The Measure of Health
The one question I always ask my patients in their initial consultation is: “How do you know if you’re healthy?” The answers are always the same. The most common answer being, “I feel good.” The second most common answer is, “My doctor took a test and said all the numbers are good”. In today’s blog, I’m going to share with you some health facts so we not only dispel some myths but know without a doubt that we are healthy to boot!
Health is affected by chemical, emotional and physical stressors. We know these stressors as; chemical toxins that we eat and breathe, relational issues within ourselves and towards others, sleeping the wrong way, or engaging in a chronic position/activity that wears the body down faster than normal. Side note: There is no such thing as normal aging. I truly believe one can get stronger and healthier as we age!
With the above paragraph in mind, if one’s feeling of health is due to their present conscious awareness of ‘how I feel’, then if one felt 10%, 20%, 30% better would that be healthier? Of course they would, so measuring health by how we feel is not a good measure. The fact is symptoms become apparent when the threshold of health is lowered by one the above mentioned stressors. The reality is that person’s health was already at a lowered state and the stressors just brought it to light. You know the straw that broke the camels back. That is why it is all too common for a person to have the same reoccurring problem come up throughout one’s life!
Here’s how the physiological process goes: Stressors –feeling symptoms - Body’s intelligent adaptation to the stressor leading to homeostasis and balance over time – another Stressor - feeling symptoms…and the cycle continues. What most people don’t realize is that the threshold of their health continues to lower over time, because they were already consistently heading in a direction of getting weaker every day, going towards sickness. These real life examples are of heart attacks and cancer diagnoses that are occurring more frequently than at any other time in history. Did you know it is these very same people that were feeling fine and had their blood lab results regularly but still got sick?
Health is internal first and external second. By that it means your Nervous system, the body’s intelligence for all healing and function must be clear without any interference. This interference comes predominantly from the spine being out of alignment under gravity. When you interfere with the nervous system, you interfere with the body’s ability to function and heal. Get your spine checked by a corrective chiropractor. A Corrective Chiropractor’s job is to adjust areas of interference, hooking your nervous system back up clearly from brain to body and body to brain. This is the state and condition when one begins to have the chance to be normal and healthy! Do you know if your spine is in good alignment? If one doesn't, it is impossible for them to know if they are truly healthy from the inside out!
~ Dr. Bruce Wong