Trauma and negativity not only affect your state of mind, but also your physical well-being. In this episode, Dr. Fab Mancini helps us understand how mindset supports healing and how staying in alignment preserves and restores health. He is America’s #1 healthy living media expert, Hay House’s international best-selling author of The Power of Self-Healing, and host of his own TV series, popular radio show, and podcast. Tune in as Dr. Fab and Dr. Wolfson discuss supporting your nervous and cardiovascular systems in a positive, holistic way.
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How Chiropractic Care And Mindset Are The Gatekeepers Of Health And Wellness With Dr. Fab Mancini
Welcome to another episode of the show where our focus is on getting you to that 100-year heart and beyond. We don’t want to set any limitations here. We want to bring you the best information and the best guests. I’ve got an absolute superstar with you and a good friend of mine. His name is Dr. Fab Mancini. Dr. Fab, how are you?
It’s so great to be with you and I’m looking forward to this because I know every time we get together, magic always happens and information flows. I’m looking forward to this moment.
Those of you who are reading, you don’t get the pleasure of seeing Dr. Fab visually, because the guy is like Benjamin Button. He’s reversing in age, which is a testament to how well he lives his life mentally and physically. Dr. Fab is America’s number one healthy living expert and he’s been on Fox News and CNN. He’s been on every major station. Dr. Phil is interviewing him. He’s got fantastic of best-selling books, including The Power of Self-Healing. He also did a book Chicken Soup For The Chiropractic Soul. It’s part of the Chicken Soup series as well. He can tell you about it as well.
He’s got podcasts. He’s got a television show. He’s also a widely acclaimed international speaker. If you’re out there and you’re looking for a superstar keynote speaker that will absolutely blow away the crowd, I’ve heard him speak several times from the big stage, and he brings it every single time. I also want to say that maybe we can start from here because I’ve heard a very powerful story you shared from when you were a child and how that fast-forwarded you through dreams of becoming a surgeon. I know you wanted to do that and you were bit by the holistic and integrative bug. Eventually, you got a professional degree in Chiropractic. Take us through that, if you would.
It’s so interesting because I feel so blessed that at the age of sixteen, I had a dream that I saw myself as a doctor serving thousands of people. I went to my counselor and she says, “What kind of doctor?” I said, “That wasn’t clear in my dream. What is the best doctor out there?” She replied, “The most intense doctor program in medicine is Neurosurgeon.” I said, “That’s what I’m going to be.”
I started at a very early age disciplining myself to study and to learn as much as I could. Because of my grades, I could go any pre-med program that I wanted, but there was a program in Dallas, Texas that only took 27 kids. They could go to any medical school they wanted if they passed it and I was selected for that program. That brought me to Texas and I was studying all of the basic sciences in pre-med learning about primarily the thought process of healthcare.
I was involved in a severe car accident that landed me in a hospital that I had done a rotation in as part of my studies. The orthopedic surgeon said, “I can give you painkillers and muscle relaxers, but you need to go see my chiropractor.” He took out his phone and called his chiropractor. The chiropractor said to me, “Fab, you know what medicine is, let me tell you what chiropractic is.”
The body has the ability to heal itself. Most people forget that our bodies are designed to heal, not to get sick.
He explained to me these three ways. Number one, in our office, we’re going to remind you every single day that the body has the ability to heal itself. Most people forget that our bodies are designed to heal. They’re not designed to get sick. Number two, is that the nervous system of all the systems in the body was primary because all the systems in the body depended on nerves in order to function properly. In our office, we’re going to support your nervous system in a very holistic way.
Thirdly, we’re not going to manage your symptoms. That’s what healthcare does. We’re going to get to the root cause of the problem. Dr. Wolfson, after six weeks of care, not only did all my symptoms went away, but I felt better than I felt in my whole life. I went back to my counselor in college and she said, “Let me introduce you to some chiropractors.” I interviewed 62 chiropractors in six months and before I graduated, I decided not to go to medical school.
