Fast forward to full maturity and birth. Now you are in the real world, no longer protected by the barrier of the placenta. You spend a life-time exposed to the dangers of the outside, to bacteria, viruses, toxins, time, and gravity. Of these this essay is about toxins. Toxins from the environment are inhaled, ingested, injected (vaccines), and absorbed by all of us. They often form a chemical called a free radical. A free radical is a highly reactive chemical that just wants to combine with something, anything. It roams around the inside of your cells looking for a biochemical victim, and whatever it touches it destroys. And if it joins with a strand of DNA it can cause a mutation. We’ve all seen X-Men and have in our minds the comic book version of mutation. Most mutations are probably inconsequential. No mutations make you invisible or able to fly. Some mutations will lead to cancer and/or a variety of other diseases and accelerated aging. Free radicals are bad.
The good news is that your body can deal with free radicals by either binding them and expelling them or by repairing the genetic damage after it occurs. How efficiently your body is at doing these two things will directly impact your future health, disease status and aging. There are every day behaviors that help to increase your efficiency such as exercise, proper diet, relaxation, rest, and supplements. All the things we know we should do but often don’t. But there is more.
A scientist, Dr. Ronald Pero Ph.D., did research in this area for many years and developed simple blood tests that could tell how good each test subject was at performing these life-saving tasks. Through his testing he concluded that life-style had a profound and direct impact on the preventing and repairing genetic damage from free radicals. In short, he found that subjects with confirmed cases of cancer did these tasks poorly, obviously. He found that a group of subjects in a breast cancer prevention program did the best overall due to there wellness approach to diet and exercise. And he found that the average Joe was somewhere in the middle. This was ground breaking in that he proved at a biochemical level that a person’s behavior directly impacts cellular function, health, and therefore quality and quantity of life. And he also found out exactly how behavior changes body physiology and biochemistry.
Dr. Pero became a chiropractic patient due to low back problems and wondered whether chiropractic adjustments and reduction in subluxation would have any effect in his area of study. So, over the next several months, he tested 107 chiropractic patients ranging in age from 21 to 59. As with all my patients, they were all over the spectrum in terms of exercise level, dietary habits, supplement usage, smoker/non-smoker, etc. However, the one thing they each had in common was that they had been under regular weekly chiropractic care for a minimum of five years. The idea is that while it only takes a few weeks of adjustments to relieve pain, it will take many months of weekly adjustments to correct the subluxation and perhaps several years for complete neurological healing. Fives years is probably enough for true health.
Dr. Pero was amazed at the results. The cancer patients of course did the worse, so for the sake of this article let us say that they prevented and repaired genetic mutation at a level of 1X. Using this 1X as a baseline, the women in the breast cancer prevention program out performed the cancer subjects by double, calling it 2X. Average Joe was right in the middle at 1-1/2X. Again this means that how you prevent and repair genetic mutation has a direct correlation to whether you will get cancer. It also means that your behavior in terms of health habits directly effects your likelihood of having genetic mutation that will lead to cancer. As far as the chiropractic group, all 107 of them tested the same, which turned out to be 4X. In other words, their ability to prevent and repair genetic mutation was twice as good as the good group. With the simple act of being adjusted on a weekly basis for 5 years they had accomplished something that Dr. Pero had never seen in all of his research. Dr. Pero stated, “It is the only single event (chiropractic) that produces these types of changes in human beings.”
What does this mean to you? It is simply one more example that the subluxation does much more than create bad backs, and that correction of such does so much more than just relieve pain. That is why our goal is always complete subluxation correction, and the younger a person is when they start weekly chiropractic adjustments the more correction, and therefore less permanent damage, there will be. The ideal patient is the newborn who is adjusted from birth on. And while we can not undo all the damage that subluxation may have caused in you, we can move forward to a more wonderful and vibrant future where the innate intelligence of your body is able to express itself more fully so help you realize as much of your God given genetic potential as possible.