THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2002

 

Happy Holidays

 

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given ... his name will be called Wonderful Counselor; Mighty God, Everlasting Father; Prince of Peace. -The Bible, Isaiah 9:6


Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance--a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. -- Augusta E. Rundel


Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others, Is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing, The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing, Returns to you glad. -- John Greenleaf Whittier


Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. -- Calvin Coolidge


Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death - and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas. --Henry Van Dyke

 

Turning On Life


Who should go to a chiropractor? A very simple question. Its answer is dependent upon one's concept of the goal of chiropractic. If the goal of chiropractic is to get sick people well, then presumably sick people should go to a chiropractor. If the goal is prevention of sickness, presumably all patients should be on a maintenance program.


I would like to share the very unique goal of chiropractic as practiced in this office. I would like to see ALL people, sick or well, young and old, getting their spines checked for vertebral subluxations on a regular basis to allow their bodies to better express all of their life potentials. This would in turn allow each person to get more out of life. In order to understand this concept, one must understand how vertebral subluxation affects the quality of one's life.


Physiologically, it is known that virtually every expression of life is controlled, at least in part by body chemistry. It is changes in body chemistry that determine our energy level, our ability to resist and recover from disease, our ability to extract nutrients from food, our moods, attitudes, sense of humor, our manual dexterity, and virtually every other expression of life. Therefore, if anything happens to alter body chemistry it can affect every aspect of one's life. This is why the law does not allow people to drive after consuming too much alcohol. The alcohol can produce blurred vision, slowed reaction time, poor coordination, and make a generally good driver a menace to society. Of course the individual reaction to alcohol varies from person to person. Some people become sad, some become happy, some become violent, some silly, and some just fall asleep. All however, seem to suffer from poor judgment and lack of coordination.


Another example would be people who use medication to "treat" a variety of problems. Just look in the Physician Desk Reference (PDR) to see that for every drug listed; side effects which can change you mentally, physically and emotionally. It is easy to understand how altering body chemistry from the outside-in can affect everything we are and everything we can accomplish. In short, it can negatively alter our potential in many different areas.


While our potential, or performance levels, may be affected by drugs from the outside, they can also be affected by chemical changes that originate within. Our body is an incredible natural chemical factory. With a chemical reaction needed for virtually every aspect of life, there are countless numbers of chemical reactions occurring constantly. It is the wisdom of the body, innate intelligence, which uses the brain, spinal cord and nerve system as its medium of expression, to control and coordinate the chemical producing organs and glands of the body. Any alteration in the production of chemicals like thyroxin, insulin, adrenaline, cortisone, testosterone, estrogen, and dozens of others (known and unknown) in the body, will produce just as drastic a change as would chemicals administered from the outside-in.


Vertebral subluxations are, by definition, an interference with the innate control of the body. You cannot have body chemistry in balance when vertebral subluxations are present. When you have an imbalance of body chemistry you are unable to fully express your potential in any number of areas.


It is not my goal to be a "slipped-disc jockey" dealing with neck aches and backaches and referring people out. Every man, woman, and child in my community and yours deserves to know the truth. Chiropractic is not just for backaches, nor is it for cancer. It is not for any particular malady. Chiropractic is for people! All people! There is not a person you will ever meet, who should not have his or her spine checked regularly. It is the goal of this office to share chiropractic with as many people as possible, to allow their bodies to function and perform at a higher level of efficiency. Thus enabling them to more fully express all of their potentials and abilities, and therefore, get more out of their lives.

 

Why Can't We Adjust Ourselves?

 

I have good news for you.... you can and do. Everyday! No, not the people that are twisting in their chairs or trying to crank their neck around. You cannot adjust yourself that way, although you can make some interesting popping noises.


Our bodies are designed to be self-healing and self-regulating. This means that when something goes wrong with us, then our body is instantly trying to correct it. Cut your finger and instantly, your body begins to clean up foreign substances that may have breached the skin and the healing process begins. And it's not just a local thing but a full-body effort to restore itself to as close to perfect as possible!


