physical well-being, a statement not limited to your muscles, but applicable to all parts of the body, including the heart, the diges- tive system, and the hormone-producing organs. Remembering that there is a distinct difference between merely being alive and actually being healthy, a lack of physical activity is, too, a sub- luxation. An over-abundance of fear in what could go wrong and a

lack of trust that all will be well is also an example of less life. Having faith is connected to trust; fear is the antithesis of faith. In today's world, many are psychologically and spiritually sub- luxated, if you will, meaning that their lives revolve around fear because they are not grounded in faith and lack the trust that comes with it. Life is made so much harder - so much lesser - by lack of faith and trust. "Fear is the path that leads to the dark side,” a wise philosopher once said. “Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering." When going through a major change in life, it is common

practice to bury the feelings about it. Of course, the feelings do not go away just because of the attempts to draw attention away from them; emotions not dealt with eventually rear their ugly heads, whether quietly building tension in the mind or in the muscles like a volcano inching toward eruption. Life lessened, in yet another way exemplifying subluxation. There is quiet hope that perhaps the introduction of the term

subluxation into the wider social lexicon would reflect posi- tively on the chiropractic profession that invented it. The essen- tials of healthy living are not mutually exclusive, meaning that proper materials via food are better utilized, movement from working out is more beneficial, and psychological and spiritual

healing is easier to come by when the human body functions properly. A vertebral or brainstem subluxation is essentially a phone call with poor reception that does not go away until you find the source of the connection error. This is what happens in the spine and what chiropractors are trained to correct with adjustments. If the nervous system is in a lesser state, every other system in the body will function at reduced capacity too. There is no more common source for connectivity issues in either the cell phone or the human body network than the tower, or in the body’s case the brainstem (see Upper Cervical Care). This exercise can be taken even deeper (would you want

your doctor, airline pilot, chef, etc. to be operating under various conditions of less life or at optimal states?); let us conclude, then, with the following: picture in your mind the peak example of an optimal life lived, and then picture someone bed-ridden, hooked up to machines to keep him/her alive. The distinction is impor- tant because health is the study of what causes people to fully live, but that which comprises American “health” care focuses instead on illness and what causes people to die. Subluxation is a useful descriptive label, creating better awareness of how one goes from healthy to ill, and then how one becomes healthy again. If health is about optimizing life, subluxation calls atten- tion to what diminishes life.

Submitted by Chad McIntyre, DC of Triad Upper Cervical Clinic, 432A W. Mountain Street, Kernersville. For more information, visit www.Triad or call 336-992-2536. See ad on page 6.


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