Dr You Script
Suggested Scripting For The Astonishing Dr. You Patient Lecture
This is the title slide that you can project on the screen as your audience shows up. Be sure to replace “Dr. Your Name Here” with your own name!
(Slide 2 Introduction)
Since we buy the messenger before we buy the message, make sure you give yourself an adequate introduction. Use this opportunity to share personal photos of your family, your educational achievements, any special training you have, and even more importantly, why you chose to become a chiropractor. Avoid the curriculum vitae look in favor of fascinating anecdotes—such as how you learned about chiropractic and chose it as a career path.
Complete your introduction by sharing your goal or outcome for the talk. Perhaps your goal is to enlarge their understanding of the body or to show your audience how to get well and stay well. Maybe your goal is to “share a perspective about the nature of true health and healing that most people have never considered.”
(Slide 3 Coffee cup)
Let’s start with your morning cup of coffee, and not because last week they said moderate coffee intake is bad for you, and this week it’s apparently a health beverage. Now let’s use that cup of coffee to demonstrate a very important idea: that we live in a universe of cause and effect.
Let’s start there.
(Slide 4 Spilled coffee)
Sure, it can be messy, but if we bump a full coffee cup with our elbow and it tips over, the coffee will spill. Every time. Not 99 percent of the time or 99 point 9999 percent of the time. 100 percent.
Because every effect has a cause—in this case, your elbow caused your cup to tip over.
I can see that some of you aren’t so sure.
(Slide 5 Causes)
So, let’s bring it closer to home, to what has brought us all together this evening. If every effect has a cause, what is the cause of disease and ill health?
(Before revealing the six causes, you may want to pose this rhetorical question to the audience and see what shows up.)
There are six common explanations for disease and ill health. You may have heard of them.
(Slide 5 Germs)
Probably the most well-known is germs. What we call “germ theory” was the brainchild of Louis Pasteur, who in the late 1800s used a newfangled contraption called the microscope to identify the tiny organisms associated with anthrax. Cattle who were afflicted with anthrax had these tiny “germs,” which weren’t present in healthy cattle. Thus, he concluded that the cause of anthrax was these microscopic germs.
It’s a nice theory, but not completely correct. In fact, on his deathbed, Pasteur recanted his germ theory, observing that it was “the soil, not the seed” that played the more important part. But it was too late. The germ theory had been released to the world and there was no turning back.
(In longer programs you might want to insert the Germ Theory Skit here. See Appendix A.)
The bottom line? Germs don’t cause disease any more than baseball bats cause home runs. Is there a connection? Of course, but there’s much more involved.
(Slide 5 Genetics)
Another more recent cause that has been blamed for disease and ill health is genetics, our DNA.
When Watson and Crick discovered the double helix back in the 1950s, it was thought that they had uncovered the very program that made life possible and disease inevitable.
More recently, the science of epigenetics has emerged. It turns out that our environment, and how we react to it, can cause genes to be silenced or expressed. In other words, they can be turned off (become dormant) or turned on (become active). The owner’s manual in the glove compartment of your car explains how your car operates but not where you decide to drive it; it’s the same with our genes. DNA is not destiny, as previously thought.
(Slide 5 Accidents)
Can accidents cause disease and ill health? Of course. But remember, there’s no such thing as an “accident” because we live in a world of cause and effect. Every effect has a cause. For example, we call it a car accident, but it’s merely what happens when two or more cars attempt to occupy the same space at the same time.
(Slide 5 Poor nutrition)
Can poor nutrition cause disease and ill health? Of course. Our body needs the raw materials to fuel our function. Try to run a diesel engine on gasoline or a jet engine on sugar water and it’ll fail to function. But diet alone isn’t the answer. There are millions of people who subsist on little more than rice and a few vegetables. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that fewer calories and simpler diets actually improve health and longevity.
(Slide 5 Bad luck)
Many superstitions are related to luck—either good or bad—and luck often refers to factors beyond our control. There’s no question that luck is a common theme among those who find themselves afflicted with a variety of life-threatening diseases. But just how does luck fit in with our cause-and-effect world? Either there is a cause for every effect, or there isn’t. We can’t have it both ways.
(Slide 5 Age)
But what about our age? Are there certain health conditions that are only faced by those in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and older? Of course. Many are cumulative, meaning they only show up after years of lifestyle choices, neglect, or simply the relentless effects of gravity.
While these are the most commonly accepted causes of disease and ill health, there’s another underlying cause that’s largely overlooked, and it’s what I’d like to address during the rest of our time together.
