THE SPINAL COLUMN
ALPHA CHIROPRACTIC NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2012




Toothbrushes and Chiropractic

          The toothbrush as we know it today was not invented until 1938. However, early forms of the toothbrush have been in existence since 3000 BC. Ancient civilizations used a "chew stick," which was a thin twig with a frayed end. These 'chew sticks' were rubbed against the teeth.
          The bristle toothbrush, similar to the type used today, was not invented until 1498 in China. The bristles were actually the stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog's neck and attached to handles made of bone or bamboo.
          Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours. Americans were influenced by the disciplined hygiene habits of soldiers from World War II. And they became increasingly concerned with the practice of good oral hygiene and quickly adopted the nylon toothbrush.
          Toothpaste in some form has also been around for thousands of years.  But by 1900, a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda was recommended for use with toothbrushes. Pre-mixed toothpastes were first marketed in the 19th century, but did not surpass the popularity of tooth-powder until World War I.  They’ve changed and developed since then.  Fluoride and other things have been added and then taken away.
          So where am I going with this? 
          I don’t think that anyone today argues that brushing your teeth a few times a day is what is necessary to not only help prevent tooth and gum decay, but to give you healthy teeth, gums, and a healthy smile.  You start this when you first get teeth and continue for the rest of your life.  Not too many people wait until they have a serious cavity or need dental surgery before they take care of their teeth.  At some point someone explained the importance of proper oral hygiene and it made sense to do it.
          Imagine the mess if someone waited 20, 30, 40, or longer before they brushed their teeth or went for a dental checkup?  
          So why the disconnect with chiropractic found among some people? 
          I guess there could be many reasons for that.  Our education places very little emphasis on how our body works.  If you asked most people what organ runs the body, many would not say the brain and nerve system.  Many people are also not aware of the fact that they live their lives through their nerve system.  Every heartbeat, every breath, every thought, every hormone that is produced is under the direct control of our nerve system. 
          To have optimum health and healing we need to have optimum nerve system function.  However, if the messages from our brain can’t get to every cell, tissue, and organ in our body clearly and completely, and if our body can’t get those messages back to our brain due to a vertebral subluxation.  Then our brain can’t do what it should and we can’t have the health and life we should.  Chiropractors are the experts in detecting and correcting vertebral subluxation.  There is no other profession that offers this and nothing you can do in place of this.  Getting you spine checked regularly and adjusted when needed  will allow your body to function as best as possible. 
          Just so you know what you can look forward to … (and while results may vary from person to person) … the most common benefits of regular chiropractic care are: More Energy; Improved Health; Clearer Thinking, Concentration, and Memory; Better Ability to Handle Stress; Improved Physical Performance; Better Sleep; Greater Value From Exercise and your Nutritional Choices; More Balanced Body Chemistry; Increased Income Earning Capacity; Improved Relationships; Better Digestion; … basically a Greater Enjoyment of Life! 
          Sadly, I’m amazed that most chiropractors don’t share this wonderful message of hope and strength with their practice members.  Most choose to stick to things like back and neck pain.  How sad. 
          Now, as important as healthy teeth and gums are, teeth can be pulled and replaced.  When your spine and nerve system are damaged, there is no second chance, no replacement parts, or any type of “do over”.  In fact, while the rest of the cells in the body are replaced about every 7 years, nerves do not get replaced.  What you get is what you have for the rest of your life.  So again, it makes me wonder why anyone would ever neglect to take care of their spine and nerve system, especially since I try to make it as easy as possible for you to do so. 
          If you are reading this and are one of those that haven’t been here in a while please let me know what you find to be more important than your health and life.  Also, if you haven’t brought in the rest of your family and all your friends let me know why?  My goal is to remove as many barriers to people receiving my care and living life to their utmost potential, so any help or suggestions on your part would be appreciated.

     

Chiropractic Irony: Pride vs. Humility
by Joseph Strauss, D.C.

          There is no doubt that pride is appropriately described as the first deadly sin. It is especially prevalent among members of the health care community. We, as health care providers having the health and well-being, and even the life and death, of people in our hands can become preoccupied with our own self-importance. Any health care professional is subject to the problem of pride.  We’re not talking about self confidence about what you do, but rather the inflated opinion of yourself and the importance of what you do. Chiropractors are especially subject to excessive pride because of the importance of the service they perform.
          Correcting vertebral subluxations is essential to peoples’ health. No other aspect of a health program can be effective if one is walking around with nerve interference. People cannot get the benefit of eating good food, getting the proper rest, or exercising if they have vertebral subluxations interfering with the function of their nerve system.
          Not only is the correction of vertebral subluxations an important service that we chiropractors perform but there is no one else that can do it. All the best medical doctors in the world, even those who specialize in orthopedic problems and the spine, are not capable of locating vertebral subluxations or correcting them, even if they could find one. They simply are not trained in chiropractic analysis and adjusting.
          On the other hand, we chiropractors must realize that the greatest aspect of the service we perform is done by the body itself. The innate intelligence of the body, that principle of life that resides in every living organism, does the healing. The chiropractor does not heal or cure people. The body, or to be more precise, the innate wisdom within the body, does the healing by creating new, living cells to replace sick or dying ones. That is why healing is not an instantaneous act. The creation or replacement of new cells takes time.
          The most humbling aspect of giving chiropractic care is that the chiropractor does not even make the adjustment. The chiropractor simply introduces a force into the spine, hopefully it is one that sets the bone in the right direction and is the amount of force needed. The innate intelligence of the body then takes that force and moves the bone, using the muscles of the body placing the bone in the exact position in which it belongs.  It is the inborn wisdom which is responsible for 99.9% of what occurs in making an adjustment. The .1% is the chiropractor knowing where and when to introduce the force.
          That is a very humbling thought and should keep the pride of the chiropractor at a minimum. This balance between the fantastic service we perform and the small part we play in that service is one of the great aspects of chiropractic practice.



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