My name is Alan Katz, and I was brought up
in Long Island, New York. Ive always been intrigued
by nature, and by how things worked. It is no surprise that
I would eventually become a chiropractor.
From as far back as I can remember I would
stop and smell the roses. My mother told me recently, that
she followed me to school one day to find out why I was
always late. She said that I did not walk straight to school
like the other children, but that I would kick a rock, chase
a squirrel and smell the flowers.
Time never mattered to me. I would get rewarded
as a child for doing anything faster. They had a stop watch
on me for everything, from tying my shoes to eating breakfast.
They tried to get me to do things faster. I guess it didnt
work because even today I am on "Alan time." My
mantra was and still is "RELAX", "Whats
the hurry!" Moving to the south was like a breath of
fresh air. Being way too slow for New York, I found a home
in Atlanta, GA where it is much more my pace.
I consider myself very "Present"
or "in the now." I rarely think about the past
or the future. All we really have is right now ( which is
damm missed it).
In college I studied Biology and Sociology
with the intent of going to medical school. Ive always
been intrigued by the human body and how it worked. I started
college focused on going to medical school. I was pre-med
all through college, and had an externship in my senior
year in a hospital in Albany NY. Here I was taught how they
were treating patients for various maladies, here is where
I decided not to go to medical school.
I saw a lot of the side effects of medicines
were outweighing benefits. I saw a lot of mistakes in medicine
that were hurting even killing people, I saw people being
released from the hospital coming back within days for other
things, I was playing with 4 year olds with AIDS and they
were dying on me. I had a really hard time stomaching these
things, and decided that medicine was not for me. I said
God theres gotta be a different way. Not a better
way mind you
.just a different way!
Now I had quite the conundrum, I had been
bred to be a doctor. I had spent four years in college studying
pre-med. So, I decided to look for alternatives. I checked
out podiatry (who wants to work with feet?), Dentistry (every
dentist I met said not to do it) besides who wants to smell
bad breath all day. Optometry (every optometrist told me
not to do it), and Veterinary medicine which I would have
loved except for the fact that I am violently allergic to
dogs and cats.
Then one night I was out with some friends
and I brought up my problem. Someone brought up Chiropractic.
I said that I did not want to crack backs my whole life.
He said no, its much more than that. So, I decided to volunteer
for a Chiropractor.
Now he was a traditional rackem and
crackem chiropractor, but I watched in awe when he
took people out of pain using his hands. I said to myself
Wow, I could see myself doing this.
Then I met a little girl named Jill. She
was an adorable 6 year old little girl whose parents brought
to see the chiropractor that I was volunteering for. I overheard
their conversation with the doctor. They told him that he
was their last resort, that Jill had already had bladder
surgery as well as been on different medications for bed
wetting, and the problem still existed. I said to myself
"Whats a Chiropractor going to do, there is nothing
wrong with her back." Well I couldnt have been
The chiropractor took x-rays of Jills
spine an saw that she had a misalignment of one her vertebra
(subluxation) in the area that the chiropractor explained
led to the bladder. He adjusted her spine as she giggled.
The next day they came back with smiles from ear to ear,
Jill had her first dry night in 6 years. I was like WOW!
This guy just changed these peoples lives using his hands,
thats what Im supposed to do. So I made a bunch
of phone calls to Chiropractic Colleges, and applied to
schools in New York, Atlanta, L.A. and Chicago. My folks
wanted me to stay in NY, I wanted to go to LA, so we compromised
and I went to Atlanta.
I started Life Chiropractic College in August
of 89. Now, I thought I was open minded, after all
I was going to be a chiropractor, when a friend told me
about this new/different chiropractic technique called Network.
I said chiropractic is chiropractic how different can it
be. I soon learned that it was pretty different.
I went to what the called a clear out, which
was basically students adjusting other students. I walked
into this apartment and there were 5 tables set up and people
getting adjusted on them. Now, these people where not just
lying on tables like I had seen in NY. These people where
laughing, crying, screaming, and flipping and flopping like
fish. There was incense burning, voodoo music playing and
everyone wore tie dyes and Birkenstocks. I was like I will
NEVER do that VOODOO Bull*&^%&. And I ran hard and
I ran fast.
Well the moral of this story is NEVER say
NEVER. About half way through chiropractic school a friend
of mine blew out a disc. His chiropractor told him there
was nothing else he could do for him and sent him to an
orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon was convinced that he needed
surgery, and scheduled him for surgery on the following
Monday. This was Thursday.
I told him about this strange chiropractic
technique that I had seen almost two years before, I called
it NUTWORK and he told me that he would try anything rather
than being cut. So I took him to his and my first Network
He was in so much pain that I literally had
to carry him from his apartment to my car and from my car
into her office. I watched her work her magic and within
an hour he was walking. I was blown away. I said "Ive
gotta learn this stuff" and then went to every Network
seminar I could get my hands on.
The work really came easy to me as if it
was what I was always supposed to do. I guess everything
happens for a reason and if you listen to the little voice
inside you wont get steered wrong.