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Big Pharma is Getting Some Payback! 

The former CEO (Doud) and the Chief Compliance Officer of one of the nation’s top 10 drug distributors have been arrested and formally charged for ‘conspiracy to violate narcotics laws, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and willfully failing to file suspicious order reports.’ Can you say “FINALLY!” And maybe follow that up with “right on! Keep ‘em coming!” They handcuffed these criminals and took them to jail!

The Rochester Drug Co-operative, which is the name of the distributor involved, has also been charged by the government. This marks the very first time executives from either a Big Pharma distributor or a Big Pharma manufacturer have been charged for the massive destruction and huge loss of life they have directly caused. This, I’m certain, has Big Pharma quaking in their boots. 

Certainly, the Sackler family, the owners of the company that makes Oxycontin, should be scared penniless. Won’t it be a tiny amount of satisfaction to the surviving family members and loved ones of so many opioid victims to see the executives and owners of these companies that have preyed upon so many people by lying, falsifying and outright criminal behavior? 

Wayne sent me this link yesterday which has more details for those of you with inquiring minds: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-ceo-major-drug-distribution-company-first-face-criminal-charges-n997571

With you being on the front lines of this battle to combat the evil that’s been perpetuated by Big Pharma, you will likely appreciate what was just done with the formal charges and arrests. I sure do! Having visited some of the Salvation Army adult treatment centers over the last 2 years and witnessing the ravaging effects of opioids, frankly I’m ecstatic that some measure of justice is finally being served. These drug companies and distributors have been acting like common drug dealers while on the surface looking like responsible executives. In my humble opinion, the drug distributors need to be shut down. They exist, again in my opinion, to allow the Big Pharma drug manufacturers to insulate themselves from selling their drugs to whomever has cold, hard cash. Eliminating the distributors exposes Big Pharma by allowing complete transparency on where their drugs are shipped. 

The incredible, non-drug, state of the art care you provide to the patients we serve is exemplary. I thank you, each and every one of you, for the dedication you bring to your offices every day, fighting a massive battle to get the word out that says “We can help. Opioids aren’t the answer. Come, experience the very best in chiropractic and rehab!”

I hope you are having a great day, as initiated by a great Morning Priming routine. Let’s continue our fast-paced growth and finish out an amazing month!


Dr. Chris


What does Lori Laughlin and Big Pharma have in common?

Good Lord, it’s actually impossible to read anything today without seeing another piece on the actress Lori Laughlin and William Singer. Certainly, you’ve heard what’s been happening. This rather dishonest guy, Singer, had a company that for a large fee, anywhere from 10K to a million dollars, would virtually guarantee admission of your child to the school of their choice, in most cases. 

Singer built up a team of admissions counselors and collegiate coaches that for a large bribe, would pull strings to get your kid admitted. Singer even hired some mental wizard that would take your kid’s ACT or SAT for them, ace it, and get your child into a highly selective university. Amazing, isn’t it, that this could actually be taking place in today’s modern world of technology?

My family makes fun of me all the time, especially at Christmas. Why? Because I am a total Hallmark Channel sucker. When no one is around, if someone sneaks up on me in December, they can often find me stealing a few minutes of a Hallmark movie. I love the themes! Lori Laughlin has been a Hallmark star for quite a few years and I’ve always loved the Hallmark movies she’s been in. No longer. I vote with my clicker.

She apparently paid Singer $500K to get her daughter into USC. She paid another high amount to get her other daughter in there as well. This is called being a criminal in my book. And what does Laughlin and Big Pharma have in common? Dishonesty. 

Big Pharma has been lying for years about the safety of opioids. They manipulated the data to indicate Oxy was less addictive than earlier opioids, which is the opposite of what the real data showed. This is dishonesty that has ruined lives, even killed people...many people. 

I look forward to an era of honesty in research publication. It’s time. And since my youngest, Zack, is in the process of selecting his college right now, it’d be nice if the admission process was honest as well. 

