Preparing For War


Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory, and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculation at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.

                                                   -Sun Tsu, The Art of War

 

Disclaimer: The conflict in the Middle East is serious business. This post is in no way an attempt to compare or capitalize on that engagement. This post is a metaphor about the very personal challenges we can expect to see in the coming months.

Later this year, my family will be enjoying an active Halloween celebration. After that, we will probably travel with three small children to Tuscaloosa or Wetumpka for Thanksgiving, making a few extra stops to visit along the way. And once that’s done, preparations for Christmas will begin with shopping and travel (or hosting) times with loved ones. All along there will be sugary sweets, rich food, long travel times, disrupted schedules, strange beds, very little rest, and lots and lots of stress.

Maybe this sounds a bit familiar. You may travel farther or host bigger. Or perhaps you struggle with being alone. Maybe your loved ones are not getting along, which can add to your own anxiety.

Here in Alabama, we can also add nearly every Saturday in between to the list. We tend to get worked up over some college boys in ridiculous outfits trying to steal a $10 torpedo-shaped ball from another equally silly looking group. Part of this ritual includes sausage, chicken wings, cheez curlz. And of course, smack talk. Roll Tide/War Eagle.

Fall is football season, holiday season, and flu season. It’s no wonder that people struggle with their health throughout. Every year I see people start dropping like flies the week after Halloween (and the requisite sugar overload). As people get sick, they tend to turn to any and every thing they can to try to maintain some semblance of function in the midst of so much activity. To make matters worse, even if you follow the strategy revealed in this article, the sheer volume of people in your environment that are actively sick and contagious will further tax your ability to resist.

It is a war you prepare for. The battle is for your health and happiness. Fighting this war will, and I emphasize, WILL, sap your strength and ability to resist. It is not hopeless though. You have the luxury of time right now to prepare for this war, to store up reserves, and give yourself every advantage to resist, bounce back, and most importantly enjoy the festivities of life!

Here is the strategy: your immune system is a defensive system. It must be well prepared if you expect it to perform well. How do you prepare an immune system?

Do the things you would ordinarily do to bounce back from an illness. I trust you have found strategies that work for you. This can be as simple as mindful eating. When we get colds, we profit from nutrient rich foods, like chicken soup. Healthy or sick, we benefit when we ensure adequate rest and hydration. Another huge component is an attitude of hope and faith. Individually, each of these strategies will help. Together these components synergize to even greater effect.

Tying these strategies all together is the ability of your body to receive, process, and assimilate their yield effectively. All of this happens through and by the nervous system. Interference at this level (via vertebral subluxation) will handicap all of your other efforts, even if you aren’t aware of it at the time. The structural and functional relationships between the central nervous system and the spine are well established. You cannot experience optimum performance at any endeavor, including immunity and resistance with vertebral subluxation affecting your master control system. For those who want the best opportunity to survive, thrive, and enjoy this upcoming season, a chiropractic check-up is in order.

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Let me touch on the flu shot for a moment. Whether you choose to get one or you choose to decline, the strategy above will benefit you. The flu shot, if it’s to be effective, relies on a healthy immune system. If you are like me, and choose to forego the shot, you will also be relying on a healthy immune system.

My hope is that everyone spends this the time between now and Halloween making sure that you’ve done all you can do to ensure a healthy, happy holiday season and set yourself up to step into the new year on a high note. Does it seem a little early to be thinking that far ahead?

Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought.

Be the victorious General. Be Your Best!

AUG to OCT

A Lawn Mower, a Vacation, and a Crazy Uncle

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You may have heard about a TV show called Duck Dynasty. Maybe you’ve even seen it. If you have, then you know about Uncle Si. He boasts two major attributes that you pick up on right away. He is an amazing story-teller and his mind… well, his mind seems to get stuck from time to time.

As an example, the boys decided to do some lawn mower racing and so they had everyone, including Uncle Si, bring their riding lawnmowers for a race. Everyone bought into the idea of a race, except Uncle Si, who couldn’t quite grasp the concept. Not because it confused him, but because he was firmly mentally stuck on the fact that lawnmowers just mow lawns. So, he proceeded to do his part to cut the grass while the others were racing.

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Uncle Si, pleased with his lawn mowing skills

It made for good TV watching, but aren’t we all guilty of that from time to time? We get stuck in a rut, mentally. And that rut affects what we do physically, and also what we think we can do. Sometimes it sucks the fun out of life.

This happened to me recently. We were leaving for a long weekend. Instead of enjoying the ride to our destination, I was in a rush to “get there”. There was no reason to rush, but “getting there” was the goal. At least, it was my goal. But it was a goal with no fundamental purpose. It was founded on emotion and reaction and habit. The result was that I missed out on several hours of vacation. It was an opportunity for joy I stole from myself and my family.

Is my beard more Amish or Duck Dynasty?

Is my beard more Amish or Duck Dynasty?

The good news is, even though we get stuck in mental ruts, whether it’s an irrational hurry or a stubborn mental stand, we never forget to breathe or digest our last meal, or fight off infection to the best of our ability. Our innate intelligence is always on the job, and never gets confused. It’s the thing our brains are most used for. Your spine keeps you connected to it. We keep it tuned up.

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