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Growth or Defense?

Growth or Defense?

Coming up from rock bottom Franklin WI

Which will you choose during the holidays?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have taken courses taught by Stanford cell biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton whose research has illuminated many important realities about how biological systems handle stress. He observed how one group of cells responded when exposed to a nutrient dense environment. As you might have guessed, the cells migrated, with their amoeba-like movements, towards the food and they thrived. They perceived their environment as good, healthy, and safe. Another group of cells had a toxin introduced to their petri dish and what kind of behavior did they exhibit? They migrated AWAY from the toxin because they perceived the threat represented by the toxin and they took evasive action. What he pointed out to us was that cells have two modes: growth or defense. Although we are certainly much more complex than a single-celled organism (we have 50-100 trillion cells), he noted that our autonomic nervous system which controls our organ functions also has two modes: growth and defense. These two systems work together beautifully and are necessary for our survival.

What drives us to be in growth or defense? At any given moment we must determine (consciously or unconsciously) whether we are safe or under a threat. Whichever assessment we choose, the reality is we cannot choose growth and defense at the same time. Our bodies are hard-wired to adapt physiologically at every system, organ, and cell by either signaling our heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate to increase or decrease depending on our perception. Chronic stress environments lead to physiological responses in the body that help us survive a real threat such as a physical attack or a house fire, but if they are triggered for the long-term due to perceived threats such as fears of economic meltdown, terrorist attacks, or worries over the future, then they are very damaging to the body due to the continued changes required in body function to sustain the chronic stress response. This is very important to know so you can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke, three diseases that are predominantly lifestyle stress related and mostly preventable. Chronic stress leads to the need for your musculoskeletal system to be always “ready”. This means great stress and tension on your neuromuscular connections, greater muscle tension, and greater stress and strain on your spine and other supporting structures. So please stay well adjusted during the holidays!

While I realize that relationship stress, financial issues, and time pressures, for example, pose real challenges to our coping skills, I also know that these examples are greatly affected by our choices. Take stock in your personal power to take action and find your growth medium or resource-rich environment and structure your choices so that they lead to sustainable living and ease. By listening to your inner voice and paying attention to meeting your needs, you will be filling up your cup with lots of cheer, love, and even happiness that you can then pour freely into others’ cups. Along the way, your body can be choosing to invest your energy in growth, repair, and development. After all, isn’t this what will help you be more resourceful and ready to tackle life’s challenges?

Yours in whole body health,
Dr. David Gustitus

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Rhythm of Life Chiropractic, LLC
7133 South 76th Street
Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 858-1212

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