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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 20

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.  (Note- last week’s 5 spot wasn’t sent somehow but is on my website if you want to see it)

Do you plan to remain open?   I am staying open unless the state tells me I cannot be here and then quite honestly, I would still help people out of my own home.  I take the virus and its effects as seriously as anyone, but I will not abandon those who need me.  As a doctor I am observing all OSHA recommendations and have adjusted my office procedures so that things are properly (and then some) disinfected and so that there are never more than at most 5 people (including staff) within my 2,000 square foot facility.  So, I will be here and will make whatever changes are necessary so that I can continue to be.    

Something I’d like you to know?  During the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918-1919 the death rate of those under osteopathic and chiropractic care was less than 1% compared to 30% under traditional care.  The reason was that the osteopaths and chiropractors could not prescribe medicine, so they manipulated the spine to help improve nerve supply and thus natural defenses and recuperative abilities.  This is happening anytime you get adjusted whether it’s for pain or not.  I mention this not as a sales pitch or speech but because over 14 years in practice I have seen this play out.  In my personal life I have made it mandatory for my own family and extended family to get adjusted regularly during this crisis in order to help protect all of us.

What won’t you do during this crisis?  I certainly will not panic because that leads to absolutely nothing good, we need leaders not people who panic.  I also will not watch too much news.  I am not suggesting you become un-informed or pretend it’s a utopia outside but even the coolest customer is 8 straight hours of news away from hiding behind their washing machine.  Treat the news like the sun – look at it, get a sense of it and then look at something else.   

What will you be doing during the crisis?  I will be exercising every day as always to keep my body and mind sharp.  I will also continue to eat well (and take my supplements) and not use this as an excuse not to – these nutrients help protect our bodies.  I will get outside to play with my kids in the sunshine whenever possible – vitamin D is naturally derived from sunlight hitting our skin and is one of our most potent anti-viral defenses.  I will read daily as I always do and use some extra free time to read even more.  I’ll do some deep breathing to help alleviate the natural stress we’re all feeling.  I will continue to pray daily as my faith gives me comfort and strength.  Finally, I will roll with the punches and adapt as necessary.

A book I love?  “Mans Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl.  This shares the experiences of this man while in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.  Though what he witnessed was horrible, he learned to find freedom and triumph in his own mind.  This is one of my favorite books of all time and I think of it more in times of struggle. 

Some quotes I find pertinent right now?   “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers

“Great battles can make great heroes and heroines.” –  Ezra Taft Benson

Matt KenneyDr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 20

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