Spotlight on your health: Chiropractors help you express what you already possess

Today I want to talk to you about health and chiropractic.

If I were walking down Brady Street, where our campus is located, and I pulled someone off the street and asked them, “Where does disease come from?” What would they say? Bad germs, bad genes, right?

Most people today follow the paradigm that viruses, bacteria, fungi are out there and you can catch them, and it will cause a disease in your body if it is a bad one or if it was the right timing or whatever.

But B.J. Palmer sat down and he said, “wait,” and he wasn’t the first one, he wasn’t the only one. But he said, “wait.” In the same workplace, in the same environment, exposed to the same thing daily, what is making that person sick, while the other stays healthy? Valid point. What IS the difference?

Then Claude Bernard said it’s the internal milieu. It’s the internal environment of the body. Health comes from the inside.

It depends on our body’s resistance to those outside factors because those germs, bacteria, fungus, viruses are everywhere—including inside our bodies right now!

Now, as long as we have the paradigm that we are sick and helpless and diseased and meant to age that way, we are going to seek intervention that parallels that paradigm. And what I mean by that is that as long as we think that the body can’t heal itself, we will seek outside in intervention like drugs and surgery to cure us.

Now, let’s all picture ourselves in a room. That room is completely empty. It’s got a floor, a roof, four walls, maybe your room has carpet, maybe it has elaborate paintings on the walls, it’s your room. It has a light in the center of it. Now, let’s pretend that that light equals health, and the light is shining absolutely everywhere in that room, it’s hitting all four walls and it is shining everywhere on the floor. Let’s say that this light room is the picture of health.

Something is in that room. Something you don’t want. Can you give me an example? Let’s say it is a monster.

Is the light still hitting every spot in the room on those four walls that it used to? With that monster in the room? No. That monster is creating some shade, it casts a shadow behind it. Now, what did that monster create? Darkness. If health is light, what is this darkness? Disease. Great, so I wanted to tell you this because disease is lack of health, just as darkness is a lack of light.

Now, how many of you want to express that true health? That bright, shining light, everywhere in our bodies at all times? Great! You can. You absolutely can. Because I am telling you that there is a profession that is all about helping you express your true potential to be everything you can be, and function at 100 percent. That profession is chiropractic.

Chiropractic is based on three foundations. The philosophy, the science, and the art. 

The philosophy is that the power that made the body heals the body.

Our bodies are so smart. When we cut ourselves, it heals, without us thinking about it. Our hearts beat about 100,000 times in 24 hours, and we don’t think about it.  We grow, and we don’t think about it. Our cells are multiplying and getting rid of bad ones, and replacing them with good ones as we speak! Think of how grateful we can be for our bodies that they are so intelligent!

In chiropractic, we call that wisdom of the body innate intelligence.

 The science of chiropractic lies in the anatomy and physiology and research that we have done. We know that the brain sends messages to the spinal cord and out the nerves to the end organs. That spinal cord is SO important, we have a spine made up of 24 vertebrae made just to protect it.

Now, these bones can misalign, irritating a nerve and reducing that functioning, maybe only allowing 80% instead of 100%, causing what we call a subluxation. By a show of hands, who wants to function at 100% and no less?

The third foundation, is the art of chiropractic. The art is the ability of the trained chiropractor to remove this irritation, this monster in our room, the subluxation. There are many ways a chiropractor can do this, with many techniques, but the goal is the same, to address the cause.

Now that you know what a subluxation is, how do you get them?

There are three reasons for that. Trauma, toxins, and thoughts.

Trauma – whether it is a major or minor fall or bump, bad posture, baby coming out of a birth canal and getting twisted the wrong way.

Toxins – we need to really think about what we put into and onto our bodies, Does the food we eat have preservatives? Would you put the lotion that you’re putting on your body into your mouth?

Thoughts – important one that we maybe forget about sometime. We are so quick to dwell about what we should have said or done in the past, or worry/stress about that test or busy week in the future. That all detracts us from living in this moment! Being happy, right here right now.

Now, isn’t it fantastic that we have an entire profession dedicated to removing these subluxations, these monsters in our room!?  It’s amazing! And they are here to fully support your journey to health. They may even want to help you reduce the need for them, and help you prevent getting subluxations to begin with! They may want to help you prevent negative thoughts, traumas and toxins and these minor insults to your body so that you need to be adjusted less, have less subluxation, regain function and expression of 100% health! Our bright room! We each opportunity to reach your 100%. What does that mean to you?  It is my dream to be a chiropractor and empower people to reach their truest, 100% potential, that totally bright room, your body, perfect health.

 Kaileigh Strath, 6th trimester student
Davenport Campus

My journey that led me to Palmer

Hello All! My name is Devan Lysen and I am currently a fourth trimester student.  I come from a small town in Kansas called Andover.  It is actually a suburb of Wichita, Kansas.  It was a long drive to get to good old Davenport Iowa…. 9 hours to be exact!! The interesting thing about me is why I am in chiropractic school – especially since I did not grow up going to a chiropractor. In fact, I didn’t get my first adjustment until I was at a prospective student event at Palmer.

I wish I had a really awesome story about how chiropractic saved my life, or how it did all these amazing things for me, but unfortunately that did not happen. However, I did get turned onto the wonders of chiropractic from the chiropractor that moved his practice into my personal trainer’s gym.

At the time I was planning on going into physical therapy school, when my world got turned upside down and I found out what chiropractic could do. The main reason why I wanted to become a physical therapist was so I could work with athletes. Then I discovered how much a technique called ART (Active Release Technique) could help out the population I longed to work with the most. After talking to Dr. Hummel about the difference between chiropractic and physical therapy I realized there might be something to this thing called chiropractic.

I dove in head first into looking at various schools and what they could offer me.  It was during my trips that they explained to me the simplest truth: that the spinal cord sends out signals to and from the brain that control every cell in the body, and that interference in this pathway could lead to dysfunction within the body. It was like a light bulb went off in my head. It was something I already knew, but never really thought of in this way before.  So I did a crazy thing, I followed my gut.  And my gut led me to Davenport Iowa and to Palmer College of Chiropractic.  And to tell you a secret it was the best decision I ever made!

Devan Lysen, 4th Trimester Student
Davenport Campus