A Doctor Who Knows His Place

A chiropractor working for Cancer Treatment Centers Of America

Tedd Koren, DC

The August 19, 2013 issue of Chiropractic Economics had a disturbing article by Jeffrey Sklar, DC entitled “Sleep disrupted by ostomy complicated by cervical radiculopathy.”  Why is this dull sounding article disturbing?

Dr. Sklar woks at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  In fact he’s the “director of chiropractic services.”

Wow, I guess that means he helps patients work with MDs addressing cancer from a holistic perspective, dealing with issues such as toxicity, homeopathy, herbs, emotional release, chiropractic subluxation correction (for everyone all the time of course) and working to give patients a true alternative to poison, cut and burn – chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.

Bad guess.

The patient was treated for colon cancer that had metastasized.  The patient had parts of his liver removed,an omentectomy (a bizarre surgical procedure wherein tissue surrounding an organ is removed), and gall bladder removal.  But he received no chiropractic care – that is until he complained of neck pain.

Dr. Sklar writes: “The patient found that sitting for several hours to receive chemotherapy had become painful.”

Well. Now we’ll call in the chiropractor.  That’s all they are really good for anyway, getting rid of pain right?

Dr. Sklar apparently did a good job.  His “joint mobilization” relieved the patient’s pain so that now he was able to sleep the night and even more importantly sit comfortably through his chemotherapy.

It’s hard to read this paper without getting ill.  Is this the best that over one hundred years of chiropractic can offer people with cancer – we’ll help your “quality of life” so you can endure chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is torture to most patients.  Its effectiveness is practically zero and the cost can be hundreds of thousands of dollars.  As Charlotte Gerson said when commenting on chemo:  “You can’t heal with poison.”

Chiropractors should know this. But how do we address can?

Not by working at Cancer Centers of America.  All you will be is a peon working under the medical model.   They are in charge, throwing you the scraps.

Shouldn’t every cancer patient be checked for subluxations?

I am not against Dr. Sklar’s adjusting patients in need.  Of course people with cancer and with any condition or with no medically diagnosed condition should get their body checked for subluxations.

But must we sell out chiropractic in the process?

Adjusting While Angry


The cause of subluxations is often multifactorial. That means that people get subluxations when subjected to a number of stressors at the same time that overwhelm the individual’s resistance.

I have three examples from my files.

Example one. A chiropractor comes to see me with severe wrist pain. She’s already been to a few other DCs who tried a variety of techniques to no avail. She had also gone to a craniosacral therapist and other bodywork practitioners, all to no avail. The wrist is in such pain it is affecting her ability to practice.

“I got hurt while adjusting my patient,” she said.

“OK, get into the posture of subluxation,” I said. “Go into the posture you were in when you got hurt.’

When she adjusted patients she bent over them and twisted herself a little as they lay on the table. As she assumed that position I checked and adjusted her. Little improvement.

As a general rule, when people don’t clear out quickly look to the mind. There is often an emotional component. Let’s go there.

“Do you remember what you were thinking or feeling when the pain began?”

“Yes, my husband had just gotten home and he really upset me because he didn’t call before he left work. I was thinking of that while I was adjusting the patient.”

I asked her to get into the physical posture of subluxation and then think of how upset she was at her husband. So she’s in the physical AND the emotional posture of subluxation.

“Picture yourself at the office bent over a patient giving an adjustment and your husband comes home and upsets you.”

Subluxations reappeared that had been cleared out a moment ago. But then again, she hadn’t been in the emotional posture of subluxation. Those subluxations were now adjusted.

“The wrist and hand pain are gone,” she reported. After months of suffering she was able to work again.

Example two. Patient’s knee is hurting. Also lower back pain.

“I was cleaning out my house,” he said.

I checked and adjusted. Not much change. Time to ask about emotions.

“What kind of mood were you in as you cleaned up the place?”

“My daughter refused to help. I was angry at her because I had to do all the work myself.”

I had the patient get into the emotional posture of subluxation. As he thought of how upset he was with his daughter I adjusted his subluxations. The knee pain disappeared.

Example three. “I’ve been impotent since my divorce two years ago,” said an otherwise healthy male.

Physical subluxations were corrected but emotional ones were the key. “Think about how you felt about the divorce,” I said.

