The Koren Wellness Journey
About Us - How Koren Wellness Came to Be
Throughout my life, I’ve experienced the ups and downs of healthcare. I’ve suffered, I’ve overcome, I’ve learned, I’ve grown. I’ve accumulated much knowledge as a result.
Koren Wellness encompasses exploring the wonders of the human body, vitalism and the differences between expressive and suppressive healthcare. I’ve come to believe that with knowledge we are able to make better choices and with better choices, we can achieve greater health. I am here to share that with you.
Expressive vs. Suppressive
One of the best ways to describe the difference between natural, vitalistic healthcare, my area of focus, and mechanistic or orthodox medicine can be summarized as the following: expressive versus suppressive care. Much of medical care involves the suppression of symptoms with drugs or the removal of symptoms with surgery. The patient may temporarily feel better but there is a downside to this: the problems do not go away or disappear – they go deeper into the body. The constant suppression of symptoms has long been known to lead to serious permanent or chronic disease.
Conversely, chiropractic and other natural healing approaches respect symptoms as how the body restores the individual to balance, homeostasis and health. My life story can shed some light on the how I came to trust such an approach.
The Early Years - Learning Through Experience
My Professional & Healing Journey
I was supposed to go to medical school and my younger brothers were to follow in my footsteps. But I zigged and they zagged and I went to chiropractic school instead. At the Sherman College of Chiropractic, I rediscovered the ancient natural philosophy of healing and vitalism that was being lost amidst the modern infatuation with drugs and surgery. I especially liked chiropractic’s natural, drug-free procedures of locating and addressing the cause of body malfunction rather than treating symptoms – allowing the body to do what it was designed to do.
When I entered chiropractic school I unknowingly became a participant in an ancient war. For over 2,500 years there has been a conflict in healthcare philosophies – best expressed as the conflict between empirical and mechanistic healers and often described as expressive versus suppressive healthcare. Chiropractic and various natural approaches are of the empirical school while orthodox medicine is of the mechanist school. Far from being a cause of stress this conflict helped me make sense out of the various ways healthcare was practiced in different professions.
From Educated to Educator
After graduating from Sherman College of Chiropractic (as class valedictorian) I jumped into private practice and professional involvement. I helped found Pennsylvania's only chiropractic college where I taught for nearly two years.
I later hosted a two-hour radio call-in show on commercial radio every week in Philadelphia called “Holistic Hotline.” I met many of the leaders of the natural healing community in the greater Philadelphia area and was exposed to various healing modalities. It was a great education to help me make sense out of this often-confusing world of health choices.
With a child on the way the question of childhood vaccination became a personal one. I had to know whether or not vaccinating my child was a good thing to do. I immersed myself in the subject; I went to professional conferences, read books, articles in bio-medical journals, met researchers and eventually formed an opinion: our children would not be vaccinated. I began writing on the subject and continue to do so.
I also wrote for professional publications and practiced full time. My patients asked lots of questions but I couldn’t find good quality chiropractic patient education materials to give them. To fill that void, I founded Koren Publications to publish my writings as patient education brochures.
They were a hit! Koren Publications (KP) became the most popular supplier of patient education materials in the chiropractic profession with over 100 million in distribution; KP products have also been sold under license in the UK, Australia and Japan. In addition to brochures, we branched out to posters, charts, office forms, stickers, books and other unique products.
My wife Beth felt that people needed to know the person behind the publications and convinced me (after a lot of resistance on my part) to get on the lecture circuit. I became a popular speaker for chiropractic state associations, conventions and other professional events all across North America, England, Japan, Korea, Australia, Panama, Ireland, Germany, Israel and other places speaking on chiropractic research, history, philosophy, childhood vaccinations, natural healing and other topics.
Koren Specific Technique
All was going well until I was in an accident. I was struck on the head and suffered a concussion. My arms, neck, head, shoulders, wrists and hands were so painful and weak that I was forced to give up my license to practice. I searched for help and over a ten-year period visited chiropractors, natural healers, MDs, osteopaths, bodyworkers and others seeking relief. No one could provide me with more than a brief respite. I always felt there was a natural approach to my problems; I did not wish to go the drugs and surgery route. With nowhere else to turn, I began to experiment on myself and in the process discovered what would later be called Koren Specific Technique (KST). Using KST, my (by that time) ten years of neck, shoulder and hand pain disappeared after five days of self-care using this new protocol. Beth’s 12 years of migraines never returned.
After spending nearly 18 months working on and helping the worst patients (doctors who, like me, continued to suffer after seeing numerous healers) I was asked to teach this new work. Now we teach Koren Specific Technique (KST) to various professionals, as well as lay people, all over the world.
It is incredibly gratifying. As a lone practitioner, I could only help my patients but through my students I could help millions. An added benefit.
And More To Come...
It's been my unshakeable belief in the wisdom of the body and its power to heal that has guided my choices throughout what you’ve read about above as well as healthcare decisions for my wife and our children. It’s also been at the core of my determination throughout my legal battles (including successfully standing up to the US government) on behalf of the chiropractic profession and the public’s right to freedom of choice in their healthcare.
I continue to teach, to lecture and to learn.
Please join me and the Koren Wellness team on this unfolding journey. We promise you exciting, informative and helpful information that will make a difference for your entire life.