Bad Germs, Bad Genes and Bad Luck

Bad Germs, Bad Genes, Bad Luck

People walk into our office and tell us they’ve tried pain killers, allergy shots, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, laxatives, sleeping aids, migraine drugs and the list goes on. Many people have been told they’re just stuck with this pain or that symptom, that’s just how it is, that it’s their lot in life. We’ve been taught that we are the victims of bad germs, bad genes and bad luck and that our health is beyond our control.

Lifestyle Choices Matter

Here’s the great news: It’s been estimated that 85-90% of your current level of health is determined by your lifestyle choices! Think about that one for a moment… The vast majority of your ability to heal, digest, sleep, listen, breath, reproduce, move and be fully alive is based on your choices. Many people will wait until a crisis occurs and hope to be given the magic bullet to make all things well again. Our “health” care system will always have some kind of reactionary crisis intervention, some of them life saving – but the system can never create a higher level of health and function in someone.

 “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” – George Eliot  

Who is Your Chef?

There is a fascinating branch of science being studied called epigenetics.  It is the study of what turns our genes on or off.  This is HUGE!  DNA is the blueprint used to make new cells and fix cells that are damaged.  Think of DNA like a recipe book.  There are hundreds of pages of recipes for appetizers, soups, bread, vegetable dishes, meat dishes and desserts.  All the information is there to make a fantastic meal.  Epigenetics is like the chef who is selecting the meal – the correct page is found on the table of contents, the page has to be flipped to, and the recipe accurately followed in order for the meal to be made properly.  Lifestyle choices have a direct influence on this hypothetical chef who chooses the recipes (genes) to create meals (healthy cells).  This concept is really important so read it again if you need to.  Our lifestyle choices turn on and turn off certain genes.

Healthy Cells

Daily choices create the external and internal environment we live in.  The nerve system is what allows for accurate collection of information about our environment.  That accurate collection then leads to accurate production of what we need to express life.  Our nerve system causes our eyes to see, stomach to digest and kidneys to filter in this moment, but it also is the conduit by which your body creates more of you – more healthy cells you need to by fully alive.  Take a guess what’s been shown to decrease the function of the nerve system and affect even genetic expression?  Yup.  Subluxation.  Not just for pain anymore!
Check out more here about epigenetics from Dr. Bruce Lipton.


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  • I have been suffering with neck and back pain and lack of mobility since my early teens and I am now 27, but I have progressively had a harder time coping with it since I started working in Healthcare in 2019. It had gotten to the point where all I could think about was finding a different job throughout my shift because I wasn't sure how much longer I could handle it. I decided to give Chiropractic Medicine a try and I am so thankful I did! I have been going to Ancaster Family Chiropractic since July 2021 and I have experienced a significant improvement with reduced severity and frequency of pain, better range of motion in my neck and back, and I rarely have to take OTC pain medication which is something I was relying on daily beforehand. I am not even halfway through my treatment plan and I can't wait to continue experiencing improvement in my quality of life. Thank you, Dr. Neil, Sue and Deb!

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