Stress is the leading cause of all disease in our culture whether it be emotional, physical or spiritual.
Let's think about that... First we must define stress.
Q: What is stress and what is a stressor?
A: Stressors are things like bad diets, bad bosses and bad attitudes. If the stressor can be defined as whatever burdens exist in our lives. The stress must be our physiological response to that burden. If we the host are strong enough we can overcome the stressors that face us. Toxicity and lack of good nutrition can certainly create enough burden to lower our threshold. We have the power to change these things provided we have the will.
When the things we want and need are not congruent with our consistent daily behavior, we end up with a disconnect. This disconnect is built into our culture. The reigning paradigm is to eat a high carbohydrate diet full of processed food and bad oils- and to accept it as normal. The nervous system gets feedback from all over the body and has to make adjustments in order to keep the body functional. When the demand is too high these bones lock up and it's what's known as viscero-somatic response.
From my experience, those who unfortunately have this specific response and want to change usually need help in knowing where to begin. A good chiropractor always starts with the spine. A careful analysis of the spine leads us to the root cause, believe it or not, even to understand the cause of stress.
Q: What does an average patient look like, who feels they are stressed?
A: The patient we typically see drinks his/her morning coffee and gulps down his cereal with low fat milk and fights traffic to go to a job that he finds unrewarding and “stressful”. His sympathetic nervous system (flight or flight) isn't only active during extreme situations (such as getting pulled over or getting attacked by a lion). It is on that side of neutral all day. The adrenal gland is constantly being depleted to the point of exhaustion. Couple that with an overburdened pancreas. Times are not just challenging but the are getting increasingly more so. The result is epidemic in our culture. High blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes obesity, heart disease...
The spine is #1. But times have changed. People are in a hurry and the damage is often too great. That is why it may be necessary to work with nutrition, and toxicity and emotional imbalances to reduce the hormonal, digestive, immunological circulatory and emotional burdens. The way that we achieve that is by testing the body in a way that tells us what needs to be handled first and go from there.
By testing a measure of the body's physiological response to specific challenges (stress) we can be that specific.The evaluation I use and similar techniques has led to thousands of turnarounds in peoples health. Thousands of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and holistic MDs get this concept and work with it every day. It is the approach of the future and I love it. I'm just grateful for having learned from the best chiropractors. It enables me to check all of the possible factors: structure(spine and nervous system), emotions (Neural Emotional Technique), toxicity (bad stuff out), and biochemistry (good stuff in). The future depends on functional, effective and vital individuals. True healing does not come from a pill bottle.