Guest Post — Dr. Karen Erickson’s Rules for Health

Thanks to my col­league Karen Erick­son, DC for today’s arti­cle out­lin­ing the sim­ple rules of health.

Breaking the Rules

The rules are sim­ple. You prob­a­bly already know them.

Turns out, the qual­i­ty of our health is the result of a set of very sim­ple rules. Play by the rules and you have the best chance for opti­mum health. Break the rules and you’ll pay for it. Not always imme­di­ate­ly, but even­tu­al­ly.

Just about every­one knows the rules. Here are 10 of the most obvi­ous ones:

  1. You shall breathe. If you stop breath­ing, breathe in a shal­low man­ner or inhale pol­lu­tants, there will be price to be paid.
  2. You shall ingest nutri­tion. Eat­ing qual­i­ty food is need­ed to pro­vide the essen­tial vit­a­mins, enzymes and min­er­als need­ed to fuel, grow and repair your body.
  3. You shall expel wastes. What goes in, must come out. If it comes out too quick­ly you’ll suf­fer. If it takes too long to come out you’ll suf­fer as well.
  4. You shall hydrate. We’re most­ly water. Replac­ing what is lost to facil­i­tate cru­cial bod­i­ly func­tions is essen­tial. The key is to drink enough flu­ids so you nev­er feel thirsty.
  5. You shall move. A seden­tary lifestyle caus­es stag­na­tion, poor cir­cu­la­tion and ham­pers the func­tion of the lym­phat­ic sys­tem while mus­cle tone suf­fers.
  6. You shall rest. Your body needs time to renew, refresh and repair. This is done large­ly at night while enjoy­ing rest­ful sleep.
  7. You shall adapt to your envi­ron­ment. Your ner­vous sys­tem orches­trates every cell and tis­sue. That’s why chi­ro­prac­tic care is so essen­tial for good health.
  8. You shall love. You are the prod­uct of love. Love your Mak­er. Love your­self. Love oth­ers. The more you give away the more you’ve got.
  9. You shall for­give. You will make mis­takes. You will hurt oth­ers. You will fall short of the mark. For­give oth­ers as you for­give your­self.
  10. You shall die. Many try to break this one. Even med­i­cine sees death as a dis­ease state. It’s nat­ur­al. It’s inevitable. It’s part of the plan.

There’s one more rule. If you’re inclined to look to the gov­ern­ment, drug man­u­fac­tur­ers, insur­ance com­pa­nies or oth­ers, remem­ber the 11th rule: You shall be respon­si­ble. Valu­ing your health and fol­low­ing the rules per­mits you to live a pur­pose­ful life. Life is a gift. Bat­ter­ies are includ­ed. No assem­bly required. Enjoy!


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

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