Is Your Health Half Empty or Half Full?

On average I will rent an automobile a couple times a month. Immediately after sitting behind the wheel and prior to driving, I do my usual quick scan check in and adjust the mirrors, seat, and steering wheel position. Often times I do not pay much attention to the radio. But sometime later, especially if I have Pandora jacked in, the sound quality will often become a distraction. Very often the bass comes across too muddy or the mid-range notes cause a piercing spike-type pain. Then I remember, I need to adjust the equalizer.

A standard car radio typically has bass, mid-range, and treble settings. Inherent to vehicle acoustics, the most commonly needed equalizer adjustment is to turn down the mid-range, and slightly increase bass and treble. Everytime I remember to tweak these three controls, even just a little bit, I am amazed at how much more pleasing the music becomes. Then I think, why did it take me so long to notice how awful the music was sounding? The answer...everything is relative.

Hearing how much better the sound became due to adjusting the equalizer, allowed me to realize how inadequate the music previously sounded. This is an interesting dilemma. My new realization was only possible after I realized my previous sensory experience was somehow not good enough. What we judge as good quality is relative to our previous experience of what was assumed to be good quality. But how do we know what is “good” until we experience it at least once?

In my audio engineering days, in order to create the precise audio quality required, I used an equalizer with at least 12 separate band widths. This technology allowed me squeeze out every bit of sound quality the audio equipment and room acoustics would allow. I would not know what was possible until I got there at least once by which established a new standard. My driving goal became, what new heights can I push the sound quality envelop? I believe by nature, entering new territories of improved sensory awareness compels us to wonder, just how much better can the quality become...what is possible?”

Why am I telling you this? First, answer these two questions:

1. How often has your doctor asked you, “Do you want to feel phenomenal?”

2. How often have you gone to your doctor and asked, “What can I do to feel phenomenal?”

I suspect the answer to both of these questions is never. Most doctors do not think in terms of providing their patients a way of feeling great. Their primary directive is to help you feel better by taking away the symptoms judged as bad. When the symptoms reduce to a certain level of acceptance, that’s where the journey stops. By default, the underlying premise is to provide treatment because you feel bad. So would you rather feel great or just not feel bad?

Are you complicit in this outcome? Yes, if you answered never to question #2 above. Would you rather feel great or just not feel bad? I asked the question twice because it’s worth repeating. I think it is safe to say most health seekers searching the web or browsing through The Whole Foods nutrition aisles, are seeking a remedy to cure what ails them.

If you say, “Of course I want to feel great instead of just not feeling bad,” then let me challenge your statement with this scenario. You’re in pain, lots of pain. In that moment, your doctor says, “What do you want right now? I can give you something for the pain and you will feel better in about 20 minutes. Or we can take some steps that will move your toward greater wholeness that will eventually result in resolution of your pain. We really do not know how long that will take. But this journey will cultivate a profound sense of wellness beyond what you have experienced for quite sometime. It is very possible, you will feel phenomenal.” What would you choose? I can tell you based on the health care statistics and my own clinical experience, know the answer.

When did most patients and doctors lose that curiosity that says, “Just how good can we feel... what is possible?” I’m not talking about those individuals using recreational drugs. A chemical bio-hack that can easily push the psyche to experience sensory beyond it’s innate potential. Limited and judicious use of this pathway can be beneficial and fun, but too easily abused. The same can be said for therapeutic drugs, but obviously a much greater problem. An approach that pushes our metabolism to unhealthy adaptations evident with the all too common side effect.

All types of therapeutic intervention have their place. Whether it be drugs, surgery, an adjustment, nutrition, etc. But if the intention is to be therapeutic, then it is the use of some remedy to alleviate an aliment. It will help to fix some things and often times that is exactly what you need. But know it’s limitations. You are saying you would rather not feel bad instead of feeling good.

I can appreciate the desperate choices we make in those darkest hours. I will undoubtedly treat someone in my office this week requesting pain relief. And I will do my best to accomplish a successful outcome. But I will also do my best to make a part of that equation, the possibly of feeling phenomenal.

That is done by restoring optimal balance to some key areas: electrolyte movement, glucose control, oxygen utilization, autonomic nervous system balance, and proper pH. Of course a flexible spine and reduction of spinal cord meningeal tension ties everything together.

Let’s find out what is possible, contact me.

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