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ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
Top Ten Reasons I Don't Go to My Chiropractor
10) I don't have the time. I'm the last person I should be taking care of.
9) I can't afford it. I'd rather wait until I get worse because drugs, surgery, and hospitals are much more affordable.
8) My insurance company doesn't pay for it. And of course we all know that insurance companies always have my health as their first concern.
7) I'm not hurting right now. I'd much rather wait until I have lots of pain before I do something about my health.
6) I have to see my MD so I'll hold off on chiropractic for now. After all it's more fun to take drugs or have surgery than to have the power turned on with a chiropractic adjustment.
5) My back does not hurt. And even though I have other health problems I don't see how improving the function of my nervous system could have an effect on my overall health.
4) I'm already so active. Just imagine how much more energy I might have if my nervous system was free of subluxations. I might burn out or something.
3) I like my level of productivity. If my nerve system is free of subluxations, and I can get more done, people will expect more of me.
2) I've grown fond of my subluxations. I've gotten used to the feeling of less energy, less resistance, and less health.
And the number one reason I Don't Go to My Chiropractor...
1) I like existing at less than 100% of my innate potential.
This little spoof is to demonstrate that there is really no good reason to miss your chiropractic adjustments. When you consider that an adjustment removes interference from the innate healing and health abilities of the body, why would anyone want to be expressing themselves at less that 100% of their God given potential?
10 Concepts to a Better Understanding of Chiropractic
1. Objective Straight Chiropractic deals with every level of human performance.
2. Every level of human performance is regulated by body chemistry. That is to say that everything you do and everything that you are is a result of your body producing chemicals.
3. Your body chemistry is regulated by the countless numbers of chemical producing organs and glands in your body.
4. It is your brain, through your nerve system, that controls, coordinates and regulates your organs and glands to produce your body chemistry at the right time and place, made in just the right quantity and quality.
5. The bones of the spine house and protect your very delicate lifeline: spinal cord and related nerve roots (extensions of your spinal cord that divide and re-divide to form your nerve network).
6. When one or more bones of the spine (vertebrae) lose their proper relationship with the adjacent vertebrae, instead of protecting the nerve they now interfere with the communication between the brain and all your chemical producing organs and glands, this situation is called a vertebral subluxation.
7. This results in a less than optimal production of your body chemistry.
8. This alteration in body chemistry results in a lessening of performance of all your bodily functions: i.e. adapting to the toxins in the environment, physical coordination at work and for sports, digesting and converting food into you, resisting and recovering from disease, maintaining emotional balance, handling stress, creating: music, art, literature, poetry & dance; learning, thinking clearly, concentrating & remembering, laughing, crying, communicating, loving, sleeping, conceiving and bearing children, making decisions, forgetting unpleasantness, enjoying a happy sex life....everything you do and are. Your body MUST make chemicals in order for you to do all of these things.
9. The job of an objective straight chiropractor is to locate these vertebral subluxations and to introduce a very gentle force so your body may make the correction. This correction will allow your brain to properly communicate to, control and regulate, your chemical producing organs and glands. When your body chemistry is in balance, and ONLY when your body chemistry is in balance, can your body function properly. And when your body functions properly it can perform the way it was designed to perform: at peak levels.
10. Objective straight chiropractic helps you to get the most out of life by removing a very negative factor that will, if left in place, rob you of the very talents, abilities, capabilities, and potentials that you have been blessed with through your genetic heritage. Objective straight chiropractic wants to see you be the best that you can be and get the most out of life.
Did You Know?...
Millions of Americans suffer from conditions associated with a dysfunction of the nervous system:
Alzheimer's Disease--4 Million (expected to quadruple due adverse reactions to the flu vaccine and other vaccines)
Parkinson's Disease--1 Million
Multiple Sclerosis--1 Million
Neuropathy--Over 2 Million
Migraine and Headache pain syndrome--45 Million
Depression--Up to 30% of the US Population
Anxiety--Up to 15% of the US Population
Attention Deficit Disorder--5% of the US Population
Surveys show that people's number one fear with regard to aging is the loss of mental function. Being that your nervous system is the master system of the body and coordinates and controls all the functions of your body, what are you doing to help make sure that your nervous system has the best chance of functioning properly?...
