I had brunch the other day
with two of our planet's most beautiful women. They are both oriented
towards obtaining natural health support from their lifestyles and seem
to think about that wherever possible. They are richly intelligent
women and their quests for improved health are long term. They
readily show the accumulation of wisdom from those years of health pursuit
in their conversational knowledge. I do so enjoy that consciousness
in our species.
One of the mature but still
young women was openly describing her thoughts on how to get and stay
healthy when the other, I’ll call her Shannon, interjected and enthusiastically
wished to share her finding of the single most important thing she had
ever come across that helped her gain and maintain more of her health
Of course we both listened
to Shannon intently. Then she said that the single most important
thing she does for her health is follow my instructions on what-not-to-eat.
I felt great upon hearing that from her. She has been one of my
patients for only a few years and started out a bit anchored in her
former paradigm of health. It was obvious that the “penny had
dropped” and I didn’t have to labor on helping to change her angle
of thinking any more. Her story is replicated by thousands over
the years. Some of my patients take longer than others to get
the “big idea” but if given an opportunity and then by their taking
the initiative to walk the first steps, most get the idea and reduce
much of their long term health losses, especially lower back pain, just
by changing their lifestyle alone.
Shannon had found out through
personal experience that it is not what you eat that is the more important
step in maintaining health but rather it is what you do-not-dare-eat
that supports the body first in its desire to thrive and be healthy.
Look about you to the young to see this, especially our breast feeding
babies. Every breast feeding mother knows that if she eats
unusually, especially spicy or poor grade foods she will have a winy
and colicky baby for the next few days. Directly from mother’s
milk baby may suckles stressors which stress us by twisting up and tightening
intestines to shut down the inside organs. This normal and natural
defensive reaction causes the debilitating discomforts that our baby
wails about. By not eating stressors Shannon had found the ongoing
comfort which reflected less stress upon her inside organs and a more
competent ability of those same organs to digest her good diet and provide
the thriving nourishment her nerves and muscles desire and need.
To get healthier and to get
rid of your back pain work with me from the premise that “we are what
we are.” We are not necessarily what someone else may tell us
what they think we are. No more history’s blundering with suppositions
and assumptions about what health is and how to get it. Dark aged
thinking is out of vogue to-day. Our Renaissance of health reform
is upon us should we just bring it home with intelligent thinking.
Sure we have to go a little outside of the pale to get the right idea
for a new health paradigm. But watching my children with their
electronics and the incredible skills and activities they perform with
them is what I may call “wizardry,” not deductive reasoning.
By comparison to the children’s electronic skills, conceptualizing
a “big idea of health” and using a new paradigm that we could all
enjoy and share to-day as well as in the generations of our children
to come should be easy for us.
Begin to get our health back
by insisting we are not just “that part” that has been described
as having failed in us. Rather start by thinking that we are a
whole, a number and variety of “parts” working together in concord,
with one heart. We are what we are and only that. We are
like all other living entities on this earth in one clear way, we are
a breathing phenomenon first and an eating phenomenon second, from the
womb to the tomb we continuously breathe and eat.
With respiration and elimination
included that is the only thing all of the species on earth have in
common. Then think like this with me, “If we are all the same
then why is it that all of us don’t get debilitating lower back pain?”
And then think “How and what causes a human failure to thrive?”
One of the first instinctive
responses in a human baby is to suckle. We see this in fetuses
sucking their thumbs in the womb. In order to create the physical
response of suckling we first have to get the head, and in particular
the mouth there, to where the food is. Or, as we often see in
the womb, we are programmed to bring things like the thumb and forefinger
closer to the mouth. The very first thing every newborn fresh
from the womb does is breathe. First our baby takes an enormous
chest filling breath, then secondly the unstressed newborn roots about
for mother’s nipple. Our baby is driven to breathe, then to
suckle and only then can it thrive. The newborn is instinctive
in this response and pushes and pulls his head around to find the nipple.
And he needs strong neck muscles and a base to do that work from.
Muscles move body structures and do the work for us.
The base response of finding
the nipple and suckling is achieved by harnessing the chest muscles
and ribs first with a deep breath and secondarily levering the head
with the neck muscles from there. The chest has to support the
neck actions by muscularly splinting tightly to form a strong foundation
along with the ribs. From the upper chest ribs, front, sides and
back of us come the higher neck muscles which have the task of moving
and stabilizing the neck and head for feeding and it requires nutritive
energy to continually do this. The baby has to desperately root
about to find the breast and its nipple to release the milk so it will
Baby’s acupuncture appendages
for the chest and its splinting muscles that lash the ribs to support
it’s neck for thriving are its thumbs. That’s right the thumbs
are the meridian termination for the chest, the “lung.” Later
he will hold on and tear with his thumbs, then his grasping to bring
in materials close to the face to “sniff and lick” will help train
his brain about choices. Our baby is what he is and will behave
in an instinctive and innate manner. The word “thrive” comes
from an old Viking word “thriven” which means to grasp or hold on.
That is what our thumbs evolved to do, they help to hold on to nutriments
for the muscular chest which supports our “first step” our breath
and enables the second step that of eating to thrive to occur in our
Garden of Eden.
Instinctive and innate are
our baby’s responses to thrive from its first second of life on this
planet. Every one of us began like this, by drawing in a huge
gasp of air and then rooting for mother‘s nipple. Most of us
got along past the first few days with nourishment from mother’s milk
and quickly we learned that if we wailed we were soon fed a formula
that usually fit nicely into our needs, wailing is another chest assisted
Baby’s physical actions to
its need to feed are automatic. Pre-programmed, instinctive and
innate nerve directed actions drive our baby to fulfill the wants and
desires of one of the oldest brains within us, our brain stem.
