Reggie Gold, D.C.
David Steinberg, D.C.
Human Performance and Body
The first thing to understand
is that chiropractors are not back doctors. Instead, chiropractic deals
with human performance; every aspect of human performance. We are
concerned with how much pep and energy you have, how much healing capacity
you have and also how much speed, stamina, and coordination you have.
Chiropractic deals with all the things that your body has to do, how you
perform, how you drive, how you make a salad, how fast you can read and
how well you can remember things.
All of these things, every
performance level in your human body is controlled by one thing, and one
thing only; balanced chemistry in the body. When your body chemistry is in
balance, then you perform well. If you try to do any task when your
chemistry is out of balance, you cannot do quite as well. How would you
like to go to a dentist who has a hangover? Zoop, sorry! Somebody who has
a hangover, whose chemistry is out of balance, cannot function properly.
Have you ever had a hangover yourself? You probably did not function well
that day. How about typing a letter accurately when you are hung over or
chemically out of balance for any reason?
In order to perform any
task, the first thing that your body has to do is change its chemistry
appropriately. To fall asleep at night, your body has to make certain
chemicals. They think melatonin has something to do with it, and now
people who do not sleep well go out to the drug store and buy melatonin.
Of course, your body makes melatonin. I read recently an article that said
when you get older your body does not make as much melatonin; therefore,
you have to supplement it. Has it ever occurred to anybody that if you do
not make as much it is because you do not need as much sleep? I don’t
know, but in order to get to sleep you have to make the right chemicals.
Some people say they sleep very well, thank you, as long as they
stay away from coffee. “If I drink coffee I have trouble getting to
sleep.” Why? Because coffee contains chemicals and some of those chemicals
interfere with your sleep chemicals and you cannot sleep well. If your
chemistry is out of balance you cannot sleep properly. Sometimes people go
to the drug store and buy chemicals that make them sleep, and then of
course they cannot wake up the next day without more chemicals.
Every change in function requires a change in body chemistry.
Pretty soon you are going to take a lunch break (or computer break). Some
of you are going to select good foods simply because you say you are what
you eat. I have news for you. You are not what you eat. You are what your
body is able to get from what you eat. In order to extract the nutrients
from your food, your body has to make thousands of enzymes, coenzymes and
prostaglandins. If you do not make the right chemicals half of your
nutrition goes to waste.
So you go out and take vitamin pills and
they too go to waste. I think that North American people have more
vitamins and minerals in their urine than the rest of the world have in
its diet. Still, some of these people have malnutrition because their
bodies cannot make the right chemicals. For you to function perfectly you
have to constantly change your chemistry.
You are reading this now
making a chemical called adrenaline. You are not making a lot of it
because at this time you do not need a lot. If you go out and run for the
bus, there is nobody on earth fit enough to run for the bus and get there
alive unless they first change their adrenaline production. As you start
to run for the bus, the muscles in your legs need more fuel and more
oxygen. They send messages through the nerve system to the brain, “we need
more oxygen, we need more fuel,” and the brain computes all the different
chemical changes that are needed, sends impulses to the lungs to breathe
more deeply, brings in more oxygen, sends impulses to the heart to beat
faster and deeper, sends impulses to the liver to release more glycogen
which turns into glucose (the fuel for the muscles) and sends impulses to
the adrenal glands to increase adrenaline production. The production is
just enough to sustain all the extra activity as you run for the bus.
Plus, the brain has to compute how much adrenaline you need, whether you
are running uphill or on flat ground, what shoes you are wearing, what
clothes you are wearing, how long ago your last meal was before you
started running and how fast you want to get to the bus.
these computations are done without thought by the magnificent brain. It
does all of this work for you and makes all the chemical adjustments
necessary. If you make the perfect chemical adjustments, you can do your
job. Of course, if you cannot make the right chemical adjustments, you
cannot do your job quite as well. You cannot do anything quite as well if
your chemistry is not balanced.
