Normal and Average… Do They Mean the Same Thing?
There’s normal and there’s average. They’re different. Let me give you an example. When I’m examining a new patient and my examination reveals a significant amount of nerve interference between the shoulder blades I ask, “Wow, do you get digestive problems? Can you eat anything you want to?”
The patient answers sheepishly, “Oh, no more than average… I get heartburn and belching, and I can’t eat peppers… they do a number on me.”
Around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time, according to Dr Anton Emmanuel, consultant gastroenterologist at University College Hospital in London. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/digestive-health/Pages/gut-health.aspx
Are digestive problems common? Yes. Does the average person have digestive problems regularly? Maybe. Does that make it normal? No way! We weren’t designed to suffer regular digestive problems.
Is It Normal To Be Average?
It is interesting how two words actually are used interchangeably today but are miles apart in their definition. This incorrect thinking gives rise today to much incorrect action.
Average, simply put, is found by dividing the sum total of a set of figures by the number of figures summed. Add together 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 and then divide by 5. Your average is 30.
Normal, on the other hand, is defined by Webster as “that which is occurring naturally.”
Average is an artificial figure based upon a numbering system of ten which we have created. Normal cannot be changed without outside intervention. Average can be determined by anyone with the ability to add and divide. Normal is determined by the inborn intelligence of the body. It varies from moment to moment depending upon the needs of the individual.
If you were to run around the block and measure your pulse rate you might find that it was as high as 120 beats per minute. If you were able to compare that with someone who hasn’t been running they might have a pulse rate of 72 beats per minute. Your pulse rate would be considered “above normal”. The point is that something is happening to your body that is different than the body of the person who has not been running and you have the need for a different pulse rate. We would not expect your heart to maintain a “normal” pulse rate.
We have this inborn intelligence we never think about that is helping us breathe, see, hear, smile, laugh, cry, worry, stand that is all expressed through your nervous system. As a Chiropractor my goal is to allow you to adapt normally to your environment, by reducing this interference and allowing to you adapt to every situation you encounter.
Have a great day and think how can I be exceptional today.