"Look well to the spine for the cause of disease." - Hippocrates
Taking the words of Hippocrates, also known as The Father of Modern Medicine, one step further to replace the word "spine" with "nervous system" has greater meaning. The ancient Greek physician knew quite well that the most important two functions of the spine is to support and protect the most delicate and intelligent system, our nervous system. It is mainly comprised of our brain and spinal cord accompanied by over 37 miles of nerves.
Our nervous system is one giant sensory system that perceives or senses our environment and coordinates the behavior of all other cells. Our body's perception is altered when the accumulation of physical, chemical and emotional stressors surpass our nervous system's ability to adapt. Mainstream mentality naturally goes with what appears to be more controllable, ergo the controlled limitation of physical, chemical and emotional stress by means of meditation, yoga, toxin-free living and the whole food diet. These are great, but is that really all there is to it?
When our sensory system is overloaded with stress and gets stuck in what we call ‘fight or flight mode’ our body's greatest defenses shut down and give permission for anxiety, fatigue, autoimmunity, sensory processing disorder, constipation, ADD/ADHD, ear infections, and much more, thus wrecking havoc on our entire lives.
So what if we could change the way our brain perceives and reacts to our environment to make us more resilient and adaptable to the stressors of the world around us? Hmmm, now there’s a thought …