Is your head on straight? Goldsboro chiropractor’s book explains why it may not.

Patrick Gallagher stumbled upon his passion after a serious motorcycle accident when he was a teenager. He was not wearing a helmet.

“I was in a coma for 11 days at the age of 17,” he says. “In my recovery I was introduced to chiropractic care as a means to restore my damaged body. In a few visits I was sold.” Eventually, Gallagher pursued a career as a chiropractor.

Gallagher’s book, “Is Your Head On Straight?” (CreateSpace), addresses his approach to treating head trauma.

Not many chiropractors practice this line of care, Gallagher says. “Out of a profession of 60,000, only 600 are Board Certified Atlas Orthogonalist.” He says he has dedicated his career to properly aligning that one bone – the topmost vertebra of the spine.

“The bottom line is that people don’t know what they don’t know. If someone has a concussion, or even a blow to the head that can cause ongoing negative effects like dizziness or even headaches caused by an atlas misalignment. If it is not addressed, then they are living their lives with their head on crooked.”

Gallagher lives and practices in Goldsboro.

For children

Chapel Hill writer Linda Ashman has a new picture book.

Chapel Hill writer Linda Ashman is back with a new picture book, “William’s Winter Nap” (Disney-Hyperion). When William is ready to fall asleep, a parade of animals joins him in bed until it is full – or is it? Ashman is the author of more than 30 picture books.

New title

“Valley of Time” (Clean Publishing) is Jeremy Holden’s second installment in his Mal Thomas mystery series. In his new book, Holden explores what would happen if one could return to the pivotal moment in time that shaped one’s life. Mal Thomas finds himself pulled deep into an ambitious plot. A wrong decision has the power to change history. Holden is president of the Raleigh-based integrated branding agency Clean.

For writers

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Donna Everhart talks about her debut novel, “The Education of Dixie Dupree” (Kensington), on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at noon Sunday, Nov. 26, and 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Dixie Dupree is 11 years old in 1969, a young heroine who learns powerful lessons in this coming of age story. A Raleigh native, Everhart lives in Dunn.

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