Symptoms--Does It Really Matter How You Feel?
Part of the ADIO life and world viewpoint series
While symptoms may or may not require "treatment", they are a fact of life and health. Their existence is real and an understanding of their role in health is necessary. Anyone desiring a life based upon health-enhancing measures and desiring to reduce disease treatment to a minimum, should understand the part symptoms play in health, disease and well-being.
There are three categories of symptoms from an ADIO viewpoint. They are adaptive symptoms, innate expression symptoms, and limitation symptoms. An understanding of these categories will enable anyone to see why the person experiencing the symptoms is often the best person to treat the symptoms or determine whether they should be treated.
It should be noted that the patient as well as probably any doctor often cannot tell which category a symptom is in, making it even more difficult to determine how it is impacting the patient's health. With that in mind, let us explore these categories of symptoms.
A symptom has been described as an indication that the body is reaching the outer limits of its adaptive ability (the ability to live in and handle the environment). That is a fairly good working definition. Clearly, when the body passes the outer limits of its adaptive ability, all symptoms cease. Death is the lack of adaptation and there are no symptoms. That is a pretty obvious conclusion.
Not so clear and perhaps open to argument is the assumption that if the body is adapting perfectly, it should never have any symptoms. Such a notion is based upon the mistaken assumption that all symptoms are bad and if the body was completely well (if a body can be completely well), it would not express any symptoms. It is also based upon the assumption that we live in a perfect environment. Symptoms arise from the inability of the body to adapt to external invasive forces (factors such as bacteria, poisons, and trauma). Engaging in every possible health raising measure guarantees nothing more than the fact that the individual will be better able to adapt, not necessarily perfectly, just better. But there are still limitations of matter that come into play. Under normal circumstances the body can adapt to external invasive forces and symptoms will not occur. Unfortunately, we do not live under normal circumstances.
The world is an imperfect place; consequently we are subjected to abnormal external invasive forces and abnormal circumstances. Accidents happen. Falling down a flight of steps is not a normal circumstance. When our bodies are unable to adapt to these forces, symptoms occur. Having an automobile strike your car from behind is an example of an imperfect world, with imperfect drivers! Stepping off a curb is a normal part of every day life. It should cause no symptoms because the body is able to adapt under usual circumstances. However, jumping out of a three-story window will move the body toward the outer limits of adaptability and cause symptoms (the pain of legs breaking, or more likely, death!). Perhaps a more realistic example or two may help.
The body was designed to be resistant to microorganisms in a natural and normal amount. Regularly practicing health-raising measures will help enable the body to live in this environment with these viruses and never show symptoms. There are viruses and bacteria constantly in the air, and even in our respiratory tract. That is a perfectly normal part of the environment in which we function and adapt. But having someone sneeze or cough in your face and subject your respiratory tract to billions more viruses is not normal or natural. That may be more than even a strong, healthy body can handle (limitations of matter), in which case symptoms will appear. These symptoms, although unpleasant, are the innate intelligence trying to make the body normal in an abnormal environment. That process is called adaptation.
Another example, involves the ever-present bacteria in the food that we eat. That is normal and natural. However, if the food is prepared without concern for hygiene, an abnormal amount of bacteria could get in the food, causing symptoms following ingestion. Symptoms may occur either because of an abnormal exposure to viruses, bacteria, toxin, poisons, etc. or because the body may be weakened and cannot adapt to normal amounts in the environment. Of course, other factors could also weaken the individual, such as a genetic defect. The "boy in the bubble" is an example of an immune system that cannot even handle normal exposure to microorganisms. If a perfect body were adapting perfectly to a perfect environment, it would never have symptoms. But we do not have a perfect body and we definitely do not have a perfect environment. Some of that imperfection is, of course, our own fault (pollution, drugs, food additives, etc.).
With that introduction, let's look at the three types of symptoms.
