The Daily Vertebrae


Posted: June 25, 2018
By: Dr. Stephanie O'Brien


So, a few weeks ago I went to a party. I heard a song I liked; the music was lively and fun. I did not understand any of the words so I asked someone the name of the song, thinking I would look up the lyrics later. That never happened. This past weekend, at another party, the song played again, this time with the lyrics on the screen. The song was actually sad. The title of the song is S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats. I was particularly interested because when I was way too young to appreciate “curse words” one of my neighborhood friends told me what my initials meant! (I do not consider my initials to be S.O.B.; I actually consider them to be S.M.O.)

The song is good, but truly a cry for help. If you know someone struggling and in need of help. Please help them. If they are self medicating, they are messing with their brain chemistry and incapable of making good decisions. Maybe they disguise their cry with lively music!

How can Chiropractic help? How can it not? If it involves a nerve, it is a Chiropractic case. The nerve system is damaged chemically, the body is damaged physically and the spirit is damaged emotionally. They will most likely not have back pain, but they are also incapable of making a good decision. Please help. In my next post, I will tell a sad story of two people in my life that I did not help when they needed it. I did not have the skills at the time and I did not know about Chiropractic. I call them “The Two that got away”.


A word or two about organics

Posted: June 4, 2018
By: Dr. Stephanie O'Brien


A Word or Two about Organics…

and how that relates to you.

“Organic” has a legal definition and standards – basically for anything grown, it is done without artificial chemical support. This is why things are certified organic. Organic farming management relies on developing biological diversity in the field to disrupt habitat for pest organisms, and the purposeful maintenance and replenishment of soil fertility1.

Natural does not really mean much, it is a marketing term! Something can be called natural and be artificial as long as it can be made naturally. Lab created ascorbic acid, (vitamin C), is considered natural because it can be made naturally, even though the ingredients in the product may be synthetic. Your dog’s poo is natural because it is made naturally – you do not necessarily want it as an ingredient.

In the practice of Principled Chiropractic, we do not tell you what to eat or not eat, we clear your nerve system and set you free to perceive through your own Innate Wisdom and nerve system what foods work for you and what foods create disharmony in your body. When subluxated*, you consume what is easily available because you are in survival mode. When your nerve system is clear, you begin to gravitate to those foods which contribute to long term thriving. This will make expressing your true creative nature easier and more effortless.

What those foods may be are different for everybody which is why it makes no sense to tell you what they are. Allowing you to perceive these things for yourself; from “Above-Down, Inside-Out”; has lifelong benefits for you. You gain ownership of your choices, “Garbage in- garbage out” you begin to define what is garbage for you.

Obviously, when pesticides and artificial chemicals are left out of the “growing” process, there is less “garbage” or “toxins” for your body to spend time and energy eliminating (or storing in your body).

This is all well and good, but wait…The real benefit of organic food is so much more amazing.

Although, eating food that has not been grown within a chemical “crutch” environment is a good thing, it is “Outside-In” not “Inside-Out”. Our culture is constantly looking for outside-in solutions when the answers are already within.

The most amazing thing about organics is that without the artificial chemical “crutch” the plants, trees, etc. must be able to adapt to their environment and thrive using their innate God given, Mother Nature given abilities. They must perceive the threat and develop a way to eliminate it or adapt to it so they can thrive. Plants don’t want to survive today; they want to complete their life cycle in a thriving manner. In doing so, more nutrients (higher concentration and variety) are generated within the plant to support a thriving life. It takes for effort for living things to thrive vs survive, but the payoff is bigger! Do plants have to rely on their own abilities? Definitely. Do plants have to create harmonious relationships with other plants and vermin to support them? Yes.

What has been created on the INSIDE; not what has been eliminated on the OUTSIDE, is what makes organic food more nutritious for us to eat.

When your nerve system is clear because you receive regular Chiropractic care, you too are better able to create and thrive because of your ability to perceive your environment, adapt and change to reach your goals. Whatever your goals are, they are more easily realized.

Keep in mind the inside out benefits of organic applies to you. Optimal thriving expression of you, your gifts and talents plus bigger life experiences!!



*Subluxated-Having a vertebral subluxation, misalignment of one or more spinal bones, causing dysfunction in your nerve system at some level, with or without symptoms.

Dr. Stephanie O’Brien is a practicing Principled Chiropractor in Decatur, GA. She is dedicated to helping you discover your THRIVE. She can be reached at and 404-370-8050

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