Are you healthy or just not sick?
by Dr. Jason Plotsky
If you lack symptoms does that mean you are healthy? It’s a question we need to examine as society continues to have increased levels of preventable diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. We all know someone who was “perfectly healthy” and then was suddenly diagnosed with cancer or heart disease. Often the first sign of heart disease is death! The “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theory has been proven wrong by the increasing incidence of preventable diseases. If we wait until it is broken—it is often too late.
Most people have recognised that in order to live a long and healthy life, our everyday choices must be congruent with our long-term goals. If you are reading this article, it is likely that you take great interest in living a healthy lifestyle. There is a continuum between illness and wellness and the choices we make each and every day affect which direction we are moving along this continuum. Are you healthier today than you were 5 years ago? Which direction along this continuum do you see yourself moving toward?
Our bodies were created from two cells, surely we have the ability to be self-healing and self-regulating. When you cut your finger, do you have to spend any time thinking about it healing or does it happen all by itself? When you are digesting food, do you have to think about the right breakdown of enzymes to digest the different proteins, fats and carbohydrates? There are millions of processes going on constantly. What organises all these functions?
Your nervous system controls and monitors the functions of your 100 trillion cells at all times. It regulates all body functions and helps us relate to our outside world. It is the master system and without it, we would not be alive. Your spine protects the nervous system and that is why its function and alignment are integral to good health.
When our x-ray machine was having difficulties, I called our electrician to see if he could find the source of the problem. When he arrived at our building he went straight downstairs to our fuse box. Why did he go there when the problem was with the x-ray machine? He knew that he had to check the power source first and when that was OK he could check the actual x-ray machine. How is your fuse box? When was the last time you had your spine and nervous system checked?
Why do we brush our teeth? Well that’s easy, to prevent cavities, you say. Everyone seems to take good care of their teeth. If our teeth wear out, there are always alternatives. Have you ever thought of the alternative to your spine wearing out?
If you are interested in achieving optimum health you are probably already eating properly, exercising, getting enough rest, maintaining a positive mental outlook, etc. If you want to continue moving towards the wellness side of the health continuum, it’s time to get your spine checked.
|Dr. Jason Plotsky|