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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – May 22

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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.

Something I wish I heard more of in these current times?  There is an abundance of talk these days about who is vulnerable to COVID, why masks and isolation will help, how wonder drugs are being rushed to market, etc.  What I feel is missing is any talk of naturally strengthening your body’s defenses.  Medication and medical intervention of course have their place but what about taking steps so that we have fewer people in at risk groups?   Moving more, exercising even a little bit, and making simple nutritional changes can and would affect the health of our population far more than any medication we could come up with.  We certainly want medical tools to help people when they are in crisis but emphasizing how to prevent getting to that point in the first place should be a priority.  Take your teeth for example – a dentist can certainly fill cavities, pull teeth and perform root canals but if you take steps to care for your teeth better you minimize the chance you’ll need to rely on those procedures. 

Something that inspired me recently?  Last Friday I took my 10 and 13-year-old sons on a run with me as I pushed their little brother in a jogging stroller.  It was hot and hilly and immediately my 10-year-old son struggled in a way he usually does not.  Of the 5 miles, he was in the “pain cave” (as we often call it in ultra-running) for about 4.5 of them.  Having struggled to that degree hundreds of times myself, I knew how badly he’d want to quit and how his mind would be filled with excuses to do so.  Seeing him persevere and evenutally finish the run made me extremely proud.  Even better was seeing and listening to him be so proud of himself for not giving up and finishing the task/run.  Not quitting is something everyone says they’ll never do but often end up doing when times get tough.  Contrary to popular belief, it is not something you’re born with either, it must be developed over time.  Seeing my son learn and implement this lesson in real time made me proud and inspired me.

A workout I love?  Every Friday since the quarantine began my sons and I do what we call “Flipping Friday” (if you follow me in Instagram you’ve seen us do this).  At my house we have a 450 lb. truck tire and a 100 lb. car tire that we will flip in a way that’s like performing a deadlift with a barbell.  I use the large one and will complete anywhere from 50-100 depending on the workout.  My sons switch off on the smaller tire and get anywhere from 100-200 repetitions.  It’s an unorthodox, fun, quick, and challenging workout that we all enjoy, and which draws a lot of interest from people in our neighborhood! 

What are you doing to get patients back in that aren’t yet comfortable being out?  I’ve had this question frequently this week and the answer is honestly nothing.  There is currently a wide spectrum of concern and risk tolerance within our population and that’s fine.  When it comes to my patients, I am excited to help anyone that needs me now.  I am also pleased to help anyone that may need me later, but I would never attempt to convince them to do anything or go anywhere they weren’t yet comfortable with.

Some quotes I love? 

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Red and Andy in Shawshank Redemption

“Fear is extremely contagious.  Practice fear distancing.  Stay away or you might catch it.  – Ben Altadonna

“Don’t ever underestimate a person who knows more than they say, who observes more than they speak and is busy taking action while the rest are making noise.” – Joel Brown

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – May 15

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week (under normal circumstances, though less during the crisis obviously) 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.

Something cool that’s happened recently?  Before Easter I created a race for my sons and I that we ran while carrying the American flag.  I posted a picture and video on Instagram and tagged one of my favorite companies, Team Never Quit which is the company of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell known for his experiences as described in his book “Lone Survivor.”  As I scrolled through Instagram the other day I was surprised to see that Team Never Quit had posted that picture of my boys and I while I held the American flag with the caption “Showing his boys what it means to be a patriot.”  This was cool to me because the caption accurately captured my sense of patriotism that I do try to teach my sons.  It was also fun to see how excited my sons were when they saw that our picture was on there.  From their reactions, I knew they were proud and that the caption meant a lot to them as well. 

Something I’m doing for exercise?  Since the age of 15, I have been working out at least several days per week with weights so I am badly missing the gym.  I have some assorted equipment at my house but nothing that I would consider heavy and certainly not enough to offer the variety I get from a gym.  What I began doing this week however was adding resistance bands onto the weights so that I’m lifting the actual weights plus the resistance the bands provide.  This has made a tremendous difference and I am able to do more exercises where it’s challenging to get 10-12 reps.  It has been a nice change of pace.