I chose chiropractic school because I realized there was no functional medicine or integrative medicine. There was only chiropractic promoting the banner of holistic health. I chose it because I realized that the majority of the people, if they change their mindset and their behaviors, they can prevent the majority of the illness out there, over 70% of them that we call chronic illness.
That’s where my journey began and it led me into chiropractic school. I became an acupuncturist, nutritionist and energy medicine expert. Anything that was holistic, I was obsessed with it but I can tell you, in my opinion, nothing beats a chiropractic adjustment as a foundational thing for our health. That’s the reason that I’ve contributed so much to the health and wellness environment because I’m a fanatic in finding ways to be able to support people naturally.
It’s a beautiful story on how you were thinking, “Medicine would be one particular way.” The spirit of the universe comes in and guides a true healer like you. It’s been able to allow you to springboard to so many different areas such as television, radio, public speaking, as a best-selling author and impact millions of lives. That’s tremendous stuff. My passion is to get people well using natural approaches from a cardiovascular standpoint, getting away from pharmaceuticals and procedures. Everyone on my show knows that.
I believe the doctor of chiropractic should be the go-to for all things like health and wellness as you said, the power of the chiropractic adjustments but also the whole surrounding philosophy. Can you dive into that a little bit as well as far as how some of the people who are reading, why they should see the doctor of chiropractic as the gatekeeper to health and wellness?
It’s interesting that you mentioned that because in my fourth book, The Power of Self-Healing, I interviewed 50 people that healed when medicine told them that they couldn’t heal. The traditional medical allopathic process didn’t have any answers. One of the things that I realized from that process is that there were different components to healing, but the chiropractic component to healing is very critical because what all of those 50 people had was a holistic provider as part of their team.
A holistic provider is essential as part of your team because you get different perspectives. How many patients have we had that said, “I wish somebody would have told me that this was available many years ago before I had all these surgeries or before I’ve had to take all these medications? Now, I’ve had all these complications or many years ago where I’ve suffered thinking that I had to learn to live with this for the rest of my life.”
On average, every survey that we’ve done in our profession in many years, over 80% of the people that we service say that chiropractic has helped them. That means we helped over 80% of the people that we take in as patients. The basic premise is very simple. The premise is, D.D. Palmer, our founder in chiropractic. What he talked about was the fact that when the body is not at ease, not in harmony, that means that the body is in a disease state. What does that mean? The body is not functioning the way that it was meant to function. It is in a wrestler state.
He used to say that three were things that we needed to pay attention to. One, has there been any trauma in our life that could have caused this to happen? Number two, is there any toxicity going on? Many of our foods can be toxic because of all the preservatives, the overutilization of sugar and dyes and many other things. We know that’s an issue, but also our air and water. Those are things that can toxify the body. Thirdly, he said autosuggestion, which is what people call mental health.
The new science says that the average person has over 60,000 thoughts a day. Ninety percent of those thoughts are the same thoughts we had the day before and 80% of them are negative in nature. A lot of this mental health, anxiety and depression, all of these issues that we see escalating is for what the department used to call autosuggestion.
In chiropractic, we’ve always looked at the spine, the structure of the body, as a way to influence the function of the body and we’ve dealt with that component. The autosuggestion is to remind people that we need to be more positive. There are so many studies that have shown that if you start being positive about your circumstances, there is a much healing effort that happens. The toxicity is cleaning up our diet, but also paying attention to anything that you put in the body that may have the potential of toxifying your body that may lead to side effects. Those are the things that we focus on and why I believe this profession has been so successful in the outcomes of their patients.
Mental health is so important. You’re referencing 2020 and 2021, where mental health worldwide is suffering more so than ever. Can you touch on that and we can talk about how do we get positive thoughts? How do we escape from the constant negativity that we seem to be surrounded by it that is so detrimental to our health?
Many of our foods can be toxic because of all the preservatives, the overutilization of sugar and dyes, and many other things.
