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Meet Dr. Jodie

Hi! I’m Dr. Jodie

Hi there! I’m Dr. Jodie Bean, a retired chiropractor, and I’d like to welcome you to Our Bean Pod! Here you can get a glimpse into my life and home where we are creating the life of our dreams. A life of health, well-being, and happiness.

For the record, that really should be “I” not “we” as my husband isn’t always on board with all the health stuff but he’s understanding more about the benefits every day. Or at least he isn’t running away, kicking and screaming anymore… 😉

“Mr. Bean” and I in the Bahamas a few years ago

Health means different things to different people, as do well-being and happiness.

Some people are inherently healthy and happy.

Unfortunately others not so much. They believe they’ll never be well or happy and I disagree – at least at the possibility of it! I believe we can ALL increase our sense of well-being and happiness by making intentional life choices.

I’m passionate about the healing ability of our bodies when we get all the interference to health and wellness out of the way. But many people don’t know what causes that interference or what to do about it.

I learned all about the body’s healing abilities during my many years of college with undergraduate and then graduate school. Chiropractors are actually nearly equal to medical doctors for school hours required in grad school!

We learned all about pathology and physiology, chemistry and biology, anatomy, and hematology. And all the other ologys! And then we learned how to adjust on top of all that. So believe me when I say that I have the education to know what I’m talking about regarding health.

I was blessed to travel to Japan a few years ago for a convention. It was an opportunity I will never forget.

Because any chance to hug a sloth, even a giant, stuffed one, is a chance not to be missed!

Most of my life I have been very involved in community service. This was on a trip to Chicago with my 4-H club.

My Experience

We’re all on our own journeys toward health, well-being, and happiness with different goals and starting points. Even though I’ve been working at it for a very long time, I’m still human and make human mistakes.

After graduation and licensure as a chiropractor, we’re required to take a certain amount of continuing education classes annually to maintain our license. I usually took several more classes than required as well as many extra unaccredited classes, especially in the areas of wellness, and nutrition. The more I knew, the more I could help my patients. And I did! (But not myself.)

Even though I KNEW what I should be doing – and NOT doing – to stay healthy (I AM a doctor, for Pete’s sake!) I got caught up in the stresses of life’s moments over many years and ended up in a health crisis that was nearly deadly. I had two emergency surgeries in two weeks and spent nine days in the hospital altogether.

Not so fun fact: The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illnesses and diseases. And I had more than my fair share of stress for a long, long time.

Not one of my best days… this is me in the hospital following surgery #1.
This was AFTER I had come around from being much closer to death than I liked!

Fortunately, everything turned out well but it literally took over two years to get back to the OKAY state of health that I was in before my health crisis – which is still a long way from optimal health.

Now I’m continuing to improve my health, striving for optimal!

And in the process of healing, I’ve become even more aware of the inter-relationships between health, well-being, and happiness. Personally. Intimately. Aware.

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I Can Help

Sometimes we just need information to know what the next right thing to do is. But other times we need someone there beside us, holding our hand each step of the way. I can do both.

Wherever you are in the scope of health, well-being, & happiness, and wherever you are on your own personal journey, I support you.

And based on both my vast education in these areas and my own personal, ongoing experiences, I know a thing or two that can probably help you on your journey. And I’d love to do so!

Please let me know what areas of holistic health, well-being, and happiness interest you most and I’ll see what I can do to address it on my blog. While I will not address specific diseases or conditions, many generalities apply across the board.

My Disclaimer

And this is a good time for a disclaimer. While I am a doctor, I am not YOUR doctor and I do not know your specific case history. Anything presented on this site should be considered information, not advice. You should always do your own due diligence and speak to YOUR health care provider before changing or undertaking any health process.

This was at a monkey sanctuary in Roatan, Honduras… just before the monkey stole my money. But that’s a story for another day! 😀

Some Fun Facts

Now, a few fun facts about me… I’m Michigan born and raised but have lived in Georgia (6 months) and South Carolina (13 years.) Growing up we had a small hobby farm and I raised champion dairy goats and rabbits – among other animals.

I’ve been to 22 US states and Washington D.C. and traveled to 6 other countries, and want to travel around America in a motorhome after my husband retires.

I am DEFINITELY a warm-weather girl and the beach is my happy place!

Three awesome (grown) “kids” call me Mom and you met my wonderful husband, Dave, above.

I love to laugh and have been told more than once that my laugh is infectious. It’s definitely distinct (and probably a little annoying.) LOL! 😀

I ADORE flamingos, pelicans, peacocks, stones and crystals, seashells, manatees, stingrays, flowers, plants, and animals, and almost anything in nature, especially the ocean!

I’m multi-faceted. I am creative, crafty, spiritual, and a bit “woo” but I also think scientifically and analytically.

Although I’ve been retired since the end of 2016, I have been a chiropractor for over 30 years and despite my impressive stature at 5 feet nothing tall, I could adjust even the biggest guys who came in my office but the kids and babies were my favorites!

I also used to adjust the entertainment at our county fair and got to meet quite a few stars. I even gave a certain American Idol Season 2 fourth-place finalist (who used to be in the Marines) his very first adjustment!

Want to know anything else? Just ask! 🙂

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I hope this blog will help me fulfill my mission to help you

My Mission

My mission (my passion and purpose) is to help as many women as possible to make intentional choices to live the life they choose. A life of holistic well-being and happiness.

Because it is:

Your Life. Your Well-Being. Your Happiness.

Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all.    

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Buy Me a Chai

I’m obsessed with flamingos and chai latte!

If you appreciate my blog and would like to help support its beginning, you can “buy me a chai” here. In full disclosure, while I will certainly indulge in a chai occasionally, these donations will be used to fund my operating expenses to bring you the best blog possible! It’s certainly not necessary but would be very much appreciated and I promise you it will help me to continue adding great content. I’ll also keep you in the loop and you will be the first to hear what’s new on the blog.

What do you do when you travel across the world to Japan? You go to Disney, of course!

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