I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired to write blog posts lately, so I’ve decided I’m going to change up the content a little bit. I’ve decided to turn this into more of a life journal/diary. I’m honestly not sure how many people even actually read this. I’ve been writing posts the past couple of years with the sole intent of trying to boost my SEO rankings. It’s boring, and I want a change.

I figure I can write about my life some, and of course, I can always relate anything, or find an analogy to tie things into chiropractic. That’s what we are going to do!

Funny I’m starting this today because I have some pretty heavy stuff weighing on me. This past Friday I took my dog, Lux, to the vet because he had a couple of symptoms I wanted to double check. Namely his lymph nodes in his neck were really large, and he seemed a little more itchy than normal (he’s always struggled with allergies and itching).

Long story short it looks like he probably has lymphoma; a very aggressive and deadly cancer. I want to cry just writing this. The vet is going to call me today with the test results, but she seemed very certain that’s what we were dealing with, and I had a feeling it was something major as well. I don’t like bringing my dog to the vet unless necessary (just like I don’t go to a doctor unless necessary). Sick people and pets go to doctors and vets often – I don’t want to be sick, so I stay away.

If it is cancer, you can do chemotherapy, but I won’t be doing that for a variety of reasons I’m not even going to go into here. What we are doing, and are going to do is try to support him naturally. Lux ate a whole food diet before, but we have now switched him to a ketogenic diet. A big thanks to Keto Pet Sanctuary for their amazing resources in this.

Lux will also be getting checked and adjusted as necessary. I will check him daily and adjust him if need be. I actually have never learned animal chiropractic until yesterday. I had text around to my chiropractor friends to see if anyone had a recommendation for a good pet chiropractor I could bring the dude to. One friend had an animal chiropractor staying at their house for a seminar she was teaching this weekend. What are the odds?

I went over there yesterday, and Dr. Petra checked and adjusted Lux. He had a thoracic subluxation, atlas subluxation, and occiput subluxation. She was able to adjust all 3, and by watching her, and her talking me through it, I feel very confident to check and adjust him myself moving forward.

So far, that’s what we are doing to support him: ketogenic diet, and chiropractic. Dr. Petra is also going to send me some resources, so I’m sure we will add in a couple other things to help him.

I’ll let you know next week what is for sure going on. Right now I’m hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. I’m going to wait until next week to write about the details of whatever he is diagnosed with. I’ve decided that if the lymphoma comes back positive I will do no further testing. It won’t affect what I do with him, and it will just cause additional stress and worry on all of us. It’s better to just love him as much as we can for as long as we can.

Okay, I am going to end the diary part of this now lest I cry. I want to talk about a few things real quick before signing off.

I believe in the power of the body. I believe that the innate intelligence that created the body (including animals) knows what to do. The body does not make mistakes; it constantly attempting to adapt to its environment so it can survive. There is nothing wrong with my dude, it’s his bodies attempt to survive given its conditions. I don’t know what might have caused his body to do this, but I do have some ideas which I might touch on later.

I am hoping that we can help starve the cancer through his diet, and support his immune system with chiropractic and perhaps some supplementation. “Miracles” do happen, and I am hoping with all my might that he is my miracle. Miracles are just an event that we don’t have a scientific explanation for. Life is a freaking miracle. It’s a miracle that we are even here at all, and that I am writing this on a magic machine to publish to the world.

Chiropractic works around this principle of the innate intelligence of the body. Chiropractors remove interference to its fullest expression. We feel that your body is always better off without the interference from vertebral subluxation. That when your innate intelligence is able to fully and freely express, that great things happen.

Just like I recommend that members get checked on at least a once per week basis, and if you can be checked daily you should, then I am going to do the same for Lux. I shouldn’t have waited until now to do this, and that is on me. Why haven’t I been giving him the same care I get myself? Hindsight is always 20/20 though, so I’m not beating myself up about it at all.

You shouldn’t wait until you have a problem either. What if all of this could have been avoided if he had simply been getting checked weekly? Everything we do in life either takes us closer to death or closer to vitality and life. You should fill yourself with the latter decisions.

Stay tuned to see what all this is. Hopefully all of these feelings are for nothing and he simply has a bad infection of some sort. Please send your thoughts and prayers out to my dude, Lux. Picture him healthy and whole.

Much love,

Dr. Jen