Immediately subluxations appeared where before there had been none. They were corrected. “Now think about the financial hit you took from the divorce.” More subluxations appeared and were corrected. “Think about the feeling of betrayal.” Again more subluxations arose and were corrected. We continued along this line until I could not find subluxations popping up no matter what he thought about his divorce and ex.

The next day he wrote me saying he was back to normal.

Moral of the story – if problems are not corrected look to the posture of subluxation, emotional as well as physical.

What if problems still persist? DD Palmer once said that toxicity is a main cause of dis-ease. The most common source of severe toxicity is the mouth, specifically the teeth – root canals, mercury fillings, infections, cavitations. But that’s another article.

I wonder if Harvey Lillard was upset about something when he bumped his head while in a cramped position? Maybe about his dentist? We’ll never know, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

The Vaccination Dilemma

Americans are the most vaccinated people on the planet.  And the sickest!  Nearly half of the people in the United States suffer from at least one chronic illness.

“Nearly half of Americans suffer at least one chronic disease, everything from allergies to heart disease – 20 million more than doctors had anticipated this year, researchers say. And they warn that the fast-growing toll, now at 125 million among a population of 276 million, will reach 157 million by 2020. One-fifth of Americans have two or more chronic illnesses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (Associated Press Nov 29, 2000)

Chronic illnesses include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, allergies, asthma, autism, Alzheimer’s, learning disorders, attention deficit disorder and many, many others.  Most of these diseases were rare or non-existent before mass vaccination.

Is there a relationship between chronic disease and vaccination?  The evidence increasingly says “yes!”

First let’s ask, “What are we doing when we vaccinate?”  Vaccines inject microorganisms, (or their parts) and toxic chemicals deep into the body. That is a completely unnatural procedure.   Why?

Because diseases contracted naturally are ordinarily filtered through a series of immune system defenses. – the nasopharynx, mucus membranes, gastrointestinal tract, various lymphoid tissues – but when the vaccine virus is injected directly into the child’s blood stream it gains access to all of the major tissues and organs of the body without the body’s normal advantage of a total immune response.  The immune system is bypassed.

When we prevent the body from externalizing poisons, that is, prevent it from having an acute reaction with fever, malaise, skin eruptions, vomiting, diarrhea and the like, we drive disease deeper into the body where it is difficult or impossible for the individual to externalize it.

Instead of a relatively brief and mild (rarely dangerous) acute infectious disease (measles, mumps, chicken-pox, pertussis etc.) we create deep, long-term, life-long chronic illness, illness that never resolves.  Illness that lasts one’s entire life.

For thousands of year the Empirical or “Vitalist” approach to health asserted that when the symptoms of acute illness are suppressed, chronic illness is the result.  This has been observed by allopathic physicians as well as natural physicians by some of the greatest minds of their day.

“To check and suppress acute diseases means to suppress Nature’s purifying and healing efforts, and to change the acute constructive reactions into chronic disease conditions.” Henry Lindlahr, MD

“The greatest part of all chronic disease is created through the suppression of acute disease by means of drug poisons and through the destructive effects of the drugs themselves.”  Sir William Osler

“Cancer, tuberculosis, Bright’s Disease, and all chronic diseases were once innocent colds.” J. H. Tilden, MD

“Diseases are crises of purification, of toxic elimination. Symptoms are the natural defences of the body. We call them diseases, but in fact they are the cure of diseases.” Hippocrates

By the time a child is 18 months old they are to be injected with forty five vaccines!  By the time the child reaches school age (4-6 years) that number jumps to eighty-one different vaccines, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Yet, there is no proof that vaccines have eliminated any childhood disease and nor is there any proof that vaccines are responsible for the decrease in death from childhood diseases.  The death rate from these diseases had been decreasing for decades before the vaccine were in use. Ivan Illich, Ph.D. the famous sociologist writes:

The combined death rate from scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, and measles among children up to fifteen shows that nearly 90% of the total decline in mortality between 1860 and 1965 occurred before the introduction of antibiotics and widespread immunization.

In part this recession may be attributed to improved housing and to a decrease in the virulence of micro-organisms, but by far the most important factor was a higher host resistance due to better nutrition.

