Eustachian Tube Dysfunction & Chiropractic


Eustachian tube dysfunction refers to when the pressure of the middle ear is unable to equalize with atmospheric pressure.  It can cause a muffling of one’s hearing and can also cause ear pain (otalgia), facial pain and headache. 

The eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the nasopharynx (see diagram).  It is composed partly of bone (near the middle ear) and partly of cartilage.  There are 4 muscles that insert into the eustachian tube controlling its ability to open and close.  These are the salpingopharyngeus, tensor tympani, levator veli palatini and tensor veli palatini.  These muscles are related to the pharynx so each time you swallow or yawn, the ears (in normal cases) will make a mild clicking sound which represents the temporary opening of the eustachian tube to equalize the pressure.  It is thought that eustachian tube dysfunction is a result of disruption of the normal tone of these muscles affecting their ability to contract optimally (1).  Malfunction of these muscles may also affect the ear’s ability to drain fluid.  As soon as the tone returns to normal, the opening and closure mechanism of the eustachian tube is restored and pressure equalization and drainage of any fluids can resume. Eustachian tube dysfunction can occur with or without middle ear infection (1).

le ear infections can also occur in adults.  The eustachian tube is responsible for draining fluid of the middle ear, so sometimes when you have an upper respiratory infection (or a cold), mucus and bacteria get trapped in the eustachian tube and the blockage results in an inner ear infection.Eustachian Tube Dysfunction & ChiropracticHow can chiropractic help with ear pain?

Ear pain can occur for a variety of reasons.  It can result from eustachian tube dysfunction (as discussed above), from dysfunction of the joints in the neck, dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) and ear infection, for example.  A chiropractic examination can identify mechanical causes/contributors of your ear pain and adjustments to the affected areas will help to restore normal function.  For example, the ear itself can be adjusted, the neck can be adjusted and the TMJ can be adjusted if dysfunction is found there.  A few treatments may be required before you notice any difference.  Long standing mechanical issues take a longer time to normalize than newer mechanical issues.  Often times, people have more than one mechanical issue that needs to be addressed.  Depending on the cause of the ear pain, there are also different exercises that may help.

There is preliminary evidence that chiropractic adjustments to the upper four vertebrae of the neck improve symptoms of middle ear infection (3).  The tensor veli palatini muscle is innervated by a branch of the trigeminal nerve which has branches to the C1-C4 nerve roots.  The mechanism of benefit is thought to be from freeing neurological compromise to the tensor veli palatini such that its normal tone is restored (3).

Interesting study:

In children with recurrent ear infections, chewing xylitol gum daily appears to reduce the occurrence of middle ear infection by 40% compared to chewing sucrose gum (2). Xylitol also inhibits the growth of Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Dietary Suggestions:

  • stay well hydrated

  • eliminate dairy foods (dairy may thicken and increase mucus making it more difficult for an infected ear to drain)

  • 1) Murphy D & Gay, C (2011). Manual therapy and ear pain: a report of four cases. J Can Chirop Assoc; 55(1):40-46.

  • 2) Uhari, M, Kontiokari, T, Koskela, M & Niemela, M (1996). Xylitol chewing gum in prevention of acute otitis media: double blind randomised trial. BGJ; 313:1180-4.

  • 3) Fallon (1997). Preliminary evidence SMT may benefit some children with otitis media. J Clin Chiro Ped; 2(2).

Dr. Elisabeth Miron

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Fertility and Chiropractic Care

enhance fertility naturallySo, you’re trying to conceive. Perhaps you, like many fortunate couples, will conceive within three to five months. Or perhaps you will find yourselves among the millions of fertility challenged couples. The World Health Organization defines infertility as no pregnancy after a full year of contraceptive-free trying. In Canada, this number is an estimated 11.5-15.7% for couples in which the woman is aged 18-44, a significant increase from ten years ago (1). There is a corresponding increase in the use of assisted reproductive technologies over this time period.

What causes infertility? Sometimes there is a medical explanation. Visiting your family doctor can help you rule out potential medical reasons. However, often no explanation is found. In many cases, certain lifestyle recommendations can significantly improve the chances of conception.

How can chiropractic help with fertility? Chiropractic has long been recognized as a holistic health profession. Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free and hands-on approach to care that also focuses on self-empowerment and healthy lifestyle choices. Chiropractic care, in itself, can be considered a healthy lifestyle choice as it helps restore balance in spinal mechanics and nervous system function. Though many people initially seek care on account of pain or injury, one doesn’t need pain to have a problem. If you have pain or a history of physical trauma, definitely see a chiropractor! Even if you don’t, you can still book a physical examination to evaluate your spinal health. A chiropractor can help you optimize or restore spinal health and recommend ways to keep it.

autonomic nervous systemChiropractors are spinal health experts and spinal health can have a profound influence on overall health. Why? Because the spine supports and protects the nervous system which controls and co-ordinates all systems and processes in the body. Nerves originating in the low back provide and receive information to/from the reproductive organs. This network must be communicating freely for optimal function. Thus, if there is a structural or functional problem involving the low back or pelvis and it impairs communication, then it is possible that fertility may be compromised. Only a chiropractor, through a detailed physical examination, can locate and then correct these structural/functional problems (termed subluxations). A chiropractor can also help you tease apart other chemical, physical and emotional factors that may affect fertility. We look at the big picture.

Where is the evidence that chiropractic improves fertility? While there are yet to be any high quality, controlled studies in this area, there is an increasing number of case reports and much anecdotal support. There are a series of case reports published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research with successful pregnancies following chiropractic care. (Please see the end of this article for links to the abstracts of these studies). More research is required to fully understand how chiropractic improves fertility and its success rate compared to other options (see table below). However, chiropractic care remains a very cost effective and safe option with an average cost per treatment of ~$40. Depending on the health history and physical examination findings, usually a course of care is recommended.


Success Rate

Cost per treatment

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)



In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)



Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT)



Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT)



Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) (combined with IVF)



Fertility drugs (ex: Clomid, Serophene, Milophene, etc)

20-60% (when combined with other methods)


* in Ontario, OHIP covers a portion of the fees for assisted reproductive technologies

* the above numbers were obtained from

Other healthful tips… By visiting a chiropractor, you’ll likely receive other healthful tips such as the importance of managing stress, cleaning up your diet, physical fitness and reaching a healthy weight. Physical, chemical and emotional factors all play a role in your overall health and wellness. Remember: health and healing come from the inside and you have to take responsibility for your health.

