It’s no secret that noxious gasses and toxic chemical agents can have a profound effect on the nervous system. In fact, chemical weapons constitute a very real terror threat in this country and abroad.
However, a more pervasive chemical threat exists to which you have a much greater chance of exposure.
Every day we come into contact with chemicals and synthetic materials that would astound even the most astute scientists of a generation ago. And most of the time, we don’t even know it. It is no longer as obvious as the odorous epoxy of the auto body repairman or the offensive smell of the beautician’s hair perm kit.
Hidden synthetics reside in just about everything the average person comes into contact with on a daily basis: the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the products we wash with, the cars we drive, the flooring we walk on, the furniture we sit on, the mattresses we sleep on, etc.
To make matters worse, we routinely engage in consuming alcohol and tobacco products, and are under constant pressure to expand our use of dangerous prescription drugs.
The net effect of all this exposure is a daily, insidious assault on the health of the human body. No system of the body is beyond escape, and of particular concern are nervous system, immune system, and endocrine system. And while the body is designed to pass off foreign substances, the continual chemical barrage that we call life can become overwhelming.
Chronically irritated muscles, inflamed joints and tissues, and a decreased immune response are just some of the things that result from living with toxins. When the nerve system is compromised due to chemical exposure, subluxations result.
Chiropractic adjustments can help you overcome the negative effects of toxic exposure by clearing the spine of subluxations and releasing the innate power of the nervous system to bring the body back into balance.
What can you do to help? Work at becoming a savvy consumer. There are numerous healthy alternatives out there for just about any type of product you can imagine. Those chemicals that leach into your scalp and skin from your personal care products can be eliminated by choosing their natural counterparts. Read the labels on food purchases to eliminate chemical additives, preservatives, and dyes. Choose low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, flooring, and furniture for your home to limit dangerous chemical off-gassing.
It’s unrealistic to think that you can remove all the chemical irritants from your life, but every toxin you eliminate and every adjustment you receive brings you a little bit closer to a balanced body.