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August 19 2014

Posted: August 19, 2014
By: Aimee

This past weekend, Dr.’s Lou and Laurie and I went to a program in Dahlonega called “Inner Winners.”

We have had this planned since the very beginning of this year, and I had been chomping at the bit ever since.

When Dr. Jay Handt first invited me to the program I was instantly hooked, no questions asked, I was going to be there on August 14.

I have known about Inner Winners since I was a little girl, because my parents had both been before. I knew about some of the challenges that we would face, and I knew it was a life changing experience.

Last year I was stuck in a terrible situation, and ever since I have been holding onto the pain that I went through. Over the months I had suppressed it more and more to the point that I couldn’t feel anything. On the one hand, that was great because I never cried, never let my emotions get to me. But on the other hand… I could not move on. I had so much fear and I no longer trusted people, all because of this burden that I had hidden deep inside of me.

I know with absolute certainty that God’s plan was unfolding for me when I got to Dahlonega this past Thursday. I was ready for my life to change. I was ready to finally let go of the past and be open to new experiences. But I had no idea what was in store for me…

It’s hard to put into words about my experience this past weekend. All I can say is that my life has completely changed. The way I think, the way I act, the way I perceive information, the way I look at the people around me, but more importantly, the way I look at myself.

I am the strongest woman that I know.

I have experienced the lowest point in my life and I rose above it with flying colors. I did things this weekend that most people consider impossible. And believe me, there was a time in my life when I thought it was impossible as well.

I also had thought that there was no way I could do them. I didn’t have the confidence in myself to let go and trust my innate and the loving people around me that I was going to be safe.

The people that I met this weekend will forever be considered family to me. Words cannot express the love I have for everyone who helped me grow and find my true self.

You’ve all seen those videos floating around the internet of a snake charmer from the Middle East who could hold the most venomous snake, or lay down with them completely surrounding the person, and not get bit? I’m sure you’ve tried to understand how that’s even possible. I’m sure you’ve also questioned their sanity and why in the world they would even want to do something like that to begin with.

Well, I was one of those people this past weekend. I was the one standing with the snakes. (Not literally… I would never do that.) But the things that I did however, were along the same lines. Walking across fire was one of those things. And no, I did not get burned. Just a blister here and there.

Quoted by the spiritual leader and guru from Jamaica, Mooji, “the fire of self-discovery will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.”

When my feet landed on the grass on the other side of that fire, I felt it in my heart that I was no longer the weak, beaten, scared woman that I used to be.

I was the strongest woman that I knew. At that very moment, I knew I could do anything.

Many of the challenges we faced last weekend truly scared me. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it. But the love and support I found in everyone at Inner Winners gave me the power I needed to overcome my fears, and overcome the demons that I have hidden deep down.

I’ve never felt so empowered... so liberated... so free.

Chuck and Ruth Ribley and Jay and Kathi Handt saved my life.

I believe that everyone should go to this program at least once in their life. Even if you don’t think you have struggles in your life, or if you have been beaten down so far that you think there is no hope for you… you’re wrong. You will find that your life will be changed for the better.

There is no going back for me.

I’m the “crab in the pot that escaped.” I am now different from the average person. I am strong. I am courageous. I am confident. I am powerful. I am fearless. I can do anything. 

August 11 2014

Posted: August 11, 2014
By: Aimee

This Monday morning started off just as any other would.

Wake up 2 minutes before my alarm is supposed to go off. Kiss my little princess of a dog while she stays under the covers. Get out of bed. Shower. Get back in bed. Put my makeup on. Dry and style my hair. Go wake my dog up again with more kisses. Get dressed. Carry dog upstairs. Feed princess dog. Drink my coffee. Take dog outside.

Eat breakfast. Give dog treats of my breakfast. Give dog more kisses. Brush my teeth. Walk out the door. Forget keys on the counter. Walk back inside. Lock door and drive to work. Say my ‘good morning’s’. Stretch with the staff. Check messages. Check emails. Start working.

Nothing I did this morning was out of the ordinary. Nothing really stuck out that really made me think.

I was in the middle of doing the Daily Wellness Tips that we email to our Wellness Partners when I came across a very profound quote.

There was nothing about this quote that I didn’t know, or haven’t heard of before, so why it would stick out to me, I’m not sure. But it did.

“Have you more faith in a spoonful of medicine than you do of the power that animates the living world?” Dr. B.J. Palmer.

Have you more faith... in a spoonful of medicine- than you do the power that animates the living world.

