Breast Cancer, Motherless Children and Hope for the Future.

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Picture this: It’s Monday and a family is there for their adjustments at an odd hour, all of them looking sad and subdued. You see, they usually have their adjustments in the afternoon after school. Today however, they will be attending the funeral of their 43 year old mother. She leaves behind an 8 year old girl and a 10 year old boy.

For many of our readers the connection to this story will appear obtuse and non-relevant, but it really isn’t. We are all connected by disease, drug and alcohol addiction or other forms of abuse. It may not be a direct link, but whether we like it or not, our humanity is what connects us to these illnesses. Removing VSC in practice members with serious illness takes a special type of DC. While most DCs steer clear of treating these difficult, sometimes fatal cases, those who do often experience gut wrenching scenarios in their offices on an almost daily basis.

Far too many DCs unnecessarily restrict their practices to acute, adult, musculoskeletal pain. Sometimes we are stuck in the worn out, outdated world of Newtonian physics: wait until someone gets sick and then attempt to cure it. Quantum physics, on the other hand, dictates that health is a journey that begins at birth and ends with your last breath.  Offering only one type of care (condition based) is not unique, and it will not satisfy the needs of the next generation. However, offering correction and wellness care, along with condition based care, goes a long way to prevent major problems from ever happening. While we can’t promise a patient who receives regular prevention and wellness care that  they will never get sick, we can say with certainty that people who prioritize healthier nerve systems are in fact healthier than most.

We know that major illnesses usually fall into the categories of chronic, progressive and degenerative; meaning they take time to build up, manifest and often only progress for the worse. Attempting to work on something after it has manifested is inefficient, costly, and the outcomes are generally poor. Heart disease, Alzhiemers, MS and Cancer are all examples of progressive, degenerative diseases, that will often have some sort of impact on our lives. An ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure.

Prevention and wellness can not only prevent illness, but can also provide a higher quality of health and ultimately a longer life. In fitness, do we work out just for the benefit of swim suit season, or is a stronger, healthier body not our purpose? Aren’t healthy eating habits the best prevention for obesity?  Isn’t education the savior to ignorance?  We all make decisions and take action each day to better ourselves and our lives. Prevention and wellness care should be another one of those choices.

Working with the surviving members of her family is a step in the right direction, creating higher levels of health NOW.  Not waiting to address problems after they become major issues. It’s time for us to communicate our true colors instead of allowing history to repeat or worse, have these kids face new illnesses that aren’t yet around. Sure, people in suffering need our help, but prevention and wellness will create the greatest change.