When you make deposits into your “health account” you are able to make withdrawals as you need them. If you make deposits (good nutrition, exercise, proper rest, chiropractic adjustments, etc.), then also at times you can afford withdrawals (neglect, stress, pepperoni pizza, overdoing it, etc.) Like your bank account, if you make more withdrawals than deposits, you’ll get bounced checks and overdraft notices/fees from the bank. Not only are overdrafts expensive, but it’s also inconvenient and annoying.
Sickness and disease are overdrafts on your health bank account.
Let’s talk about your survival values and how your life force flows through you. Because for a long time, Chiropractic has been evaluating people’s health with this in mind. And we use this equation of debt and deposit to help explain what might happen in the process of your care. Your ability to express energy depends very much on your survival values ‘lifestyle and innate abilities’.
Think about it, as you live, some of your actions and experiences may have destructive effects ‘Accumulated Destructive Survival Values’ or constructive effects’ Accumulative Constructive Survival Values’.
What is meant by ‘accumulative’ is the uses a person makes of their time – thinking, saying and doing – are accumulative, day after day, year after year. And as they accumulate, they’re either CONSTRUCTIVE for the welfare of women/men and their neighbour, or DESTRUCTIVE, injuring themselves and people with whom they commingled.
Destructive survival values have a negative value or ‘depleting effect’. This is what happens because of trauma and lack of recovery, which results in you unsuccessfully adapting to your environment. And there’s little or no growth for your body, your organ systems, or your cells.
Constructive survival values are the positive value you gain with every successful adaptation. This is the net-profit from your thoughts and actions to tissue and cells. When all the losses have been accounted for the remaining values are your surviving values. Effectively this net-profit of energy-information is what your lifeforce uses for growth and evolution.
You probably can think of a few things like eating fast food, smoking, overusing technology and so on don’t often create gains. And you probably well recognise what is right for you, like good personal hygiene, family bonding, social connection, exercise and so much more.
The wind-stress analogy
Wind significantly affects plants during their growth. When seedlings pop through the soil bed, slight breezes help them grow sturdier. Strong winds with massive force can damage, break and blowdown what seems like the healthiest trees. Without wind, trees don’t develop stress wood or grow deep roots.
Similarly, life in all shapes and sizes typically notices stress and uses it to grow its antifragile capabilities. Therefore, small traumas and environmental challenges and are necessary both in the short and long term of your life.
Can a little bit of sickness make you stronger, more flexible and more compassionate?
A little bit of sickness allows your body to gain experience and typically creates healthy adaptation without death. For example, when your body is eliminating rancid foods, you vomit. An excellent example of HEALTHY-SICK might be when your body has recognised the danger and worked to help you; the same is true with most bacterial and viral events. When you’re healthy, your body reacts to stress, learns and remembers via your nerve system how to act in the future. (1)
Suppose you’ve created a toxic lifestyle and the accumulative destructive survival values have now become the dominant feature of your life. You’re in debt to your lifeforce! With each new or remaining stress tips you away from any net-profit in energy, and recovery may well be an uphill event. Every time the winds pick up once again, your resistance is challenged.
Then another threat comes along; you get into an uncountable fever, pain, temperature rise, change in blood count, discolouration, pus or some other sign or symptoms. Maybe a fever arises to burn through the process, and your body allows you to learn and reset or maybe your symptoms stay and recovery is only mildly achievable. Perhaps now more than ever, you’ll need to pay attention because you’re SICK-SICK.
This last example is usually a slow process unless you experience massive trauma and shock has set in. For instance, you’re in a violent car accident or something of that nature.
The Three T’s
There’s always stress from the physical world which we have to deal with. Gravity is a constant pressure, and some traumas are incidental. Like if birth trauma from the use of forceps; which might have produced a stressful experience that when unresolved can leave a clinically significant neurological mark. (2, 3)
More and more, the human body is being tested and pushed to its limits because of the overwhelming stimulus. Chemicals used on our soils and plants; our rivers are polluted, the air is thick with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) because of surface traffic, aircraft and airport operations.
Health isn’t limited by the physical alone. Your bibliography and biology are intertwined and no doubt something that only that person can personally experience. (4)
We are “story-making creatures” Birch and Rasmussen describe, “It’s through stories that people create their plotlines and establish the framework in which they presently live, and will live in the future”. It’s stories, that “become recipes for structuring experience itself, for laying down routes into memory and, finally, for guiding one’s life.” (5)
How do your cells live?
