As parents there seems to be an endless supply of ideas on how to keep your family healthy. We get ads on TV for this supplement or that pill, for this probiotic or a new food to put in the lunch box. The choices are endless and the confusion immense. So let me give an idea of what I have seen over the past 25 years as both a practitioner and parent.

There’s a simple place to start and that is with the paradigm. What’s a paradigm you ask? It the fundamental set of beliefs and ideas we have about a topic.

Let me give you an example….

Every 12 months or so I find myself on a road trip somewhere in Australia. It might be a long weekend get-away or enroute to a seminar or sports event. When tired I like to stop in the small towns, if I can, to support communities that have been “bypassed” by the freeways.  Small towns are much more interesting than rest areas anyway. So I pop into the local cafe for a bite and order a salad sandwich. When it arrives I start kicking myself. You see almost invariably it turns up with a great salad, layered between two sheets of white cardboard!

 It’s all my fault. You see, the last time I ate white bread was about 40 years ago. So the existence of white bread is not even on my radar. It doesn’t occur to me that someone would serve anything on white bread. My paradigm or view of reality is multigrain, whole meal, seeded artisan or sourdough. There simply isn’t an option for white.

How does this relate to your family’s health?

My paradigm of health says that if we get the basic master controlling system of the human body right then everything gets easier from there.

Checking babys’ spines and nervous systems has become my normal. So much so, that sometimes I forget to encourage parents to do it. Of course by solving any little issues they have, we set them up for a healthy, happier existence. It’s amazing to see how much less stressed parents are when their children are easy to look after, eat well, sleep well and experience fewer health issues. This is just my normal experience of life.

Over the years I’ve observed time and time again the benefit of having kids checked on a regular basis. We’ve opened eyes, modified minds and changed a paradigm or two. My paradigm? No drugs , no “food” supplements from a can, just the basics. A great nervous system, fresh fruit and veg-as raw as possible- plenty of exercise and a little bit of meat. (Even that could be optional).

Start with the absolute basics and there’s a pretty good chance for great stuff to follow.

So did you create your paradigm of health and wellbeing or is it a collection of ramshackle ideas that have been cobbled together by ads, pharmaceutical companies, sickness care and the occasional crisis?

What’s your paradigm for a healthy family?

Dr. Andrew Iggo is in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Working from state of the art premises in Fairlight, his focus is on providing not only relief from pain, but correction of function and the provision of wellness care for families and individuals. With a growing family of his own comes a natural inclination toward the care of kids and Mums-to-be. A strong sports and dance background also give him a unique perspective on performance enhancement and injury recovery. We are sure you’ll be in great hands.