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How Amazing Is Your Body?

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.

We Live In A Topsy-Turvy World

 

As we begin 2017, we really are in an age where changes are taking place at breathtaking speed. For those of us who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s, when life was more stable, and when our sense of right and wrong was easily defined, today’s world is disconcerting to many of us.

What used to be right-side-up is upside-down. What used to be unacceptable is now acceptable. Children are growing up in a world where nobody wins; where you get a medal or ribbon for competing. We have become consumed with moral equivalency––we don’t judge a person by their actions. So whatever, you do, it is no better or worse than another’s actions. In the real world, there are times when we do fail and then have to pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and get on with life.

Today we commonly see the justification by some individuals for killings perpetrated by terrorists as equivalent to killings by the military during armed conflict. Similarly, we excuse aberrant behaviour in our schools, in the courts and by our parents, all complicit in mollifying the consequences of bad behaviour.

The Scottish clergyman, Peter Marshall, once stated, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”. Within our system of morals and ethics, we have to take a stand. Otherwise, society breaks down. We are programming many children for failure because they can’t cope with rejection or loss. We all grew up with challenges, but it made us stronger, as we learned how to cope. Today, it is not surprising that children’s coping mechanisms are limited.

The topsy-turvy world is not just relegated to moral equivalency. Many of the underpinnings of society have been knocked on their head such as behaviour, drugs, sexuality and attitudes to health. Some in the baby boomer generation blame the state of affairs on paediatrician, Benjamin Spock, whose philosophy led to “spare the rod, spoil the child”.

We have, of course, had major transformations in attitudes towards social interactions (social media) and health care.

Looking at health care, we find that the patient has been empowered. With the explosion of the internet, we can access a plethora of information on any disease or possible disease in the body. This may be liberating for the public, but doctors are having to contend with patients self-diagnosing by way of the internet. There are also so many alternative modalities to treat ourselves, that we become confused. Should we see a chiropractor, acupuncturist, masseur, reiki therapist, homoeopath, personal trainer or naturopath? The list of practitioners is huge.

In the health field, we are bombarded––mainly because of the internet––with many differing treatments which are often contradictory. None is more evident than in the area of nutrition. Diets high in carbs, others low fat, high protein or the Paleo regime. Each one claims to be correct. The poor public is caught in the confusional crossfire.

Perhaps the answer is to make sure that we use logic with nutrition, and that we know right from wrong by developing a strong moral compass. It’s also important that we don’t pander to political correctness which seems to be taking over the western world. If we live our lives true to ourselves, we will be on the right path and not succumb to the topsy-turvy world of today.