THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER
Toxicopathy is a new word to me, but one I believe we will all be hearing about more and more. According to Dorland's Medical Dictionary toxicopathy means "any disease caused by a poison." The same book defines poison as "any substance taken into the body by ingestion, inhalation, injection or absorption that interferes with normal physiological functions."
Where did the bees go?
The mysterious disappearance of bees around the world in the last year or two is an alarming indication that we have reached new levels of poisoning on a global scale. Colony Collapse Disorder is the name given to this new toxicopathy for bees. Some scientists say the answer to this mystery is blowing in the wind, in the pollen of genetically modified crops that are designed to be toxic to insects. Let us hope Einstein was wrong in his prediction, "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left."
The worldwide low sperm count in human males is another troubling toxicopathy only recently recognized. The drop has been so steep and sudden that some scientists wonder if a human fertility crisis is in the making. Hormone-disrupting chemicals from insecticides and plastic food packaging are high on the list of suspected poisons contributing to the problem.
"All things are poisons," Paracelsus is often credited with saying, "for there is nothing without poisonous qualities...it is only the dose which makes a thing poison."
Paracelsus, sometimes called the father of modern pharmacology, was born in Switzerland in 1493, a contemporary of other radical thinkers such as Leonardo da Vinci, Martin Luther, and Nicholas Copernicus. He was attacked by medical authorities of the day for his rejection of their faith in the ancient theories of balancing the four humors (liquids) in the body that called for such risky procedures as bloodletting. Ironically, his theories about the importance of spiritual healing remain a controversial subject for medical authorities to this day.
His "dose is everything" theory of poison recently passed the test in California when a woman drank so much water it killed her during a contest to win a small prize. For the woman, the water itself proved toxic, but for most of us the real threat is the remarkable cocktail of additional stuff the water may be carrying. Lead, arsenic, PCBs, pesticides, radioactive nucleotides and mercury are quite common in the world's water supply these days, not to mention the poisons added on purpose, such as fluoride and chlorine. And not just in the water either, these bad boys are coming at us from all directions including from electric power generation, factory farming, manufacturing, and medical procedures.
Paracelsus' understanding of toxicity has proven incomplete because of factors he did not comprehend. For starters, certain substances are so incredibly poisonous that even the tiniest exposure has a toxic effect, such as radioactive elements. Then there is the synergistic effect, in which two substances radically increase one another's toxicity, such as mercury and aluminum. The human race has produced and dispersed such an incredible volume and variety of poisons in a historically brief period that scientists are unsure which ones are reacting with each other or which ones should be blamed for specific disorders.
There is little disagreement, however, that environmental toxins have become a primary burden for all animals on the planet, limiting the ability of us all to make normal, healthy cells and thus maintain health. The toxic load that accumulates in the body derails the immune response and favors genetic mutation and cancer.
Far from being all gloom and doom though, this information tells us that we may still have considerable control over important factors to keep ourselves healthy. In an increasingly toxic environment, clearing poisons from the body is essential. One of the most important ways the body is equipped to eliminate toxins is exercise. Byproducts from our own energy production become toxic inside the body unless we stay in motion.
We can also nutritionally enhance our cellular efficiency at clearing toxins. Some of us seem to be more sensitive to environmental toxicity than others. For example, many autistic children are deficient in a cellular process called methylation, required to remove toxic metals from the body. Boosting energy pathways with specific nutrients is one element of the biomedical approach that is allowing thousands of kids to experience significant improvement.
As more disorders are recognized as environmentally induced diseases, or toxicopathies, healthcare will eventually be forced to shift its emphasis. People's natural systems have varying abilities to clear toxins based on levels of exposure, lifestyle, and genetics.
At an estimated rate of consumption of 25 million pills per hour in the United States, medical suppression of symptoms may prove be a shortsighted solution. It is a striking fact that every vaccine and every drug, whether prescription or over-the-counter, fits the definition of poison precisely. They are all substances that interfere with normal cellular function. Due diligence to fully understand the risk versus benefit for all these interventions seems more important than ever.
The most obvious thing we can do is to avoid toxins whenever possible, by buying organically produced foods and monitoring the nature of everything that goes in the body. The non-organic food industry can "legally" add 15,000 chemicals to our food without even putting it on the label. How scary is that? One major challenge for us humans is that polluting the body can often be great fun, even when we know it isn't good for us.
Ok so here's the chiropractic spin on this. Your body can better deal with chemical stresses (as well as emotional and physical stresses) when there is no nerve interference due to vertebral subluxations. When proper nerve supply exists to all organs the body can better deal with these stresses. This is just another good reason to make sure you get your spine checked on a regular basis.
I was recently at the card store and happened to notice a card that has one of my favorite sayings about parenthood on the cover. It says, "The two most important things a father can give his children are roots and wings." This really hits home with me because I try to apply this same philosophy with each and every one of my practice members as well.
I do my best to help you strengthen your roots by making sure you understand a little better at least a few of the ideas I feel will most effectively give you wings to soar toward the realization of your purpose and potential in your health and life. There are five basic ideas I want everyone to know about themselves, their health, chiropractic and the power they possess to intentionally direct their lives. These are as follows,
1. You are more than your body. Your body is the vehicle you have been given through which to experience and express your true purpose and potential in life.
2. Everything in life is constantly in the process of changing. In each moment, you are either moving toward dis-ease and death or toward health, wellness and wholeness.
3. Full expression of your innate intelligence (life force) AUTOMATICALLY brings health... AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
4. 3 Things are necessary to fully express your Life Force and move consistently in the direction of wholeness:
A) A DELIBERATE FOCUS on moving toward what you want to BE, DO and HAVE in your life.
B) A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE that supplies your body with everything it needs to function properly,
heal and continue growing.
C) A CLEAR NEUROLOGICAL CONNECTION - Regular chiropractic care helps you with this!
5. YOU are responsible for which direction you will move in each moment of your life with every thought, every word and every action you choose.
I realize that learning, understanding and consistently applying these things, as well as allowing the time necessary to see desirable results, are all processes that take time - a different amount of time for everyone.
I like to tell the story of how a bamboo tree grows whenever people ask me about why something has or has not happened in their health and lives. When someone plants a bamboo seedling, he must water it nearly every day throughout the first four years.
During this four year period, very little if any growth is noticeable above ground, as the tree sends its roots down deeper and deeper into the soil, readying itself for the rapid growth above ground that is on its way. Then, in the fifth year, this same little seedling can soar to an amazing ninety feet or more in height!
Anyone who is not aware of the incredible changes occurring out of sight during those first four years may become frustrated or even give up hope of ever seeing the magnificent tree that manifests in the fifth year. But for the person who knows and trusts that everything that is supposed to be happening is in fact happening as long as he or she does his or her part working on their roots, the result is a glorious ending to all of the hard work, patience and trust...the freedom to stand tall, rise above and FLY!