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Getting Older vs. Growing Older

In the United States, the general consensus is that as one’s age increases, their quality of life decreases.  With each year will come less functionality, and therefore we will have to be more careful and “dial back” a bit.  WHAT A LOAD OF GARBAGE!

With age should come MORE wisdom, MORE opportunities, MORE success, MORE experiences, and LESS disease!  Sounds great, doesn’t it?!  Why is it then that we see the exact opposite with most post-retirement folks?

The answer is simple, and can be found by looking several decades back in time.

The current paradigm that we have in the U.S. is the “wait as long as possible…AND THEN do something about it once crisis has struck” mindset.  This is especially true with our health.  People wait for pain and symptoms, then take action.  We meet patients who regularly update their cell phone software as soon as a new version is released, will run weekly virus scans to maintain the working potential of their laptop, and work in their yards like madmen (and women) every weekend to maintain its pristine appearance.  These same dedicated individuals also fail miserably when it comes to the upkeep, maintenance, and upgrading of their own body.  Remember this forever: your body (human machine) is the ONLY real vehicle you have to take you through life, and it has to last you forever.  You can change a car tire or a windshield, but you can’t transplant brains, spines, etc!

Anyone reading this would likely agree that a person can have billions of dollars, 12 houses, 5 vacations planned, and a fully stocked 20-car garage, BUT if they are lacking in health all the other wealth factors in life are rendered irrelevant.  Steve Jobs had a net worth of $10.2 billion at the time of his death (only 56 years old) and it could do nothing to save him.  You can delegate a lot of things in life, but you can’t pay someone to take the hospital bed for you.  Working hard and hoarding all of your wealth at the expense of your health will not save you later on down the road.  So if money won’t do it, what will?

Let’s go back to our computer or cell phone example:  If we treat that thing like dirt, drop it (injuries), overload the memory (stress), and fail to update/upgrade (maintain) the device, it will without fail perform poorly i.e. at a level much less than its full potential.  To the degree that we maintain, de-stress, and prevent injury on any machine (INCLUDING THE HUMAN BODY) we are simultaneously ensuring efficiency and “health” of that machine.

Enter your family’s chiropractor.  His or her primary role is just that: to build up and then MAINTAIN optimal functioning of your human machine by allowing your nerve system to function as perfectly as possible.  Yes if you are suffering from different ailments then getting adjusted can be extremely helpful, but the ultimate objective of your chiropractor should be to KEEP you and your loved ones at the highest level of wellness that is possible.

The mind of man, his brain, and nerves, are a truer index of his age than the calendar.     – Percy Shelley

Knowing that medical expenses are the number one cause of bankruptcy in America and that 90% of Americans are REGULARLY taking a prescription drug for a health condition (according to an AARP study), the health maintenance route seems to be a no-brainer.  Yet people don’t see the light until they are already in pain or suffering.  Then they will say, “I should have taken better care of myself.”

Hindsight is always 20/20.

There has to be a shift that takes place in order to get someone who is 10, 20, 30, or 40 to see why taking care of a body that already feels good will be of major benefit to them when they are 50, 60, 70, and 80.  We must develop some foresight when it comes to our well-being!  Failing to see into the future and perceiving yourself as “invincible” will always end poorly in the long run.  The moment someone makes the choice to take better care of a truck, cell phone, or yard…versus their own body, they are effectively choosing to start dying slowly at a very young age…they are opting to be ok with losing mobility, function, and overall health at a microscopic rate…with each day that goes by.  They are also choosing to value an easily replaceable thing above their own irreplaceable body.

Most men die at 27, we just bury them at 72.     – Mark Twain

At OneHealth, we have made it our mission to educate, adjust, and transform as many lives as we effectively can in our lifetime and beyond.  It is a true and noble mission that all staff who are employed here are fully committed to and believe to be worthwhile!

We are committed to helping you feel as young as possible for as long as possible!

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