Suppression Is Not Expression!

In this day and age, our state of health is often determined by how well we feel. If feeling lousy, what’s the typical response? Most grab some Sudafed or Nyquil, take it, and push on with their day. Then, when the medication wears off and we feel bad again, pop another pill.

This process repeats sometimes for weeks, until we actually start to feel better. Then the sentiment is that the medication worked. We say, “thank goodness that Nyquil (or medication of choice) cured me of the flu!”

That, unfortunately, is not entirely correct.

Often times when we experience “bad” or uncomfortable feelings in our body, our first inclination is to go to the doctor. We then expect to be given something, much like a magic bullet, that will make us feel better, so that we can again resume our routine.

However, this approach is not addressing the real issue. To be accurate, we need to look at what process occurred for the medication to do its job. No matter what the symptom, when we take a drug, we are suppressing or repressing the brain’s messages to the body. Take for instance, by popping Nyquil for a cold, we are manipulating our bodies to not express the natural immune responses. In essence, we numb and desensitize our brains and bodies.

When we opt for a quick fix, we really don’t feel better…we actually feel less. We do not dive into the source of the issue.

Another illustration is when organs are surgically removed. Once removed, the cause of the organ’s malfunction is not addressed, only the effects it was creating. Often times, we begin to think that we feel better after an organ -ectomy, but in reality nothing has changed. We merely suppressed the signals to the brain and brainstem by removing the alarm that was sounding off. So in reality, we reduce the communication between the brain and body; we sense or feel less.

On the flip side, we have been indoctrinated in our society to think of health as the absence of symptoms. The misnomer is that, “If we are not sick then, we must be healthy, or if all of our tests report normal levels, then we must be fit as a fiddle, right as rain, and healthy as a horse.” There is nothing more to do as long as we pass the test. Sadly, that approach leads to disease processes thriving.

But, if symptoms are not indicative of our overall well being and health, then what is the measure to use showing we are on a path to greater health?

Well, true health is an inner sense of well being and the body’s ability to respond and ADAPT. If you feel constantly challenged to keep up with life, then its time to make some serious adjustments. Like with any imbalance, the first step is to assess and admit there is an issue.

The following questionnaire may provide some useful insights. Answer it honestly for yourself. You may be surprised by some of your answers.

  • On average, do you feel your thought processes throughout the day are crystal clear?
  • Is it easy for you to make decisions or come to conclusions about ideas and events in your day?
  • Do you often feel foggy?
  • Do you get intuitive hits about your life and its best course of action regularly?
  • Is it “normal” for you to focus on the bad or negative side of situations?
  • Do you spend a lot of time worried or fearful of all the things that could happen?
  • Are you easily influenced by the media’s broadcasts?
  • Are you easily persuaded by others to act or feel a certain way?
  • Do you often feel as if you are on a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the day?
  • Is it common to describe you as calm, cool, and collected?
  • Is your initial response to big news filled with fear or emotion?
  • Do you continually discover ideas and events that inspire you and/or get you excited about life?
  • For the most part, do you feel inspired to achieve?
  • Do you suffer from intention deficit disorder? This means that you have an intention for your life’s purpose or lack one?
  • For the most part, do you feel happy with your life and all it has presented up to this point?
  • Does your general experience in life covered by an inner sense that “everything is going to be ok?”
  • How often are you in a state of gratitude?
  • Which is more common for you: to trust in the flow of daily events in your life or constantly worry about them?

These questions ultimately paint a picture of how your whole health is being expressed…physically, mentally, and spiritually. Answering yes to many of these questions is an indicator that your inner system is out of balance. This imbalance presents itself long before any physical symptoms occur; thus, it is best opportunity to make fast, effective changes.

So, what changes do you feel motivated to make in your life?


Designed Healthy

Despite popular thought, we are meant to be healthy and well. Unfortunately there are lots of messages that speak to the contrary. The principle of life is a cornerstone concept in chiropractic. It states that the body’s most natural, balanced state is optimal health and well being. Dr. Clayton Sullwold explains this principle further and describes what happens to the body when there is any #interference to the flow of life.

There ya have it.

How will this impact your life?



Alternative Medicine Does Not Exist

In the last 20 years, we have had new terms in healthcare become part of popular culture. These terms include, but are not limited to: alternative medicine, natural medicine, complementary alternative medicine (CAM), and holistic medicine.

