When Doubts Arise
So often we have patients come in, they hear the truth about health and chiropractic. For the first time, they realize that your body is designed for health and that through correcting the cause of your health struggles your body will heal! They are on fire! They dive in; start correcting their spine and nerve system, living the 5 Essentials lifestyle. But then the world creeps in. Doubts start popping up in their mind. Maybe it comes from ads on TV or social media about miracle drugs. Maybe it’s from fear of a virus because the news anchor told us our bodies are weak and we’re all going to die. Maybe it’s your family telling you that you’re crazy and make snide remarks when you say no to the donuts and pizza. Wherever it comes from, your logical brain starts questioning, “will adjustments and kale actually be the solution? It’s been a month and I don’t feel any different.” You start questioning yourself based on what the world tells you!
The world is quick to crush the things that we don’t fully understand. If science can’t prove it then it isn’t real. But we know for a fact that all science and research is limited. If you read last week’s newsletter you know how I feel about the subject but the fact of the matter is that we do not and cannot know everything. This fact is proven every 20 years or so when a new groundbreaking discovery is made and the entire world changes directions overnight! Interestingly, no one ever comes out and apologizes and says “whoops, we got all that wrong for the last 20 years. Sorry about that.” We just move on and act as if things like bloodletting and leeches weren’t still the go-to practices in medicine up till the 1920s or that the opioid crisis didn’t start because the pharmaceutical companies told us their drugs were safe and weren’t addictive. (They were found guilty and fined billions of dollars for killing millions of people. No one went to jail.)
We tend to fear what we don’t understand and if we fear something our go-to response is to marginalize that thing so that it can’t affect us as deeply. So when the world sees you living a different life than the norm they jump on you telling you that you are crazy and that your choices are dumb! All because you are challenging what they already know in their heart.
I have a patient. He is fully committed to health and to chiropractic! I have watched him do a complete 180 over the past year in his life. He went from taking advil daily, drinking diet coke, eating toxic food from fast-food chains, never working out, thinking he would never amount to anything, to being an advocate for health! He never misses an adjustment, does ALL his homecare daily, never puts a toxin in his body (advil, soda, fast food, etc.), and works out 4 times a week. But far more than all of that, for the first time in his life he sees himself as WORTHY of all that God has in store for him. BUT, every week I have to take time to encourage him because his family harasses him for his new choices! They literally make fun of him for choosing health! They tell him that his new lifestyle is foolish. They make backhanded remarks putting his choices down. They tell people that he joined a cult and that’s why he doesn’t eat donuts. They send him memes about conspiracy theories and call him a science denier. They attempt to crush his spirit ALL BECAUSE HE IS PROOF THAT THEY ARE MAKING BAD CHOICES IN THEIR OWN LIVES.
When you start changing your life, when you take ownership and responsibility of your health it challenges the narrative of the world that says that your body is made sick, weak, and lacking and that your sickness, disease, and pain is NOT YOUR FAULT! The people around you watch as your life transforms and for the first time they realize that their lack of health IS THEIR FAULT! They have made choices for years that have led them to the outcomes they have and you are the proof of it! That pill is too hard to swallow for most people. They know that they should eat better, exercise, take care of their body but they fear the effort it will take and doubt they can actually do it. So they attempt to marginalize you. They make their rude comments. They put you down, trying to comfort themselves by making you conform.
If you are a part of NGFC you already know this, but I’ll say it again; YOU ARE ALWAYS BETTER OFF WHEN YOU CHOOSE HEALTH. You are always better after an adjustment. You are always better after you choose a salad over pizza. You are always better after you exercise. Health is NEVER the wrong decision.
Hopefully, you aren’t in this situation. I pray that you have a strong network of support and people in your life that want to see you healthy and see you becoming your best self! But if you don’t, it’s time to lead. You have to show the people around you what is possible, that there is a better way to health. You might not lead through your words but you can always lead through your actions. Set goals and standards for your health so that when people question or make fun of you, you are grounded in your beliefs and the changes you are making. Everyone is searching for more in life. Prove to yourself and prove to the world what is possible.
If you live in Colorado Springs, the North Gate, Monument, Palmer Lake area and you are ready to choose health over sickness, give us a call!
We’d love to be a part of your health journey!
In Health and Faith,
Northgate Family Chiropractic
12245 Voyager Pkwy
Colorado Springs, Colorado