How does it feel to be re-opened?  Despite sending out about 20 emails and posts regarding this topic, people are still shocked when I tell them we have never closed due to the pandemic.  Many of the chiropractors in the state chose to close for their own reasons but the state never mandated doing so.  Our office remained open and observed a recommended reduction in office hours.  We’ve proudly helped hundreds of people that were in pain and needed help during this whole ordeal and are very proud we never shut our doors. 

Anything you’ve seen regarding COVID that gives you hope?  Yes!  I get exhausted watching news and listening to the situation get slanted in one way or another, so I rely on the data.  The data gives me hope and I take the time weekly to run numbers on my own based on the numbers provided to us by the CDC, state, etc. 

The data most significant to me are the number of fatalities within a state, county, country, etc. divided by the number of people within those areas.  So, for the state of Colorado (as of this writing) we have 987 deaths statewide within a population of 5.7 million (I rounded down about 500k from 2019 census) for a death rate of .02%.  Neighboring states are also similar:  Wyoming .001%, Utah .015%, Nebraska .004%, Oklahoma .02%, New Mexico .007%, Kansas .02%, and Arizona .005%.  These numbers can be further segmented among suspected versus confirmed cases, age, co-morbidities and more but for space reasons I’ll just leave it general.

So here is what I draw from this information that is so positive.  The numbers are very low and consistent among the states which demonstrates a trend which itself is positive and provides faith in the statistics.  Second, despite initial fears, the data does not point to a virus that cannot be controlled or that carries with it a high percentage death rate.  Viruses like SARS and Ebola carry death rates in the 30-40% range, and this has thankfully been proven to not be that.  We are well below a 1% death rate across the board.  I certainly wish no one had to deal with this and that no one had died but the stats do help put things into better perspective in my opinion.  I share these stats not because I have any agenda myself but because so often, I talk to people and their assumption of the numbers is so far off. 

Some quotes I love?  “Be nice until it’s time to not be nice.” – Patrick Swayze in Road House

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” – Martin Luther King

“Strength doesn’t just come from winning.  Your struggles develop your strength.  When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Gandhi

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – May 8

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week (under normal circumstances, though less during the crisis obviously) 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.

A thought about Mother’s Day?  I’ve been blessed to have a good mom and even more blessed to have great moms for my children (my first two kids are from my first marriage and I have a son and a daughter due in August with my wife now).  Something I often think back to occurred before Mary and I got married 3 years ago when we were meeting with our pastor leading up to the wedding.  He said, “when a woman encourages her man even a little bit, he feels inspired and there is nothing he won’t be able to accomplish.”  I am truly lucky now to have a wife that does this.  The encouragement I have received from my wife has allowed me to become a far better man than I ever had been before – father, doctor, athlete, business owner, friend, etc.  To have that for myself is special but to have my children being raised by her and receiving that same encouragement and love is truly amazing. 

Something that I’ve seen recently that has impressed me?  There is a new coffee place in Castle Pines that I’ve gone to several times recently.  They opened 3 weeks ago, not exactly an ideal time or how they planned it I’m certain.  However, each time I’ve gone there I’ve seen them excited, handing out samples, improving their procedures to match our situation and really drawing in a lot of business as a result.  Why do like this?  Because I love hustle and love to see it rewarded.  I think it’s great when people avoid complaining, make the best of a situation and give it their best.  This doesn’t mean things will go perfectly all the time, but it does make it likely that others will respect the effort and give them an opportunity.  As I often tell the players I coach in football “I don’t expect a perfect outcome, but I do expect a perfect effort.”  Keep hustling everyone!

Something that has been inspiring me?  My oldest son is 13 and has been keeping up with his own exercise program.  I’ve shown him how to do all of it, but he has taken the time and initiative to do it on his own for weeks now.  When he’s at his mom’s he works out daily on his own and when he’s with me we’ll work out together, but he’ll also go off and do things on his own as well.  It really makes me proud when he tells me what he’s done, how it’s been helping him and how proud he is of himself for doing it.  What has inspired me the most though is seeing how his 10-year-old brother has now begun to follow his lead and work out regularly as well.  Setting a great example and letting the example do your talking is something I believe in wholeheartedly. 

