“She believed she could, so she did.”
That’s what an embroidery project said on it that my wife recently completed. It was a gift for her mother-in-law, and it couldn’t be more fitting. More on that in a moment...but first, a bit on the “big picture” of health care in our country.
Unfortunately, in our society and our mainstream “health care” system, it seems to be considered a foregone conclusion that as we age we will need more prescription drugs, we will not be able to be as physically active as we would like, and we will, quite simply, hurt more. It isn’t often that as someone ages and enters their 70s that they actually gain independence and mobility and see their pain levels go down.
That’s what makes what my mom has been able to accomplish over the last several months even more inspiring and amazing. As the mother of a chiropractor, Monica Giebler has been receiving adjustments and muscle work to her body since 2005, when I was still in chiropractic school. For the last several years she (along with my dad) have had appointments at our office every two or three weeks. Yet, despite the regular adjustments, my mom has dealt with pain from all of the following—a surgically repaired ankle (broken in 2009); her degenerative spondylolisthesis (one bone is sliding forward from it’s normal position, causing bouts of severe pain) in her low back; and prescriptions for cholesterol and blood pressure. Add in the fact she worked as a registered nurse for several decades and she has all the excuses for why how she was feeling is just how it’s going to be. But she didn’t want it to be that way. She believed she could change—so she did. She finally decided that enough was enough. She wanted to live more, and do more, and be more active, especially with her grandkids!
Last October, my mom started a new diet which drastically reduced her intake of refined sugars, grains, and processed foods. I refer to this diet as an “Anti-Inflammatory Diet” and have been preaching its benefits for over a decade. For some reason, it “stuck” with my mom on this occasion, and the results she is experiencing are tremendous. She has lost over 30 pounds since last October. That’s incredible, considering the holiday season was right in the middle of that span of time. The prescription drugs she was basically told that she would need for the rest of her life? Not so much. She’s either off of them completely or at a reduced dosage. And her pain? “My feet are great! My back doesn’t hurt! I don’t even really miss some of those foods either!” She was so happy to share in what she is experiencing now.
It really hit home to me last week. I was at my parents’ house with my 2.5-year-old, Emerin, and we decided to go for a walk down to the park. It didn’t take Emerin long to find the slide and start going down it, landing in a big pile of snow at the bottom. Then, Emerin asked “GG” (Grandma Giebler) to join in.
The thought of my mom going down a slide, in Wisconsin February conditions nonetheless, is not something I would have thought possible. Yet, there she was, moments later climbing up to the top and sliding down with her granddaughter! It was a wonderful moment, and (after several more trips up and down the slide at Emerin’s insistence) I gave my mom a big hug and shared with her how proud I was of her. The transformation is nothing short of amazing, and I am so blessed to have such a strong and determined woman as my mother and the “GG” to our kids.
It really comes down to this. Diet and nutrition isn’t really that complicated. Eat quality foods, and your body will use that quality food to rebuild a quality body. Your body wants to heal and regulate itself—all on its own. More often than not it doesn’t need any additional chemicals, whether they’re over the counter, or in your “food,” or they’re prescribed to you. Your body can heal itself! That’s the power of nutrition and true health. Help with both can be found at our office here in Kiel, and I love every single success story that I can be a part of.
I wish I could take more credit for my mom’s successes. But in reality, she did this. She made it happen. She believed she could and she did. With your diet and wellness, there are really only two reasons that we deteriorate—bad information and bad motivation.

Choose wisely and see the benefits of true health and improved quality of life! Giebler Chiropractic is here to help and looks forward to starting a transformation with you!