Just to be clear, chiropractors do not diagnose of treat infertility. Instead, chiropractors treat the mechanical issues that may affect the nervous system. However, it can renew hope for those who’ve lost hope and provide a healthy alternative for those who wish to avoid costly assisted reproductive technologies and fertility medications (with dangerous side effects). Chiropractic care is safe, cost effective and even covered by most insurance plans. So, why not make chiropractic a part of your preconception plan? Find a chiropractor in your area. Or if you’re in North York, Toronto, come see me.

  1. Bushnik, T, et al. (2011). Estimating the prevalence of infertility in Canada. Human Reproduction; 9(0):1-9.

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Dr. Elisabeth Miron

The Forward Head Posture Epidemic

poor posture - forward head posture epidemicMost of us appreciate that posture is important. Ideal posture means there is a ideal distribution of forces across different joints in the body and balanced muscle tone. Optimal posture will help you to not only feel great but also look great and exude confidence!

Today, I’m going to talk about a common postural phenomenon – forward head posture. I’m calling this an epidemic because Webster’s dictionary defines epidemic as “affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region.” When I meet people in my community, I see this everywhere!

What is Forward Head Posture?

Forward head posture is when the head translates forward relative to the torso. It is also commonly associated with straight neck syndrome (when there is loss of the normal curvature of the neck). Ideally, when looking at a person from the side, the ear should line up with the shoulder. Forward head posture is common especially in students and office workers who sit at a desk for hours on end.

Causes of Forward Head Posture:

Common causes of forward head posture are…

  1. Carrying too heavy of a backpack or carrying it too low – the head often moves forward to counterbalance the weight of your bag.

  2. Slouching or leaning forward for prolonged periods at one’s workstation

  3. General lack of postural awareness

Symptoms Associated with Forward Head Posture:

Common symptoms associated with forward head posture are…

  1. Neck pain

  2. Tense and sore muscles in the back of the neck and shoulders

  3. Joint irritation

  4. Headaches

  5. Back pain (yes, even back pain!)

What causes these symptoms? Basically, there is suboptimal loading of the muscles and joints. The head is akin to a bowling ball – roughly 10 pounds – that sits atop your neck and shoulders. When it moves forward, the posterior neck muscles must work more to counterbalance your head. Hence, tense and sore muscles. When the muscles tense up, this also increased pressure between the joints. This, combined with shearing forces from suboptimal position, results in joint irritation. Joint irritation and excessive muscle tension in the neck often causes headaches due to pain referral. Irritated nerve endings in the neck refer pain to the head causing or contributing to tension headaches.

Now what about back pain, you ask? Yes, forward head posture can even cause back pain! All the joints and muscles in your body are functionally connected. Think back to high school physics class when you learned about levers. When an object moves further from the fulcrum, the turning force (or moment) becomes greater. You can apply this concept for lifting a large object by using a long lever. The only problem in your low back is that the lever is short and can’t be changed. So, when your head moves forward relative to your centre of gravity, your low back muscles must fire like crazy to counterbalance your head – otherwise you’ll fall over.forward head posture puts more load on the back

How to Fix Forward Head Posture:

Chiropractic care can help you correct forward head posture. Your chiropractor will quickly and easily identify postural defects and will let you know if you have any. Specific exercises can be prescribed for stretching relatively short and tense muscles and for strengthening relatively weaker, lengthened muscles. A chiropractor will help you become more aware of your posture. Individualized treatments including chiropractic adjustments will help to release pressure in tight, restricted and irritated joints balancing spinal mechanics and relieving pain.

So, go see your chiropractor! Or, if you’re from Toronto, come see me!

A healthy spine = A healthy body!

Dr. Elisabeth Miron

Conservative Treatments for Knee Pain

conservative treatments for knee painWhen it comes to knees, it is probably best to explore conservative options prior to undergoing surgery, according to some of the latest research (1, 2, 3). Certainly, it is important to be informed as to the potential benefits and risks of any treatment prior to making any decision about your health.

There are many different pain generating structures in the knee (including the cruciate ligaments, collateral ligaments, menisci, muscle tendons, bursae, etc). The first step before entering any treatment program is to establish a diagnosis as depending on the type of injury, the recommended treatment may differ. Seek a chiropractor or other musculoskeletal professional in your area.

Conservative Options:

Chiropractic care: Chiropractors are biomechanical experts who can not only establish the diagnosis but can deliver conservative forms of care. The goals are to restore mechanical balance / alignment in your body such that no one area is being overworked, to relieve pain without medication, to improve function and to accelerate your body’s natural ability to heal.

Pain relieving modalities: Electrical stimulation and acupuncture are both great choices for relieving knee pain without the use of drugs. These are especially helpful during the acute phase of recovery when there is usually considerable pain and inflammation. Depending on the condition, ice or heat can also work well.

Targeted rehabilitation: Following the acute phase, rehabilitation becomes important. Optimal knee function requires muscular balance and both flexibility as well as stability. Rehabilitation involves strengthening the muscles that are relatively long/weak and stretching muscles that are relatively tight/strong.

Soft tissue therapy: Soft tissue therapy can help break down scarring and adhesions from injuries that may otherwise compromise normal range of motion and function. It also temporarily increases circulation in the area to enhance healing.

Activity modification: Sometimes too much activity, or not enough, or poor form during an activity can result in aggravation of symptoms. In addition certain types of activities are not as safe for your knees (such as high impact sports or activities on an uneven terrain). That being said, some amount of activity is necessary as it flushes fluids through the joints, carrying nutrients and removing metabolic wastes. One of the best things for osteoarthritis, for example, is low impact range of motion exercise (such as swimming).

Orthotic for pronationCustom orthotics: Orthotics are special insoles for your shoes. Custom made orthotics are specially constructed to correct the alignment of your feet and to improve shock absorption so there is less impact through your joints. Because the knees are functionally connected to the feet, poor alignment of the feet can cause or contribute to knee pain (or pain higher up in the kinetic chain). A common contributing factor to knee injury is overpronation. Overponation causes the longitudinal arch to drop which results in an inward torsion of the knee (creating more tension on the MCL and medial meniscus and compression of the lateral knee joint space). Over time, this suboptimal loading can result in pain or injury.custom orthotics and knee pain

Appropriate footwear: Choose shoes that are appropriate for the activity with good support, stability and shock absorption.

