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What is Health? And How Negativity, Pessimism and Unforgiveness Affect It
First, let's define what health is: it is a state of optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Health is not merely the absence of disease or "feeling good."
Let's break it down into types of stress and how stress can affect our health. As the holidays approach, I tend to see more people get sick due to more stress. (Photo Credit: Dr. Corinne Weaver)
The first type of stress that can affect your health is physical. Physical stress is a physical trauma that causes our brain not to function properly (my bike accident was a physical stress). Accidents happen—they're part of life. What most people do not understand, however, is that even the smallest trauma (i.e., a stubbed toe) can send the body into a downward spiral. Unfortunately, most of the time, this disease will not develop into symptoms until you have already forgotten about that little "trauma." The American Pediatrics Association estimates that the average child falls 5,000 times as they learn to walk! And did you know that 8 out of 10 newborns are born with an atlas subluxation? A subluxation means a person has interference within the brain-to-body communication that is taking place in their central nervous system (CNS).
The second type of stress that affect our health is chemical stress. We wake up in the morning and use heavily (and artificially) scented shampoos and soaps. Our teenagers put on deodorant that contains aluminum, which clogs up their lymphatic system. We, as parents, use dryer sheets with artificial scents to make our clothes smell good. All of these chemicals are toxic and are closing our kids' pores and not allowing their bodies to breathe properly. Long-term exposure to chemicals found in hygiene products, cosmetics, sunblock, fragrances, detergents, new carpets, vaccinations, and everyday household cleaners causes toxin overload. This stress causes the liver and adrenals to become diseased, but we do all of this because it's just easier and takes less time to grab a product without reading the labels.
Now is the time to invest in your health and know what is in the products you use every day—your brain and immune systems will thank you!! Children are now being born with elevated levels of chemicals in their umbilical cords. For example, two separate studies conducted in 2004 and 2008 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found 200+ environmental toxins in the umbilical cord blood from newborns. The issue isn't how many toxins are in your kid's system—sadly, they are present—but whether and/or how your kid's immune system reacts to them.
The third type of stress that can affect our health is spiritual stress. When you are sick, where's your focus? Only on "I am sick!!" Making the time to read uplifting passages with your kids and listen to uplifting music can help empower yourself to live a purpose-filled life. Stress can come from confusion about what you believe. You may be confused about your purpose or why you are here—that alone can cause sickness. Going on mission trips or even volunteering your time at outreach community events can turn your prospective around fast. (Photo Credit: Pexels)
Lastly there is emotional stress. Stress can result from a past experience like a divorce, the death of a close family member or friend, changing to a new school, or moving to a new house but not letting go of the old house and moving forward with life. It takes time to achieve emotional healing within because the physical can affect the emotional in both of these ways: Glucose metabolism and Brain function. Essential fatty acids have been shown to support both glucose metabolism and brain function. These fatty acids reduce the overall inflammatory burden. A three-year study concluded that if a child received fish oil supplements between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, they had a reduced rate of allergy-related coughs. Fish oils also promote normal growth of blood vessels and help repair nerves. Think of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz—grab the oil can and squirt it on your joints to keep them from squeaking! (By that, I mean take fish oil internally before going to bed.) I always tell this to my patients so that they understand the concept of how important fish oil is. If you are allergic to fish, take flax seed oil and or chia seed oil.
Also, there are more factors that can have cascading and circular effects on you. Food choices can affect your emotional health, your emotional health can affect your relationships, your relationships can affect your physical and emotional health, and then your emotional and physical health can affect your food choices. It can circle around and around.
But remember, there's no sense in being pessimistic—it wouldn't work, anyway!! When parents say, "It can't be done," are they right? Or is it a matter of it can't be done by them? There is a basic flaw in the thinking of a pessimist, namely that "Nothing works!" If we take a pessimist's point of view, it would mean that there is no sense in being pessimistic, because it wouldn't work, anyway.
Changing the way we think is the key! Our kids will eventually become what they think—they can't think one thing and become something else. If we allow our kids to think negative, worried, fearful thoughts, then they will become negative, worried, fearful people. We cannot think defeat and expect victory. They can't think the worst and expect the best. We need to see ourselves as being healthy and are thriving!
We need to combat the idea of instant gratification. If it took you ten years to get in the state of health that you are in today, do you think it's only going to take ten days to get you out of it? What's Important to You? The number-one frustration quoted in a Gallup poll is not that the respondents didn't have enough time or enough money—the number-one frustration was what they called "incongruent values," which is to say, not doing what you say is important to you. How does that work?
Most Americans would say the most important thing in life to them is family. But poll after poll after poll shows that the average father spends less than five minutes a day with his children. Still, these fathers would say "Family is number one." That's called incongruent values. The second most important thing is health, but when asked "Do you exercise?" and "Do you eat right?" and "Do you sleep right?" and "Do you take days off and rest?" the answer is always "No." But you probably still say "My health is important to me." That's called incongruent values.
In order to resist Negative Thoughts from controlling your life. Follow these 3 R words: Recognize where those thoughts come from. Reject the negative thought immediately. Don't even allow yourself to dwell on a negative thought for five seconds. The longer you think about it, the harder it's going to be to get rid of. Lastly, replace that thought instantly with the Truth—that is, with positive thoughts.
Remember, rejecting and recognizing are not enough, because if you don't replace that negative thought immediately, the same negativity will come back to you again and again and again. Say this with me right now: "It's not my fault. I love, accept, and forgive myself." I couldn't hear you. Say it out loud!! "I love, accept, and forgive myself!!" Now, say it again with me like you mean it: "I love, accept, and forgive myself."
Man, that feels so good!! Take a deep breath!! We have to forgive ourselves and other people in order to be healthy. I have a good friend who is an oncologist, and he once told me, "Dr. Corinne, the cause of cancer is unforgiveness." The first step in this is confession and receiving the forgiveness and restored fellowship that are the result of that confession. (Photo Credit: Flickr)
The word "forgive" comes from a Greek root word meaning "to set free or to let go." (I promise I won't start singing from Disney's Frozen: "Let it go, let it go!") To forgive, you must decide to give up any urges you have to be angry or resentful. Help yourself and your children disown those feelings and walk away from them. Set yourself free and let go and let God!
I know it's not easy, but that unforgiveness is a poison that is filling your body with sickness, so just love instead. Remember, forgiveness is not only something we do for other people—we do it for ourselves so we can get well and stay well.
I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing His gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! If you would like to contact me with your health concerns email me directly at Dr@drcorinneweaver.com. For more information you can go to www.DrCorinneWeaver.com.
Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.