There is no question that the current state of our health in America has hit the crisis stage. Many of you who are reading this article probably can’t remember anyone being allergic to peanuts in your school days. Yet today, a bag of peanuts or a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich will bring panic to the school and a fluttering heart to any parent concerned with their child’s allergy.

Asthma and allergy problems have tripled in the last decade and these days more children than ever before are carrying inhalers and taking medications. Over one-third of our children are now considered “obese” and every time the subject comes up we seem to shy away from the reality and hard questions that follow. During my parent’s generation, the majority of people did not start developing disease until their sixties. My generation started in their thirties and now today we see disease starting in adolescents, teenagers, and even toddlers. The current generation of children and those expected to carry the flame for us are facing the perfect storm that they cannot avoid or survive. They truly live in what is referred to as a toxic generation.

The diseases of the past are not the diseases of the now. Many of the clients I meet with are no longer suffering from only headaches, back pain, neck pain, or weight problems. They now come in with diabetes, thyroid and autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and allergy problems. I call these “New Millennial Diseases.” To get these problems under control you must search deeper for the answer than just throwing medication or simple fixes at them. There are multiple etiologies and physiological connections in the body that cause vicious inflammatory cycles that cannot be broken. The answer in our current society typically lies in more medication but we are now seeing a generation that is over-medicated and over-diagnosed with no real solutions in sight. For those who can mentally break from this method of thinking there are real solutions and answers available.

When a client comes into the office I like to place their health and life history on a timeline. I need to see the big picture. It’s similar to when you see a close-up picture of what would appear to be a brain or honeycomb however, as the picture zooms out it becomes clear that it is not what you initially thought but instead it is a walnut and the eye of a fly. The same analogy applies with your health. Zoom out and see the big picture. When you can pinpoint certain time frames in your life where your health issues started you will see a connection that we call “The Perfect Storm.” In my next post we will be diving into the storm and how you can sail out of it into calmer, healthier waters.

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Dr. David Schwartz, DC
Written by Dr. David Schwartz, DC at Triad Health Center.  Dr. Schwartz is a Webster Certified Corrective Care Chiropractor and expert in healing the body through true Functional Medicine.  Click to learn more about Corrective Chiropractic and Functional Medicine at Triad Health Center.  Listen to his health radio program live Saturdays at 11:30am on 94.5FM.

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