Essential oil that is… I am a skeptical chiropractor. For some who think chiropractic is fringe, I am sure that sounds like an oxymoron of sorts. But I like the scientific evidence that supports a hypothesis, at the very least a theoretical basis that makes sense. If there is Biblical support that always assists me as well, and thus I am one who does like to dig for evidence before I accept.
This is one of the major reasons I always teach a somewhat cautious approach to electro-dermal screening that takes place in so many Naturopath offices. ZYTO scans, Avatar, ELAST to name a few (a complete list can be found here - https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/13926/ ). Basically, there is nothing published that supports their efficacy, but worse, there is no written theory. So even though these machines can sometimes produce a result that seems to make sense, I am always VERY cautious about them, and though I have been tested haf a dozen times, I still don’t “trust” the results.
That being said, you now get that I am a skeptic. But, I am an oil using, skeptic. One that has been breathing a combination of eucalyptus, and lavender through an inhalation device for 13 years. Spring is when it comes out, every year for that length of time. And now suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of an oil revolution. A few months ago, I told someone “yeah, I have seen this before, it will fade away in a few months, and nobody except the committed will care about oils”. Well, I was wrong. This truly is a revolution… and an exciting one as there is symptomatic relief available that people demand (I’ll circle back on this in a minute).
However, it requires a few boundaries before you go crazy. I do look at reality through the eyes of others amazing experiences as well as limitations; and I tend to maintain an overly optimistic reality, so it works well for my hope for you and your health, and ultimately our results in our office reflect that hope, as do the results of those I consult with. But for this focus, we have two main points that need to be discussed first. The philosophy of health with which you approach life, and the limitation of matter that exists with oils, just like with other supplements or remedies.
First, the philosophy of health. A large majority of you, believe that health comes from the outside in. Now I want to stop, because you must understand that you have to believe ONE or the OTHER. You either believe it is outside in, or you believe it is inside out. Sure, you can say that it is a combination of both, but you still have to draw a line in the sand and stand on one side or the other when it comes down to your core. Do you “NEED” something to come from the outside? Or do you depend more heavily on what is happening on the inside?
I am an INSIDE OUT guy, through and through. I will trust this body to work without anything added to it, more than I will ever trust the thing that we are bringing in to try to assist it. I guess it comes down to Christ in the desert for me. I believe that after 40 days of fasting, Christ was healthy still. Not supernaturally healthy, just healthy. He had nothing coming in, so for me, it is a sign of INSIDE OUT health.
Next – the limitation of matter. I have a varicose vein in my leg, it is a bad one, and I have attempted to do many things to help it over the years, and it has simply worsened over time. My father has the same, there is a genetic disposition here, and it is one that has been referenced over the years. Even though I am a phenotype expression kind of guy when it comes to epi-genetics, I know that I am simply here because it is imprinted on my genes. This is a limitation of matter. The cells and tissues are not capable of infinite change, but rather infinite capacity for healing based on the healing organ… the brain, transcribing your DNA into healthy cells. It just so happens that this is imprinted on the DNA being transcribed by my brain.
Now, back to the oil revolution. I think everyone should have a host of oils in their midst. The reasons are not because you are going to get miraculous healing, yes it might come, but I wouldn’t rest all of your hopes there. Most testimonials for healing from an oil, or from a new nutritional product, or from a new light therapy, or from a new physical therapy… could have come from any one of those. Meaning that the body needed a step towards health, not necessarily a specific step towards health. Let me clarify.
I love the pursuit of health in all areas. I like that there is a scientific reason why an oil could assist in an area, as well as the science behind nutrition. I enjoy the areas where we have learned the “why” or “how” behind the result. That being said, I also enjoy “faith” in these areas, and thus a combination of the two is where the hope comes from. Now, if my body is very devoid of the molecules it needs to function normally, then bringing any of these molecules in will allow it an opportunity to improve. However, as we move a body closer and closer to having everything it needs, the only way to further improve, is to provide specific molecules. And actually, some of the molecules that were used to gain early results might need to be removed to further results. This occurs when “health” products with ingredients that are less than clean or pure, are used. The market is FLOODED with products like this.
For the above reason, I do not like the term essential when used with oils because it perhaps makes us think it is essential to the body, vs. considering it is the essence of a plant.
I do want to make this point very clear. Every single time an oil is used in place of a drug, and the desired effects are attained, it is an awesome and clear step towards health, and away from illness. Drugs do not heal, they suppress symptoms, and every single drug has a side effect. So with my mission – “Changing the way the world perceives health, while showing honor and glory to God and my family”; it is a huge benefit to see somebody who would treat with a medication, move to using an oil, and gain the needed impact.
This laundry list on Dr. Mercola’s site for Oil Uses is a good place to start. We will have somebody in our office on April 20th, helping you sift through the uses and possible assistance for you to be gained through oils.
Be well and be blessed! – Dr. E