THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2005



The First Domino


A few weeks ago, a United States congresswoman was speaking about a nuclear bomb test that was performed in 1962 in Nevada called the "Sedan Test." Unfortunately, she misread the word "sedan" and called it the "Sudan test." The Sudanese government was made aware of her statements and immediately started issuing statements of concern that the amount of cancers in their country may be due to radiation from this test that they believed was actually done in Sudan. This then lead to as many as sixteen other countries issuing their own challenges to the U.S. to reveal everything about our nuclear testing history, including China.

 

The Sudanese government and the other countries have now accepted the United States' explanation that the congresswoman simply misspoke, but they have also said that they are going to keep a close watch on the United States and that it will be some time before they regain whatever level of trust they had with us prior to this incident.

 

What does this have to do with your health and with chiropractic? Well, if you look closely at the facts, a very small and what should have been insignificant thing quickly escalated into a global situation. How could this happen? Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the entire planet has had a very low tolerance or "resistance" to any kind of stress. There has been a very high level of fear.

 

Because of this low resistance and the attitude of fear, it took very little to push much of the world into a panic or "survival mode." It also took very little to begin the process of resolving the situation, but it will now take some time for the world to get back to the place it was before this incident and then move beyond that point toward global peace and joy.

 

This resembles what happens in your body as far as the development and resolution of the subluxation process. If you encounter stress of any kind that is beyond your ability to adapt (i.e., if your internal resistance to stress has been weakened over time), it will overwhelm you and begin a process that can eventually affect your entire being if this downward spiral in your health and vitality is left to itself. And, since you play such an integral role in the lives of the many people you touch each day, it can even affect their lives in a negative way as well. If we follow this process all the way to the end, it could in fact create a global shift in thinking.

 

Of course this process takes time. But remember, this is happening to EVERYONE, and so it doesn't take as long as you might think for these small and seemingly insignificant health problems to affect global consciousness. On the other hand, we also have the opportunity to affect a steady change in the consciousness of our planet if each of us will simply realize the crucial role we personally play in concert with everyone else in the world. By taking care of ourselves, we can give 100% of ourselves to others. This means living a healthy lifestyle which includes keeping your nerve system clear with regular visits to your chiropractor.

 

Imagine what the world would be like if everyone took the responsibility for living his/her life and then helped others to remember their own power to do the same! It wouldn't be long before we were not only out of fear, but moving steadily toward demonstrating the love, peace and joy meant for us to express!

 

You see, every decision you make may by itself seem like a small thing. But each is like the first domino in a line that has the potential to move you and the world toward either hopelessness or ecstasy. And if you think a small thing can't really have much of an impact, you've never tried to go to sleep at night with a mosquito in the room!

 

It is an awesome responsibility, I know. But it is one our Creator knew we could handle or He would not have given it to us when he gave us the gift of life!

 

Take care of yourself.

 

See the magic that is inside of you.

 

See the magic that dwells within every other person in the world as well and move forward with trust that miracles are waiting to appear in each and every moment if we will simply stop resisting and allow love to flow!

 

Blueprints for Life

 

DNA, three little letters that no one ever heard of a century ago are well known today. Although most people do not know that DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid we do know that it is the blueprint for the human body.


Within the genes of a fertilized egg are the plans for everything from the color of your eyes to the maximum amount of time you have on the earth. Scientists have even identified many of these genes and determined what their responsibility is in various functions within the body. Their desire is to alter these genes and to repair damaged ones that may lead to medical conditions. Genetic altering and cloning are just part of this entire concept that sounds very much like science fiction. But then who would have thought 75 years ago that we would be talking to each other on phones without wires!

 

The discovery of the genetic code was truly a great event, worthy of the Nobel Prize that it gained for its discovers. But in all the hoopla and attention paid to the genetic code we have lost sight of the fact that it is just a blueprint.

 

First, a blueprint does not create itself. An architect or a designer makes the blueprint. The blueprint may say your eyes are going to be blue but it did not design the thousand parts that make up the eye anymore than the blueprint grew the wood or made the bricks that will go into a building. That too took intelligent actions on the part of brick makers, and of course, "only God can make a tree."