Something I’ve been eating that I’ve been enjoying?  It’s not one specific meal but last week I replaced my old grill with a new Traeger Grill that is a combination grill and smoker.  Since I bought it, I’ve started looking up new recipes and have found far tastier ways to cook some of the meat and vegetable staples I usually enjoy.  As a bonus, I’m cooking more in bulk and have really liked having tasty food ready to go for additional meals rather than having to take more time and get things together. 

Some quotes I love?  “Fear is a force that sharpens your senses. Being afraid is a state of paralysis in which you can’t do anything.” – Marcus Luttrell

“When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in, that’s what the storm is all about.” – Inky Johnson

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – May 1

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week (under normal circumstances, though less during the crisis obviously) 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.

Form of exercise I’ve been enjoying?  My 21-month-old son is a spirited young boy to say the least.  I’ve tried in the past to push him in a jogging stroller and he basically reacted like I was trying to give him an appendectomy without anesthesia.  About a month ago, I decided to tempt fate and try and push him in it again and now he loves it.  He and I have covered dozens of miles together over the past few weeks and it’s one of my favorite activities we share.  He points out airplanes, loves to look back and talk to me and seems to really enjoy sitting back and relaxing as I push him.  It’s great exercise and bonding time at the same time!

A piece of workout advice?  Most people assume because I compete in such long events that my workouts must take hours a day.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Other than my long runs, most of my workouts are 15-20 minutes of quick but intense activity.  My advice is to remember that it’s much more about the quality of your workout than the quantity.  Not only can you accomplish a great deal within a shorter amount of time, but it is far less daunting when trying to carve out such a small amount of time to do so.

Something to consider about COVID-19?  I’m running into a lot of people that are terrified to re-open our country.  I’ve heard people say schools should never re-open, restaurants shouldn’t be allowed to have dine-in service and so many other things.  Now, I know the news cycle can be crazy but what I encourage people to do is consider the numbers.  Our country as of 2019 had 328 million people.  As of this writing, we’ve had just over 55,000 deaths from coronavirus.  That equates to .01%.  Am I suggesting those deaths are insignificant or that people have not suffered?  Not in any way I assure you.  What I am merely suggesting is that these numbers are often very different than people may suspect.  People can use these numbers (or other numbers from cities, counties, etc.) to put things in perspective for themselves without any news-related bias.

A piece of advice I think is important right now?  Years ago, my girlfriend (now wife) explained to me the concept of “seasons.”  Just like it’s not always winter or summer, our lives go through seasons as well.  In some we are riding high and loving life.  Others may be more challenging and complicated. Regardless, we must remember that in the end there will be ups and downs.  What we are going through now is merely a season and it will pass.

Some quotes I love?  “A right that can be taken away depending on the situation is not a right, it is a permission.”

“It’s not what a man has or accomplishes, it’s what it takes to discourage him that counts.”

“Ignore your health and it will go away.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – April 24

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week (under normal circumstances, though less during the crisis obviously) 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.

Workouts I have been enjoying?  With gyms being closed and most of us not having access to a ton of equipment at home, we must get creative with our workouts.  Over the past week, I have been doing “station” workouts where I’ll do one exercise, immediately go to the next, then the next and so on.  I do these with non-equipment, some equipment or a combination of both.  Normally I will do 5-6 exercises (stations) in succession with no rest and after I have gone through each exercise once, that completes 1 set.  Then I will rest 1 minute and run through them again for a total of 5 to 10 sets.  Here are some examples from the past week that I’ve done either alone or with my older boys. 

Workout 1:  10 burpees 20 hanging leg raises (or any ab exercise), 20 hanging dips (you could also use a chair), 30 air squats, 20 jumping lunge squats and 20 pushups.  I did all back to back then after the pushups I rested for 1 minute. Depending on time I’ll do 5-10 times total.

