So, do I want to go to the gym or go with my buddies to the party? If I go to the gym I get hot and sweaty for a while but build some muscle, tone, and stamina. Then I go home to a hot shower and a boring night. If I go the party I get drunk and have a great time (so called) and then maybe crash and kill another driver because I’m going the wrong way on the freeway entrance. Unintended consequences. Do I want to take a drag on my buddy’s cigarette or not? Do I want a drink or not? Do I take vitamins or not? Do I exercise or not? Do I drink a gallon of water a day or not? Do I graduate or not? Do I take this job or that job? Should I go to college? Is this the right girl for me? What do I want to do for a living? Should I take this job? Should I have a chocolate shake? That was good. Should I have another chocolate shake? Should I lose weight? Should I have that surgery? Why shouldn’t I take Prozac? It’s just pot. How many kids should we have? Moment after moment, day after day, our lives are a series of decisions. We can think it out and make a good one, or we can take the short and easy route and make a bad one, or too often we just don’t bother to make one at all, which all too often is the same as making a bad one. More unintended consequences. You know I’m talking about.
So, I spent thousands of dollars on that computer program to educate my patients and I spend a great deal of time with each new patient teaching about the spine and its relationship with health. I do this because I fear the law of unintended consequences. When I go to sleep at night I want to know that I have given you all the information and data you need to, firstly, know that there are important decisions that only you can make regarding your spine and nerve system. Secondly, make well thought out good decisions today and in the future. When you are in your eighties I want you to be the person we all point to and say, “Boy, I hope I’m as healthy as he/she is when I’m that age.”