Welcome to “The Royal Principles of Health,” written by Dr. Michael Dority and presented by Selene River Press. This fascinating series is based on the 33 principles of chiropractic identified by R.W. Stephenson, DC, PhC, in his 1927 classic Chiropractic Textbook. Dr. Dority calls these the “Royal Principles of Health” and invites you to learn how these foundational tenets illustrate the forces of universal intelligence that guide and determine our existence.
The Wet Nurse of Health
Royal Principle #27 states: Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.
In Greek, the word that denotes “wet nurse” is trophos. For centuries, cultures around the world have used wet nurses to feed, nurture, and train up children whose mothers could not, or chose not to, nurse. The health and diet of the wet nurse—as well as her thoughts, words, feelings, and emotions—had a great impact on the child’s overall well-being. In this regard, natural health care practitioners are wet nurses of a kind, in that our actions can have a great impact on our patients’ health.
Our task is to learn about the natural causes of health and then put this knowledge to use in the service of all of humanity. To be like a wet nurse of health, we must help people understand the benefits of chiropractic care and holistic nutrition, and how subluxations (aka altered spinal biomechanics) cause nerve interference in the human body, and how this nerve interference results in symptoms that can be resolved with spinal adjustments, and finally how chiropractic care promotes health by keeping the spine and nervous system free of mechanical stressors. We are the wet nurse who must speak about the benefits of whole food supplements from Standard Process, and the necessity of consuming unrefined food free of toxic chemicals, and how Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), the Heart Sound Recorder (HSR), and muscle response analysis (MRA) can change a person’s health and life for the better.
If we are like wet nurses given charge over our patients’ health, we must nurture them in all aspects of their health. We must provide the essential information and vital components they need to build a healthy body, mind, and spirit. This is our ordained task. Just as the mother trusts in the wet nurse to take on the responsibility of nourishing her child, we must take on the responsibility to do the same with our patients.
It is said in the Bible, “Bring up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” In this way, we must bring up our patients in the way they should go, and when they have learned what they need they can achieve their greatest level of health. Without the skill to nurture health, babies (or patients) will remain ignorant. They will become sickly and never reach their full health potential.
In his Chiropractic Textbook, Dr. R.W. Stephenson states in Principle #27: “Innate Intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.” Intelligence is always being created, and our central nervous system is always communicating this intelligence to all the tissues in the body. This is the normal way. It is the manifestation of the Life Force. Think of the brain as a wet nurse that regulates everything from the smallest molecules to all of the cells, tissues, organs, and systems in the body.
As chiropractors and natural health care practitioners, we must learn the simple yet powerful principles of health so we can teach them to those who seek us out. Research demonstrates that the expression of this natural law can be disrupted
by an imperfection of structure and abnormal movement in the spine—in other words, when a vertebral subluxation is present.
Exposure to toxins, poisons, malnutrition, and emotional stressors also creates disorder in the nervous system. The brain is a wet nurse. It constantly monitors all that is going on in and around the cells of the body, and also cleans up the messes. The brain coordinates the ensuing mechanisms and reactions to ensure our health and even our survival. Research is making it more and more clear how the brain (aka wet nurse) coordinates and regulates, control of the body second by second. We now know that approximately 330 billion cells are replaced every day. This is the equivalent to approximately 1 percent of all the cells in the body. In 80 to 100 days, 30 trillion cells are replenished. Every morning, we are truly made new.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has also found that the brain continually produces new cells in the hippocampus and subventricular zone throughout our lives. The hippocampus regulates learning and memory. It is also associated with encoding and guiding memory and spatial navigation.
The subventricular zone is the site of neurogenesis and self-renewing neurons. The neurons in these zones are focused on the interaction of molecules and cells for epigenetic regulation. “Epigenetic” involves how our behavior and memories, and how we move biomechanically in our internal and external environment, can change the very expression of our genes. Does this mean that we are fostering epigenetic expression in our patient’s genes when we correct spinal subluxations, neuro-emotional complexes, nutritional imbalances, and exposures to toxins? Is this why our patients continue with natural chiropractic and nutritional health care?
Memories are physically stored in the brain as energy vibrations within proteins called tubulin, located in the dendrites. We have physical memories from actions such as learning to ride a bike. We have biochemical memories of Grandma’s cooking (whether good or bad). We have emotional memories such as being afraid to stand up in front of the class in the third grade. We even have immune system memories from being exposed to all sorts of invaders, which help us maintain resistance and stay healthy.
This all happens because of our inborn Innate Intelligence. What human being could possibly create all of these miraculous events in our bodies? These amazing tasks are controlled and regulated by and through the brain talking to the body and the body talking to the brain. It is an ordained function in the body. “Innate intelligence is always normal and its function is always normal.” This is a divine principle. When it is violated, it results in a breakdown of our cellular matrix, which causes the symptoms of the many conditions we are diagnosed with. We can cover up these symptoms with drugs and medications—which are the third leading cause of death in America. Or we can utilize the natural principles of health provided at chiropractic offices throughout our nation.
Let us defeat the darkness of sickness. Let us provide our hippocampus and subventricular zone—our “wet nurse”—with the natural survival resources they need to function. Standard Process provides this essential nutritional support with the following:
Neurotrophin PMG (1–3/day): supports healthy brain and nerve function.
Protefood (3/day): contains the eight essential amino acids plus RNA.
Cataplex G (3/day): for nerve repair.
Hypothalamus PMG (1–3/day): for nervous system imbalances.
Maintain a healthy functional spine, nervous system, and epigenetic expression with regular chiropractic care.
And keep your hippocampus ramped up with exercise. Regular exercise offers neuroprotective benefits in the brain that can enhance memory and learning. Exercise also stimulates blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which releases positive neuropeptides that can make us happy. Just twenty minutes of vigorous exercise three days a week. You got to get the heart rate up!
Along with exercise, make sure your diet includes meats high in natural omega-3 fats, plenty of organic fruits and veggies, and whole grains. Remember, if it doesn’t rot—don’t eat it!
Some things to think about:
“You cannot defeat darkness by running from it, nor can you conquer your inner demons by hiding them from the world. In order to defeat the darkness, you must bring it into the light.”
—Seth Adam Smith
“It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”
“The mind must be cured as well as the body, as the mind so is the body”.
—Daniel D. Palmer