(Slide 6 Virus)
To do that, we have to think small. Really small. Smaller than what Pasteur saw through his crude optical microscope. The size of a virus or bacteria, which means really small.
There is something that this single-celled virus shares with you and me and the largest animal on the planet. We call it “innate intelligence.”
(Slide 7 Special intelligence)
You and I are examples of this same intelligence. Inside every living thing is a special form of intelligence.
It remembers to make your heart beat. It makes sure your food is digested and eliminated. It produces perspiration to cool you when you get too hot. It constricts blood vessels to keep your essential organs working when you get cold. It unleashes your immune system to fight an infection.
It’s on the job every second of the day. It never takes a vacation. And not only does it keep you alive, but healthy. Some experts believe it should keep you alive and healthy for about 120 years.
So if you ever lose your health, you’ll need a good doctor, and the best doctor in the world is local, standing by 24/7. An expert in physiology. A specialist in gastrointestinal function. Board certified in orthopedics, neurology, oncology and virtually every other discipline, specialty and sub-specialty.
(Slide 8 Dr. You)
Meet Dr. You.
It’s the doctor who allows you to move, reproduce, grow, and heal a cut.
(Slide 9 Space shuttle)
Consider this. The most complex machine ever made is the space shuttle. It has about two and a half million parts.
But you and I are even more complex, with as many as 37 trillion cells! Not only do we have 15 million times more parts, but consider the complexity of each one of those cells.
(Slide 10 New York)
Each one is more complex than the city of New York with its power, water, sewer, solid waste removal, transportation, telephone and other infrastructure. You and I are very complex indeed.
(Slide 11 Three bears)
Yet, Dr. You is completely in charge, controlling and regulating every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body.
It’s Dr. You who makes sure you have the precise amount of insulin. Not too little. Not too much. Just right.
It’s Dr. You who secretes stomach acid. Not too little. Not too much. Just right.
It’s Dr. You who delivers adrenaline exactly when you need it. Not too little. Not too much. Just right.
It’s only Dr. You who knows how much you need. Anyone else is just guessing or taking an average, but “average” isn’t necessarily normal. What you need is different than what I need.
(Slide 12 Clouds)
It’s Dr. You who heals cuts.
It’s Dr. You who fights infection.
It’s Dr. You who prevents disease.
It’s Dr. You who eliminates headaches.
It’s Dr. You who relaxes tight muscles.
It’s Dr. You who reduces back pain.
Dr. You does all this and more…
(Slide 13 Short circuit)
Except when Dr. You can’t.
Like a tripped circuit breaker, blown electrical fuse, or short circuit, Dr. You can’t do the job. What could possibly interfere with Dr. You?
It’s an important question. So important, I want to spend the rest of our time together answering it. But first, we need to understand the relationship between Dr. You and the nature of true health.
(Slide 14 Definition)
Do you know the definition of true health?
Who has an idea? (Encourage ideas from your audience.)
In Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, the text used by virtually all healthcare practitioners, health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In short, true health is how well your body works physically, mentally and socially.
It’s not how you feel.
(Slide 15 How you feel)
How you feel isn’t a good way to know if you’re healthy.
Consider this. Let’s say that after our time together, you and your partner decide to go to that fancy new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try.
It’s a great meal. The wait staff is witty, the portions are large, and the food tastes great.
(Slide 16 Toilet)
But two hours later, you find yourself vomiting up that fancy dinner!
You feel terrible. But are you healthy?
Imagine what might happen if you were to take some medicine that would suppress your body’s wise decision to expel the tainted food.
So in this case, vomiting would be a healthy response—but you probably feel terrible.
(Slide 17 You’ve lost your health)
The reverse can be true as well.
If you feel great, but have the early stages of tooth decay, you’re sick.
If you feel great, but have arterial plaque, reducing blood flow to your heart muscle, you’re sick.
I like feeling good just as much as anyone else, but clearly, how you feel is a poor indication of your health.
(Slide 18 Smiley face)
Instead of focusing on function, traditional so-called healthcare is largely about feeling better. Which is probably why it is so appealing. The way to feel better is to simply make the uncomfortable symptoms go away.
(Slide 19 Yellow)
Pain? Numb it.
Headache? Drug it.
Muscle spasm? Chemically relax it.
High blood pressure? Artificially lower it.
Failing gallbladder? Surgically remove it.
All while ignoring the underlying cause. So, while we call these activities “health” care, it would be more accurate to call them “sick” care because they do little to advance or promote “complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
(Slide 20 Tachometer)
Instead of suppressing symptoms, true health is when every aspect of your body performs as it was designed.
