Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Body is the Mind: So How Do I Take Care of Myself?
With all this mind-body stuff coming to light in the last decade, how should we be taking charge of our health? Neither the mind nor the body is superior, so if they are equal in relevancy is there a certain order we should do things?
We go for physicals once a year to check our blood work and other tests to obtain baseline information. You know the list, pap smear, cholesterol, mammogram, PSA, colonoscopy, thyroid... the list goes on and on. What do these tests tell us? When something is "not within normal ranges" we feel bad about ourselves. If we are told things look fine, we tend to ignore our health and face stress head on without a suitable plan of defense.
The truth about mental health is, we don't pay enough attention to it. We don't want to feel the stigmatization of a negative diagnosis. We don't know how to take a baseline of our emotional health and monitor it until a crisis happens.
In the book, Undoing Perpetual Stress by Richard O'Connor, PhD discusses how the body is the mind. Emotions, feelings, memory and beliefs settle into the body and make us sick or make us well depending on the type of emotions, feelings and beliefs. The nervous system interprets the information and rewires the body's responses. Candice Pert, PhD, has mapped out in her writings how body, mind, and spirit are inseparable.
Back to my prior question, is there a certain order in which we should do things to maintain wellness? Yes---Look to the spine--get adjusted.
Why? --- Because the spine is the protector of the nervous system. The nervous system is the transport your emotions, feelings, memory and beliefs to your body. So while you are getting or maintaining your physical and mental health, keep up with your chiropractic care so positive patterns can be reinforced.
You get to choose.
See you at the table...the chiropractic table.
---Your Health Freedom Coach
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