Written by Dr. Daniel Kimbley
“Have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world?”, BJ Palmer.
Trust is hard. I get it. I mean, we live in a world where we are taught to fear strangers, to fear anyone who doesn’t look like us, to fear what we don’t know.
And yet, through all of the external things we are taught not to trust, we end up not trusting ourselves. Now I’ve written about this before when it comes to trusting your gut.
However, now, I’m talking about trusting the innate healing power of your body. Think about it for a moment. There is nothing more complex in the universe than the human brain and the functions of the body in which your brain controls-nothing. Yet did someone really smart somewhere build yours and install it for you? Did you go buy it or find it on the street?
Obviously, these are silly questions. The fact of the matter is, though, that YOU built your own brain. You built it on your own with nothing more than some food for fuel, water, and a little bit of oxygen. Let that sink in.
You have a power within you that built the most complex, complicated thing that the universe has ever known, and you did it all on your own without any help from the outside world.
And yet we distrust our bodies. We don’t trust that we can be naturally healthy. We don’t trust our gut instincts. We don’t trust that our bodies can heal themselves.
If you broke your arm today, you would need a cast for it. But let me ask you this: is the cast what heals your broken bone? If the doctor who put the cast on you gave you pain medication or anti-inflammatories, are those things what heal your broken bone?
I’m going to have you consider that your body has a very real, very powerful ability to heal itself. And instead of trusting that power, we take drugs that often times go against our body’s natural defense and immunity systems.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say someone takes a round of antibiotics for a sinus infection (which by the way, usually aren’t effective against sinus infections). The antibiotic kills off both good and bad bacteria in your body. This leads to two problems, first, some of that good bacteria that was helping you fight off the sinus infection and it is now dead as well. Second, the CDC tells us”any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance”.1.
Antibiotic resistance is a term used to describe bacteria that, over time, get stronger with the use of antibiotics and lead to the bacteria being harder and harder to kill.
Martin Blaser, of NYU’s Langone Medical Center states that his research “points to evidence that antibiotic use permanently changes the composition of the gut microbiome, altering the balance of bacterial species and maintaining resistant bacteria in the gut.”2
In other words, antibiotic use permanently changes the composition of the gut bacteria-for the worse. Blaser goes on to state, “These long-term changes to the beneficial bacteria within people’s bodies may even increase our susceptibility to infections and disease.”2
It’s easy to take a pill that will probably help in the very short term. Long term though, setting ourselves up to be more susceptible to illness is something that no business owner or parent wants for themselves or their kiddos.
The choice, then, is simple. Start making decisions that allow you more trust in your body’s own ability to heal itself, and to trust that having a healthy brain is the only way to truly set yourself up for lasting and natural immunity.
Using the care we provide in our office, at the core of a healthy lifestyle, is sure to set you up to be more productive inside of your workplace, decrease sick days and keep you at your absolute best so that you can do more on the field, at home, or in the office. No antibiotics needed. Not just for today or tomorrow, but for a lifetime.
1 CDC Features. (2018, November 09). Be Anitibiotics Aware: Smart Use, best care. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/features/antibioticuse/index.html
2 McKenna, M. (2017, June 03). Antibiotics: Killing Off Beneficial Bacteria … for Good? Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.wired.com/2011/08/killing-beneficial-bacteria/