Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The "innate intelligence" and fevers

This topic is one of the most profound topics that was discussed at chiropractic school, and if you truly grasped it it meant you were humbled. The ones that didn't grasp it are much more likely to have the god complex. Let me explain.

Our bodies have an innate intelligence, and for those of us who are Christian believe that that is God. God heals our bodies!!! Not medicine, not chiropractors, not medical doctors, not even supplements. Some of these things work in favor of your innate intelligence and some not-so-much.

Please don't get me wrong. I don't have a problem with medical doctors or medicine. I do believe that they are necessary. I just want to make you think about your health right now.

Our bodies heal from above to down, inside to out. NOT the other way around. What this means is is that our bodies have the ability to heal from the inside out by a higher calling. This means that if your body is working optimally you don't need to take things from outside our bodies to heal it. (For example: medications) There are definitely circumstances where medications are absolutely necessary but I do believe that most Americans over medicate themselves.

Lets take fevers for an example. What is a fever? A fever is the bodies reaction to an invader in our body. Our body knows EXACTLY what temperature that foreign invader needs to be cooked at in order to destroy it. Isn't that AMAZING!!! Now, when we take a fever reducer such as Tylenol it takes our fever down 2 degrees. Our symptoms may feel better, but what is that doing to the invader? That invader is super happy now. It is multiplying!!! He is setting up shop in you and loving it.

Then about 4 hours later when the Tylenol wears off what happens? Your fever spikes! Why? Because your body is AWESOME!!! It is saying, wait a minute, I need to kill this guy. Then what do we do? Take Tylenol. This process prolongs our sick time.

Our bodies are so amazing, even to the point that our bodies feel miserable with a fever. That makes us slow down. When we are fighting an invader it takes our body a LOT of energy. We need to stop doing what we normally do and take a rest. When we have a fever and don't take Tylenol we actually allow our bodies to do what it does best. HEAL!!!

I see this ALL THE TIME in kids. Kids have AWESOME immune systems. If we allow our child's body to fight off there own sicknesses we are strengthening those immune systems. Isn't that cool too?!

I have to mention here that NO INFANT under 3 months should have a fever. If your child under three months has a fever that is an emergency and don't wait it out.

OK now back to the god complex. Many health professionals believe that whatever they are doing to their patients is the reason that their patients are getting well, and when all else fails God can step in.

I like to look at my practice very differently. God has the reigns. I know that people's bodies heal themselves. I believe that when subluxations are reduced then our bodies work more efficiently to heal themselves. It's just that simple. Funny thing is... when we get adjusted there is just no telling what miracles might happen in our bodies, thanks to that "innate intelligence".

Monday, September 9, 2013

Breech babies and Chiropractic

I have been asked a LOT lately about the topic of breech babies and Chiropractic. What is Webster Technique and Why does Chiropractic "turn" a breech baby? This is why...

First of all I just want to say that there are techniques that skilled Chiropractors use to "turn" breech babies. One of them is called Webster Technique. It works a LOT of the time, but does not work for all babies. If there are reasons other than ones that I will discuss, for example a short umbilical cord, then the baby is NOT going to turn no matter what is done. There are anatomical reasons for the "breech" position. I am going to call this "breech" position inuterine constraint which means that the fetus does not have optimal room in the uterus. This could even be in the "head down" or vertex position.

As a woman, our uterus would be a free floating organ in our lower abdomen if it weren't for a few ligaments attached to it. Those ligaments are attached at the other end onto our pelvis (more specifically our pubis and sacrum). When our pelvis is misaligned, called a subluxation, it pulls on those ligaments which in turn pulls on our uterus. This causes a torque, or twist in our uterus which in turn causes less space in our uterus.

As an example if you had a balloon and were to pinch on portion of it and pull it towards you it would alter the shape of the balloon. Similar idea with the uterus. When the fetus is inside the uterus and the uterus is being pulled it makes the space inside the uterus compromised. The fetus then has to give up its preferred head down, freely floating position for a less optimal position.

When a pelvis that is subluxated is adjusted accurately and soft tissue work is done to the pelvic ligaments and muscles then the uterus is freed from that torqued position there is no reason that the fetus wouldn't take the path of least resistance which would be head down. (Unless of course there are other complications going on as stated before.)

The best thing about using Chiropractic for inuterine constraint is that there is no risk for mother or baby in using this technique. This technique will NOT WORK if there are other factors involved, and there will be no risk for an emergency Cesarean section.