The professional practice of physicians cannot be credited with the elimination of old forms of mortality or morbidity, nor should it be blamed for the increased expectancy of life spent in suffering from the new diseases. (Medical Nemesis, Chapter 1-The Epidemics of Modern Medicine By Ivan Illich, Ph.D. (Bantam Books: New York 1976))

The world of vaccination appears to be based more on belief than on science.  When viewed longitudinally (that is, over along period of time) the recipients of vaccination appear to develop serious chronic health conditions.  For example, the famed Hugh Fudenberg, M.D. says the following:

The chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is ten times higher if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots. (National Vaccine Information Center’s First International Conference on Vaccination, September 1997, Arlington, Virginia)

Is this the reason why Alzheimer’s is expected to quadruple in the next few years? (Johns Hopkins Health Newsletter, Nov. 1998)

(Note: Dr. Fudenberg is the world’s leading immunogeneticist. His books are used as texts in medical schools throughout the world.  He is the 13th most quoted biologist in the world.  He has developed a method of reversing autism using a “blood cleansing” compound known as transfer factor.)

Dr. Fudenberg is of the opinion that the cause of the brain damage from the flu shot is most likely the mercury in the vaccine.  Mercury has an affinity for brain tissue.  In addition to flu vaccine, mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde are present in childhood vaccines.  No, mercury is still in many shots in “trace” amounts which are still harmful.

Non-vaccinated children are healthier and happier than vaccinated children.  One reason is because they are permitted to get sick naturally and get well naturally. As Philip Incao, MD writes

One of the best ways to ensure your children’s health is to allow them to get sick. At first hearing, this concept may sound outrageous. Yet childhood illnesses may be of key benefit to a child’s developing immune system and it may be inadvisable to suppress these illnesses with immunizations.

Chiropractors have been in the vanguard of the movement to permit the natural healing abilities of the body to function as they are meant to function.  That means not interfering with symptoms; they are nature’s way of externalizing, cleansing and purifying the body.  That also means that we should remove anything which interferes with our body function – such as subluxations.

Tedd Koren, DC is the author of Childhood Vaccinations: Questions all Parents Should Ask which comes with a 50 minute audio CD. It is available from www.korenpublications.com (800-537-3001) along with many other vaccination and health-related materials.  Dr. Koren has also developed a Vaccination Lecture Kit for professionals and non-professionals to use to lecture on this subject.

A Pox On My House

We went to a chicken pox party a few weeks ago.

This is how it works: someone’s child has chicken pox and they invite people to bring their kids.

The idea is for the children to get it now instead of when they’re older and the disease can be much more uncomfortable and dangerous.

We brought over Seth (11) and Shayna (7).

All the kids played together and had a great time.  Meanwhile we adults went out to a nice restaurant.  We played together and had a great time too, at least until the check arrived.

For the next couple of weeks Shayna was asking, “When am I getting the chickens?”

I didn’t know.  The first time we tried this we were late and the kid, though covered with scabs, was no longer infectious.

Finally she got a “chicken”.

One night she was a little itchy and showed us a small, reddish, slightly raised spot behind her shoulder.  The next morning she showed us a couple more.  “Not much of a disease,” I thought.

The next day a few more appeared here and there. She was in pretty good spirits, a little fever, and more pox showed up on her chest and back.  I called a friend who has six children.  “My daughter had maybe a few pox marks.  It was nothing for her.”

“This’ll be a breeze,” I thought.

Then came the 3rd day.

Shayna’s trunk was covered.  From her trunk it spread to her arms and legs and scalp.  But the pox can also surface on mucous membranes and be in your mouth and some other private places that can be very uncomfortable. It did.  Shayna was not happy; she was miserable and whiny.  This was one unhappy girl.  Her parents weren’t too thrilled either.

The homeopathic remedies people suggested seemed to help, as did the oatmeal baths.

I told Shayna that kids often have growth spurts after they’ve been through a childhood disease.

It’s true.  Childhood diseases challenge and strengthen their neuro-immune systems and parents have often reported physical and psychological developmental leaps after a bout of measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc.  That’s why in India measles is referred to as the “Visitation of a goddess.”

“I’m having a growth spurt, Daddy,” she announced later that day.  “Look, my arm is already longer.”

