The Germs Are Coming!
Imagine you have a fishbowl. In it lives a fish. You feed the fish, you talk to the fish, you love your fish! But your fish is always sick. He has bubbles coming out of his nose constantly. He’s always coughing and sneezing. Poor lil guy. So you call up the fish doctor. After looking the fish over the doctor gives you some pills and some cream to rub over the fish. This seems to make the fish feel better! You are relieved. But soon the effects wear off and the fish is just barely floating once again. You see a commercial on TV for some fancy new injection that will protect the fish. Praise the Lord! The fish will be saved! You vaccinate the fish. Soon the lil guy has a terrible fever, all sorts of digestive issues, and its behavior becomes erratic. The fish doctor assures you that this is a normal reaction and is worth it because the fish will now be healthy. But weeks later you notice the fish is still sick. Finally out of options you begin lamenting to your friend. “My poor fish! How can I help, what can I do??” Your friend says, “You should try my fish chiropractor!” This makes no sense to you at all but you are without hope and will do anything for your beloved fish. So you make the call.
The fish chiropractor comes. He takes one look at the fish and says, “Clean out the fish bowl and your fish will be fine.” For the first time you look at the water. It is brown and dirty, things are beginning to grow and rot on the inside of the bowl. The water is putrid and gross. “How could I be so blind?” You clean the bowl and replace the fish. Within days the lil guy is as happy and healthy as can be. You vow to keep the bowl clean knowing that the only way the fish can thrive is when you take care of its environment.
This gets you thinking. You look at your child. Here your child has had a runny nose for 2 weeks. His ear infections have become the norm in his life. Every night you stay up with him as he breathes in medication through a nebulizer so that he can sleep without coughing all night from the asthma. You have to rub cream on his legs daily and send him to bed with socks on his hands to prevent him from scratching the eczema on his legs. You have spent all of your time and money taking him to doctors and specialists who hand you creams, pills, and injections just to keep the sickness at bay, offering no solutions, only quick band aid solutions. You call the chiropractor.
The chiropractor takes a look at your child and asks about the food he eats. You think about the Lunchables, the chicken nuggets, the pizza, and mac n cheese, the dozens of sugar filled snacks. He asks about exercise? All you can see is your child hunched over a video game screen. He asks about chemicals in his life. Your mind rattles off a list of cleaning supplies, preservative and pesticide-laden foods, the medications, injections, and creams. The chiropractor looks at your fish swimming in the clean water. He points and says “Clean your child’s fishbowl. Give him an environment within where the germs cannot thrive. Cut the sugar, the toxins, and get him moving. Help him build an environment on the inside that germs cannot exist in. Now let’s check his spine.” You are taken aback! Why would we check his spine? He’s not in pain. But he explains, “Your brain and nervous system control every function in your body including the immune system. It’s the spine’s job to protect the nervous system but life happens. We trip, we fall, we have bad posture, we sleep in weird positions, and all of it can misalign your spine. When that happens the nervous system cannot tell your body how to function and heal. Your immune system is weaker and the germs are allowed to thrive. So we must correct those misalignments! When we do it allows your body to heal and your immune system to fight, creating an environment that fights germs and disease instead of inviting them in. Simply put, nutrition and exercise CONTRIBUTE to health, but the spine and nervous system CONTROL health.”
It is not the germs, but the environment within that will determine your health.
In Health and Faith,