NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
Week 4: I Think, Therefore I Am
Dr. Cole Bradburn, D.C.
THE 10 WARNING SIGNS OF HEALTH
1. An increased awareness 6. Acute and chronic attacks
and appreciation of yourself of laughter
2. A tendency to set aside time 7. A compulsion to take
each day to relax and pray pleasure and fun
3. A persistent ability to 8. Repeated bouts of hope
maintain close relationships and optimism
4. A persistent ability to adapt 9. A chronic condition of
to changing conditions caring for your body
5. A chronic appetite for 10. Rejection of worry
physical activity and healthy
Proverbs 23:7 “As a person
thinks in his heart, so he
“The unhappy person is
the target for any and
every type of illness.”
- B. Larson
“What we receive will be a
result of what we believe.”
- T. Newberry
Thinking, talking, & worrying about what you don’t want can never bring you what you
The desire, enjoyment, and
practice of lifetime learning
about yourself, your world, and
your purpose and role in it.
Choosing belief systems and
self-talk based upon the values
of unconditional love and “God has not given us a
forgiveness of self and others, spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of sound
optimism, and the desire to mind.”
learn, grow, and fulfill a -- 2 Timothy 1:7
ART & SCIENCE OF LIFESTYLE
Create belief systems that are
congruent with values,
produce desired behaviors,
and desired states of mind.
Behavior is a symptom, it is a
consequence of beliefs and
The key to change is change
the belief about the behavior.
you get to choose your
Belief systems are chosen, and the behaviors we exhibit are always congruent with our beliefs.
Medicine defines success by whether or not a drug can
decrease a symptom, not by whether the patient
returns to health and balance (that isn’t even
Because of this there is a great amount of medical
science and “success” in the midst of more illness, more
suffering, more preventable death, more drugs, more
science, and more medical technology.
The goal of Wellness research is to drive the human
body towards balance and health. It does not include
the concept of symptom and disease “treatment”
Ask the right questions!
RESEARCH ON BELIEFS
“Because beliefs and emotions are objectively
imperceptible, Western medicine has largely assumed that
their effects are not physical or measurable. However,
neurological researchers and those studying the
considerable effects that beliefs can have on the human
body are painting a very different portrait of human life.”
--Herbert Benson, MD - founder of the Harvard
“Most of our stress and emotional suffering comes from
our mind - the way we think and face a situation - and the
thoughts that cause us stress are usually negative,
unrealistic, and distorted.”
-- Harvard Mind-Body Institute
The effects of stress you can see - wrinkles, skin discoloration, changes in hair/nails,
hunched shoulders (defeated), tense face
Stress also depletes vitamins and nutrients from the body. What you eat isn’t as important as
whats eating you!
RESEARCH ON WELLNESS
The Neurophysics of Human Behavior
“Physical stressors such as subluxation elicit increased
pain input into the nervous system. This elicits the same
stress response as a stressful emotional event.”
--Gallo & Furman; 2000
“It is proven that spiritual belief increases longevity and
protects against illness.”
--Duke University, 2000; David Larson, MD & Harold
THOUGHTS - THE SCIENCE
Left Prefrontal Cortex (Brain) Right Prefrontal Cortex (Brain)
Positive Empowering Negative, anxious thoughts
Thoughts Fires the adrenal stress
Inhibit Stress Response response (fight or flight)
Drive us towards Balance Drive us away from balance
Whatever brain pathways you repeatedly use become
Your thoughts inﬂuence the expression of your genes. During periods of chronic stress it is
very difficult to focus on positive thoughts due to stimulation of anxious/stressful thoughts
and inhibition of rational, calming thoughts (adapt & unadapt)
THOUGHTS - THE SCIENCE
Important to remember that we
have the ability to control our
thoughts, and our thoughts
determine which part of our
brain (left or right) is stimulated
and what emotions dominate.
Life does not get happier,
easier, or better by focusing on
problems. The only way to
create a positive life is to
focus on positives.
we can choose stressful thoughts or peaceful thoughts.
The only way to deal with problems is to focus on solutions. Focusing on problems is NOT
dealing with problems.
Your history, culture, and self-
esteem program how you view “You, dear children, are from
God and have overcome
the world and form opinions.
them, because the one who is
For your world to improve and in you is greater than the one
stress to be reduced, you must who is in the world.”
begin seeing life through a -- 1 John 4:4
totally different pair of glasses.
