Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Rob Schiffman
Our recently elected California governor is perhaps best known
for his reinforced rubberized skin, mechanical endoskeleton, human-like
features and his robotic-Prozac style emotions. As the Terminator,
Arnold was the image of a man in the body of a machine. In the movie,
using various techno parts and lasers, Gov. Schwarzenegger could
heal (fix or replace) any damaged, broken or blown up parts. This
is something most people envision as the state of health care of
Health care today is moving towards one of two directions. These
directions are: "Man or Machine."
The Machinery of Conventional Medicine
Medical technology tends to move towards "Machine." We
search technology, chemistry and, yes, machinery for the solution
to our problems. As for humans, this makes sense, as we do not know
how to make a body or create life. Therefore, our knowledge on how
to fix a body or preserve life is limited to non-existent. We do
know, however, how to make high tech equipment. As a result, we
look to apply our high-tech, mechanical solutions to the care and
treatment of "Man." Unfortunately, our understanding is
based on our ignorance, which creates quite an obstacle for success
along with many pitfalls.
"Man" is the Center of Alternative
Natural or alternative forms of technology move in the other direction,
toward "Man." In this system, our ignorance is based on
understanding. We understand that we cannot make a body or create
a life. Therefore, we educate ourselves on how to work with life
and the human body and not interfere or manipulate it. To work with
the understanding that we are "Man" and not "Machine,"
means we embrace the vital miracle that is life and support functions
of the human body. This can also be called "Vitalism."
Three Definitions of Vitalism
Vitalism is defined as the doctrine that life cannot be explained
solely by materialism. Often, the non-material element is referred
to as the "vital spark" or energy. Some believers in vitalism
equate this element with the soul.
Another definition of vitalism is the metaphysical doctrine that
living organisms possess a non-physical inner force or energy that
gives them the property of life. Believers of vitalism agree that
the laws of physics and chemistry alone cannot explain life functions
and processes. Vitalism is opposed to mechanistic materialism and
its thesis in life emerges from a complex combination of organic
Webster's dictionary simply defines vitalism as a doctrine that
the functions of a living organism are due to a vital principle
distinct from physiochemical forces.
In the late 20th century, the scientific understanding of vitalism
was increasing, along with the understanding of biomechanical processes.
The awareness of these processes distinguished living from non-living
matter and the realization of these processes were complex and incredibly
Chiropractic -- the Vital Approach to
Balancing our Bodies
A vitalistic approach to health and wellness is chiropractic. Chiropractors
distinguish and understand that vital energy or an innate God-given
intelligence could be interfered with by chemical, mental or physical
stresses. Chiropractic adjustments, techniques, nutrition and lifestyle
issues can aid in eliminating the contributing factors to poor health
and advocate changes in one's lifestyle. The changes that are
usually encouraged are ones that allow the healing process to take
place while respecting the body's normal processes.
Chiropractic is in this category because of the belief that the
life processes are radically different than the processes in non-living
matter. This has also helped with directing the needed attention
to understanding health. Another reason is to use this information
and emphasize its role in both the cause and treatment of disease
and maintain the balance of our bodies.
When we understand the way healing happens, we will see health
and wellness prevail over sickness and disease.
The movie, The Terminator, depicts a time when our full reliance
on machine technology results in man's near complete annihilation.
It makes sense because, when you eliminate the human element from
life, common sense is lost and morality and life no longer has any
value or meaning.
We are man and not machine. If we ignore our vitalism and manipulate
it with technology only, without regard for the short- and long-term
effects and forget the natural alternatives that promote life, we
can expect a Terminator-like outcome to our health future. This,
of course, would not just be individually, but on a full-scale battle
that would resemble a movie our California governor could star in.
Ben Lerner and Dr. Rob Schiffman along with Dr. Greg Loman
own Teach The World About Chiropractic, a Chiropractic coaching
and seminar company. Dr. Ben Lerner was the Chiropractor and a
Fitness Consultant for the U.S. World and Olympic Freestyle and
Greco-Roman wrestling teams for 6 World Championships and the
1996 and 2000 Olympics. He is the author of the New York Times,
Wall-Street Journal, and Christian Bookseller's Association Best-Selling
by God; The Owner's Manual For Maximized Living.