So what do all of these descriptions have in common?

Yes, the word medicine, but what does medicine mean? gives one definition as:
the art or science of restoring or preserving health or due physical condition, as by means of drugs, surgical operations or appliances, or manipulations: often divided into medicine proper, surgery, and obstetrics.

When I hear the word, I think of my mother. Because of sayings like, “You’ll get a dose of your own medicine!” or “Take your medicine.” Many times the song from Mary Poppins chimes in my head, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!” I think of the stuff in the bottle, that stuff that you didn’t want to take as a kid, because it usually tasted like “something” on a shingle! I remember thinking as a kid, “Anything that tastes this awful can’t be good for me.”

Funny how, intuition is often correct.

So what do my childhood memories have to do with modern medicine and alternative medicine?

It has to do with how we relate to the terminology, the common language used and what associations pop into our head consciously or subconsciously when we hear certain words. For example, if someone says the word Porsche, we immediately see in our mind a red, silver, or black cool looking sports car that has a cool emblem which looks like a shield with a horse in the middle and black and red stripes speeding along a coastal highway. Depending on our level of consciousness, we will usually picture this car as affordable, fun, and exciting or expensive, unpractical and out of our price range. This may even bring about feelings of self-worth or one’s overall status.

How are these feelings playing out in our lives?

When I hear the words complementary, alternative medicine, holistic medicine, and natural medicine; giant red flashing lights and sirens that sound like fire engines go off in my head. I am very tuned into the subconscious meaning these words play in our lives, particularly since professionally I get lumped into this field.

Let’s first look at the word alternative.

We have all had the experience of driving down the road and coming upon a sign that says, “Road closed ahead, use alternative route.” This experience maybe a bit annoying, but it’s not too big of deal, because it is understood that we will get to our intended destination. The term alternative applies in that scenario. However, it’s inaccurate when describing the healing arts such as Chiropractic, Ayurveda, and Classical Chinese Therapies within the medical profession. There are different objectives and philosophies in play, and there are actually different destinations.

Modern medicine’s primary focus and purpose is to diagnose and treat symptoms by focusing on the parts of the body with methods such as medicine, drugs, and surgery as a means to this end. Per its definition, the body is inherently weak and deficient and needs things outside of its self in order to be healthy. In our analogy, this is the route on the highway headed directly to a medical destination, like the hospital.

The primary focus of the healing arts, such as Chiropractic, Upper Cervical Care and more, is not on the parts of the body, but the whole of the person. By looking at the entire person and how well they feel, we seek to remove interference that is impeding life and its flow. When the interference is addressed, then the maximal expression of life can occur in the body. We look at the body as a self-healing, self-regulating organism that needs nothing added to it from the outside world in order to heal. When we balance the internal normal functions of the body, we see health naturally express itself as a means of what we truly are. In this innate model, the body is programmed for health and well-being, for survival and adaptation, and for life more abundantly. In our popular culture, however, this model has been labeled as alternative when in reality it is completely different. Taking this highway will not lead to a hospital after the detour…it’ll be an adventurous ride of self discovery.

This philosophy and understanding of health has absolutely nothing to do with medicine. The healing arts are built upon entirely different philosophies, objectives, goals and outcomes than modern medicine. To use the word medicine after such words as holistic and chiropractic, is an oxymoron by the very definition of their philosophy. Alternative medicine is devious and deceiving term and is anything but complementary. Medicine is a single entity. Yet, everything that is different from medicine gets lumped together when each practice has its own history, origins, and modalities. The wisest label to use is the healing arts. The end results of having a more complete individual is the commonality, but each profession should be distinguished as it’s own entity not lumped together as a unified idea. Its degrading, which is exactly what the medical establishment wants.

To seek an alternative route is to arrive at the same destination. This is fundamentally not true when discussing the healing arts, particularly chiropractic. To the unknowing person who has not been educated to know the difference, the language subconsciously affects their thoughts and beliefs about their health and influences the actions they will take toward addressing their health. Chiropractic and other healing arts take a 180-degree turn from the route of medicine and go in the opposite direction. This distinction should be understood as such by the doctors and their patients. Alternative medicine simply does not exist, because the alternative route does not lead to an alternative destination. Instead, chiropractic and other healing arts lead the person driving the car to an entirely new and exciting destination! The “fixing something from an outside” approach is much different than having a complete and total healing from within.

Which route do you plan to take?