Archive for May, 2011

Tend To Your Garden

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Long ago a man was walking along and found a pile of rocks.

He became inspired…he labored long and hard and took the pile of rocks and the fertile ground surounding the rocks and built a beautiful garden.

One day a stranger walked by and noticed the garden and said “Wow, what a beautiful garden you and God have built!”

The gardner replied…”You are correct, it is a beautiful garden, but you should have seen it when God had it all to himself!”

The moral of the story….just as there was potential in the pile of rocks…there is potential all around us.  Potential in our health, in our relationships, in our finances…in all areas of our lives.

All we have to do is become the “gardner” of our lives.  Put in the effort, learn what needs to be learned…do what needs to be done…and we can create a life to be proud of.

Have a great day.

Dr. Price


It’s Not The Wind, It Is The Set Of The Sails

Hello Everyone,

Yes, it is true, I am a very boring person.  I rarely listen to music when I am in the car, and the books I read are rarely fiction.

I spend most of my time listening to seminar on health and personal developement.

I was thinking about this today and a quote came to mind from one of my favorite mentors, the late Jim Rohn.

Mr. Rohn always said “It is not the wind that determines where we end up, it is the set of the sails.”  He would then go on to say “the same wind blows on us all, the winds of opportunity, the winds of dispair, the winds of happiness, the winds of hardship…”

In other words, we all have challenges.  We all have health issues that we face.  We all have time constraints, money limitations, personal issues and hardships.  All of us.  We all put our pants on one leg at a time :).

So what is it that determines our different arrival points in our lives?

Well I believe that it comes down to three basic steps:

1.  Know where you want to go!  Set a goal and know specifically where you are trying to get to.  If you don’t have a desire or a destination in mind, you will end up where other people want you to go.

2.  Be curious, always set out to learn. If you dont know how to get where you want to go, make up your mind to learn how to do it.

3.  Take daily action towards your goal.  Your daily actions and habits have brought you to where you are today.  If you want to arrive in a different place tomorrow, you have got to take different actions….now….today.

Have a great day!

Dr. Price

(Dr. Price is a Chiropractor serving the Fort Walton Beach Community.  Dr. Price has had much success in treating patients suffering from Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Whiplash (or other injuries suffered in a car accident).  Utilizing his nonsurgical spinal decompression technologies, Dr. Price has helped many patients find long term relief from chronic pain conditions such as sciatica, spinal degeneration, herniated discs, buldging discs, and arthritis.  You can find Dr. Price in Fort Walton Beach by visiting or call his office at 850-862-2224.)

How Adjustments Control Your Health

Happy Wednesday!

So if you haven’t been keeping up with the articles, over the last two weeks we have talked about the simple daily actions that you can take in order to make “health deposits”.  In otherwords, simple actions to enhance your health each day and ad life to your days, as opposed to “health withdrawels” which rob us of our health and vitality, and ultimately our purpose in life!

So I have saved the best for last.  We have talked about nutrition, exercise, rest, and positive mental attitude.  But we have yet to talk about the master control system behind all of it….and what you can do to have a profound effect on that control system.

First, I want to remind everyone that we still have some Mother’s Day Massage gift certificates.  Swing by the office tomorrow and pick one up….only $49 for a full 50 minute massage.

Ok, so what is the master control system?  Your brain and spinal cord…also known as your Central Nervous system.

Why is it so important that it function correctly?  Because your brain “controls and coordinates the function of every cell in the human body”

For example, if your nervous system is not functioning properly, then the following could happen:

– even if you exercise, your muscles may not repair properly, your strength cant improve properly, and you could end up injured

– even if you eat a perfect diet- if your digestive tract is not funtioning properly, you will not get the full nutritional value.

– even if you get 8 hours of sleep per night- your body cant repair if the brain cant direct the healing processes properly
– even if you fill yourself with positive life affirming information for a positive mental attitude- if your nervous system is not functioning properly you may still end up depressed or stressed out.

All 5 components feed on each other.  Any weakness in any of the 5 areas will effect the other 4.  And the nervous system has controll and direct effect over all of the systems in your body.

How do you maintain your nervous system.  By getting checked at least once per month, ideally once per week.  Even if you are not doing it in our office, get checked.  Make you “health deposits” on a weekly or at least a monthly basis.  Even if you are feeling good…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Have a great day!

Dr. Price

Positive Mental Attitude

Hello Everyone,

So far we have been talking about the best ways to make the most out of your life.  Our body is our vehicle for everything that we want to accomplish in life, and if our body isn’t functioning, it doesn’t matter how much money we have or how many cars we have or even how many passionate hobbies we have, when our body is shutting down, or hurting us, it permeates every part of our lives.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so daily it is best to follow a regimen that puts “deposits” into our health account, not withdrawels.

So far we have talked about several methods of making “health deposits” on a daily basis.  We have talked about getting enough good quality sleep, getting adequate quality exercise, and good nutritional rules to follow.  Today lets talk about little daily habits that can help us with maintaining a positive mental attitude.

