Groundwork of Health
The First Building Block of Health
Vince Methot, DC Student
There are seven categories in which all factors that influence health can be included. You can find the basic overview of these on the Vital Source blog. The first of these I call the “groundwork of health”.
Everyone was born with two things which make up the groundwork of our health: a body and a personality. Without both of these, we would not be living, breathing mortals. Both came with certain characteristics and potentials. From a mechanistic perspective, these are not two separate things; rather, our body created our personality. However, from a vitalistic perspective, our body needs our personality to animate it and express life.
Our body started out as a single cell, created by and/or born to a man and a woman. This cell contained many chemicals organized in a manner to start our human life. One of the many sets of chemicals included in the cell was our genetic makeup. This genetic material defines the limits of our potential. If there is a defect, our full potential includes that defect. There were other chemicals in the cell’s biochemistry, or internal environment, which allowed us to multiply into many cells; our body tissues, organs, and systems developed. The way in which these developed and their ability or inability to function properly also determines or limits our potential.
For example, we cannot fly, but in most cases, we are not limited to crawling. Those of us who are limited by our genetic makeup, or the function of our organ systems, cannot express more potential. These limits can cause certain problems that affect the quality of our life and limit our longevity. This should be accepted and expected. We are all mortals—this is one of our characteristics; in vitalism this is referred to as “the limitations of matter”, but don’t let that get you down; most of us have the potential for a very long and healthy life.
Our personality, to some, is considered a characteristic of our spirit, created by or born to God, either at or before birth or conception, and started developing this characteristic from that point on. To others, our personalities are part of our innate intelligence. Dr Koch, a professor of Chiropractic philosophy at LIFE University, emphasizes that innate intelligence is not defined as having or not having a connection with a higher intelligent being. I hope you followed my logic here, it is meant to include many, if not all, vitalistic perspectives. Regardless of origin, our personality is an integral part of life and a groundwork on which we are built.
The fact that we have a personality shows we have the ability to make choices; choices to accept or reject belief systems that are taught to us or to create new ones, and then choices to act or not act on those belief systems. We also choose attitudes that determine our outlook on life. Choices to adopt certain belief systems or attitudes may remove our ability to make other choices or they may open up the world to us and make us free to choose whatever we want. Our potential is considered by some to be limitless, if we make the right decisions.
Our entire existence and well-being is built upon these two aspects of our health. That is why I call them the groundwork of health. These two are interconnected; they affect each other. Our attitude and personality can change the chemical makeup of our body and our body chemistry can affect our attitudes and choices. Together these two can severely limit our potential or expand it beyond our imagination.