For obvious reasons, lately I've been watching more baseball than usual. Hard not to notice the unique set up many baseball batters perform as part of their batting stance. A ritualistic type pattern of an array of repetitive movements. I mentioned this observation to an acquaintance who is an avid golfer and overall sports enthusiast, and he said that was their rhythm. But I disagree with his assessment of the behavior of these batters. I submit that it is not a true rhythm but rather an intellectually derived pattern. A small detail, but for me, awareness of the difference between a pattern and a rhythm, is synonymous to a musician practicing scales or playing improv.
In this situation, I define a pattern as a mental construct using a combination of movements that continuously repeat themselves, with no variation. A rhythm is organic and alive. It has variation in it's movements and can be influenced by elements of intensity, frequency, time, and other dynamics of physics. Within the realm of a rhythm, we can have an entrainment of frequencies that may lead to an experience of flow.
Actions in flow are in the moment and made possible by an alignment of space, time, awareness, and so much more. This optimal state sets the stage for the athlete's performance to appear magical. Of course all elite athletes want this. But so does everyone. And that possibility is available to all of us when we have a nervous system clear of subluxations, a balanced metabolism, and a now-time awareness. It is our natural state and based in science. I believe it is what the batter is trying to conjure by performing their ritual batting stance pattern.
But without this foundational alignment, they cannot find their natural state. So they rely on the supernatural. Could it be that the absence of experiencing this "magical" alignment is the prerequisite for reliance on superstition? We all know that superstition is rampant in the world of sports... for players and fans. To perform a ritual behavior that will positively influence performance. To somehow alter the events of the future by replicating previous actions, based on the assumption that it was those actions that helped to create a previous positive outcome.
Okay, let's go with that premise. Then why will a batter continue to do their ritual batting stance even after going a whole game or two or three...without a good performance? What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.
You may wonder by now, why am I talking so much about baseball? Fair question, because I'm not an expert in how to play baseball. But I am an expert in attaining super and natural health. Especially with the use of metabolic and neurologic optimization, and keen observation of their related human behaviors.
Many of the same quirk behaviors we all observe related to sports players and fans, are also performed by health seeking individuals. Do you diligently take your potions, either pharmaceutical or nutraceutical based, in the hopes of avoiding disease or staying healthy? Without any scientific/professional guidance, do you ritualistically take something that is "good for" some dis-ease you believe you currently have or may someday get?
With the exception of medicines needed for acute crisis care and advanced degenerative diseases, I would venture to say most vitamins/minerals/super foods/you-name-it/ taken by healthy and unhealthy individuals, are not founded in science, but rather hopes and dreams. That may sound hard core, but what are your markers that establish the efficacy of your actions?
I may be talking to the choir because I hope many of you reading this have already been exposed to this line of reasoning, due to previously receiving healthcare from our office. But even so, it is often necessary to hear it many times because you will hear the opposite message everywhere else. Pharmaceutical and nutritional companies using TV and radio broadcast, and media print, to push their miracle drugs and amazing supplements. To add insult to injury they say ask your doctor if this drug is right for you. Good luck, seriously good luck.
Let me share with you my thoughts as I briefly peer into the world of nutritional sales. I Googled "Amazon most popular health supplements 2019." It took me to an Amazon page that list their most popular products based on sales. And the data is updated hourly. Here are their top ten products. I realize this is random and who knows what is really going on behind the search, but here we go.
#1. Probiotic, 60 billion CFU with 30 strains - that's really a lot!
#2. Probiotic, 50 billion CFU with 16 strains - specific to women!
#4. Probiotic, 40 billion CFU with 4 strains - less strains, but no refrigeration needed!
#5. Probiotic, 50 billion CFU with 20 strains - stomach acid resistant!
#9. Probiotic, 5 billion CFU with 15 strains - patented time release micro pearls,
15x more survivability!
And rounding out the top 20 with honorable mention: #'s 13, 14, 16, and 18 which were all probiotic products.
As you can see, people are choosing their probiotic based on the CFU quantity. I do not recommend using the quantity as your deciding factor. The quality is more important. I do not necessarily mean how it was manufactured, and if it has the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) seal stamped on the label. They almost all have that. I'm referring to intent behind why certain probiotics were grouped together. Each strain has a specific set of properties and metabolic influence. Some will ramp up your immune system. That's good, right? Wrong. If you have an autoimmune condition, you don't want your immune system ramped up. It could cause increased tissue destruction. Some have a specific effect on insulin resistance. That's good, right? Right, if you have insulin resistance. Some strains cause weight gain, so which ones should you avoid? Ask your Amazon vendor. Good luck with that.....Or ask me.
#3. Omega 3 Fish Oil Triple Strength - Was it the triple strength that hooked the consumer to buy this one? Their label states, "Our fish only comes from fresh, wild-caught fish, not farm raised, so you get up to 3 times more omega 3 fatty acids in every serving." I very rarely recommend omega 3 supplements for reasons that go beyond the intent of this article, but I would assume most people would prefer fresh wild-caught fish over non fresh farm raised. At least for reasons related to contamination if nothing else. The 3 times more omega 3 per serving was something I had not heard before, so I had to do a little research. I quickly found a study showing that the fatty acid profiles of the fish species tested (salmon, Alaskan pollack, tilapia, catfish, and Atlantic cod) varied to such a large extent that it was an inconclusive issue.
#6. Colon 14 Day Cleanse. The primary ingredients are senna leaf and cascara bark. Both are laxatives, shocking. This product also threw in 50 mg of lactobacillus acidophilus, but did not specify how many colony forming units per gram (CFU/g). So 50 mg does not tell us anything. Just as well, this is the probiotic that causes weight gain.
#7. CoQ10, 100mg (Ubiquinone). You're on your own on this one. Hard to know the level quality this nutritional company puts into their final product. Just not enough full disclosure. Best of luck.
#8. Glucosamine with Chondroitin. Same comment as with #7.
#10. Creatine Monohydrate Powder. Same comment as with #7.
The last three above (7, 8, 10) are good examples of the fact that there are so many products to choose from with so little real product information to go on. You don't really know what you are getting. Ironic, but that may not matter so much when you don't really know what you’re truly getting it for. That’s why you need to know your specific metabolic imbalance.
For healthcare you should not have to rely on luck, or superstition, or rituals, or Amazon vendors, or inadequate doctors. Fortunately there is a better way. Rely on science. Call our office and get your metabolism tested. See what needs to be addressed to experience authentic health.
PS. Check this out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq3wHHmhBZI