The 9-Dot Puzzle
Can you connect all of these dots with four straight lines without lifting your pencil? How about three straight lines without lifting your pencil? There is a solution. Print it off and give it a try!
Only Read This Section After Trying to Solve the Puzzle!
So, why are we asking you to do this? You know we always have a reason! The term "Think Outside of the Box" is used a lot. It's used to reference looking at a situation in a different way, a different light. It's used in business quite a bit. Where did it come from? It came from this 9-Dot Puzzle. The solution to the puzzle is in thinking "outside of the box". Most of us try to solve the puzzle while in the paradigm that we created...we have to stay within the boundaries of the 9 dots...the "box". Never did we say you had to keep the straight lines within these imaginary boundaries. Only when we have a mind shift or a "Paradigm Shift" can we solve the puzzle. To view the answers click below:
To experience a paradigm shift on this small level trains our brain and subconsciousness to recognize boundaries we have accepted as "truth" more easily. We get better at recognizing our "boxes" allowing us to choose to stay in them or not. We become more open to these shifts in perception or paradigm shifts. Can it be uncomfortable, even scary to have a paradigm shift...YES! Is it empowering despite that...YES! Can it provide better answers for us and our children...YES!
THE FOUR MINUTE MILE:
Every year, athletes break old world records. Are they more physically capable each year? Maybe that's part of it. But it's more of a paradigm shift the athletes experience, mentally. Take the four-minute mile:
Until 1954, the four minute mile was something beyond human comprehension, and thus beyond human achievement. It was believed to be a real physical limit for a human being to run a mile in four minutes or less. “The four minute mile was the goal that athletes and sportsmen had talked of and dreamt about for so many years,” wrote British runner, Roger Bannister. Like climbing Mount Everest before Hillary, Bannister wrote, runners “used to think it was quite impossible, and beyond the reach of any runner.” It seemed to be as absolute a limit as the waterfalls cascading off the edge of the Earth were to early mariners. And it proved to be just as much a mirage.
In May 1954, on an Oxford track, Bannister shattered this barrier, running the mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Two months later, in Finland, Bannister’s “miracle mile” was again broken by Australian rival John Landy, who achieved a time of 3 minutes 56 seconds. Within three years, 16 other runners had also broken this record.
What happened in those three years? Was there a sudden growth spurt in human evolution? Was there a genetic engineering experiment that created a new race of super runners? No, the basic human equipment was the same. What changed was the mental model.
INSIDE THE BOX: THE MEDICAL PARADIGM
For 100 years this country has defined health as mechanical. A part is "broken" and has to be fixed, with drugs and surgery, the only two options. The core belief is that health comes from Outside to Inthrough outside intervention. The doctors must “fix” the human body as a mechanic fixes a car. The problem with this outdated way of thinking is this…as far as the human body is concerned; the sum is greater than the parts.
Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Starfield has documented the tragedy of the traditional medical paradigm in the following statistics:
* The term iatrogenic is defined as "induced in a patient by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially to pertain to a complication of treatment." Furthermore, these estimates of death due to error are lower than those in a recent Institutes of Medicine report.
If the higher estimates are used, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000. Even at the lower estimate of 225,000 deaths per year, this constitutes the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Another analysis concluded that between 4% and 18% of consecutive patients experience negative effects in outpatient settings, with:
• 116 million extra physician visits
• 77 million extra prescriptions
• 17 million emergency department visits
• 8 million hospitalizations
• 3 million long-term admissions
• 199,000 additional deaths
• $77 billion in extra costs
The high cost of the health care system is considered to be a deficit, but it seems to be tolerated under the assumption that better health results from more expensive care.
This might be tolerable if it resulted in better health, but does it?
Out of 13 countries in a recent comparison, the United States ranks an average of 12th (second from the bottom) for 16 available health indicators. More specifically, the ranking of the U.S. on several indicators was:
• 13th (last) for low-birth-weight percentages
• 13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall
• 11th for post-neonatal mortality
• 13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes)
• 11th for life expectancy, at 1 year for females, 12th for males
• 10th for life expectancy, at 15 years for females, 12th for males
• 10th for life expectancy, at 40 years for females, 9th for males
• 7th for life expectancy, at 65 years for females, 7th for males
• 3rd for life expectancy, at 80 years for females, 3rd for males
The poor performance of the U.S. was recently confirmed by a World Health Organization study which used different data and ranked the United States as 15th among 25 industrialized countries.
The point is…this paradigm we’re in isn’t working because it’s based on a fallacy that health comes from outside in.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: THE CHIROPRACTIC PARADIGM
The paradigm shift involves a change in core philosophy. All new thoughts and beliefs "bloom" from this new philosophy. Here it is in all its simplicity: health comes from Above to Down and Inside to Out. Our mind/body/spirit is greater than the sum of it's parts.
Above-Down? What does that mean? Innate Intelligence is the Above-Down. As a child is conceived from a mere two cells that innately replicate, then seemingly miraculously differentiate. Some cells become kidney cells, some brain cells, some skin cells but what develops first? The nervous system. This occurs for a reason. The brain and nervous system control every function of the human body, from conception to death. The nervous system begins to control the development of the baby.
All cells working in unison to create a deeply complex human system. The cells communicate with each other all striving for the same goal…to create and sustain life. For example, the sodium potassium pump only knows how to perfectly sustain homeostasis in the body, the immune system only knows how to identify an “invader” and attack it, the blood cells only know how to transport oxygen to tissues throughout the body, etc….
Science still cannot prove exactly how this happens. Innate intelligence is the intelligence we are all entitled to. We are born from it and possess it throughout our entire lives. This intelligence is greater than what our minds can accomplish. Science can't even come close to replicating the complexity of the human body and the coordination and communication required between systems to create a perfectly functioning body.
Inside-Out? What's that? The Inside-Out is the scientifically proven fact that the body is self-healing and self-regulating. The body heals from the inside-out both figuratively and literally. The body will remove toxins or foreign objects by pushing it out of the body (a rash, a splinter, etc...). Once we understand Innate, we understand Inside-Out.
The questions that arise from this new paradigm are...
- How do we maximize the communication within the body.
- How do we maximize the function and therefore maximize health?
- How do we maintain our bodies?
- How do we prevent a loss of communication resulting in a loss of health?
These questions are much different than the ones we're asking in our current medical "box"...
- How can we spend more money to develop a drug to cure cancer? (FYI, at any given time a healthy body has eight or more cancerous cells which are destroyed by the immune system)
- How can we make medications and surgery available to the masses? (If it's at best the third leading cause of death in the nation, why do we want everyone to have access to it?)
Wellness and Prevention take on new meanings. Wellness and Prevention can't be found in a pill...that's the old Outside-In Paradigm. Our bodies are designed to be healthy. What can we do to support the innate intelligence we're entitled to?
The world is literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. We can’t use this thinking any longer, it’s killing us and society is fed up. The health revolution is approaching. This society is almost at saturation point. Health comes from inside out. This is what chiropractic is founded on and this is what 100% intends to educate our patients!