To fight off disease, you need to
change your chemistry. When you take your lunch break, or computer break,
or go outside for a stretch, there are people around you smoking
cigarettes. You do not smoke, but you breathe in their carcinogens and
their poisons. Whether you live or die depends on how well your body can
adapt and make the right chemicals. If you make the right chemicals, you
can adapt. You cannot overcome everything, but at least you can adapt to a
certain degree. If you do not make the right chemicals in the right
quantity and quality, you may not be able to fight off those carcinogens.
In other words, virtually everything you do requires chemical change.
You walk outdoors on a spring day and you breathe in all the
pollen from the trees and the grass and some people start to sneeze. They
go near cats and dogs and they start to sneeze. They say, “It is the
pollen! It is the animal dander!” It is not the pollen and it is not the
animal dander. When you breathe in some form of protein, your body
responds by chemical change. It produces a whole range of chemicals called
histamines. If you make the right quantity and quality of histamines, you
adapt easily. You don’t even know there is pollen in the air. If you
cannot adapt and control your histamine production, you will make too
much. It is the excess of histamine that causes the runny nose, watery
eyes and the swollen membranes, coughing, sneezing and sputtering. With
too much histamine, you go to the drug store and buy anti-histamine. It
works. It dries up all histamine production. You stop coughing, stop
sneezing and the membranes stop swelling. Of course, the unwanted effects
of the runny nose stop, but you have this dried out feeling. Digestion
becomes upset and diarrhea is quite common. All this results because you
changed your chemistry inappropriately. To adapt perfectly to an ever
changing environment you must constantly be changing your
Why do you think some athletes take drugs? Do you
remember Len Bias the basketball player? Maybe the greatest college
basketball player of our age, but he wanted to be better. He wanted to be
the best in the pros so he took speed. He changed his chemistry. He could
run faster, jump higher and sustain energy longer. He was fantastic. He
played the greatest game of his life and then went home and dropped dead;
some of the unwanted effects of the chemicals.
If your chemistry
is in perfect balance, you do well. If your chemistry is out of balance,
you sometimes do very poorly. Sometimes death is the result of chemical
imbalance. When your chemistry is out of balance, you cannot do anything
at your best.
If you cut your hand, do you think it will heal?
Yes, for most people it will. There are some people who cannot even make
the right chemicals to stop the bleeding. They are called hemophiliacs.
They can bleed to death from a simple cut because their chemistry is out
Have you seen Muhammad Ali recently? This poor guy
shakes so badly that he could not thread a needle to save his life. Well,
he has Parkinson’s Disease. It is a circumstance in which the brain cannot
make a certain chemical which it needs called dopamine. If the brain does
not get enough dopamine it can not control fine movement. They cannot give
Muhammad Ali dopamine because nobody knows how to make it. They give him a
chemical called L-Dopa, which the body converts into dopamine. That is the
treatment for Parkinson’s Disease. The problem is that insufficient
dopamine causes Parkinson’s, but they have to be very careful how much
they give because too much causes schizophrenia, which is a sight worse
than Parkinson’s. It is a very narrow line. Chemical balance is
Why do you think the police will not allow you to
drive a car when you have been drinking alcohol? You have a couple of
martinis and all of a sudden you are a bad driver, it has altered your
reaction time, you cannot walk a straight line, you cannot talk straight,
you cannot think straight, your reaction time is slowed and your judgment
is impaired. Sometimes you walk into a bar and see your next door neighbor
who has had a few drinks. Mr. Nice guy, the guy who picks up your
newspaper for you, mows your lawn, picks up your leaves, all of a sudden
becomes offensive. He now wants to beat up every one in sight. The guy
next to him has a few drinks and he does not want to beat up anybody. He
gets all lovey dovey, and when he finally gets home, he cannot do anything
about it. That is another effect of chemical imbalance.
chemistry is out of balance, nothing works properly; not your digestion,
not your moods and not your relationship with your kids. How many battered
wives or battered children do you think there are from alcohol abuse or
cocaine abuse? Chemical imbalance can turn some people into monsters.
