I remember a DE speaker years ago using this saying describing how lost so many in our profession were philosophically. As I was putting my thoughts together the past few days in preparation to write this post on the subject of nutrition, it again came to mind.
Our country is starving for adequate nutrition. The statistics paint the sad mural quite well. Increasing incidence of obesity and nutrient starvation in our children. Increasingly high levels of dis-ease linked to diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, dyslipidemia, etc., etc. All of it simply preventable. Not easily preventable….simply.
You (we) definitely are what you (we) eat. The food industry in this country is big business. Yet we all know that our nutritional interest is not necessarily high on their core value list. The imbalance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is just one example that is striking. The currently knowledge understand that this ratio should be 1:2.3 and it is estimated that Omega 6 is sometimes 20 to 25 times the level of Omega 3. The result is a cell wall that is basically impermeable to basic molecular nutrition.
My eyes have been opened wide by my journey into nutritional product formulation and literature research of the past few years. You like me may have ignored and dismissed the information we learned in biochemistry and other classes in chiropractic college as “not relevant” to “true chiropractic”. I do not believe anyone values the importance of optimal nerve function and the damage inherent in the subluxation complex more than I. Yet I can no longer ignore the glaring truth. Our nutritional state sucks.
My book Symphony of Wellness, now in its third edition, has gained some attention of some of the greats in nutritional biology and functional nutrition. I seem to have found a niche in taking their information (from the PhD’s, MD’s and researchers) and putting it into an holistic, chiropractic, innate healing context.
With this in mind I am going to add to my Fearless Chiro blogs a category dedicated to nutrition comment on a weekly basis or so on some of the information I have found. This topic fascinates me and we as a country are dying to hear it!
We spend a paltry 7% of our income in this country on food…most of which is crap. The Europeans spend up to 17% and more on food, most of it shopped for and grown locally….and prepared by hand consciously and with intention. Their longevity and quality of life is reflected in this.
We indeed are dying of nutritional thirst knee-deep in the river of abundance that this great country has blessed us with. Expedience and ignorance do not serve us well. Intention and attention to what we eat and how we eat it….can serve us well and provide us with the quality of life that we preach to our patients.
Hope this stimulates some thought in you as you prepare your day of educating and sharing wellness with your people…
IN-JOY your day!
Dr. Chinn is a 1986 Life graduate (Marietta), has been practicing in the Seattle area for 25 years and is a board member of the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society. He is the co-creator of the nutritional cardiovascular formula Acctrix (www.Acctrix.com), co-founder of Unisal Wellness Technologies and is the author of Symphony of Wellness and Soaring Beyond Fear ( www.PerryChinn.com). His book Symphony of Wellness focuses on the science and benefits of the Nobel Prize winning science of nitric oxide for cardiovascular health and whole body wellness. He can be reached at DrPChinn@gmail.com