I have talked a lot about previous articles on living in Gratitude.  Very important and critical to your health.  Master gratitude and you life will rock!

But how about staying positive in general?  How do we maintain hope for the future when everything that we hear is how bad the world is, how bad the economy is, and all of the turmoil all over the world.  How can we be positive in all of the negativity?

Simple, turn off the news!  Take a news fast.  News stations do not give good news….why, because fear drives all of us. If we are constantly scared then we will be controllable…and that is how the news works.  That is how newspapers are sold.  it is in all of us, we are attracted to bad news.

There is a saying that says “Garbage in = Garbage out”

This is never more true than with regards to your mental attitude.  If you fill your life with bad news, movies with horrible messages, then this is what you will tend to experience (at least in your mind).  Not only will you be living in fear, but you will be missing all of the blessings in your life, right there around you!

Ok, so try it for one week.  No news.  No negative blogs on the internet.  No clicking on negative articles.  Nothing.

Next, get out a book or a movie or music that inspires you.  Read it, watch it, or listen to it everyday for the same week that you are on the news fast.

See how you feel.  My bet is you will be happier and feel lighter. I know I always do!

Have a great day….and don’t forget to make your “health deposits” daily.

Dr. Price

How Much Time Do You Have Left?

Hello Everyone,

So I was sitting down yesterday and thinking about my activities for the week and what I needed to get done, then scheduling out my time and two thoughts occurred to me that I wanted to share with you.

The first thought was a quote that I heard a long time ago… I think from Earl Nightingale….which was his response when someone asked him a question.  The question was “How do successful people manage their time?”  Earl answered the question “Successful people don’t manage time, no one can, successful people manage events.”

In other words, time is the great equalizer.  Everyone has 24 hours per day.  Period.  No one can change that.  Time is one excuse that people use that really is no excuse, we all have the same amount of time, it is what we do with our time that matters.

This led me to the second thought.  A thought that took me out of managing day to day activities, and instead put me into the mindset of how am I spending my life.

What was the second thought?  How much time do I have left.  So I looked up the average life expectancy of an American.  The number was 77.9 yrs.   Now women do live a little longer than men, but for the purposes of this article we will use this number.

So take 77.9 years and subtract it from your current age.  This is approximately how long you have left, if you are the average American.  (I personally plan on living much longer and healthier than the average American, and taking my family with me.  And you can too if you follow the 5 principles of health!)

Ok, so know you have an idea of how many years you have left.  Lets use a 40 year old as an example.  If you subtract 40yrs from 77.9 that leaves us with 37.9 years left.  But wait, we are not done.  We have to figure in the following:

Approximately 33% of our time will be spent sleeping:  Thats 12.5 years this person with 25.4 years of activity
Approximately 20% of our time will be spent on mandatory activites (eating, bathroom, paying bills, etc):  7.58 years leaving 17.82 years.

So after figuring in sleeping, eating, bathroom breaks, and other activities that we cannot avoid then the average 40 year old has 17.82 years left!

That shocked me, I Am 40 YEARS OLD!  This make is very important to me to two things! (and hopefully you too..)

#1:  Cherish everyday and make sure that I spend everyday doing the things that I want to do, with the people that I want to do it with! I love what I do for a living, even though I work 50 hours+ per week (yes, I actually do have a lot of work to do when I am not in the office) I love it.  I love my family and love spending time with them.  These are the two biggest items that fill my day and I am thankful for every minute of it!  (Are you happy with what you do for a living?  If you work 8 hours per day, that comes out to an average of 23% of your life…figure that in.  If you dont love your job, you may want to consider changing!)

#2:  Everyday live a lifestyle which makes it possible to expand my time, not shorten it.  In otherwords, make each day a deposit in my health bank account instead of a withdrawel.  How do I accomplish this?  By following the 5 principles that we have been talking about:

1.  Get adequate high quality sleep (non drug/medication induced)
2.  Get adequate and appropriate exercise
3.  Eat a healthy diet full of nutrient rich foods.
4.  Maintain a positive mental attitude (listen to or read something uplifting daily…more on this tomorrow)
5.  Maintain a healthy functioning nervous system through regular Chiropractic adjustments.  (More on this Wednesday.)

Figure out how much time you have left and evaluate how you are spending your days.  The last thing that you want to happen is that you wake up one morning and wonder…”Where has all of my time gone?”

Have a great day.  I hope to see you at the office this week!

Dr. Price

(Dr. Price is a Chiropractor serving the Fort Walton Beach Community.  Dr. Price has had much success in treating patients suffering from Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Whiplash (or other injuries suffered in a car accident).  Utilizing his nonsurgical spinal decompression technologies, Dr. Price has helped many patients find long term relief from chronic pain conditions such as sciatica, spinal degeneration, herniated discs, buldging discs, and arthritis.  You can find Dr. Price in Fort Walton Beach by visiting or call his office at 850-862-2224.)