A look at newspaper headlines tells us that life and health as we know it are on a downward spiral. There are more senseless acts of violence killing innocent people; suicide is a leading cause of death among teenagers in Canada; 26 percent of U.S. elementary school kids are on daily prescription medications; North Americans face a one in two chance of developing cancer in their lifetime… What can we possibly do in the face of these gargantuan problems?
It starts with you. You see, if you’re suffering physically, mentally, socially, or financially, you’re limited in your ability to devote time, energy, or resources to the betterment of society. You need to have money in order to spend or donate. Similarly, literacy opens countless doors of knowledge and communication. Without morals, honesty, integrity, and ethics are unlikely. When it comes to health, exercising doesn’t happen when you’re in pain and nutrients don’t get absorbed if digestion isn’t good. The combination of optimum physical, mental, and social well-being is the definition of overall “wellness.” When the individuals in a society are more “well” then the collective “wellness” rises as well.
Sickness and disease don’t last long in a body that is structurally sound, well-aligned, and has an optimal flow of nerves impulses. Misalignment of structures results in repeated injury with use. Blocked nerve impulses will result in miscommunication with the brain and the malfunctioning of organs, muscles, systems, etc. When your body doesn’t work so well, you compensate to make do with the suboptimal condition. In the meantime, you can be more irritable, fatigued, and stressed as once-simple tasks require more effort. When the body is no longer able to compensate, that is when disease ensues.
Fear has no power when there is understanding, trust, and action. Learned helplessness in our society is just as prevalent as planned obsolescence. Ours has become a disposable society where we don’t need to take care of things because they’re designed for single-use or quick replacement. This thought process extends to health, too, as in “it’s in my genes” or “it’s a part of aging.” Just as many don’t take care of their own health, such as eating well, exercising, getting adequate rest, and taking care of injuries naturally with structural re-alignments, many take no responsibility for what’s going on around them. “It’s not my fault,” is the cry of those who live in fear of the unknown. When you see the big picture and take appropriate action, you can trust that the situation will improve.
Depression and loneliness can’t grow where there is connectedness and love. When nerve flow is impeded, then the connections in the brain and between the brain and body are compromised. It affects how you perceive yourself, others, and the world around you, and makes it more difficult to adapt to different situations. A person may then feel like they don’t fit in or don’t belong, or that nobody understands them, accepts them, or loves them—whether or not that’s true. This self perception can become ingrained and result in hopelessness. When your conscious brain is aware of less than 0.1 percent of what’s really going on, what you perceive becomes your reality.
Bullying and terrorism don’t breed where there is tolerance, compassion, and empathy. When people have a connectedness within themselves and to those around them, there is a strong sense of community. The greater the sense of oneness, the less tolerance there is for prejudice, injustice, cruelty, and inhumanity. It is the strong who take responsibility for themselves, the conditions around them, and for those who are too weak to stand up for themselves.
Take the first step to being the best “you” possible. Remove frustrations from injury, weakness, sickness, mental blockages, and defeating self-talk with properly flowing nerve impulses. The best avenue to achieve optimum nerve flow is through repeated natural chiropractic adjustments. Then you can be a positive influence on the world around you. You can make this a better place to live in, for yourself and for all.
Dr. Sabrina Chen-See is a pediatric and family wellness chiropractor based in Vancouver. She is a firm believer in making positive contributions to society, and regularly volunteers her time and chiropractic skills for community and charitable events. Website: www.DrChenSee.com. Phone: (604) 566 9088.