Bothered by flies?
Why do we have flies? I mean, what purpose do they serve in the great scheme of things? They are such a nuisance, right?
I have noticed that they seem to have a great presence around garbage cans, their personal feeding and breeding grounds. So, what can we do? You may choose to take them on with your trusty fly-swatter…smack…smack…smack!! There, now they’re all dead! But what happens if you go back an hour later? More flies! Now they also hover over the bodies of their fallen comrades. You have to get tougher, so you spray around your garbage can with DDT, which kills all the flies and half your neighbors. What happens within a short time? That’s right, the flies are back! Nothing will get rid of flies permanently. There is only one thing to do to keep the flies from your garbage cans…put out clean garbage cans. Flies will still come by, but since there is nothing there for them to eat, they will continue on their way.
Fine, but what has this to do with Chiropractic? Just this: The reason people get sick is the same reason flies seek out garbage cans, because they are in an “unhealthy” state.
Think about this for a minute. Why is it that two people eating the same foods, working at the same job, and living similar lifestyles can respond so differently to a virus or bacteria?
This question has sparked much controversy. In the 1800’s, a continual battle raged between Louis Pasteur, the father of the germ theory of disease, and his former professor, Claude Bernard, the noted French physiologist. Pasteur believed that the germ caused disease; the seed so to speak, of all disease. Bernard, on the other hand, declared the cause of disease was the soil, not the seed. More specifically, Bernard said, “Illnesses hover constantly above us, their seeds blown by the wind, but they do not set in the terrain unless the terrain is ready to receive them.” He saw that a weakness of a person’s defense (neuroimmune) system would allow organisms in the environment to take hold. Whereas, someone in the same environment, with a fully-functioning neuroimmune system may easily resist those same organisms. Their disagreement as to the cause remained quite bitter until Pasteur, on his death-bed, admitted that he was wrong, declaring, “Bernard was right, it is the soil, not the seed.”
The only sensible approach to health is to keep your body functioning at its optimum level. How…? We’ll see what the medical profession has to say about this in the next issue. Stay tuned!