 

The major area where the genome discovers went wrong was to assume that the DNA makes the body, that it creates new cells to fashion the organs and tissues of the human organism. That would be like setting, down the set of blueprints at the work site dumping the bricks, cement, steel and wood next to it and saying "go ahead blueprint, erect this building."

 

Blueprints are great, even necessary to the success of the building and perpetuation of any structure. (If a building was just thrown together without a design it probably would not last very long). DNA is necessary for the design and perpetuation of the human organism, but it is only a blueprint. The architect and the builder of the human body is a principle placed within all living organisms by the Creator of the universe.

 

In chiropractic, we call that principle the innate intelligence of the body. It even repairs and makes changes to the blueprint. It then takes the blueprint and creates the organs and system of the body. It will even make changes when the blueprint is not quite what it should be. The innate intelligence can compensate for weaknesses in our DNA. For example, just because you have a genetic tendency toward a condition like diabetes does not mean you will necessarily have the disease.

The innate intelligence of the body can overcome certain genetic predispositions. It can do it a lot better if it is free to express itself. That is where chiropractic comes in.

 

The innate intelligence uses the nerve system to cause function, adapt the body and compensate for genetic weaknesses. If there is an interference in the nerve system due to a vertebra being subluxated (misaligned in such a way that it interferes with the nerve system), the body just cannot adapt and compensate as well.

 

Your DNA is important. But remember a dead body has cells all with DNA and it does that body no good. Only the life?giving, life?enhancing innate intelligence of the body can direct the DNA to benefit you, your life and that of your family, friends, and co-workers.

 

Research Update:
Speaking of DNA...

 

There is a growing body of evidence that regular care provided by chiropractors may reduce health care costs, improve health behaviors, and enhance patient perceived quality-of-life. Until recently, however, little was known about how chiropractic adjustments affected the chemistry of biological processes on a cellular level.


In a landmark study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, chiropractors collaborating with researchers at the University of Lund found that chiropractic care could influence basic physiological processes affecting oxidative stress and DNA repair. These findings offer another scientific explanation for the positive health benefits reported by patients receiving chiropractic care.


Serum thiols are primary antioxidants, and serve as a measure of human health status. The test provides a surrogate estimate of DNA repair enzyme activity, which has been shown to correlate with lifespan and aging.


Long-term chiropractic care of two or more years was shown to re-establish a normal physiological state independent of age, sex, or nutritional supplements. Symptom?free or primary wellness subjects under chiropractic care demonstrated higher mean serum thiol levels than patients with active disease, and produced values that were higher than normal wellness values in non-chiropractic subjects.


Going through life, we experience physical, chemical, and emotional stress. These stresses affect the function of the nervous system. The investigators hypothesized that these disturbances in nerve function could affect oxidative stress and DNA repair on a cellular level.


Oxidative stress, metabolically generating free radicals, is now a broadly accepted theory of how we age and develop disease. Oxidative stress results in DNA damage, and inhibits DNA repair. DNA repair is the mechanism which fixes the damage caused by environmental impact.


Chiropractors apply forces to the spine to allow the body to make spinal adjustments to correct disturbances of nerve function caused be vertebral subluxations. Chiropractic care appears to improve the ability of the body to adapt to stress. What this means for you is that chiropractic care, by allowing you to better adapt to stress, can potentially decrease or slow down the negative effects of DNA damage and aging and increase the quantity and quality of your life.


So, those of you that get your spines checked and adjusted regularly have another reason to smile, knowing now that there is another great benefit added to the long list of benefits received from regular chiropractic care.

 

The Key To Better Performance


Performance can be defined as the degree to which anything functions as intended. When it comes to one's performance as a human being (human performance) many factors are involved. Unfortunately, in today's busy society with so many factors, most people are looking for a quick fix or a shortcut. Naturally then, when the average person is looking to improve their performance in any aspect of life, they tend to seek out the single factor for the best results.


So what is the single most important aspect in improving or maintaining a high level of performance in any aspect of your life? Factors such as adequate exercise, good nutrition, positive mental attitude, and a good nerve supply are all very important. But which one is the key to better performance?

