Our environment can make us sick. I’m not necessarily referring to pollution, but rather the way we react to our environment. We react consciously and subconsciously. We are energy. Everything around us is energy. Even the colors we see are nothing other than different wavelengths of energy, and we know colors have the power to impact our mood.

It is impossible not to react to our environment in one way or another. You might not react consciously, but our bodies know. Our subconscious minds know. I first learned about this through an acupuncturist, when he showed me how the “muscle test” works. He proved to me that our bodies are the best lie detectors. The body can’t lie. The body has a mind of its own.

So regardless of what our thoughts are and what we think we perceive from our environment, our subconscious mind and our body know the truths we might not be aware of, or which we purposely try to ignore.

In previous articles I have discussed clutter and what it does to us psychologically and physically. As Karen Kingston says in her book Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui: “The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter”, which means “to coagulate” – and that’s as stuck as you can get. Clutter accumulates when energy stagnates, and likewise, energy stagnates when clutter accumulates. The clutter begins as a symptom of what is happening with you in your life and then becomes part of the problem itself, because the more of it you have, the more stagnant energy it attracts to itself. It starts with a bit and then slowly, insidiously, it grows and grows – and so does the stagnant energy around it, which then has a correspondingly stagnating effect on your life. Sorting out your life by sorting out your junk results in a tremendous renewal of your life force energy.

It’s no surprise that clutter directly interferes with the correct flow of energy, both at the physical and metaphysical levels (spirit and mind). Oftentimes, a physical or mental imbalance is created by the surrounding clutter. This could also be the other way around- pains and tensions have made it impossible for us to deal with clutter around us. Most times, these two scenarios feed of each other.

When clutter surrounds us, our physical and emotional energy is cramped. The impaired energy flow that occurs can cause negative mental and physiological reactions. Unhealthy patterns emerge and illness might follow. We should strive to be on the defense, rather than relying on corrective methods when it comes to the energy in our bodies.

Traditional medicine, mainly an interventional solution for health problems, falls short on prevention. Practices such as the use of essential oils, chiropractic care and acupuncture are some of the wholistic avenues that can create the backbone for correct energetic flow and health in our lives.

In my article The True Power of Essential Oils, I share a little of my own story with essential oils, as well as my genuine surprise to discover their true power. But there are two other modalities of wholistic care that so many people don’t even consider: Acupuncture and Chiropractic care.

Dr. Brian Dillon, the man that keeps me in one piece in spite of my very physical work, says: “One of the many hidden benefits of chiropractic care is creating a more effective immune system by removing interference with the nervous system at the spinal level. When our spine is out of alignment, our immune system can be in chaos. This chaos is disruptive to our body’s ability to heal. Being aligned will allow our bodies to heal themselves and help prevent “dis-ease”.

Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist Xenia Maradiaga-Gross explains that “Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine regards and treats patients as whole individuals, considering the physical, the emotional, and the mental, with both the conscious and the subconscious. When we suffer physical or emotional trauma that is not properly addressed, over time this might create obstruction of energy. When this happens, energy gets stagnant and the flow of blood and vital fluids is disrupted. Then we experience physical symptoms like headache, tension, tiredness, cramps, bloating. This is the body telling us that is out of balance. These symptoms affect our mood and quality of life. When chronic imbalances affecting organs and other systems are not managed, this might result into more chronic conditions and disease. Acupuncture addresses the patient’s symptoms and the root cause of energy imbalance creating such symptoms. It increases blood and energy flow in the body, so that organ functions are properly restored.”

Practicing prevention seems like the best strategy, given that the body and the subconscious mind perceive what we won’t notice. We don’t necessarily know when/where energetic disconnections occur. Leaving these disconnections unattended might result in those strange, spontaneous pains we experience from time to time. Even worse, illness might follow sooner than later.