Does that not just speak volumes to you? I mean I was absolutely wrecked when I read this. It was as if I was having a ‘come to Jesus’ moment. I was just speechless and knew that these words were true.

Have you more faith?

Have you more faith… in MEDICINE, than the power in which The Lord, our God, has created? The creation that allows us to live and breathe and exist in this world? ...You have more faith in medicine?

Have you more faith… in what medical doctors give you, than what your innate (your body’s intelligence) is telling you?

Have you more faith… in the man-made, TOXIC, drugs than what The Lord has given to you naturally?

Have you more faith… in a life threatening surgery, than your body’s ability to heal itself through chiropractic?

I have more faith in our God. He knew what He was doing when He created this body that our soul inhabits. He did not make mistakes. I have faith that when there are no subluxations and when our cells and Nervous System functions correctly without added toxicity from this world, then our body can heal itself.

Who do you have more faith in?

May 30 2014

Posted: May 30, 2014
By: Aimee

Happy Friday, everyone!!

Is it just me or is it truly hard to believe that it is the end of May, already?

I feel like it was just a few weeks ago that we were still having snow/ice storms and before we know it summer will come and go and we will be back to the terrible cold…

I am definitely a summer girl. Whenever I get the chance I will put my swimsuit on and go outside just to catch some rays! I always feel happier when the sun is shining and warm.

“Sun exposure” has been a tricky subject over the years, especially recently. We are told to lather up on sun screen, wear protective clothing, and stay out of the sun as much as possible, because sun causes skin cancer!

Well, I have some interesting news for you. It doesn’t. A study shown in the National Cancer Institute proved that sun exposure will actually reduce your chances of skin cancer. They proved that your chances of cancer are increased by lack of sufficient sun exposure! Kind of interesting, don’t you think?

My personal theory (and of course I have no medical background, this is purely my thoughts and observations from what I know) is that store bought sunscreen is what causes cancer.

I know I probably sound crazy to you, but if you think about it… how many chemicals are in those lotions and oils that you smother all over your body? Yes, it does wonders on blocking the sun from burning your skin, but it is not healthy for you. Most sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that in many cases actually promote cancer growth and free radical production in the body.  Which is why I have a solution!

Here at WCC we are all about taking the healthier route to wellness. And for the most part, that means natural and organic ingredients.

How do you make your own homemade sunscreen? You’ll need…

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference 
  1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives, or other foods.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  6. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

For additional information…

  • This sunscreen is somewhat, but not completely, waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming
  • Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide- use a mask if necessary!
  • This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF
  • Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen
  • I recommend coconut or vanilla extract or lavender essential oils for fragrance
  • Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge
  • I prefer to store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.
  • Remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!









April 23 2014

Posted: April 23, 2014
By: Aimee

Hey WCC, Aimee here!

Is anyone else out there as clumsy as me? I’m pretty sure that I’ve taken 1st place with The Most Run-ins To Inanimate Objects award this week. Mind you, it’s only Wednesday.

Every day this week I have either hit my shin, thigh, arm, shoulder, hip, and practically every part of my body on something. There’s not a section of my body that does not have a black and blue lump on it!

How embarrassing is this! And not to mention painful…

I’m sitting here at my desk this morning with my leg propped up on an open drawer with an icepack. I wish I had an icepack for my arm as well. And possibly even for my head. I am exhausted this morning and it‘s leading to a headache!

I’m sure that you all have been there, stayed up late the night before and now you are at the office all day long and just craving that pillow under your head.  

Luckily for me though, we have a Hydro-Massage heated waterbed here at the office so probably within the next 10 minutes or so I’ll go take a nap on there…. Just kidding, Dr. Lou and Laurie. Sort of.

What I really need though is to get an adjustment. With working two jobs 7 days a week I tend to spoil myself and at least get checked every day that I work at WCC. But I feel like I’ve been out of sorts the last few days (hence running into anything and everything). So by getting an adjustment, it will straighten out my alignment and help me with my balance.

It will also turn the “power on” and get my energy flowing naturally instead of the “second cup of coffee” approach.

The thing that I love most about a chiropractic adjustment is not only the fact that it helps me to feel better but it is NATURALLY helping me feel better. I’m not polluting my body with medicine and drugs; all of that is synthetic and terrible for my body.

Chiropractic releases the interference from your Nervous System and allows your body to work to it’s full potential!!

ie: allowing your brain to communicate to all of your organs, decreasing your blood pressure, energizing your body, and giving yourself an overall feeling of well-being!

Have you gotten your adjustment today?