Today, if you have a chemical imbalance that causes mental depression,
there is no more psychoanalysis. That failed miserably. If you to a doctor
because you are suicidal, they treat it with drugs; psychopharmacology.
You have emotional problems: Valium, Librium, Zoloft, Paxil, Lithium,
Prozac, Effexor, Celexa, Ritalin and so on and so on. There are three
hundred different drugs to change your moods.
determines your personality, how well you get along with your kids and how
fast you run. A group of Russian women got stripped of all their gold
medals from the Goodwill Games. In order to win the strength events, these
women cheated and took anabolic steroids, which are male hormones. Because
of this hormonal change, they changed their body shapes, got these great
muscles and became very strong. They won the shot-put, the discus and the
javelin. Because of the drugs they also grew moustaches, their breasts
shriveled up and their voices got deep. After all that, the Goodwill Games
found out about it and took away all their gold medals. Now, all they have
left are moustaches, shriveled breasts and deep voices. Your chemistry
determines who you are and what kind of person you are.
you like it if your kid was trying to learn at school, but was going
outside during breaks to smoke pot? If he came back into class stoned out
of his mind, how much is he going to learn? How much would he remember?
Memory depends upon body chemistry. Have you ever heard of Alzheimer’s
Disease? It is really not that bad. I mean if you have Alzheimer’s Disease
you only need one book. You meet new people every day without leaving the
house. Right now, at this moment, the chemical companies are out searching
for the cure of Alzheimer’s. A chemical cure needed to battle a chemical
cause. Virtually all diseases and impaired function comes from chemical
imbalances. If your body chemistry is not balanced there is no way on
God’s earth you can be your best.
Now you say, what does all of
this have to do with chiropractic? In order for you to be your best and
perform well, your body has 70 trillion different cells which make
chemicals. Every cell in the body makes chemicals. Now, if they make
exactly the right quantity and quality of their chemicals, then you are
the best that you can be. You are not the same as everybody else. We all
need a different chemical balance and our chemical balance has to change
every second of every day according to what we are doing. Your body
chemistry is constantly changing.
In order for you to be the best
that you can be, all of those cells do not make the maximum chemicals they
can, but instead, they make only as much as the rest of the body needs.
There is teamwork involved. For all the cells to coordinate and make
exactly what the body needs, you have a master control system. This is
called the Nerve System, or Nervous System. It is the job of the nerve
system to coordinate and harmonize the interaction of the 70 trillion
little chemical factories, all at the same time. In order to understand
chiropractic, you have to understand the nervous system.
all, when a new human being is formed, there is a little female egg cell
about the size of a dot made by a fine point pencil. It is not even a
perfect cell. It is missing half of its chromosomes. It meets with a male
sperm cell which is even tinier, and too, is missing half of its
chromosomes. When the two cells unite, we have a speck that you can barely
see with the naked eye. It grows a little bit bigger and then divides into
two identical cells. It then grows and divides again into 4, 8, 16, 32
These initial cells originally come from the same cell and are
very similar. After several weeks an amazing change takes place. When this
little blob of life looks something like a mulberry, some of the cells
differentiate and form an organ. The first organ is not the heart and it
is not the skeleton. It fascinates me to realize that the first thing that
develops in life is called the “primitive streak.” This primitive streak
becomes the notochord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord. The very
first organ to ever show up is the brain and spinal cord.
Medical textbooks give us the answer. The brain and the spinal
cord come first because they are the master control system. After they
develop, other things can begin to happen. The spinal cord gives off
branches, which begin to divide, re-divide and subdivide. The subdivisions
will eventually form a network, a network so complex that some of these
nerve fibers are 100 times thinner than a human hair. This complex of
nerves will eventually develop an organ.