Chris Tomshack DC
CEO Healthsource Chiropractic
America’s Chiropractor


This is Why It Matters to YOU

The alarm went off at 6 am today. I rolled over and turned it off. I’d already been awake a few minutes, just laying there and thinking about gratitude. And for whatever reason, a mental picture of a long line at Starbucks filled my mind with bright clarity. Weird, huh? Then it clicked.

This morning was my turn to lead our morning huddle. Last night before bed I challenged my subconscious mind to come up with a great topic to discuss at morning huddle, after our stretches. I wanted it to be informational this time – not a head-space thing; to really reflect on some aspect of health that works synergistically with what we do.

All HealthSource offices have a gourmet tea (& usually coffee) station in our reception rooms. There are a number of reasons why we do this, but let’s focus on just one: it’s HEALTHY! Feel free to cut and paste the following, maybe even hand it out to your patients next week. Make sure your tea station is fully stocked!

Benefits of green tea

 1.     Green Tea Contains Various Bioactive Compounds That Can Improve Health: polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which has been studied to treat various diseases and may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties. It has trace minerals we need.

2.     Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter: The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant. It consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory. L-Theanine, which is also present, increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain.

3.     Green tea has been shown to boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term. In other words, WEIGHT LOSS.

4.     Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer.

5.     The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.

6.     The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of cavities and reduced bad breath.

7.     Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes…this is HUGE!

8.     Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

9.     Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Becoming Obese

10.  Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer.

Death of all causes: 23% lower in women, 12% lower in men.
Death from heart disease: 31% lower in women, 22% lower in men.
Death from stroke: 42% lower in women, 35% lower in men.
Benefits of Coffee
1. Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter
2. Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat
3. The Caffeine Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance, so it’s great before exercise.
4. There Are Essential Nutrients in Coffee
5. Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
6. Coffee May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
7. Caffeine May Lower The Risk of Parkinson’s
8. Coffee Appears to Have Protective Effects on The Liver
9. Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier
10. Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Types of Cancer
Oh, here’s me this morning enjoying some Tazo green tea in my nephew’s football team’s 2014 D1 high school state championship team mug. (They’re #1 in Ohio this year again and 7th in the country. (My nephew is the right guard [last year and this year] and he’s 6’3”, 305 lbs. Yes, he receives regular wellness care at HealthSource, so we of course take credit for his D1 full ride scholarship in college next year!!!)

Stay Focused!!

Chris Tomshack DC
CEO: HealthSource Chiropractic®  Progressive Rehab ®  & Wellness


The Size of Your TV and Your Practice

I read a lot of books. This insatiable habit started way back in grade school, and the seed was planted by my parents. In fact, all my siblings read voraciously. Some of my most relaxed memories are of my parents and me all reading books in the living room. By high school I was consuming Steven King novels like a brain-starved zombie. By college, the mix changed to lots of business and self help books with the odd fiction work tossed in for balance.  I love to read.

One vivid memory I have is when my high school chemistry teacher, a crazy intelligent guy with a PhD, came in for his regular bi-weekly adjustment. He used to love to wear his shirt that had S-P orbitals on it. I never quite understood that concept in his class so he took great pleasure in tormenting me with that shirt. This particular day he had a huge smile on his face when I walked in the treatment room. He also had a rather thick book in his hands. Something was amiss.

He told me that while he was waiting in the reception room (I had a 10 minute policy. If you’re not in a treatment room in 10 minutes, your visit is free.), he got into a keenly interesting discussion with another man about the thick book he was carrying. My teacher told me “I would have never expected to run into anyone anywhere that would have read this particular book. It’s complex. And the very pleasant man in the reception room had read it and understood the material completely. We had a great discussion and it made my day!”

Then he paused for a moment, turned to me and said, “That man was your father!”

