Why I Need to be a Chiropractor...
What I See is Unacceptable
I went through a very liberating experience as an 11 year old. Revisiting it with my adult mind, I can only imagine how well or poorly we hang on to childhood memories. A child is still learning how to handle stress. Hopefully kid problems are manageable and age appropriate. Sweating out a spelling test is manageable. In my case, I didn't know how to verbalize my worry and ask my parents for help.
Luckily, I resolved the issue on my own and moved forward with confidence. When I was in 6th grade my mom lost both her parents one month apart.This was my first experience with grief. Knowing my mother was dealing with her own broken heart, I was unsure how to cope. Then, in my own thoughts, I convinced myself I was going to die next.
Every body sensation made me paranoid. While noticing a visible vein on my calf, I was adamant it was going to kill me. I don't remember how long I carried this anxiety, but I found relief in a box of old books.
Someone gave us a crate of their unwanted junk, but I discovered a treasure. I peered into an old textbook that explained why I didn't have to be scared of my own body. It was perfectly written for my reading level with easy to follow diagrams. It was a health book that taught me how the body systems coordinated with each other to keep me alive and active. This was fascinating information that was not taught in my school until junior high.
All my fears dissipated. My obsession disappeared and I lived my life as a typical kid once again.
When I was 15 years old, my grandmother moved in with us. Watching her health fail under the "guidance" of the medical system was an eye opener for me. Surely 41 years later (Yes! 4 decades.) I wouldn't be seeing the same malpractice going on, but look around you. It's worse. I am determined to avoid the poor quality of life that my dear grandmother endured. It's not acceptable to me.
I also have a special soft spot in my heart to help people with mental health challenges. I quickly grew disillusioned with the dis-empowering mental health system as a therapist.
Chiropractic became the missing link that ties together the profound mental and physical interplay so often ignored by both disciplines. Sadly, even chiropractic ignores this.
I have become a critic of just about everything in the health arena. Frankly, the body is not complicated. Nature is not complicated. Our educated arrogance has made a mess of things.
It's been 22 years since I graduated from chiropractic college and I still haven't been able to make sense of the world. If you have had any similar experiences you will be asking the same questions.
I went to college for a long time because I wanted to be qualified to perform in three specific professions. I started out as a teacher, next, a mental health therapist, and finally, chiropractor. After all this, I realize what I was taught does not match up with life experience.
How about you?
When I attempt to reconcile this, I have trouble explaining it to others who are still tightly snug in their comfort zones of ideas that are incompatible with the real world.
Here's where I stand: Chiropractic is the most profound way to re-calibrate your brain once you understand what the brain does and what it needs.
I need to be a chiropractor to alleviate the frustration and stagnation people are suffering through.
I don't want to see people fall through the cracks and that's exactly what happened to my mental health clients, as well as my grandmother.
A lot of what we rely on as conventional wisdom has not served us. You can use your own life as an example. Ask the hard questions and be willing to accept a new answer.
What isn't matching up? Pain syndromes. For all the folks I know who rely on medications, they don't get better. They are stagnating, or getting worse.
This is the wrong approach. So, why does it continue with such fervor (as I am bombarded with numerous pharmaceutical ads during a TV show)?
Remember, you can't fool mother nature, and you can't fool the brain. The brain's activities are deliberate for the situation. It works hard to assess and respond to the environment. How do we support the logical functions of the nervous system? Most of the time we ignorantly get in the way.
Pain medications put the body in fight or flight. There's no tissue repair going on. It's suspended. On the other end of the spectrum, tranquilizing medications that just plainly shut you down.
Then we throw in to the mix our inadequate food supply, misconceptions about healthy diets, lousing timing of our daily activities that stress our natural body rhythms, "workaholism," worldly pressures, etc. I'm not trying to depress you. We do have alternatives. We can make peace with our stress. It just takes a little detour in our thoughts to make a better plan.
I am a chiropractor that treats the nervous system as the leader that it is. The nervous system is in charge. It's time to work with the nervous system, and not foolishly assume we can manipulate the body. It's time to stop judging body responses as wrong, or dysfunctional. All body responses are logical.
I follow the body's lead. I use chiropractic as a tool to enhance what the body is already doing.
Sounds weird? Is that the opposite of your life-long programming?
Hang in there. You are in for a brand new ride.
Your Health Freedom Advocate
Liberating your Nervous System from Unacceptable Ideas