Once the nerves are in
place, the body will then develop a heart. From that point on the heart
will be controlled from and run by nerves. The heart beat, rate, speed and
depth of the beat are all controlled by nerves from the brain over nerve
pathways. Everything is controlled and run by the brain over the nerve
Eventually the kidneys will develop, which of course is
controlled by nerves. On top of the kidney is the adrenal gland, which
makes the adrenaline we mentioned earlier. The amount of adrenaline
production is dependant upon nerve control. If you need more, it makes
more. If you need less, it makes less. The adrenal gland not only makes
adrenaline, but also cortisol. The medical profession tells us that
cortisone is sometimes an effective treatment for arthritis. If cortisone
is an effective treatment for arthritis, do you think that some arthritis
may be caused by a lack of cortisol? Maybe if you had the right amount you
would not have the disease in the first place. And the only way to have
the right amount is from the control mechanism in charge.
throat you have a little gland called the thyroid gland. The main thing we
know about this gland is that it makes a chemical called thyroxine. Its
major function is to run your metabolism. If you do not make enough
thyroxine you are labeled hypothyroid. You are tired all the time, put on
weight if you look at food, cannot keep a good job, have less income
earning capacity because you do not have the energy to do your job, want
to sleep all the time and you do not have as much fun in life.
Then there is the other kind of person who makes too much
thyroxine. This person is labeled hyperthyroid. They are so goosy that no
one can stand around them. They are nervous, jittery and they cannot
maintain body weight regardless of what they do. The amount of thyroxine
production depends on the activity of that little thyroid gland.
Down below you have a couple of glands called the ovaries and
testes. They make all kinds of chemicals. They determine your personality,
your fat distribution, your hair distribution, your secondary sex
characteristics, your moods and your reproductive capabilities. Like the
other chemical producing glands and billions of cells in the body, they
are controlled by the brain over the nerve system.
Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) is not only the first system to be
created, but the medical researchers tell us that the Central Nerve System
is incapable of repair. Since the brain and spinal cord has to last you
the rest of your life it may be a good idea to take care of them.
That is all chiropractic wants to do, to take care of the brain
and the spinal cord. Nature takes care of the brain by protecting it with
a surrounding box of bone, the cranial volt. The brain is not just a blob
on top of the head. It is a blob on a stick. People do not tell you this,
but you have a hole in the bottom of the skull. Of course, it is not very
scientific to say that you have a hole in your head so the scientists give
it a name called the foramen magnum. It is Latin for large hole. The brain
extends down through this large hole. As it passes through this hole, its
name changes to the spinal cord. It is an extension of the brain, but the
spinal cord and brain is the same organ.
Nature also takes care of
the spinal cord by surrounding it with a tube of bone. This bony tube
contains and protects the spinal cord and all of its branches. If this
spinal tube was stiff and rigid you would not be able to bend, twist or
turn. As a result, Mother Nature has cut this tubular bone into 24 movable
segments called vertebrae, which allows you to move. There is a little
hole between each pair of bones exactly the right shape and size for the
structures to pass through it.
We take so much for granted. Do you
ever stop and think how beautifully your fingers fit onto your hand? They
would not fit the next person. They are custom made for you, and they
would not even fit your other hand! Your eyeballs are exactly the right
shape and size to fit your eye sockets. If that was not the case, every
time you looked down you would lose something. It fits. Everything fits.
The bones in the spine are irregular, no two are alike. Even in
the same person, no two are alike. They are not symmetrical, but
regardless of how deviant they are in shape and size, they are exactly the
right shape and size to fit together perfectly so the opening between them
is exactly the right shape and size to protect the nerves. That is the
perfection of the body’s design. The bones protect the nerves and the
nerves coordinate the function.
The vertebral bones in your
spine are supposed to move and bend, depending on what position you are
in. In order for them to properly move, each vertebra has a handle on both
sides for the attachment of muscles. It is the job of the body’s muscles
to constantly move the vertebra into the perfect position so that you can
move, bend, twist, turn and swoop. It is done in a way where each movement
still protects the nerve.
