When you get right down to it life consists of two things, physics and chemistry. Physics is the science of the interaction of physical particles, gasses, liquids, and solids, heat and cold, gravity, dark energy, dark matter, and all the stuff that makes up the universe. Physics controls how stars and planets are made and destroyed, how mountains are built up and then slowly eroded until they are small hills, how solar systems rotate around each other century after century. Chemistry applies to the interactions at the molecular level, atoms and molecules, protons, neutrons, and electrons. There is an order. There are rules that guide all of these processes. But most importantly to our discussion is that these rules DO NOT CARE whether the things they build are destroyed or not. They just act. Gravity just acts. Time just acts. Thermodynamics just acts. Molecular forces just act. They don’t care whether you live or die.
Well, you are made up of the same stuff as the planets and the stars and the comets and asteroids, the mountains and the rocks and the seas. It’s just that all the stuff you are made of is in a different order, a much more complex order which gives you life, but also a much more fragile order so that life can be quickly taken away. So in chiropractic philosophy the difference between you and a rock for example is that there is something that keeps you organized, something that cares about you, something that wants you to live a long and healthy life, and we call this something the Innate Intelligence.
It is the thing that each of us is born with that knows what to do in every instance to keep your body running smoothly on all cylinders. Some call it the genetic programming, but it is more than that because genes are just software. Some call it the soul but I think it is less than that. But despite the disagreement as to what exactly this Innate is we do know one thing for sure, that the Innate uses the nerve system to control and coordinate all the systems in your body. This coordination is health. So when your nerve system is damaged (subluxated) this will reduce the ability of your Innate to do its job leading to a loss of health, sickness, and eventual death.
Next week, the link between subluxation and Innate.