One of my favorite quotes to live by is “never leave something for tomorrow that can be done today.” Well…. the other night I didn’t follow that plan and left the dishes to be done the following morning. The problem was that I had a bit of honey on my sweet potato and ants really like honey… A LOT! So I woke up this morning to thousands of ants patrolling my kitchen in their highly organized lines (not a cool picture).

If you know anything about how ants work, they live in a central location that is far away from the area they are picking up food (in my case the honey on my plate). And what do we do to get rid of them? Well, if you’re anything like me, you just wipe down the counter and remove the ants you can see.

That doesn’t actually get to the root of the problem. Step one is to stop triggering them to come into the kitchen in the first place, by not leaving out sugary foods. But if you’ve ever had a bad case of ants in your house, they come into your house regardless of available food. They just come to hang out.

If you really want to deal with the ants, and get to the root of the problem, everyone knows that you have to destroy the nest and by doing so, you get to the root of the problem so they never come back.

What’s funny, is when you look at a similar scenario regarding a person’s health, we often repeatedly chase the symptoms of our problems and fail to get to the root of the issue. Take for instance, high blood pressure, ask most people if they can “feel” their high blood pressure and they’ll tell you “no”. However once you get tested, the solution is usually a medication to lower blood pressure. This is simply masking the symptom much like wiping down the counter full of ants. They would be way better served to fix what’s causing the problem in the first place.

In the case of blood pressure, like everything else in your body, it’s controlled and regulated by the nervous system via the brain-stem. If there was a way to check your brain-stem to make sure it was working and controlling your blood pressure properly, wouldn’t you want to get that checked? That’s exactly what we do at the Specific Chiropractic Center.

So if you’re tired of wiping the counter and chasing ants around and never actually getting to a long lasting solution to your health problem, give us a call and find out how we can help you today.

Dr. Drew