This post might seem a little random, and maybe it is… but a friend of mine and I were arguing the other day about the legitimacy of chiropractors. He was telling me that he thinks they’re all quacks, and I disagreed. Saying all chiropractors are quacks is like saying all Asian people are bad drivers.
Okay maybe that wasn’t the BEST example (and no, I’m not racist) but you get my drift. At least I hope you do. And if you don’t, I’m going to elaborate, so please keep reading.
I started seeing a chiropractor when I was a little boy. I was raised by a “crunchy mom”. You know, one of those hippie types who uses essential oils, natural personal care products, doesn’t shower every day, hardly wears makeup and makes her own bath soap. She took us to a family chiropractor as soon as we were born and that person was pretty much our primary care doctor from birth. I saw a pediatrician once in my childhood, and we were never vaccinated. I had chickenpox with the best of ’em. Never got measles though… but I digress.
Suffice it to say I’ve been pretty damn healthy all my life, and I believe I owe much of that to natural living and regular chiropractic adjustments.
Ever wonder why there are people who live relatively “healthy” lifestyles (at least by most people’s definition of the word), yet suffer a heart attack and die before they’re 50, and then there are other people who chain smoke and live to be 90+ years old? I really believe the shape of the spine has a lot to do with our overall health. My chiropractor’s grandmother is one of those in that latter category (chain-smoker who lived past 90). At least that’s what she told me throughout my care. I believe it. Just the other day I was reading about an active 35 year-old who suffered a heart attack. The media was baffled because this woman ate right and exercised regularly. How do you explain that?
I’ll tell you. She likely suffered from spinal misalignment. All of the good nutrition and physical activity in the world can’t fix a crooked backbone. It makes sense if you think about it. Your nervous system controls the function of every single one of your body’s organs and systems. If it’s not in good shape, the rest of your body won’t be either. And the spine is the central hub of the nervous system. When it gets all bent out of shape (literally), your other organs suffer. The reason for this is that it needs to be aligned well in order for your neurons to actively fire signals to the rest of your organs so that they function at max capacity. A bent spine puts pressure on those nerves and makes those signals weaker and weaker over time. When your spine is unable to tell the rest of your organs what to do, they don’t do what they’re supposed to, resulting in eventual deterioration, disease, and death.
Some chiros are quacks. But not all. The chiropractors in Charlotte NC that I grew up visiting throughout my childhood and adolescence were all legit. If you’re looking for a good doctor who can help you get off your medications and replace your need for a primary care physician (which isn’t really a need at all if you know how to live a healthy lifestyle), then I suggest you consider finding a qualified family chiropractor. Don’t just take my word for it. Do some research on the nervous system and how it works. I’m sure you’ll come to the same logical conclusions I did, and you might live longer too.