From a mental perspective, we know that prayer and meditation, the studies have shown, are the two best ways that you can set your mindset in a good receptive area to heal. The second thing is to be able to look at the circumstances. Let’s say you’ve been diagnosed with a particular condition. Don’t look at that as a life sentence. Look at it as an opportunity to shift mindset and behavior. That’s what I train my patients with. No matter what diagnosis I’m giving, I’m not going to look at it as, “I’m now a victim of that.” You’re not going to be another statistic.
You’re going to be able to look at it and say, “How can I look at that disease process differently? How can I look at that as a blessing in disguise? How can I look at that as a way of learning how my body functions and what could have got me there in the first place?” Then shift your behavior, “What can I do different today to ensure that it will not be there? That it will not come back a year from now?” You have more than anybody knows that so many of your patients could prevent heart disease if they would shift how they view their bodies and how they do things every single day.
As I started researching about what are the three most powerful healing emotions, we found out that the first one is forgiveness. When we learn to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made, when we learn to forgive others for the hurt that they’ve given us, we release a lot of anger, grudge, resentment and those things change our chemistry which leads us into a state of illness.
The second emotion is gratitude because most of us, even if we have a diagnosis or an illness we are going through, we have to realize that there’s still a lot of good inside of us. There’s still the potential of the body to heal. We need to be grateful for the health we have rather than putting all of our energy and attention on that 20% or 30% that is not working. We have a lot of systems in the body. Maybe one system is struggling, but we got another ten systems that are doing great.
We have an organ that’s failing, but we have other organs that are working. It’s shifting your gratitude towards the things that are going well, instead of focusing on the things that are not going well. It is a very healing process. The last one is unconditional love. We realized that in the world of science and the environment, love is the greatest healer. You have to be a little bit more patient and loving with yourself. Take care of your body like it’s the most important thing you have because, in reality, it is.
You can’t trade it. You can’t buy another one. How many millionaires or billionaires have we had as patients we have interviewed over the years that they’ll give everything back if they could regain health that they lost while they were pursuing their millions of dollars. Love yourself a little bit more and you start seeing how your body will begin to heal even faster.
Forgiveness, gratitude and unconditional love. It’s so poignant. I can’t help thinking if you had wound up as a neurosurgeon, would you be talking about any of these things?
That’s something to consider, because I come from the allopathic mentality of healthcare, primarily which over 80% of everything runs through. I get to appreciate that when you’re speaking to a provider, understand that they’re giving you advice based on the training they received. I hardly ever have met a provider that doesn’t have the best interest of the patient. There might be some out there but that’s not being my case.
I also realized that because they haven’t been trained, it was important for me to seek out a different source of opinion, a more holistic provider. Maybe a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, a homeopath doctor or a naturopath doctor. When I got their opinion, it opened a whole dimension for me to be able to consider what my options were. When one provider is saying, “You have to take this for the rest of your life. Yes, there will be side effects, but you have to learn to live with that.”
Another one said, “What we’re going to do is we’re going to give you chiropractic adjustments. We’re going to put you in a great nutrition process. We got great supplements that science has proven that can help reverse this condition, etc.” All of the sudden, I feel empowered. That’s why I get to appreciate it. When people come to me and say, “My doctor said this is the only option.” I said, “Would you be open to the idea that other providers, other professions in healthcare or there’s science out there have said something different? Would you be willing to try something else? What do you get to lose?”
All of a sudden, they recognized what I recognized as a patient when that orthopedic doctor sent me to his chiropractor. I got open to a world of holistic health that I’ve never seen before. Never did any of my professors ever said, “Fab, remind your patients that the body can heal itself and that the body has systems that are organized to be able to help support whatever they’re dealing with. Remind your patients that in order to focus on the symptoms, they should be paying attention on the root cause of what caused that symptom in the first place.” That’s what changed my life and the reason that I’ve been so passionate over the years in this space to drive people to be able to consider a different option.
That’s what I was trying to tell people. This isn’t the 1970s anymore where it’s my way or the highway as a medical doctor, “You got to do this.” There are so many different ways to touch holistic providers like us, there’s the internet and so many different books. There are YouTube videos where you can listen to Dr. Fab and also at DrFabMancini.com.
