Michael Thomas, D.C.
What I wanted to write about today is an idea. In Chiropractic we have called it The Big Idea! This big idea is present not only in Chiropractic, but we have certainly based our work upon it. The idea is that life is sufficient unto itself. Most often, it does not need any help. What it needs is the freedom to express itself. The life inside of us is connected to all of Life. While this has always been a spiritual concept, it is now also becoming a scientific one. We are not separate little clots moving about on a dot of dirt in an empty universe. The picture of us, the Earth and the whole Universe is looking much more like aspects of one immense integrated whole.
The same mathematical equations that can chart fluctuations in the stock market, map out the path of blood vessels in our tissues, and describe the shape of snowflakes, can also chart the distribution of stars in the galaxy. We are learning that there is communication between molecules, cells, tissues, and within the whole person we had never dreamed existed. It extends out beyond us to others and perhaps to the farthest reaches of the universe. Electromagnetic fields extend to infinity. The matter of this reality seem to be composed of standing waveforms of immense numbers of frequencies all coordinated together. The better we can look at matter as our microscopes and methods become more sophisticated show that what we thought was solid is not. It is vibrations that maintain themselves! Immense amounts of information can be (and are!) contained within the frequencies that create the matter of our interconnected universe. There are possibilities for our lives and for all of us that we haven’t even begun to dream about yet.
Within this new understanding is Chiropractic which has claimed for more than a hundred years that this is true. How we take care of our infirmities is dependent upon how we see ourselves. In medicine we have based our understanding from a study of what goes wrong. All of medicine is based in impeding or stopping the process of dis-ease. To use a big word, it is a pathogenic orientation. Chiropractic is based in the opposite approach. To use another big word, it is a salutogenic approach. By this we mean what creates health? How can we support Life? What sustains and improves our health? In Chiropractic we find that removing the interference to the power of Life will allow optimal health to return. We really can trust Life. One approach chooses to stifle, to palliate, to suppress the symptoms of dis-ease. The other removes interference and trusts life to find its own way, to unfold as it has for untold millennia.
At this point I want to note that when events occur that cause significant disruption of our health, medicine can be an incredible lifesaver. When symptoms are going to kill us, suppression or palliation of symptoms is welcomed by everyone. This is where medicine shines, in the acute care of critically ill people. This suppressive treatment can save lives and give the innate power of life within each of us the time to rally. However, as a lifestyle, it leaves much to be desired. Turning off the symptoms with toxic drugs simply leaves the body with fewer possibilities. Killing the ˜messenger (the symptoms) doesn’t change the reality it just means you are now unaware of it. Most cardiac medications are suppressive and palliative. They actually do very little to help any of us regain health. They just shut the message off. This isn’t a hopeless statement. It is a statement that this path does not lead where most people would choose to go if they had a choice. What choices do we have?
First, we have to choose to be the driver of our own lives. How many people just passively accept the pills and procedures medicine (and our doctors) demand? How many of us ask questions? How many of us do the due diligence to investigate the possibilities for ourselves? Do you really think that a five minute visit with a doctor is enough for him/her to understand the complexities of how life is breaking down for you? If we take on the responsibility for our own lives and have sought out answers on our own, then we are in a vastly better position to ask the right questions and make informed choices about our lives and our healthcare. We have to make the choice to be present in our own lives. What is more important?
Yes, this means you must make efforts. It means you must be willing make changes in the way you live your life. It means you must be patient as the changes you make remake you. It means you must pay attention to your own life. Your healthcare should be a partnership between you and your doctors. I will reiterate, you are the one in charge. If you are asleep at the wheel then no one is driving the bus. If you don’t take on this primary responsibility then you cant complain when life leaves you broken down on the side of the road.
What is the goal of your healthcare? Do you just want the symptoms to go away? That is one choice. It does lead to certain consequences. In the example of cardiac (heart ) problems, lifestyle, nutritional and stress management can completely turn your health around. You can regain your health. Turning life off is not the answer to turning life on.
The upper cervical chiropractic care you receive in this office is based on removing interference at the base of the brain. This area is filled with centers that control every aspect of your life. Restoring normal, balanced function to your brain and nervous system is one magnificent and powerful way to restore health and the life you live. This is much more than just turning off the pain of sciatica or headaches. Relief is great but there is more to life than being numb. This world needs every one of us operating at full capacity. You have chosen a road less traveled by coming here for care. I believe that the balance created by the upper cervical adjustment is primary health care. This is the Big Idea.
Spread the word.