By the next day she was still miserable but getting a little better. Not all the pox will form blisters of pus.  Those coming in later just stay as reddish blotches and then go away.  It’s pretty dramatic. If I didn’t know about how benign it is I would be scared.

It’s interesting that the little blisters on the pox are full of the chicken pox virus.  The body is externalizing the virus.

However that doesn’t happen when children are vaccinated. Childhood vaccinations bypass the nasopharynx and other mucous membranes that help combat and remove germs and toxins; the viri, bacteria, DNA and other chemicals in shots are injected deep into the body where they are not easily, if ever, externalized.

What happens to the foreign proteins and various chemicals that are injected into the child?  No one knows.  Is the child full of measles, mumps, chicken pox etc for life?  No one knows.

Chicken pox is a mild disease kids get; it’s part of growing up.  No big deal. The chances of a child actually dying from chicken pox are about the same as someone winning the lottery. But now letting your child get it naturally, with permanent immunity, has become a political and philosophical statement.

I don’t remember ever getting the mumps or German measles as a kid, but I remember having chicken pox and measles.  Don’t know about any growth spurt.  Maybe I need to get sick again?

Intensive Care

Shayna is sitting in the big chair watching TV.  Her older brother Seth, 11 knows that it’s an unwritten law that older siblings STAY UP LATER than younger ones.  We’re violating that law tonight.

“Why does she get to stay up?”

“She’s sick and doesn’t have to go to school tomorrow.”

“That’s not fair.”

That’s his motto.  I think he was born saying it. It’s his view of life. He is right, life isn’t fair.  But he’s not staying up just the same.

“You’ve got school tomorrow.”

“Well, once when I was sick you made me go to bed early.  It’s not fair.”

“Not everyone is sick the same way each time. Sometimes you have to go to bed when you’re sick.  Shayna is past the painful part and she just needs to relax.”

OK, I didn’t tell that to him.  He didn’t want to hear it.  He just wanted to watch TV. I said, “Go to bed.”

“It’s not fair.  You treat me like a baby.  I’m the only one in my class who has to go to bed so early.  Everyone else’s parents let them stay up all night….” etc. etc.  

Who are these parents?  I’m convinced they’re some imaginary amalgamation of kids who can do things he cannot: one kid’s parents let him stay up later than he can, another parent let’s his kid play more video games, another gives his kid every toy he wants, another let’s his kid drink cola and eat junk food, another let’s his kid drive, kill younger siblings etc.

So Seth is angry and stomps off to bed. “It’s not fair.”

Fifteen minutes later he jumps downstairs overjoyed.  He discovered what appears to be a small chicken pox bump.

“Can I watch TV now?”

The Two Best Ways To Avoid Malpractice

1. Laugh your way out of malpractice

Malpractice is, of course, no laughing matter but studies actually reveal that humor and patient education decrease your risk of getting sued.

No kidding – I once mentioned this to a group of chiropractors at a conference and one said, “I agree 100%. If I can’t get a new patient to laugh during my initial orientation I refer him out. I don’t want to get sued.”

Let’s face it, we are human and we all make mistakes. However, what makes one patient sue and the other say, “That’s ok doc, the rib will heal.” ?

The difference is often your relationship with your patient.

Is your office a warm, inviting place? Do you discuss financial matters with patients? Are you available if there’s a financial or personal problem? Are your CAs taught to let you know if a patient walks away less than very pleased with your care? Are your CAs warm and friendly?

I have no doubt that cold, impersonal doctors and staff get sued lots more than their warm blooded brethren. In fact, a study compared “no claims” physicians (those who were never or rarely sued) with doctors who got sued more often. This is what they found:

“No claims” physicians … educated patients … laughed and used humor more.”

Levinson W et al. Physician-patient communication, the relationship with malpractice claims among primary care physicians and surgeons. JAMA. 1997;277(7);553-559.

Are you radiating the energy of a healer – warm, caring, friendly, sincere and approachable? Is your staff supporting your warm, caring personality? Or not?

As Patch Adams, MD has said, “People crave laughter as if it were an essential amino acid.” Interview with Patch Adams. Mothering. 1986;38.