Ideal body weight: Reaching your optimal body weight if you are overweight, will help lessen the compression though your knees as well as other joints in your body and reduce the risk for osteoarthritis (4).

Knee brace or athletic tape: Using a knee brace or athletic tape while performing activities can help provide passive support to the knee and proprioceptive feedback. For injuries involving ligament damage, there is often a loss of joint position sense (proprioception) due to damage to nerve endings. This can set one up for future injury. Athletic tape provides more stimulation to the skin receptors to enhance your joint position awareness.

Glucosamine supplementation: Glucosamine is a natural substance the body makes that supports the health of joint cartilage.

Anti-inflammatory diet: Different foods are metabolized differently, some promoting inflammation and others reducing it. Having an anti-inflammatory diet will help rid your body of excessive inflammation and help to reduce pain naturally.

Have patience: Depending on the nature and severity of the problem, it may take several weeks or even up to a year to reach maximal recovery.

  1. Moseley JB, O’Malley K & Petersen NJ, et al (2002). A controlled trail of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee. N Engl J Med. Jul11;347(2):81-8.

  2. Katz JN, Brophy RH & Chaisson CE, et al (2013). Surgery versus physical therapy for a meniscal tear and osteoarthritis. N Eng J Med; Mar18.

  3. Kettunen JA, Harilainen A & Sandelin J, et al. (2007). Knee arthrooscipy ad exercise versus exercise only for chronic patellofemoral pain syndrome: a randomized controlled trail. BMC Medicine. 5:38

  4. Felson DT, Zhang Y & Anthony JM et al. (1992). Weight loss reduces the risk for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in women. The Framingham Study. Ann Intern Med. 1;116(7):535-9.

Dr. Elisabeth Miron

Webster Technique & Pregnancy Chiropractic

Many women choose safe and effective chiropractic care during their pregnancy. Aches and pains during pregnancy are very common as there are many changes to the woman’s body. Some such changes include weight gain, fluid retention, hormonal changes and postural changes which can all contribute to muscle soreness and joint irritation responsible for pain. Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps to restore balance, soothe the irritation to involved muscles, joints and nerves and helps the body heal from the inside out.

What is Webster Technique?

Webster Technique is a special chiropractic technique that addresses alignment and mobility of the pelvis in a pregnant woman. Ideally, there should be balance between the right and left sides of the pelvis. When there is pelvic balance, there is less muscle and joint irritation and also more even pressure on the uterus allowing the baby more freedom to move and turn. When there is a misalignment at the pelvis however, the twisted position puts adverse tension on the round ligament of the uterus which puts uneven pressure on the uterus. It may also cause discomfort for mom.

Chiropractors trained in Webster Technique can assess for pelvic balance then gently adjust the side that is abnormal to help restore optimal position and joint function. Webster Technique is just one aspect of care for the pregnant woman. Additional techniques may be applied as indicated based on the physical examination findings.

Does Webster Technique Hurt?

Most women find Webster Technique very comfortable. The adjustment itself involves a gentle, downward thrust to the involved side of the pelvis – thus, there is no rotation to the low back and usually no cracking sounds. In the second part of the technique, gentle pressure is applied to release tension in the affected round ligament. Special pregnancy pillows are used to ensure comfort.

Does Webster Technique Turn a Breech Baby?

Some may have heard that Webster Technique turns babies. The goal of Webster Technique is not to turn babies but to correct faulty alignment and/or motion of the woman’s pelvic joints. That being said, a normal vertex down position is often the outcome. When pelvic balance is restored, the pelvis is more round, and the pressures are more even allowing the baby more freedom to turn.

Related Article: Pregnancy Related Back Pain & Chiropractic Care

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Dr. Elisabeth Miron

Water Kefir – A Delicious Probiotic Elixir

Water Kefir grains north yorkIf you are looking for a fun, easy, delicious and inexpensive way to add fresh, home-cultured probiotics to your diet, water kefir may be just for you. Water kefir grains, also known as tibicos, are a culture of healthy bacteria and yeasts held together in the gelatinous polysaccharide matrix which they produce in a symbiotic relationship. The kefir “grains” ferment in sugar water to produce a fizzy, probiotic beverage which can be flavoured in a multitude of delicious and creative ways. The taste resembles that of kombucha tea – mildly sweet and mildly sour, with some nose-tickling effervescence.

I probably don’t need to write an entire essay about the health benefits of cultured foods / probiotics because it has already been overdone all over the internet. However, I will include a few point-form notes about cultured foods in general…

Health benefits of homemade cultured foods:

  • an excellent source of fresh probiotics or “good bacteria”

  • helps to balance the gut flora (the gut plays a huge role in immune system function)

  • boost immunity and therefore overall health and healing

  • easier to digest because they have been partially broken down by healthy bacteria and yeasts

  • improve digestion and reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

  • fermentation naturally preserves foods

  • healthy skin

  • source of vitamins and minerals

  • making your own means that you can control the ingredients (you can use organic ingredients, avoid fillers, preservatives, artificial flavours and artificial colours)

More about water kefir:

Water kefir is one of many possible options for a homemade probiotic. Other fermented foods include, yogurt, milk kefir, kombucha tea, kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut, miso and many others. Water kefir is a great probiotic alternative for those who are allergic or sensitive to dairy. Water kefir is also a great way to ween oneself off soda pop. Water kefir can also be used as a starter culture for homemade fermented vegetables.

Sounds great, Dr. Liz! How do I get started?”

First, you need to find a source of water kefir grains. Once you have grains, you can produce your own water kefir indefinitely. The grains will multiply which means that you can share them with family and friends. There are several websites that sell dehydrated grains. Or you can do what I did and find a local source of fresh, live grains on kijiji.

You will need:

  • some quart sized mason jars with plastic lids

  • a fine mesh sieve

  • jars for bottling

  • a funnel


  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar

  • 3-4 cups water (chlorine and fluoride free)

  • water kefir grains

  • your choice of flavouring option (such as chopped fruit, chopped fresh ginger, hibiscus, lemon etc)


  1. Add 1/4 cup organic cane sugar to bottom of sterile mason jar

  2. Add ~1/2 cup boiling water and swoosh it around until the sugar dissolves

  3. Fill the mason jar most of the way up with the remaining cold water (leaving space for the grains)

  4. Check to make sure the temperature is not too hot or too cold. It should be approximately room temperature. If not, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes.

