organic matter. There will always be forces in life that work against health. 2020 offered a plethora of examples. Neverthe- less, it is important to recognize that, when optimized, we have the health potential to prevent the vast majority of our most com- mon ailments, and also the potential to overcome them; “the doctor inside” just needs us to remove the variables standing in its way. Health, then, is a math problem: is the body’s ability to adapt to physical, chemical, emotional, and environmental stressors greater than or equal to the vari- ous stressors working against it? If not, ill health in several among its thousands of manifestations will ensue. Optimization is made possible by knowing how the afore- mentioned equation flips to the sum total of stressors overcoming the body’s ability to adapt to them and how then to flip it around again. The final piece to fully understanding

“the doctor inside” is how it adapts, which is a function of the nervous system. The term “nerve” can be confusing. Unlike a blood vessel, its purpose is not self-explan- atory. Nerves are basically electrical wires across which information-carrying electri- cal impulses travel. They are the conduits for the brain and all parts of the body to communicate with one another, the roads that “the doctor inside” travels to stimulate healing. The nervous system is comparable to the electrical system in a home. Transmitting an electrical impulse from one location to another, which in the body is a constant exercise in communica- tion between the brain/stem and the vari- ous organs, muscles, and tissues, is a

matter of timing. The basketball held a split second longer and Michael Jordan’s fa- mous “Shot” rims out; a moment too late tuning to the right radio station and a life changing song has come and gone without ever being heard. Timing is everything, within electrical networks as well. Every- one has experienced this with their cell phone; the signal strength decreases when it takes longer for the phone to communi- cate with the cell tower. The body’s cell tower is the brainstem,

which as the hub of and the origination point for all the nerves is also akin to the main fuse in a home electrical circuit breaker. The brainstem is the most likely point of disruption within the human body network due its delicate surrounding anatomy. It can be destructively influenced by routine head trauma, especially before structural development is complete during youth, disrupting the timing of electrical impulses in both directions, down from the brain and back up to the brain; fortu- nately, it can then be constructively influ- enced by Upper Cervical Care, which non-invasively removes physical obstruc- tion to restore proper communication, clearing the path for “the doctor inside” to travel to the proper place and at the proper time.

Mostly unbeknownst to us conscious-

ly, there is a constant tug of war going on inside our bodies between destructive forces and the resistance to them (“the doctor inside”-controlled ability to adapt). The dynamic that we must be responsible for is understanding that our input, also part of the equation, can be constructive

Daniel Lackey, FNP-C Daniel Lackey, FNP-C

Daniel Lackey, FNP-C is a board certified Nurse Practitioner. His background is in Emergency Medi- cine, with 5 years of experience as an ER nurse. His nurse practitioner degree includes specialties in fami- ly practice and adult gerontological acute care. Following his true pas- sion, however, he also obtained a certification in functional medi- cine. He finds it is truly rewarding and efficacious to address the root cause of illness instead of viewing the body as separate systems.

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or destructive. Fast food consistently versus home-cooked meals with fresh, organic ingredients, for instance, is a decision that swings health for better or worse, espe- cially over long periods. Another example, so very apt right now, is to or not to pay close attention to things like sugar con- sumption or a fear-based mindset, which can both drastically alter immune system integrity during a time when it needs all hands on deck.

Pharmaceuticals are an interesting part of this constructive or destructive conversation. The reality is that all of them are designed to have an impact on “the doctor inside.” That bears reiteration: every medication’s purpose is to influence “the doctor inside” us. Like a tutor in school, a drug is introduced to facilitate the guidance necessary for success. It is often misunderstood as the source of suc- cess, when truthfully its job is to help the body be successful. The problem, of course, is that this kind of chemical tute- lage is unpredictable and often demon- strates the human tendency for miscalcula- tion based on always-changing theories. We cannot break the laws of life with our theories, and when we try, we ourselves get broken. Such is why adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals, of which we consume 80% of the world’s supply in America, is the third to first leading cause of death and injury in the United States; and such is why pharmaceuticals, in a revamped health- care system, would assume their proper position as the last resort instead of repre- senting 95% of recommended options. A healthy lifestyle is about eliminating the nutritional, structural, chemical, psy- chological, and neurological variables that disrupt the ability of “the doctor inside” to reorganize and overcome (when neces- sary). Ill health in all its various forms and diagnoses comes from a decrease in the ability of “the doctor inside” to adapt. Health cannot be achieved by treating the symptoms of being unhealthy. Harmony, synergy, the optimal expression of innate intelligence – call it what you will – we are our best when we give “the doctor inside” its best chance to work.

Written by Chad McIntyre, DC of Triad Upper Cervical Clinic, 432A West Moun- tain Street, Kernersville. Visit www.Tri- for more info, or call 336-992-2536 for an appointment. See ads on pages 8 and 29.

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