One of the greatest quests in the history of the human race has been towards this intangible thing called “health”…and one of the biggest obstacles I have found is that most people view health as something they strive for, attain, and once reached, consider it theirs forever. Consider the average earthling getting out of bed in the morning: All toes working, able to place one foot in front of the other, ready to jump tall buildings in a single bound! – This individual is ready to conquer the world! Right! I hate to burst your bubble here, but health is not a destination. It is a continuous journey and man has always attempted to capture it.
And although health has been very elusive, sickness and disease have been very prevalent – and history reveals a number of theories to explain why people become sick….and money, profit, and power have played a most intriguing part in this. I just know that you are really shocked to learn this.
Bad Vapors: Hundreds of years ago, people believed that “bad vapors” invaded their bodies and made them sick, so a purging was needed…and this was the height of science! To stay healthy, people would resort to burning lands and forests, trees and fields to magically rid themselves of any bad vapors – and hence sickness.
Bad Blood: Medical science eventually discovered veins and arteries running throughout our bodies. New thinking involved the fact that it was “bad blood” which made people sick. In order for one to become healthy, one needed to get rid of “bad blood.” I’m sure that most of you are familiar with bloodletting – great party conversation!
The Germ Theory: The “Bad Blood theory” was plagued with public dislike and was replaced with a new and contemporary theory. With the discovery of the microscope, scientists of the time, discovered new life forms called germs, bacteria, viruses, and so forth, and so the “Germ Theory” of disease was created. It was now known for certain what caused people to become ill — the invisible germ. Yikes!!!!
This thinking was brought about by a number of assumptions, including the belief that germs were foreign to our body and caused illness. So we have been taught that they should be wiped out, killed, and shown no mercy. They should be obliterated in order for Man to survive – no prisoners to be taken!
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let’s assume for a moment that you are the proud owner of the filthiest garbage dump on the planet – I know, I know, but stay with me for a moment. What would be the first rodent that would appear in your dump? If your answer is rats, then you are absolutely correct. Now let me ask you another question. What would be the fastest way of getting rid of rats almost instantaneously?
If your answer is rat poison then you are absolutely correct. Rat poison will definitely eliminate the rat population in your dump instantaneously. How many of you have guessed that I am actually describing the advent of “rat poison” for the elimination of germs? The discovery and use of antibiotics is a truly amazing discovery and very beneficial to mankind. But wait, is it? Let’s look at the rat population in your dump for a moment. You had successfully wiped them out overnight but a month later they are back. You then decide that if the rat poison worked the first time then it should again. And it does! The process is repeated month after month and they still are back. You continue to repeat this procedure but eventually, with time, the rats begin to look at the rat poison as “lunch.” Yes. Antibiotics are becoming ineffective and we are now beginning to create a whole new breed of bacteria named “super bugs.” There is little recourse against these “bugs” at the moment. In pursuing this “Germ theory,” Medicine has adopted an adversarial and combative attitude – “Let’s forge ahead and wipe out everything in our way.”
Let’s think about this for a moment.
How many of you think there are more germs and bacteria on the face of this planet than there are people?
If we enter into battle on those grounds alone, we will be wiped out in no time. This is why many scientists and researchers are quite concerned that we are creating our very own demise.
A really interesting book entitled: The Coming Plague suggested that antibiotics have advanced the evolution of bacteria by four billion years.
Many patients don’t realize that there are a number of bacteria in our own bodies and in our environment that are very beneficial and necessary to our survival. For instance, there are bacteria in your intestines right now that help you digest your food – without them, you would become sick.
One thing that I would like to add is that most of the time we are able to co-exist with the germs that live inside us, and in our environment, in perfect harmony. Pasteur had great difficulties with this type of thinking. He belonged to the outdated model where all germs are “bad” and should be wiped out – makes me think of the Flat Earth Society!
The prevailing thought of today why people become sick is that germs multiply and take over because our body biochemistry and function has been disturbed and changed, and there is now increased nutrition available for their growth – so they multiply.
This thinking fits perfectly with the Chiropractic philosophy of disturbed body function – the whole idea is not to allow that to take place. So…does that mean that Chiropractic care can kill bugs which have invaded your body? Of course not! It simply means that Chiropractic will make your body function as it was programmed and designed….and it should be able to handle any “invasion.” There’s a concept!
Dr Daniel Bronstein is the clinic director of The Beacon Clinic of 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. You may find him on Twitter and Instagram @Dr_Bronstein.