flu. Another 19 patients have been confirmed as having swine flu but surviving. However, some insiders at WHO believe these numbers are seriously inflated and could be as low as single digits.
By contrast, the United States has had 91 confirmed cases, five hospitalizations and no deaths from US Citizens. On April 29th CNN reported the first swine fatality in the US, however this was actually a child from Mexico that died in Texas. According to the World Health Organization's Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response site; as of April 27, there are:

91 laboratory confirmed cases in U.S. -- 0 deaths (reported by CDC as of April 30)
26 confirmed cases in Mexico -- 7 deaths
6 confirmed cases in Canada -- 0 deaths
1 confirmed case in Spain -- 0 deaths
Additionally, nearly all suspected new cases have been reported as mild.

How deadly is the seasonal flu?
If you go to the CDC website’s main flu page you will find they claim the flu is responsible for 36,000 deaths per year. However, if you go to CDC’s more comprehensive National Vital Statistics Report you will find that only 257 people died of the flu in 2001 and 753 in 2002. A search of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a cooperative program of the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collecting information about adverse events that occur after the administration of U.S.-licensed vaccines, reveals 395 deaths between 1990 and August of this year following administration of the flu vaccine. Forty-four of those deaths were in children 4 years old and younger.

VAERS is a passive surveillance system and depends on voluntary reporting of serious health problems following vaccination, even though safety provisions in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 mandate that health care providers report vaccine adverse events. There have been estimates that fewer than 10 percent, even as low as 1 to 4%, of adverse events which occur after prescription drug or vaccine use are ever reported to government adverse event reporting systems. According to the CDC 2004 National Vital Statistics Report, there were 18 deaths from the flu in children age 0-4 years. If those studies are indeed correct then the actual number of deaths in children age 0-4 years following flu vaccine administration could be as high as 25 per year and 223 vaccine associated deaths per year in all age groups.

Should we all get flu shots just in case?
If the info above wasn't enough reason to avoid the flu vaccine, influenza virus strains mutate, necessitating a new vaccine each year. Every year, the World Health Organization predicts which strains of the virus are most likely to be circulating the following year so vaccine manufacturers can produce vaccines for administration that fall. In the 1994-1995 flu season, the CDC reported that 43% of isolated influenza samples for the predominant virus were not similar to that in the vaccine. Likewise, for another virus 87% of samples were not similar to that in the vaccine. For yet another, 76% of isolated samples were not similar to that in the vaccine. During the 1992-1993 flu season 84% of the isolated influenza samples for the predominant virus were not similar to that in the vaccine. Hugh Fudenberg MD, an immunogeneticist, has also found that a person that has 5 consecutive flu shots, is 10 times more likely to get Alzheimer's.

With all this information showing minimal effectiveness and definite risks, why does the CDC recommend we all get our flu shots? According to Glen Nowak, Ph.D., associate director for Communications of the CDC’s National Immunization Program, the best “recipe” for a successful influenza season is for “medical experts and public health authorities to publicly (e.g., via media) state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes)–and urge influenza vaccination.” This should produce “significant media interest and attention” and “framing of the flu season in terms that motivate behavior (e.g., as ‘very severe,’ ‘more severe than last or past years,’ ‘deadly’).” Prime example of the type of fear-mongering, use of the media and manipulation of the general public that is occurring with the Swine Flu scare.

What if there's a pandemic like in 1918?
In 1918, the flu pandemic killed between 25-40 million people! Improvements in running water, refrigeration, nutrition and hygiene since then have kept many contagious diseases from being as deadly. In 1979, Walter Rhodes wrote about some interesting statistics regarding the pandemic. Medical doctors in 1918 in Davenport, IA treated 93,590 patients with the flu in which there were 6,116 deaths, about 1 in 15. At the same time, chiropractors in the Palmer College of Chiropractic adjusted 1,635 people with the flu and had only one fatality! Outside of Davenport, Iowa chiropractors adjusted 4,735 flu cases with only 6 deaths (1 out of 866 cases). A 1919 report from Palmer college reported that in medical care: 1 of 17 died. Osteopathic care: 1of 36 died. Chiropractic care: 1 out of 886!

Why Chiropractic?
While chiropractic certainly is not a treatment for the flu or any other condition or symptom, adjustments help the body function at its best. Chiropractic focuses on clearing the body of subluxations (nerve interference) that can compromise the body’s ability to easily heal itself. While the nervous system controls everything in the body, more and more research is showing the nervous systems' profound effect on the immune system. Medical research has also shown higher CD4 and thiol levels (immune markers) in patients that undergo regular chiropractic adjustments versus those that do not.

What else should I do to avoid the flu?
While the medical model focuses on avoiding exposure, prevention through vaccination and treatment through antiviral meds, the most effective approach is improving your immune system. Here are some tips to keep your immune system working optimally.
  • Get chiropractic adjustments.
  • Get at least a half hour of daily exercise, its essential for a strong immune system.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially raw.
  • Limit sugar and processed foods.
  • Get some sun! Vitamin D deficiency can lower your immune system.
  • Stay hydrated! A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Don’t let the fear and hysteria get to you. Negative thoughts and fear will make you sick.

Your health is a choice and only you can take responsibility for it! Make the decision to live a healthy, vibrant life today!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What is Your Health “Assurance” Plan?

No, I’m not talking about the name of the company on your insurance card. I’m talking about the plan you have laid out to improve or at very least maintain your current level of health. I’m talking about a detailed health plan documenting specific goals and planned action steps for their accomplishment. You don’t have one? Well, have you ever heard the saying, “Those who don’t plan, plan to fail.”

No one plans on having a heart attack, becoming obese or facing cancer. Yet our actions often lead us directly down those paths. If we don’t have a plan of action to take us from our current state to where we want to be, we will be forced to deal with unwanted health challenges down the road.

Besides family, my health and wellness are my top priority. It’s easy for me because it is my life’s purpose to help others achieve their health goals and maximize their health potentials. For most of us though, our passions and careers have taken us down different paths. However, most people still find time to plan for retirement, to plan their yearly vacations, to plan for their children’s college funds, yet do not take the time to set up their own Health Plan.

I’ve created a simple form to help you create that plan. You can access it by going to The first thing you need to do is decide how long you want to live. 80, 100, 120 years? How active do you want to be? Would you like to be golfing at 85 years old? Travel across the world at 98? From there you need to determine specific action steps necessary to achieve those goals.

Once you complete that you’ve completed the most important step: having a plan. Now comes the easy part…following you plans! Good luck and have fun!

Yours in Health,

Dr. T

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