By Kevin Donka, DC
If someone is very hungry and he eats some food, will his hunger go away? The answer is, yes – if he eats enough of it. But, is the purpose of food to get rid of hunger? If someone eats food regularly, will it keep her from becoming excessively hungry again? The answer is, yes – if she eats enough of it consistently. But, is the purpose of food to prevent hunger? Even though eating food is a very effective strategy for decreasing or even eliminating hunger temporarily, hunger will always return over time. This is the nature of life. As we use up the nutrients contained in our food, our bodies require more food to continue operating at peak efficiency, and so we become hungry again. And, even though eating food consistently can be a good way to keep from getting too hungry, it would be ridiculous to say that the purpose of food is to eliminate or prevent hunger.
Certainly we are all aware that food serves many more important functions than simply addressing hunger. It is our fuel for keeping us alive, helping our bodies coordinate all functions, adapt to the environment, heal and continue growing throughout our lives. We all know this is true about food, but many people do not apply this line of thinking to their chiropractic care. Why is this?
Do these people perhaps not fully understand that the purpose of chiropractic care is to keep their Life Force flowing freely over their nerve systems and into their cells so that the Innate Intelligence of the body can actually perform all of the functions listed above – animating, coordinating, adapting, healing and growing our bodies from conception until death? Do they not understand that without this free flow of Intelligent Force, nothing would function as it was intended?
Maybe it’s because chiropractic care in the right amount is so good at decreasing or even eliminating pain and dis-ease? Or perhaps it is because with consistent enough care many people can even prevent the recurrence of their health problems? Even though chiropractic care is a very effective strategy for helping you regain your natural state of health or EASE and feel better, your level of health and vitality will always vary over time, – sometimes increasing, sometimes decreasing. This is the nature of life. You see, everyone encounters physical, chemical and mental stresses every day. If these stresses are beyond your “internal resistance,” they break you down and you progressively lose your health and well-being. Health (normal function and the ability to adapt to stresses) is the natural result of the free flow and adequate expression of your Innate Constructive Life Force in your body.
When your brain and body are fully connected (because of a well-aligned and functioning spine and nerve system), they communicate effectively and your Innate Intelligence can correctly comprehend and respond to any changes (stresses) in your daily environment. The result is that you are able to adapt to these changes. In addition, you are able to heal and continually grow in every way – physically, mentally and emotionally – including thinking at a high enough level to make good choices in every area of your life. The truth is we are all growing and dying at the same time, but one of these two processes always predominates over the other, so that overall we are either getting weaker and moving toward dis-ease and death, or we are growing stronger and moving toward health, wellness and wholeness.
The chiropractic adjustment process (along with a positive focus and a healthy lifestyle) allows us the opportunity to continually and progressively grow more than we die.
So you see, saying that the purpose of chiropractic care is to eliminate or prevent pain and illness is as short-sighted as saying the purpose of food is to eliminate or prevent hunger! The real purpose of lifelong, family chiropractic care is to continually maximize the flow and expression of your Innate, Intelligent Life Energy in your bodies, and to help everyone consistently and progressively demonstrate the highest levels of health, happiness and the full expression of life.share