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You cannot substitute one component of health for another. In fact, in trying to do that, the substitution can actually do more harm that good. Common sense says you cannot eat more to make up for a lack of execise. It will do more harm than good. You cannot increase your exercise program instead of getting adjusted. The exercise will cause more stress on a subluxated spine than the good it will do for the muscles.

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  1. Steve 12/19/2011, 6:28 pm:

    Good thought , good counter top article.
    THANX Joe

  2. Terri Galant, DC 12/19/2011, 6:35 pm:

    Joe, in your second sentence don’t you mean – You cannot exercise more to make up for eating more??? I do that one all the time. I figure I’ll just step up the cardio when I have more dessert than I need.
    Why would you want to eat more to make up for a lack of exercise?
    Isn’t that backwards???
    And yes, I agree – It’s important not to substitute one for the other.

    • JStraussDC 12/19/2011, 7:11 pm:

      I was trying tro reduce the argument to absurdity. Some people actually have told me they are getting to the gym more frequently so they do not need to be checked for sublyxations as often, as if the former prevented the latter. But your point is well taken. You need a certain amount of exercise for the purpose of exercise, no more, no less. Getting more to make up for overeating is just as outside-in as eating more to make up for exercising less (although not as absurd).

  3. Steve 12/19/2011, 9:07 pm:

    Now wait a minute fellas, you can exercise more to off set eating more. Extra calories in – extra calories out. Admittedly a difficult formula to get exactly right but logical none the less. Of course if it is sweets there is more damage done than just caloric overload.
    No you cannot “substitute” one for the other but all things should be “balanced”

    • JStraussDC 12/19/2011, 10:36 pm:

      Steve, I guess if one is exercising for the purpose of burning calories (losing weight, keeping it off, looking good and trim, you can exercise more) but Stephenson says (and I agree) that exercise is the normal, natural amount of activity one needs for adaptation. The former approach is outside-in, the latter ADIO. The way I would like to eat, I need to exercise about 22.5 hours a day. Would that be okay for my body?
      Our body is not a test tube to balance intake and outgo. It is a living organism that should have a perfect innate balance which changes day to day. Too much food cannot be offset by too much exercise.

  4. Steve 12/20/2011, 5:43 pm:

    As usual you are right. I guess it all depends on how you look at it, Philosophically or Physiologically.

  5. Claudelessard@comcast.net 12/20/2011, 11:20 pm:

    Steve,

    Whether you look at it philosophically OR physiologically, EITHER ONE, will get you the same 2 choices:

    1. ADIO
    or
    2. OIBU

    In LIFE, these 2 viewpoints will ALWAYS come up!

    May we WHO choose… choose wisely, my friend. 🙂

    • Steve 12/21/2011, 2:46 pm:

      Yes sir that’s true. I know when I am more active my dietary desires change,ii. When I know I will have to get up early I go to bed early, ei. It is a good thing we have both capacities. As you and Joe have said,” I am alright with that”. Happy Holidays to You, Joe, Claude, and all the Chiropractic Philosophers, past present and future.

  6. Scott Bjerkness 12/21/2011, 4:26 pm:

    Question: In Toward a Better understanding of the Philosophy of Chiro by Strauss, page 69 on vertebral subluxation it states “…that any technique ostensibly claiming to correct subluxations must in some way address the metaphysical component, either in the analysis and/or correction to the subluxation. …it must acknowledge that its objective is to remove interference to the expression of the innate intelligence at the cord level. Further, it should explain how the correction of the structural problem related to the improved expression of the body’s innate intelligence, preferably by the use of some objective analysis.”

    Sounds good, I want to do this well. 1. Can we objectively show that we are affecting the innate intelligence and not just changing structure and 1a. how do we show it, 1b. what’s a few tools or better yet, one good tool? 2. In other words can we objectively measure the metaphysical idea of innate intelligence? 3. do we observe the effects of innate intelligence and record what we see like through semg, thermography? 4. Are you saying we can emperically study a metaphysical, philosophical idea/concept?

    • JStraussDC 12/24/2011, 2:59 pm:

      Sorry to take so long to respond, Scott. “1. Can we objectively show that we are affecting the innate intelligence and not just changing structure.”
      First we are not affecting ii. We are affecting the expression of it. When we get in a plane and fly at 25000 feet we are not affecting the law of gravity, it still is acting on the plane. We are just affecting its expression. Structure affects function, so any change in structure affects the funcion of the NS. That is the objective part. How significant is that effect or whether it is significant at all is subjective. To me as a chiropractor, any change is significant. To a person with terminal cancer who wants the adjustment to get them well, it may not be significant at all (if it does not get them well) or of major significance (if they do get well). That is subjective.
      “1a. how do we show it,
      1b. what’s a few tools or better yet, one good tool?

      Any tool that shows change in structure, demonstrates that you have affected the expresssion of the ii of the body. You must decide which tool(s) you are most comfortable with. I prefer a hammer for driving a nail into wood, a screwdriver for putting in a screw. Although I once caught my wife using the former to accomplish the latter 🙂 (hope you see the analogy) That’s why we have different analytical tools and adjusting techniques.
      “2. In other words can we objectively measure the metaphysical idea of innate intelligence? ”
      I like the mirror under the nose measurement. If you see condensation on the mirror, they have an innate intelligence and it is (always)100%. Anything positive done to the body increases its expression. We just happen to focus our efforts on correcting vs as chiropractors.
      “3. do we observe the effects of innate intelligence and record what we see like through semg, thermography?”
      Yes, if that is the tool you are comfortable with.
      “4. Are you saying we can emperically study a metaphysical, philosophical idea/concept?” No, we can only study a philosophical concept philosophically. We can study the effects emperically.
      Hope this helps.

      • Scott Bjerkness 12/26/2011, 3:30 pm:

        Thanks, that helps. I like the nose and mirror trick;). I was thinking of what the bible says of the Holy Spirit: it’s like the wind, you can’t see it but you can see the effects thereof.

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