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My kids speaks this strange alien language that I don't understand

As someone who was raised in America, I've always been amazed at how easy it is to travel to a completely different country within a couple hours from London.

Plane or train.

Doesn't matter.

It's very cool.

A two-hour train ride in America, and you're still in the same State (most of the time). 

I can't believe more Londoners don't take advantage of living so close to Paris!

It's so great to be able to hop on a fast train, and then BAM, you're in frogland.

Oui! Oui!

C'est magnifique!

Anyway, on the very crowded train, I met this very sweet young mother with her toddler daughter.

I couldn't help but offer my assistance because there was a jumble of seats with a big family of overgrown loud teenagers, and I could tell that this mother just wanted a comfortable seat with her little girl.

So I managed to talk the other people into rearranging their seating plan, and the young mother was able to sit next with us in the quattro seating (with the table in the middle).

Much better outcome.

She was very grateful.

It was simple to do. 

Little effort.

Big payout.

Stressless journey with children.

(Is that really possible?)

We had a lovely ride into Paris.

My kids played with the little girl, and everyone was happy.

I was probably the happiest because my eldest kept on talking in the strangest accent. I think she picked it up on YouTube. She contorts her face and has this annoying rhythm, tone, and intonation. 

Very strange.

So I basically ignored her. I had to. Instead, I focused on having a nice conversation with the young mother sitting next to me.

She asked me if I work and what I do.

Sure enough she became very interested when I told her that my special interest is with babies' and children's spinal health.

Most people have no clue what chiropractic paediatrics is.

"What does it mean for a child to go have a chiropractic check-up?"

I explained to her how important it is for all newborns to have their spines check shortly after birth.

Doesn't a paediatrician check the baby's heart, breathing, ears, genitals, etc?

How about one of the most important organs in the body?

The brain and the spine - the central nervous system?

This mother was totally fascinated.

"Yes, that makes sense!"

She even explained to me that her baby was born with forceps because she was twisted in a strange position stuck in the birth canal.

(Do you know how often I hear mothers say this?)

Listen, I love what I do. And if I can speak to one mother a day to show them how important it is to have her child's spine checked, then I feel that I've helped make a positive change in that child's (and mother's) life.

Because a healthy child is what we all want.

Healthy children lead to a happier world for the future.

Do you get it?

Good.

Now, I'm off to go eat some delicious French food.

Au revoir et a bientot!

See you next week for your adjustment!

(Don't forget to book in your £25 massage! Only ten days left at this price.)

— Dr MaryAnne

Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken

Last weekend I was at a seminar.

It was all about learning how to effectively present chiropractic.

Public speaking.

Jerry Seinfeld said that he heard about a study that said that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person.

Number Two was death.

Which means that for the average person if you have to be at a funeral, you'd rather be in the casket than the one delivering the eulogy.

HA! I love how Jerry Seinfeld thinks.

(Did you know that he has regular chiropractic care?)

Anyway, this specific seminar was one that I've wanted to attend for a while. 

It's THAT GOOD.

One of my biggest challenges in what I do is HOW do I tell people about chiropractic without either scaring people, or make them think I'm a nutter?

It's something I've been facing since I knew I wanted to be a chiropractor.

For me, what feels like nearly all my life, chiropractic has been who I am, an intricate part of my identity, and a core passion of mine.

So, objectively, it's always been hazy to be able to share why and how chiropractic is so beneficial and essential to supporting and enhancing health.

Now, after attending and participating in this seminar, I've been shown some great tools and skills to work on in order to present what I want people to hear.

Because one of my missions is to help transform the lives of people through better health.

It starts somewhere, and once I start, then it's one step at a time.

At one point in the seminar, the speaker showed us a clip from "The Fight Club". 

If you Google The Fight Club, there are so many discussions about its philosophy of life, from every corner of the mind.

(So many theories out there!)

Personally for me, the message from it gives me more clarity on what my purpose is.