That opens up this whole possibility of, “Let’s keep all options on the table.” We can listen to the medical side, but let’s listen to some other opinions and then you, the educated consumer, make the best choice. You did all your research about your house and about what car you should buy or whatever it may be. Do more research into your health and see what the options are.
When we learn to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made and others for the hurt they have given us, we heal.
I know you respect medical doctors. I respect my fellow medical doctors, emergency care and trauma surgeons. It’s all necessary. When it comes to prevention, the medical community has nothing. We both know that. I’m a little bit more cynical than you are because I’ve sat in some of those rooms with the moneymakers in the medical profession. I’m not going to surprise you with this, but these “health decisions” by the doctors are made with financial incentives behind them. It’s human nature to think that people are influenced by money.
I want to go back to forgiveness, gratitude and unconditional love. Gratitude seems the easiest thing out of that, but as far as it’s easy for me to say, “Thank you for what I have. I may be losing my hair and getting a few more wrinkles, but I still feel good. In my brain, I’m still 21.” I’m grateful for that, but sometimes especially right now, it seems like it’s so easy and the world is so polarized. It’s so polarizing in so many different areas including healthcare. How do we find that unconditional love for people when it seems so easy to be divisive in opposite spectrums?
It begins with our unconditional love. I have to respect that my body is my body. No one will ever take care of your body or even knows your body better than you. The unconditional love begins there. To recognize that this thing we call our bodies, we only get one of them and we get to make choices every day whether we’re going to take care of it or we’re going to break it down.
Unfortunately, most people are making choices that are breaking their bodies, their systems and their organs down to the point of getting disease or illnesses. For me, it begins with me. Louise Hay told me that the thing that changed in her life was when she realized that when she woke up in the morning, brushed her teeth and looked in the mirror, she didn’t focus on imperfections. The wrinkles, the loss of hair, the change or you gained some weight or whatever.
In fact, the first thing she did was to look at that mirror and say, “I love you, Louise.” That’s all she did. Then she taught me, she said, “Fab, I realized that if I don’t wake up every day, telling myself that I love myself. That may be the only time that day that somebody would tell me I love you. It may be the only time that month that somebody would tell me I love you. It may be the only time that year that somebody tells me.” You begin with you loving yourself.
Change the focus. Don’t focus on the imperfections. We’re human. We’re not perfect beings. Focus on the things you like about yourself. You look in the mirror and yes, you’ve gained about 20 pounds, yes, your hair is thinning out or turning gray, and yes perhaps you’re getting a little bit more wrinkled but focus on your eyes. I still love my eyes. Focus on your smile or on some other part of your body that you love. That’s all you need to do is shift your focus into the positive. That’s another way to love ourselves.
The third way is to make better choices every single day, not only on the way that we exercise and move our bodies. Make a choice to move your body today for 20 to 30 minutes. Make a choice to go for a walk, ride a bike or do whatever just to get some motion. Make a choice to eat more organic food. I have a rule that over 50% of our plate has to be vegetables. That’s a simple rule. Whatever your plate is, over 50% needs to be vegetables.
Why? It’s because we know vegetables are the healthiest source of nutrition for our bodies. If you’re going to do proteins, I try to keep my proteins between 4 ounces and 6 ounces maximum. I find that 4 ounces are more than enough protein for me regardless of whatever protein. If you want to do a little bit of fruit, do half a cup of fruit but don’t do a lot of fruit because there’s some sugar in the fruit, but at least that’s better than having cake or having something that is cream or sugary. Make sure you do that those are the action steps of how we do.
Regardless of the differences of opinion on healthcare, the best way to unconditionally love others is to understand that their opinion is based on their training. Your medical doctor will never tell you to take vitamin D3 on an average basis, but we all know how important that is. Take around three to 5,000 mg of vitamin C or take some zinc. I also add something that I found to be extremely effective, which is nano colloidal silver. I find that it supports my immune system during this difficult time.
