Dr Brad here and I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre and over the last couple of weeks we have learned about the 2 different schools of thought regarding health and health care.
Today I would like to talk about ‘symptoms’.
There is a lot of confusion about symptoms, and people get all caught up in their symptoms and start getting shots, and taking anti-biotics and all kinds of medication without really understanding what symptoms are.
First of all, not all symptoms mean you are sick.
Let’s take food poisoning for example. You eat some bad food, you get food poisoning and a few hours later you are throwing up. Now you may perceive this as being ‘sick’ but in fact quite the opposite is true. Your body reacted the way it was supposed to. The healthy response to food poisoning is for your body to identify the poison and then take the appropriate measures to get rid of it.
And what about swollen tonsils and a sore throat? Again, you may perceive this as being sick but your tonsils responded in a healthy way. They kept the bad germs from going deeper into your throat, bronchial tubes and chest. This is what tonsils are supposed to do.
And no one said that being healthy means you are going to be symptom-free and no one said that symptoms are going to be a pleasant experience.
Now, just because you do not have any symptoms may not mean you are healthy either. Did you know that 40% of the time your first symptom of heart disease is a fatal heart attack? (This is a Canadian statistic.) So, were you truly healthy for the 15 to 20 years it took the heart disease to develop to the point where it caused the fatal event?
And cancer doctors tell us it takes 2 to 5 years for 1 single, tiny little cancer cell to grow to the size of a pea in a woman’s breast tissue. And most women would say they felt perfectly fine during this 2 to 5 year period but were they truly healthy inside?
And you and I both have heard of stories of people who were supposedly really, really healthy and suddenly drop dead of a heart attack or get diagnosed with cancer and 6 months later they are gone.
When it comes to subluxations and posture distortions, these will only cause pain or other symptoms inside your body 10% of the time! This means that 90% of the time you can have a subluxation and/or posture distortion and not even know it.
So, once you can wrap your head around symptoms and understand that symptoms or lack thereof are not a prudent way to judge your level of heath or your kids level of health, you have truly made a quantum leap in understanding health and hence your choices for health care.
We are going to wrap this up next time, but in the meantime if you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you may have or your kids may have, please call me. Remember that consultations are always free of charge as are posture checks. We do this as a community service.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link on our homepage.
Good posture and good health is always by design and never by circumstance.