Hope: What it Means to Expect with Confidence

Dr. Miaken Zeiger | Monday March 9, 2020

If only. If only someone had told me about this sooner, maybe things would be different.

I’ve heard that phrase. It’s heartbreaking … every time. When you share how chiropractic has impacted you and your health, you give someone hope, whether you’ve shared it in conversation, written reviews, and/or referred your loved ones to us. I thank you and ask that you continue to share your experience. Chiropractic instills faith, hope and certainty in the power and intelligence of the body. Our goal: health, resilience, vitalism … a different message from what we hear day-to-day in our mainstream media. Be the light. Share a message of hope. If not you, who? If not now, when?


Letters illuminated in the forest spelling HOPE.Merriam Webster defines it as:
1. to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true;
2. to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment; and
3. to expect with confidence: TRUST.

I think we could all use more hope in our daily life. Let’s take a look at our current state of affairs, the Coronavirus, for example. Just hearing the word instills a myriad of emotions ranging from fear and concern to frustration, anger, and hysteria. It certainly doesn’t illicit feelings of hope, trust and anticipation. It is a human tendency and response to focus on the worst … it’s a survival mechanism embedded within our neurology. The sympathetic nervous system, nicknamed our “fight or flight,” is the most sophisticated tool our brain has to respond to stress. When our ancestors were dealing with literal life-or-death stressors, our sympathetic nervous system was vital to maintaining our existence. However, in this day and age, our stress is different; and yet neurologically, we respond like we are running or fighting a lion.


How’s the average person responding to the Coronavirus (aka: lion)? A stressed-out individual focused on the worst-case scenario is often what we find. Of course, taking necessary precautions is important. Follow the CDC recommendations to wash your hands, cover your mouth when sneezing/coughing, and stay home if you’re sick. AND you have this amazing human body, that is resilient, vitalistic, healthy … in the meantime, what are you doing to support it?


There are many things you can do NOW (see my “Building Immune Health” blog series.) It’s an empowering, perspective, lens … and one that offers HOPE.

Part I – Nutrition: When is the Best Time to Boost Your Immune System? Now.
Part II – Meditation, hydration, hygiene: How Meditation, Hydration, and Hygiene Support Immune Health
Part III – Chiropractic, sleep, and movement: Learn How Cell Growth Promotes Health and Well Being
Part IV – Life Style, Behaviors, Choices: How Do Lifestyle Behaviors & Choices Impact My Immune System?

Our tendency is to look from the outside-in (think treatment-based care, medications, injections, surgery). If we’re under stress, we are programmed in our “fight or flight” neurological state. And … I challenge you to pause, breathe, get adjusted … our greatest pharmacy, the most intelligent system is within each and every one of us. That is chiropractic’s focus: creating a resilient, healthy body, to allow your innate intelligence to better express itself. No matter if it’s the Cornavirus, low back pain, headaches, colitis, or some other health ailment … our chiropractic founder, Daniel David (DD) Palmer said, “the power that made the body, heals the body.” Trust that.

My hope is for you to express life and health to your fullest, to trust the power and healing capabilities of the body, that you take responsibility now to take care of you now. Don’t wait! Because if you do, you change the trajectory of your life and those around you.

Love and appreciate you, Dr. Miaken

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