You’re not going to find that in your medical doctor, that’s why I keep reminding you that whatever their opinion is, love them for their opinion. They’re telling you what they’re being told. Understand that. Don’t judge them for that but then go ahead and seek out the other providers that have a different opinion that can be a life changer for you. Those are the ones that I would start with because the medical opinions should always be the last resort of introducing a pharmaceutical, surgical procedure or anything that has the potential of being a risk or side effects.
In the natural holistic world, you’ve minimized or almost completely eradicated side effects and possible side effects because we deal with nature. We deal with the old way holistic things and the chances of that are less than anything else that you can do in healthcare. That’s the way that I would unconditionally love those providers that are now trying to persuade me to think in their way.
This message that you’re bringing is so important. For anybody who’s reading with cardiovascular issues, when you wake up and you say that you love yourself and point out all of the amazing things that are going on with you, physically or emotionally and focus on the positive relationships you have in your life. Maybe even future planning of what’s to be going on in your future that are all positive minded. That’s going to help people, whether it’s blood pressure, heart rhythm issues, cardiomyopathy, brain-based diseases, cancer, autoimmune or digestive issues.
That stuff is all fantastic. When I listen to you talk, you talk the talk and you walk the walk. You’re smiling. You’re happy. You’ve got such positive energy and that’s so infectious to those around you. I know you know that but when you see Dr. Fab in person, you feel that there is such positive energy emanating from you that’s so spectacular. Tell me some good places where people can find out essentially everything about you and a lot of what you’re discussing.
Over the pandemic, I went ahead and added so much to my website as far as resources for people. If you go to my website, DrFabMancini.com, if you go there, I have a free membership to a virtual site that has thousands of hours of not only lectures but podcasts, radio shows and information that would allow you to live health to the optimum. That’s one of the things I did during the pandemic because thousands of people were calling me saying, “Where do I get this? Where do I get that?” It was driving me crazy. I hired a service to put all of that into a virtual component and I’m giving it away for people.
Take care of your body because, in reality, you can’t trade it. You can’t buy another one.
That way people can have it. They can benefit from my many years of helping and supporting the health of humanity and they can be a part of it. I usually charge $500 for that, but it’s free. You go there and put your name and email and then you’ll start getting access to everything that I have in there. I want to go back to one point that you said.
I listened to one of your episodes and you remind me of something that is important to bring about in this message and that is you’re a big fan of being joyful and being happy. In my book, I wrote about how emotions turn into a chemistry and that chemistry can either break our bodies down or heal our bodies. Happiness is one of those things that come from forgiving, being grateful and loving ourselves. That’s the byproduct.
The byproduct is you have the ultimate emotions that would change your chemistry to produce oxytocin which is a very healthy hormone or norepinephrine or some of the things that the body produces naturally. That’s one of the things that I would encourage each one of you. Gauge yourself from 1 to 10, how happy am I? If you find yourself in a low end, then ask, “What could I do to make me a little bit happier?” Maybe go back to a hobby that you’ve given up or release some of the responsibilities and the weight on your shoulders that you feel with those around you so that way you’re not swallowing all that stress.
Do something a little bit healthier, like picking up something new that you’ve always wanted to do or make a new friend. Do something to start enjoying what you do in your work a little bit more. Start falling in love and be passionate about what you do. All of those things will add to you becoming happier and that is what all of us should be striving for because the pursuit of happiness is what allows us to be in our greatest state of healing.
When we talk about happiness, laughter is the best medicine. I find that happy people don’t get sick compared to the people who are not happy. Every time I take a history on someone who’s had a heart attack or cardiovascular condition, there was always something going on right beforehand that led it to their unhappiness, whether it was stress, fear or anxiety. Also, how social isolation is going on, all of those things are problematic. When we talk about some of these relationships, is there a finite point when we can say, “This relationship is not working out and it’s best to move on?”
It’s interesting because sometimes we find ourselves that those relationships are within our home family. We may have a very toxic parent or a parent that is in a destructive mode and is wanting to take us with them. We may find a sibling that is in some kind of behavior patterns that are very destructive as they’re trying to pull us there.
