The same power that made your body has the ability to heal your body. Imagine if everybody in the world adopted and lived by this knowledge—wouldn’t the world’s diseased conditions and illness rates be very different?
No longer would we be putting synthetic formulas or tablets into our bodies, thinking they would improve our health. That practice is most harmful to our longevity on this planet.
I have chosen to be part of a profession which has a philosophy that teaches that health is expressed from the inside out. It is a philosophy and a way of life. Humankind’s ability to heal ourselves and express health is an innate knowing far greater than our educated minds. It suggests that we were born with a limitless potential to express health. Regaining, maintaining, growing and educating ourselves in health is our responsibility. We make choices for ourselves based on our knowledge and understanding, which, in turn, creates our reality. What’s important is that we respect the life and intelligence within our body, and realize how amazing it is.
Understanding life’s processes is crucial to respecting the internal intelligence that keeps us functioning every day of our lives. To increase that awareness and respect, let’s examine the intricate order of events that take place to make us who we are as physical beings.
Stage by Stage
The first step is the sexual act. During intercourse, the sperm know what to do—not just once, but time and time again. They swim and swim and swim, competing against each other for the right to penetrate the ovum wall. Provided there is no interference, sperm finds its way to the egg every time. Upon fertilization, there are now all the necessary cells to form a human being. Remarkable! Proteins, DNA codes, organs and nerves are ready to work harmoniously together to form a person. Provided there is no interference, this job shall be complete at the end of nine months.
After three weeks, the intricacies of the construction call for a governing system. At this stage, the brain and the nerve system form to help coordinate development. They do this job for the rest of our lives, provided there is no interference. The nerve system controls all the functions of the cells, tissues, organs and systems of the body, from the embryonic stage through adulthood. The nerve system is responsible for the homeostasis mechanism, enabling us to adapt to an ever-changing external environment based on our perceptions. A system like this needs no help—just no interference!
Around weeks five and six, the skeleton begins to grow. This continues until we are fully formed. Ever notice that we have two ears, situated on either side of our head? Or that our eyes are positioned just under our forehead in the orbital cavity, below our eyebrows? What enables this to happen? The internal wisdom of the body—the innateness of design, if you will—creates this without us consciously thinking about it. At only 11 weeks, all the systems of the body are in working order, with the muscles and nerves working together to create the first movements. The entire system is the size of our little finger. Ain’t that grand? Only five weeks later, we are identifiable as a human being, with eyelids, ears, nose, mouth, fingernails, feet and organs. These are all coordinated to enable growth and development under the watchful eye of our innate intelligence, and governed by the nerve system. At around 18 weeks, we can suck our thumbs. We now know the benefit to this: It’s preparation for breastfeeding upon birth. It also helps regulate the sacro-occipital motion and the pumping of the cerebrospinal fluid around the body, delivering nutrients to the nerve system and taking toxins away.
At this stage, fetuses develop personalities of their own. We’re able to grasp with our hands, swim, turn somersaults, cry, communicate and even punch—I’m sure many mothers have felt that! If there is no interference, we continue to grow into healthy human beings without assistance from external sources.
At 28 weeks, fetuses are considered “viable,” which means we have everything we need to be able to live outside of our mothers. Hair begins to appear, not only on our head, but on our body and eyebrows. A beautiful, cheesy-looking vernix envelops us in order to protect our skin from drying. Our sleeping patterns
start to appear, and we will respond to sounds in frequencies too high or too low for adults to hear. In the next month, our eyelids open, our eye teeth emerge, our hand grip is strengthened and we learn to recognize our mother’s voice.
Once we’re born, we will see for the first time, experience temperature changes for the first time, experience gravity for the first time, and breathe using our lungs for the first time (inhaling just the right amount of oxygen)—all this outside of our stable environment. All our organs are prepared to function at 100 percent. Newborns will do this exactly right every time, provided there is no interference. Children have within themselves an endless supply of possibilities!
We’ve followed the journey of the unborn child to increase our awareness and respect for the intricacies of the innate intelligence. In every living thing, there is an intelligence which, if allowed to express itself without interference, will do so exactly right, every time.
The Body Heals Itself
Sue and Mark were at a loss as to what to do and where to go to help their four-month-old son, Ben. Upon his birth, Ben’s parents noticed the front-to-back strain through his cranium—a twisting type of action where his left side was further forward than his right side. The left frontal, temporal and occiput were pushed forward, and the right frontal, temporal and occiput were pushed back. The parents were alarmed at the sight of his skull, and sought out a pediatrician who specialized in that area.
Upon their visit, the pediatrician informed them that if Ben’s skull didn’t correct itself in the next few months, the young boy would have to wear a helmet constantly in order to redirect the growing of the bones to establish something more aesthetically appealing.
The pediatrician didn’t mention brain development, or the advantages of breastfeeding in situations like this. Ben already had limitations in his neck movement, and fitting him for a helmet at such a young age, when he was unable to coordinate the head lifting movement, seemed absurd to the parents. They had been told so many things about Ben’s condition that they felt awfully confused.
Before agreeing to the helmet, Mark and Sue visited a doctor of chiropractic, who explained about the power of the body and its innate wisdom. The practitioner also explained the daily impact the strain had on Ben’s sleep and waking patterns. Ben’s limited side-to-side movement was a result of in-utero constraint coupled with a challenged birth. Sue was breastfeeding at the time, but found it difficult to do on the left side. The doctor explained that breastfeeding helps the cranium to open up— especially after an adjustment. Sue was encouraged to continue breastfeeding, even in the face of the challenges. The practitioner assured her that it would improve.
After a series of adjustments, Ben’s cranium started to balance itself. His neck movements started to become freer, and overall the boy came alive. Sue later took Ben back to the pediatrician’s office, and noticed another mother sitting in the waiting room with a child in a helmet. Sue found she couldn’t stop herself from telling the mother about her experience of regular adjustments and the impact it had made to Ben’s life in such a short time. Sue shared everything with the mother until the pediatrician called her in with Ben. The doctor couldn’t help but notice the changes in Ben’s cranium. He was astonished at the results in such a short period of time.
B.J. Palmer said, “You never know how far-reaching something you think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” Sue affected the life of the lady in the waiting room by sharing her story, and chiropractic affected the lives of Sue, Mark and Ben. Nature truly needs no help—just no interference.
About the Author:
Sarah Farrant, D.C., is the founder and CEO of Vital Practice Essentials, which offers intimate coaching for decisive people focusing on vitalistic marketing and health education. In addition to her doctorate in chiropractic, Farrant also has extensive education in teaching, psychology and general science. Her book, The Vital Truth, provides principled and on-purpose health answers for chiropractors, health professionals, and the lay public.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #27.
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