"The picture of health"
Sep 24, 2014
"The picture of health."
I'm betting that when you read or hear that phrase, it wouldn't take much for you to close your eyes and visualize what it means to you. Likely you would think of someone who is young, fit, strong, lean, athletic... maybe a professional athlete? I'll even venture to bet that you can think about people you know personally and could easily use this phrase to describe them.
Have you ever heard of someone being described this way at their funeral?
It happens all too often. Outside of the tragedy of car accidents we still hear this phrase to describe someone. Maybe they went in for a routine physical or they had some recent pain in their abdomen... but the x-rays revealed something all together different. CANCER.
It doesn't have to be cancer. Maybe it was a stroke, a heart attack, or the onset of a long-term debilitating disease like ALS.
Why am I talking about this in my blog? Well, October is cancer awareness month and I want to examine what people define as healthy. Clearly, someone who gets a diagnosis of Cancer is NOT healthy. You may say they appeared to be healthy, they had healthy habits, or they never complained of anything until now. But it just brings to light that pain is a horrible indicator of your overall level of health. If someone is diagnosed as having cancer, do you think they went from the picture of health to life-threatening disease in one day? Do you think the pain in the abdomen or the lump in the breast developed overnight? The reality is that those disease processes began developing months and even years prior to that diagnosis and the truth is, their body has been losing the battle ever since.
If you read my last blog, you already know where this is going. If not, take a few minutes and go back - I think you'll get something out of it.
Nevertheless, the purpose of this blog is to get you to think about your health differently starting today. If you are simply relying on your blood pressure, weight and lack of pain to tell you that you are healthy, congratulations... you've got about 20% of the equation right.
You see, feeling well is a good thing. But being well is an active process that requires thought and action. Knowing that your nerve system is the control center for your immune function (along with every other process in your body) are you actively working to make sure it is functioning as well as possible?
That is really what Chiropractic is all about. We examine your spine and become proactive towards helping you reach your true health potential. When your nerve system is functioning as well as it possibly can, you (your immune system and internal defenses) have a better chance of detecting disease while it is early, and manageable. All this happens without you being aware of it - but it must happen efficiently.
Any pressure on your nerve system as the result of subluxation or misalignment in your spine will cause your system to function at a level that is less than 100%. That is unacceptable.
The only true way to know if your nerve system is working correctly is to have it examined by a professional who uses both his / her tools and experience to locate problems and bring about corrections where and when needed. If you're waiting for pain - you're way behind.
This is what I do... it's all I do. If you have yet to experience the difference a real Gonstead Chiropractic adjustment can make in your life, give me a call. 275-2244.
Don't take chances - be proactive!! Become the picture of health you always wanted to be.
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