The same thing happens when one of your spinal bones becomes misaligned and puts your nervous system at risk. Your body instantly is aware of the problem and makes an effort to put it right. Muscles that attach to the spinal bones tighten or relax as needed to move the bone off of the nerve restore proper communication to the body. In fact muscle tone around the vertebrae is one criteria that is used to determine the presence and position of subluxations.


This would cause us to wonder why we would ever need a chiropractor, right? Well, the longer you stay unsubluxated, the less you need adjusting! That's right. Think about it this way.... let's say that you become subluxated and the nerve is no longer carrying the messages as it should. This means that the principles that run your body and make it behave as it should are no longer being expressed at 100%. As long as the body is able, it will correct this problem itself.


But, what if the affected nerve or nerves are the ones that feed the muscles that are needed to correct the situation? Now the nerves that would ordinarily pull the bone in the opposite direction no longer have the power to do so. It takes an outside force to put the situation right. That outside force could come in the form of a misstep off a curb, a stretch during exercise, relaxation during sleep, or any one of many sources. However, if it is not in the right direction or delivered with the right force, the subluxation remains and you body does its best to continue along and function "around" the subluxation. This condition may remain for months or even years without the person even being aware that something is wrong.


Chiropractors are trained to locate subluxations and provide the force necessary to correct them. We apply an outside force, and we do it with a force and direction that is as close to perfect as we can. So under the skilled hands of a chiropractor, the subluxation is corrected and the nerve begins once again to carry the signals at 100%. You body begins to change and your performance in everything improves.... including you ability to correct the next subluxation that happens to occur in your spine! So, in short, the less time you spend subluxated, the better your body is able to do what it was designed to do... be self-healing and self-regulating.


I recommend frequent care to all my new patients. Give you body the chance to recover from possibly years of less-than-perfect performance and soon you will be better able to handle the problems on your own and for longer periods of time. I get my spine checked weekly. I will never allow subluxations to interfere with my life again and I hope that you will do the same.

 

Are Your Health Care Decisions Based On Fear?


Believe it or not, most health decisions today are based on fear. By this we mean that the choices that people make about their health on a day to day basis are not because they want to enhance their individual health, but rather out of fear of succumbing to some sort of sickness or disease. In most instances, this type of fear is so engraved in the way we have been taught that we are not even aware that we are reacting to it. Even the thought of prevention itself is not wellness, but rather an attempt not to be the victim of a sickness or disease. Getting rid of fear in your health decisions means doing things that enhance your wellness, not just avoiding sickness.


Here's an analogy that may help you see the difference. Ask yourself the following question.


If it's dark, and you are at home, why do you turn on the lights?
a. To be able to function better and be more productive in your house and carry on your needed household activities.
b. To be able to move around in your house without tripping over anything and possibly injuring yourself.
c. You turn on the lights because you're afraid of the dark.

 

It's probably obvious that answer "c" is an action taken out of fear. But what is probably not as obvious is that so is answer "b". If the answer "b" came into your decision making, then you were turning on the light for preventative reasons. In fact you were turning on the lights because you were afraid of being injured. Only choice "a" is the choice that was not motivated by fear.

 

Now I'm sure that you don't run around the house at night in deep thought as to why you turned on your lights. The decision to turn on the lights is at this point automatic. But the basic reasons why you turn on the lights are still present, even if you don't consciously think about it. The same is true with how most of society makes decisions on health care. In many cases the decision is not based on deep thought, but rather, automatic. But even if automatic, the underlying reasons for most of the decisions about health today are based on fear.


In order to better illustrate this, and to see if you make your decisions based on fear, take the short quiz below. Some of the answers may seem obvious. Others may seem on the surface not to be based on fear, but upon a closer look, are based on prevention, which is a form of fear. See if you make your health decisions out of fear, or an attempt to enhance your own personal wellness. After you answer each question, read the discussion to see if your answers were based on fear.


Question One
If your child falls and scrapes his or her knee, and you decide to put something on it like mercurochrome, bactine, iodine, peroxide or something similar, why did you do it?

a. If you don't infection will set in and serious problems could occur.
b. Applying medicine kills bacteria and prevents infection.
c. The medicines help your child's body heal the cut faster.