What my mission is.

And why I do what I do.

There are many great (and kooky) quotes from that movie, and the speaker at the seminar presented that Fight Club scene at the perfect time.

It wrapped the whole point of the seminar all together.

Stay on your path. Don't lose your purpose. 

The way I see it, life is like walking on a tight rope with metal balls being swung at you to push you off.

And some of the balls are actually these small petty little ones.

Guess what?

Most of us let those little measly balls throw us off our path.

They are called EXCUSES.

And the big heavy metal balls are just big excuses.

Big excuses are our STORIES that we cling onto for life.

But we allow those excuses and stories to keep us off our game, out of control, and unfocused. 

The Tight Rope called Life.

Well, I've honed my tight rope skills, and by no means am I perfect balancer, or that I'm able to never slip off.

The difference is that I get right back on it.

Focused, determined, passionate.

So, recognise your excuses and stories.

You can let yourself fall off that rope. 

No big whoop.

But then quit your bitchin', stop feeling sorry for yourself, and get back on it!

Chiropractic adjustments might help you achieve that too!

See you soon!


With passion - Dr MaryAnne

If only I could get my hands on you

Yesterday I sent an email with a video of me adjusting a child.

I've started to become good friends with his mother and what warms my heart is that I know that as long as they are in my life, that kid (and his siblings) will probably get regular adjustments for the rest of his life.

What breaks my heart is when I hear about children who are suffering from health issues, some common and some more complicated, and if I could only get my hands on them to check and adjust their spines, their health would probably improve.

This morning a woman I've known for a while was telling me about her 8-year-old son who had to go to the A&E for some complications with his brain.

(I won't get into the gory details here.)

I was surprised and also very curious about what happened.

She explained it to me blow by blow.

So, my doctor-thinking-cap went on and I started to ask her everything, starting from birth.

She told me that the birth was difficult, especially at the end, and pushing took a while.

Then she noticed that when he was 7-months, there were already problems with his muscle development.

She asked the GP if it was normal.

They said yes.

Then at age 2, she noticed that he didn't speak very much.

The GP told her it was normal for bilingual families to have children who have speech delay.

But she knew something wasn't quite right.

He also started walking later than most children.

She also noticed that he was clumsy.

Then at age 4 he developed a squint.

More and more, she noticed something subtle, but the GPs always told her it was nothing to worry about.

"He'll grow out of it."

But her mummy instincts always sounded the alarms.

What's a mother to do?

I didn't say this to her, but I wish I had seen this boy at birth! Or even at age 7-months when he was a baby showing signs of interference in the nervous system.

And now, this boy at 8-years-old, the mother was proven right. 

The neurosurgeons had to do a relatively minor procedure in his brain.

Finally, the neurosurgeons, with the clear tests showing he had an issue, took action to correct the problem.

Thank god they found the problem in time.

But, was this avoidable?

If I did have the chance to adjust this child since birth (like I believe all children should), would he still have developed this problem?

I can't answer that because we will never know.

But I bet that regular adjustments would probably have helped in some way.

Luckily, he's still young at 8.

Now that I've told his mother about chiropractic and what it can do to help his nervous system and spine to clear up any interferences in his system, we can see how the regular adjustments makes a positive improvement.

He's still going to the neurologist and the paediatrician for tests regularly.

Yes, that's important.

But I have a strong feeling that this boy will heal much better and faster if his spine and nervous system are in optimal condition from the regular adjustments.

This is such a passion of mine.

I wish I could somehow tell everyone about this.

But I can't just shove it down people's throats.

That would probably scare off a lot of people.

They'd think I'm a crazy person.

I need your help.

Tell people about chiropractic.

Share your story with people.

Tell them about your child getting chiropractic care.

I'm convinced that it's the good that will make a positive difference in this world.

Thank you!

Have a good night!

See you at your next adjustment (don't wait until you're in pain!).

— Dr MaryAnne