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GUEST POST FROM Dr. Robin’s Corner

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The short answer, is: in most cases, yes! When chiropractors talk about the nervous system, and its ability to control ALL systems of the body, we are not just talking about muscles and bones!  Our nervous system controls the endocrine glands (which are responsible for producing and balancing hormones in our bodies), and when there is interference in any of the myriad pathways (i.e. nerves) that travel from brain to glands, and back again, dysfunction results.

The longer the interference is present, the more serious the dysfunction becomes.

Many people are unfamiliar with the endocrine glands of the body until they present a problem for their health! The endocrine glands are glands that produce and excrete hormones into the blood, which are necessary for functions such as maintaining healthy weight, having enough energy, sleeping properly, being able to reproduce, handling sugar as it comes into our bodies, and handling stress properly. Hormone levels in the body are measured with blood tests, and there are ranges of “normal”, which in my humble opinion, is the most dangerous of all.

We actually vary greatly in how “normal” levels look; and what is normal for one person may be quite low, or high, for someone else.  Many people present in my office with hormone imbalances, saying, “But my test came back normal. The doctor told me it’s NOT my ____________.” We start adjusting these people, and possibly have them begin some whole foods supplements to help dig them out of the hole of bad health, and they get better. We supplement for the glands the other doctors told them were not the problem.  This is one of the biggest challenges we face.  If we cannot trust the tests, how can we trust the doctors?

The endocrine system is controlled by a very small part of the brain known as the hypothalamus.  The hypothalamus is aware at ALL times, of the exact hormone levels in the body, which glands are active and which are passive, who is doing what job, and how well things are working.  The hypothalamus is known as the Master Gland, because of the vital role it plays in linking the nervous system to the endocrine system (via the pituitary gland, which is also in the brain).  The hypothalamus controls what are called autonomic functions of the body, which includes the endocrine system, the digestive system, and body temperature regulation.

When there is inadequate blood supply (which remember, is controlled by the nervous system: telling blood vessels when to enlarge, and when to constrict), or imbalanced nervous input (from a direct subluxation), the hypothalamus cannot do its job properly.  Endocrine system dysfunction (meaning, hormone imbalances and problems) often takes months or years to develop, because we do not notice symptoms until the problem is big enough.

Since these problems do not develop over night, it is unrealistic to believe that the body symptoms will be alleviated in one or two adjustments. If we truly want to give our bodies the best possible chance of healing themselves, we need to commit to a course of chiropractic adjustments, and give our bodies the time required to heal themselves.  Chiropractic is not magic, nor a miracle; it is simply restoring the body’s inborn ability to heal itself, which is far greater than we have been permitted to believe.

Talk to your chiropractor as soon as you can if you have problems with your thyroid gland, your pancreas, or  you experience difficult menstruation or are having trouble conceiving. Indicators that you may have a hormone problem are low energy, getting sick all the time, inexplicable pain, inability to sleep, trouble losing or gaining weight, losing your hair…the list goes on and on.  When in doubt, check with the chiropractor first, and see what her opinion is. In the long run, it may save you quite a bit of time and money!

Stay healthy, stay safe,

Dr. Robin

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