Did you ever wonder how you came to be? Yes, we know that DNA gives us the life characteristics, but in the beginning, when a sperm fertilises an egg how does it “know” to start the process of division? Here the magic begins; one cell divides first into 2, then 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 cells and onward to a total of billions of cells.
What is even more amazing is that around two weeks after this process has started, some of the cells change into a structure called the neural tube. This tube is the early beginning of the first organ of the body, the brain and spinal cord. By the fourth week, the fetal heart has formed and is beating. This process where stem cells become specific types of tissue is called differentiation.
By the time that you were ready to be born, a fantastic self-organising process allowed you to come into the world as a fully functioning human being. This wisdom that created you is still there today. Your cells have an intelligence which works together as tissues. Tissues combine into organs, and all together your trillions of cells operate as a self-regulating body. It’s pretty fantastic when you think about it.
If all the blood vessels in your body were lined up end to end, they would go right around the world. In fact, your capillaries alone would stretch 60,000km – that’s one and a half times around the world.
The conscious brain receives the input of 40 impulses per second while the subconscious mind processes 40 million pulses per second!
Scientists vary in their estimates of the number of cells in the body, but let us say that there are over 100 trillion cells within each of us. Every cell (which we cannot see without a microscope) has thousands of functions, and all these cells work in harmony!
There are 100 billion neurons in the human brain, and each connects with tens of thousands of other neurons. That is a phenomenal number of interconnections of mind-boggling complexity.
As you sit and read this, your body is simultaneously performing a million things at one time. So how special is your body? Extraordinary is a word that comes to mind.
We often focus on all the things that are going “wrong” with the body. How about all the things that are going right with the body? What kind of a phenomenal intelligence does it take to coordinate all the parts together? Years ago, chiropractors coined the term, Innate Intelligence, this marvellous process of self-organisation in your body.
Some people call this the spirit within or that “special something”. Whatever it is, or whatever you wish to call it, there is in all of us the wisdom that strives to allow the body to express its full potential. Yes, your body is pretty amazing, and all of us need to be in awe of what it does each second of every day.
The ultimate goal of chiropractic is to work with the body by removing interference to the nervous system so that the intelligence within can more fully express itself.