If your answer was "a", your response was strictly out of fear. Fear that something serious would happen to your child if you didn't act to help. Whether or not something would happen doesn't matter, you are not taking any chances. Making this decision out of fear doesn't make you a bad parent or anything, but fear does close your mind to other alternatives that may exist. If you say that there aren't any other alternatives that make sense, then it was fear that kept you from ever searching for them.


If your answer was "b" you are still acting out of fear. By trying to prevent something you are in fear of it. Although this fear is not as great as answer "a", your decision in this matter is still clouded by fear of a consequence rather that an honest attempt for a positive effect.


Only if your answer was "c" did you not act out of fear. If you believed that the medicine enhances your child's defenses and helps him or her heal faster, you acted without fear. Unfortunately answer "c" in not true. Medicine in no way enhances anyone's innate healing abilities. But by answering "c", you are probably not blinded by fear and are open enough to see other methods that may in fact promote healing and wellness in your child.

 

Question Two
If you're watching your diet and keeping your fat intake low, why do you do this?

a. Because fat can buildup in my arteries and can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other serious health problems.
b. Because I want to lose weight, and I want to prevent health problems in the future.
c. Because I want to eat food that is healthy and will keep my body functioning at its optimal potential.


Here again if you answered "a" your answer was out of fear. Fear that you may come down with some serious illness, disease or life-threatening condition. Even answer "b" of prevention was based on fear to a lesser degree. Only answer "c" was based on wanting to accomplish a positive effect without fear of some other negative consequence. There is a big difference between wanting a body that is functioning at its "optimal potential", and wanting to avoid disease or sickness. One is based on wanting a positive, the other based on avoiding a negative.


Question Three
If you have your children vaccinated, why do you do this?

a. Because vaccinations create a healthier immune system in my child and allow the defense systems to function at a high level of their innate abilities.
b. Because I'm a responsible parent and I don't want to expose my child to any unnecessary health risk.
c. Because if I don't I run the risk of having my child get some very serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
d. Because it's the law and I don't have a choice.


Probably no issue more than this one really tests your health decision making process. Among health choices that have been discussed with people no issue comes with stronger feelings and opinions. Yet I can honestly say that no one I've met actually has all or even any of the facts and information needed to make a decision on this topic. I've never met a single parent that has told me that they have done research, or even read much literature on this subject, yet most of them have strong opinions one way or the other. My responses to your answers on this subject are based upon the personal research I have done during my college as well as the volume of literature I have read on the subject of vaccinations.


If you answer was "a" you did not answer out of fear. Very few people actually use this answer and there's a good reason for this. Nothing in answer "a" is true. Vaccinations do not create a healthier anything. Vaccinations also do not allow your child's immune system to function at a higher level. If anything they severely depress the immune system and have been implicated in causing more problems than the diseases they are given to prevent have ever caused.


Answer "b" is probably the most common answer given for this question, but it is based on fear. If you don't really know how vaccinations are supposed to work, and you don't know the reality about what protection you are, or are not getting, then your decision to vaccinate your children is based on the fear of the diseases you vaccinate them against. If this were not true, would you vaccinate your child against an illness that is never serious? Of course not. In fact vaccinations are only available for conditions that most people consider "serious" or "dangerous". This is because most people would not bother with a vaccination for something they didn't consider a threat.


If you answered "c" your answer was purely out of fear. Fear of a terrible disease or consequence to your child. This fear is so real that most people accept this fear as reality without ever seeing any evidence themselves. This fear is what drove millions of people to get the Swine Flu vaccine a few years ago. Even though there was never a problem from the Swine Flu, and the vaccination cause thousands of problems that taxpayers had to pay for.


If you answered "d" the only real fear you have is of the authorities telling you that your child can't go to school, or that you are a bad parent or something. Unfortunately this is the weakest argument for getting vaccinations. First of all, it is not true that you have no choice. There are exemptions for religious reasons and health reasons. But the logic behind this law escapes me. If the authorities want us to believe that vaccinations are such a good thing, why do we need a law that tries to force us to have them against our will?


