MAY 2011


     Our belief systems dictate so many of life's choices. Whether it is the safety of our automobile, the nutritional value of the food we eat, or our choice in health care--all depend upon our belief systems.
     Sometimes, we grow up in a family that shares a distinct belief about something, only to marry into a family that shares a distinctly different belief about the same thing!
     Our culture sometimes dictates our beliefs. In health care, for instance, the views held by eastern health care providers are different from western medicine's views. Here are just a few questions to get you thinking:
     -What do you think causes cancer?
     -When all family members are exposed to the same "bug", why do the same people tend to get sick over and over again, while others do not?
     -What do you believe causes ear infections in children?
     -Would you say that having a runny nose and fever means that you are sick or you are healthy? What about vomiting and diarrhea?
     -Why is it that most heart attacks occur on Monday mornings?
     -Do you believe that exercise can cure or greatly reduce depression?
     -Do you believe that eating differently can drastically alter your health?
     -Why are the vaccinated so afraid of the unvaccinated?
     -Would you utilize cloned human cells if they could improve your health?
     -Would you ever participate in a drug study to test a new drug if the side effects were unknown? Would you allow your children to participate?
     -Would you allow your child to play with know neurotoxins and carcinogens? Would you allow those things to be injected into their bloodstream?
     -Do you have more belief in cough syrup or cold medication than your body's ability to heal itself?
     -Do you believe that you are responsible for your own health?
     -Do you believe that physical illness can originate in the mind?
     -Do you believe that you can change your mind and change your illness?
     -Do you have high self-esteem and self-regard?
     -Do you believe smallpox, swine flu, bird flu, west nile virus, and SARS are a threat to your health and if so, what do you plan to do to increase your immune function?
     -Why do you think they call it the germ "theory"?
     -How do you explain that some people are allergic to pollen and others aren't?
     -Do you believe that people can shrink tumors in their body with sheer will?
     -Do you brush your teeth everyday or just when you get cavities and why?
     -Do you think it is important to have the master controlling system of the body functioning without interference? Why?
     -Is the absence of disease health or is disease the absence of health?
     -Can you define health? How do you lose health? How do you get it?
     -Is it better to focus on treating the disease or on restoring health?
     I know that when these questions are carefully considered and answered truthfully, you are more aware of your belief systems with regard to your health. Out of this comes empowerment to make better choices.
     Healing involves more than just the physical--it involves mental and emotional shifts in thinking. Sometimes people don't heal because they don't believe they can. Sometimes people don't embark upon great adventures in their lives because they don't believe that they are worthy. Sometimes, through fear or contentment, we don't believe we should take risks that would add great depth to our lives. Sometimes, we believe we have too much fear to just trust in the process and unfortunately miss out on the journey and the lessons we are to learn along the way.
     In the words of Winnie-the-Pooh - yes, I know I'm quoting a cartoon, but give me a break I have three children: When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.
     So, look at your beliefs and see if they serve you to make you the best you possible, or if your beliefs are pulling you down and need to be overhauled. Either way, when you are congruent in your beliefs and behaviors, your life and your health takes on new meaning.

What If?

     At one time or another most of us have played the "What If" game. It is usually associated with an unpleasant circumstance or an unpleasant situation. "What if I had said such and such to that person?" Would things be different? "What if I did not say what I did?"
     Often we ask these questions after some sort of tragedy, especially when there is a series of events that led up to the tragedy. If any one of them took a different course the outcome might have been different.
     The movie about the Titanic is a perfect example. What if they had not been going so fast? What if the lookouts had binoculars? What if they had seen the iceberg sooner and been able to turn in time? If any one factor had been different, the disaster might have been avoided.
     Playing the "what if" game is not very productive. It usually leads to resentment, frustration and blaming oneself for circumstances that may very well be out of your control.
     There is one beneficial way of playing the game of "what if" that may make an important impact on your life. Play the "what if" game before the fact. Instead of saying, "what if I had applied myself in school and had gone to college" when you are 50, how about saying it when you are fifteen. Instead of saying "what if I had saved 5% of my paycheck for retirement" at age 65, you say it at 25 ... and do it!
     What changes we could make in our lives. One of the great, untapped resources in this country is our senior citizens. They possess great wisdom and experience. Some of that wisdom may very well be in the "what if" category. I recently heard an older gentleman make a statement which is a variation of what if. He lamented "if I had known I was going to live so long, I would have taken better care of myself." With that understanding let us look at some of the "what ifs" concerning our life and health.
     What if every time a fast food server says, "do you want to super size that?" you said no? Or better yet, if you never step foot in a fast food restaurant.  What if instead of sitting down and watching television with a bag of chips and a coke, you took a walk with a bottle of water? What if you joined a health club (and went) instead of putting the money into satellite TV with over 900 channels? What if you went to bed one hour earlier each night? What if you read a good book or maybe THE Good Book for half an hour before bed instead of watching the news with all its murder, robbery and kidnapping?
     Here's a big what if.
     What if you went to the chiropractor on a regular basis, not just when you had a problem? Perhaps not only would you never have the problem, but other areas of your health might improve rather than deteriorate. Maybe even other aspects of your life would change, like your energy levels, your performance, your productivity and/or your attitudes. What if your spouse, your children, your parents, your other relatives and your friends were under regular chiropractic care? What if everyone you knew was and everyone they knew was also? Do you think this would be a healthier, happier, more productive community?
     Wouldn't it be nice to find out?

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