Workout 2 I did with my kids on Saturday:  10 burpees, 30 air squats, 10 pushups, 30 mountain climbers and then walking lunges (total of 10 each leg). Rest 1 minute then repeated 5 times.

Something I’ve been seeing that I love?  I run frequently and recently have noticed a lot of new faces.  I love seeing this because it means that people are choosing to use their time to start rediscovering their physical side and getting into better shape.  Sometimes all it takes is a single workout, a single run or a new experience to light the fire of motivation that can last a lifetime.  These are strange times, but I hope for many it’ll be a time they look back on as a positive turning point in their health journey.

A recent cool experience?  The day before Easter, I got my 10 year old and 13 year old sons to do a “race” with me that we titled the “ Easter Eve No Quit, Stay Hard, Kenney Men 8 Miler” (second place name was “an 8 mile run” which was not as catchy).  We ran carrying an American flag as we often do, and it was an amazing experience.  For the last 2 miles we were in view of cars driving by, many of whom would honk for the flag.  Then, as we got back onto our street my 19-month-old son ran the remaining couple blocks with us and was very excited to do so.  I always enjoy setting things up like this for my boys where we take something simple and turn it into something fun!

Your wife is pregnant during all of this?  You guys must be freaking out right?  The answer is honestly no, not even for a second.  Things are certainly odd right now – for example, I’m not allowed to go into Mary’s appointments with her which is a bummer.  However, we both share the opinion that Mary is strong and healthy and even if something were to happen, we would deal with it then.  Panicking about every possibility is pointless and we choose to focus on the fact we will have a beautiful little lady in our lives soon!

Some quotes I love?  “Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils.” – General John Stark

“Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.”

“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution

of those determined to be free.” – John F. Kennedy

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – April 17

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week (under normal circumstances though less during the crisis obviously) 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. 

A piece of advice I’d recommend during quarantine?  Have you ever noticed that the more you sit around and do nothing the more restless you become?  I believe that relaxing is something that should be earned and is appreciated far more when it is.  Therefore, my advice is to make sure you are physically exerting your body daily – running, walking, pushups, weights, yoga, whatever.  This gives you a feeling of accomplishment and after you’ve done this, THEN you can relax.  Done in this fashion, it will feel like a reward rather than a lack of productivity. 

A concern I have going forward?  Have you ever seen someone that has lost their nerve or confidence in a major way?  If so, you understand how someone can quickly and completely change.  My fear as the quarantine ends is that a great many people will not rebound.  They will remain afraid, lose motivation, never get past what has happened and wake up years later still blaming past circumstances for lack of personal results.   It’s a trying time for sure but life is too short to spend it in neutral fretting about the past.    

Something nice I’ve seen recently?  I went to one of my favorite places in Littleton to grab some takeout for lunch this week.  I started chatting with the employee as I waited for my food and he said business is way down – some days he doesn’t get paid after driving from Denver and they are serving maybe 10 tickets in a day when that number is over 100 in normal times.  Then after telling me that he began to tell me how the owner has begun serving meals to people in the community that are in need right now.  I was really impressed by this.  Even in their toughest time, they are taking the time to give back to the community that has supported them for so many years.  I respect the heck out of that.  (By the way, if you like Middle Eastern food, check out Damascus Grill in Littleton by my office or in Castle Rock!)

Something I’ve been doing that’s helping?  I’ve really focused on getting rid of sources of negativity and it’s made a tremendous difference.  I’ve stopped watching the news by and large (I get some updates but don’t tune in much) because it’s just the same stuff again and again.  I also avoid talking and texting with the people that bum me out with all their doom and gloom.  In place of the sources of negativity I simply insert the opposites – I talk more to positive people and watch/read more of what is uplifting.  I never hide from reality, but I do not waste time dwelling on the negative aspects of things I cannot control.

Some quotes I love?  “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  – Ben Franklin

“In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway.” – Bear Bryant

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – April 10

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I interact with hundreds of patients each week (under normal circumstances though less during the crisis obviously) 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. 

