The human body is obsolete. It’s plagued by chronic fatigue, chronic stress and all sorts of maladies.
It is was not built for the 21st century.
That’s why chronic fatigue and other chronic conditions are so prevalent today. In fact, 60% of Americans had one – or more! – chronic illnesses as of 2014.
Are you designed for surviving or thriving?
Your body is perfect. It never does anything wrong. But it’s responding to today’s threats with a 10,000 year old technology for survival. If you face a challenge you have three responses: fight, flight, or freeze. The sympathetic nervous system kicks in automatically, secreting adrenalin and other hormones. It increases the heartbeat, oxygenates the blood, supercharges the body, and accomplishes the task of getting you out of harm’s way. Digestion, cell repair and a multitude of complex body processes are put on the back burner until the threat passes. Once you escape or overcome your adversary, you are free to move into a state of rest, dominated by the parasympathetic nervous system, where you can heal, repair, and create.
The autonomic nervous system adapts to current stresses real or imagined. While one dominates, the other is reduced to a bare minimum. Based on what’s needed to survive, your body orchestrates a multitude of functions. The sympathetic nervous system regulates “fight or flight”; the parasympathetic nervous system allows for “rest and digest.” But to thrive you need to balance both states and not remain in either one for too long.
Technology…time-saving miracle or energy drain?
You’d think in the 21st century, with all the labor saving technology, you would have more time to do both—to react to threats, then rest and heal. But that’s not how it works. Modern technology has put more demands on your time and attention, not less. You are tethered to your laptops and computers. Social media makes you feel guilty if you are not available 24/7. You are overtaxed and overstimulated and the sensory inputs never stop. Most of these inputs are perceived as threats.
Once the autonomic nervous system takes over, you don’t have access to judgement and you can’t tell real threats from imagined threats. The “feed-forward” mechanism that ensured your ancestors survived is still protecting you. Your body react the same way to watching someone get shot at in a movie, say, or in a video game, or even on the nightly news, as it would if there was a real threat of being shot. The constant barrage of possible threats keeps the sympathetic nervous system dominant and keeps you in perpetual fight or flight. It’s difficult to shift gears to give our minds and bodies the time to rest, digest, and heal. The alarm is constantly blaring.
You’re losing resources faster than you can replace them…
Spending too much time fighting the bear and running away from predators causes a depletion in resources. The vitamins and minerals used to run your body are in short supply making the work of rebuilding muscle tissue and making neuro-transmitters difficult if not impossible. They aren’t replenished adequately because digestion has been compromised and food-borne bacteria and other flora may proliferate. The natural balance in the gut becomes imbalanced and conditions like candida overgrowth, small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and irritable bowel syndrome develop. A permeable gut allows undigested proteins to leak into the blood stream and become allergens that cause food sensitivities and allergic responses. The decrease in available nutrients results in all kinds of negative health consequences including chronic back and joint pain, diminished organ function, low energy, obesity, anxiety and depression, headaches, diabetes, chronic fatigue, heart disease, and even cancer.
Big or small…stress causes trauma that plagues us all.
All conditions can be the result of external or internal trauma—to the mind (emotional stress); to the body (muscle, bone, nerve, or organ misalignment); or to biochemical balance (from the environment or unhealthy nutrition). Or some combination of the three.
This isn’t our fault. It’s the world we live in, with all its external stimuli and stress inducers, including work; environmental, noise, and chemical pollution; artificial lighting; clutter; processed foods high in sugar; lack of exercise; sedentary lifestyles (“sitting is the new smoking,” observes Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State Obesity Solutions Initiative); pervasive electronic technologies, and so on. It’s exhausting just thinking about it—literally. And this exhaustion weakens the immunological, neurological, and endocrine systems.
A synergistic approach to dealing with stress…
In this age of specialization, many approaches to health focus on addressing just one of the trauma areas – mind, physical body or chemical balance. Though treating one area may bring temporary relief. To flourish, all three areas of trauma that prevent healing must be addressed.
This is what we do at Abundant Health Arizona, an advanced Chiropractic practice for the 21st century. Dr. Carla Gibson, Chiropractic Physician, creates a unique plan of traditional chiropractic adjustments, advanced neuro-emotional reprogramming, and metabolic balancing for each patient. In doing so, we free up energy and create the conditions to allow for rest and healing. In this way, we turn off the fight or flight alarm, or at least reduce its volume, to give the body the resources it needs to flourish.
Dr. Carla Gibson, D.C., has had great success improving:
- Back and neck pain
- Chronic Fatigue/MFES
- Arthritis and joint pain
- High blood pressure
- The complications of pregnancy
- Autoimmune Conditions
If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, schedule your free initial consultation with Dr. Carla Gibson at Abundant Health Arizona to discover how to have health, vitality, and wellness…with ease.
Dr. Carla Gibson is a chiropractor for the 21st Century. She brings the latest biohacking technology to her clients at Abundant Health Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Carla is a Master B.E.S.T. practitioner and is certified in Neuro-Emotional Technique. When she’s not in the office she likes to hike with her fiancé, Greg and hang out with her amazing teens.