The Humble Observer Himself!

by Dr. Christopher on October 3, 2010

Hey Abe! Pass the mashed potatoes! (Courtesy of MCS@flickr)

I have a roundtable of friends in my head.  I imagine that they are available for consultation with me whenever I’m in need of guidance.  I got this idea after reading Think and Grow Richby Napoleon Hill.

Here are the people at my roundtable:

  • Abraham Lincoln: Honest Abe!  Come on.  Of course he’s at my table!
  • Walter Payton: The best running back in professional football history.  Nicknamed “Sweetness” because of his compassionate heart.  One of my role-models as “father” and “husband.”  (His foundation for children in Illinois).
  • Tim Ferriss and Chris Guilleabeau: Internet powerhouses that inspire the willies out of me.
  • Eric Cressey: Strength coach out of Boston who has taught me more through his blog than I learned in chiropractic school.
  • Eddie Vedder (turn the volume up, sit quietly, and eat it up): Lead singer of Pearl Jam.  I still think he needs a chiropractor.  Anyone know his contact information?  Let him know that I’ll work for free.  But in exchange, he has to let me hang out all day and ask him all of my questions.
  • Martin Luther King: The guy had a pretty big dream and he didn’t let it go for anyone.  You’ve got to respect that.
  • God or “G”: With salt and pepper beard and some pretty mean muscles.  He wears cargo shorts, but no shirt and no shoes.  Oh, and he has a great smile that gives my heart the jimmies!  Just how I picture my imaginary friend “G”, the personification for the purpose of making God easier to talk to, even when I’m not praying.  “These mashed potatoes are delicous, aren’t they G?!  You didn’t put milk in when I wasn’t looking, did you?!” 
  • Eustace Conway: Creator of Turtle Island, his home.  Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, also wrote a book called The Last American Man.   Eustace Conway is ‘The Last American Man.’  Nature is his life. 
  • William Brady: The humble observer himself and the most amazing healer I’ve ever seen.  I’m confident that if there’s anyone in the United States that can fix chronic pain, he’s at the top of my list.  One day, I’ll be as good of a chiropractor that he is.  Until then, if you can get to Boston, he’ll fix you.

Dr. William Brady

He is the only reason I was comfortable enough to open my own practice right out of chiropractic school.  In the future, I can see a much more efficient healthcare system based on his thought process, resulting in less money being spent on healthcare and much less physical pain being suffered.

I continue to learn from him as I attended his “Biomechanics” Seminar this past weekend. 

My anatomy notes are too long to go into here. 

As I mentioned in my story, the concepts of the “humble observer” not only work in patient management, but they translate to principles in everyday life. 

I’d like to share with you some of those principles that can make your health an easier concept to grasp. 

Principles for the Humble Observer

1.  The Most Useful Problem Solving Idea: Take a very simple idea.  Take it very seriously. 

How do you eat healthy?  Eat “real” foods from the Earth.

How do you lose weight?  Burn more calories than you consume.

How do you find happiness?  Be happy and do what makes you happy.

It doesn’t have to get more complicated than that.

2.  Your Body Respects Natural Law.

If you jump off of a building without a parachute, you’ll fall to the ground.  There’s no fighting gravity.

If you eat unhealthy foods, don’t exercise, and don’t learn and grow as a human being, your physical, mental, and spiritual health will suffer.

The answer is simple.  If you exercise and eat based on how we evolved, amazing things happen to your body.  Check out the females at any Crossfit  gym for proof.  While Crossfit can cause individuals to overtrain and increase injury risk, it gets females eating much healtheir than they would be otherwise and lifting weights.  Lifting is a much more efficient method to get lean compared with spending 60 minutes a day x 5 days a week x 52 weeks a year = 15,600 minutes on a treadmill or WAY TOO MUCH TIME WASTED ON A MACHINE THAT GETS YOU close to nowhere.  Pick up something heavy.

3.  Your Nervous System is Wired for Efficiency.

It follows these laws in order.

  1. Seek pleasure
  2. Avoid pain
  3. Conserve energy

Your movement patterns automatically get the job done with minimal pain and energy expenditure.  When different tissues of your body become overloaded, pain sets in.  Your body avoids it by compensating and using less efficient muscles to get the job done.  It will continue to compensate until all parts are worn out and help is needed.  Don’t get to this point.  Treat your body well and it will take care of you.  You’ll definitely need these exercises at a minimum.

Who’s at Your Roundtable?

Having models to look up to and learn from, whether just in your mind or in the real world, brings you closer to your dreams and goals as a person.  Dr. Brady helps me be the healer I want to be.  Other individuals help me in other “roles” that I want to play in life.

Who inspires you in your roles as a human being?  Who is your shining example of health and happiness?  (Feel free to take a seat at my table any time you’d like!)

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie Marsh October 4, 2010 at 4:24 am

Okay, got to give it to you on Martin Luther King, a fave… We even celebrate his birthday with cake at my house, and Lola cuts his cake and puts it on a princess plate in his seat. Kat has his face on her door, colored in crayon.
I may have to say though, I bet he ate some nice ribs, or fried okra, and yes, your points are awesome, and not really a meat lover myself, would lick a rib to sit at a table with him.
As for the others, this is going to take some thought.
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Christopher October 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

That’s amazing that you go so far as celebrated MLK’s Bday with Cake! I imagine that it allows you to be alot more conscious of him on that day and be aware of the values he held dear and what the U.S. would be if he weren’t around. And even your children are familiar with him?! I’m impressed.

Me? It wouldn’t take much for me to eat okra and ribs, especially if it the pigs or cows were treated nicely and ate pig or cow food.

Let me know your others!

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