Give your patients more of what they crave and they’ll perhaps think twice, or three times, before calling that lawyer. And there’s something else you can do to minimize your chances of being sued.

2. Get great results

Be effective with just about anything that anyone who walks through your office door brings to you. Become known in your area as “The Doctor Who Gets Results.”

For every one patient that likes a “good crack” I’ll bet you there are twenty who dislike it – many you’ll never see because they’ll never set foot in your office. And sometimes that ‘ol side posture million dollar roll, or “diversified” routine, can have unforeseen consequences.

Koren Specific Technique (KST) is low force and gentle and yet gets powerful results. There’s no “cracking” and it is safe enough to use on anyone, from a newborn to a brittle old person.

KST also permits the patient to be checked and corrected (adjusted) in any posture; they don’t have to lie on a table. They can get checked and adjusted while they are standing or sitting or in the posture of subluxation – the position in which they became subluxated. After all, how many people get subluxated while they are lying face down on a table? So why do we insist on adjusting them in that position?

Further, trying to ease an antalgic patient onto a high-low table can be pretty scary if the patient reports increased pain as the table descends. What do you do?

Adjust them in the position in which they are subluxated. The subluxations in this position may be more obvious and therefore adjusted more easily than in a prone position. For more information on KST, go to www.teddkorenseminars.com and watch a free introductory video and read articles about this safe, revolutionary way to care for patients.


The Growth and Challenges of Neurologically Based Chiropractic. (NBC)

As little as 10 years ago, any statement including the nervous system and Chiropractic started and ended with nerve root compression and vertebral misalignment.  We were well schooled that Chiropractic was about vertebral subluxation and nerve root interference and unfortunately, this is where the story ended. Vertebral subluxation and its correction was the totality of Chiropractic.

The facts however were not in evidence to support this theory. Even after over 100 years of the Chiropractic profession’s attempts to defend this position, the science was not in place to offer support.

The fact accepted in place was that Chiropractic care not only achieved results, it was known to achieve dramatic results far beyond the relief of pain for which it had become known.  As Chiropractic and Medicine are different in intent and application, the research methods for one do not work well when applied to the other. The double blind controlled studies of drug research do not work well when applied to a vitalistic application. So then how do we measure the effectiveness of Chiropractic? This challenge has been at the center of the Chiropractic dilemma since its beginning in 1895.

The profession was in great need of demonstrating its foundations in modern, supported definitions, terminology and science if it was to survive beyond a back pain relief, marginal healing art.

Throughout the Chiropractic history there has been many references to Chiropractic involving the Central Nervous System (CNS); so while the concepts were suggested, there was never any proof offered beyond the vertebral subluxation theory, which has never been proven to exist.

In the year 2000, I started the concept of Neurologically Based Chiropractic (NBC) in which I originated the concept that the power of the Chiropractic adjustment lay in its ability to alter CNS function – specifically the cortical brain wave patterns.  My three years of research working with EEG specialists and psychologists Drs. Long and Byers produced a research paper showing that the adjustment had dramatic effects on altering brain wave patterns. Once this was revealed, the greatest mystery of Chiropractic was exposed.  The chiropractic adjustment is a neurological pattern interrupt which then allows the CNS to reset itself into a more appropriate or healthier pattern. There has been two following papers that support my paper.

All this is great news except for one major problem.  How can this knowledge be applied to everyday practice? X-Ray studies or orthopedic tests don’t offer any supporting outcome evidence; Static Para spinal sEMG or thermal studies don’t show direct neurological improvement at the CNS level. So how can we show the dramatic effect of a Chiropractic adjustment as evidence of the effectiveness of care?

This is the reason why the NeuroInfiniti instrument came into being. The years of research done by the Psychologists studying brain wave patterns and human behavior plus the great advances in computer based programs in CNS function were a perfect match for the need to show the effectiveness of the adjustment to alter brain function.

Thirteen years later, the work is finally starting to affect the profession. The NeuroInfiniti offers the DCs the ability to show less than ideal brain function in response to stress and/or its ability to recover from stress. These patterns create the health challenges we see today that according to medical research attribute to 95% of all diseases.  Today Chiropractors can show how and why the adjustment improves neurological function. This NBC isn’t the Chiropractic of the past and represents a critical breakthrough as important as we have seen in any of the changes in other healing arts. Neurologically based programs such as the advanced work by the Carrick Institute, and Dr. Melillo’s Brain Balance Centers are an example of the new movement in the profession.

