Garrett Soldano, D.C. (Davenport '07) published his first book, "God's True Law," in 2012. He recently took the time to answer some questions for Palmer Highlights to share his experience and why he wrote the book.
Palmer Highlights: Is this your first book?
Dr. Soldano: Yes, this is my first book, but there are a few more up in my mind somewhere.
PH: What inspired you to write this book?
Dr. Soldano: Raising children is the most important responsibility we have. I have spent my entire adult life applying the Universal Laws to athletics and entrepreneurship. I now apply these same laws to successful parenting.
How many times do we see children follow their parents down the same road toward self-destruction--falling prey to behaviors like alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, relationship and social difficulties or financial problems? Our children are a product of their environment. Therefore, as parents we must be a positive influence--not only in how we react to situations and events but also by monitoring ourselves constantly in everything that we do and don't do.
With the wealth of knowledge available today there is no excuse to sit back and not take action against the debacle we are witnessing with our youth.
PH: While your book is geared toward parents and parenting, it sounds like anyone could benefit from it.
Dr. Soldano: Yes, you are exactly right. It is a self help book with a parenting spin on it. Sometimes our children don’t listen to us, but they never fail to imitate us. If I can make the parents successful in how they think and act, then the children will imitate this success.
PH: Has your experience as a chiropractor influenced your writing?
Dr. Soldano: Absolutely, it goes right along with our philosophy as chiropractors (the three “T's” that cause the body to be in a state of dis-ease). My book takes care of the “Thoughts.” As a chiropractor, I take care of the “Traumas” and educate my patients on the “Toxins.”
PH: What would you like people to know about this book and your experience writing it?
Dr. Soldano: After the Sandy Hook tragedy, I was talking to a colleague, who knew some of the victims. When I was explaining to him that we have to take a stand with what is happening in today’s society, he said to me, “Garrett, this is not our fight. We need to leave this alone.” I remember being so angry at his comment. It is our job as doctor’s, parent’s, as HUMAN BEINGS to make sure we are making a difference in everybody we come in contact with, especially children. I do not know when the next “Little Einstein” will walk into my life. I also don’t know when the next “Little Charles Manson” will walk into my life, either. It is our job to make sure these kids are as healthy as possible, physically, mentally and socially, so if they ever come to a crossroads in their life, hopefully they will make the healthier decision.
PH: Is there anything else you'd like to share with your fellow alumni and future chiropractors?
Dr. Soldano: It is our job to take this beautiful thing called life and live it to the fullest. This means making a positive impact on all who cross your path. This is why I titled my book, “God’s True Law.” God wants us to grow every single day in some aspect of our life. Imagine if we all did this. The world would be a different place.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes, which is by Vince Lombardi:
“I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.”
To see the book trailer for Dr. Soldano's book "God's True Law," visit YouTube.