  5. Add the water kefir grains.

  6. Set the lid on the mason jar lightly so that fermentation can take place in the presence of oxygen. Alternatively, you can secure a coffee filter or cloth on the top of the mason jar with an elastic band. Make sure there is no access to fruit flies or other insects that like sugar!

  7. Allow the gains to ferment in the sugar water for 24-48 hours out of direct sunlight.Water Kefir Jar

  8. When it is ready (determined by taste), use the sieve to filter the grains out while pouring the fermented liquid into bottles.filter water kefir grains

  1. The grains are ready to ferment a new batch (repeat steps 1 through 8).

  2. Add your choice of flavour to the bottles then secure the lid on tightly for a “second fermentation.” In this example, I used some goji berries, rose buds and hibiscus. This is where you can be creative. You could also use chopped organic fruit, a lemon wedge, chopped fresh ginger or dried fruit.flavourign water kefir

  1. Allow the kefir to ferment for another 24-48 hours with the flavouring added. The second fermentation is when the kefir gets fizzy.

  2. Chill before serving and enjoy!

So there you have it – easy, fun, healthy and delicious! Cheers! :)

Now for just a few words of caution… If it looks weird, smells weird, tastes weird – when in doubt, throw it out and start from scratch again. Mould or bugs? Throw it out! Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding – there is a small amount of alcohol produced during the second fermentation (sources suggest between 1 – 3%). Avoid if you are diabetic – while the culture consumes a lot of the sugar, there is still some left in the end product. Those with other health problems should consult their primary care provider.

Dr. Elisabeth Miron

Rehab for Over-Pronation

What is Over Pronation?

overpronation and oversupinationOver pronation is one of the most common foot functional disorders. It occurs when there is a mechanical imbalance that causes the foot to collapse inward when walking or standing, giving rise to the appearance of a low arch.

Appropriate mechanics and alignment at the feet is very important because the feet serve as one’s base of support. A functional problem at the base of support can translate up the lower extremity kinetic chain affecting mechanics and alignment at related joints. Over time, this pattern of suboptimal loading of joints in the lower extremity can lead to irritation and pain in the muscles, joints or ligaments at the feet, knees, hips and even low back.

Over pronation can cause or contribute to the following:overpronation causing posture change

  • plantar fasciitis and heel spur formation

  • callusing of the big toe

  • bunion formation (or outward deviation of the big toe)

  • shin splints

  • knee pain (commonly irritation to the medial collateral ligament)

  • IT band syndrome

  • arthritis

How To Correct Over Pronation:

The best ways to correct over pronation are custom orthotics prescription and rehabilitation of the lower extremity. Custom orthotics provide passive support to the arch whereas rehab helps to strengthen muscles that support the arch and improve balance and posture. Best results are achieved by combining both. If in addition to over pronation there is pain, manual therapies such as chiropractic care can help the problem heal faster and more completely.

Rehab for Over Pronation:

1) Short Foot Posture

Please enjoy the short video demonstration of the short foot posture exercise. This exercise helps to raise and strengthen the arch as well as correct the position of the ankle and knee. You need to master this exercise in order to proceed through exercises 2-5.

2) Short Foot Heel Rise

To further challenge and strengthen the arch, perform the short foot exercise, then raise the heels. The heels should be pointing slightly more towards the mid-line than a straight heel rise. Start with 10 reps performing the exercise in slow, controlled movement. This exercise targets the tibialis posterior muscle which supports the arch.

3) Short Foot Squat

While maintaining the short foot, perform a squat. A squat is done correctly when a neutral spine is maintained and the knees don’t travel past the toes. This exercise is designed to groove appropriate motor patterns. Start with 10 reps.

4) Short Foot One Leg Stance

While maintaining a short foot, try to balance on one foot with the knee slightly bent on the standing leg. Try to hold this position for at least a minute. Repeat for the other side. This is an excellent proprioceptive exercise.

5) Short Foot One Leg Star Excursion

Only perform this exercise if you have mastered the previous 4. This one is very challenging. While maintaining a short foot, stand on one leg with the knee slightly bent (as above). Imagine you are standing in the middle of a clock. Slowly point the toe of the non-standing leg from centre to a point on the clock and back to centre and to the next point and so on (as if you are tracing the outline of a star with many points). Focus your attention on keeping the standing leg strong and solid, only moving your non-standing leg. Repeat this pattern 3 times, then repeat on the other leg. This exercise is another excellent proprioceptive exercise which trains appropriate co-contraction of lower extremity muscles to maintain balance.

6) Bridge Exercise

Bridge exercises are great for strengthening the gluteal muscles. Gluteal muscle weakness often contributes to the over-pronated foot position.

Dr. Elisabeth Miron

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Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

lower blood pressure naturallyKnowledge is power. That is why I am about to share some natural ways to lower blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis (or narrowing and hardening of the arteries).

High blood pressure is often described as the “silent killer” because often times, there are no clinical symptoms before a fatal event like a heart attack or stroke. The problem with high blood pressure is that over time, it damages the inner lining of arteries. This damage encourages formation of fatty deposits called plaques which narrows the arteries and strangles the blood supply serving vital organs. Narrowed arteries increases the risk for a complete blockage or clot. When a clot blocks the blood supply completely, the portion of the end organ that it supplies will die.

Scary stuff! So, don’t let this happen to you.

The good news is that for the majority of cases, blood pressure can be lowered naturally through lifestyle modification. If blood pressure can be controlled naturally, it can allow some people to come off their blood pressure medication safely. Though blood pressure medication may be a quick fix solution, it can come with a cost to your health as medications have damaging side effects.

Understand the Risk Factors:

Most of the items on the following list are modifiable risk factors for high blood pressure. A bit of motivation is all you need to get started in the right direction.

physical inactivity

tobacco use

being overweight or obese

insufficient antioxidants


excessive salt intake

inadequate potassium intake

drinking too much alcohol

certain chronic diseases (5-10% of cases)

family history of high blood pressure

older age

How to Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally:

It is best to first discuss your blood pressure problem with a health professional before making drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle. A health professional will be able to give you more specific advice for your particular case and any precautions you may need to take.

Fix Your Diet

A healthy diet will encourage a healthy weight and a healthy body composition. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables are a must. They contain healthy proteins, antioxidants and fibers. Reduce your intake of sugar, sodium, fast foods, beef and pork, highly processed foods and caffeine. Eat potassium rich produce such as sweet potatoes, bananas, peas and honeydew melon.

Get Active!

