Whew...do you ever have one of those weeks that seems to throw off your
biological clock? When you can't the hamster off the wheel long enough to close
your eyes for the night, wake up feeling like you got two hours of sleep, and
feel like you are playing catch-up for days? Well...that was me 2 weeks ago.
Considering my purpose/profession, I thought to myself, "I might not have my
head on straight - I need to go get checked." So, I went to see my upper
cervical doc, who found the interference at the brainstem and removed it. That
night, I slept like a baby - felt like I caught right up and have been good to
go ever since. FYI - your brainstem plays a vital role in sleep regulation.
Thus, since the brainstem rests in the ring of the top bone in the neck - a
misalignment of that bone can irritate the brainstem and, subsequently, your
So, I promised to talk a little more about Upper Cervical and less about what is
wrong with the other systems this week. We unintentionally started that
discussion with the above, but let's continue to march...
Let's say that one morning you wake up and your body just feels off. You
stretch out a little bit and have a nice big yawn. In the process, you feel
some pain/discomfort as you breath in. You come out of it holding the area
around your rib cage. Your thinking, "Wait a second, did I fall? Why do my
ribs hurt? Is it my ribs? I must have slept wrong."
Well, allow us to take a step back before we move forward. We've often talked
about how the vertebra (the neck/back bones) were designed to protect the
spine. Similarly, the rib cage was designed to protect some of your vital
organs - in particular, the heart and the lungs. There are twelve ribs that
coincide with the twelve thoracic (mid/upper back) vertebrae. The ribs and
Moving forward - the upper cervical spine is a delicate area, more susceptible
to injury/misalignment than any other in the spine because it is held in place
only by muscle - there's no interlocking joint to hold it securely in place.
When a misalignment up there does occur, your head tilts to one side. To get
your head level, the body shifts. The muscles all the way down to your feet
pull you into a compensated position. The rib cage may shift during that
process, with muscles pulling along the way. Pain in the ribs may result.
Correct the upper cervical misalignment - get your head on straight, so to speak
- and allow the rest of the body to re-shift back to normal and be amazed as the
rib pain drifts away...it's that simple.
Some 70-80 million people are affected by various digestive issues. Irritable
Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's disease, ulcers, and constipation are just a few of the
laundry list worth of "disorders" out there that can affect the digestive
tract. Rather than pick one, let's slowly break it down by starting off with a
broad view - and in future weeks we'll come back go condition by condition.
Without further ado...
Your digestive system - how does it work? Well, let's start with what we are
consciously responsible for...we chew and we swallow. Our part is done.
Digesting actually starts with the saliva in your mouth, believe it or not.
Then, the food goes into the esophagus and then on to the stomach, where enzymes
break it down and send it to the small intestine. The small intestine continues
the process. At the small intestine's wall, the nutrients from the food are
taken into circulation throughout the body. The rest is pushed into the colon,
where it more or less sits there until your excretory system decides it's time
for the old numero dos. To help with this process, these organs are lined with
muscle that constantly contracts and relaxes to push the food through the
system. The liver and pancreas play a role, as well, providing the tract with
juices that break down the food even further. These juices are pretty
important. Those of you who are (but shouldn't be) coffee drinkers - imagine a
day when you don't have your morning coffee and that's how the digestive system
feels without those juices. Even the gallbladder has a job - it stores
digestive juice. And since there's so much junk (hormones, chemicals, etc.) in
the foods that we eat these days, your immune system has to be in fighting shape
to knock out anything that shouldn't be there.
So, yeah - there's a lot that goes on in there. Well, in control of the
digestive system is the brainstem. It takes each signal from the brain that
carries the information of what to do, when to do it, and how to do it and
routes them to those organs. Subsequently, interfering with the brainstem's
ability to perform its essential role in the digestive process causes all sorts
of digestive problems. Maybe the signal to the liver gets distorted and the
juices don't flow properly. Perhaps the stomach's acidic level rises above
normal. Potentially, the immune system isn't firing on all cylinders, so
bacteria builds up in the stomach. Conceivably, the muscles that line the tract
aren't moving fast enough - so our system gets back up; or maybe they are
working too fast - so our system is cracked up. All sorts of issues may
Read again next week, "As the Digestive System Churns" (I know - not funny)
Until then, I'm thinking good things for you all...