The human body is obsolete.

It’s not built for the 21st century.

That’s why we feel so sick and tired.

Our bodies are perfectly designed to deal with the threats and stresses of life—10,000 years ago. If we faced a challenge as a hunter-gatherer, we had three responses: fight, flight, or freeze. Given the nature of the threats—surviving predators, dominating game for food, and competing with other humans and animals for resources—the sympathetic nervous system kicked in automatically, secreting adrenalin and other hormones to increase the heartbeat, oxygenate the blood, supercharge the body, and accomplish these tasks. Other tasks such as digestion and cell repair were put on the back burner until the threat passed. Once we escaped or overcame our adversary, we moved into a state of rest, dominated by the parasympathetic nervous system, where we could heal, repair, and create.

In short, our autonomic nervous system adapts to current stresses and one or the other system dominates based on what’s needed to survive. The sympathetic nervous system regulates “fight or flight”; the parasympathetic nervous system allows for “rest and digest.” We need to balance both states to survive and flourish.

You’d think in the 21st century, with all our labor saving technology, we 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 our time and attention, not less. We are tethered to our laptops and computers. We feel guilty if we are not available 24/7. We are overtaxed and overstimulated and the sensory inputs never stop, and they are often perceived as threats.

Once the autonomic nervous system takes over, we don’t have access to our judgement and we can’t tell real threats from imagined threats. The “feed-forward” mechanism that ensured our ancestors survived is still protecting us. Our bodies 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 they would if there was a real threat of being shot. The constant barrage of possible threats keeps the sympathetic nervous system dominant and keeps us in perpetual fight or flight. We never shift gears to give our minds and bodies the time to rest, digest, and heal. The alarm is constantly blaring.

Without time to rest and heal, we deplete our resources—the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrition that keeps our bodies ticking. Worse yet, they can’t be replenished adequately because digestion has been compromised and food-borne bacteria and other flora may proliferate, throwing off the natural balance in the gut and leading to irritable bowel syndrome. The gut can become permeable and undigested proteins can leak into the blood stream causing an 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.

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.

We are exhausted and often ill and we don’t know what to do about it. In this age of specialization, many approaches to health focus on addressing just one of the trauma areas. Though treating one area may bring temporary relief, the other two areas continue to deplete resources until the person is back where they started. 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
  • Headaches
  • Ear infections
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • The complications of pregnancy
  • Organ function

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.

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