Monday, March 8, 2010
Off The Charts! A Story About A Pediatric Visit
Off The Charts! A Story About A Pediatric Visit, and Differentiating Between "Normal" and "Average" by Kevin Donka, D.C.
My sister-in-law Vicki took her daughter Mackenzie to the pediatrician for her required kindergarten physical. Mackenzie is a very healthy five-year-old. She had a natural birth, was breast-fed, she eats well, lives a happy life, has never received any vaccines and I check her often. The doctor did all of the standard tests and told Mackenzie and her mom that she was one of the healthiest kids she has ever seen. She praised Vicki for her obvious attention to their good health, and said that she wished more kids were as healthy as Mackenzie. Then she added, “Let’s see her in six months to check her height and weight again, because she is below where the charts say she should be. If she isn’t on the charts by then, we will need to take some definite actions to get her there.”
Vicki was very confused and said, “Wait a minute, didn’t you just tell me that you wish more kids could be as healthy as Mackenzie?” “Yes I did,” the doctor replied, “But she is not quite as tall as the charts say she should be and her weight is lower than normal too. We like everyone to be on the charts.” Vicki asked, “Aren’t those charts based upon the AVERAGE American child?” The doctor verified that they are. “And isn’t it true that most American kids are OVERWEIGHT?” Vicki continued. “Well, that’s true,” the doctor said, “but she should still be on the charts.” “Are you telling me that you are concerned because she isn’t in the average of overweight kids?” Vicki exclaimed. The doctor didn’t know how to answer Vicki except to say, “Well, that’s what we recommend. We want everyone to be on the charts so that we know they are normal.”
The problem here is that most people (doctors included) don’t differentiate between what is “NORMAL” and what is “AVERAGE.” Regrettably, these terms are very often used in place of one another incorrectly. Science has established what it calls NORMAL figures for all of our bodily functions including heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, height, weight and everything else you can think of. However, what we are really looking at is not what is NORMAL, but what is AVERAGE, and average is rarely a number that is actualized by many individuals in a group. In fact, forcing a person’s body to conform to the average can actually be harmful to an individual. NORMAL on the other hand is something that is not as easy to figure out. In chiropractic, we say that we are ever changing, constantly adapting, self-regulating and self-healing organisms, and that NORMAL is whatever your INNATE INTELLIGENCE needs to do to return to or maintain your natural state of harmony, balance, ease and health.
This is an important distinction to understand. Even though the average heart rate of an adult is 72 beats per minute, it may not be what is necessary for an individual at any given time. In other words, if a person’s body needs to increase its heart rate for some reason, it may not be AVERAGE, but it can most certainly be NORMAL! Consider these things:
1. A healthy baby who is cutting teeth can have a runny nose, fluid in its ears and a fever. These are all normal parts of the process of cutting teeth.
2. A healthy woman will normally gain 1 – 2 pounds per week for nine months – when pregnant.
3. A healthy person who eats a bad piece of fish will vomit and get diarrhea as a way of healthfully expelling toxins.
4. A person who has injured his neck will have muscle spasms to protect the area from further damage while it heals. He will also have inflammation to begin what is called the healing cascade. And, his body will produce pain so that he knows to be careful until all is well.
Chiropractic recognizes that NORMAL is a state that can only be determined by your Innate Intelligence. We do not try to make you conform to a standard or AVERAGE level of function. Rather, we accept you for the unique INDIVIDUAL that you are, and we trust and rejoice in the knowledge that when you have a clear neurological CONNECTION, a healthy lifestyle and a deliberate focus upon creating what you want, your body will do whatever is necessary to keep you growing toward the full expression of your purpose and potential in life. Here’s wishing you a normal day – one that is OFF THE CHARTS!
- This is a Blog my chiro buddy Kevin created last month. We can not keep doing the same things in the past. We will always get the same results! Every year, we have more over weight kids, more type 2 diabetes kids, more kids grabbing for the cookie and chips, then sucking it down with high fructose corn surup when they should have learned to eat the carrots and apples.