With physical fitness, the heart becomes healthier and more efficient. Athletes have a lower resting heart rate on account of the increased efficiency. Over time, blood pressure also improves. If you are completely sedentary, start with something easy like 15 minute power walks and then build from there. People should aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity for most days of the week to enjoy health benefits.

Reduce Sodium Intake

Sodium encourages fluid retention and thus, with greater fluid volume, blood pressure increases. These days, reducing sodium intake means more than just going easy on the salt shaker. Read food labels. You would be surprised by how much sodium is in processed foods! Better yet, avoid processed foods and make you own – seasoned with herbs and spices instead of salt.

Give Yourself a Break from Stress

Work a little less. Relax with music. Take deep breaths with yoga. Do something just for you and find balance between work and play. Stress and anxiety releases hormones into your blood that increase blood pressure. Many people find that manual therapies, such as chiropractic or massage help with stress too.

Stop Smoking

Tobacco use will cause an immediate temporary increase in blood pressure. So, the longer you smoke, the longer your blood pressure will be high. Beyond this, toxic chemicals from smoking also accelerate damage to blood vessels and atherosclerosis. Smoking is one of the biggest factors increasing risk for heart attack and stroke, even in younger people! Second hand smoke is also bad.

Go Easy on Alcohol

Having 2-3 drinks in one sitting can temporarily increase your blood pressure and heart rate. Limit alcohol consumption to no more than 2 drinks for men and 1 drink for women per day.

Shed Some Pounds

Losing as little as 10-20 pounds can improve blood pressure significantly. Accomplish this through a healthy diet and some exercise.

Kick the Coffee and Drink Hibiscus Tea

Caffeine increases heart rate and blood pressure. Limit coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Drinking hibiscus tea has been shown in several studies to reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Hibiscus tea is a beautiful red colour and tastes delicious. It is made from the calyces of Hibiscus sabdariffa (or roselle) plant.

Supplement with Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is involved in energy production. Organs with high energy requirements (such as the heart and liver) require more coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is synthesized naturally in the body but it is also available through diet. For example, it is found in meat and fish, vegetable oils (especially soybean oil) and vegetables (especially parsley). Medications such as statins and beta blockers (which are used to treat cholesterol and high blood pressure respectively) inhibit biosynthesis of coenzyme Q10. Studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 can lower high blood pressure.

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  2. Shephard, R. & Balady, G. (1999). Exercise as Cardiovascular Therapy. Circulation, 99;963-972.

  3. Mozaffari-Khosravi, H et al. (2009). The effects of sour tea (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) on hypertension in patients with type II diabetes. Journal of Hypertesion 23, 48-54.

  4. McKay, D et al (2010). Hibiscus sabdariffa l. tea (tisane) lower blood pressure in prehypertensive a mildly hypertensive adults. The American Institute of Nutrition 140(2); 298-303.

  5. Rosenfeldt, FL et al (2007). Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of hypertension: a meta-analysis of the clinical trials. J Hum Hypertens; 21(4):297-306.

Dr. Elisabeth Miron


Chiropractic Cure for Vertigo

vertigo and chiropracticVertigo is a type of dizziness in which a person has the sensation of spinning movement when stationary. There are many different causes for dizziness including, for example, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, anemia, anxiety, multiple sclerosis and various inner ear problems. Vertigo can be very upsetting and uncomfortable. It is important to determine the cause of dizziness such that an appropriate solution is found.

There are two types of vertigo that chiropractic care can correct. These are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and cervicogenic vertigo. By far the most common type of vertigo is BPPV. Chiropractors are trained to differentiate between these types of vertigo using orthopaedic tests and to rule out other potential causes of dizziness (and refer if necessary).

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a type of vertigo that comes and goes based on head and neck position. When triggered, the dizziness can last a few seconds to a few minutes. Symptoms are commonly triggered by rising from sleep, tilting the head, rolling over in bed, looking up or sudden head motion. This type of vertigo is related to an inner ear problem and the most common cause is a sudden trauma (like a fall).

The inner ear is responsible for balance and motion sense of the head. Within the labyrinth of the inner ear are calcium crystals called otoliths (or “ear rocks”). In BPPV, the otoliths are dislodged from their normal position and migrate into the semicircular canals. The semicircular canals are oriented at roughly ninety degrees to each others. They are filled with fluid called endolymph and also have sensory receptors that are stimulated during head movement to provide motion sense. In BPPV, crystals in the semicircular canals stimulate sensory receptors adversely giving rise to feelings of motion when there are none (or vertigo).

The hallmark for diagnosis of BPPV is a positive Dix-Hallpike maneuver. This test will reliably provoke the vertigo and cause rotary or horizontal nystagmus (involuntary eye movement). It also determines the side of ear involvement.

BPPV can be corrected using either Semmont’s Maneuver or Epley’s Maneuver in which the chiropractor assists the patient in slowly moving their body, head and neck into appropriate positions to encourage the ear rocks to return to the correct location in the inner ear. Following the procedure, the patient is instructed to avoid sudden movements and to sleep for 2 nights in a recumbent position. This procedure has a 90% success rate and often only one treatment is required. If the dizziness returns, the procedure is repeated.

Cervicogenic Vertigo

Cervicogenic vertigo is dizziness that arises from the neck. For example, irritation or injury to the joints, muscles or ligaments of the neck can overstimulate proprioceptors (nerve endings that detect position sense) in the neck giving rise to vertigo. Uncomplicated cervicogenic vertigo can be treated by a chiropractor using muscle work (such as trigger point release or stretching), adjustment and/or physiotherapy modalities depending on examination findings. The goal is to balance the biomechanics of the neck and to promote a more rapid and complete recovery of the damaged tissues.

When to Seek Medical Care

By itself, vertigo is usually benign. However, if a patient experiences symptoms such as double vision, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, fainting or collapse, numbness, nausea and/or unsteadiness when walking, (even if temporary), they should seek emergency medical care. Patients with progressive worsening symptoms or dizziness accompanied with fever and/or infection should also see a medical doctor.

Dr. Elisabeth Miron

The Story of “That Something” – BJ Palmer, DC

BJ PalmerThis is a beautiful, inspirational story written by BJ Palmer, son of DD Palmer (the founder of chiropractic). Anyone who needs a little pick-me-up (or a kick in the butt) read on…


Then Randolph turned to me. “Man, write that story you’ve told us. Write it so that every man may read. Send that message out into the world. If men will read that story, read and re-read, until it is written on their memories, if men will believe the message you bring, and then if they will but awaken that something within their souls that now lies asleep—I say if you can make men do this, you will have done more for mankind than any man or any thousand men have done in many, many years. Write it, man, write it word for word as you have told it here, so every man may read. Write it, man, write it.” And so it has been written.