Trouble occurs when you have a vertebral
subluxation. A ‘vertebral subluxation’ is a term used to describe a
vertebra that has lost its normal position. As a result, it is stuck out
of alignment. When this circumstance occurs, the body’s control over the
movement of the vertebra is interfered with and the bones cannot move as
perfectly as they should. The subluxation can be so tiny that you barely
see it, but irritation and/or damage occur to the spinal cord inside the
Remember, the spinal cord is part of the brain, and a
vertebral subluxation interferes with the function of the brain and the
spinal cord to communicate all of the messages. As a result of the
vertebral subluxation, the nerve control is less than perfect which means
some of the cells begin to make too much or too little of their chemical.
Now we have a chemical imbalance. Performance drops, we cannot think quite
as clearly, we cannot remember quite as well, our mood suffers, we lack
energy, we lack speed, stamina, coordination and ability to fight off
If you have a vertebral subluxation, nothing in your life
works right. It interferes with your income earning capacity, how well you
can chop a salad, how quickly you can think, how much you can remember and
how well your kids do in school. If you have a vertebral subluxation
nothing works perfectly. That is why we have chiropractic.
The purpose of chiropractic is
simple, to give back to the body what is called an adjustment. The
adjustment is a specific movement to an individual vertebra that is
subluxated. A little leverage is placed upon the vertebra so it once again
can gain control, move properly and not interfere with the nerve. The
body, vertebra and nerve will also “adjust” to the new position.
With an adjustment, the pressure, irritation or damage to the
nerve system begins to be eradicated. This will allow the brain and spinal
cord to once again control the glands and the chemical producing cells, so
that each one functions as a team, to make only as much as the rest of the
body needs. With each cell under control again, we have balanced chemistry
and increased performance.
Performance depends upon the body’s
ability to balance its chemistry. When it cannot do this because of a
vertebral subluxation, chiropractic comes along and gives back to the body
the ability to control its vertebra, to rebalance, to adjust its chemistry
and perform better.
There are two other things we
need to know about vertebral subluxations. The first is that vertebral
subluxation for the most part has no symptoms. I wish that every time you
had a subluxation it would hurt like hell. At least you would know to go
to the chiropractor. I wish you had a big red light in the middle of your
forehead and every time you got a subluxation it would light up. Flash!
Tilt! You would look in the mirror and say, “Oh, my God, I have a
subluxation. I should go to the chiropractor.”
There is no red
light and most of the time it does not hurt. Sure, sometimes you bend down
to tie your shoe and you cannot get back up. You probably have a vertebral
subluxation. But if you bend down to tie your shoe and stand up and feel
terrific it does not mean you do not have a vertebral subluxation.
Look, I am a chiropractor and I have a secret. I am a damn good
chiropractor and have been for many years, but I do not know at this
moment if I have a vertebral subluxation or not. Yeah, I feel terrific,
but the only way I know if I have a subluxation is to go to another
chiropractor and have my spine checked. That is the only way to find a
vertebral subluxation. That is why I get checked on a regular basis, not
just when I’m hurt, sick or in pain.
Do what I do, get your spine
checked every week. Every single week I go to my chiropractor regardless
of how I feel so he can check my spine for vertebral subluxations. Whether
I feel sick or well is irrelevant simply because most subluxations have no
symptoms. If I do have a subluxation, then very gently, my chiropractor
makes an adjustment. He creates a situation where my body can run properly
again. That is what chiropractic is.
I talk to people about
bringing their kids in and they say, “What for? The kids are not sick.” Do
you want to wait until they are? That is like the fellow who falls off the
top story of the Empire State Building, and as he passes every window on
the way down says, “Hey, I feel great so far.” So far, but when you hit
the bottom and go splat, it is too late!
Do you get termites?
Termites are not like cockroaches. When cockroaches come into your house
you know they are there. You turn on the light and you see them scamper
into the corner. You then kill one and 200 others come to the funeral.
Termites are not like that. The termites get into the beams under the
house where they chew, eat and live. They are tiny little guys. They
cannot eat a great deal, but they raise families and live there. There are
hundreds of them, and then they invite their friends and neighbors over
until there are thousands of them. Then there are wild parties, and you
know what happens at wild parties, some of them get pregnant. Now there
are hundreds of thousands of termites.