A piece of advice I’d recommend?  This applies during the pandemic and beyond.  My advice is to not forget to play offense when it comes to your health.  Right now, most of what people are focusing on are defensive measures – not contacting with other people, not touching your face, wearing masks and gloves, etc.  While those are fine, they do not do anything to strengthen your own immunity.  Ideally you want to do things to proactively strengthen your own defenses – eating healthy food, exercising, drinking enough water, getting sunlight (even just in your own driveway), taking in nutrients (vitamin C, D, multivitamin, etc.), limiting the amount of chemicals you ingest (including medications) and managing your stress levels as best as possible.  Any sport requires both offense and defense, don’t forget to focus on both for your own health.

Something I have been enjoying?  I have been practicing chiropractic for 14 years and though I’ve always loved it, I can honestly say that the past month has been the strangest and yet most rewarding time of my career for many reasons.  I’m nowhere near as busy as usual but the work has taken on different meaning.  Weeks ago, it was a daily concern of whether I’d even be allowed to be open.  Then when it looked as if we’d be forced to close, myself and other chiropractors of our state were in contact with our legislators who saw our value and made sure we’d be able to keep practicing and do our part.  All that makes me feel very fortunate to even be able to be here and do what I do.  What has made it the most special however have been my patients.  Many of my colleagues made the decision to close very quickly but my feeling was that when it’s your job to help people, then you need to be there to do that.  On a daily basis, the people I’m helping are so thankful that I’m open that I know I’ve made the right decision.  The gratitude I’m feeling for being able to still help my patients combined with the gratitude they have for me being here has made an odd time surprisingly special.

A recent interaction?  I had an interaction with a family member over the phone recently where I simply expressed that I would continue to stay calm no matter what and I was yelled at for “not taking things seriously.”  This is also a trend I’ve seen on social media where people that don’t panic or promote doom and gloom are shamed for not taking it seriously.  I would like to use an example of something that happened to me to display the flaw in this logic:

When I was 19 years old, I was with my college track team at a restaurant after a meet.  There were some words exchanged between a teammate and some other guys in the restaurant.  Before I knew it, my teammate followed them out of the restaurant and our track team followed as well.  Immediately 3 of the men pulled out guns.  My entire track team ran except for my good friend (who was injured and unable to run) and myself.  Both he and I remained calm, did nothing foolish and then walked away.  I can assure you we took the situation seriously, but we behaved calmly and survived.  My point is that in a crisis, panic is a liability.  Staying calm helps you make better decisions that are ultimately far more beneficial to you and those around you.  To me, this is how you take something “seriously.”    

Another recent interaction?  My wife and I have a 17-year-old nanny that watches our toddler for us a few days per week.  She came to our house earlier this week and explained that she’s been getting a lot of negativity and fear about our current situation from those close to her.  She then made a remark that I found interesting.  She said “I’m not freaking out because I know you’re not worried.  If you were than I would definitely be.”  While I was flattered by the comment what stood out to me is how we may tend to forget that we have people that look up to us observing how we behave, especially in times of crisis.  Even if we have our own concerns, maintaining our cool and portraying a calm demeanor is always important. 

Some quotes I love?  “Either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.” – Al Pacino from Any Given Sunday

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.  Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.  Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – April 3

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I interact with hundreds of patients each week (under normal circumstances though less during the crisis obviously) 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. 

A recent observation?  On Saturday night I went to pick up food at a local restaurant.  As I got my order, I thanked them for being open and then the owner came to the front and personally thanked me for my business.  As a business owner myself, I understand that gratitude and appreciate it – more so now than ever before.  I also strongly believe that as things return to normal that there will be a “street cred” aspect that is attributed to certain businesses.  I know I have a bunch of businesses that I have gained new respect for that will be on my short list going forward.

