I was recently asked to speak at a statewide conference for a women’s organization. For 45 minutes, we talked about “Conquering Stress, Hormones, and Toxicity.” The room was at overflow, which says that this topic really grabbed the group’s attention. Who wouldn’t want to know how to age well? And of course no one wants to be toxic!
At the end of the presentation, I asked the group for their feedback on what they learned and what two changes they would like to make to improve their health. I also asked them what health and wellness topics they would like to hear more about. There were 11 issues to choose from, and most people picked at least two topics. Here are the results:
- Detoxifying & Weight Loss 83%
- Aging Well 61%
- Digestive Health; Exercise for Busy People; Stress Management; tied at 50%
- Nutrition & Eating Well; Women’s Health; tied at 44%
- Brain Health, ADD & ADHD 39%
- Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue; Workplace Wellness; tied at 17%
- Children’s Health 11%
I was surprised to see digestive issues ranking so high on the list. It beat nutrition and women’s health, and the survey participants were 100% female! Then, thinking about my clients, I shouldn’t have been shocked. Many people make an appointment for help with headaches, neck and back pain, or foot pain. When we sit down together at their first visit, they mention that their digestion is malfunctioning as well: heartburn, stomach pains, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, food allergies and intolerances. As we complete the exam and nerve scans, there are almost always indicators of nerve disturbance in the upper neck.
The upper neck contains C1 vertebra, which influences the vagus nerve. Vagus controls the heart, lungs, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, small intestine, and part of the large intestine. If there is nerve disturbance at C1 vertebra, which controls most of the digestive system, do you think the digestive system will work at its best, or will it be compromised? Similarly, nerves coming off the spinal cord in the mid-back, low back, and pelvis directly influence the digestive organs. How many people with low back issues also have abnormal digestion?
Once we begin restoring normal nerve supply to the digestive organs, the body can resume its regularly scheduled programming. The good news is, the body replaces our digestive lining every 5 days or so, since it is such an important body part. The digestive tract itself can heal pretty quickly, but due to years of malfunction, we often need to address stomach, liver, and gallbladder function. Fortunately, adding clinical-grade whole food supplements can accelerate the healing process. Our office works with a broad array of safe, natural supplements based on foods, herbs, and glandular ingredients. It is truly remarkable how quickly the body can turn things around, once we remove the “white noise” from the nerve system and feed the body properly!