Symptoms, as described above, result from adaptation occurring in the body. They may be results of the body adapting to a normal environment but with a lowered ability to adapt, or the body adapting to an abnormal environment (ex. someone coughing into your face). These symptoms are always a result of the body adapting. If symptoms are occurring in a body that is working at its highest possible level, then they are good. It means the body is successfully fighting something foreign. It is possible that an individual could find himself in a situation or an environment in which the external invasive forces are greater than they should be. That's bad! In other words, when someone looks like they are going to cough in your face, get out of the way! So adaptive symptoms are good, even though they may feel bad. Of course, even if the body is working at its highest possible level, it may still be unable to effectively adapt to external forces. Fever is an adaptive mechanism that the body uses whether working at its peak or not. When the body is trying to fight off microorganisms, whether in "normal" amounts in a body with a lowered health level or in greater than normal amounts, it will elevate the body's temperature to accomplish all that is necessary to enable the body to adapt. Research at the University of Michigan has demonstrated how antibody production, interferon production, and a number of other activities that fight infection occur with increased efficiency at higher temperatures. So in many instances a fever is a good response.
Vomiting and diarrhea are two other symptoms that can, at times, be signs of a healthy body. The body may be fighting off an invasion of a microorganism and needs all its strength to do so. The digestion of food takes a good deal of energy and much of the body's attention. We all know that a person may drown if swimming after a meal because the blood rushes to the digestive tract and is insufficient for the large leg muscles, resulting in cramps and the inability to stay afloat.
Similarly, the body, not wanting food during an adaptive process, may innately empty the stomach's contents. This is a perfectly normal result of the body adapting. In the same way, getting rid of a poison or otherwise noxious agent that has been ingested in abnormally large quantities may cause the body to flush substances out of the system resulting in diarrhea. These are examples of symptoms that are normal adaptive mechanisms of the body. If you interfere with these symptoms and try to suppress them with medication, will it be good or bad for you? How will you know? If these were the only symptoms that ever occurred, we would be correct in maintaining that symptoms were good. But there are other symptoms that are of a different type. It should be noted that often the same symptoms could occur in more than one category.
Innate Expression Symptoms:
This type of symptom occurs when the innate intelligence of the body communicates that limitations of the body are being reached (getting back to our original definition) and there is something the educated intelligence can do to enable us to better adapt. The function of the educated brain, it is to enable us to adapt to our external environment. For example, we lack fur coats to keep us warm, so we have an educated brain to build a fire. Often when the innate intelligence is aware that the outer limits of adaptation are being approached, it will stimulate the educated brain into action. Sometimes this message is perceived as a symptom.
The most common symptom in this category is pain. If you are sitting out in the hot sun on a summer afternoon and the sun begins to have destructive effects upon the body, the innate intelligence will communicate that fact to the educated brain in no uncertain terms. Instinctively, (innately) animals will avoid external invasive factors when they begin to create a threat to their well-being. An animal will seek shade on a hot day, even avoiding the hunt for food. But we are anxious for a "healthy" tan so we sit out in the broiling sun. We think it looks healthy and beautiful. Two hundred years ago women powdered their faces to look pale. That was considered beautiful. The innate intelligence does not care about beauty, it only cares about adaptation. So, the innate intelligence of the body will begin adaptive measures, which we are not even aware of as we lay on a blanket at the shore. Melanin is being formed in the skin to prevent tissue damage as a result of burning. Perspiration is taking place to attempt to cool the skin. Blood is being rushed to the areas to help the cooling process. However, the innate intelligence is limited by time and matter. It cannot produce melanin fast enough and the sweat glands cannot produce sufficient fluids without damaging the organism. So the innate intelligence will communicate to our educated brain through pain and in this example, thirst, the need to educatedly do something to adapt us to our external environment. If we use our educated brain properly, we get out of the sun and drink some fluids. Some may use the educated brain improperly, by ignoring the stinging skin and drinking alcohol. Not that alcohol isn't a fluid; it just promotes the dehydration process.
