For those of you that have kids, do you remember the first time that you realized that nothing you read during the pregnancy - all of those books that people gave you and all the articles that you memorized - could have prepared you for the actual experience?  I'm not even there, yet.  I'm still in the book reading phase, but I know enough parents to know that there's no cookie cutter experience with raising a child.  There is no instruction manual; no step-by-step process to follow that will ensure the perfect kid that makes perfect grades and has perfect experiences and goes on to lead a perfect life.  That's just not the way that the world works. 

Things happen that are sometimes beyond our control and we simply have to roll with the flow. 

That's actually how healing works.  Despite every false advertisement that you've ever seen on TV or heard on the radio about how "feeling good" is as easy as popping a little tablet and letting the magic happen, the real healing process is a series of ups and downs, twists and turns, and ebbs and flows.  It's a roller coaster.  Symptoms happen during a healing process.  They may make it seem like the world is coming to an end, it's so aggravating.  Yet, there is no simple and easy healing method.  There's no cookie cutter healing process that ensures quick and easy solutions without time and effort. 

Medicine

I gave an Orientation Class a couple of weeks ago and it was one of those nights when I got fired up about the dangers of medicine.  I pretty much gave the medical industry, as a whole, a slap in the face.  It doesn't help you heal - that's my biggest problem with it.  In fact, it actually gets in the way of healing.  I had a mother tell me recently that she gave in and had her toddler take a fever reducer because she thought that the child needed sleep.  Stop that.  The child needed to let its body fight the battle.  Sleep is important, but not at the expense of the healing process.  You can catch up on sleep later.  How can your body ever win the war if we keep consciously interfering in the battles?

My opinion of medicine is that it should be a last resort; and we need to better to define what is the last resort.  Remember when I wrote about the time that I got bit by a brown recluse spider?  I knew that if I got in the way of what my body was doing, then the long-term repercussions could be severe.  I had tons of symptoms, hurt like you know what, and ran a mild fever for about a week.  No meds.  Our bodies are smarter than we are - a lot smarter.  I healed up just fine.  There's no remnant or scar or anything.  It's like it never happened.  Would medicine have helped me heal faster?  No...medicine is not magic or a disease/infection seeking wonder drug...it's a non-specific chemical compound that your body has to deal with. 

Buyer beware...

Blog 3/9 - America, You Don't "GET" Health

http://whatishealthanyway.blogspot.com/2012/03/hey-america-you-dont-get-health.html

Dinner With Doc

We have half of Amalfi's Restaurant reserved for the dinner this coming Tuesday at 6:30PM, so we've still got some space that I'd like to fill.  Help us make this the best dinner that we've done, yet.  Dinner is on us for you and your guests, as long as you bring a guest that is unfamiliar with Upper Cervical.  This is a learning opportunity, so help people that you know and love learn information that can change their lives.  It's about their health...nothing is more important. 

Thinking good things for you, as always,

-Dr. Chad