I don’t believe in germs….

I commonly make the reference that: I don’t believe in germs or I don’t believe in a certain diagnosis or disease.

I’m not trying to be difficult. My reasoning is two-fold:

First – Germs

Dr. Palmer (Founder of chiropractic) said “If the germ theory of disease were true no one would be alive to believe it.” I love that quote!

What he is saying is that it isn’t the germ that make you sick. It is your susceptibility. We already know that; if one person in your house is dealing with flu symptoms, some or none may “get” sick. We say “…well they were immune to the bug.” Or “something is going around.” Why is it that my family rarely catches those things that are going around? My kids are at daycare and eat dirt for a living. I am in a clinic with people all day…yet we seem to manage not “catching” much of anything. Why?

….it isn’t the “bug” that is the problem…it is your immune system which is affected by your spine, your stress levels and what you are eating. In fact many of you have heard of Louis Pastuer, the founder of the “Germ Theory.”


Did you know that simultaneously in history there was a competing view and much controversy surrounding this issue?
The other side of the coin was put forth by Antione Bechamp (and colleague Claude Bernard) He believed that these microorganisms could not produce disease in a healthy host and rather these “germs” were in fact chemical byproducts of the diseased tissue. And he could prove it. And did prove it.

Just like skid marks at an accident didn’t cause the accident. They were the byproduct of the accident.

But his viewpoints was suppressed and today the Germ Theory of sickness rules.

ODDLY ENOUGH….on his deathbed Pastuer recants his germ theory and says;

“Bernard was correct. I was wrong. The microbe (germ) is nothing. The terrain (milieu) is everything.”

Imagine how life would be different had his theory won the day!

Finally -Disease and diagnosis: We spend BILLIONS of dollars to name a disease. MRI’s, blood work, lab tests, scans, images….all to name something. Think about that. We justify it with “well if we don’t know what it is we cannot treat it” or “lets rule it out.” Fair enough –  but naming it changes nothing because medicine will do nothing to treat the cause…only manage the symptoms. It’s not their fault. 75% of disease is lifestyle and you cannot medicate your way out of something you lived your way into. Makes no sense.

We spend tons of money to rule something out” but the elephant in the room that no one addresses is maybe we need to RULE IN the idea that people make bad lifestyle choices and we need to change that first. Healthcare Reform won’t come from the government down. We will not make more people healthy by someone else paying for their bad choices. It will come from people reforming their lives…

Hans Selye M.D. is known as the “Father of Stress” was sitting in diagnosis class in Med school one day. While teacher presented a case study of a patient with xyz symptoms, Selye was daydreaming. His teacher noticed this and called on him, “Selye! What is wrong with this patient?” Selye responded…”He’s sick..”

Genius. He developed the “syndrome of just being sick” which later became the General Adaptation Syndrome. Which basically says your body is attempting to adapt to an unhealthy stressful environment in the best way it knows how. Those things called “symptoms” are not the problem, instead they are your body intelligently adapting to what you have done to it. To treat the symptoms is to literally takes away your body’s ability to fight. It is tying your own hands behind your back in a fight…

The goal then is not to manage the symptoms but rather to correct the pathological environment that allows germs to live and your body to be stressed and sick..

Thats what we do at our clinic. We adjust subluxations in the spine and we give lifestyle advice. Not to manage symptoms and sickness but to improve your body’s chance of being healthy. Just like going to the gym, eating broccoli and drinking water and getting adjusted. You do those things always for the rest of your life to PROMOTE health not to fight a certain symptom.

Consider this last quote from a colleague as we close:

Subluxation equals susceptibility.

Point being, when a child is subluxated they are more likely to suffer from ear infections, autism and ADHD, gluten and dairy intolerance, vaccine injury, allergies and asthma, etc. When an athlete is subluxated they are more likely to suffer and injury or poor performance. When an adult is subluxated they are more likely to experience pain and headache, depression and anxiety, gut and immune issues…

When anyone is subluxated the stress of day to day living (thoughts, traumas, toxins) become more obtrusive and obstructive, because their ability to adapt and overcome is limited.

Bottom line….you need to get your spine checked regularly to maintain optimal function.

Join our mission of getting sick people well and helping healthy people stay that way!

We look forward to adjusting you, your family and your friends soon. Come on in!

Dr. Seth – Chiropractor

Severtson Spinal Care
513 W 4th St.
Dell Rapids, SD 57022
(605) 428-4778

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