A classic analogy to explain innate expression symptoms would be to use the engine/oil light in you car as a symptom. When that light comes on you have three choices: you can ignore it, put a piece of tape over it, or take it to a mechanic to see what the problem might be. Chances are if you do either of the first two choices, your car's engine will eventually break down leaving you stranded somewhere. Now if the light is a symptom and you take medication to suppress the symptom, the cause is left to do damage to you even though you may not be feeling the symptoms.
There are many examples in which the educated brain can be a useful organ to help us adapt when we are reaching the outer limits of our adaptive ability. That is why we have an educated brain. If used in the right way, at the right time, for the right reason, it is a valuable tool. If used incorrectly, it can be life threatening. A loose nail in your shoe that is protruding into your foot will cause pain so that you can remove it. Being in an environment that is irritating to the tissues of the body or is a threat to adaptation will cause the innate intelligence to communicate to the brain to leave that location. Harmful fumes in a closed room are a threat. The brain is stimulated to recognize them as a threat to the body's well-being. The innate intelligence of the body uses every mechanism at its disposal to adapt the organism to its environment. It is perfectly logical that the innate intelligence would use the educated brain also. Often, the only way we are consciously aware of a situation occurring in our body that necessitates educated activity to adapt us, is by the presence of innate expression symptoms or signals from the innate intelligence of the body.
This category of symptoms consists of ones that occur as a result of limitations of matter, which in turn allow a breakdown to occur in the body's system. These symptoms would include those associated with terminal diseases when the entire system appears to be failing. Limitations symptoms may be chronic. They may also be associated with major degeneration or damage on a limited level. Pain associated with arthritis and other chronic disorders would be in this category. In this situation, the body is breaking down. Damage is occurring to the tissues. The mechanism that normally warns a person of tissue damage, as from a trauma, is set into motion. But the body has no ability or limited ability to heal the tissue, or to shut off the alarm system. Sometimes the body can produce chemicals to overcome the alarm, either permanently or temporarily. This is one reason why those that suffer with arthritis, for example, are not in pain all the time or terminally-ill patients sometimes have periods of relief without medication. But even the body's ability to produce its own painkillers is severely limited in this category.
Symptoms are not the focus:
We see then, that there are different categories and causes for symptoms in the human body. You may be experiencing the same symptoms as a friend of yours and yet, they may have different causes. Pain, for example, can occur in all categories. The symptom may also move from one category to another in the same person, especially as the body reaches the outermost limits of its adaptive ability. The pain of a warning may eventually be the pain of a terminally-ill person. Because of the inability to know the reason for symptoms, a true health care professional should not place emphasis upon them, either in treating them or determining what their significance is to an individual's health. That is perhaps the most important point relative to a discussion on health. Symptoms are simply not an indicator of health or necessarily an indicator that the body is reaching its adaptive limits. We have all heard the stories of people who were totally without symptoms, appeared healthy, and died suddenly. We have had plenty of graphic and tragic examples of this in the last few years. Many HIV-positive people are totally without symptoms, yet they have a "terminal" disease. You may even look and feel great, but have undetected cancer. Symptoms (or lack of) are not a good indication of our state of health. They are not even a good indicator of disease; although they are the primary way the physician determines and/or diagnoses a disease. Disease should not be the primary focus in a health care system.
In chiropractic, especially the way it is practiced in this office, symptoms are almost never a consideration. A chiropractor is not faced with the possibility of numerous diseases and there are no symptoms to what I am looking for - vertebral subluxations. Symptoms are not helpful in locating and correcting vertebral subluxations. Either every one of the twenty-six moveable segments of the spine is in its proper position moving normally, or one or more of them is stuck out of place or "subluxated." Those are the only two choices. The determination of whether you are subluxated or not can only be made following a chiropractic analysis. You may have numerous symptoms, but if you have no subluxations there is nothing for me to do. On the other hand, you may have no symptoms, but your spine may be full of subluxations and in desperate need of an adjustment.
I have to focus my attention on the problem that I am trained to correct, the vertebral subluxation. Subluxations decrease the ability of the human body to function as it was intended and to reach its full potential in health and every other area of life. Their correction is incredibly important. So as a chiropractor, I cannot be expected to pay attention to symptoms, they are unrelated to my area of expertise.
