Finding my path

A year ago, attending Palmer wasn’t even on my radar. I had a successful career as a marketing manager, owned a home outside of beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and was living a life of adventure. I was exactly where society said I should be in my 30’s, well minus the marriage and kids part. You would think that living in such a beautiful place and having a great job would be satisfying enough, but it wasn’t. I felt a lack of purpose during the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m..

I can recall during the interview for my first job out of college how I got the feeling that the business world just wasn’t “it” for me, but student loans needed to be paid, and after I had just invested $20,000 in my education, it was time for a payoff. So for nine years I pursued marketing, knowing every day that marketing just wasn’t what I wanted to do. One would look at this scenario and tell me to just make a switch to something else. The problem is that I didn’t know what that “something else” was.

I looked at teaching, human resources and physical therapy. Yet, none of these felt like they were right. Then last summer I decided enough was enough and made a visit to a career counselor. It was through my visits with the career counselor, conversations with my best friend (a 6th tri student) and visits to my chiropractor that I decided becoming a chiropractor was the path I should pursue.

Why chiropractic? I’ve always had a desire to help people; to have a skill that will make a difference. Chiropractic gives me the ability to help people tap into their body’s innate ability to heal, with just my two hands. I can by no means heal someone, but I can aid him or her in achieving wellness. I can’t think of better way to spend my 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After finishing my first trimester at Palmer, I believe now, more than ever, that becoming a chiropractor is my “it.”  The search is over. I’m on the path I was meant to be on. Oddly enough, it was well worth the wait, and the risk.

Some thoughts on the power of innate

The other day, when I was giving a campus tour to a young woman and her family, the father asked me “Why is it that chiropractors think they can cure everything with an adjustment?” While I was slightly caught off guard by this question, because it is not a typical question you get while giving campus tours, I felt it would be a great example to share with more prospective students as to why our founders felt that chiropractic could “cure” so many things.

Two of the most influential people in chiropractic history are D.D. and B.J. Palmer, and if you read their writings from the early 1900s you will see a great amount of reference to innate intelligence. Before coming to Palmer, I had no clue what this was, but it’s a very simple thing you are already very familiar with.

So let me explain!

If you cut your finger what happens? A scab forms and it heals! Did you have to take a pill to heal the cut? Did you have to tell your body to heal it? No, your body knew to heal it without you having to do anything or even think about it. What about when you eat food? How does your body know how to break down food and convert it into energy to use? Do you have to tell your body to do that? No, you were born knowing how to digest food without telling your stomach how to do it. These are two examples of innate intelligence: your body knowing exactly how to function without you telling it how to, and you were born with that ability!

So what does this have to do with chiropractic? Well, this innate intelligence can be disrupted through various types of thoughts, traumas, and toxins causing your body to function at less than 100% of its potential. Messages are constantly being sent to and from the brain. When these messages are disrupted your body is not able to function at its optimum potential, in chiropractic we call this a subluxation. When your body is functioning less than its potential, it may cause symptoms like pain, indigestion, constipation, cold or rash — or you may not even know it.

Chiropractors evaluate the body, spine, and nervous system to determine if there is anything causing a disruption of the messages being sent between the brain and body. If there is subluxation or interruption in that message, a specific chiropractic adjustment is given to remove that nerve interference. (You will learn physiologically what takes place in the body after an adjustment at Palmer.) So, the messages between the brain and body can be sent without interference and so the body can function at 100%.

When the messages between the brain and body are flowing without interference, you will express health because your body will be able to adapt and heal. So what if the message between the brain and body was interfered when you cut your finger? Would it take the cut longer to heal? Would it be more susceptible to infection? Or would another part of the body work overtime to heal it properly without you ever noticing? Now what if the brain and body message to your stomach was interrupted? Could you experience acid reflux, indigestion, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, or vitamin/mineral deficiencies due to malabsorption?

So can chiropractic cure anything? What is chiropractic really doing? With a chiropractic adjustment, the interference is being removed so the brain and body can communicate and innate can function at 100%. So I think the real question is, what is the potential innate has? If nerve interference is removed does innate have the potential to cure or heal anything? I don’t think anyone really knows!

Stacia Kampschnieder
6th trimester student, Davenport Campus