It is easy to blame circumstances
for your stress. The problem is
with that is when you blame
things outside yourself for your
troubles, you believe nothing can
be done to overcome.
You put the power of your life outside you when it is truly placed within you.
YOUR STRESS RESPONSE
Stress is created when forces outside your body
overwhelm the mind and senses and cause an
emotional reaction inside the body.*
All problems associated with stress speed up the aging
process and contribute to every disease known to man.
Both happy events and tragedies cause stress, the stress
only becomes negative when your response to it is
Stress is not a person, a condition, or a event. It is a
response to a person, a condition, or a event.
Stress has an actual, measurable impact on BP, cholesterol, brain chemistry, blood sugar, and
Ex. roller coaster (some experience great joy, some experience great fear)
YOUR STRESS RESPONSE
You do not manage your
stress, you manage your
Peace is not something you
find when your latest crisis is
To really change your stress
levels requires a moment of
awakening. You have to
realize that you are not a
victim of your crises.
1. Peace is not discovered, it is created What usually follows stress is the next stress.
The challenge is that it is human nature to need to come near to complete destruction before
we ﬁnally stop looking at everything and everyone around us for the answer to our problems
and ﬁnally start looking in the mirror.
PHILIP THINKING VS . ANDREW
John 6: 5-6 “When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd
coming toward Him, He said to Philip [and Andrew],
‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ He
asked this only to test them, for He already had in mind
what He was going to do.”
Philip (man-thinking): “Eight month’s wages would not
buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” (6-7)
where will we find it, how can we afford it, what if
we can’t feed them all, but there isn’t a McDonald’s
Andrew chose God-thinking and found a couple pieces of
bread & some fish and brought them to Jesus.
Man-thinking creates excuses based on what appear to be limitations due to physical
While there is no way a man could have handled this problem, Jesus handled it easily -- with
food to spare! God thinking is not limited by time and space, and contains no excuses.
Prov 3:5 “Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding.”
TIME MANAGEMENT VS.
It’s stress reduction and
What we spend time on:
relationship with God,
are the areas that cause
us the most stress when
they begin to fail.
If your time management is crisis/emergency management, the time is managing YOU.
PAINTING LINES AROUND
There is always enough
time to get important
The problem isn’t that
there is not enough time,
but that there is not
enough time management.
Wherever your heart and focus are, your treasure is there also. I want the things of God to be
my treasure, not the things of man.
YOUR MANY LIVES:
SPIRITUAL, FAMILY, HEALTH, WORK
All of these lives help you
serve others and God, and
each is worthy of being done
Put together, these make up
By focusing on these, you are
living a mission-centered life
and doing mission-ary work.
ACTION STEPS WEEK 4
Eat 5 foods by God per day
Eat 4-5 times per day
Continue food replacement*
Choose any simple exercise to do
three times a week for 20 minutes
5 -10-5 (5 warm up, 10 FUR, 5
15 minute Spiritual Triathalon
5 minutes prayer time
5 minutes Bible time
5 minutes quiet time
Always Honor God with your body and get 1% better each day
John 3:30 - “He must Increase, I must Decrease”
ACTION STEPS WEEK 4
Be Fear-less: It is God’s life, not yours. Make your spouse,
children, friends, family, business, money, and body God’s
and not your own & become fearless knowing it’s up to Him
When King Jehoshaphat found out that a vast, deadly,
unbeatable army was about to destroy his country, he
showed up the five steps to being fearless (2 Chronicles 20)
1. Take your problems to God (2 Chronicles 20:2)
2. Turn to God for answers to your problems (20:12)
3. It’s God’s battle, not yours (20:15)
4.With God be fearless (strong & courageous) (20:16-17)
5.Let God be glorified in victory (20:24-26)
PROTECTING YOUR MIND
1. Focus on the right Relationships
2. Memorize Scripture
3. Personalize Bible passages (insert I, me)
4. Affirm God’s goodness (verbalize His promises)
5. Visualize God’s blessings
6. Quarantine negativity
7. Establish a Law of Input
1.Environment - where you are reinforces who you are
2.Association - you will take on the habits of those you
3.Attention - whatever you dwell on becomes most
prominent in your mind and life.
5. we have been given the power to have what we visualize, but we tend to visualize only that
which we already have.
joy is an outward sign of inward faith in the promises of God