05 Jan Why I am a Chiropractor
When I am looking for a professional to work with, I appreciate knowing why they do what they do. This helps me determine if we are a good fit. It is my hope that the information I share in this post will serve you the same way.
With all respect to my parents, the era and culture I grew up in did not emphasize healthy eating. It did emphasize that there was a pill for every problem. This led to 22 years of sugar addiction and lack of vegetables and water. Preventative health care for me was taking a painkiller in the morning because I knew that I would get a serious headache by the end of the day. Fatigue, crankiness and a weakened immune system were my normal. Not a pretty picture.
Serendipity brought Dr. Jim into my life. As a prospective physiotherapist, I needed volunteer hours in a clinic. I ended up in a chiropractic clinic who employed a physio. Dr. Jim was passionate about explaining chiropractic to me. I will never forget when he stated that the nervous system controls all functions of the body and if working properly the body can heal itself. He went on to say that the nervous system can have interference due to ‘Thoughts, Traumas and Toxins’ (emotional, physical and chemical stress). Dr. Jim added that with a healthy lifestyle and chiropractic care, most bodies can get well and stay well, furthermore all bodies can, at the very least, improve. This was the first time I heard these concepts and it turned my life upside down. It saved my life. Literally. Within a week I applied to Palmer College of Chiropractic. I arrived there the day after I finished my undergraduate degree.
Since 1990 I have become passionate about regular exercise, eating well and cleaning up any emotional baggage. My chiropractic adjustments continue at least once a month. I have not taken a single medication, over-the-counter or prescribed, since that year. I do not share this fact to hold the bar high, only to demonstrate my dedication to finding natural ways to deal with issues that come up (because the body will speak when it needs something).
My three children were all born at home and were adjusted from day one. While under my roof, they avoided medication. This is not to imply that they did not get sick, we dealt with it naturally through chiropractic care and natural products.
I continue to be inspired by the miracle of the human body to survive when times are tough and to thrive when the conditions are right. The following poem has been gospel to me since I became a Chiropractor in 1994.
WHY I AM A DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC
Because I honour the inborn potential of everyone to be truly healthy.
Because I desire to help the newborn, the aged, and those without hope.
Because I choose to care for the patient with the disease, not the disease.
Because I wish to assist rather than intrude; to free rather than control.
Because I seek to correct the cause, not its effect.
Because I know doctors do not heal, only the body can heal itself.
Because I have been called to serve others.
Because I want to make a difference.
Because everyday I get to witness miracles.
Because I know it is right.