Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Understanding Chiropractic Natural Alternative Care

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Understanding Chiropractic Natural Alternative Care

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"The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."--Thomas A. Edison

Throughout my nearly four decade-old chiropractic practice, I have observed countless instances where patients have suffered musculoskeletal pain, yet had no idea of the benefits of chiropractic natural alternative care. I also believe that there are patients out there with special healthcare needs that perhaps suffer needlessly, yet, could and should have chiropractic care as an adjunctive part of their daily treatment plan. The question becomes, "Why does the public not know about the benefits of chiropractic care?" Perhaps it is just a matter of education regarding this form of treatment that has withstood the test of time, despite the prejudice and expense to compete in this highly competitive healthcare industry. Fortunately, the onset of alternative natural treatment has seen the introduction of chiropractic, nutritional therapy, acupuncture, massage, and a plethora of other natural remedies being introduced to our finest medical institutions across the country and the world.

To "practice by hand" has been, from the onset, the foundation of what chiropractic is about. We use our hands to stimulate the body's immune system to heal itself. To this, one will then ask, "But how do you do that with a hands-on approach and no medication from the outside?" We know that every organ tissue and cell of the human body have incredible jobs to do so that the body can work in a coordinated, harmonious balance that I like to call resistance. For example, the islets of Langerhans, where the cells of the pancreas are produced, are far different from the acinar cells that make up the stomach. The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin that is then allowed to attach itself to the glucose molecules, and then pass through the cell membrane and supply the cell with the energy to do its particular job. Without that insulin, there can be no glucose reaching the cells, causing high blood sugar levels and, eventually, diabetic coma. Therefore, without this insulin molecule, the body cannot get the energy to function. In much the same way, when we put food into our stomach, there is a message that is sent to the cells of the stomach. The acinar cells then do their job to release acid and continue to digest this food into, for example, new cells for the eyeballs that allow the body to see. This is a demonstration of the "innate intelligence" of the human body. This is, in fact, the same type of innate intelligence that allows a cat to give birth to a litter of kittens. She may have never have seen another cat to do this same birth miracle and yet is able to do her job naturally and perfectly.

This innate intelligence that regulates and controls the body is constantly working day and night. Our hearts pump 72 times per minute, while our lungs are continuing to breathe, day and night, to transport oxygen to the tissues and then take carbon dioxide out. This doesn't stop when we lay down at night. In fact, it is when we sleep that the body is very busy replenishing itself with new cells. This innate intelligence is centered in the brain. The brain is the center of intelligence in the human body and, through this incredible vast network of nerves, connects every organ tissue and cell. Every organ tissue and cell, whether directly or indirectly, communicates through innate intelligence and therefore knows how to work. So, from here, we see that harmony within the body is coordinated innate intelligence involving the organs, tissues and cells and this harmony, or coordination if you will, is what defines "resistance".

When a person is healthy, it doesn't mean a lack of symptoms. What it means is that the resistance of the body is as close to 100 percent as possible. Resistance is 100 percent nerve cell to tissue cell communication as possible. …

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