Lattin photo 200I have been a chiropractor for over 16 years.  Before that I married my high school sweetheart Dan and we have been married for 18 years.  We have two amazing children together.  Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with Doctors who are on the cutting edge in the holistic medicine field.  Through these experiences I feel that I can offer care using the best of many techniques.  In fact, most recently, I feel I have found a very large piece of the puzzle when it comes to truly being healthy.   That very large piece of the puzzle that means being truly healthy to me means having SYNERGY or in other words, having balance in your life.

 

MY SYNERGY STORY

I have often been asked, “What is your chiropractic story?  Why did you become a Chiropractor?”  I am more than happy to tell that story as I will in a minute but the SYNERGY I have achieved and am constantly working towards doesn’t just include Chiropractic.  As is the way with life, my many experiences have changed me over time.  One of my favorite quotes is “Life is a journey, not a destination.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)  Boy have I had some journeys.

When I was 12 years old I used to suffer from headaches.  I would get these headaches all of the time.  I took medication to try and stop them.  Sometimes it would work but many times it wouldn’t.  Often, I would end up missing out on doing things with my friends and had difficulty in school because I hurt a lot.  My mom decided to take me to a chiropractor.   She didn’t really want to do it but we had tried everything else.  It took some time but I finally started to see a change in my headaches.  They didn’t completely go away but they became very manageable.  I was no longer missing out on my childhood due to headaches.

Unfortunately, as with most people, that wasn’t my only health concern.  From about the time that I was 15, I have had this unusual problem.  It is somewhat odd and I used to be very embarrassed about talking about it. But I have shared it so many times trying to find an answer for it, that it has become very matter of fact for me.

When I was 15 I was very active.  I was in band and cheerleading.  On Friday nights I would cheer for the first half of the game.  Then I would run and quickly change clothes for marching band.  I would perform for half-time which involved blowing into an instrument and marching around and then I would come back and change clothes again and cheer for the second half of the game.  I started to notice that I really didn’t feel very good during all of this.  So much so that, some nights, I would feel so much pressure in my chest and abdomen that I would just spontaneously vomit.  I couldn’t control it either.  Imagine being 15 and throwing up on the side lines when you are trying to cheer hoping no one saw you.  This was very uncool at any age, but especially as a teen.

I went through many different tests to rule out numerous things and a cause was never really found.  This problem continued to get worse over the years.  I was still seeing a chiropractor to get adjusted and that would help for a while but it never went away.  I was told many times by many different doctors that it was just in my head.  It was my nerves.  It was true that when I was nervous it would get ten times worse, but it would also happen for no reason at all when I was completely calm.  I also figured out that if I lay down, the feeling would instantly go away.  Not 10 minutes from now but instantly.  To me that didn’t seem like it was in my head, it screamed something structural.

Over the next 20 years, it would get worse than better, worse than better.  After I had my children it was better for quite a while but again, started to get slowly worse.  By now you are probably tired of hearing about this.  Imagine trying to live with it.  I barely remember my wedding but I remember doing everything in my power to try and ignore how miserable I was and to not throw up on my beautiful dress.

Fast forward to about 2 years ago.  I finally decided to go another round with the doctors.  This time after all of the tests, I was told that it was gallstones and that it was my gallbladder making me sick because it wasn’t working like it should.  Their solution.  Cut it out.  My thought was “How was cutting it out going to make it work better?”  I chose to keep suffering.  I am so glad I did.

About this same time I began working for two doctors who not only practiced Chiropractic but they also practiced Nutritional Response Testing™.  In quick simple terms this is a way to detoxify the body by eating healthy unprocessed whole foods and taking whole food supplements when needed.  I have to admit, at first I wanted NOTHING to do with it.  It seemed like a bunch of nonsense that food and detoxifying the body from metals could make such a difference.  I liked eating the junk I was eating and the pop I was drinking.  They were just going overboard.

At this practice though, it was a requirement that all employees go through the nutritional program so that they could be the healthiest they could be.  I tried to get out of it any way possible but I kept noticing that the patients that I adjusted that were following the nutritional program seemed to hold their adjustments better than patients that weren’t on the program.  They also had less complaints.  I started asking patients about their stories and I was finding that many of them had life altering experiences.  Many of these people had went to everyone else that they could before they finally came to this office.  For most this ended up being the only place they found any relief.  For many not only did they find relief, but they found a new lease on life.

Even after all that I saw I was still reluctant to participate but I wanted to fulfill my employment obligations and deep down I thought what did I have to lose except my yummy junk food.  It was HARD.  Let’s not mince words.  I was addicted to sugar.  I still am.  I struggled through the first month.  I had not made the total commitment to the nutritional program I needed.  I thought that I could just kind of do it.  Not good.  The next month I decided to give it my very best.  It became a challenge that I wanted to overcome.  After about a month, I suddenly noticed, I was no longer having the stomach problems and vomiting that I have had since I was 15.  Some 20 years of being miserable taken care of in one month!  I couldn’t believe it.  So much so, that I decided to test it out and go back to my junk food ways.  To be honest, it took about 5 months before I started noticing my condition return.  So I went back on the program and again after about a month my condition was gone again.  Darn IT!  I was really hoping it wasn’t my crummy diet and lack of nutrients causing these problems.  But it was.  My story is just one of thousands of stories of feeling better through Nutritional Response Testing™.

 

MY PURPOSE

My purpose as a doctor is to help as many people as I can to achieve their Synergy.  I am constantly amazed at how the human body can heal with the right conditions.  Healing takes balance in 3 major areas of our lives.  We need to have SYNERGY Emotionally, Chemically, & Physically.  This is not a new concept & I don’t dare take credit for it.  But I do try to help each patient reach their SYNERGY, so they may have the most amazing life possible.  I won’t kid you, it is not always easy.  In fact, it is a lifelong pursuit.  But it is a pursuit worth following and I try and help you have a long time to pursue it.