In a very, very sick country many are searching for the answer to their ailments. Obviously what we are currently doing as a nation as a whole for health is not working. That's not say that procedures that we do are not successful, but the real question lies 'why are we sick in the first place?' Many of the epidemics that are plaguing us as a nation right now are largely preventable, as they are induced by lifestyle. And we can't put the blame on the lay public as they are subject to conflicting health advice on a regular basis. Just take for example, many nutritionists recommend a diet full of "heart healthy whole grains" and we in this community understand the benefits of largely avoiding grains. It gets confusing for people. On top of the confilicting advice they are also subject to an advertising industry that has done one heck of a job of getting the consumer to consume things that are not healthy on a very regular, almost constant, basis. The result is trillions of dollars of debt our healthcare system has created for our economy. This blog isn't to debate that. It's simply to make the point that something has to change as what we are and have been doing as a nation isn't working. So now I would like to shed some light on while our country needs regular chiropractic care in addition to a paleolithic lifestyle.
Most of you have heard of chiropractic and many of you have been under chiropractic care, but do you really understand why you need chiropractic? You see, chiropractic has long had a reputation of successfully treating back pain and headaches, as well as other musculoskeletal injuries. And it's true chiropractic is very good at relieving symptoms, but it is also SOO much more! You see chiropractic is based on the premise that our bodies have an inborn innate intelligence that allows us to heal as long as our nervous system can effectively transmit the information to all cells, tissues and organs of our body. This innate intelligience is indisuputable, stop and think about the last time you scraped your knee. You didn't tell your knee to grow a scab and repair the injured area, your body just did it. That is your innate at work. It is simply amazing.
The problem is that if you are having any structural infringement upon that innate intelligence then you aren't functioning optimally and your innate can't work like it is supposed to. This is where we see dis-ease set in. You see at every single moment in your life you are either headed towards a life of greater health or great dis-ease. I would be willing to bet that everyone wants to be headed towards greater health. But are we all willing to do what it takes to get us there?
So what does it take to get us to greater health? Obviously a proper diet and exercise regimen is crucial. If everyone was eating an anti-inflammatory, paleo-type diet on a regular basis and exercising at least 150 minutes each week it would cause a large drop in disease rates. Meditation, time spent in thought or reflection is also a must have. Most people understand that (however, doesn't mean they do it), but what only roughly 6% of our population is understanding is that we must address structural issues through regular chiropractic care. Why? Because if your spinal structure is not in proper alignment, your nervous system doesn't work properly and if it's not working properly neither is the rest of your body; as the nervous system controls all bodily functions. (It takes less than the weight of a dime on neural tissue for it to not function properly.) So now, without decreased nerve transmission, your body cannot heal properly and again this leads you to dis-ease. What causes your spinal structure to not be in proper biomechanical alignment? 3 things...traumas, toxins and thoughts.
Trauma is the obvious one. Anytime we are in some sort of accident, our spinal structure can be compromised due to the force of the injury. The part that is often overlooked is microtrauma, this is when we do something over and over and little by little we damaged the integrity of our spinal structure. Things like sitting at your computer, standing on hard surfaces all day and many exercise regimens can actually create this microtrauma.
Toxins. They are everywhere this day and age and can be extremely detrimental to the intergrity of your nervous system in general which then controls your structure and sends you back out of alignment. The reason is that these toxins that we breathe, eat or drink cause our bodies to be in a state of "fight or flight" which, when left chronically, can be extremely detrimental to our nervous system.
Thoughts. This one for some people is hard to grasp. The analogy I like to use is think about how your body is positioned in depressing or sad times in your life. Chances are you sit hunched over with you head hanging low. Now think about how your body is positioned when you are happy, you stand up tall with your chest puffed out and your head back. So now it should be easy to see which one is bad and which one is good for your spine with regards to spinal integrity.
Regardless of how your spinal integrity became compromised the solution is the same. Regular chiropractic care, not because your back hurts but because you understand the value of having an optimally functioning nervous system.
Again, regular chiropractic care, a paleo lifestyle, meditation/self-reflection and exercise are critical and synergistic to finding true health.
Remember, nobody is perfect but we can all strive for perfection.