Growing up in a medical oriented home with my mom being a RN, it was always my goal and dream to be a medical doctor. She did insurance physicals and as a child I would often ride along and watch her take blood pressure, draw blood, and do histories. I always told her that when I grew up I was going to be a doctor.
As an adolescent I started to develop headaches on a regular basis. I would get at least one migraine a month. Unfortunately, the problem I had as a child was that I could not swallow pills. Thus, my only relief was to lie in a dark room with ice and waiting for them to go away. However, in hindsight, this was a good thing as I have since learned the toxic nature of a lot of these medications.
When I got to be a senior in high school and freshman in college I started to shadow several different medical doctors. By this time I was really into eating well, exercising, and, overall, living a wellness lifestyle. I started to notice that no matter who I shadowed, they all seemed to have a very similar treatment protocol. After the examination almost all the patients walked out of the doctor’s office with sample drugs and/or a prescription for different medications. Myself, having a wellness mind set and never really taken medications myself, started to wonder if this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. This is when I started to shadow different types of doctors.
The first doctor I shadowed was a chiropractor in Minot, ND. I got to spend the morning with him and watch him practice. After the four hours was over, he asked me if I wanted to be adjusted. Not knowing what that was, I decided, "Sure, sounds great." And, as they say, the rest is history. I would go almost every month to watch him and loved the wellness philosophy about eating properly, exercising, and getting adjusted. Also, each time I visited him he would adjust me. As the months went by I started to notice that I was no longer getting headaches. Thinking chiropractors just fixed backs, I finally asked him on my third or fourth time why my headaches went away.
That is when he told me “The Story”. He began to tell me that the entire body is controlled by the nervous system. He told me that an interruption in the nerve flow will cause the body to not function at its optimum level. He called this lesion a subluxation. He then explained that helping back pain is a small part of chiropractic and that chiropractic can globally help the body heal by releasing nerve interference and letting the body heal. He called this innate intelligence.
Thanks to the inspiration of this great chiropractor, I have been blessed to help thousands of people meet there health care goals without the use of drugs or surgery. My purpose in life is to happily live each day to the fullest and help as many people as possible meet their goals through positive learning and transformative experiences. That is why I continue to tell “The Story”.
Yours in wellness,
Josh Biberdorf D.C.