Remember, we live in a world of cause and effect. Every effect has a cause. Headaches, muscle spasms, and high blood pressure all have causes. A failing gallbladder does, too.
It may not be popular or convenient to address the underlying cause, but true health is about locating and correcting any interferences that are hindering your body’s ability to perform as it was designed, which begs the question:
What controls how your body performs?
(Slide 21 Wire terminal)
Your nervous system.
Your nervous system controls and regulates every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body. It’s the master system that orchestrates and coordinates the performance of the trillions of cells of your body.
Not your blood—which takes direction from your nervous system.
Not your immune system—which is under the command of your nervous system.
And not even your DNA—which expresses individual genes based on signals from your nervous system.
An interference-free nervous system is the key to optimum function and performance, which is the key to good health.
(Slide 22 Nervous system)
Your nervous system includes your brain, your spinal cord, and all the nerves of your body.
When your pulse quickens when climbing the stairs? Your nervous system.
When your immune system shields you from infection? Your nervous system.
When your digestive system converts food into energy? Your nervous system again.
Dr. You relies on your nervous system to make sure everything is working as it should.
(Slide 23 Skateboarding)
Your nervous system is so important that bone protects its most vital parts.
Like a helmet, eight bones of your skull protect your brain, and like a string of pearls, twenty-four moving bones cover your spinal cord.
Okay, time for a pop quiz: If you feel great, but can’t turn your head or bend normally, are you sick or are you well?
Answer: Sick, of course, since health is defined as “complete physical, mental and social well-being.”
(Slide 24 Safety pin cycle)
Nerve messages leave your brain and travel down your spinal cord and out to every cell and tissue of your body.
The returning message confirms that everything is working properly.
We refer to this elegant communication and feedback system as the “safety pin cycle.”
[Insert Safety Pin Cycle script. See Appendix C]
Anything that interferes with this vital exchange sets the stage for impaired performance, malfunction, and ill health.
(Slide 25 Warning sign)
It turns out there is an all-too-common interference to this vital exchange between our brain and our body: the moving bones of the spinal column.
The spinal column is an engineering marvel, allowing us to stand upright, turn, and bend, while also protecting the spinal cord and the pairs of nerve roots that branch off between each spinal bone to service the various organs and tissues at each segmental level.
These moving bones of the spine can interfere with your nervous system.
Malposition of individual spinal bones can choke or, more commonly, irritate nearby nerves.
This is called vertebral subluxation.
Vertebral, meaning “of the spinal column,” and subluxation, meaning “less than a total dislocation.”
We’re most aware of subluxations when they cause pain. But less than 10% of the nerves in your body are pain-sensing nerves. Just think what might happen if controlling nerve impulses to your stomach, gallbladder, or some other organ or tissue are compromised by the subtle displacement of spinal vertebrae?
What would happen if say, your gallbladder were functioning at only 80% of what it should be? Or if distorted nerve impulses caused your gallbladder to be constantly stressed, functioning at full throttle all the time?
When you consider all the organs and tissues of your body that your nervous system must choreograph to work just right, and that few of these organs and tissues have pain sensing nerves, subluxations that interfere with the job of Dr. You are actually much more serious than a headache or back pain. Sure, these can be uncomfortable and distracting, but subluxations interfering with the brain’s ability to control and regulate your stomach or heart or pancreas are much more serious.
(Slide 25 Television screen)
Like poor reception on a television, organs and tissues that are controlled by affected nerves can become dis-regulated by vertebral subluxation. There seems to be two ways this can happen.
(Slide 25 Black and white screen)
The first is the result of a compressive lesion, where the nerve root, as it emerges from between each spinal bone, is compressed or choked. This can produce incomplete nerve communications in which information is lost.
(Slide 25 Color screen)
The second, and more common, is called a facilitated lesion. This is where the spinal nerves are stretch, irritated, or inflamed, causing nerve messages to become exaggerated or distorted.
Either one can cause ill health—which, as you recall, is when our bodies fail to function as they were designed.
(Slide 27 Subluxation)
If vertebral subluxations cause nerve interference, and nerve interference can cause ill health, what causes vertebral subluxations?
(Slide 27 Subluxation causes)
Subluxations can have a variety of causes. There are three main categories.
(Slide 27 Subluxation physical causes)
There can be physical causes of subluxations. Slips and falls. Accidents. Whiplash. Repetitive motions—even the birth process.
