02 Sep What makes us sick? Our top 5 reasons why! ( part 2)
Part 2 After 19 years of practice we find 5 main physical stressors that are responsible for putting your body in distress which can lead to disease. In part 1 we covered physical stress, food and toxins. Here in part 2 you’ll discover the last two on the list and a little bonus for having read to the end.
4. Doing something silly. It seems like we all love getting in the action. A few years ago, my husband tried skimboarding for the first time. To his credit, he fell well and rolled. I remember him getting up first smiling and then slowly his shoulder started to act up, he had injured his AC joint. The first thing, after getting him stabilized, was to get him adjusted to enhance the healing process. Then we took him to a sports chiropractor to get another professional opinion. We know the faster we take care of any injury, the better it heals.
Two of our regular clients came this week for “doing something silly”. Often it starts with a good idea. For example, S. wanted to get back in shape by improving her diet and working out. Sounds like a good thing to do, right? She played tennis for the first time in years and was “playing like a champion”, not letting any ball get past her. She jumped and landed hard on her hip that “popped” and physically jolted her good. It took a few visits to get her back into balance after that.
John brought his daughter to our office after she had a bad tumble playing soccer and couldn’t put her feet on the floor. After making sure there was no fracture, I provided an adjustment. She felt better but still didn’t want to put her feet on the floor and left being carried by daddy. Two hours later she was running like nothing had happened and John was thankful that she was back to normal. I love how kids heal so much faster than adults.
We all do silly things, and it is great that we do.
“Anything worth doing often seems silly at first.”
To be honest, I am a wimp (Emma) and I hate getting hurt. But then no one really likes getting hurt. Sometimes it is worth getting hurt in doing something silly, because it might not be silly at all. When something silly turns out great, it feels like magic is real. So much energy, so many possibilities open up, we feel rejuvenated.
In Rising Strong, Brenee Brown explains that to rise strong after a hardship in life you need to be vulnerable (being ok with failing, with getting hurt). The opposite of being vulnerable is to be a perfectionist – waiting that everything is perfect to reveal yourself, taking away all chances of getting hurt or feeling silly.
So we would recommend you plan on having something silly happening to you. And have your circle of trusted professionals and friends that will care for you in achieving your goals. When we are hurt, we don’t make the best decisions. I know I can’t think much right after something happens. I’m better knowing my husband will take good care of me when I injure myself doing something silly.
5. Parasites, Viruses and Bacteria Do you know the story of H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds? A story where humans are taken captive by worm-like aliens that invade Earth to use it as a feeding ground. That is until our long time allies come and destroy those aliens by making them sick. Who are those long time allies?
Our long time allies are the viruses and bacteria all around us. They are a part of our evolution as a species and help us stay alive and in good health. We have a symbiotic relationship with the millions of bacteria in and around our body. There are slightly more helpful bacteria in the human body that there are human cells. Incredible, right!
Here is one example of that symbiotic relationship. Have you ever heard about Mitochondria? You learned about it in your high school biology class. Mitochondria are tiny organelles, tiny littles cells themselves, found in every living cell and are responsible for creating energy for the cell and for you. It is believed that mitochondria evolved from a bacteria that developed a mutually beneficial relationship with surrounding cells – you give me oxygen and I’ll give you energy.
Another example is our microbiome (our gut bacteria). They help us digest food, absorb nutrients, produce vitamins and so are very important to our health.
The problem arises when there is an imbalance of good and bad bugs and/or our body is weakened giving an opportunity to a parasite to take advantage of us.
A parasite is an organism that survives at the expense of its host. Contrary to good bacteria, parasites will not help us grow and they are the bad guys (there are bacteria and viruses that are bad too).
The key factors in fighting them:
– Maintain a healthy immune system. There are different vitamins and supplements that support proper immune function. Vit C , zinc and vit D are some of the most common ones.
– Support your good gut bacteria, the microbiome, by eating fermented foods, limiting antibiotic use and the use of antibacterial products.
– Use essential oils and supplements to support. Depending on the parasite, some are more effective ones than others: Probiotics, Garlic, L-lysine, Niaouli, Echinacea, Elderberry, Lavender, Basil, Lemongrass and Bergamot are some common ones we recommend in the office.
To wrap this blog, we want to mention emotional and mental pains. It was our goal just to talk about physical triggers. Thoughts and judgments can also be a terrible source of pain. My assistant this week saw her daughter off to college. “Dr Emma is it possible that my chest hurts because she is gone ?”. Not only do we have the tools to fix physical injuries, we also have the tools to fix heart felt emotions.
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