Can the body heal itself?

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English: Vertical Velocity is a steel roller c...

English: Vertical Velocity is a steel roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I started seeing a chiropractor in nearby Gurnee, Il. My neck made annoying crunching sounds when I turned my head, and I figured this probably wasn’t good. I had also heard that a misaligned spine could cause high blood pressure. My chiropractor, Dr. Dean Cherniak will be supplying us with more information regarding how your alignment affects your health. Here is the first article – Can the body heal itself?

If you cut your finger, your body can heal the cut without band aids or antibiotics. Your body has within it an inborn ability to heal itself; in fact, all living things have the ability to heal themselves naturally. You are a self-healing organism.

If your body has the ability to health itself, why doesn’t it?

The answer sometimes is, we don’t give our body enough time to heal on its own, or the actual cause of the problem is still present and interfering with the healing process.

Can the healing process be interfered with?

Suppose again, that you cut your finger, but neglected to discover a wood splinter or sliver in the wound. Would the cut heal?

No, it would become red, hot swollen and infected. The sliver would interfere with the healing process. Would the best course of action at this point be to take an antibiotic to treat the infection? Or would it make more sense to remove the splinter? Would the cut now heal on its own if you removed the interference?

Let’s think about it for a moment – if the body is a self-healing organism, wouldn’t it make more sense to look for the cause of the interference and remove it than to put more interference by way of chemical stress into your body?

Is treating the symptoms the same as healing?

Most people are so focused on their symptoms that they often neglect to address the cause of their discomfort. When the cause is obvious, people often make the right decision. For example, if you had a pebble in your shoe and it was bothering you, you wouldn’t take a pain killer or an anti-inflammatory to cover the discomfort. You would recognize it was the pebble and you would take a moment to remove it from your shoe. Suppose however that you took the medicines simply to treat the symptoms and did not remove the pebble. You would merely be more comfortable while the damage to your foot continued to grow worse and worse. Often that is what medicines do, make you more comfortable as your health continues to decline. Until the cause is removed, true healing cannot take place.

Finding the cause of the interference

Most patients who develop health challenges search for a pill or potion to relieve their discomfort instead of locating the cause of the problem and removing the cause. By removing the actual cause, it allows our body an opportunity to heal naturally. For example, infections are not a lack of antibiotics in our bloodstream, they are often cause by a suppressed immune system.

Why does your immune system become suppressed?

Poor diet, no exercise, stress, or possibly nerve interference. If the body is a self-healing organism, why take medicine? Why not find out what is interfering with your body’s ability to heal itself and remove the interference?

The next time you encounter a health challenge, just stop for a moment and think about what may have cause the problem, not just how to cover up the symptoms.

Remember, healthy people don’t get sick, only unhealthy people get sick.


Dr. Dean Cherniak is a chiropractor at the Gurnee Wellness Group in Gurnee, Illinois. The same town as Six Flags and the Gurnee Mall.

He offers screening including your initial x-rays and scans for a couple of cans of food. Isn’t that cool? That’s how I got started. Let me tell you, I am a mess. My alignment is all over the place. Not surprising with all the crazy stuff I do, right?

I was amazed to learn how much the alignment of your spine affects your health. Dr. Dean has agreed to help us out and will be giving us more information on how to stay well. Stay tuned for some great information. I’ve already learned a lot.


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