Rotten Bananas


The banana.  It’s the perfect snack food.  It’s a great source of potassium and even comes in its own wrapper.  Picked ripe off the tree it can’t be beat.

The only problem is unless you have a banana tree in your backyard, we never get bananas ripe off the tree.  In fact, the tasty sweet yellow banana that you enjoy is actually in the process of rotting.  Think about it.  If bananas were harvested from the tree when they are a beautiful yellow and in their peak of ripeness, as they should be, they would be a black, greasy mess by the time they make it to our local grocery.  So to accommodate the long journey from the tropics, they are picked when they are green and allowed to “ripen” off the tree.

However, if you consider that living, growing fruit is supplied its life-sustaining nutrients from the soil and that the tree is the transport system for these nutrients, logic tells us that when fruit is cut from the tree it begins to die.  The bananas that we buy in various shades of green and yellow are just in different stages of decay.

Similar to a rotting piece of fruit, any organ or body part that is disconnected from its life source begins to break down.  In the human body, the central nervous system is the tree that supports all the growing fruit.  Just like a rotting banana, an organ or tissue that is “cut from the tree” by losing its nerve supply immediately begins to decay.  A heart would be useless if it weren’t linked up to the brain through the nervous system.  We wouldn’t be able to digest food if our stomachs lacked a nerve supply.  Muscles atrophy in the absence of nerve energy.

Fortunately our nerves are rarely severed like a bunch of bananas, but instead are pinched or choked by the bony holes through which they pass.

Subluxations, or misalignments in the vertebra, rob your body of essential nerve supply by squeezing off the spinal nerve root, eventually resulting in tissue damage and dysfunction.  The good news is that even chronic subluxations can be corrected given enough time and consistency of treatment.  After the correction is made, new life can begin to flow into damaged tissue.

So whether we’re talking about the human body or tropical fruit, remember that for any living entity to reach its maximum potential, in must constantly be supplied by its source of life.

The greatest benefit of chiropractic care, far beyond pain relief or functional improvement, is that a properly delivered adjustment links the brain back up with the tissue allowing that tissue to derive the maximum benefit from the life source within the body!

About Lucas Kruse, D.C.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, I am a second generation chiropractor. The Kruse family consists of five chiropractors practicing throughout the country. I spent eight years providing medical support for Marines and Sailors as an enlisted Navy hospital corpsman (medic). I have four amazing children, Aden, Ella Dee, Remy, and Dagny. The family is constantly on the move staying active with sports, walking, golfing, and fishing. View all posts by Lucas Kruse, D.C.

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