Apoptosis is when cells switch off and are eliminated, this is programmed and energy dependant. This happens naturally as your body is in a constant state of renewal – in 7 to 15-years, you will have almost full cellular remodelling.
“Programmed cell death” is very different from what happens as a direct result of severe and damaging stress/stimulus to cells — this called necrosis. (6)
Nature intended individual cells to be imbued with intent and purpose; they actively seek environments that support their own survival whilst simultaneously avoiding toxic or hostile ones. Cells select appropriate behavioural responses to ensure their survival. (7,8)
Genes. Not, Levi’s 501
The epigenetic theory says that cell choose which genes respond to the environment. Blewit’s work illustrates that the environment plays a crucial role in life. His observations of epigenetic expression saw how changes to environmental conditions (internal and external) changed the way genes are selected and used. For example, a pregnant woman exposed to a strong environmental agent can have her gene expression altered. This may then change cellular activity for herself, her children and grandchildren. (9)
You may also like to know that your ‘microbiome’, which is your personal internal and external bacteria can affect your gene expression. And, of course, this can be beneficial or detrimental effects for you and your offspring. (10)
‘The general adaptation syndrome’ by Dr Hans Selye, in a nuts shell, is your tripe action response to stress, consisting of 1. the direct effect of the stress on the body 2. Internal response and defence response to help destroy the damaging substance 3. The internal response that causes tissue surrender by inhibiting unnecessary or excessive defence. All must be balanced for your health. (11)
For a moment, consider the biomedical model, used by mainstream science and allopathic communities. These models operate with a particular viewpoint, and that is, from the outside-in. For this brief summary, let’s consider a few of the popular theories: disease theory, germ theory and terrain theory.
This follows a logical scientific flow, whereby diseases are best known by the largely measurable, objective, discursive facts of medical science. This is necessary and helps when starting to organise the facts. (12)
People must also be seen and known by subjective, nondiscursive, representational means. Both subjective and objective, mix to become informative. (13) And when done well, this type of nursing helps people return to a prior state of being effectively.
Germ Theory is based on Luis Pasture research, and germ theory declares that germs may lead to disease. Germs and virus must be managed; this is the basis of western medicine. For example, in surgery, sometimes antimicrobial agents are used for prophylaxis. (14) And when used correctly during the right situation, medicine can be wonderfully utilised.
Antoine Bechamp noted that germs are opportunistic in nature. In his research, he found that it was only when the tissue of the host was damaged or compromised that germs begin to manifest as a prevailing symptom (not the cause) of disease.
Germs are a lot like seeds. In fact, when seeds begin to grow, it’s called ‘germination.’ Perhaps you’ve tried to start a new garden lawn from scratch, you already know that circumstances have to be just right. Also, it takes a lot more than just the seeds (or germs) to become a seedling or to become disease. For example, if you were to put grass seed on your carpet, would it turn into a new lawn? Of course not. Because the necessary circumstances of soil, water and light wouldn’t be there. Same with germs and disease; the circumstances have to be just so for germs and disease.
Bechamp encouraged not the killing of germs but the cultivation of health through diet, hygiene, and a healthy lifestyle that includes fresh air and movement nutrition. Combining these two theories, you might say that disease is caused by a complex interplay between germs and the inherent anatomical/physiological integrity of your body cells. What do you think?
How about, considering a view from the inside-out. This view doesn’t deny that some forces of the universe which act from the outside-in are inherently destructive. Nope, not at all! This Chiropractic model adds that the power of life held within each living being are CONSTRUCTIVE. Yes, that’s right, this model states, you are born with an innate will to survive and thrive.
Similar to the conductor of an orchestra, your nervous system ‘orchestrates’ virtually all of your body functions. When a specific cell of your body or an entire system loses communication with your nerve system, because of nerve interference, you might be out of sync. The drummer has missed a beat, the woodwinds are blowing loudly, and the brass section is playing a different song! That’s why Chiropractors are interested in your symptoms, yet we’re focused on the integrity of your nervous system.
Chiropractic is a process, and you must actively participate if you want to realise what your body can’t or can do when all your systems are communicating optimally. It’s my experience and through years of observation. When a person lives in a way that minimises any ‘Accumulative Destructive Survival Values‘, and maximises ‘Accumulative Constructive Survival Values’. Their ability to cope with stress from the outside-in is positively different. Which means there’s also a marked difference in the way people adapt to and appreciate their life.
SO, guys, here’s the million-pound question what are you doing to live optimally well? And how are you creating ways to celebrates your innate wisdom and cherish the power that made your body?
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