Cause and Effect
The 17th principle of chiropractic states that every effect has a cause and every cause, an effect. Pretty obvious, you might say. One cannot exist without the other, but when it comes to our health we seem to too often forget that a temporal relationship between the two events exists.
Medically, we tend to think that the appearance of a health ‘condition’ just happened and if we can’t find a cause that makes sense at the time the condition is noticed, we tend to put the condition down to bad luck or genetics or something as equally inane and treat the effects, leaving causes to remain.
Chiropractic states that every effect has a cause and that the highest purpose in health care is to locate and address the cause letting the person’s body deal with the effects.
Structure affects function in the human being and therefore any alteration to structure, especially the person’s skeletal system will affect the way the person behaves, performs and functions.
As the insanity of the ‘magic bullet’ to ‘cure’ conditions is becoming increasingly apparent we are seeing more acknowledgement of cause – effect. A recent article in the popular press stated that, “head injuries could be responsible for some behaviour disorders in children and adolescents. As many as 20 per cent of children who have suffered mild head injuries through sport or playground falls may develop symptoms years later.” These symptoms, according to University of New England lecturer Dr James Donnelly, may be misdiagnosed as ADD or attitude or motivational problems. “Blows to the head that cause changes in the child’s ability to think clearly, especially those that cause a loss of consciousness, may have jarred the brain in the skull,” Dr Donnelly said.”
Even minor knocks and bumps to a child’s head and neck can produce subluxations that cause altered function, which can cause the person to suffer for the rest of their life unless the damage is corrected.
On the subject of injuries and arthritis, a study from Johns Hopkins University suggests that even a single minor injury in the teen years may significantly increase a person’s risk for osteoarthritis later on. The study looked at data on 1,337 Hopkins medical school students who had graduated 40 years ago and were examined each year since. They found that those subjects who suffered a knee injury before age 22 had a threefold greater risk of getting arthritis in that knee by middle age.
The degeneration associated with subluxation is relentless and progressive and the only apparent solution to the problem is early detection and correction.
Doesn’t it make sense to you to ensure that children are checked for subluxations on a regular basis from birth? It does, if every effect has a cause and every cause, an effect.
cause and effect.