All of your beams become
riddled with termites and someone mentions to you about bringing in an
exterminator. You say, “What for? Exterminators are expensive. Besides, my
house is immaculate. It is clean and beautiful.” Year after year you do
nothing and then one day you are walking across the kitchen floor and the
whole house collapses. “Ooh, I better get an exterminator in here.” It is
too late to get an exterminator. The house is now destroyed.
Vertebral subluxation is like those termites. It eats away at the
foundation of life, most of the time without any symptoms; and then one
day, all of a sudden, the structure collapses. When you get home, and I do
not care where you live, look in your local newspaper. In the obituary
section, if not today, then tomorrow, you are going to find somebody who
never had a sick day in their life who all of a sudden dropped dead of a
heart attack at age 47. Next to his name will be a person who had an
aneurysm, then one who had a stroke.
Most people who wake up in
the hospital with terminal cancer felt great a month, week and even
sometimes the day before. Vertebral subluxations eat away at the
foundation of life, most of the time without any presenting symptoms. Do
not wait until disaster strikes before you get subluxations corrected.
The purpose of chiropractic is to keep you subluxation free.
Remember, vertebral subluxation not only interferes with your health
potential, but every other potential in your life. If you are walking
around with subluxations, you cannot do anything as well. You cannot sleep
as well, you cannot be as well nourished, they interfere with your income
capacity, your moods, your sex life, your study habits, your memory, how
well you drive a car, how well you play golf, how well you lift weights.
You cannot do anything at your best if your chemistry is out of balance.
There is only two
other questions, who has subluxations, and what causes them? Almost
everybody has vertebral subluxations. Certainly falls and accidents cause
subluxations, but there is much more to it than that. Things we do at
work, our posture, like the mailman who carries his satchel over one
shoulder all day. I have noticed that dentists and hairdressers have the
same subluxations in the lower neck and upper back from bending and
twisting in a certain way. Some people get their subluxations from
sleeping in a twisted position. You fight these foam rubber pillows all
night and then half way through the night your neck muscles get tired, but
the foam does not and it pushes your neck causing a subluxation.
Everybody knows how to lift, right? You keep your back straight
and you bend your knees using the long, strong muscles of the legs. Did
you ever try to lift a baby out of a crib like this? You cannot do it, so
you twist and distort yourself. This is how you get a vertebral
subluxation. How about taking a package out of the trunk of your car? Have
you ever sat down at the kitchen table and a cabinet door swings open over
your head, and it hangs there waiting for the phone to ring and you stand
up, whack!, and now you are about six inches shorter. These are the little
things that cause vertebral subluxations. Think about the things that you
have done just this week that may have caused a subluxation.
look at the day in the life of a one year old. A little kid at age one
learning to stand, walk and run. Does he ever trip over his own feet? Like
fifty times a day, falling into chairs, tables and down the stairs. Let’s
try a two year old. He gets up in the morning and the first thing he does
is fall out of bed. Bam! Subluxation. Now he gets back into bed and kicks
his brother out of bed. They go down to breakfast, one step at a time on
their rear ends, boom, boom, boom. That is great for their spine. Then
they go out and play, roll down the hill, fight, wrestle, fall off their
skateboard, tricycle, bike, out of the tree. Not subluxated yet? Before
they sit down for lunch they dive into the sofa head first a few times.
Every two year old does this. Were you ever two?
That is when you
get your first subluxation. When are first born, one or two years old.
Every child needs to have their spine checked on a regular basis for
subluxations. That is what chiropractic is. To check the spine of all
these people. Infants, children, adults and the elderly. Everybody. What
was the cause of your subluxations? Pick your own cause, every one does
different things, and if you do not get your subluxations corrected, they
are going to stay there. Every subluxation that stays causes interference
with your ability to be your best. That is why we have chiropractic,
because there is no way on God’s Earth you can ever be your best if you
are walking around with a vertebral subluxation.