What I typically do is, first of all, the number one thing is to recognize that we don’t have any control over anybody outside of ourselves. We only have control over us. When you get to that point, you realize that somebody else has the power, the decision and the right to make whatever decisions they want for them, but they don’t have that to us.
That’s very important to understand. If you find yourself in a relationship, regardless of what it is in which the other party is trying to bring you down, not only in the way they eat because you’re trying to be healthy. You came from a podcast from Dr. Wolfson and you realized those are the things that you need to do, but they’re tearing you down. They’re not giving you the opportunity to do that. You then either have to discipline yourself to limit how that person will impact you.
If it gets to the point that they will not, then separate yourself from that person and don’t allow them to impact you negatively. I’ve seen that happen. I’ve seen marriages that have had to break up in order for the parties to survive because if they would have kept in that marriage, they would have not only destroyed themselves but would have destroyed everyone around them.
I’ve had a lot of parents say to me, “I don’t want to impact my children if I think of a divorce, even though I can’t stand her or him for the last few years.” That’s very common out there but imagine this. Are you giving your children a better example by not addressing the issue? Are you giving them a better example to always stand up for themselves and say, “My self-worth is higher than anybody else’s opinion? I’m not going to let anyone else that can determine how healthy, how positive, how successful, how wonderful I’m going to be now. That is up to me.” You make that choice. No one else can make that choice for you.
The time for separation or breakup is when you feel that the other party, that you’ve exhausted every possible way to let that party be a part of that journey that you want to take. If you cannot, then you have to do it for yourself. You have to love yourself enough to say no to something that you feel is good but it’s actually turning into something that is destroying not only your health but potentially your life.
I know you are proud of The Fab Life. It’s eating the right foods and living the right way. The mental aspect of health, the mental health and the wellness that goes along with all of this. It emanates from you. DrFabMancini.com is where you got to go for so much fantastic information about living the fab life. Let me give you the final word and then I’ll close it down.
The one thing that I would encourage you to do is to live with a sense of urgency. One of the principles that I believe in that has helped a lot of people get well, is that we take every day like if it’s our last day. Don’t worry so much about the negative habits that you did, especially your heart health. Don’t worry about what you want to do tomorrow. Focus on what you can do right now. This one meal, this one exercise, this meditation or prayer and selecting the people that I choose to surround myself with. Keeping that job that is making me sick or releasing that job so I can get a job that makes me healthy.
Whatever that is for you, live with a sense of urgency. I have found that when I do that, then I have a much better potential to have that healthy heart at 100 years old than if I keep thinking like, “The only way that your heart will be healthy at 100 is if you make good choices.” That’s the only way that I’ve ever been able to determine that. Be selective in your choices and always remember that you’re worth it. You are worth it. Even if other people around you are telling you you’re not worth it, we’re reminding you that you’re worth it, so make a good choice.
We’re one decision away from absolutely changing our lives, whether it’s your next meal if you make it as healthy or you’ve read this and then you walk outside and you go for a walk or a job or a hike around the neighborhood. It’s that urgent. When you make that change and I say that all the time regarding food, if your next meal is a healthy one, it starts to snowball and make a difference. Again, DrFabMancini.com, that’s wonderful and so much more to dive into. Again, I appreciate you being on the show. We’ll see you next time with some more life-changing information.
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About Fab Mancini
Dr. Fab Mancini is America’s #1 healthy living media expert, mentor to millionaires, Hay House’s international best-selling author of The Power of Self-Healing and host of his tv series, popular radio show and podcast.
Dr. Fab is also the best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Chiropractic Soul, an internationally acclaimed educator, consultant, business leader, speaker, world renowned chiropractor and president emeritus of Parker University. He has been featured on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, Fox News, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, Univision, Telemundo and others. He has been interviewed in various documentaries and has received honors including Heroes for Humanity, Humanitarian of the Year, CEO of the year, and induction into the Wellness Revolutionaries Hall of Fame.
Dr. Mancini is also a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Educational Management in the graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Most recently, the President of Mexico named the Library at Uneve, Mexico’s new Leading University, after him.