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Happy 118th Birthday, Chiropractic!

Today is Cbj_our_goalhiropractic’ 118th Birthday!

Read below in the next post to hear D.D. Palmer, the founder of Chiropractic, describe how he discovered this revolutionary healing science, art and philosophy.

Also check out below “The Chiropractic Oath” and “The Truth” written by D.D.’s son, B.J. Palmer, DC, the developer of Chiropractic.


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Response Ability #7: Contentment

What makes the bee leave the flower?  The nectar is so good and life-giving, why would it ever leave?  Contentment.  Why do lions rest after the hunt, leaving a half-eaten carcass for the hyenas?  Contentment.  Why do we balance our working life with vacation and play?  Contentment.  Satisfaction.  Joy.  Peace.

Studies have shown that mice will eat continuously until their stomachs rupture and they die, if the hormone of satiation, or being full, is inhibited.   Have you ever eaten a big meal on Thanksgiving?  How do you feel afterwards, with your hands across your belly on the couch?  Full?  Yes.  But also, content.

It is this feeling of contentment that lets us know that a process is complete.  For without this ability, one would never stop what they started and exhaustion, and eventually death, would result.

It is for this reason and this reason only…to experience contentment…that we do anything.  It is present throughout nature and is what drives life forward.  If we did not have this ability, we would not eat, drink, or do anything for that matter.  It is the reason for living.  Whether that reason is merely to survive, to procreate and continue our species, or to live to our fullest potential and make a dramatic difference in the lives of others, it is the resultant experience of contentment that drives us to act upon our intentions.

Why would we take one step on this Clear Path to Healing if it was not to savor a fuller experience of contentment?  Whether your desire is to break free from the prison of pain and suffering or to experience your optimum health potential and fuller expression of life, it is this longing for a feeling of contentment that drives us.

It is contentment that sets the parameters of balance in our biochemistry.  It is contentment that causes our body to adapt to change and recover from the adaptation once the change is gone.  It is contentment that stimulates evolution and growth and drives us to act physically upon our mental intention and to create harmonious relationships with others.  It is this Response Ability of Contentment that drives and completes the other six Response Abilities, for the word Contentment means “to hold together.”  It provides the fuel that urges us to approach this Clear Path to Healing.  It gives us the courage to take the first step, provides the persistence, confidence, and ardor to continue on the path, and rewards us with the satisfaction, gratitude, and delight it provides.

 

Now that we have examined what it means to be healthy, a new question emerges:  Why do we get sick?  What causes us to lose our ability to respond appropriately to changes in the environment.  In the next entry, we will begin to explore The Cause of ALL Disease.

 

An excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 

 


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Response Ability #4: Evolution

Often when the winds of change blow, they can change the landscape of our environment.  Sand and soil may be pushed into hills, and over time, mountains.  Rivers may be redirected, and lakes may, over time, form.  Whereas the wind has stopped blowing, its effects may create a lasting impression.  In these cases, we have two choices: we may grow or we may decay.  Living, healthy things, such as trees, animals, and people, grow and evolve.  Inert, non-living things, such as stones and sticks, decay.  Wash running water over a seed and watch what happens…it grows.  Wash running water over a stone and what happens?  It erodes.

Growth and Evolution is a continual process of change by which a seemingly lower and simpler state or condition is transformed into a higher, more complex state.  A healthy body or any other organization always allows for change to cause growth and evolution.  On the other hand, an unhealthy body decays and eventually ceases to exist.

Evolution and growth is nothing more than a long-term adaptive response.  An example of this would be the experience of muscle building as a result of weight training.  The act of lifting heavy weights over and over is actually perceived by the body as a danger or crisis.  These heavy weights place stress on the muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints.  In order to protect itself, the body builds more muscle tissue in order to prepare itself for future experiences of such stress.  If we continue to work out regularly, frequently increasing the weight as we get stronger, this process will continue indefinitely.

What differs in this situation from the previously mentioned adaptive response, is that now the body is stronger, more effective, and more efficient, even after the stress is gone.  Recognizing this, theoretically, the body says, “I am stronger, more effective, and more efficient as a result of this adaptation…this one’s a keeper.”

Another example of this would be that of sun-tanning.  The darkening of the skin as a result of laying in the sun is a healthy response of the body producing more melanin in the skin.  Melanin is a pigmented protein that protects the skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation.  The tanning of the skin is caused not by the sun’s rays, but by an adaptation produced by the body in response to the exposure of ultraviolet light.  If the exposure to sunlight is continuous and frequent, like muscle building, this adaptation will become permanent.

Whereas the Response Ability of Adaptation is necessary to protect us from sudden changes that may be damaging or even deadly, the Response Ability of Evolution, whereas not as urgent, is necessary for the long-term survival of our species, and life in general, on our planet.  Through this ability we can learn from our experiences and become stronger, wiser, and more effective as a species.  This process is perpetual and is responsible for our human family moving from the primitive existence as an ape to the spiritual and intellectual wonder we are today.  In this infinite arena we call our universe, we are yet at the beginning of our evolutionary experience.  The sky’s the limit, and what we are capable of becoming is but a tiny glimmer in our imaginations and wonder.

We will explore the next Response Ability, Expression, in the next entry.

An excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 


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Response Ability #2: Adaptation

Ancient Chinese wisdom says that when the wind blows strong, the mighty oak which stands firm, will topple, yet the flowing reeds will live to see another day.  Likewise, when we experience change, we must “go with the flow.” “Ride the tide.”  We must adapt.  For if we stand firm, resisting the change, like the mighty oak, we will fall.  If instead, we bend like the gentle reed, we will live to see another day…and become stronger and wiser in the process.