April 21 2014

Posted: April 21, 2014
By: Aimee

It’s Monday morning, yet again!

Thing’s have been slightly crazy around the office, typical Monday mayhem. Our lunch break that is coming up is much needed that’s for sure!

Today, one of my favorite Wellness Partner’s came in, little miss Kalli! She is 3 years old and full of love and is all about her adorable “queen bee” status. That goes for a literal term today, since she was dressed up as a baby butterfly!

After her adjustment, she was sitting with me at my desk while her grandmother was getting an adjustment, coloring a Dora The Explorer picture. A few minutes later, her grandmother comes up and is ready to leave so Kalli requests that I personally hold her coloring sheet and take it to the car for her. (“Hey Ms. Aimee, can you carry this? I need to leave so you can bring it to the car for me.”)

Like I said, “queen bee.”

Of course I couldn’t say no to that sweet face, so I hold her hand out the door and walk her and her picture to the chariot that awaits in the parking lot.

When the picture is safely in the car she gives me a big hug and says “you’re riding with us!”

Unfortunately I had to go back to work so I had to tell her ’maybe next time.’ She gives me a huge smile and waves “okay, bye, Ms. Aimee!!”

Children are a huge part of our wellness practice, and they just make our day’s so much better! After all the technical errors this morning with our printer on the fritz and slow computer problems, she made my morning!  

It is so important to let your children get adjusted on a regular basis. Just because they are young doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from the MANY successes of chiropractic care.

Do you know why you have that hip/back pain (or any kind of pain) when your older? It’s because you’ve been growing out of alignment your entire life, ultimately leading to your issues now. So starting chiropractic at a young age is the key to a pain free, properly functioning, healthy body!!

And here at WCC we have the wonderful privilege to adjust newborns, just hours after birth! Our Wellness Partners know and understand the benefits of chiropractic care and want what’s best for their babies. They know that subluxations can happen during the birthing process so it’s always good to have them checked whether or not an adjustment is needed at that time.




April 18 2014

Posted: April 18, 2014
By: Aimee

Hey! Aimee here.

You know, being a Chiropractic Assistant can be so rewarding. On a daily basis you get to see people change their lives for the better. You see their health increase and the excitement in their eyes on how they have FINALLY found the missing piece to their health.

Being in charge of marketing, I get to spread the word of chiropractic all day long! How lucky am I??

But every once in a while everyone here at WCC needs to take a step back and regroup. We need to remind ourselves that we are a healing office, and there are some of us who are not as fortunate in health.

This morning, a dear patient of ours who has come in every day since 2001 was the barer of bad news. His daughter has lost the battle with cancer and is now on life support.

When I heard this, this morning, it brought tears to my eyes. I have known him since I was a little girl (just like most of our Wellness Partners) so he feels like family to me. I ran over to him and gave him a hug, the only thing I knew I could do... there were no words. So I said a silent prayer for him, his daughter, and their families.  

Being a CA, I get to know our Wellness Partners on a personal level, I know most everything about them: family, where they have lived, vacations they go on, where they work, etc. Which is such a nice thing (definitely not the experience you get when you go to a MD's office.) So when they tell you sad personal stories of theirs, it's hard not to feel their pain.

But something that I learned a while back, you can't hold on to those feelings. "Leave it at the door." Don't carry the sad, angry, discouraging feelings around with you all day, leave it at the door before you step foot into the office. Because every Wellness Partner who walks through that door deserves your ear-to-ear smile and happiest welcome.

So that's what I'm sharing with you all today. Just leave it at the door. If something bad happens, don't let it get you down, don't harbor those feelings to the point where it will rub off on others and make them, in turn, have a bad day. Just let it go. It will make you feel better!

And, if when you get home you still have those feelings in the back of your mind, you can address them at that point. Take your anger out by writing it down, or talking to your spouse, or calling a friend.

April 16 2014

Posted: April 18, 2014
By: Aimee


My name is Aimee, and this is my personal story as a Chiropractic Assistant.

I am 23 years old and have never been vaccinated. Yes, never. I have never had a flu shot, or any other kind of "booster shot" they have out there. And believe it or not, I am a healthy, happy, young woman.

My whole life I have felt that I had to hide the fact of who I was, because it was so unheard of to not be a vaccinated child, and it was so "unnatural," and "not safe" that I was ashamed to tell people and have to defend myself to the public.

But now that I am older, I voice my opinion quite a bit on politics, and now healthcare. My opinions are strong and I want others to see my side of the story. I want them to know where I'm coming from, to see things through my eyes.