Question Four
Why do you go to the chiropractor to get adjusted?

a. To get rid of my back or neck pain, or what ever else I have, so that I can feel better.
b. To prevent myself from having future pains or problems like the ones that brought me to the chiropractor in the first place.
c. To allow my nerve system to function free of interference, therefore allowing my body's own innate abilities to function and express themselves at their highest potential.


Although answers "a" and "b" are the most common reasons that people initially go to chiropractors, they are both based on fear. In these cases it is usually the fear of pain. Pain is a big motivation. It is what makes most people seek out some form of health care. Unfortunately, pain is a warning after a problem has shown up. If pain is your motivation for seeking chiropractic care, this is a response based on fear.


Answer "c" is the only answer here that is both true and not based on fear. Wanting your body to function on a better and healthier level is a good non-fear reason for seeking chiropractic care. This is commonly the reason that chiropractors themselves and their families receive chiropractic adjustments. And although this is not the reason that most patients come to the chiropractor, most chiropractors wish it were. The good majority of the patients that truly take the time to think about their health and the health of their family do come in to allow their nerve system to function free of interference, therefore allowing their body's own innate abilities to function and express themselves at their highest potential.


If you were given choices: Would you rather be financially wealthy or just not poor? Would you want to be intelligent and wise or just not dumb? Would you want to be athletic and graceful or just not clumsy? Now, do you want to be healthier and expressing higher potential in all areas of life, or just not sick? The decisions and choices are up to you.


As you can see from our previous questions, fear is a strong motivation. As I said in the beginning, it is the reason why most people make the health decisions they do. Unfortunately, most decisions are not based on what is good, but rather avoiding what is bad. If we are ever to really change our health care delivery system in this country, fear has to be replaced by rational thought, knowledge, understanding, and a respect for the human body. To borrow a quote, "we have nothing to fear, but fear itself."


Not So Excellent Health


A recent nationwide US study found that "nearly one in every five US workers claims to be in excellent health--despite being overweight, smoking, drinking too much or never exercising."


The nationwide study, which was released by Oxford Health Plans Inc., found that nearly 20% of those surveyed, "described their health as excellent but displayed not-so-excellent habits."


Among that group, individuals reported behaviors such as being at least 25 pounds overweight, smoking, drinking three or more glasses of alcohol daily, drinking at least four cups of coffee or tea daily and never exercising.


In a statement, the executive vice president of Oxford said, "Denial is dangerous when it comes to your health. It exacts a heavy toll down the road."


While denial may be dangerous to ones health, I don't think it is all about denial. I believe many people honestly feel they are "healthy" as long as they are absent of any major symptoms. I say major symptoms because often symptoms come on slowly and most just reach for the medicine cabinet or learn to live with it. Is there not a pill for nearly every ill?


How many people know the World Health Organizations definition of health? It reads, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." You don't see that broadcast on television do you. What you see is the peddling of cures from the outside in that do little or nothing to better ones health. Many of these pills, procedures and potions just delay one from seeking out truly good health. At best they suppress symptoms giving you the illusion of health, while the body continues to function abnormally and get progressively worse.


While denial may be dangerous to your health, procrastination is the thief that robs your life force along the way. Greater health requires greater responsibility. You must take action. You owe it to yourself and your family. Learn as much as you can about health, especially if you are suffering from a disease condition. If there is any need for procedures to treat your symptoms or disease through medical procedures or otherwise, realize that they will not add to your overall health. Specific actions or things need to be done to restore your health after you have been treated medically. To stop at medical care is to not complete the full cycle of health and repair. For example, having a cancerous tumor removed does not make you healthy. You are just a sick person without a tumor. Had you not been unhealthy you would never had gotten it to begin with. To do nothing to improve your health after it is removed just allows a sick body to keep getting sicker. Of course, remember to have your spine checked for subluxations so that you have a greater potential for health and to be your best.

 


On A Lighter Side ...


It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.
-The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
-The French eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
-The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
-The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.
-The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

 

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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