Boy did that make me feel good, not to mention proud. Both my Mom and Dad modeled the habit of reading on a daily basis. The lesson took hold in me early on, just like it did in my siblings.

Today, I can be just about anywhere and jump in a conversation that has no relevance whatsoever with what, on the surface, you’d expect me to know about, and that’s because I read. Reading can be a source of knowledge. With Knowledge comes certainty. With certainty comes action and knowledge-based action leads to good decisions. Good decisions in turn lead to a life well lived and resultant happiness.

There’s a wonderful quote by Jim Rohn which states “poor people have big TV’s. Rich people have big libraries.” When we built my house 5 years ago, instead of the usual boring den, we built a library. It’s already just about out of space. In the last 2 months I’ve consumed and learned from 14 more books, and there is literally a huge drawer full of more to be read, plus a stack next to my bed. Books feed your mind. They are a source of not only knowledge and certainty but they can also keep us sharp, able to converse intelligently on a wide array of cool and interesting topics. They make us more interesting.

Have you cultivated the habit of reading on a daily basis? If not, can you commit to at least 5 minutes a day? There are innumerable habits you can engage in that don’t serve you. I’ve got my list. Do you have yours? Why not REPLACE a habit that doesn’t help you with one that does? And what better way to start than to get on Amazon and order a best seller in any genre that lights your fire? Go ahead. Then model the reading habit for your loved ones. You and they will be better because of this first little step that you can take right now.

Stay Focused!


The Frisbee Update

Let’s talk frisbees for a moment.

The Frisbee slowly kept ascending into the sky, higher and higher while traveling deeper into my backyard. My German Shepherd, Star, all 115 pounds of her, was fully engaged in hot pursuit of the flying disc. She couldn’t quite catch it. She was prevented for two reasons. First, she’s a darn big dog and dogs her size aren’t usually the best at playing catch. Second, the Frisbee was thrown by my older son, T, and he’s used to pitching high velocity baseballs, not Frisbees. Bottom line, neither Star nor T are particularly adept at playing catch and retrieve with a Frisbee, in spite of the fact that T is taking an ultimate Frisbee class at Ohio University this term. Do they really get credit for playing frisbee? Am I paying for that class?

It didn’t really matter how hard Star wanted to catch that thing, she hasn’t practiced and she hasn’t developed the fundamentals. The same goes for T.

This summer I sent you 30 different 1-2 minute videos. Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t ask me how to become more successful either in practice or in some other business. Launching into long term success requires a dedication to master the un-sexy, which means an un-defeatable passion to master the fundamentals. That’s call blocking and tackling mastery. The 30 short videos outlined exactly how to proceed, how you can master the blocking and tackling of chiropractic required for building the lifestyle of your dreams, in whatever terms that means to you.

Many HealthSource docs wrote me about the impact of the videos. In EVERY case, these emails were written by doctors that were already progressing very well in their mastery. Every doc had a great practice. Every-single -one. This demonstrates to me that the people who made the short investment in time to watch the videos did so because they wanted more, yet they were also already building practices far more successful than most. Success leaves clues. I also fielded a number of calls from some docs that had questions on building a better practice. In every single case they did not watch the video. Every-single-one. Mediocrity leaves clues, too.

We are rapidly approaching the 4th quarter of 2015. Are you on track to hit your 2015 goals, personally and professionally? If so, GREAT! But if not, my suggestion is that you do what successful doctors do. Go back and watch the 30 videos from July and August. Play them at every morning huddle for the next 30 business days. Discuss them. Determine how to correctly implement each one. Make this the only focus of every huddle for 30 days. Many of the docs that wrote me were doing thus that, and if you want more success, emulate what the ultra successful do.

BTW, we made some incredible pumpkin protein pancakes last night. Talk about delicious and healthy and they make phenomenal snacks for you and your family. Want the recipe? Email me! drchristomshack@healthsourcechiro.com

All the best to you!!

Chris Tomshack DC