How do you know if you’re healthy?
According to the WHO, the US ranks 27th in healthcare, far below most first world countries. Our country consumes more pharmaceutical drugs than any other country and yet is still incredibly sick. In the US alone, 1 in 2 people will be affected by cancer, and 48% of the population will develop heart disease throughout their lifetime. So, why does this happen?
Well, in my experience, our country has done a poor job actually understanding what true health is. And if we can’t define it properly, how would we even know where to begin taking appropriate action? When I talk to most patients in the office, they assume that they are healthy if they feel good, and that they are unhealthy if they are expressing symptoms.
However, I want to challenge this belief system. Most people assume that a fever is a bad thing (and take medication to lower it). However, in all reality, a fever is your body’s first line of defense against a foreign pathogen. When your immune system detects viruses/ bacteria, it will innately raise your internal body temperature to kill this foreign invader off. Talk about a healthy response of the body!
On the other hand, one of the first signs of a heart attack in 50% of cases, is the heart attack itself. Those people never felt any chest pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness. But, were they healthy? Of course not.
These examples prove that we can’t just base our health on how we FEEL. Our definition of health has got to be based on how our body FUNCTIONS! As a chiropractor, I get excited about talking about FUNCTION since I work with system in the body that controls the FUNCTION of every single cell, tissue, muscle, and organ in the body- the nervous system. If our nervous system controls and coordinates every function in the body, and can function appropriately, we can achieve true health! We have got to change our definition of health. Let’s redefine it as health= 100% function.
Check out our wellness workshop to learn how to get your body to function appropriately, and truly BE healthy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u53LPMVLKkQ