Monday, July 15, 2013
I read many articles, studies, blogs, posts and other sources of information on health, humanity, physiology and on and on. I an interesting article a few weeks ago in the Huffington Post that stated precidence from three similar studies. In all three, participants had their body mass index or BMI measured as well as recording the answer to the question "which do think is the cause of obesity, diet or exercise?" It was pretty apparent to researchers there is a link or association between the different groups. The higher BMI group (bigger people} felt that lack of exercise was the cause for obesity while the lower BMI group (smaller people) thought the cause for obesity was from what people ate.
They really cannot scientifically go into why this is so with this type of study but we can all speculate. The easiest hypothesis is that if someone has the belief that what you eat has an impact on being obese than there is a greater likelyhood they will make different choices. Similarly if someone feels eating is not the culprit as opposed to lack of exercise, they may not make any choices related to their weight with relation to food. Thinking perhaps their weight is lack of exercise and they know they should do that more and if they did they would weigh less? Again, this cannot be correlated directly to thinking something causes one to be heavier however more than likely it is a window to a fundemental non awareness or a dis connect to the impact of food and our weight. Interesting study to say the least and perhaps something to get us to start thinking!!
Here is the Huffington Post article again if you missed the link above.
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Since chiropractic’s inception in 1895 there has been an understanding of the crucial relationship between the integrity of the spinal column and the function of the nerve system as a whole and specifically the tissues and organs that they supply. The interrelatedness of the spine and nerve system--even way back then--was evident in its simplest of understandings.
It was this basic observation that led to the profession of chiropractic focusing on the function of the nerve system and how it is the main source for transmitting the inborn intelligence and information one requires to express their fullest health potential. In essence, to the degree one maintained a healthy nerve system, one free of interference and aberrant communication in relation to the spine, is to the degree one was able to express the fullest potential for life and health.
Chiropractors influence the function of the nerve system through the spine and spinal subsystems thereby allowing the body to increase its own inborn ability to self-regulate and self-heal.
Why Don’t M.D.s Recognize the Importance of Nerve Function?
Fast forward 110 years later. I can’t tell you how many times I have a person in front of me to whom I explain these simple workings of the importance of nerve function in the role of their health. I know I am not the only chiropractor who hears this next line all too frequently, "Why didn’t my M.D. tell me that?"
My answer is usually something along the lines of, "Maybe they just simply don’t know and you should explain it to them." In truth I do not know the answer, but my best guess would be that these understandings were firstly and continue to be associated with chiropractic and chiropractors. Their biasness professionally is that chiropractic ideas have not come from any medical research or any allopathic physician and therefore are not valid.
Well fret no longer; thanks to a wonderful M.D. who spent many long hours in the lab we have results that support the basics of the chiropractic view of a life and death relationship between the nerves and the function of the organs as they relate to the spine.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you:
The Winsor Autopsies
Henry Winsor, a medical doctor in Haverford, Pennsylvania, asked the question:
"Chiropractors claim that by adjusting one vertebra, they can relieve stomach troubles and ulcers; by adjusting another, menstrual cramps; and by adjusting others conditions such as kidney diseases, constipation, heart disease, thyroid conditions, and lung disease may resolve--but how?"
Dr. Winsor decided to investigate this new science and art of healing--chiropractic.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Winsor was inspired by chiropractic and osteopathic literature to experiment. He planned to dissect human and animal cadavers to see if there was a relationship between any diseased internal organ discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae associated with the nerves that went to the organ. As he wrote:
"The object of these necropsies (dissections) was to determine whether any connection existed between minor curvatures of the spine, on the one hand, and diseased organs on the other; or whether the two were entirely independent of each other."
The University of Pennsylvania gave Dr. Winsor permission to carry out his experiments. In a series of three studies he dissected a total of 75 human and 22 cat cadavers. The following are Dr. Winsor’s results:
"Two hundred twenty-one structures other than the spine were found diseased. Of these, 212 were observed to belong to the same sympathetic (nerve) segments as the vertebrae in curvature. Nine diseased organs belonged to different sympathetic segments from the vertebrae out of line.
These figures cannot be expected to exactly coincide ... for an organ may receive sympathetic filaments from several spinal segments and several organs may be supplied with sympathetic (nerve) filaments from the same spinal segments. In other words, there was nearly a 100 percent correlation between minor curvatures of the spine and diseases of the internal organs."
All nine cases of spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9) had stomach disease.
All 26 cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic spine.
All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid thoracic (T5-T9)
All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracic.
All three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics.
All 11 cases with spleen diseases had spinal misalignments in the mid thoracics.
All 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracics.
Prostate and Bladder Disease
All eight cases with kidney, prostate and bladder disease had the lumbar (L2-L3) vertebrae misaligned
The two cases with the uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.
All 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae (T1-T5) misaligned.
Dr. Winsor’s results are published in The Medical Times, November 1921, and are found in any medical library.
That’s right, folks: 1921.
Modern Research Also Shows Benefits of Chiropractic
What is incredible is that there is much more research, a majority of it done in recent years, that shows the benefit of chiropractic care in many aspects of health such as the immune system. Wouldn’t you want to know that chiropractic care could allow your family’s immune systems to be as healthy as they are meant to be?
