Is it “natural” to be healthy? Does random chance decide which one of us will be stricken with heart disease or cancer? Traditional medicine’s approach to healthcare is to try to fight off and kill the agents that cause disease. On the other hand, if you believe that a lack of health is what leads to disease, your approach to health care will be to do those things that best promote good health – a view embraced by many chiropractors.
What do we call the normal, functioning state of a body? Health. There are many stresses in our day-to-day lives that challenge our health and three separate components of life that can be affected wholly – the physical, the emotional and the chemical elements. If one of these elements is affected, it will absolutely cause alterations in the other two.
Unless something disturbs nature’s intent, all living things function flawlessly, including both humans and the life within bacteria and viruses that lead to disease. The fact is that within every healthy individual you will find countless friendly bacteria that help to carry out a multitude of bodily functions. Bacteria and viruses have always shared the planet with us, and in response to antibiotics, have built stronger and more resistant strands that affect our health more negatively. We are vulnerable to infection when our resistance is lowered, when our immune response is compromised - building and maintaining a healthy system is your best protection against threatening bacteria and disease.
Consider this fact: there is no disease process known to humans that someone has not recovered from completely without the use of drugs or surgery. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease…It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” In the two thousand years of medical advancements man has made, we have replaced studying the person with our fascination for the disease.
Wellness care recognizes that good health is the result of maintaining the central nervous system and practicing healthy living. Chiropractic adjustments enhance the communication system that controls every function of the body through the central nervous system, vital for maintaining good health. Muscular and structural care, healthy choices in eating, regular exercise, positive thinking, proper rest, pure water and time for spiritual contemplation, are the keys to a lifetime of wellness.