Food, Subluxation & Chiropractic

Food, Subluxation & Chiropractic

What do Iowa and Iraq have in common besides 4 letter names?

They’re both deserts for half the year.

It was driving through the windswept wide open fields with zero cover in the winter that I had the biggest trouble adjusting to when I moved from Michigan to Iowa. In Michigan you are driving through tunnels of trees almost no matter where you are in the state. I developed agoraphobia driving through these bare fields covered with earth-dusted snowdrifts.

Later I realized something awful about those empty fields. There is no life in them for much of the year. In an unplowed field there is soil rich in microorganisms and insects, grasses covered over with an insulating layer of snow. Rabbits and mice survive below the snow, making their way through the grassy tunnels living out some kind of Watership Down style life.

When the fields with corn and soy are harvested, there’s nothing there. Little food or cover for rodents. Nothing much for deer. The biodiversity of the fields is devastated and while rich in energy for a potion of the year, there’s a big gap in the time in which the energy of the sun is flowing through the field.

It’s as though the field is “subluxated” in a way.

The original meaning of that term came from sub – luxation – less than a complete dislocation. But it has also been described in modern terms as sub-lux-ation – a condition of less than optimal light.

I like the second definition a little bit more because it is more descriptive of the reality. All energy comes from sunlight on Planet Earth – discounting a few minor sources such as geothermal etc. And when there is a chaotic flow of energy through the body, when it loses its thermodynamic transformative capacity, it can be thought of as “subluxated”.

And that’s where the subluxation becomes relevant to food.

Is your food subluxated?

Conventional chemical style agriculture creates a condition of decreased biodiversity, a simplified state of energy flow with fewer cycles and less complete use of solar energy; even times when there are no biological cycles taking place in the field in any major way to speak of.

Other styles of producing food – permaculture, ecoculture, rely upon complex guilds of plant and animal communities that replicating the natural cycles present in a wild ecosystem, but using plants more specifically suited to human use. They represent “un-subluxated” agriculture, food producing systems where energy flow is constantly maintained through the cycle of solar availability.

Chiropractic has been a drugless profession focused on the flow of energy through the human body for most of its history. Perhaps it’s time for chiropractors to pay heed to “drugless” forms of food production that work to optimize the flow of solar energy through natural systems that foster the abundance and diversity of life on our beautiful planet.

I don’t want to make out the local farmers here to be evil folk. This modern industrial Iowa style agriculture has made a lot of food for a lot of people. But there’s option coming available now, and farmers working their butts off to build these permaculture systems and they can use our support. The industrial farmers will be fine. They’ll be around a long time. I’m not “anti-farmer”. I’m pro supporting the farmers who are taking the risks and doing the hard work to build their land into ecosystems that abundantly produce food in an ecologically sound and sustainable way. Chemical agriculture has an expiration date. Permaculture and ecoculture do not.

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