This happened a long, long time ago. I never see a man limp without thinking of that day. The sky wept. No rift of brighter color broke the drabness of it. I thought the universe wept. That was my outlook. The very times were in misery. Men were out of work. I was one of them. I had slept the night before on the cold, cement floor of the city’s jail. I slept as a tired dog sleeps, a dog worn out with a fruitless chase. All of the night before, I had walked, walked, walked—my pride keeping me from this place. And so the day had found me walking, aimlessly, looking only for food, shelter and work. This could not last forever, so that night I had stumbled down the low, narrow hallway of the jail, and been let into a barred cell with a hundred others. And there I had lain as one dead, on the cold, hard floor. But it is of the day that followed that night in jail that you shall hear. For that was the day of my life. It was then I found “That Something.”

My feet were very tired. My soul wept with the sky. I stood, as in a wilderness alone, on the corner of a great thoroughfare in a great city. And then a man stopped by my side. He was of my height and build. I caught a glimpse of his face. I thought that this man might have been myself, if…

But my present need drove out reflections. I laid my hand on his arm. “I am hungry,” I said simply.

He turned slowly and looked at me. First his gaze took in every detail of the outer man, from my water-soaked cap to my poor, cracked shoes. And then, through my eyes, he seemed to search my soul.

I stood there ashamed. I laugh when I think of that now, but it was different then.

“Well,” he said presently, “suppose you were fed. What then?” I shifted my weight from one tired foot to the other. “I’d try to get a job somewhere,” I muttered after a moment. “You’d try?” he asked. “Yes, try,” I answered, “although there is little chance. Nobody wants men now. I’ll try, sir. But I don’t care for that now—it’s food I want. I’m hungry, Can you help me?”

“No,” he answered, a note of pity in his voice. “I cannot help you. No man can.” “But you could feed me,” I said, with some petulance in my voice. “It is not food you need!” “What then?” I asked. “That Something,” was his reply.

A man joined him. They began talking of matters of mutual interest. I was shuffling away through the drizzling, miserable rain, when he called me back and handed me his card. “Man, go find ‘That Something’,” he said, “and when you’ve found it, come to me.” Come to you for what?” I asked. “To thank me,” was his answer, and he and his friend passed on.

There were two words that stuck in my memory. “That Something!” I fell to wondering. I turned into a pool room, and found a seat. I sat there thinking. The balls on the tables before me clicked nickels away from men who could ill afford the pleasures of the place. I sat there a long, long time. There was nowhere else to go.

Ahead of me I saw another night in jail. Yet the day seemed longer than the night. It was warm in there. The hum of voices, the regular click, click, click of ivory, the occasional thumping of cue on marble floor—all this in time developed into a dull chorus of monotony. And then I fell asleep.

I believe in God. I believe in miracles. I believe in visions as well. But it is only natural that I should have dreamed of “That Something”—so perhaps it was neither miracle nor vision.

You will think it a foolish dream; yet it changed my life. That’s reason enough for the telling. You may laugh at it scornfully; then my dream will do you no good. You may see in it what I saw; then you will take your place with the masters of men.

This was my dream: I dreamed that I awoke! That is the most wonderful part of the dream; for in my dream I realized that I had been asleep—a long, long sleep from the very beginning of things—and I saw myself, there in the pool room, asleep. Then I saw myself start, my eyes opened, and I dreamed that I saw.

“What awakened me?” I asked in my dream. “You awakened yourself,” answered a voice nearby. I turned about, but no one was near. “Who are you?” I asked. “I am ‘That Something’,” came the reply. “But where are you?” “I am hidden in your soul.”

For some moments I thought over what was said. Then I stammered, “How—how did you get there?” “I was born there.” “Why have I not known you were there before?” “No man knows it,” answered the voice, “until he awakes.” “Are you in other men’s souls, as well?” “There is ‘That Something’in every man’s soul, which can move the mountains or dry the seas.” “Then you must be Faith!” “Yes,” came the answer, “I am Faith, but I am more—I am that which makes men face the fires of hell, and win.” “Then you must be Confidence, as well.” “Yes, I am more than Confidence—I am that which makes the babbling brooks lift worlds upon their wavelets.” “You are Power,” I cried. “Yes, I am more than Power,” answered the voice. “I am that which makes the wretched failure lift up himself and rule the world.” “You are Ambition—I know you now.” “Yes, I am all you say—Faith, Confidence, Power, Ambition, and more. For greater than all is ‘That Something.’ I am that which every man must find in his soul or else he will be but a clutterer of the earth on which he lives.”

“But how can man find you?” “Even as you are finding me now. First you must awaken, then seek, and when you have found you must learn to control . . .” “Control what?” I asked, confused. “‘That Something’ . . . borrow it from your soul and baptize your life with it. Anoint your eyes, that you may see; anoint your ears, that you may hear; anoint your heart, that you may be!” “But tell me,” I cried frantically, for the voice was trailing off to almost nothing, “how can I do this? How? How?”

“This is the secret,” came the voice to me as the whisper of a gentle breeze, “these words—‘I will’.”

And then I awoke with a start. A man was shaking me roughly. “Clear out of here! We ain’t running no free rooming house for bums. If you want to sleep, take a sleeper, but get out of here.” “I will,” I answered unthinkingly, as I turned towards the door. “I will.”

My words brought back the dream vividly. I stood in the doorway, peering out into the rain. A boy with a dozen bundles stopped near me to shift his load. “I’ll help you, son,” I said, and laughed gladly as I took half his load and started with him down the street. “Gee, mister, cat’s pretty square of you, all right. How far are you going this way?” “Where are you taking these things?” I asked. He told me. “Why, that’s right where I’m going” I answered in mock surprise. And so we hurried on our way.

It was then the clouds overhead began to break. Before we had gone half way, the sun peeped out and the boy laughed with the pure delight of it. “By golly, mister, she’s going to be some handsome day tomorrow, ain’t it?” “I will,” I answered absently. He looked up at me, startled by my answer, started to ask a question, thought better of it, and, giving me another queer look, trudged on in silence.

