What Does It Really Mean To Be Healthy?

By Dr. John Reizer

Occasionally, a patient will ask me a question about how they can become healthier. As a natural health care practitioner, I become excited when someone takes the time to ask an intelligent question about improving their overall health and well being. In many situations, people are preoccupied with getting rid of symptoms and avoiding discomfort. They’re not necessarily concerned about solving a specific health problem.  It’s refreshing to encounter that special individual that shows an interest in something other than covering up a particular symptom that is affecting their body at that point in time.

I think a lot of us fail to understand what it really means to be healthy. Health is certainly more than just the absence of symptoms and diseases. People drop dead every day of the week that had no prior signs or symptoms associated with an illness. I’ve heard people make the statement, “He was the picture of health right before he died.” No, obviously, he wasn’t! Knowing that so many people are confused about what it actually means to be healthy, I thought it would be a good idea for me to write a brief article about this subject.

All life has the natural ability to adapt to its surrounding environment. Whether we are discussing very small organisms or the most complex forms of life (human beings); living things must either adapt to their environment or cease to exist.

How adequately or inadequately life adapts to its surroundings is the true measuring stick of an organism’s level of health. This formula is applicable to both microscopic organisms and human beings.

When a person becomes physically or emotionally compromised, (run down, overworked, overstressed, malnourished, etc.) his or her natural abilities to adapt to environmental stresses become less than what they should. Naturally occurring microbes, that humans normally coexist with, suddenly pose a serious threat to physiological systems when a particular individual is unable to properly adapt to environmental challenges. In other words, we become unhealthy when we lose our natural adaptive tendencies.

We don’t catch influenza because we come in contact with a specific virus. We become infected because our immunological defenses, that allow us to adapt to that viral microbe, are weakened or compromised. Bacteria and viral opportunists, that we regularly encounter, are only as strong as our natural, adaptive tendencies allow them to be. This is why only five out of ten people will come down with the flu or another sickness that has crossed everybody’s path. The five individuals that remained healthy weren’t just lucky. They adapted more appropriately, in an immunological sense, than the five people that contracted a particular strain of influenza.

Catch a flu virus or some other type of bacterial infection and your body will immediately begin a plan of attack in an effort to adapt to the challenging, microbial invader. In most situations, human physiology will activate a fever to kill off the bacteria or virus affecting your body. Most of these opportunistic organisms cannot survive in higher temperature ranges and so the body modifies its internal thermostat, making it impossible for them to survive. The body’s ability to adapt is absolutely amazing.

Unfortunately, in many situations, human beings do a plethora of things that interfere with the body’s innate abilities to adapt to its environment. Taking fever reducing drugs is one of them. Because we have been misled by drug companies, that have a financial interest in teaching us bad health practices, we commonly believe fever is a bad thing and that it can cause brain damage. In reality, fever is a friend and will minimize the duration and severity of most common illnesses that are generated from opportunistic bacteria and viruses.

There are many things that you can do on a daily basis that will improve your body’s ability to adapt to its surrounding environment. Consuming drugs, vaccines, artificial sweeteners, unnatural food additives, and other toxins are not some of them.

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Consuming fruits, vegetables, non fluoridated water, and eating properly will help your body adapt to its environment more efficiently.

Because the intelligence that regulates your body’s physiology, and allows you to adapt to your environment, operates directly through the nervous system, it’s vitally important you have your spine checked by a chiropractor several times each year for tiny vertebral misalignments called subluxations. If left unchecked, spinal subluxations can inhibit the functioning capability of the nervous system and will cause the human body to adapt less efficiently to its surrounding environment. This translates into an unhealthy individual.

When people finally begin to understand and respect the fact that true health originates from a living thing’s ability to properly adapt to its immediate surroundings, we will finally begin to see a marked improvement in the overall health of our population.

Disclaimer!

The health information that has been written on this website is not intended to replace a professional relationship between a patient and a health care specialist nor is it intended as medical advice. Readers are encouraged to make health care decisions based upon their own independent research!

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Getting Healthy Through Chiropractic

Dr. John Reizer

As a doctor of chiropractic, I have always felt an obligation to help educate patients, laypersons and anyone else that might have had a sincere desire to learn something about becoming healthier. This post has to do with the real life benefits associated with being under regular chiropractic care and how a better expression of human physiology and health can be realized by simply maintaining the integrity of the spine’s alignment.

My brother, Dr. Steven Reizer a successful chiropractor who practices in the Upstate of South Carolina, recently shared with me some pretty amazing results he achieved while working with a patient in his private practice.

The patient, a 14 year old male, entered his office complaining of neck pain and stiffness. Range of motion in the cervical spine had been diminished considerably. The boy reported the condition had been present for about eight months and had been getting progressively worse over time. After taking x-rays, Dr. Reizer discovered the young patient had a kyphosis in the cervical spine. This is a condition where the normal curve of the neck is reversed.

Upon careful examination of the radiographs (x-rays) it became apparent to Dr. Reizer that the cervical spinal bones in question were all well maintained and had not been fractured. Several of the bony segments in the region, however had been subluxated (slightly misaligned from each other) in a posterior direction. This situation had caused tremendous spasticity in many of the paraspinal muscles of the cervical spine. The spastic muscular activity along with the misaligned spinal segments caused a reversal of the normal cervical curve.

Chiropractic Care

The young patient was given a series of eight chiropractic adjustments over a six week period of time and then another set of cervical x-rays were taken to see if any changes might be noticeable. It should be noted that after the chiropractic adjustments were administered, the patient had normal range of motion and the pain and stiffness in his neck had abated.

Pre and Post X-Rays of Patient’s Cervical Spine

The first radiograph (taken before care commenced) pictured above on the left shows a very apparent kyphosis in the cervical spine. It’s possible to see in this view that the posterior arch of the Atlas vertebra (C1) has taken on the appearance of being pushed upward and into the occipital region of the skull. It’s also possible to see in this view that a number of cervical spinal segments have moved posterior in relationship to each other.

The spinal adjustments administered were very specific in that they addressed posteriority of the segments involved as well as any rotational considerations that were present in the patient’s spine.

Looking at the second radiograph on the right (taken six weeks after care commenced), it’s interesting to note from a clinical perspective that any posteriority associated with the mid and lower cervical segments as well as the extreme inferior tilting of the Atlas (C1) vertebra appear to have been corrected. It’s equally interesting to note that the kyphosis present earlier was replaced with an almost normal looking lordotic cervical curve. Keep in mind that these dramatic changes were made with only eight spinal adjustments.

It’s easy to see on a set of x-rays how the cervical spine can become adversely affected by vertebral subluxations. What is not visible, however is the amount of nerve damage that this problem can cause in the human body. Many spinal nerves can and do become negatively affected with the loss of proper spinal alignment and this can cause a loss of health and physiological expression in a person.

There is not a surgical procedure in existence nor a pharmaceutical product on the market that can correct a vertebral subluxation. Only a chiropractic adjustment can correct this problem. Vertebral subluxations occur at some point in most people and that is why it’s imperative that every person should take the time to have his or her spine checked by a qualified chiropractor each year.

What do you think about this subject?