The Wisdom of Nature
|Get Healthy and Remain Healthy with Chiropractic Care
Eating a nutritious diet and getting regular strenuous exercise will only take you so far on your journey toward health if your nervous system is not working properly. Spinal nerve irritation can impede the appropriate flow of information between your brain and the rest of your body, thereby interfering with healthy functioning and leading to a wide range of diseases.
When your nerves are irritated, this causes either too many nerve signals or too few nerve signals to flow between the brain and the body. Information transfer is either slowed down or sped up, and either of these creates a breakdown in communication, which can lead to various disorders and diseases.
Your Millar chiropractic physician is a specialist in detecting and correcting spinal nerve irritation and interference. Chiropractic adjustments help restore normal nerve transmission, thereby helping to restore optimal health and well-being.
The natural world functions very well without any outside interference. On their own, members of the tens of millions of species that share the earth with us prosper and thrive without any help from outside agencies.
For abundant growth, plants require water, sunlight, carbon dioxide from the air, and various nutrients from the soil. Herbivore animals consume these plants for sustenance, and carnivorous animals consume other animals. Then we have insects which have a varied diet including everything from fruit, plants, dead leaves, twigs and stems, other insects, and even blood. Nature also depends on many types of fungi and bacteria to help decompose and recycle matter. In our oceans, whales are the top predator and may consume more than a ton of plankton each day in addition to fish, squid, and other crustaceans.
Every member of every species other than human beings flourishes by obtaining everything it needs from its natural environment. Modern humanity is the only species for which the abundance provided by the global ecosystem is insufficient.
For example, coyotes, squirrels, and mountain lions don't need sleeping pills, while humans spend billions each year on various sleep aids. Owls, dolphins, and buffalo don't have problems with blood glucose levels, but humans spend billions on diabetes medications. In the wild, salmon, elephants, and maple trees don't require nutritional supplementation to thrive, while humans spend more than $23 billion annually in the United States alone. Do you see a disturbing pattern here?
As a species, humans have the unprecedented ability to manipulate and drastically alter the world in which we live. Also, with the exception of wide-spread epidemics of infectious diseases, there is no natural check on human population growth. As populations continue to expand, resources are becoming increasingly scarce. As urban and suburban populations increase, more and more people are leaving behind not only the countryside but also local sources of fresh vegetables, fruits, poultry, meat and dairy products. Commercial processing, packaging, and transportation of food over long distances has become necessary to supply food for city dwellers and suburban communities. But calories and not much else are supplied by these methods. A source of energy is provided but the quality of the food is substantially reduced.
Chronic disease has become widespread. Diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disorders including heart attacks, stroke and chronic high blood pressure are all the unfortunate result of a severely compromised food supply.1,2
Our disconnect from the natural world presents many additional challenges. Our bodies were designed to meet the demanding physical requirements of surviving in a hostile environment. These days though, most of us don't do much physical work anymore. If we fail to find satisfactory substitutes for the strenuous physical activity for which we were designed, our metabolic, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems quickly deteriorate. The consequences may include depression, anxiety, chronic aches and pains, and gastrointestinal problems, among other disorders.
It requires a significant effort to maintain good health when we're so far removed from the natural world. This is especially true in the United States several reasons. One major reason is that the US was primarily developed around the automobile, in contrast to more human scale European cities which are much more walkable and bikeable. Because of this, Americans have to make a special effort to get a natural amount of daily exercise required for humans to thrive. We also have to make more of an effort to seek out fresh, local and organic food, due to our current food system dominated by big corporate agriculture and food processing. Additionally, our medical system is primarily interested in disease care, and it is up to the individual to seek out preventative care to stay healthy.
It may seem overwhelming in the beginning, but it's well worth the effort it takes to ensure that our diets are healthy, we're getting regular and sufficient strenuous exercise, and receiving the appropriate holistically-oriented preventative care. The short-term and long-term payoff includes greater health, happiness and an increased sense of well-being.
1Kesse-Guyot E, et al: Adherence to nutritional recommendations and subsequent cognitive performance: findings from the prospective Supplementation with Antioxidant Vitamins and Minerals 2. Am J Clin Nutr Nov 24 2010 (Epub ahead of print)
2Pekmezi DW, Demark-Wahnefried W: Updated evidence in support of diet and exercise interventions in cancer survivors. Acta Oncol Nov 24 2010 (Epub ahead of print)