12 Apr Can you help me with this problem?
One of the most common questions I receive daily is “Do you think that taking or doing ‘X’ will help my health problem?” This is a very difficult question to answer as it involves many different levels of understanding.
LEVEL 1: SUPERFICIAL
What is being asked in general is: “Can this drug, intervention, exercise, adjustment etc., make my symptom, disease, “ouchy” or “thing I don’t like”, disappear?” Taken verbatim, the honest answer is … I have no idea.
The only true answer anyone (medical experts included) can give you is “Maybe.”
For example, will taking antihistamines get rid of my allergy symptoms? The honest answer is “Maybe.” How about “Will getting adjusted get rid of my allergy symptoms?” Again, the answer is “Maybe.”
LEVEL 2: INTERMEDIATE
The wording is the same but the person is asking something different…
They want to know, “Is taking ‘X’ safe for me?”
The answer depends on what “it” is.
Is fish oil safe? Yes. Will it help your indigestion? I don’t know.
Are chemicals safe for you? No. Just because there may not be any immediate “side” effects does not mean that chemicals are safe for you. Everyone knows that smoking is harmful, yet you can smoke many cigarettes without a noticeable difference in your health.
LEVEL 3: DEEP
At this level the person asking wants to know: “Will taking or doing “X” make me healthy?” If “X” is a chemical, the answer is no. Even if the chemical reduces or silences your symptoms, it is impossible for it to move you towards health.
As we always say – medication has a time and a place, but it can never create health! Only your body functioning properly can create health.
This is where Chiropractic shines. “Doc, will getting checked and adjusted help me get healthy?” The answer is a resounding yes -100% of the time. In fact, anything that fulfills a need and provides greater sufficiency and purity such as a specifically applied Chiropractic adjustment when your nerve supply is compromised — will increase health and the fullest expression of life.
So, can you help? It really depends what you’re asking!
Yours in Health
Dr Michael Bloom has a wide and varying interest in what it takes to live a healthy and happy life. He has over 20 years experience as a chiropractor in Europe and Australia and has attended over 40 post graduate seminars and courses. Currently he has a particular interest in the declining posture of society and the health implications associated with poor posture.
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