The latest research shows people without any symptoms at all who receive chiropractic care IMPROVE their health.
That means there is valid scientific documentation that as you incorporate chiropractic care into your lifestyle you continue to get healthier even if you don't have any current symptoms!
Now let me just acknowledge that many in our profession of chiropractic educate people to know that judging their health based upon symptoms is not wise and that even in the absence of symptoms someone can be quite sick. I am not disagreeing with that at all.
However, I am simply shifting the focus onto creating health, wellness and wholeness. We have no choice in that life is a continuous process that goes on with or without us. We do have a choice in either taking a passive and unaware role in the processes of creating a downward spiral of sickness and disease, or an informed and active one in creating an upward spiral of health and vitality. Which would you choose for yourself? How about for your child?
How Many of us Receive Chiropractic Care?
Our profession has been educating, talking about, asking, and sometimes pleading with people to get checked for nerve interference by a chiropractor for over 100 years. Over 85 years ago the medical community itself validated chiropractic’s reasoning with science.
Sadly to this day only 10 percent to18 percent of our country’s population has gotten under some type of chiropractic care according to various statistics.
We continue to get sicker as a country that encompasses something like 5 percent of the world’s population--who consume around 60 percent of the world’s pharmaceuticals. This concept of better health through better drugs is not working and, more importantly, it is killing us. Conservatively speaking, the third leading cause of death in this country is the medical profession.
So whether you have a disease, an illness or symptoms, are without a symptom and want to create more health, or want to find out more about your body, the state of your spine, if you have nerve interference and more importantly how much or little you are expressing your health potential, you could benefit from a chiropractor.
Many of my colleagues across the country and world give health care classes, new patient orientations and speak to all sorts of groups. Please see the wonderful chiropractor locator and schedule yourself an appointment--or at the very least find out when the chiropractor nearest you is giving a talk about health, wellness and chiropractic as it relates to you and your family’s lives.
I promise you it is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your family, now that you have started to understand how the body actually works!
Dr. Lloyd Fielder is the chiropractor who regularly adjusts me to optimize my nervous system. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived most of his life in the town of Oceanside on Long Island. He completed his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany before receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at The National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. He also has Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and human biology. He has successfully owned and operated Schaumburg Chiropractic Wellness Center in Schaumburg, IL for the last seven years. Dr. Fielder commonly refers to his office as "one that is driven by possibilities to improve a person's life and health." For seven years Dr. Fielder has transformed the practice into one that is focused on the inborn innate ability of each person to achieve and express their full health potential.
Much of this article was modified from an original article from Tedd Koren, D.C.
All quotes from: Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances -- II. The evidences of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebral deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times, November 1921, pp./ 267-271
Thanks for reading!
Dr Lloyd Fielder DC
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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The basic premise of chiropractic is that there is a Universal Intelligence in all matter giving to everything all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence. In all living things, especially in humans there is a subset of this intelligence called your Innate Intelligence. This innate intelligence runs, regulates, coordinates, heals and controls all aspects of every function in your body.
You see, we used to think it was genes but modern science has revealed our genes to be nothing more than blueprints or recipes that are turned off and on by our innate intelligence. Our innate intelligence is carried by our nerve system that gets the information from our brains to every cell in our bodies and back. When this intelligence is completely free to express itself over our nerves to our bodies, then we work at or as close to 100 percent as possible and call that being normal. Normal is healthy and healthy is awesome.
In a nutshell, the purpose of our nerve system is to integrate us appropriately to our environment. We are constantly being bombarded by destructive forces (like poor diets, prolonged poor postures, work and family stress, etc) all day long and it is up to our nerve system to adapt us appropriately to them. If this happens, our innate intelligence continues to flourish and all is well.
However, if not, and there is interference to the transmission of our innate intelligence, we slowly break down if left over time. Nerve interference is perpetuated from a segment or segments of the spine that alter their normal position and/or function and is called a Subluxation. A Subluxation Process is one or more subluxations that goes undetected and contributes to a person's downward spiral of their health and life.
Due to it being a process, subluxations are referred to as a silent killer. This is because by the time you do have a symptom the subluxation (which reduces the expression of your innate intelligence) has been affecting the quality of your health for some time. Knowing now that subluxations mostly occur without incident and that they do not produce initial outward symptoms, if someone were to ask whether you had any….
How would you know?
Many of us understand this silent process of ill health and this is why we get our heart checked, our blood checked, our teeth checked and the list goes on. Let me ask you when was the last time you had your spine and nerves checked? You need to get checked! Your nerve system is the master controller of the body; everything is controlled by our brain and nerve system. If something is not functioning properly with your nerves, doesn't it make sense then that the area being supplied by that nerve is going to work a little less properly too?
Chiropractors are the only ones who check for subluxations! It's such an easy concept, please come get checked, bring your spouse, your child or even a friend. With a nerve system free from interference you are well on your way to good health and a great life.
Thanks for reading my first blog!
Lloyd Fielder, DC