(Slide 27 Subluxation chemical causes)
Chemical causes of subluxation can include drugs, alcohol, tobacco, preservatives, poor nutrition, and a whole host of environmental toxins.
(Slide 27 Subluxation emotional causes)
The most common cause of subluxation is probably emotional stress. Fear, anger, grief, and countless other emotions can cause spinal muscles to tighten and misalign vertebrae of the spine.
Clearly, our minds affect our bodies and our bodies affect our minds. That makes three major causes of subluxations: physical trauma, chemical toxins, and negative thoughts.
And now, the good news.
(Slide 28 Piano tuner)
Doctors of Chiropractic detect and reduce vertebral subluxations. (Add x-rays, scans, or examples of other technology you use to detect vertebral subluxation.)
Precise chiropractic adjustments restore nerve communication. (Add detail about your particular adjusting technique.)
Chiropractic is an all-natural, drug-free approach to better health. (Add more detail about any adjunctive procedures you use such as nutrition, rehab, etc.)
It’s remarkably safe, and any side effects are mostly positive. Virtually any type of intervention can have side effects. Thankfully, most chiropractic side effects are the resolution of health issues other than the one we were consulted for.
(Slide 29 Surgical theater)
Besides that, chiropractic is remarkably safe. Safer than back surgery, which only has a fifty-fifty chance of success. The risks of anesthesia, hospital-acquired infections, and just plain mistakes that are made on the operating table will claim thousands this year in the United States.
(Slide 29 Aspirin)
Chiropractic care is also safer than taking aspirin and other over-the-counter pain relievers. Most people think nothing of taking aspirin or ibuprofen at the slightest hint of a headache or back pain. The kidney and liver damage, stomach bleeding, and other side effects will claim the lives of about 1,600 this year in the United States.
(Slide 29 Flight attendant)
The fact is, today’s chiropractic care is safer than most things that are considered safe. Chiropractic care is safer than flying on a commercial airliner. Although it is quite newsworthy when a commercial airliner goes down, in a typical year in the United States, commercial aviation will claim the lives of 100 people.
Chiropractic care is even safer than getting caught in an electrical storm. In a typical year in the United States, 16 people will die from being struck by lightning.
What about shark attacks? They get a lot of press coverage and 6 to 10 people lose their lives worldwide each year, but chiropractic is even safer.
In fact, chiropractic care is so safe that even after the millions of adjustments that are given to newborns, infants, children, adults and seniors, the number of newsworthy events that result can be counted on one hand.
In short, today’s chiropractic care is incredibly safe.
(Slide 30 Family)
Could today’s chiropractic care help you?
How long will it take to get your body working as it should?
One thing is certain: With a better working nervous system, just about anything is possible, thanks to Dr. You.
(Slide 31 Call to action)
(Add call to action, office address or limited-time offer based on the audience, your intent, and the circumstances of your speaking invitation.)
Germ Theory Skit
Germ theory is based on the idea that various diseases are caused by particular types of germs. But actually, germs are a lot like these.
TAKE A HANDFUL OF BLACK BEANS AND SHOW THEM TO AN AUDIENCE MEMBER.
Please examine these little black objects and tell me what you think they are.
AUDIENCE MEMBER SUPPLIES THEIR ANSWER OR GUESSES. CORRECT THEM IF NECESSARY.
That’s right. They’re black beans. With a little cilantro, they make a great soup or side dish.
GRASP A SINGLE BEAN AND HOLD IT UP.
Now, what you probably don’t know is that scientists have done research on these little black beans, and they’ve discovered that wherever you find black bean bushes growing, you’ll find the remnants of one of these little black beans. Thus, they’ve reached the conclusion that these cause black bean bushes!
DIVIDE BEANS BETWEEN BOTH HANDS. HOLD ONE HANDFUL OF BEANS UP TO FACE AND DRAMATICALLY PRETEND TO SNEEZE, SPEWING THE BLACK BEANS AT THE AUDIENCE.
PRETEND TO HAVE AN UPSET STOMACH, ATTEMPTING TO PREVENT YOURSELF FROM VOMITING. FINALLY, PRETEND TO VOMIT THE REMAINING HANDFUL OF BEANS INTO THE LAP OF AN AUDIENCE MEMBER.
Careful, those beans are going to germ-in-ate!
Now you and I know that the circumstances aren’t right for those beans to germinate. Soil, water, and sunlight have to be just right or they won’t germinate and form black bean bushes. It’s the same with germs. Germs are everywhere. They don’t become diseases unless the circumstances are just right for the germs to thrive. It’s the classic case of the seed or the soil. The seed (or germ) has very little power unless the soil (in this case, your body) is a hospitable host. And that’s why it’s called germ theory, not germ fact.