When he had delivered his packages, he turned back towards the thoroughfare; and he asked me, with the innocent impertinence of boyhood: Say, mister, where do you work?” “Why, I’m working for you right now. It’s good to work, don’t you think?” “But ain’t you got no steady job?” “Yes,” I answered firmly, “I will.” Again he cast a queer look and quickened his pace.

We went together to the store at which he worked, It was the largest in the city. We hurried through a doorway at the rear, and I found myself in a large room. A man stepped up to me and asked what I wanted. “I have come here to work.” “What department? Who sent you?”

There were many men in there, packing boxes. Before I could answer his question, someone called him and he hurried away. I took off my coat, hung it on a nail, and started to work, following the example of those near me. A half hour later, the man who first accosted me passed. “Oh,” he said, “so they put you at it while I was gone, did they?” “I’m doing my best, sir,” I answered as I drove a nail with a bang.

And so I worked until six o’clock. The sun was very bright outside. When the six o’clock bell rang, the men began filing by the clock. “What about the clock?” I asked the man in charge. “Didn’t they give you a number?” “No.” Then I told him my name, he gave me a number, and I punched out.

The boy was waiting for me at the door. “How’d you get the job?” he asked curiously. “That was secured for me before I showed up there.” “Who got it for you?” “‘That Something’,” was my answer. “Aw, quit stringing me. How’d you get on? I seen a dozen men trying to get in on that work this morning and they was all turned down.” “But,” I explained with a smile, “they had never found ‘That Something’.” He again favored me with a queer look.

“Where do you live?” he asked finally. “I am going to find a place now.” “Well, my maw keeps a boarding house—why don’t you come up to my place?”

There was but one other boarder. He was a professor of a number of ology branches at a nearby denominational college. He was a little man, with unreasonable hair on his face and very little on his head. He wore thick glasses perched on a beaked nose. His eyes were small and black like shoe buttons. He watched me as I ate. When the meal was finished, he invited me to sit with him in his room.

“I hope you don’t mind my prying,” said he, “but I have been trying to figure you out.” “Yes?” “I have come to the conclusion that you are a student of sociology.” I laughed. “Bobby tells us you are packing boxes down at his store.” I nodded assent. “Then of course it is for the study of the conditions of the working masses that you are down there.” “Yes,” I admitted, “I am very much interested in conditions of the masses right now.” “Then you can help me; I am writing a series of papers on that very subject. Will you answer me this, please. What is it that keeps the underdog down? What is it that the upper ten possess that the under ten thousand do not have?” “Why, it’s ‘That Something’,” I answered. “What do you mean? Education? Environment?”

Before my mind was flashed the picture of my boyhood. I saw my room on the top floor of a city block building. I saw myself sleeping in dry-goods boxes in alleys, and by the boilers in boats on the river. Yes, I was an alley-cat and a wharf-rat. I saw myself placed at the mercy of five stepmothers and a father engrossed in his science. I saw myself working, gaining little or no schooling. And then, in the twinkling of an eye, the scene changed and I saw that awful room, with a hundred men lying around me on the cold, hard floor.

“No,” I answered thoughtfully, “it is neither of those things. ‘That Something’ is entirely different. I don’t know just what it is, but I am going to find it, pin it down, and then I will tell you more of it.”

As I looked into his face, I noticed the same puzzled expression the boy had worn. So, by mutual consent, the subject was changed and we talked of trivial things.

For a week or more, I packed boxes and drove nails. I was a good packer. I made ‘That Something’ work with me all the time.

One day, I noticed the shipping clerk had more work than he could handle. There were idle men in the department. They could do nothing until he checked up to them.

I laid down my hammer, walked over to where he stood, and said, “I am to help you this afternoon.” He looked up with a start. “Oh,” he exclaimed. “Well, that’s good. I’m glad they have sense enough to give me somebody to help out, at last.” He handed me a bunch of papers and made room for me at the desk.

The superintendent of the department was out of the room at the time. Presently he returned and glanced at me curiously. “So they’ve got you helping Dickey?” he said. I shrugged my shoulders without looking up, and continued figuring.

When I left the room that night, the superintendent of the department joined me. “Say,” he said, “I never did get onto how you were put in there. What’s the idea? Working through to learn the business?” “Yes,” I answered with confidence, “just that, I am to learn every detail of it.” “I thought something of the kind. To which one of ’em are you related?” “I do not think it wise to discuss that at this time,” was my answer. “Oh sure,” he hastened to say, “I don’t mean to be inquisitive. Anything I can do to help you, let me know.” And then he left me.

The shipping clerk was a bright young fellow. I liked him, and he liked me. One day, shortly after I had received my first raise in wages, he came to me with a problem. That night I stayed down with him and we worked it out together. We soon got in the habit of staying down one night each week, working over his systems.

He lacked originality. I helped him. He had been doing things just like the fellow before him. The business had been growing rapidly—practically doubled. We worked out an improved system. We drew up forms; planned out every detail. One day he carried our plans to the man in authority.

There came up a question which the shipping clerk did not quite understand, so they sent for me. My approach was far different from that of the sniveling beggar who had asked the man on the street corner for food.

The man in authority looked at me in surprise. “Who are you?” I handed him my card. “You are packing boxes?” he asked in surprise. “I am in the packing room—temporarily.”

Then he went over the shipping clerk’s plans in detail. “I think they’re all right. I’ll have these forms sent to the printer in the morning,” said the man in authority.

As we turned to leave the office, he called me back. “How long have you been in the packing rooms?” “Sixty-three days,” I answered. “You’ve been there long enough. There is nothing more for you to learn there, is there?” “No.” He studied me for a while in silence. “Funny neither of them has said anything about you,” he said at length, speaking half to himself. “I suppose the old man’s idea was for you to work out your own salvation—is that it?” “In a way,” I replied. “What any man accomplishes must eventually come from ‘That Something’ within him.”

He pondered this for a moment. Then he scrawled a few words on a piece of paper. “Hand that to Perkins in the Auditing Department tomorrow morning and we’ll see how you show up there.” I thanked him and turned to leave the room. “And say,” calling me back; “better forget about my having said anything about your relations with the old man. After all, you see, it’s none of my business.” “Certainly,” I answered, and left the room.

Three months later, I left Bob’s mother’s boarding house. It hurt me to do this. She had been almost a mother to me. There was a home life about the place which I had learned to love. Even the little hairy Ology Professor and his fanciful theories had become dear to me. But ‘That Something’ demanded that I move on.