As a human being and as someone who cares about your well-being, I am not callous toward how you feel. Furthermore, I am concerned and want to know about any severe changes in your health, such as injuries or problems that would prevent me from adjusting your spine. But professional attitude must take precedence over any personal feelings, otherwise I could not perform competently. So I may not always "care" about your symptoms. Symptoms will NOT determine how your care will progress; only the presence or absence of vertebral subluxation will determine how you will be cared for in this office.
Besides the correction of your subluxations, I am extremely concerned that you understand the chiropractic objective: to enable your body to work at its fullest potential by removing nerve interference. Some people mistakenly use the excuse, "I feel fine", as a reason for not coming in for regular care. You may feel fine, but are you subluxated? How will you know if you are not checked? If you do not understand that the subluxation is not related to how you feel, you may unknowingly walk around for weeks, months, or even years with interference in the vital life force, and more importantly, not do anything about it. From a chiropractic standpoint, that would be tragic. The most damaging lie is that freedom from symptoms means health. While I love to hear that you are feeling better and that your pain is going or is gone, and by all means feel free to share that information with me, just realize that it does not affect your care. Chiropractic is not about your symptoms. It is about your life and life being expressed to its fullest.
Regular Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic patients are divided into two general categories. The first category includes a large number of patients who utilize chiropractic to enable their bodies to work better so that they might heal themselves of some condition or symptom. They understand that the chiropractor is not treating the condition or attempting to alleviate the symptom but that if he or she can correct the vertebral subluxation, the body will have greater capacity to heal itself. They come in to have their subluxations corrected and find that their bodies work at a higher level, quite often high enough to get well of the physical problems they had when they arrived.
Thousands of people have had their health restored because when nerve interference is removed at the vertebral level, the principle that heals and run the billions upon billions of cells in the body is free to work a little better. Sadly though, many of these people do not fully utilize chiropractic care and stop car when they are "feeling better".
The second group of people realize that the same principle that enables the body to get well can also keep it well. They do not use chiropractic care as merely a way of regaining their health but as part of an overall, health-maintenance program. They come regularly whether they feel good or not. They know that being adjusted will enable them to express more life in numerous ways, some we cannot even imagine. We do know that you can have more energy, better coordination, more flexibility, a greater ability to handle stress, and a greater benefit from the food, exercise and sleep that you get. All of this from regular adjustments? Absolutely! Which of the above is not affected by your nervous system? Logically, a better nervous system, one free of interference, has to help accomplish all the above. How much benefit depends upon you, but everyone will have a better functioning body with a good nerve supply. Not only do these people come regularly but they also bring their families in and refer friends and relatives for chiropractic care. They know that it is far better to get someone under care while they are still healthy than to wait until they manifest the symptoms of a lack of health. They want everyone to experience some of the benefits listed above.
As a health care facility, our desire is to see primarily the second category of patients. We obviously would not turn away a patient with a medical condition who wanted his or her subluxations corrected so that their body had a greater potential for healing. Everyone needs chiropractic care, people with medical conditions of any kind need regular adjustments as much as people with no medical problems, even if they need medical care at the same time. What we really desire is to see hundreds of people who are concerned enough about their health to come in regularly with their families to receive adjustments and stay healthy. We hope that it is your desire to be one of these type of people. If there is ever something about chiropractic health care that you do not understand, please ask us. It is our desire and pleasure to make you aware of all the benefits of being subluxation free.
Why Chiropractic Is Not An Alternative To Medicine
The philosophical conflict between medicine and chiropractic can be summed up simply:
Medicine believes that disease causes a lack of health.
Chiropractic believes that a lack of health causes disease.
Consequently, medicine treats disease while chiropractic addresses one of the causes for a lack of health.
Medicine and chiropractic are going in opposite directions.
An alternative is a different way of achieving the same objective or going the same direction. Hence, chiropractic cannot be an alternative to medicine and medicine cannot be an alternative to chiropractic.