"The Wisdom of the Body"

Are you healthy if you feel good? If you said, "Yes" ask yourself if you ever felt good one day and then came down with a cold, the flu or some other condition the next. You probably felt fine the day before you got sick, but were you healthy? Most likely your resistance was low—perhaps your stress levels were too high or you were pushing yourself too much.

What about people who "feel good" one moment and get a heart attack or stroke the next? Or those who "feel good" walking into a doctor's office and are diagnosed as having a serious health condition.

It's obvious that health is much more than how you feel; it's much deeper than that. So what is health? Health is your ability to handle physical, chemical and emotional balance.

Adaptation
So many forms of stress threaten your balance: the onslaught of the elements; the bacteria, virus, pollen, mold and fungi in the air; cancer cells, with their deranged genetic instructions that constantly arise within; pollution and chemicals; cuts, bumps and bruises; school, work, marriage, babies, bills, a mortgage—and you must adapt to them all. For if you did not ... a hot summer day would boil your brain; a winter night would freeze you solid; every inhalation would bring massive infection; tumors would overwhelm you; a small cut would drain all your blood.
Without adaptation, your heart would continue pounding after a workout; alcohol and other drugs would never break down and you'd stay intoxicated for life; an adrenaline high or a moment's anxiety would last a lifetime.

Thankfully, you usually adapt to life's stresses because many mechanisms are built into you for this purpose. They're as simple as shivering when cold, and as elaborate as your immune system engulfing bacteria. They are as dramatic as an adrenaline rush when confronting danger, or as ungraceful as gagging. They all say the same thing: survive! Survive changes in weather; survive bacterial invasion; survive pollution; survive in the big city—and thrive!

Viewed from this perspective, symptoms such as fevers, chills, vomiting, fatigue, sneezing, pain, anxiety, anger and others—although unpleasant—aren't bad; rather, they are signs that your body is struggling to regain health and balance. Nobel Prize winner Rene Dubos said it well: "Good health is a process of continuous adaptation to the myriad of microbes, irritants, pressures and problems which daily challenge man." *

* Dubos, R. & Pines, M. Health and disease. New York: time-Life Books, 1968.

Your Innate Intelligence (Medically defined as Homeostasis)
What does adaptation look like inside you? It's thousands of different chemicals being balanced every second, millions of cells dying every second, millions being born every second and billions of nerves firing messages to every part of your body every second. Your lunch is somehow turned into eye, muscle, heart, bone, skin and blood; damaged tissues are being repaired; blood vessel linings are being smoothed; germs and tumors are being destroyed; and all the things that your cells produce are being monitored and balanced while you read a book, sleep or run a race.

What keeps track of all this activity? A wondrous intelligence organizes this overwhelming complexity. As Lewis Thomas, M.D. says in The Medusa and the Snail, "[There is] a kind of super intelligence that exists in each of us, infinitely smarter and possessed of technical knowledge far beyond our present understanding."* This idea is echoed by Deepak Chopra, M.D., in Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: "Intelligence is present everywhere in our bodies ... our own inner intelligence is far superior to any we can try to substitute from the outside ... "** I personally view this as Gods' creation in us!

Chiropractic refers to your body's organizational ability as its innate intelligence, (Homeostasis for medical definitions). Your innate intelligence organizes your body into a complicated, living, adapting, growing being—without it, you would be no more than a few dollars worth of chemicals.

How does intelligence run your body? For example, you think of moving your arms, and then you move your arms. How did you make the leap from just thinking about moving your arms to actually moving them? Did the thought knock an electron from its orbit in a nerve cell in your brain which somehow generated a nerve impulse that caused your muscles to contract? If that is so, how did the thought first move the electron?

* Thomas, L. The medusa and the snail. New York: Bantam Books, 1983, p. 96.
** Chopra, D. Ageless body, timeless mind. New York: Crown Publishing Book, 1993.

All of your life you think and act but at what point do your thoughts convert into your actions? In the same way, where does your innate intelligence touch your physical body? This connection lies somewhere "behind" your DNA—your genetic "blueprint"—that organizes the tiny world of the cell, and your body which is made up of thousands of billions of cells. There is a powerful place deep within you where intelligence percolates up to your physical existence.

Your Innate Intelligence
There is a part of your body that is especially intimate with your inner wisdom: your brain, spinal cord and the billions of nerves that emerge from them. Your nervous system touches every nook and cranny of your body, and your body wisdom uses this vast communications system to organize your billions of parts into a healthy, adapting, living being.* True health or adaptation can only emerge when your innate intelligence can communicate without interference or "static." A complete break in that communication results in death; a partial break results in a general deterioration of health—or "dis-ease"— you are less alive and less able to cope with life's stresses. Eventually a diseased state turns into diseased conditions.

 Irritation becomes inflamation, becomes INFECTION! Medicine teaches us the opposite?  Contrary to examples of nature, Medicine teaches us that something attacks your body and you get sick!

I do not believe this Germ Theory!        It is ALWAYS resistance of the host, not the attack!

Vertebral subluxations are stresses to your spine and nervous system and interferes with the proper flow of information through your body, causing a state of  irritation, then inflamation and unresolved,...disease.

Doctors of chiropractic spend years of training learning how to locate and correct your vertebral subluxations, freeing your body from disease and helping you better reconnect to your wisdom within.

* Ornstein, R. & Sobel, D. The brain as a health maintenance organization. In R. Ornstein & S. Swencionis (Eds.), The healing brain, a scientific reader. New York: Guilford Press, 1990, p. 11.

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