So I moved on up the hill. I arranged for a room at a quiet boarding house. It was at the suggestion of the man in authority that I chose his boarding house. So we became acquaintances, then friends; and never once did the man in authority mention the fact that I was “learning the business.”

And so a year rolled ‘round. It was the time Perkins took his vacation. I was given the place until he returned. One day the old man came into the office. He looked at me keenly. Soon the man in authority came in; the old man called him aside. I overheard a portion of their conversation. “Who’s the man at Perkins’ desk?” the old man asked. The man in authority mentioned my name. “Funny I never heard of him before.” The man in authority gasped. The rest was spoken in guarded tones, and I heard no word further.

That night, the man in authority came into my sitting room.

“Say,” he began, “you’ve certainly got me locoed or something of the sort. I have been figuring you out all along as a ward or a long lost cousin of the old man. Now, today he comes in and jumps on me about putting you in this place of responsibility without first knowing all about you.

Of course, I know you’re all right but, by Jupiter, I’m placed in a deucedly unholy kind of light.”

“What’s all the trouble?” I asked. “My work going wrong?” “I should say not; but that’s aside from the question. What’s got me going is how the dickens you did it. How you got to hold down the most responsible job on the works without anybody knowing just what you really are. Tell me about yourself, will you?”

“I was born of poor but honest parents in a small coal-mining town of What Cheer, Iowa, in the year 1881. My father peddled fish in a wheelbarrow; my mother died when I was one and one-half years old—”.

“Oh, cut that bunk. Tell me to whom you are related, or who is backing you up. It’s pull that counts these days. Who gave you your start with the company?”

I leaned back in my leather Morris chair. Memory brought back the picture of that drab day of just one year before. And that brought to my mind the card that had been given me.

I had not thought of it before until that minute. I arose, went to a closet where hung the very suit I had worn on that eventful day. I had kept it as a souvenir of my awakening. As I had hoped, the card was in a pocket of the shabby vest. For the first time. I read the name engraved thereon:


I handed the card to the man in authority. He read it with wandering eyes. Now, Randolph was the silent partner of the business. Impossible coincidence? You may think so. I know men who believe success is impossible. And to them, success is impossible. And so perhaps you believe this impossible. But I tell you it as it happened.

“Funny Randolph never mentioned your name to the old man. Anyway, I wish I’d known this when he was talking about you today.” “I’m glad you didn’t,” I answered with a short laugh. “Why?” he asked, puzzled. “Go there to the phone and call up Randolph. I think he’ll tell you why.” “But—” he began. “Go on and call him up. I want you to,” I insisted. In a moment, Randolph was on the line. “Ask him,” I insisted.

The man in authority did so. I watched the changing expressions on his face. “You-say-you-never-heard-o….f-the-man!” gasped the man in authority. “Why, he’s holding down the most responsible job on the place.”

“Better let me talk to Mr. Randolph,” I interrupted. His hand was trembling as he surrendered the phone.

“Mr. Randolph,” I said, “I know you do not remember my name, for I am quite sure you have never heard it. You may remember, however, one miserable day a year ago when a beggar asked you for food.”

“Well, go on,” came a crisp voice over the phone.

“You may also remember telling that beggar that it was not food he needed—it was ‘That Something’, and that alone. Well, Mr. Randolph, I am the beggar to whom you spoke and I have found ‘That Something.’ I have learned to use it, and I want to thank you for having shown me the way. When may I have the opportunity of telling you about it?”

An hour later the story you have just heard was told to a strange trio: the man in authority, the professor of ologies, and Matthew Morrison Randolph. From time to time, as I told the tale, Randolph nodded his head in approval and I noticed a strange light begin to glow in the little professor’s eyes. When I had finished, we sat for a long time in silence, broken at last by Randolph, who said:

“And now tell me just what you think ‘That Something’ really is?”

I shook my head in dismay. “You folks know as much as I do about it,” I answered. “But of this one thing I am convinced, through and through. It is real human power, as truly real as the commercial electrical current. It is the power of the inner man, the fuel of the soul machine. It is the one thing necessary Until we awaken ‘That Something’ of the soul, we bear on our muscles those who have found ‘That Something.’ And we bear them on up the mountain to take their places among the masters of men. ‘That Something’ lies dormant in every soul until aroused. With many, it sleeps until the last great sleep. Sometimes it does not wake until man stands tottering on the border of the grave. Sometimes it is found by the child playing by its mother’s knee. A man’s success depends alone on ‘That Something.’ ‘That Something’ of his soul. Abraham Lincoln found it when a lad. It warmed the cold floor on which he lay and studied. It added light to the flickering glow of the wood fire, that he might see to read. It spurred him on, and on, and on. ‘That Something’ is an awful force. It made of a puny Corsican the ruler of the world! It made of a thin-cheated bookkeeper the money king of a great country! It made Edison the great man of his age! It made Carnegie! It made Woodrow Wilson! It made Roosevelt! It can make you! It is now in your soul! Awaken it—now! ‘That Something’.”

Again the silence followed. I watched the professor of many ologies. I saw the kindled fires in his eyes gradually die out. He shook his head wearily. “No, it can’t be done; it can’t be done,” he murmured. “I have drunk deeply of the cup of life and I am now drinking the dregs. The cup is filled but once, and when it is gone there’s nothing left but the dregs of old age and poverty.”

“You fool,” cried Randolph, leaning forward and shaking the little man roughly. “You almost had ‘That Something’ in your power, and now you sing it back to sleep with your silly song of pessimism. It’s the false philosophy, which such as you sing, which has kept men in the ruts of their own digging for centuries past. Wake, man, wake! Wake ‘That Something’ within your soul!”

The two men sat looking deeply into each other’s eyes. It was the little man who broke the silence. “Thank you, Randolph,” he said quietly. “You are right. I will.”

Then Randolph turned to me.

“Man, write that story you’ve told us. Write it so that every man may read. Send that message out into the world. If men will read that story, read and reread, until it is written on their memories; if men will believe the message you bring, and then if they will but awaken that something within their souls that now lies asleep—I say if you can make men do this, you will have done more for mankind than any man or any thousand men have done in many, many years. Write it, man, write it word for word as you have told it here, so every man may read. Write it, man, write it!”

And so it has been written.

You who have heard it through, I pray that you may hear it every word again and again until ‘That Something’ of your souls has been aroused, and you have taken your places among the rulers of the world.