Say No to Television and Social Media during Dinner

“This the Season to be jolly!” With the year-end festivities just round the corner and Singapore moving towards endemic Covid status, we can once again look forward to having mealtime bonding with family and friends.

Good Mealtime Habits without Television and Electronic Devices

A study published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology in April 20161 found that the positive effects of eating together as a family are often negated by watching television or videos at the same time. Overall, TV diners miss precious interaction time with family members and should consider switching off the television and all electronic devices during mealtimes. As a modern and first world country like the United States, Singapore is increasingly facing similar issues. In modern times, many individuals neglect mealtimes. Eating together with sacred connections and shared conversations has become a privilege rather than a norm. This is a worrying trend.

Mealtimes together are important social interaction times for both children and adults. People need to connect with and talk to one another while they eat, opening the way for meaningful communication and personal bonding. Parents with busy work schedules and children with multiple extracurricular activities often have difficulty finding common time to connect, resulting in distance relationships, isolation and even depression.

There is evidence to suggest that individuals who spend more time watching television and videos have worse diets, while families that frequently eat together have better wholesome meals and eating habits. Another culprit of bad diets is eating deep-fried or junk food during screen time. In addition, certain television viewings can affect digestion while eating. Anything with extremes, especially violence, suspense and comedies that illicit emotions and tensions can put more stress on an already busy digestive system. Moreover, our digestive system is ‘intricately linked’ to the nervous system, which is explained below.

Let us make the best of meetings with families and friends by being present with them and eliciting conversations that are meaningful and memorable. These shared memories will last a lifetime than wasting our precious time on television, social media and watching too much videos that may not be ultimately beneficial to our health and well-being.

Link between Digestive System and Nervous System

Our digestive system is linked to the enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS or our intrinsic nervous system consists of mesh-like neurons that govern our gastrointestinal tract or gut. It is our second brain. Chiropractic is about the entire nervous system, with many neurons connecting to the brain and a bigger neural capacity than the actual brain itself.

A huge issue I encounter in my practice today is inflammation. Many people consume deep fried foods every day, which cause increased inflammation in their bodies.  Higher susceptibility to inflammation affects muscle tonicity or spasticity, which might cause the spine to misalign. Symptoms include pain, numbness, stiffness, tingling, fatigue, and digestive issues.

With another year ending soon, do make time for family and friendship meals and wean off electronic distractions, deep-fried and inflammatory foods. Have a ‘belly happy’ meal with your family and friends!

Your Trusted Chiropractor

 

Dr. Nicholas Lim, D.C., ANutr, B.Sc. (Hons)

[Dr. of Chiropractic & Nutritionist &

Treasurer of Chiropractic Association of Singapore]

 

WhatsApp :+65 9355 8828

Telephone : +65 6970 8152

Email : drchiro@gmail.com

 

Reference:

Blake, C., Rosemond, T., Bernal, J. and Frongillo, E., 2016. The role of television during family meals: Enable or disrupter of communication. J. of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology April 2016

Universal Intelligence, Innate Intelligence Healing and Subluxation in Chiropractic

Core of Chiropractic

The fundamental concepts of traditional chiropractic philosophy may seem daunting upon initial exposure. The complexity of such concepts is paradoxical due to the inherent simplicity once you have good understanding of how your brain and body function. One of these concepts is subluxations.

Chiropractic is a deductive science: we make chiropractic deductions based on the premise that life is ‘intelligent’. In turn, an ‘intelligent creator’ exists. The intelligent creator is the creator of all matter that manages and organises our existence, providing matter to maintain our existence. This is the concept of universal intelligence, where life is a manifestation of movement. A part of this universal intelligence is our innate intelligence, which can constructively adapt the forces and matter from the universe. Chiropractic theories and hypotheses are generally deductions from these universal truths, supported by clinical findings.

Innate Intelligence within Our Body

Innate intelligence in humans exists within our brains. The brain controls our emotional, mental and physical functions through the spinal cord and nervous system components. Innate intelligence is a self-regulating system that maintains our state of health through mechanisms of adaptation. Our innate intelligence helps us adapt to the elements of the universe associated with the human body. Good health is a result of a perfect adaptation. Conversely, imperfect adaptation results in disease(s).

It is imperative to understand that, as a component of universal intelligence, innate intelligence ‘cannot be flawed’. It is ‘intrinsically perfect’. Any imperfect adaptation of our human system is a result of improper transmission of innate forces in the nervous system rather than a result of innate intelligence errors. Alterations of the spinal column indirectly interfere with the transmission of these innate forces. We can trace the root of all disease(s) to the effects of alterations of the spinal column on nerve tissues. Interference of neurological functions arising from spinal column alterations may negatively affect the adaptive mechanisms of the body. This causes disruption of the homeostatic balance and, in turn, displaces segments of the spinal column and subsequently the state of health. Chiropractic refers to the displaced segments of the spinal column as subluxations. A subluxation is the state of a vertebra that has lost its proper alignment in relation to the vertebra above and below or both. This misalignment of the vertebrae allows for the interference of nerve transmission and results in the state of disease.

Nerve transmission is a cycle consisting of many nervous system components. The brain sends and receives messages from all parts of the body via the spinal cord, spinal nerve roots, and the nerves themselves. Efferent nerves transmit information leaving the brain to all parts and cells of the body and transmit information perceived by the body back to the brain. This information pathway to and from the brain centre and tissues of the body are like the ‘mental current’ and ‘mental impulses’. Transmitted by nerves, mental impulses are the connection between intelligence and matter. They are therefore necessary for life. For example, if we damage one of our nerves, the tissue it supplies loses function and consequently dies. When a subluxation compromises the nerve transmission of mental impulses, the associated tissue cells adopt a weakened state of dysfunction. To restore the proper functions of tissue cells, we must remove the disruption of transmission. The removal of this interference and consequent restoration of function is the purpose of chiropractic adjustment.

What is Subluxation in Chiropractic?

Subluxation is the adaptation of a system that is protecting itself, a form of defence physiology.  When the system does not have a strategy to process an experience or stimulus, then it does not have the energy or resources either. Hence, it resorts to binding its energy in an attempt to protect itself and give itself more time to create the change or shift in a more authentic and thermodynamically efficient manner.  Without this mechanism, many systems would lose their energy and crash. Crashing in a biological sense can possibly lead to dis-ease or, in serious cases, death.

Subluxation is a diminished state of being, not just a bone out of alignment. The human body has an amazing ability to maintain its own health when provided with the right amounts and the right types of healthy signals. When we remove harmful or unhealthy signals and enhance appropriate signals, the body system creates a healthy outcome and vice versa. Unhealthy signals can come by way of physical, mental/emotional/social, or chemical imbalance. Subluxation could possibly prevents dis-ease and even death. It is the “silent killer”.  It is like a circuit breaker in an electrical box.  It is a form of adaptation, just not the most thermodynamically effective or efficient one, but the only option available to the system at that level of energy.

Chiropractors can recognise the root cause of disease by adjusting the displaced segments of the spinal column, thereby removing the interference of innate force transmission. The beauty of chiropractic is its ability to restore the normal transmission of forces, allowing proper homeostasis and adaptation without adding any force or material to the body in order to restore health. Chiropractic adjustments facilitate the proper functioning of the body without causing undue harm or unwanted adverse effects.

Your Trusted Chiropractor

 

Dr. Nicholas Lim, D.C., ANutr, B.Sc. (Hons)

[Dr. of Chiropractic & Nutritionist &

Treasurer of Chiropractic Association of Singapore]

 

WhatsApp :+65 9355 8828

Telephone : +65 6970 8152

Email : contact@drchiro.com.sg