“However in disturbed conditions, the production of excessive, deficient or disproportionate secretion of hormones, neurotransmitters and enzymes are of the quality and quantity of cheap, imported knockoffs.”
My introduction into this concept occurred when I was a student attending a SORSI conference. (Let me give you a little of the back story. My wife and I had been trying to get pregnant without success. Nothing we tried was helping. I use “we” because often the male part of getting pregnant is not working.) I was so excited to be at the conference and Dr. Howatt from the U.K. had just started his presentation. It was mind-blowing. I feel someone tapping on my shoulder. It was my wife motioning me to come with her. Couldn’t it wait until Dr. Howatt finished? No, we have to go now. A Doctor is available to work on us now. Are you kidding me? We can’t do this later? I was pissed!We go up to his room, where there was already a gathering of other Doctors. Dr. Hadder started checking us out and announced that the reason we were unable to conceive was because we both had gallbladder issues. There must have been a incredulous look on my face, because Dr. Hadder said, “I see you are wondering how the gallbladder is involved when you were thinking it was hormones. Without the gallbladder working properly, you are going to have cholesterol problems. Cholesterol is the basic building block for all hormones. You are not producing good hormones. Without good quality hormones, you cannot get pregnant.” A month later, we were pregnant. The next year, I was back in the room, where Dr. Hadder worked on another couple telling them they had a gallbladder problem. “Do you remember that Dave, there was a couple here last year with the same issue?” “Yeah, I do and that’s our baby over there.” I replied.
I always kept this is the back of my mind when looking at health issues. As I studied the Neuro-Endo-Immune Supersytem, I decided to see if Dr. Hadder was correct. It didn’t take long for me to find studies supporting Dr. Hadder’s contentions so many years ago.
In conventional medicine, healthcare is believed to be very mechanistic. The body is broken down into its distinct mechanical systems, such as the digestive system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, and respiratory system, and a different “specialist” is responsible for caring for each individual system. This concept is based on the view that the human body is a machine. In this model of healing and healthcare, each system acts separately of the other, and disease occurs when there is a mechanical problem in one of those systems. Therefore, for healing to occur, the mechanical dysfunction must be corrected, usually by utilizing an approach that includes medication and/or surgery.
The human body is vastly more than a machine. It is a vital system, and the fact that it is vital, renders it susceptible to other influences besides mechanical, such as falls, twists, strains, etc.
Vitalism is based on the root word “vitality,” which is defined as “the power or ability to continue in existence, live, or grow.” A healing model based on vitalism believes that the body is a dynamic, ever-changing organism, continuously changing and adapting to its form and function. Vitalism also assumes that that there is an intelligence and order within, that is designed to heal the body, and every system in the body coordinates functions with each other system. We say, “when the anatomy is absolutely structurally correct, the physiologic function potentiates.”
It may be accurately said that when the physiology is over-active, the anatomical alignment is disarranged. The principles of Functional Splanchnology, as Chiropractors and Osteopaths alike first promulgated this in the past, declared that a structural defect is at the bottom of every physiological defect. Structure always affects function. Function always affects structure. Function governs structure.
Another particular in which the Functional Splanchnology pathology differs from other schools of medicine is in the way we view varying conditions of a viscus. To the medical practitioner, simple gastritis is a vastly different condition from gastric ulcer. From a Functional Splanchnolgy perspective, these conditions differ in degree, not in kind. The same organ, the same blood supply, the same nerves are involved in both conditions, and therefore we focus treatment on these structures. Our nutritional treatment takes account of the differing activity of the stomach, but our manipulative treatment the differing shape of the stomach.
In other words; the structure of the liver affects its function. The function of the liver affects its structure. But the function of the the liver governs it structure. The same can be said for a knee joint. The structure of the knee joint affects its function. While the function of the knee joint affects its structure. Ultimately, the function of the knee joint governs the structure of the knee joint.
Which came first?
Years of drinking affects the function of the liver. A skiing accident quickly alters the structure of the knee joint. Where do we start? We cannot change the past. So we start from where you are today.
We apply this same process to all organs. Our manipulative therapeutics are based on structure more than on function. The nutritional therapeutics are based more on function than on structure.
Since pathology is the study of the perversions from normal; we cannot understand what the body is trying to do in any given case without taking into account the successes and failures of compensation as are made evident by the use of laboratory tests and indicator systems occurring on the body.
To intelligibly develop a treatment plan for a diseased organ one must know its pathology. The treatment of any disease comprehends part if not all of its pathology. In disease we are seldom dealing only with signs, which are distinct clues to disease, but chiefly with symptoms, which are only indications of pathology. In visceral (abdominal) conditions we are dealing with organs which possess (a) motion, (b) sensation and (c) secretion; i. e., such organs have muscles which are set in motion by motor nerves controlled by the abdominal brain, sensation made manifest by some irritation on the sensory nerve ends referring pain to various parts of the body, and secretion which proceeds normally in certain quantities, but in disturbed conditions, (a) excessive, (b) deficient, or (c) disproportionate.
There is an assumption that secretion of hormones, neuroendocrine transmitters and enzymes is always that their production is of premier quality and exacting quantities. However in disturbed conditions, the production of excessive, deficient or disproportionate secretions are of the quality and quantity of cheap, imported knockoffs. This must be taken into account on how they affect function and when analyzing lab tests.
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