Our habits either create our health and longevity or destroy it. Your habits will determine how long and how well you live so you ought to pay attention to what habits you have formed, good and bad.

The thing about habits is that we don’t really pay them much attention once they are formed. We “set it and forget it” until our habits slowly create a crisis with our health or our life, whether it’s smoking, drinking, eating sugar, drugs, sex, your phone, caffeine, gambling. Netflix, and the list goes on and on.

I see patients every day that are in big trouble because of the habits they have created.

The good thing is that we can change our habits and change our health along with it. You just have to insert a good habit where the bad habit used to live.

I believe changing your health and your habits requires 3 things.

  1. Great attitude
  2. Great Game Plan
  3. Great Coach

I love what I do as a Chiropractor because I get to help change people’s habits and improve their lives.

God designed each one of us to go out into the world and serve for a greater good. When we shine bright because we are healthy, we can go out and share our light.


                                                                                                                                                Dr. Dane Donohue

How Does The Body Know How To Heal Itself – How’s Your Atlas?


                                Dr. Steve Judson/From his book Wake Up Humans


The first thing to develop in our bodies is the brain stem. If you put your finger right up under your ear and push your thumb you will feel a hard space.  That is your atlas, the first bone of your neck and that’s where your brain stem sits.  Your brain stem connects your spinal cord to your brain.  From there comes branches of nerves like a subway system that goes to your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, eyebrows, fingers, toes.  How did this body know how to build this thing?  5 toes not 6 on each foot, 2 kidneys not 3.  That intelligence that made you is still inside you and working.  We have to trust this system. 

The atlas is a ring and between it is your brain stem which effects every function of your body.  Your head sits on top of it that’s why it is called atlas.  It moves three dimensionally.  It does not lock so it has free space.  Your cerebrospinal fluid pumps through it to nourish your brain.  If that space is clear, free flowing and free of blockage, then life is better because communication is better.  Your body is doing what it is designed to do.  Obviously the question then is if that atlas is not where it is supposed to be and it is creating a blockage of nerve flow, cerebrospinal flow, LIFE flow what is happening to your body?  If the brainstem is responsible for every glandular function of your body and the intelligence of  communication that is making you adapt and function on a physical, chemical and emotional level and if that system is not connected properly what is the expression of that organism?  When you hear how’s your atlas?  It means is that atlas clear?  That’s what we check with the thermal scan in the office. 

Research has found that in the upper cervical area where the atlas is there is this thing called mental impulse, the greatest intelligence within the nervous system that makes it function. 

Imagine this . . . one day you are at the supermarket and the checkout person is just not looking good, maybe pale and sad.  And when you say how are you doing?  She says, not good, just not a good day.  And you ask HOW IS YOUR ATLAS?  And you explain the importance of the atlas and you recommend that person to a holistic principled chiropractor, like me. 

I have seen it in my office.  Life restored to people that were told they will have to live with this or that or that there is nothing that can done.  Or worse, you need all these drugs to function.  We just correct that first bone.  Whether it is a newborn child having seizures or a 90 year old individual that is constipated or having memory loss.  Flow and connection is being put back into play.  When we connect people like this, we are saving lives.  AND more people need to understand this. 

The body is an amazing thing.  It is so intellectually put together, at, such a high level; we don’t even know everything it does.  If you are clear, how much more could you achieve?  People who are clear can work out more, eat better, sleep better, make love better, they smile more, they are happier!  

More Secret Fighting foods from TIME Magazine special edition


     DILL – This anti-inflammatory herb has been used for years for gastrointestinal issues and menstrual problems.  Dill contains Vitamins A, C, and manganese. 


     EGGPLANT– Not only is this vegetable cancer-fighting but it contains nutrients that reduce blood pressure and help ward off hardening of the arteries.  Leaving the skin off is best because it is full of antioxidants.  Try cubing it and roasting it or use it in stir-fires.  Eggplant has fiber, potassium and manganese (VERY IMPORTANT FOR BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM).


     FENNEL – Did you know that fennel is the cousin of the carrot?  Tons of fiber – 1 bulb 7 grams of fiber.  More fiber means healthy cholesterol levels.  Fennel also contains potassium which helps regulate blood pressure and selenium which lowers rates of prostate, bladder, gastric and other cancers.  If you love licorice, you can snack on this raw.  Cooked you can roast with potatoes.


     GRAPES – Grapes prevent heart disease and neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s.  It may one day even treat cancer!  Great source of fiber for a healthy gut and one cup is a great source of Vitamin K for healthy bones and blood clotting.  They are so versatile that you can freeze them to eat like Popsicles or roast them with sea salt to add on top of chicken or fish.



Pinched nerve

This is an enlarged cross-section picture of the spinal cord demonstrating what occurs when discs bulge or herniate due to spinal misalignments.  Exiting from the spinal cord on both sides are the spinal nerve roots.  When the nerve roots become compressed, they have difficulty transmitting nerve signals or LIFE FLOW to and from the brain to all the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. 

Studies have shown that the pressure of a dime is enough to produce a significant block in nerve transmission.  Place a dime in your hand . . . feel its weight?  Our nerves are delicate fibers that with a slight amount of pressure placed on them can lose up to 60% of their functional ability.

If the weight of a dime is so minute, what happens to your nerves when your spine is out of alignment?  Who do you know who needs their spine checked?

Live in the moment

Right now is the only time we ever really have, and most of us take so much of it for granted.

It’s easy to lose yourself in tomorrow’s responsibilities or in yesterday’s mistakes, but when we do we lose the bridge that connect us to life—this moment happening right now.

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can always take a second, feel the air entering and exiting your body after a long breath, and just try to be there without any need to do something.

We can’t reasonably live our entire lives like this, but to keep this in mind and use this simple exercise can help you clear the noise in your head and gain some clarity on what’s important and what you should be spending your time on.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, I promise you’ll feel a bit better


                                                                                                                               Rich Guaman