A lesson I’ve been drawing on?  As most of you know, I run ultra-marathons and have competed in some extremely tough races and events over the years.  I’ll always post a photo from the finish where I’m smiling and happy but here’s the truth – it’s painful for countless hours before that picture is taken.  And the more painful it becomes, the more you question your ability to continue and eventually reach the finish line.  The lesson I’ve learned is this though:  you must never quit, always keep moving forward and hang in long enough for a rally to happen.  What we’re facing now as a country can be daunting, but I am using these lessons now more than ever.  We will all have that smiling picture again soon but for now we must simply not quit, keep going forward and wait for that rally!

Why are you still open?  Aside from the fact I am legally allowed to be open, I feel a responsibility to do so.  Right now, we are all focused on COVI19 for obvious reasons and that’s fine.  However, there are still people suffering and in great pain from migraines, shooting pains, chronic conditions, new injuries and more.  Those people are not wanted at hospitals or walk ins right now so my role in all of this is to help them.  I cannot and will not turn my back on these people and just allow them to suffer.  Some may suggest I just close and tell those people I’ll see them when things settle down.  But I will tell you that in the few weeks this has been ongoing I have been thanked by patient after patient for remaining open and being there to help them.  People that need help will always be welcome in my office.

Something nice I’ve seen recently?  I was in the grocery store the other day and there was an employee stocking items into a freezer.  As he was doing this a man walked up to him and thanked him for being there and for his hard work.  I overheard part of their conversation and he was showing great respect and gratitude for the employee who was touched by this gesture.  Needless to say, I loved the whole exchange.  One of the good things I believe this crisis will bring to many is a greater appreciation for the little things in our lives that we tend to take for granted. 

A quote I love?  “There’s no patent on good habits.” – Dan Crenshaw

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 27

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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. 

Something interesting I’m seeing throughout all this?  I would say that among personal friends, acquaintances, businesses I associate with and those in my profession there are 3 categories: 

1 – People that previously talked a big game of leadership, tenacity, strength, etc. that folded up instantly during all this.  Even worse, many in this group continue to criticize those that haven’t.

2 – People that I thought were strong and are proving me 100% right.  Many people that I look up to have proved to me why during these times.

3 – People that I wouldn’t have necessarily expected to but have risen to the occasion and have displayed adaptability, strength, leadership, kindness and other amazing traits.  I see this daily.

I believe that crisis reveals character, and this is really on display right now.

Something I’d advise against?  It seems since the COVID19 outbreak that half of Facebook are now either scientists, economists or both.  The problem is that many of these “scientists” are posting selfies with their “knowledge” 3 weeks after posting selfies talking about how they couldn’t keep a relationship.  And these “economists” are often people we couldn’t trust to make a buck-fifty at a lemonade stand.  You wouldn’t trust your mechanic to fix your teeth so don’t trust Karen from Facebook to get you 100% of your news.  The point here is that with so much information available to us, be a little weary of what you’re listening to and don’t over-consume information and freak yourself out. 

A piece of advice I’d recommend?  Regardless of where you’re at health-wise, this whole thing should be a wakeup call to improve your health.  We will always encounter germs, that is a certainty.  What it comes down to however, is how strong your body is to defend itself.  Most of those defenses will be built by the choices you make daily – nutritionally (what goes into your body), physically (exercise, etc.) and mentally (managing stress, etc.).  If you’ve been making poor choices, then start making better ones and if you’ve been good; then be great.  Lose that weight, lower that blood pressure, start improving your cardiovascular fitness, etc. 

What have I been doing for exercise?  Without gyms being available, many are curious how they can exercise on their own.  For me personally here is the list of what I’m doing:  In terms of things that don’t require equipment I’m doing pushups, burpees, my wife’s Perfect 20 workouts and outdoor running.  As far as what I’m using in terms of equipment – I have a pullup/dip apparatus I’m doing both on, I have a 450 lb. tire and a sledgehammer I use to do flips and sledge jacks on, I have battle ropes and a few dumbbells I use and finally I’ve been experimenting with a set of resistance bands my son got for Christmas.  Regardless of what you have available to you, make sure you’re doing something.

A quote I love?  “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in the world, and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn’t know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep.  Then you’ve got predators who use violence to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves.  And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog.” – from the movie American Sniper

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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

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