Our bodies have a remarkable ability to adapt to change, that, is to change itself internally to best survive a change on the outside, receiving the fullest benefit from the experience.  Left on its own, the human body would survive through tremendous trial and tribulation because of its wonderful adaptive mechanism.  Infants who usually would be considered unfit to care for themselves, have been found lost in the woods or trapped in a well, alive and thriving after days, and even weeks, without food and water.  Whereas these conditions may not be optimum for the health and well-being of a child, their resilience and adaptability is demonstrated in such situations.

The most primitive and best known example of our adaptive mechanism is the fight or flight response.  This unconscious animal response occurs when the human animal is placed in danger.  The body automatically prepares itself for one of two adaptive responses: to either confront the danger or run away.  Whereas our civilization has eliminated much of our need for this response, it still stands, and protects us in times of physical challenge or emotional contention.

When such a situation arises, a number of internal adaptations occur.  Our adrenal glands release adrenaline into our blood stream giving us a burst of energy.  Our digestive system slows or stops completely to reserve energy resources.  Our eyes dilate, pupils open wide, so that we can see further, more, and in less light.  Our blood pressure and pulse rate increase sending more blood and oxygen to all the cells of our body, especially the muscles.  All these responses are created in order to prepare us for action and increase our chances of survival in a challenging situation.

Whereas in the past our adaptive mechanism was responsible in determining whether we live or die in a given situation, and may even perform the same function today, due to our development of civilization, society and culture, these important responses to change may hold a more subtle, yet profound, function:  To allow us to get the most out of any given situation, especially in the areas of healing, growth, and further evolution of our species.

If we are able to adapt to a change in the environment in such a way as to become  stronger, smarter, or more sensitive, we can become more advanced as a species and achieve higher levels of awareness, accomplishment, and healing.

In order for us to reach our highest levels of health and healing, we must ensure that our bodies and minds are capable of effective and efficient adaptation to change in the environment.  By becoming more sensitive and more perceptive, we are more prepared and forewarned so that we can make such changes.   If this Response Ability to adapt or change ourselves in relationship to the outside environment is not functioning optimally, the perception is futile.  For if we perceive a possible danger and are unable to respond to it, what use is the perception?  It is like a starving man looking across a great cavern at an apple tree…in eyeshot, but out of reach.  Unless we can adapt effectively to the changes that we have perceived, the perception holds no purpose and serves only to frustrate.

Understanding the important function of perception and adaptation, in the next entry we will look at the next Response Ability…the ability to recover.

An excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com


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The 1st Response Ability – Perception

Yesterday we discussed that there are seven common attributes which define Health, whether it is the health of the human body, the mind, the emotions, a family, finances, a relationship, a corporation, a nation, or a world.  Each of these seven attributes are different abilities by which we respond to our environment…or Response Abilities.   The first Response Ability is Perception.

The winds of change are ever-blowing. All around us, life and its environment are in constant interaction.  We can define the environment as those factors that influence life.  The air we breathe, the food we eat, the ground upon which we walk, and the people that we meet, are all basic examples of our environment…our external environment.

We also have an internal environment.  Within us is a vast landscape teetering on a tender balance of temperature, pressure, and an infinitely complex system of chemical exchange.  These factors within us maintain life, such as body temperature; blood pressure; salt, sugar, and other chemical levels; as well as our thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, and intentions.

These environmental factors, internal and external, are not static.  They are in a constant state of change.  Rising and falling.  Ebbing and Flowing.  A never ending tide of change.  In order to survive this eternal cycle of change, we must first be aware that a change has been made.  We must perceive the change, either through our five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, or taste) or our many other internal senses such as proprioception (the ability to sense our position in space), nociception (the ability to detect pain), baroception (the ability to detect pressure changes), and thermoception (the ability to detect temperature changes).  [3]

Often these environmental changes can be very subtle, and out of the range of our physical senses.  In these cases, more subtle perceptions may be experienced, such as intuition, “gut” feelings, sudden insights, synchronicity, meaningful coincidences, premonition, and prophecy.

We mentioned earlier that the primary principle of healing is that every cause has an effect and every effect has its cause.  In physics, this is described as every action having an equal and opposite reaction.  This has its experience in the world of nature and living things as stimulus and response.

All of life and its functions are based on this principle of stimulus and response.  That is, there is a change in the environment, whether internal or external, of which the organism becomes aware and responds to.  For example, the organism may become aware of or perceive a deficiency of nutrients as an experience of hunger, of which he then responds by looking for and ingesting some form of food.  These changes may be as subtle as a slight change in temperature or pressure or as dramatic as hearing the roar of a lion behind your back, either way it requires a response.

In order for there to be a response, the change must be perceived.  If we are not aware of a change in the environment, there is no way that we can respond to it.  This can be very dangerous.  If we do not feel the heat of the fire, we cannot pull our hand away and protect ourselves from being burned.

Our bodies are equipped with tiny receptors that monitor every change in chemistry, pressure, and temperature.  Like the thermostat in our house that keeps the room temperature at a predetermined level of comfort, so do these receptors maintain the delicate balance of our body’s subtle chemistry and biomechanics. If we do not perceive the slight changes that alter the delicate balance of our biochemistry, we can die instantly.

The more subtle and sensitive we can perceive changes in our inner and outer environment, the more readily and efficiently we can make the necessary response.  Would you rather hear the roar of the lion miles away, or hear its breath upon your neck?  Would you rather feel the subtle signal of the body telling you there needs to be a change in your diet or exercise, or wait until you are in a crisis ten to twenty years later being rushed to the hospital with a coronary arrest.  The more subtle and sensitive our ability to perceive change, the greater our ability to achieve our optimum healing potential.

The ability to perceive changes in our environment is the first quality we must have in order to have this thing called Health.  But once perceived, we must be able to adjust in accordance with that change.  We must be able to adapt.

An excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com