Genetics Load the Gun, Lifestyle Pulls the Trigger

One of our professors at Parker College of Chiropractic always said, genetics load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.  As you can tell this little saying stuck with me, but as each day passes, I realize how much truth there is to this catchy phrase.  You might first be thinking, why does a chiropractor care about my genetics and my lifestyle…..I assure you I will get to that!  But secondly, you are probably wondering why this montra that so many people condemn their future health aspirations by is being challenged.  You have heard it a million times, “well, my dad had it and his dad had it so I guess I better start getting used to the idea of __________ (fill in the blank) because it’s bound to happen to me sooner or later.” 

So first, doom and gloom thinking will lead to doom and gloom realities!!  Like an unknown author said, “what you love you empower, and what you fear you empower – and what you empower, you attract.”  Don’t attract things into your life that you don’t want in your life.  Focus on the good!!  BE A POSITIVE PONDERER! 

Then, look to the science.  Dr. Mercola recently commented on a WebMD study on diet and how it relates to genetic malleability in 276 male twins,  Here is a small excerpt:

“Epigenetic “malleability” helps to explain why identical twins become distinct as they age, health-wise, and it explains how you can actually tweak your genes for better or worse, too.  In fact, you ARE changing your genetics daily and perhaps even hourly from the foods you eat, the air you breathe, and even by the thoughts you think.  You are the “caretaker” of your genetic roadmap.  As you age, your genome does not change but your epigenome changes dramatically, especially during critical periods of life, such as adolescence. It is influenced by physical and emotional stresses — how you respond to everything that happens in your environment, from climate change to childhood abuse.”

There is probably just as much science that says we can “change our genetics daily” as there are saying we have no control over strong hereditary influence.  So back to my “first.”  What do you CHOOSE to believe?  Do you choose to believe that your daily choices affect the future of your health and vitality or are you black-balled with no other choice?  The power of choice lends to empowerment!  Think about it…when you are TOLD what to do, do you want to do it?  Do you get excited about doing it?  Your dad tells you to mow the yard, your boss bumps up your deadline without any notice, your mother-in-law tells you how to dress your kid.  I know you can relate…and the answer is NO!  When your choices are taken away you feel cornered and threatened.  You become defensive and cold.  These negative feelings are not condusive to healing, much less the chance of overcoming any predisposed obstacles.  Again, choose to believe that you do have control and as a result, empower yourself and give your health a little hope!

Finally, how does chiropractic relate to all of this talk about genetics and choices?  The chiropractic lifestyle is just that, a lifestyle of choices.  Chiropractors get a cross look from time to time because we do things a little different than most.  We believe that health comes from within.  We believe that the Power that made the body can heal the body.  The idea of choices comes to the forefront when this Inside-Out philosophy collides with the modern, fast-paced, Outside-In conveniences.  We try to do “things” in our daily life that KEEP us healthy (without Dis-ease nor Disease).  Most American thought is to go, go, go until you can’t go anymore, due to Dis-ease or Disease, and THEN fix the damage. 

Think about your teeth for a minute.  Most of us are in a habit of brushing our teeth 2 – 3 times every day.  It has become a social no-no to have bad breath and dingy teeth.  We also visit the dentist every 6 months to have our teeth checked, making sure there is nothing that needs attention.  In doing this, we have revolutionized oral care.  This is similar to what chiropractors try to accomplish through chiropractic care.  We evaluate your spine, medical history, current complaints, posture, work habits, stress exposure, nutrition, environmental toxins, etc.  We look at ALL of these things to help you attack all areas of your life in an effort to stop chasing the day where you feel good.  We want you to feel GREAT everyday!  We want your body to be as efficient as the finest machinery, even better!  We were created as superior creatures.  We have an innate intelligence that knows how many pumps of the heart and how many expansions of the lungs we need each day.  Embrace that intelligence.  Feed that intelligence!  Give your body the tools that it needs to thrive.  Don’t throw trash in your temple.  Don’t subject your temple to chronic pain and injury.  These are the choices that pull the trigger.  Invest in your health and do a little EVERYDAY for YOU!  This is a CHOICE.  Chiropractic care can help you become familiar with specific gifts you can give your body to reconnect with your health!!  Please get your spine checked!!

