Health IS an Individual Responsibility That Affects Everyone


A favorite excerpt of mine written by Samuel Johnson reads as follows: ” Health is, indeed, so necessary to all the duties as well as pleasures of life, that the crime of squandering it is equal to the folly; and he that for a short gratification brings weakness and diseases upon himself, and for the pleasure of a few years passed in the tumults of diversion and clamors o merriment, condemns the maturer and more experienced part of his life to the chamber and the couch, may be justly reproached, not only as a spendthrift of his happiness, but as a robber of the public; as a wretch that has voluntarily disqualified himself for the business of his station, and refused that part which Providence assigns him in the general task of human nature.”


Dr. BJ Palmer talked about the little things that happen in a persons life that lead to BIG things. Someone slipping on ice may be a little thing to most. Lets call him Phil. That slip may lead to pain for Phil. That pain may keep Phil from attending work which may be a little thing to most. But now, Phil’s job didn’t get done. That may not mean much at first. But now things don’t get done and chaos among co-workers at the business begins to affect customers. You can see how this affects many as things evolve. Now, if John the janitor would have stepped over and sprinkled some salt on the sidewalk, would things have changed? Some might see that as a little thing. But that action stopped the transition of a line of occurrences that affected many. That’s kind of a BIG thing. But he didn’t because he took the flu shot because eating healthy, exercising and a healthy lifestyle are just too difficult. As a result John got sick and missed work himself.

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The authors statements really hit me. This is just as current as when it was penned many years ago. When we knowingly or un-knowingly introduce our body to a life that ignores the basic needs and requirements of health, we not only affect ourselves individually, but also the people around us. We often live our lives as if we will have plenty of time to correct the faults leading to illness. We perceive that we will have time to correct it, when we see it coming. This saddly is not the case for most. You see, we usually don’t see the effects of deteriorating health until it is right on top of us. And there you will be, fighting to regain. Heatlh is not simply present or absent. It is a “spectrum” of graduating movement from one end being great to the other of disease and yes even death. Health is in a constant fluctuation while we are alive. Some are merely living. Some are truly thriving. Most are shifting in between.

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We can’t account for everthing that goes wrong. But what would the world be like if we were all truly living responsibly for our health as if the community depended on it? Have you ever thought about it that way? What really rings true for me in this thought process is how it affects those around us. Not just family, but society in general is affected. No matter how menial or perhaps unimportant that you think your life and work are, you affect hundreds to thousands of those around us. Those people then affect even more. So when you fall sick or ill, people do suffer. If we all began to focus on creating health instead of trying to regain it, we would see communities change. I am sure of it. Yes, I understand that you would never have full compliance or probably even close to it. Still, we would see a change. Let’s get started today to commit to taking strategic, calculated, purposeful steps toward creating health. I have a Five step plan that many have followed and they have experienced the difference. Let’s be more of an Affect than an Effect. More to follow…

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Manipulation Under Anesthesia – When it’s right for you

Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) is a technique for helping patients originally pioneered by osteopathic physicians late in the 1930’s. For the last 25 years Chiropractic Physicians have been teaming up with Medical Doctors while developing and utilizing this procedure for the overwhelming majority of these procedures conducted.

According to studies, the procedure boasts a very enthusiastic high success rate. For example, MUA has an 83% success rate of good to excellent results as compared to 51% of surgical patients (Robert Menser, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon). Follow up 3 years later demonstrates a 51% of patients still reporting good to excellent results (Donald Chrisman, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon). Larger trial studies demonstrated out of 723 patients, which 71% had good results, 25% fair results and only 4% still required surgery (D. Siehl, DO).  Another large study of 517 patients with disc herniation treated with spinal manipulative therapy reported 78.6% of the cases responded well and avoided surgery.  Similar statistical results were found in a study done by Krumhansl and Nowacek on 171 patients post MUA: 25% had no pain, 50% were much improved, 20% were better, 5% had no relief.  Also, West et al. reported177 patients post-MUA: 68.6% able to return to work, 58.4% required no more medication, 60.1% had lumbar pain resolved.


Manipulation of the spine and extremity joints under anesthesia is recommended for patients suffering from acute but mostly chronic musculoskeletal problems.  The patient’s typically have been unresponsive to previous conservative therapy. Patients with spinal disc disease, chronic sprain and strain problems, myofascial pain syndromes and muscular spasm resulting in restricted range of motion often benefit from this procedure.  These types of patients generally received improvement with conservative manual therapy but the relief is often only temporary. This more advanced manipulation therapy frequently results in significant long-term improvement.

The following conditions are often treated with MUA:

  • Bulging, protruded, extruded, or herniated discs without free fragment
  • Frozen or fixated spinal or extremity joints
  • Failed low back surgery patients
  • Nerve compression syndromes related to adhesion formation
  • Restricted range of motion with associated pain and dysfunction
  • Unresponsive musculoskeletal pain which interferes with daily life and sleep patterns that is appropriate for treatment by manipulation
  • Unresponsive muscle contraction
  • Chronic post-traumatic or whiplash syndrome
  • Chronic neuro-musculoskeletal pain requiring ongoing periodic treatment


Manipulation Under Anesthesia

Dr. Elkins recently updated his certification to perform Manipulation Under Anesthesia or MUA. He initially became certified in 2000. MUA is a surgical procedure that is non-invasive and conducted when other conservative procedures have failed to either reduce the patients pain or returned them to the appropriate or expected functional levels at home or work.
There is a very selective procedure in terms of what types of patients are accepted into the treatment program. It is an often misunderstood procedure. However, the success rate based on scientific studies is quite impressive. Over 70% of patients report good to excellent results. Longer studies have found that patients are still pain three years following the procedure.
MUA is performed under the direct supervision of an Anesthesiologist. It does involve anesthesia that allows the patient to completely relax and is very safe. The procedure involves stretching muscles and scar tissue along with light impulse adjustments to the treatment area when necessary. As the Lead MUA Surgeon, you have the opportunity to produce results in as little as 1- 5 visits that otherwise would have taken months to years or possibly not resolved at all. A whopping 5% of patients went on to have surgery in the study following MUA procedures. That is a huge success. The greatest part remains that those patients undergoing the procedure generally report both high satisfaction and a return to normal functions in life.

Lazarus Chiropractic, Inc.