Author Kevin Donka, DC Articles

Are You An Elephant On A String?

Have you ever been to a circus and wondered why such a big animal doesn't just break that tiny little chain around its ankle? The answer is that the elephant is living in a state of what is called "Learned helplessness."The way to train...

As The Twig Is Bent, So Grows The Tree

This is a phrase that can be heard or read on a poster in nearly every chiropractic office on any given day. We have used this example in nature to describe to parents what can (and probably will) happen to their children’s posture if a spinal...

Breaking the Stress Cycle - Of the Rat Race

“Hurry, hurry; get what you can! There’s only so much to go around and only so much time to get it, so you’d better get your share before someone else takes it!” This kind of urgency and “lack” mentality is typical of anyone who finds him/herself in...

Also labeled: Issue #13, Mind-Body-Spirit

But I'm Sick!

Early last week, a practice member of mine named Melissa came in for her weekly check-up. I found that she was clear (i.e., didn't need an adjustment), so I rang the well bell and congratulated her. She got up off the table with a confused look on...

Ease Into Wellness

One day not so long ago, a practice member named Craig walked into our center with a slight limp. When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that he had been wrestling with his son A.J. and had hurt his knee. When I told him we’d take a look at it h...

Also labeled: Issue #16, Wellness Lifestyle

Great Expectations

A very busy road near my home is under construction right now. I travel this way twice every day, but the other day I noticed a sign I hadn’t seen before. The sign said, “New lane configurations—EXPECT DELAYS!” Now at first, this didn’t seem strange...

Also labeled: Issue #06, Wellness Lifestyle

Overall Improvement - What Happens To Kids Who Never Get Adjusted?

A few years back, I was adjusting a family who had been under care for several years.  This family consisted of a dad, mom and three children.  Prior to receiving care, all three children had been dealing with recurrent ear i...

Perspective is Paramount

Just before church service a few weeks ago a man complimented me on the purple shirt I was wearing. My daughter heard his comments and asked, “Hey Daddy, didn’t you used to hate purple when you were little?” “Yes I did,” I replied. “How come you like...

Also labeled: Mind-Body-Spirit, Issue #08

Sunshine for Vitamin D

The Return Of the Parachuting Cats!The American Academy of Pediatrics has just announced that breastfed infants should now get vitamin D supplements to prevent rickets. Infant formulas contain much more vitamin D than breast milk, and...

Also labeled: Wellness Lifestyle

What Do You Expect?

A busy road near my home is under construction right now. I travel this way twice every day, but yesterday I noticed a sign I hadn’t seen before. It said, “New Lane Configurations— Expect Delays.” This didn’t seem strange to me at first, but as I...

Also labeled: Issue #23, Mind-Body-Spirit

What Happens To Kids Who Never Get Adjusted?

A few years back, I was adjusting a family who had been under care for several years. This family consisted of a dad, mom and three children. Prior to receiving care, all three children had been dealing with recurrent ear infections and bad...