I'm about to change the name of this newsletter to Monthly Well-Being since I
seem to be writing so infrequently these days, but I shall make it a goal for
the month of May to get back on track. What you may find is shorter newsletters,
but something tells me that won't disappoint many of you. I have a multitude of
short topics to cover today, so let's get to it...
A few weeks ago, I sent out an article that spelled out some of the concerns of
the recently passed health care reform. The article did paint a pretty harsh
picture and some have argued that it was propaganda. Fair enough. Yet, hidden
behind the obvious attack on the government in said article was a very clear
message of the utmost importance: the health care reform stands to strengthen a
fundamentally flawed system. We don't have health care in our country...we have
crisis care being referred to as health care. Medications are the primary means
to combat these crisis situations, along with emergency surgeries. The fact that
we associate those means of crisis intervention with health or wellness is not a
good thing. I did a search on google images the other day for the above
italicized words and you know what it came back with? Page after page after page
of pictures of pills! Pill bottles, pill piles and pill pushers. That's not
health, yet the reform will lead to easier access and the strengthening of the
currently flawed system...
People are, by their very nature, renegades in some way. Historic text suggests
that man has been going against the grain since the beginning of his existence.
The forbidden fruit is a classic example of how men and women just don't
necessarily dig authority. Here in the States, we are a society of know-it-alls.
We have access to just about all the information we could ever hope to read,
24-hour news networks cluing us in on the happenings around the country/world,
and thousands of colleges for higher learning. We're also a society that doesn't
like to take personal accountability. It's in our nature to be defensive...and,
boy, are we ever. Name the last time that someone called you out that you didn't
immediately start thinking about excuses or deflecting the blame. It happens
daily...at the very least weekly. Well, in this society of ours, even a doctor's
recommendations are often met with an attitude that reflects the rogue nature of
people. I have patients that will tell me that XYZ doctor told them to do ABC
and they flat out tell me they didn't follow the doctor's orders. Once they
began feeling better, they just quit doing what they were told was necessary.
Again, that also goes back to the backward way that our health system is set up
since it's solely based on symptomatic relief rather than healing the underlying
issue that leads to symptomatic states. Compliance is everything when it comes
to upper cervical care because it's not based on how you feel...it's based on
balance and function and both the short and long-term nature of the healing
process. So, I bring this up as a reminder for us all - since we're, by our very
nature, guilty of it - in an effort to help us set a goal to not only trust
ourselves, but also the people that are trying to help us. We don't know
everything...and we can learn, believe it or not, learn from other people...
Boosting the Immune System
I have noticed a recent trend since the onset of "allergy" season that I never
really took notice of in the past...and I had a thought. For those of you that
suffer from allergies, recall the first time you were aware of being allergic to
something. Most of you ended up taking an allergy medication or even getting an
allergy shot to help with your symptoms, but was it ever explained to you how
allergies work? My guess would be "no." Allergies occur when your immune system
responds to an allergen, which is something that your body doesn't like and
subsequently reacts to. Contrary to popular belief, your body will adapt to said
allergens and become less reactive to them, such is why not everyone has
seasonal allergies. What happens, then, when you begin taking allergy meds or
shots to suppress the symptoms is that you'll aid in preventing your body from
its natural adaptation process, you'll never get used to the allergens, and thus
won't be able to become less reactive. Dependence upon said meds/shots become
your norm. Well, do you think those kids who grow up with a healthy, fully
functioning body are as likely to end up where many of you with allergies are at
this point in your lives? The answer is "no." Your immune system is pretty
smart, but it's dependent upon the right information getting to it from the
brain, via signals routed by the brainstem. Disruption in that normal life
process weakens immune response and adaptability. Think outside the box...
Until next week...
Thinking good things for you, as always,