When I wake up early in the morning, everything seems so quiet and peaceful. Ideas for topics to write about in my articles, start popping into my head. Sometimes it’s about a subject I have been incubating, by periodically thinking about it in my waking hours of the day, from time to time. Other mornings a subject in the form of a title appears, seemingly out of nowhere.
This morning, when I first awakened, it was as if I heard the phrase, “You can’t handle the Truth.” I lay very still for several minutes trying to figure out where I had heard that phrase. Then I remembered it was in a Tom Cruise movie, I think, “A Few Good Men.” In a courtroom scene his adversary yelled out at Cruise, “You can’t handle the Truth.”
Having my first cup of coffee, I began thinking about how so much in our daily lives, relative to ordinary things, keeps changing every day. And never so glaringly apparent as in the meaning and different interpretations of language usage, relative to ordinary words.
Yesterday my son and I had a little fun bantering back and forth in social media over my saying, “OMG, he looks like a movie star,” in reference to my seven year old grandson, Prince William, over a picture posted about him. Apparently in text-speak, it means “Oh My God.” I use it to express “Oh my gosh.”
I thought about the classic writings of George Orwell in “Animal Farm” and “1984,” and how he warns us of the change and usage of meaning in the language, long before the year 1984 rolled around. The notion hit me, I don’t adapt to change as readily as the younger generation. Which sometimes slows down my intake and uptake, relative to understanding what’s going on. And must think about it before I get it.
All of this prompted me to think about the changes in the way health, healing, medical and methods have changed, from my growing up years to current day practices. I grew up ingrained with methodology of areas of natural healing. Consequently, up until about five years ago, I rarely needed a medical doctor. When suddenly I found myself a regular patient for surgery and drugs, going from one doctor to another.
In between returning to chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapy, acpuncture, reflexology, vitamins, minerals, and the whole nine yards of trying to heal, with methods which had worked so well for me throughout my life, when suddenly I realized, much in the natural healing area of treatment had changed.
For example, regular methods of chiropractic had changed. Which in the past meant lying down on a table, and the doctor, using his hands to manipulate the spine, to correct misalignment, and relief from impingement of pinched nerves flowing through the body, via the spine, extending down from one’s crainial. One trained in this methodolgy just by using his hands and knowledge could feel areas of misalignment of the spine, and with slight movement with his hands correct the problem.
I would get up off the table, immediately feeling better, no drugs, no xrays, no radiation from such devices as catscans, petscans, MRI and etc., but on rare occasions xrays.
This methodology of treatment based upon the fact a life force flowing through our bodies enters some place, and flows to various parts of the body, to sustain health and well being. Specifically entering at the pineal gland, flowing through the atlas-axis area in the neck, traveling down through the spine, and the life force distributed by the nerves, through the spine. Relief from impingement and misalignment, just using one’s hands, trained to do this, brought relief from any pain, and immediately the life force, began healing.
Until the next time, misalignment occurred from a fall, accident, emotional upset or whatever caused the discomfort, and impeded healing, until corrected. Chiropractic methodology of treatment is about one hundred years old. And during my lifetime, I have been privileged to find many great well-trained, effective chiropractors in my travels in this country. Still a few around, but much has changed. I know a very good one, whose practice is outside the area I now live.
Because I was not driving for several years, depending upon others to take me to my out of town chiropractor, I would seek to find others in this and close surrounding areas. I have been to five different ones, but keep returning to the one out of town I know who gives a great effective treatment, when I have someone to drive me.
Things have changed so drastically, I can no longer make an appointment, with a chiropractor, lay down on a table and receive an effective treatment, even after xrays before hand. First reams of paperwork to fill out about one’s personal history, plus family history. Insurance forms to fill out, before a consultation with the chiropractor. Xrays and two or three visits before one lies down on the table for a treatment.
Usually, one’s hands are used, only slightly lying on the table, and a mechanical clicking instrument is used up and down one’s spine. Which is only slightly to non-effective in correcting the problem. After the third visit, when the problem still exists, expensive gadgets such as a back brace recommended to buy and use. Then recommendations to go to an imaging center in a hospital for further tests, which all zap the body with some degree of radiation. By the fourth or fifth visit, the problem still exists and I usually switch to another chiropractor that pretty much follows the same routine.
After going to the fourth one in this area five times, I still have back pain, and plan on returning to my out of town chiropractor, whose treatments correct the problem, if I have to hire a taxi to take me.
Why is it, I ask, that a field of trained men and women, that at one time across the board, were channels of healing, just using their hands, well-educated with knowledge of effective treatment, corrected one’s problem, in short order? Now departed from that which worked so effectively, requiring a number of visits, not correcting one’s problem, and ordering gadgets and hospital visits, of further expense, while pain persists, and the problem remains.
Is it because political government has become so invasive, with all the requirements, via laws, policies and edicts, so pervasive in all areas of our lives, and definitely in the medical and healing industry? I don’t know the cause. Because I benefited for so long from effective treatments from chiropractors, and the changes have been adverse, costly and ineffective, such is not the case now days. Apparently there are some who derive some benefit from all the procedural changes, but I’m not one of them.
In the past, it was as if a visit to a chiropractor for a treatment was a guarantee I would leave feeling better. Yesterday sitting in the waiting room, I read a journal about the Georgia Chiropractic Association and saw a list of familiar names, now deceased. And wondered why things are so different now-a-days.
I’m aware we are now living in rapidly changing world, in many other areas, as well as the healing business. And change does not necessarily mean for the better.
I’m one who believes healing only comes from a Divine source. However, our areas of wrong living, eating, acting and thinking, causes disruption in our well being and when that happens, we frequently seek help from others to correct, particularly in the area of our health problems. In this connection I’m no different.
From childhood growing up, if we hurt, we expected our moms to kiss it and make it better and frequently did. All grown up, older and sick, we still expect others to do something to make it better. For me personally, when I’m sick and in pain, and go for help, and it ain’t working, then I do not continue in that direction, and try something else. Fortunately I enjoyed good health for the most part until five years ago. No operations, no broken bones, and think regular good chiropractic treatments, were one of the reasons I stayed healthy. All I have seen, I personally like. However when several treatments cause no improvement, I switch.
I suspect Einstein was correct, “Doing the same thing expecting different results is a form of insanity.”
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