 

The truth is, none of them is the answer, but here is an answer: The key to better performance is commitment. What good is exercise if you don't commit to doing it regularly? How much value is nutritious food when it is only talked about and you do not take the time to properly prepare it? If you just consider having a positive attitude, you might end up depressed. Simply agreeing with your chiropractor that it's a good idea to have a good nerve supply just doesn't get it done.


Done sparingly, all of these measures are somewhat positive. Exercising on the weekends only is better than doing nothing at all. Some good nutrition is better than eating junk food all the time. Being positive only when things are going your way is probably better than being negative all the time. Having your spine adjusted sporadically is better than never.


Making and following through on a commitment to improve your life is what really brings about better human performance. Sure, it may take more time and cost some money, but aren't you worth it?


I'm committed to helping you with one aspect of improving your performance -- having a good nerve supply by correcting vertebral subluxations. That is the area in which I am an expert and can help you.


To get the most from chiropractic service, just like anything else, you need to commit to it. Everything in the office, from office hours to the fee system, has been carefully thought out to make fulfilling your commitment that much easier for you.


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The Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it,
nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.
-Maimonides _________________________

 

Innate Forces


Universal forces are the forces of the environment and as we have explained tend to break down or be destructive toward structural matter. They tend to break matter down into its simplest components. However, to carry on the cycles of life material must be built up in the form of a living organism. That is the function of the innate intelligence of life and it uses innate forces to accomplish its purpose.


These forces are the power and the messages that the innate intelligence uses to build atomic particles into the elements, the elements into chemical compounds, the compounds into the component parts of a cell, the cell into a tissue, then an organ and eventually into a living organism.

 

For anything or anyone intelligent to communicate it must have a system. A computer needs the internet to communicate with the other computers. Human beings need words, sounds, writing, and computers.


The innate intelligence uses forces and in human beings these forces are carried primarily over the nerve system as the body's communication system. We call these forces innate forces or mental impulses. Every living organism has these innate forces. They are the means by which the innate intelligence of life controls and coordinates the function of the body's material substances and life itself.


The problem is that we really cannot measure mental impulses. Science has developed instruments to measure the electrical nerve impulses that travel over the nerve system, instruments like the EMG and the EEG. But these only measure the energy, not the message that is contained within that energy and it is the message that is vitally important to the proper coordinated function of the body.


Perhaps an analogy would help demonstrate this concept.


Samuel B. Morse invented a means of communication called the telegraph in the 19th century. We are all familiar with it and how it worked. There were actually three "forces" that were carried over the wires. The first was an electromagnetic force that made the entire system work. Without it the receiving telegrapher's key would not click at all. The second is the dots and dashes that make up the Morse Code. To the unknowledgeable person that is all they are, a series of dots and dashes. They can be heard and even measured. But there is a third "force" as well, the force of the message that is contained within the dots and dashes. The words cannot be seen or heard but there is a specific, intelligent and intelligible communication coming over those wires. Anyone unfamiliar with Morse Code would think it was merely clicks on a telegrapher's key. The words and their message are not physical although they are transmitted along a physical wire.

 

A similar situation occurs with the innate forces in the nerve system. There are messages from the innate intelligence of the body transmitted over the "wires" of the body to the organs, tissues and cells. We are not able to understand those messages and we really do not need to. However, we do see the results. The body produces just the right amount of insulin, adrenalin, cortisone and a thousand other chemicals to meet the needs of the body twenty?four hours a day, for an entire lifetime. At least it does so as long as there is no interference in that communication system.

 

Getting back to our analogy of the telegraph, suppose someone were to interfere with the telegrapher's transmission, perhaps just randomly hit the key every few seconds while the telegrapher was sending a message. The random dots and dashes would distort the message and it is likely the recipient of the telegraph message would not understand what the message really said.


Similarly, if there is a vertebral subluxation in the spine, the nerve system is affected. The message that is being carried by that nerve is distorted and cells work improperly and may actually die. If enough cells work improperly and/or die, tissues, organs and the entire body breaks down. Keeping these lines free of interference then truly is a matter of life and health.

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