Our midbrain, pons and medulla oblongata, our brain stem, is along with
the cerebellum, part of the oldest brain region. Our brain stem
is housed deep in the base of the skull and proceeds to dwell like a
Moray eel within the more cavernous upper spinal canal’s opening of
the first five cervical or neck vertebrae. The inside of the upper
neck vertebrae allow a meshing ground for the brain stem to mingle its
nerves with those of the spinal cord which will reach all of the tissue
cells of the body. Some nerves will reach and control voluntarily
and others will control automatically every muscle and organ.
The inside space of the upper neck vertebrae is kind of like a many
thousand wire breaker box. Our brain stem also dangles separate
nerves from foramen or holes in the base of the skull outside and around
the spine which then reach deeply throughout the head and face, through
the chest and abdomen, then all the way to the feet. Our brain stem
senses and disperses essential nerve signals that activate the baby’s
instinctive responses to the need to drink, as well as our need to feed
The old lower skull and upper
neck brain stem part of us ensures the beating rhythm of our hearts.
It causes breathing along with hunger and thirst. Its impulses
time and mobilize the muscles and tissues of our digestive organs and
furthermore, and this is the lower back pain part, it is responsible
for integrating and activating our skeletal muscles. The brain stem
nerve responses automatically lever us down the trail, synchronizing,
activating and integrating our arms, legs, neck, chest and trunk muscles
allowing us to move smoothly and in balance enabling us to better gather
food or to run when needed in the Garden.
Wickedly voracious in its nutritive
needs brains and nerves weigh in at only 15% of our body mass, but they
consume 25% of our daily calories from food and a whopping 80% of our
oxygen. Brains and nerves do work too, they carry energy.
And the kicker to all of this is that the calories for the brains and
nerves to do work with must be in the sugar form of glucose. Our
brains and nerves will not tolerate sugars like fructose, maltose or
mannose, and must spend precious energy to convert them for only glucose
will do. To attempt to feed our nerves other than glucose will
create failure to thrive.
Protecting the delicate organs
of the nerves and brains are highly evolved food-sensing-systems.
The food sensing systems work for protection of our organs alongside
the chest with its ability to respire and download some of the body
heat generated from the large amounts of energy the brain, organs and
muscles consume. First by instinct like our baby and his suckling
then later in life modified by learned responses we are drawn to foods
to satiate the ongoing caloric needs of our tissues via a demanding
sense of hunger. We are drawn to and search for food by using
our face. Baby smells, senses and nuzzles his way to the nipple.
We continue on in a very similar automatic way throughout life as we
feed. When hungry our face pulls and points toward potential food
and we follow with all of the body parts in tow, especially our limbs
scrambling to assist the desires.
When we come upon food and
carefully snuffle and lick, assessing its potentials, we are using evolutionary
protective senses. We sense our food for texture, temperature,
color and consistency. We evaluate it further mouthing for the
taste of salt, sweet, sour, bitter and finally for “umomi” or for
savory, like the browning of roasted fats and proteins. If what
we are handling passes muster then we allow it to enter the sensitive
realm of the throat and stomach, we swallow it.
Once swallowed food is in a
totally different and automated environment. We no longer feel
its passage through the organs, we have no idea where it is along the
thirty feet of bowels or how it is achieving digestion for that is the
realm of the old brain stem. We don’t see or feel what we have
eaten for another day or two. And during that time we must rest
assured that our initial screening process was adequate and used wisely.
We rest confidently that what was chosen by us and then ingested was
food and that it was highly nutritious as well. After all, historically
eating well is what we became successful at and that enabled us to get
here. We became successful at quelling the harsh senses of hunger
and thirst from the old brain, the “Granddad” of our sensory and
Presumption that our food was
good and sound is mostly based on relying on senses that came from innate
responses to evolutionary tumbles which developed and placed those very
same organs within us. The sensory organs came to us by feeding
repetitiously over time in an environment of stability. To-day
we still have to look, snuffle, feel and lick the materials we present
to our face in an age old ritual of feeding developed over millions
and millions of years of repetition. We have become what we are
through adhering to an instinctive innate procedure which has proven
itself successful by our abilities to thrive, up until now.
Researchers posit that our
children will be the first generation to not outlive their parents.
The longevity clock is turning backwards for the first time ever.
Adolescent high blood pressure and heart disease is rampant. One
third of all Americans are frankly obese, not just overweight.
These poor souls are likely to become diabetic early in life and the
accompanying complications will lead them to their early death.
Most of us are in a compromised
state of health now. Most of us would fail all but the simplest
of rudimentary exams determined to measure muscular control and strengths
especially in the lower back and trunk areas. Many of the young
have early signs of difficulty breathing, that first step being unsuccessful
in their bid to support the neck and then eat well to thrive.
Adolescent lower back pain is common to-day too. Even those that
go to the gym and work out three or more times a week fail miserably
when manually muscle tested. Many of the narcissistic body builders
are failing to thrive too. Oh yes, they may look good to the untrained
eye but just like that old shiny Chevy at the curb, it too may look
good but you may change your opinion of it once you attempt to “start
Next week: Part 3
of You and Your Lower Back Pain
Read Part 1 HERE
About the author:
Dr. Brian Blower has been a licensed chiropractor for 35 years
practicing Applied Kinesiology and has been in private practice on
Grand Bahama Island for the past
10 years. He is a founding member of Applied Kinesiology Canada and was
educated at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. He has treated
many celebrities and also specializes in sports medicine. Dr Blower is
currently in practice at the
Center across from the Rand Hospital, Freeport. He can be reached at 242-351-5424 or 727-2454.
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