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I once had a patient with heart disease, spinal disease, diabetes and COPD tell me that he didn’t think he would live this long. If he did he would have taken a lot better care of his health. He would always say that he wished he could go back in time and
do some things differently.
He was 65.
Have you ever wished that you had a crystal ball that could show you your future health? For my patient I bet he would have chosen to know how he would have aged. How would his health turn out.
We may not be able to time travel yet, but we do have a way to peek into the future and see how we age. Now, we are not talking about predicting specific diseases. Rather predicting how your trajectory of life will go. Scientists are able to recognize which individuals have a high chance to develop a degenerative condition such as cancer, heart disease, dementia and autoimmune diseases.
Adaptability-Focused Paradigm is drawing attention from healthcare practitioners across the world. Adaptability-based paradigm suggests that it is not the type of disease process that determines if one regains health as much as it is the susceptibility of the individual. The key predictor of disease development and determining factor for your ability to heal is your individual susceptibility.
Susceptibility, or stress vulnerability, determines your level of health. If a force (chemical, mechanical, or emotional in nature) overcomes the ability to adapt to this stressor, the body fails at some level. As adaptability decreases, health in turn is compromised. The question now becomes “How did lose my health, rather than how did I catch a disease?”
There are certain biometrics that can be measured or assessed to determine adaptability levels. There is no better assessment than cardiac activity. More specifically Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV has been widely used as a metric of parasympathetic nervous system impulse flow.[LINK] The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) is the main supplier of immune system. It is the “rest and repair” portion of the nervous system. Low HRV it would mean low PSNS performance. Much like a 100-watt light bulb only receiving enough electricity to give off 50% light.
There is overwhelming evidence that shows diseases such as cancer, heart disease, thyroid conditions and mental diseases have low heart rate variability. Veterans and other individuals suffering from PTSD consistently show a diminished HRV.[LINK] The same findings are present in children diagnosed with ADHD. The majority of these conditions develop over decades. Even if it takes decades for a chronic illness to take affect or a couple of days to become ill the best method of defense is a strong offense.
Of the 158 different interventions in the research literature identified; HRV was most commonly used as an adaptability metric. Below is a chart of the 15 best interventions that showed consistent results during the research trials. Included in the table are other biometrics that can be used to determine performance of the nervous system. More specifically the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
As you can see there are many different avenues to optimize your health. One cannot do it alone, but the intervention that shows significant changes across multiple biometrics is the chiropractic adjustment. Healthcare models are, historically, slow to change but the evidence is mounting on what it takes to stay healthy. I believe this is the information my patient would have wanted to know when he was younger. It is this authors opinion that using an Adaptability-Focused Paradigm we will optimize the trajectory for generations to come.