The Terrain is Everything

Why do some people get sick and some stay healthy? That is the million dollar question. We have all had the experience of being exposed to sick people. Sometimes others get sick, and we do not. On the other hand, most of us have gotten sick with an infectious disease when we did not know anyone else who had that particular illness. How can that be?

The short answer is, it depends on the strength and health of your immune system. The long answer takes us back in time, to Louis Pasteur in 1895. Pasteur is known for developing the Germ Theory – one of the cornerstones of modern medicine. The process of Pasteurization is named after him. Yet after a lifetime of work with the germ theory, Pasteur himself, on his deathbed said: “I was wrong. The germ is nothing. The Terrain is everything.” By terrain he meant the internal balance of the body – the health of the cells and immune system.

I’ll never forget my first microbiology class many years ago. We scrubbed our hands aggressively with antibacterial soap for 5 minutes, just like surgeons do. Then we touched a Petri dish with our fingertips, placed those dishes in an incubator and came back a week later. Eureka! We grew Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, and some other organisms that we couldn’t quite identify in that Petri dish, even after we had scrubbed our hands. This was very eye-opening! Germs are pretty hard to kill. They are all over us and in us. In fact we have about 5 pounds of healthy organisms in our gut right now and their purpose is to fight off the bad guys.  Without them, our immune system would suffer.

There are many things we can do to maintain a healthy immune system, above and beyond hand washing. Good nutrition; adequate sleep; regular exercise; a positive attitude; chiropractic adjustments; avoiding chemicals, contaminants, and drugs; and having a good network of friends and family are some of the most important and are well documented.  Did you know that research has proven that after each chiropractic adjustment, your T-Cell (your immune system fighters) production increases by 200%?

So, how healthy is your terrain?  Call today to schedule your spinal and immune system check up! (512)346-3536

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