In recent weeks, we have been proud to feature excerpts from the article “Side-FX: The Drug Industry’s Influence on Health Care” by Keith Wassung. These articles focus on the impact prescription drug companies have on American health care and our society as a whole. Last week’s article highlighted quotes from medical doctors throughout history that challenged the use of drugs for treatment of ailments. This article concludes this series by highlighting the world’s largest natural health care system – chiropractic medicine.
Part 5: Chiropractic is the World’s Largest Natural Health Care System
Effective marketing has created a drug oriented society. But can we really blame a profit driven industry? Isn’t health really our own responsibility? The good news is that you can achieve good health safely and naturally through:
Chiropractic is the world’s largest natural health care system and is based on the following principles of science and human physiology:
Every function of the human body is under control of the central nervous system. Every organ, tissue and cell is controlled by billions and trillions of nerve impulses traveling from the central nervous system to the rest of the body.
The brain extends directly into the spinal cord, which is protected by the bones of the spine called vertebra. These nerves branch out to every part of the body. When the spine is in its optimum position, the nerves are protected and optimum communication exists between the central nervous system and the rest of the body.
This is when the body is at its highest state of function and healing.
Minor misalignments of the spine cause nerve interference, which reduces the communication ability of the central nervous system.
These minor misalignments are called “vertebral subluxations”
Vertebral subluxations interfere with the normal functioning of the CNS which reduces the body’s inherent healing capability.
Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct subluxations by physically adjusting the spine to restore normal spinal structure. This allows the body to function properly and to heal itself.
Doctors of Chiropractic are experts in spinal structure and body mechanics. Chiropractic adjustments are aimed at restoring and maintaining the structural integrity of the body by correcting spinal and postural distortions.
Chiropractors emphasize the importance of posture to overall health, a concept that has been often overlooked in traditional methods of health care.
“The beginning of the disease process begins with postural distortions.” 1
Dr. Hans Seyle, Nobel Laureate
Posture and Health
Posture and normal physiology are interrelated.
Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to hormonal production.
Abnormal posture is evident in patients with chronic and stress related illnesses.
Homeostasis and nervous system function are ultimately connected with posture.
Despite the considerable evidence that posture affects physiology and function, the significant influence of posture on health is not addressed by most physicians.2
“Deviations in the body’s center of gravity (read: poor posture)… have resulted in intestinal problems, hemorrhoid, varicose veins, osteoporosis, hip and foot deformities, POOR HEALTH, DECREASED QUALITY OF LIFE, and a SHORTENED LIFE SPAN.”
Journal of the American Medical Association
Health care is slowly changing from a symptom and disease based system to a function and performance based system in which the structure of the human body is restored and maintained. Correction and maintenance of the structure of the spine is of paramount importance in the pursuit of optimal health.
Drug companies have repeatedly tried to discredit Chiropractic, and with good reason—they have no financial interest in a drug-less health care system that threatens their business.
Although scientific research has validated vertebral subluxation and Chiropractic, it has been overshadowed by a health care system that is intent on finding the solution to every illness in the form of some type of chemical or pill. Good health always comes from within the body and Chiropractic is an excellent means of achieving this.
1.Selye, H. “The stress of life” (1978) McGraw Hill Publishing
2.Lennon, J. American Journal of Pain Management, Jan 1994