Spondylolisthesis is an intimidating word at first glance, but all you need to do is break it into 4 sections: spondy-lo-lis-thesis. Then it’s not so hard to say. Spondylolisthesis is also not so hard to understand if you think about its Greek root words: spondylo means “vertebra” and listhesis means “to slip.”
Spondylolisthesis is when one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra below it. Most often, that happens in the low back (lumbar spine) because that part of your spine bears a lot of weight and absorbs a lot of directional pressures. In other words, your lumbar spine has to move quite a bit (rotate in various directions) while carrying your body weight. Sometimes, this combination can put so much stress on the vertebrae that one of them slips forward. Continue Reading →
If you watch one of the many Emergency Room medical drama shows on TV you could be forgiven for accepting the myth that modern medicine has triumphed over nature. It often appears that people’s conditions can be healed within one single half-hour episode (including the time taken to bring you the important messages from their sponsors).
The encultured belief in our society is that there is a drug for every condition and if the condition can’t be suppressed or eliminated then you need to seek a more powerful solution quickly. We have adopted a ‘this for that’ mentality where we expect to be ‘fixed’ or cured instantly from whatever ails us so we can get back into life again, (which is usually what caused the problem in the first place. Continue Reading →
In 1927 R.W. Stevenson defined 33 principles that cover the belief structure of chiropractic. Whilst a lot of what was described in 1927 was not provable at the time it is amazing how much of what was stated then has been accepted as scientific fact now.
The purpose of today’s article is to draw your attention to the first of those 33 principles, which states:
“A universal intelligence is in all matter and continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus maintaining it in existence”.
So, what does this mean? Continue Reading →
For most of us, our journey into this world is no picnic. After a tortuous passage out into the light of day the child is taken from the mother for weighing and measuring, blood is taken for a PKU test and then Vitamin K is injected into the newborn. What a welcome!!!
Parents of newly born babies face a stand up battle in the delivery room with the hospital staff if they decide on any other course of action. Seldom are these procedures of an emergency nature and it is only in the most obvious cases of maternal malnutrition that this intervention should be considered. There is no reason to further trauma-tize the poor baby by sticking another needle in them to inject something that is most likely unnecessary in the first place and possibly very dangerous to their future health. Continue Reading →
The fact of the matter is that there is an amazing healing POWER that resides in all of us. There are 75 trillion cells in our bodies constantly interacting and communicating with each other. Think of the tens of thousands cellular interactions occurring each second of our lives.
Your heart knows exactly how much blood to pump and the exact pressure and rate at which to pump it. We don’t have to tell our lungs how to intake oxygen or our body cells how to use that oxygen to create energy and function. Thank goodness we don’t need to spend our mental energy telling our stomach how to break down the sandwich we ate for lunch. If we had to consciously coordinate blood clot formation when we got a cut on our hand, for example, a paper cut may cost us our lives. Continue Reading →
In the 1970’s Ivan Illich wrote a number of books including The Disabling Professions: and Diseasemongers: How doctors, drug companies and insurers are trying to make you feel sick. He wrote about the process of turning ordinary life and its ups and downs into medical conditions, the so-called medicalisation of society. He observed how the definitions of diseases are being widened in order to boost demand for doctors’ services and new products. He foresaw the alliances that have formed between groups of specialists, drug companies and even some patient groups, who all have a vested interest in making their particular condition look as widespread and serious as possible.
The media plays its part in disease mongering by using the biggest, most dramatic estimates of how many people suffer a disease and by featuring the most severe cases of disability. Continue Reading →
Did you know that the word “allergy” didn’t exist before the year 1906? It’s true: the word was created in that year. The reason the word “allergy” didn’t exist before 1906 is that allergies were almost inconceivably rare just 100 years ago! Can you imagine that? It’s so common nowadays for people to “have allergies,” but they were a new phenomenon only very recently. This clearly suggests that something has changed in our modern lifestyle – changed for the worse. Continue Reading →
It’s not what surrounds us that cause us to lose our health. It’s what’s inside us.
Looking around at the general population, you could be tempted to believe that allergies and sinus problems are normal. Or that they’re something you’ll just have to suffer with. They’re not. They’re common, but they’re definitely not a normal part of the expression of a healthy, well-cared-for body.
You see, you’ve been lied to. You’ve been taught that you’re a helpless victim to your environment. You’ve been taught that having “sinus” or “allergies” is a matter of bad luck – something you were born with. Continue Reading →
In our last blog we discussed some of the more common types of headaches, and some of the things that cause them. As we mentioned, many headaches are directly caused by subluxation and nervous system pressure. Spinal misalignments in the upper neck can cause pressure to your very delicate spinal cord and damage your health in many ways – even beyond pain like headaches. Your spine and nervous system are the foundation of your overall health – as always, with any persistent symptom, it’s essential that you make sure you’re subluxation-free. Only with full health and power in your body (delivered by a free and healthy nervous system) can you live your life at 100%, at your highest level! Continue Reading →
Morning Sickness is a common ‘condition’ of early pregnancy. Up to 70% of pregnant women experience this unpleasant situation. Within the medical community it is common for morning sickness to be referred to as a ‘symptom’ of pregnancy, as if pregnancy were a disease. The medical approach in dealing with this ‘symptom’ seems to be that morning sickness makes women distressed, so let’s alleviate the symptom, usually with drugs, and thereby relieve them of their discomfort. Continue Reading →