If you have just joined our clinic as a new patient, I just finished discussing routine medical procedures and rituals that are commonly bestowed upon unsuspecting parents to make the process of birth and delivery least upsetting to hospital timetables and tee-off times. I realize that this may seem a tad sprinkled with some gentle sarcasm, but there is truth in it. But, let’s change speeds. Let’s chat about this “thing” called Wellness everyone is talking about and everyone wants.
You may not have thought of this but the pharmaceutical industry has been a leader in defining the role Medicine plays in your health. Physicians have been indoctrinated to believe that the more pharmaceutical agents and drugs they use, the healthier the population will become. As a matter of fact, you may be shocked to learn that doctors receive perks and free gifts such as trips, theatre tickets, cruises, dinners, etc., based on the quantity of drugs they prescribe from certain manufacturers.
“Better health through better chemistry” has become a motto of Today.
Drugs manifesting health – nothing could be further from the truth. PROFIT is the goal. And the more sick people there are, the more profit is made. Simple arithmetic.
This is NOT Wellness and it certainly is NOT what you’ve always thought of as Health care.
Last month I started the topic of Wellness. It is what everyone wants but they really don’t know what it actually is and how to get it.
So what is this Wellness “thing” really? We talked about the fact that the public has been carefully taught that Drugs = Health. And this line of thought has been supported wholeheartedly by the medical associations of both Canada and the United States to the point where free and clear thinking by certain physicians has been thought of as heresy to the general “party line” and some “free thinking” doctors have been persecuted.
We have been taught since we were children to think of instant health care. The old “take-a-pill-and-make-it-better” mentality is the biggest health care problem we face. Many people feel that as long as they take some sort of a potion or natural remedy that stops their nose running, they are healthy. They believe that if gulping down laxatives keeps them regular, they are improving their health. And the public thinks that since these remedies are “natural”, they must be good for them. This is absolutely insane thinking.
The basic idea, you see, is still the same. We are searching for a natural cure for our symptoms rather than dealing with the fact that they are present in the first place. As a population, we need to stop thinking in terms of treating illness and start thinking in terms of creating Health & Wellness.
Health (not just the absence of symptoms) is something that we create from the inside. It is not something we can achieve from taking a pill, an herb, or having the latest and newest surgical procedure. If we want to achieve health for ourselves and our children, our goal needs to be:
Make certain that your body is functioning the way it was meant to, with nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, interfering with that process. That is the key.
Many people don’t realize that health is more than just the period between illnesses. It is also not the absence of symptoms. In other words, just because you feel OK, doesn’t mean you are healthy. It just means you feel OK and have no symptoms. It does not imply your body is working any better.
Health is judged, for example, by how your body is able to adapt to its own internal and external environment. If your body is exposed to some kind of germ or virus, for instance, and if it is working normally, it should be able to neutralize that bug, without you even being aware that this is taking place. This is called health. If your body cannot adapt you may begin to get sick. The most amazing thing is that when your body is no longer able to handle such a situation, it will actually “talk” to you in a language you can easily understand and listen to – your symptoms.
You see, to me health is like a candle that is lit when you are born and burns brightly throughout life. At the end, it flickers once, goes out, and that is it. And you’ve lived a life of your dreams. However, I have found in my practice that most people do not present with such an idealistic picture.
In the vast majority of cases, this is what I would see: The candle is lit brightly at birth, it then has an ear infection, pneumonia, strep throat, tonsillitis, blows out a kidney here, has a heart attack there, liver failure, kidney stones, gall bladder, etc. Often it has to be rekindled and restarted. That’s not health. That is merely getting by with as few symptoms and problems as one can possibly avoid.
The standard medical approach has always been to prescribe antibiotics, pain remedies and all sorts of drugs to do the job your body was designed and programmed to do on its own. Most people do not realize and understand that those drugs do nothing to help your body regain its ability to perform its functions in the future. In fact, relying on these drugs will actually hinder your body’s recovery. (Not to mention all the side-effects.)
There is no pill, potion or lotion on the face of this planet, which can possibly oversee the power of your own body to achieve Health! People do not realize that our normal state is to be healthy. Our aim then, as parents, should be to allow our children’s bodies’ and our own, to function with absolutely nothing interfering with that process.
That’s health. It is just that simple! ….And that is what Chiropractic is all about!
Dr Daniel Bronstein is the clinic director of Beacon Chiropractic in Grover Beach CA and specializes in the chiropractic care of children and pregnant mommas. He is Certified by the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, is Webster Technique Certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and devotes the core of practice to helping children and families live healthy lives.