Bent Finger Skit
I’d like to talk about pain for just a minute. What if the sensation of pain didn’t exist?
If you have back pain or headaches, or know someone who does, making the pain go away is a major goal. But what is the purpose of pain? There must be a reason that most of us have the ability to sense pain. Why?
(Audience suggestions are made)
It turns out there are some very important reasons that we’re equipped to sense pain.
I need a volunteer.
(Bent finger skit)
(Review major reasons for pain on screen)
Pain is a symptom. In fact, Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, used by health professionals around the world, lists over 34 different types of pain. Pain is just one of many symptoms that Dr. You encounters. The symptom is a warning that a limit of some type has been reached, that the body is unable or unequipped to adapt further. This means pain is a good thing. When we misinterpret the pain or focus on simply making the pain go away without tending to its underlying cause, that’s when we get into trouble.
The point is, back pain, headaches, and tight muscles are things that only Dr. You can eliminate, cure, or relax.
ASK FOR A VOLUNTEER FROM YOUR AUDIENCE, PREFERABLY MALE.
Your first name is ______? May I see your hands?
FACE THE VOLUNTEER AND GRASP HIS RIGHT HAND WITH YOUR LEFT AND HIS LEFT WITH YOUR RIGHT.
Which one is your favorite?
BASED ON THEIR “HANDEDNESS” THEY WILL INDICATE ONE OF THEIR HANDS.
This one? I won’t ask you why it’s your favorite, but let’s use the other one.
HOLD UP THE PATIENT’S NON-DOMINANT HAND AND ASK THE VOLUNTEER,
Which is your least favorite finger on your least favorite hand?
(IF THEY INDICATE THEY LIKE THEM ALL, OBSERVE HOW YOU BELIEVE WE DON’T HAVE ANY EXTRA PARTS, BUT TELL THAT TO ALL THE PEOPLE MISSING THEIR TONSILS! GET THE VOLUNTEER TO AT LEAST INDICATE THEIR LEAST NECESSARY FINGER—AND LET’S HOPE IT ISN’T THE ONE WITH THEIR WEDDING BAND!)
WHATEVER FINGER THEY INDICATE, USE ONE HAND TO GRASP THEIR WRIST AND YOUR OTHER HAND TO SLOWLY BEND THE SELECTED FINGER BACKWARDS, CHECKING FREQUENTLY TO SEE IF THEY FEEL ANY PAIN.
Does that hurt? (bend) Does that hurt? (bend) Does that hurt?
WHEN THE VOLUNTEER INDICATES HE FEELS PAIN, STOP AND ADDRESS THE VOLUNTEER AND THEN THE AUDIENCE, ASKING,
I think you’ll agree that pain is a good thing, because I’m using it as a guide to stop pulling back on his finger. Can we all agree that pain has some valuable purposes?
RELEASE YOUR HAND FROM THEIR FINGER AND REACH INTO YOUR POCKET TO REVEAL AN ASPIRIN BOTTLE SO THE AUDIENCE CAN SEE.
Now, I’d really like to see that finger continue back further, so I have some pain relief medication I’d like you to take so we can continue this demonstration…
RELEASE VOLUNTEER’S HAND AND ADDRESS THE AUDIENCE.
Now, that may seem silly, but that’s exactly what happens when you take a drug to mask the symptoms of pain. You can actually do a lot of damage to your body if you override your body’s alarm system. Please give ________ a big… hand, so to speak.
VOLUNTEER SITS DOWN AND YOUR PRESENTATION CONTINUES.
The Safety Pin Cycle
1. With the pin clasped together, hold it with the spring at the top.
2. “Up here is your brain, which generates nerve impulses to control and regulate your entire body, from your nose to your toes.”
3. Trace your finger down one side of the pin.
4. “Nerve impulses are sent down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue of your body.”
5. Trace your finger up the opposite side.
6. “So that your brain knows everything is working as designed, impulses are sent back up to the brain. That’s the definition of true health.”
7. Unclasp the pin.
8. “Many things can disrupt nerve impulses either to or from your brain. The moving bones of the spine are common culprits. When this happens, affected organs and tissues don’t work properly and ill health can result.”
9. Reclasp the pin.
10. “I locate and reduce these nervous system disturbances using safe and natural chiropractic adjustments. With restored nervous system integrity, health can return. Without drugs or surgery. It’s as simple as that.”