Neurology Clubs are springing up in Chiropractic Colleges as a new breed of students is keen to bring Chiropractic into the 21st century. As I speak to the student bodies at Universities/Colleges around the world, it is exciting times to watch the future of the profession prepare to bring Neurologically Based Chiropractic to life.  Be sure to check out the NeuroInfiniti web and Facebook sites

The Age of Brain Based Wellness

There are many forms of stress – physical stress, chemical stress and emotional stress. We even have stress subdivisions like relationship stress, money stress, time stress and work stress to name a few.

Stress is everywhere and no one is immune. When we are stressed, the sympathetic part of our brain goes into a natural and normal “fight or flight” mode necessary for our survival. What is equally normal and natural is for the sympathetic brain to reset and calm down after the stressful episode and recalibrate itself to achieve homeostasis and balance once again.

Unfortunately, when we are stressed all day, every day and over a long span of time without a normal relaxation response afterwards, we begin to create a significant and severe turn of events that ultimately produces brain imbalance, body imbalance and poor health.
According to the National Institute of Health, “Up to 90% of all illness is related to stress.” We currently live in a fast paced, high tech and high stressed world. Our stress levels today are much worse than just ten or twenty years ago, which is an indicator that we are entering the early stages of the worst epidemic of all time: The Neurologic Epidemic.

Ever growing lists of people are now suffering from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Autism, insomnia, Lupus, MS, acid reflux, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, anxiety, migraines, depression and the list goes on and on. Traditional medicine unfortunately does not have answers for these problems because you cannot offer a drug correction to a lifestyle problem.

All forms of stress are in reality Brain Stress. Prolonged brain stress causes a sympathetic-parasympathetic imbalance creating a neurological cascade of events putting us in a Sympathetic Survival Syndrome. When we are in survival, our ability to heal, grow, learn and flourish is greatly reduced. It is estimated that more than 2 billion people worldwide are now suffering from brain based health challenges.
Here is what you need to know…When the brain is out of balance; the body will unfortunately follow and go out of balance as well. However, when the brain is once again balanced, the body will fortunately follow and rebalance. This is why understanding what brain based wellness is and learning effective ways to rebalance our brain is so important to all of us.

Prolonged stress, without the appropriate relaxation response, will cause a weakening of the heart, shrinkage of the brain and inflammation which prevents the formation of new nerve cells. We must come to realize that all sickness, disease and behavioral problems begin with brain imbalance as a result of chronic stress.

So how does one rebalance their brain? How do we reboot and re-harmonize brain function? Here are some of the more effective answers:

1. Deep and regular meditation
2. Proper rhythmic breathing where our expiration lasts for twice as long as our inspiration
3. Being in nature, outdoors and relaxed
4. Belly laughter
5. Some forms of exercise like walking
6. Some forms of light and sound technology designed to balance brain function
7. Effective chiropractic care

Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Roger Sperry stated that the spine is the motor that drives the brain. According to his research, “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.”
The new story of chiropractic, backed up with research and new technology, tells us that the chiropractic adjustment does far more than relieve nerve pressure; it actually normalizes and maximizes brain function.

New research can now document for the doctor of chiropractic where to adjust, when to adjust, how often to adjust and even how gentle to adjust the patient to reboot, rewire, reset, rebalance and restore equilibrium in brain and then body function.
It is important to recognize that chiropractic is a neuro-musculoskeletal science and has been for well over 100 years and that today’s chiropractic doctor sees themselves as a functional neurologist – fully understanding how a patient’s lifestyle decisions impact neurologic and brain function and how to naturally and effectively restore balance and help that patient achieve health, wellness and vitality so that they age gracefully instead of growing old.

It is so important to align the brain and the body. Your brain is the control system of the body. Brain balance and harmony is essential to overall well-being and optimal cognitive, emotional and physical performance. Once the brain is balanced, the body always follows. This condition of harmony is known as homeostasis. One you achieve homeostasis, you will enjoy new states of self regulation and relaxation, allowing you to think more clearly, perform more successfully and experience a higher degree of hope and happiness.