When I ask people what habits are required for being healthy, the two most common answers are always: eating healthy food and exercising regularly. It seems fairly obvious, right?
Certainly there is no argument that these two lifestyle decisions are absolutely required to enjoy a long and healthy existence on this planet. I, personally, am a fanatic of both and make many sacrifices to keep them as a priority for my family and myself. Unfortunately, even if you ate the perfect diet and participated in regular strenuous exercise, you would still likely be missing a key component to health that could undermine even the best intentions.
I often tell others that health is not how well you FEEL, but how well you FUNCTION. While it is true that proper nutrition and a well balanced, strong muscular support system are necessary for good bodily function, one other aspect of your physiology is the true key. Any guesses?
That’s right, I am talking about your nervous system. Your brain and spinal cord are the control center of your entire body. Do you want your digestive system to properly absorb all of those healthy, expensive nutrients you consume? Do you want your muscle groups to contract and release properly and in the right amount to maximize strength and minimize injury? If so, you need to make sure that your brain is communicating with these areas at 100%. Otherwise, you may not receive the full benefit that those other health decisions can offer and even develop dysfunction and disease.
This picture illustrates how the nervous system connects to all of the organs. The peripheral nerves are the lines of communication between your brain and your body. Chiropractic is the only profession that helps to maintain this communication by addressing interfering factors that may be shutting down parts of your body.
Don’t believe me? Well, neither did Henry Winsor, a medical doctor in the 1920′s. At that time, Chiropractic was relatively new but was getting a lot of attention for helping people that traditional medicine could not. He aimed to disprove the contention that the health of the organ systems were related to health of the spine. To do this, he performed autopsies on both human cadavers as well as cats to see if there was any correlation.
The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of seventy-five human and twenty-two cat cadavers. The following are Dr. Winsor’s results:
“221 structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were observed to belong to same sympathetic (nerve) segments as the vertebrae in curvature. Nine diseased organs belonged to different sympathetic segments from the vertebrae out of line. These figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide…for an organ may receive sympathetic filaments from several spinal segments and several organs may be supplied with sympathetic (nerve) filaments from the same spinal segments.In other words, there was nearly a 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs.”
Let us examine some of these disease categories:
Lung Disease – All twenty-six cases of lung disease had misalignments in the upper thoracic spine.
Heart Disease – All twenty cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae (T1-T5) misaligned.
Stomach Diseases – All nine cases of spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) had stomach disease.
Liver Disease – All thirteen cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid thoracic (T5-T9).
Gallstones – All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic area.
Pancreas – All three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic area.
Spleen – All eleven cases with spleen diseases had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic area.
Kidney – All seventeen cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracic area.
Prostate and Bladder Disease – All eight cases with kidney prostate and bladder disease had the lumbar (L2-L3) vertebrae misaligned.
Uterus – Both cases with the uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.
While proper nutrition and consistent exercise are crucial to being healthy, you now understand that they are not able to keep your nerves healthy. Without healthy nerves, organs die. Chiropractic allows those nerves to work free of interference which in turn keeps your organs working well.
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