I work for a local wellness chiropractic office in Canton, Georgia. The purpose of our office is to support each individual in achieving their optimum heath and educate them so they may understand health and chiropractic and in turn, educate others. So in order to educate the public, I am starting a blog.

Here at Wellness Chiropractic Center (or WCC) we are a very family oriented practice, and we care so much for our Wellness Partners (patients) and we will do just about anything to help someone achieve health without the need for drugs, medicine and surgeries.

When I say that we are a family oriented practice, I mean that. Dr.'s Lou and Laurie have been married for 35 years (as of yesterday actually!) and have been in practice for over 33 years in the Canton area. Our office manager has been with us for 17 years this May, and I have been here since December of 2013... but, Dr.'s Lou and Laurie have been adjusting me since I was born. Within hours of my birth actually. And they are my parents.

So it is very suiting that I work here now, right?

I have been under chiropractic care my whole life. I have only been to the medical doctor a handful of times as a last resort, and as I said previously, I have never been vaccinated.

The whole "anti-vaccine movement" controversy and the angry outbursts from the pro vaccine crowd I hear is absolutely appalling. People are acting as if this is a new thing. No, this has been going on for years (since the late 1940's when the first vaccinations were given,) but finally it is clicking with others and so they are taking a stance and spreading the word of the dangers of vaccinations.

And for me, it never fails to have "hate-mail" after I voice my opinion. It's been going on since I was old enough to vote and I took advantage of my right to free speech, trying to educate the "one sided" to try to get through to them about other matters our country is under. It has been going on millions of years with religion, and it is going on now with the "anti-vaccination movement."


There is going to be hate no matter where you go. People are going to disagree with you, and you know what? That's okay. To me, as long as I put something out there, it will at least get through to SOMEONE. And that right there is why I felt the need to start this blog today.

Earlier this afternoon I had shared an article on our WCC Facebook Page concerning the dangers of vaccines. Afterwards I decided to also share that same post on my personal account. And low and behold, here came the hate-mail. I was practically ambushed by medically-minded individuals, personal friends of mine, who know nothing about the human body and the way it works. Shoving biased information down my throat and rudely stating "this is false" "you have no idea what you are talking about" "chiropractors are not doctors" "the human body cannot heal itself" "vaccines are how people survive" "anti-vaccinated people are a threat to the vaccinated." I could go on and on.

The feedback I was getting was simply appalling. And not one person was on my side. Well, that is until a text come through to my phone to say that "Oh my gosh! Those people on your Facebook!! Ughh they make me mad."

It was nice to finally have the support, but it brought the idea to my head that they are not comfortable about voicing their opinion with the public. They are scared about what others are going to think, they are worried they will have these people attack them as they attacked me, or, if they do publicly voice their agreement with me, that they won't have enough information to back their opinion's up. And both of those options made me sad.

My goal here is to educate the public enough to give them the courage to voice their opinion on matters that concern your health, and to reach others who are stuck in limbo on not knowing what to do- vaccinate or not to vaccinate.

But going back to my Facebook post, I finally chose to take it down because I was becoming so heated and angry over this, and that is just silly to do that to myself. I don't need that stress in my life. I posted this out of awareness and concern for my friends, a simple way to let them know that they should do their own research on the subject, and here I am being attacked for it.

I knew the debate I was in the middle of was going no where, those individuals are so medically-minded that there was no hope in ever getting through to them. So I took the post down and took a few deep breaths to relieve my stress.

The next thing I know I get a message in my inbox from another friend ('oh great... here we go..' I thought.)

She proceed to tell me how she was thankful for the posts that I share and write because "it helped me to decide to stop vaccinating and rethinking doctors and medicine... and I really need to come to your parents office."

That one simple message turned my whole afternoon around. I was beginning to think that I would be in a bad mood for the rest of my day and I will be mulling over what I should have said to those people on my Facebook, and now, all of those heated feelings had left and joy took it's place.

After all the "hate-mail" I received, then came the silver lining. I had reached someone.

I had gotten through to at least one person!

And that's all it takes. That's all I wanted- to get through to at least one person. It all seemed worth it in the end.

And that is my vision. To spread the word of chiropractic, get the information out there that THERE IS ANOTHER WAY. That you don't have to take prescription pill after superscription pill. That you don't need to rely on drugs to keep your body going. That you don't have to follow the crowd and vaccinate because that's all you've ever known.

Well here I am, telling you the side that you've never heard before. There IS another way. There IS a silver lining. You just have to open your eyes to see it.