The AMAZING Properties of Water

Only a video could adequately express the impact of POSITIVE affirmation.  If you have read The Five Love Languages you will understand how words of affirmation can change a relationship.  Mr. Emoto takes this concept to another level in its relationship with water.  He published The Message From Water after his research with the crystalline structure of water from various resources all over the world.  He furthered his experimentation with music and language.  You will find the messages inspiring!  Since the human body is 60 – 75% water, dependent on age and tissue type, it is clear we should surround ourselves with positive words and uplifting music as well as fill our bodies with the purest nutrition.

Thoughts, Traumas & Toxins – The SUBLUXATION Conundrum

I ran across an interesting website via a post on facebook. I have since subscribed to Dr. Ben Kim’s “Experience Your Best Health” Newsletter and I’m excited about what information I may run across in the future.  Anyhow, he posted an interesting article on the impact emotional stress has on our lives.  I found it all the more interesting because, in chiropractic, the basis of philosophy revolves around the concept that thoughts, traumas and toxins are the cause of subluxation (an interference in the natural flow of your God-given communication highway…otherwise known as your nervous system).  There is a lot to be said about this philosophy.  Enjoy an excerpt from Dr. Ben Kim’s Natural Health website:

“What is the most powerful step you can take to dramatically improve your health? My answer is this: Learn how to effectively manage emotional stress!

All of my clinical and personal experiences over the years have me convinced that no other factor has more influence over your health. Not diet, not exercise, not even how much you sleep.”

In Dr. Ben Kim’s article on emotional stress and the effects it has on the sympathetic nervous system, he offers ways to MANAGE stress!  I think this is a great article with some very simple, generic practices that we can all impliment.  I always emphasize the effects of “Thoughts, Traumas and Toxins” to our patients.  The 3-Ts cause subluxation…which is where the adjustment comes in!  The elimination or at least minimization of the 3-Ts is where consistent chiropractic CARE comes in. 

I usually describe my OPINION of the particularly strong influence of Thoughts as a pie graph.  About 6% of subluxation comes from traumas, another 6% from toxins and 88% of the subluxation complex is influenced by THOUGHTS!  Again, this is my opinion that I have developed from my personal experience and case studies with my patients.  Of course the percentages are argueable, but that is not the point.  The point is, emotional stress plays a huge roll in our lives!  We have to learn to manage it by doing things such as suggested by Dr. Ben Kim.  The only thing that I would add is each person processes stress differently and therefore must manage it differently.  Finding a “happy place” on a regular basis in your OWN way is a therapy comparable to no other!  Make a list of things that put a smile on your face.  Try to make that list as long as possible!  If you need help, look through a photo album from a family trip, wedding, reunion, vacation, graduation or birth.  Look at this list often.  Impliment these things in your life often!  If time only allows you to visualize them, visualize away!  PLAN!  Plan time in every day for YOU!  Many financial advisors say, “pay yourself first.”  I say, PUT yourself first.  There are many people in our lives that are important, but without your personal peace there is no possible way to give to those that you love.  You may be surprised how putting yourself first will positively affect your relationship with others and more importantly, your outlook on your health and life!

I challenge you to learn more about the effects of emotional stress, not to dwell on the effects, but to create a compulsion within you to GET RID OF IT!!  I believe we are designed to thrive!  Thrive physically and mentally!  There is a lot of potential within you – find it!  Push the limits of your potential by giving energy and time to YOU!  By all means, get adjusted!!  Eat whole foods, exercise daily, get regular massage therapy…just be GOOD to yourself!  Harmony and peace will follow!